At this point, the lack of depth in Kentucky’s front court for the 2019-2020 season is a bit concerning.
John Calipari and his staff are still in on Jaden McDaniels and Matthew Hurt. Reclassification is also an option, and names like that of Isaiah Todd have risen to the top. But could another 2020 name work his way onto Kentucky’s 2019 priority list?
According to Jason Jordan of USA Today, Huntington Prep’s Jaemyn Brakefield is getting closer to making the decision to go to college a year early. As of November, the Wildcats were still reaching out to Brakefield. But it is unclear how much communication they have had with him since then.
“I still have goals of wanting to be a McDonald’s All American and things like that,” Brakefield told Jordan. “Then it’s just the thought of what’s the rush? I’m gonna take time and make the best decision for me. I don’t really have a timetable for when I’ll know, but it’s a strong possibility.”
Brakefield told USA Today that he is “50/50” on the decision, but based on the rest of the conversation it sounds like he is leaning toward reclassification. Brakefield says that several schools have reached out to him about coming a year early, but he did not list Kentucky among that group. The last known contact between the two schools was back in late November. He also visited for Big Blue Madness.
Brakefield had an outstanding summer in 2018, leading the Adidas Gauntlet in scoring. At 6’8” and 210 pounds, he already has the right build to be an impactful power forward at the college level. He also told Jordan that he is ready to go academically if he decides to join the 2019 class.
While you should not look for an announcement soon, be on the looking for buzz around Kentucky getting more heavily involved in his recruitment.
Check out some of the damaged Brakefield caused this summer.