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Isaiah Todd discusses decision to remain in 2020 and where UK fits in

The five-star power forward could be a centerpiece for next year’s recruiting class.

Isaiah Todd is talented enough to walk on a college campus and immediately contribute on the basketball court next season. Instead, he chose to remain in the class of 2020 and develop his game even further.

In an interview with Corey Evans from Rivals, Todd spoke about why he ultimately decided to stay put.

“I will not be reclassing, I just feel like it would be better for me to develop and go through my senior year and go through the whole process,” the five-star forward said.

ESPN’s recently updated player rankings list Todd as the #1 player in the state of Virginia and 8th best player nationally. NBA draft room lists him as the #7 pick in their 2021 NBA mock draft projections.

The length and versatility that Todd brings really sets him apart from a potential standpoint. At 6-10, he can attack the rim as well as shoot the ball with consistency. If you watch some of his film, you will immediately see what a special player he has the chance to be if he continues to develop at the same rate.

Now that is has been determined when Isaiah Todd will be attending the college, the lingering question remains: Where?

Kentucky is firmly in the mix and has to be considered one of the leaders. This is especially true now that John Calipari will have another year to keep his arms around his recruitment.

There is obviously no realistic projection of what the Cats’ roster will look like a year from now, so there is much to be determined between now and then that will influence the decisions of players in the class of 2020.

Todd spoke to Corey Evans about his thoughts and Kentucky and their recruiting pitch.

“I like Kentucky and I love the coach. I love them as much as any other school in my top 10. They are just pushing for me and just saying that they will prepare me for the league better than any other school.”

No surprise that he mentioned his great relationship with John Calipari. As mentioned above, his tremendous NBA potential would make Kentucky a great landing spot to prepare for a professional career.

This past weekend, Todd spoke with KSR to give another update on his recruitment while playing at the Nike EYBL in Atlanta. While Todd reiterated he’s planning to stay in 2020, he did leave some wiggle room to move into 2019 if the perfect situation came up.

“I can’t really tell you what might happen, I don’t know,” Todd said with a smile. “But I guess it all just depends on what my mom and I decide to do. … My mother’s (opinion matters most to me). I know she has my best interest, and I trust her more than anybody.”

Todd has released a top 10 list of schools, but most seem to believe that Kentucky and North Carolina are the real contenders.

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