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Kentucky likely to offer Peyton Watson, per report

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The Cats have been in talks with the Long Beach native.

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With the 2020 recruiting class locked up and the roster pretty much set for next season, we start to turn our focus to the 2021 recruits.

One player who has really made a name for himself out west is five-star wing Peyton Watson.

Watson is ranked 17th overall by 247 Sports and is the top player in all of California for the 2021 class. And according to Vaught’s Views in a convo with Yahoo Sports & Rivals.com basketball writer Krysten Peeks, an offer from Kentucky could be coming very soon.

“I think Kentucky has not offered yet because he (UK coach John Calipari) wants to see him in person before he offers,” Peek said.

Kentucky hasn’t had too much luck in the recent past with California recruits. Johnny Juzang just transferred, and Jemarl Baker transferred the year before that. However, that remains to be seen as one of the best players in the country, BJ Boston, played in California this past season at Sierra Canyon (but is originally from Georgia) and is sure to have a massive impact on Kentucky’s team next season.

Watson is a 6-7, 180 pound small forward that averaged 23.3 ppg and 8.1 rpg for Long Beach Poly in his Junior year. He’s an extremely versatile athlete that has better than normal vision for a player his size.

“He is not a finished product yet. He has grown a lot. He should be playing in a tournament hopefully in Las Vegas at the end of July I will be at and I think he will dominate,” Peek said.

Watson currently holds offers from Michigan, Washington, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgetown, Oregon, San Diego State, Utah, and more.

Calipari and Watson have reportedly been in frequent contact over the past few months. Considering Cal hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to small forwards, this could potentially be a big get for the Cats, if they choose to offer.

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