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John Calipari visits top-10 recruit Jaden Hardy

Hardy is a rising star that has caught the attention of Coach Cal.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are heavily recruiting the Class of 2021, and one recent player who is starting to make waves is Jaden Hardy.

Hardy is a five-star, 6-4 combo guard from Nevada, the eighth-ranked player in the 2021 class, and the best combo guard.

Apparently, he’s also caught the eye of Kentucky head coach John Calipari. After all, don’t most five-star recruits eventually catch Calipari’s eye?

Coach Cal visited Hardy on Friday. according to Stock Risers’ Jake Weingarten. It’s not shocking that Kentucky is interested in an elite guard, even if he is two classes way.

Hardy is already a hot name and has received scholarship offers from UCLA, Alabama, LSU, Washington, USC, Missouri, Memphis, Arizona and Oklahoma among others. That said, many more are sure to come in as he gets into his junior season.

Currently at Henderson, Nevada, Hardy is playing his high school ball at Coronado High School. As a junior, it’s a bit early to start recruiting Hardy, so there may be rumors about him potentially reclassifying (who isn’t these days). If those come to fruition, UK’s early work may pay off sooner rather than later since they need more backcourt targets in 2020 with Josh Christopher and Jalen Green seemingly off the board.

Still, until there’s something concrete, Hardy is a 2021 recruit, where he’ll likely be shooting up the rankings very soon. That’s because three of the top five players (Jon Kuminga, Terrence Clarke, Paolo Banchero) are strong reclass candidate for 2020.

Here are some highlights of Hardy in action:

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