Paolo Banchero is the No. 4 player in the 2021 basketball recruiting class, according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. And despite several reports that a reclassification to 2020 was in the works, it looks like Banchero will be staying put and taking advantage of the extra time to look at potential schools.
“I’m just ready to get out there and see the campuses and everything the different schools have to offer,” Banchero told USA Today. “At first, I was excited about possibly moving up a class, but I’m excited about staying now. I want another state title and I want to be a McDonald’s All American. Plus, I think about how much further along my game will be with that extra year; it makes me want to work harder.”
Banchero was dominant this summer in the Nike EYBL, and he took home the MVP award for the NBPA Top 100 camp. So there is a very real chance he will finish higher than the No. 4 spot he currently occupies.
Where does UK stand with the study 2021 forward?
Well, Banchero has plans to take an official visit to Lexington during Big Blue Madness in October.
And as of Thursday afternoon, Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans changed his official prediction of where Banchero will land from Washington to Kentucky. Evans is one of the best in the business, so for him to change his pick from the hometown Huskies to Kentucky makes you think the Cats have a good chance at landing the top-five recruit.
In addition, Kentucky is coming to watch Banchero on Sept. 11, according to Jake Weingarten of Rivals and Stock Risers.
Kentucky is amongst the first teams that will watch Top-five prospect Paolo Banchero, they will be in to see him on September 11th, a source told @Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) August 30, 2019
Now that we know he will stay in the 2021 class, it is extremely unlikely that we will see an official commitment from Banchera before next summer. But it never hurts to have the guys that watch this stuff for a living convinced a player is going to pick your school.
And of course, there’s always the possibility Banchero changes his mind in the spring/summer and does end up reclassifying into 2020.