The transfer portal is a gift that keeps on giving, as the speculation about recruiting transfers has picked up where the excitement of adding to the 2019 class the traditional class left off. The newest name to emerge as a potential future Wildcat is Nevada forward Jordan Brown.
Brown was a consensus top 20 recruit in the 2018 class, coming in as high as No. 12 by Rivals.com. He chose Nevada over UCLA, Kansas, Arizona, Oregon, and Gonzaga. While he was never offered a scholarship by Kentucky, they did recruit him. And now it’s time they revisit those conversations.
Brown would be ineligible for the 2019-2020 season, making him available in the fall of 2020. Looking into the future of the Kentucky Wildcats, you can see that the front court will likely be bare by that point. EJ Montgomery will likely be entering the NBA Draft, Nate Sestina will be out of eligibility, and it’s hard to picture a senior Nick Richards.
2020 centers N’Faly Dante and Clifford Omoruyi have received offers from Kentucky, but both are true centers that do not possess the versatility of Jordan Brown. The only comparable player to Brown in the 2020 class is Isaiah Todd, who Kentucky seems like the favorite to land.
No player in the 2020 class is a lock at this point. So if you can have a top 15 guy waiting in the wings as a safety net, you have to make that a priority, right? Brown is a versatile player with a high ceiling, and you would have to think the Kentucky coaching staff believes they can get the most out of him.
Brown will have three years of eligibility remaining, wherever he lands. While sticking around for multiple years is always a question mark at Kentucky, this might be the kind of situation that John Calipari and his staff get in for the long game.
Check out the highlights below of how Jordan Brown performed at the McDonald’s All-American game his senior year. Is this the kind of guy you would like to see at Kentucky?