The Kentucky Wildcats were finally met with some good recruiting news for the 2021 class after getting off to a slow start. Four-star point guard Nolan Hickman decided to pull the trigger and commit to John Calipari and the Wildcats after a very fast 24 hours.
On Friday, Hickman was seen as a heavy Kansas lean. But Friday night, Corey Evans of Rivals switched his pick from the Jayhawks to Kentucky, and on Saturday, it was made official. Hickman becomes the Cats’ first pledge in the 2021 class.
More good news could be in the works for Kentucky in the very near future.
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
Kentucky giving their newest commit Nolan Hickman the Brandon Knight comparison. https://t.co/FfFF4tGazq— Bryan Kennedy (@BKennedyTV) August 22, 2020
New Kentucky commit Nolan Hickman scored 36 points in front of John Calipari and Tony Barbee when they went to watch Paolo Banchero back in February. The Wildcats swoop in and steal a top prospect from the likes of Kansas, UCLA and Arizona among others.— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) August 22, 2020
Evaluation and Film Study: Nolan Hickman— Endless Motor Sports (@endless_motor) May 26, 2020
East Side Catholic HS (WA)
Lead guard with a potent jumper is one of the more under appreciated prospects in the nation@Nolanhickman2 pic.twitter.com/IlZ2u8XvAM
I like the Brandon Knight comparison for Nolan Hickman. Also just watching some highlights reminds me some of SGA as well. Solid pick up to start the class off!— Ethan DeWitt (@EthanDeWitt1) August 22, 2020
Talked with Nolan Hickman last night, he was ready to shock the world and announce his commitment. Kentucky lands him and it’s a solid pickup from John Calipari.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) August 22, 2020
Hickman is a very skilled prospect.
Nolan Hickman is a big commitment for Kentucky and one of the biggest surprises of the 2021 recruiting cycle. This recruitment went almost completely under the radar. https://t.co/1UIsDlMGfC— Josh Gershon (@JoshGershon) August 22, 2020
Nolan Hickman first 2021 commit for Kentucky basketball. The second shouldn’t drag behind very far at all cmon down Bryce Hopkins pic.twitter.com/TZEzwGLRLf— B££ZY (@Burke_Franklin_) August 22, 2020
Recruiting never stops. Espn 100— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) August 22, 2020
Nolan Hickman commits to @KentuckyMBB.
Shot creator with 3 pt range.
Strong decision maker.
Operates at his own pace.
Does not get sped up.
Good ball-screen execution & vision. @Nolanhickman2 @WhosNextHS pic.twitter.com/BrR0DIvCyO
A surprise pickup for Kentucky. No. 51 overall and No. 7 point guard in the 247Sports Composite. No. 30 overall, No. 3 PG in 247’s own ranking. https://t.co/to4hUozPnH— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) August 22, 2020
Tony Barbee also deserves credit for the win here, continues to put in phenomenal work behind the scenes. https://t.co/bII23PDiQ1— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) August 22, 2020
2021 5 ⭐️ PG Nolan Hickman has committed to Kentucky.— Tre Jackson (@knowledge_hoops) August 22, 2020
Hickman is a proven floor general who makes intelligent reads, possesses an explosive first step and can finish around the rim very well with both hands, can defend, and is a capable shooter from behind the arc. pic.twitter.com/WVrGymSqsH
His Dad Nolan Hickman Sr. Has done a great job keeping him focused on hard work and letting him know that’s what’s going to set him apart!— Paul Peterson (@paulwpeterson20) August 22, 2020
I’m a fan of the Nolan Hickman commitment. Good start for 2021. Reminds me of an SGA type of point guard. Smooth, efficient, and will impact the game in a variety of ways.— T.J. Walker (@TJWalkerRadio) August 22, 2020
Back in February, Nolan Hickman walked off the court after dropping 36 and saw Kentucky coach John Calipari in the stands.— Andy Buhler (@AndyBuhler) August 22, 2020
"Wow," he said then, beaming. "36 in front of coach Cal."
Today, the 4⭐️ former Eastside Catholic PG committed to Kentucky.https://t.co/q8lRnjkLfu
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