For much of 2020, the Kentucky Wildcats had hoped to land 2021 point guard Kennedy Chandler. However, his commitment to Tennessee put John Calipari and his staff on the hunt for a new point guard target in that class.
It is no surprise that they immediately pursued Hunter Sallis, the No. 19 overall player and No. 2 combo guard according to the 247 Sports Composite. As of today, he has an official scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky, he announced on Twitter.
Among the other schools who’ve offered Sallis include the North Carolina Tar Heels, Kansas Jayhawks, Louisville Cardinals, Oregon Ducks, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Auburn Tigers, Michigan Wolverines and Texas A&M Aggies among others.
Sallis is a 6-3 guard from Omaha, Nebraska who is ranked 11th overall by Rivals. He is listed as a combo guard, but he is looked at by most as a point guard prospect with strong scoring ability.
Another potential target for Kentucky has been Skyy Clark, who is currently in the 2022 class. While there have been rumors that he has been tempted to reclassify to 2021, that is anything but a sure thing. Both are classified as scoring guards by at least one recruiting service, so maybe John Calipari wants both to come in and compete for the starting point guard spot, then have the other guy at the 2.
Sallis is the first five-star prospect from Nebraska in the online ranking era, so you know there will be a strong pull for the point guard to stay home. But he has been highly recruited for some time, so you have to think that the blue bloods that have come knocking have a solid shot to land Hallis.
Many of John Calipari’s classes at Kentucky have started off with a point guard that has led the charge in recruiting other players. Will Hallis be that guy in Lexington?
There is no timeline for his decision, but an offer from Kentucky is a great place to start.