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Recruiting expert would be surprised if Sharife Cooper ‘doesn’t pick Auburn’

Auburn may overcome Kentucky for this elite guard.

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The Kentucky Wildcats have been going all-in on 2020 point guard prospect Sharife Cooper. Cal and the Kentucky staff have made it clear that they want Cooper to be the guy at the helm of the Wildcats next season.

The only catch is, the Wildcats will have to beat out the Auburn Tigers for Cooper’s services. Rivals analyst Corey Evans said that he would be “surprised if Cooper didn’t pick Auburn.”

Cooper’s high school teammate Isaac Okoro will be heading to Auburn this fall, so be prepared for some teammate recruiting from Okoro.

Evans also spoke on B.J Boston, another recruit being heavily targeted by Kentucky. Auburn is also in the top four for Boston, though Evans said they’re trailing the likes of Kentucky, Duke, and Florida.

Cooper is the 18th overall prospect for next years class and is considered the 3rd overall point guard. The Kentucky staff wanted to get a commitment from him back in late January, after Kentucky had just knocked off Auburn in Auburn, but Cooper opted to wait and take things slow.

It seems that Auburn in basketball is much like Kentucky in football, riding the highs of a great season and capitalizing on the recruiting trail. Bruce Pearl has done a hell of a job.