One of the top players in the class of 2020 says his recruitment is still wide open.
Sharife Cooper of Marietta (GA) is regarded as one of, if not the best point guard in the class of 2020. He had a monster year leading Mceachern High School to a perfect 32-0 record while receiving the national player of the year award from USA Today. He previously cut his list to Duke, Florida, Kentucky and Auburn.
It comes as great news for Kentucky fans that Cooper is still describing his recruitment as “wide open,” as reported by Adam Zagoria. The reason is that he was once believed to be a heavy Auburn lean, especially after their Final Four run, but over the past few months, it does seem that things are opening up for other programs to get more involved.
John Calipari and Joel Justus were both present to watch Sharife Cooper recently at the USA U19 training camp in Colorado Springs. I would expect they will be keeping their arms around him as much as possible this off season and beyond.
When asked about his views on coming to Lexington and being a Wildcat, here is what Cooper told Zagoria:
“I like the straight to business aspect [at Kentucky],” said Cooper. “They have an aspect about being at the next level, getting better, working for your spot and having nothing given to you. ”
Cooper also revealed what he’s looking for in his eventual school:
“Just somewhere that I can be comfortable as well as be pushed. I want to go somewhere that my family can be comfortable, with a family atmosphere.”
I’ve had the chance to see Cooper play several times, and I can confirm that he is real deal. He is listed at 6-foot tall, but that may be a little generous, so his size can cause some to make the mistake of diminishing his game.
However, Cooper has the ability to contort his body and score in a variety of ways making him one of the most lethal players in the class. He boasted four 40-point games this season while averaging 28.6 points per game.
This will be a player to keep your eye on heading into next basketball season.