Kentucky’s 2021 class is shaping up nicely, and they could still potentially add top-10 recruit Hunter Sallis, who just announced a new list.
On Monday, Sallis revealed his top eight, which included the Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks, North Carolina Tar Heels, UCLA Bruins and Oregon Ducks among others. Alabama, Auburn and Louisville were among the schools cut from consideration.
Sallis is a 6-5, 175-pound guard who plays at Millard North High School on Omaha (NE) and is ranked sixth overall by Rivals and seventh by 247 Sports. He is listed as a combo guard by 247 Sports, while Rivals and ESPN have him as a point guard.
The Wildcats already have a commitment from 2021 point guard Nolan Hickman, but they’re still pursuing Sallis, who could help form a heck of a backcourt in 2021-22. Things could get a little dicey if Devin Askew returns for a sophomore season, as that would make for a crowded backcourt, and that’s not even accounting for the slim chance 2022 Kentucky commit Skyy Clark reclassifies to 2021.
Sallis is fully capable of being effective on and off the ball, so perhaps it could work out, though Askew has been impressing enough that he could wind up being one and done, paving the way for Sallis to run the show next season.
Kentucky has all of the momentum in this recruitment right now, as every recruiting prediction logged at Rivals and 247 Sports since early October has been in favor of the Cats. North Carolina is believed to be the biggest threat to keep Sallis from playing in Lexington.
Don’t expect a decision anytime soon, as Sallis has repeatedly said he’s going to wait until the spring to decide with hopes of visiting schools like Kentucky. Due to the coronavirus, recruits are unable to take official visits to schools, and that will continue until April 15th at the earliest.
In the meantime, check out some highlights of Sallis in action: