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Wednesday Quickies: Jaden McDaniels to Washington Edition

The talented five-star forward announced his commitment to the Huskies

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We finally have a decision, and it’s not the one BBN had hoped for.

Members of the Big Blue Nation had hoped that Jaden McDaniels would shock the recruiting experts and ultimately decide to leave home and play in Lexington next season, but McDaniels put that to rest by announcing his decision via his Instagram late last night/early this morning.

This should come as little to no surprise. A few weeks ago, Kentucky was the heavy favorite, but the tide began to shift back toward Washington, as Evan Daniels and several other recruiting experts flipped their picks from Kentucky to unsure and then eventually to Washington.

But for Kentucky, the questions now linger about the frontcourt going into next season. It is no guarantee that EJ Montgomery and/or Nick Richards will be on the roster next season with both exploring professional options. Kerry Blackshear Jr. could be an option, but he too is also exploring his NBA prospects, and Kentucky will face stiff competition to land the talented Va. Tech grad transfer. Kentucky could also look to see if a 2020 recruit could reclassify to 2019.

I trust Coach Cal and the staff to figure out the frontcourt situation, but losing McDaniels still hurts.

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EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards face tough pro decisions - Courier Journal

It’s no guarantee either will be back in Lexington next season.

Penny Hardaway wants to play Kentucky - KSR

Penny has went toe to toe with UK on the recruiting trail, now he wants them on the court.

SGA lands on All-Rookie team - Herald Leader

Shai is coming off a solid rookie season for the Clippers.

Pelicans plan to meet with AD, hope to keep him - KSR

It’s hard to see that relationship being mended.

BIggest recruiting wins of the Mark Stoops era - Courier Journal

Landon Young remains the biggest win of the Stoops era.

Steven Clinkscale achieving recruiting success in Michigan - Cats Pause

Clink is pulling some major talent out of Michigan.

Looking at UK Baseball now and in the future - Cats Pause

This season was disappointing, but the future isn’t bleak.

Clippers, Knicks seen as threats to land Kevin Durant - Bleacher Report

Could KD stay out west and join the Clippers?

Raptors even up series despite injury to Kawhi - Yahoo

It’s knotted at 2-2 but the health of Toronto’s star is front and center.

Grizzlies expected to trade Mike Conley - Bleacher Report

Memphis is expected to draft former Murray St. star Ja Morant 2nd overall.

Pitcher skips MLB Draft and joins Japan league - ESPN

Carter Stewart, 19, is taking an unconventional route.