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Recruiting analyst leaning toward UK for Isaiah Jackson

Could the Cats be the favorite to land the 2020 5-star big?

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As you all may have seen, 2020 big man Isaiah Jackson cut his list down to three schools on Monday, and that included the Syracuse Orange, Alabama Crimson Tide and the Kentucky Wildcats.

Eric Bossi of Rivals.com updated the current state of the recruitment of Jackson, and he believes that as of right now, the Cats hold a slight lead.

“As of today, I’ll go ahead and give the edge to Kentucky over Alabama in a tight battle. The Wildcats are looking for a big class and he would certainly fit. Of course, he’d be really good anywhere across the bottom of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone and Nate Oats should bring a free-wheeling, up-and-down, style that Jackson’s speed from rim to rim could be very well utilized in.”

Jackson officially visited Kentucky on August 31st after getting an official offer from John Calipari over the summer.

No matter where he decides to play his college ball, he is going to make a big impact, but he has a lot to add to his game as he is already an outstanding rim protector.

“When it comes to long-term potential in comparison to ranking, Jackson has as much upside as any player in America,” said Bossi. “He’s a shot-blocking machine, a freak athlete, can run and has a great motor. He lacks strength and is still in need of more offensive polish and the way I see it; he’s still trying to make up for a junior year that was essentially wasted.”

Kentucky is no doubt in need of a big for 2020, and this is going to be a very important recruitment to watch as it progresses to see if Coach Cal and his staff can get the 6-9 forward to Lexington.

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