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Recruiting analysts predicting Kentucky to land Nolan Hickman

Nolan Hickman has suddenly emerged as a major target for Kentucky.

Al Ward

There appears to be a new name to watch for Kentucky on the recruiting trail.

Late Friday night, three Rivals FutureCast predictions were logged in favor of Kentucky for four-star point guard Nolan Hickman. That included a pick from rivals recruiting guru Corey Evans, who flipped his prediction from Kansas to Kentucky.

Hickman, who plays at Wasatch Academy in Utah, is currently ranked 30th overall by 247 Sports and 76th overall by Rivals. He previously played at Eastside Catholic in Washington before transferring in July.

The 6-2, 185-pound guard holds offers from the Kansas Jayhawks, Oklahoma Sooners, UCLA Bruins, Washington Huskies and Arizona Wildcats among others. Most of his major offers have come over the summer.

247 Sports recruiting analyst Josh Gershon offered this brief scouting report on Hickman:

Point guard with good size and length. Plus athlete with frame that will allow for strength with maturity. Competitor with impressive mental makeup. Does nice job balancing shooting and creating for others. Versatile scorer and savvy facilitator. Strong on ball defender. Has both high floor and high ceiling. Easy high major starter with NBA upside.

The predictions for the Wildcats to land Hickman came right after they offered fellow 2021 recruits Hunter Sallis and Bryce Hopkins. Sallis is also a point guard, and Kentucky is still trying to land 2022 point guard Skyy Clark, who could reclassify into 2021. But seeing as how Kentucky is pursuing multiple point guards in 2021 now, one has to wonder if Clark really is intent on staying in 2022.

Whatever the case may be, Hickman looks like a promising recruit capable of making a major impact in Lexington, even if it takes a year or two of development.

Check out some highlights of the newest Wildcat recruiting target in action:

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