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Update on Sharife Cooper and UK’s pursuit of the 5-star PG

An encouraging update for the Wildcats in their pursuit of a rising star in 2020.

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On paper, the recruiting class of 2020 doesn’t have the kind of top-tier point guards of past classes, but Sharife Cooper is making a strong case to be one.

Cooper is currently ranked 18th nationally by 247 Sports, and he’s the second-ranked point guard in the class. This season has been outstanding for Cooper, as he was named MVP of the City of Palms Classic in Florida and Tournament of Champions in Missouri.

Oh, and he’s led his team to a 27-0 season. It is clear that he’s not only one of the best point guards in the country, but that he is one of the best players the 2020 class has to offer.

The Kentucky Wildcats have been interested in Sharife for quite some time now. as they officially offered him back in late September. He would be a great addition to the 2020 class.

The Herald Leader sat down with his father to talk about the success Sharife has seen this season, along with where his head is at going forward.

One thing about Kentucky is that you’re guaranteed to play stiff competition every day in practice, so Cooper would fit right in. His father is also a head coach in the ultra-competitive Nike circuit, so it seems that Sharife has had a great mentor to grow up with.

As to his unofficial visit to Kentucky in September, here’s what his father had to say:

“He likes Kentucky. He likes Coach Cal. Of course, he likes the program. He knows a lot of the players on the team, and they talk. … They love it up there.”

All good signs, and per usual, it sounds like some current Cats are showing hopeful Cats how great it is to play for Kentucky.

Right now, the Auburn Tigers are considered the favorite for Sharife, but his father tells a different story.

“I don’t know where they get that from,” his father said. “Sharife is wide open. Honestly, he’s not even thinking about college and college decisions. None of that. He’s really focused on getting better and his team getting better.”

This is great news for Kentucky, and it’s exactly what Cooper should do. He still has an entire senior season ahead of him. He doesn’t need to tie himself down to anywhere right now.

Based on his dad’s comments, there’s no evidence to say that Kentucky has a better or worse chance to land the talented guard out of Georgia.

If he continues this level of play through the summer and into his senior year, you can expect him to rise up the rankings, and for more teams to try and snag him.

Be sure to read the full interview.