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UCLA emerging as threat for Jalen Green and Josh Christopher

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Kentucky has been getting a lot of positive buzz on the recruiting trail recently, and that included Friday’s news that Terrence Clarke will make his decision on Sept. 14.

But not all the news on Friday was good for the Wildcats. Jack Pilgrim of KSR put out a recruiting update that, while it did include more positive news with Clarke, it also had a concerning update in regards to Jalen Green and Joshua Christopher.

Apparently, the UCLA Bruins are now a threat to land both players, though it still may be too early to worry about Mick Cronin’s bunch.

On the flip side, there is now a bit of buzz surrounding Green and Christopher teaming up with Daishen Nix and Shareef O’Neal at UCLA next year. My Sources Say Podcast co-host Travis Graf told me tonight that he heard similar news, though he says those on the West coast don’t believe these rumblings are as strong. Mostly just an idea that came about recently following Nix’s commit to the Bruins.

I heard from another individual today that still believes Memphis is the leader for Green, even despite the recent Kentucky and slight UCLA buzz. The Tiger coaching staff continues to tell those behind the scenes that they feel they have had the top-three prospect locked up for several months now.

While you may be wondering how Mick Cronin could every beat Kentucky for an elite recruit, let alone two, it’s easy to forget that both Green and Christopher are not only great friends, but they’ve also grown up in California and currently play high school hoops there, so perhaps they want to stay close to home for college. It’s also always been a major hurdle for Kentucky to pull in big recruits from out west.

Still, there’s been too much UK buzz with Christopher to not think they’re still in good shape for 247 Sports’ No 6 overall recruit. And while Green may be good pals with Christopher, his brother, Caleb Christopher, plays at Arizona State. That’s why this has widely been viewed as a Kentucky vs. Arizona State battle, and I don’t think that will change.

As for Green, I think he’ll end up overseas or at Memphis if Kentucky lands Clarke in two weeks. Between Green and Christopher, the latter seems to be favoring Kentucky more and could easily end up there even with Clarke.

A class of Clarke, Christopher, Brandon Boston and Cam’Ron Fletcher alone would contend for the No. 1 recruiting class. Add a few more guys like Lance Ware and Isaiah Todd, and it should be a done deal.

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