The Kentucky coaching staff has been burning up the airline miles over the past several weeks.
On Monday, it was Tony Barbee who took a road trip to pay a visit to 2021 five star small forward AJ Griffin. He plays for Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY. Griffin was a key member of 2019 USA U16 National Team that won a gold medal in Brazil.
Currently, ESPN ranks him as the 10th best player in his class while, 247 Sports sports ranks him 8th overall.
At 6-7, Griffin is a great slasher who can also make shots from the perimeter. He averaged 13.5 points per game while helping team USA achieve a perfect 6-0 record during their dominating run to the gold medal.
Kentucky has been making an absolute statement on the recruiting trail as of late, and this visit is just another example of keeping that momentum rolling, Capitalizing on recent recruiting success could help to build a monster class in 2021.
It may be a battle to land Griffin, considering he was offered a scholarship from Duke back on June 15th, and according to 247 Sorts, he visited with Coach K on September 9th.
But this visit from Tony Barbee should help get the Cats right in the mix of his recruitment. UK is positioned well with several top players in the class of 2021, so it will be interesting to see who is interested in playing together in college.
There is no doubt that adding a player like AJ Griffin would be a major piece to the class.