Kentucky’s 2020 recruiting class is already off to an incredible start. To replace what they will likely lose from the frontcourt after this season, though, they will have to do even more.
As for big men, Kentucky is in the running for players like Isaiah Todd, Makur Maker, Greg Brown, Cliff Omoruyi, and Isaiah Jackson.
Jackson, a 6-9 big man out of Michigan, released his top three earlier this week, which included Kentucky, Syracuse and Alabama.
Wes Jackson, Isaiah’s father, talked about each program for an article with Chris Fisher at CatsPause.com.
This came following a visit by John Calipari, which would make this their third interaction in the last month. Jackson officially visited Lexington at the end of August, and Calipari had visited Jackson previously in the middle of September.
As far as how he would fit in at UK, Jackson’s father loves Kentucky’s brand and what they’ve built and accomplished during the Calipari era.
“Coach Calipari, Kentucky, their brand and the level they can take Isaiah to. The brand they have there is awesome. The track record speaks for itself and everything is lined up there. He would have to earn his keep. Iron sharpens iron. He would thrive there and have that competition,” said Wes.
Wes went into further detail about Kentucky’s increased interest, including Kenny Payne’s involvement in his son’s recruitment, as well. Isaiah is drawing some really special comparisons, including to former Wildcat Anthony Davis, and his father just wants what’s best for his son’s development.
“A starter at Kentucky has a good chance of making it to the next level. Humbly speaking, I don’t think anyone can do the things Isaiah does. He has a chance to be a special player. It’s just about getting to that school that will take him there because he still has a ways to go,” said Wes.
With Isaiah’s decision coming before the start of his senior season, Kentucky’s staff will likely stay incredibly involved up until his decision date. Jackson is raw talent with untapped potential right now between his length, athleticism, and shot blocking ability.
If he continues to put on weight and add to his game heading into college, he has a chance to really be something. With Nate Sestina leaving at the end of the year and EJ Montgomery, Keion Brooks and Nick Richards’ decisions coming after the season, Kentucky’s frontcourt will likely need a reload.
With only Lance Ware committed, there are a few spots that will likely need to be filled, which is exactly where Jackson fits in.
As for a decision timeline, Jackson is scheduled to officially visit Alabama at the end of October, so don’t expect a decision until after that. The plan is still for Jackson to commit and sign during the fall signing period.