With Kentucky seeming to be falling behind in the recruitment of Jaden Hardy, whether that is their choice or not, Hardy is still one of the top prospects on the board that is interested in the Kentucky Wildcats.
To get him though, Kentucky and Calipari will be battling against UCLA and the newly formed G-League team out in California. Hardy is a west coast recruit, so it may be hard to pry him from out west, despite Kentucky landing two west coast stars this past recruiting cycle in BJ Boston and Devin Askew.
In a sit-down with Rivals, Hardy spoke on his Kentucky recruitment and what the Wildcats’ coaching staff has pitched to him:
“I have a great relationship with them. Really all the coaches have been saying during this time is that I’m one of their top guys they’re focused on right now. They’re saying the ball is going to be in my hands and they put the ball in scorer’s hands, and I’m going to be their scorer. That’s been their pitch to me. I don’t know much about Nolan Hickman but I’ve heard about him as a player through Paolo Banchero and he said he’s a great passer.”
Hardy also spoke about the G-League, one of the rumored destinations for Hardy to wind up at:
“I just want to see how it is and how this first year goes for all the top players that chose that route like Jalen Green and Daishen Nix. I’ll be asking them about how they like the team and the coaching staff and just get their feedback on the whole process before going to the NBA. I don’t know a lot about it, but it’s something that I’m definitely going to look into and keep an eye on.”