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Patrick Baldwin Jr. trims list and UK makes the cut

Baldwin will be the centerpiece of 2021 for somebody.

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As we all sit debating whether or not basketball will take place in the fall of 2020, the recruits for next year are narrowing down their options.

On Saturday, one of the biggest prizes in the 2021 class, announced his top 10 schools, and the Kentucky Wildcats made the cut.

Also making the cut were Duke, Georgetown, Michigan, Milwaukee, North Carolina, Northwestern, UCLA, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Milwaukee may seem like a strange school to be on the list of such a high-profile recruit. However, his father, Pat Baldwin Sr., is the head coach at Milwaukee, so don’t count out the Panthers out of the Horizon League.

Baldwin Jr., who plays at Hamilton High School (WI), is the No. 3 player, No. 2 small forward, and No. 1 player in Wisconsin at Rivals and 247 Sports. He is a special player that is going to make a huge impact for someone the second he sets foot on campus.

All of the early predictions in the 247 Sports Crystal Ball and Rivals FutureCast have been for Duke, including a recent prediction from Rivals recruiting expert Eric Bossi.

Saying this, Baldwin Jr. is very interested in what UK and John Calipari have to offer.

“Their pitch has just been a lot of things that we knew going in which was that they produce a lot of NBA talent, play in the SEC, they have really good teams and talent in that league, “Baldwin recently told Rivals about Kentucky’s recruitment. “A really big pitch is that they know that I am really talented but if you come to Kentucky, that they aren’t guaranteeing you anything,”

Check out some of Baldwin’s junior year highlights below to get an idea of how good this guy really is.

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