A top 25 talent in the Class of 2021 is getting closer to making a final decision on where he’ll play college basketball — for the second time.
Bryce McGowens is a five-star guard who was originally committed to the Florida State Seminoles before having a recent change of heart. Back on October 8th, McGowens reopened his recruitment, prompting programs from all over America to quickly get in contact, including Kentucky.
But Monday, the 6-4 175 pound play-maker cut his list to five final schools and UK wasn’t represented. But there looks to be a chance that the BBN may get to see him play as a member of the SEC.
McGowens final five schools are Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska and he left the option open to pledge his allegiance to Florida State once again.
One the surface the match never seemed to be a great fit for UK. The Cats already have a commitment from four star guard Nolan Hickman and several offers out to other 2021 prospects such as Jaden Hardy.
There was a slew of other big time programs who initially reached out to McGowens when he announced his de-commitment — Kansas, Arizona, Georgia, Nebraska and Georgia Tech were all reported to make contact.
Things obviously are moving quick in the last few weeks and it didn’t appear UK was heavily involved after making initial contact.
I reached out to recruiting insider Travis Graf from Rivals and asked him if Kentucky was ever a serious contender.
“Jai Lucas made some initial contact with the five-star guard upon his decommitment from Florida State, but the talks never went any further than that, according to McGowens.” Graf said.
I wouldn’t make much of Kentucky missing this cut as the completion of the 2021 recruiting class is still very fluid.