The Kentucky Wildcats are beginning to familiarize themselves a little bit more with the class of 2022, and the most recent recipient of this interest is Cason Wallace. Rivals analyst Travis Graf recently reported that Kentucky reached out to Wallace.
Wallace is a four-star shooting guard out of Richardson, Texas, which doesn’t seem like a coincidence considering the Texas Longhorns had offered and the Cats are bringing Jai Lucas on board.
The 6-4, 180-pound guard is only ranked No. 61 on 247 Sports and No. 90 on Rivals, but it appears John Calipari sees something that not many others have caught on to just yet. He already hold offers from the aforementioned Longhorns, Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, Baylor Bears, Oklahoma Sooners, and Texas Tech Raiders, among others.
There currently aren’t any Crystal Ball predictions for Wallace, but there is one Rivals FutureCast pick from Travis Graf for him to Baylor. However, while Baylor has been mentioned the most as an early favorite, Graf has been the one on top of Kentucky’s early interest.
And now that they have reached out, it looks like they’re already gaining traction.
I know who will be playing PG at Kentucky in the Fall of 2022.— Buff (@TheTB5Reports) August 25, 2020
While many assumed this tweet referred to Skyy Clark, it was actually about Wallace.
Now, I know the ranking doesn’t jump off the page, especially when you look at the players that the Cats normally pick up, but don’t cast him out just yet. He seems to be on his way to a big, big jump in the rankings sometime soon, and would have already if there were an AAU season this summer.
Catching up on “Who Wants The Smoke” and going to give some thoughts:— Ross Homan (@Ross_homan1) August 24, 2020
-Cason Wallace is the best prospect I’ve seen, so far. Has an argument for top 10 in the class. Easily a 5 star. Was good to see him show more downhill aggression combined w/ pull-up. (https://t.co/rLzv7ChZFD)
Homan says the four-star shooting guard should be considered a five-star point guard. He mentions his ability to stop on a dime and then re-accelerate extremely quickly. His quick first step allows him to not only get around the defender and pull up for a pretty mid-range shot, but it also allows him to slide over top of screens.
He’s not the most explosive athlete in the world, but he is better than most give him credit for. He’s also tall and fairly long, which allows him to block shots and get off his own shot at such a high release point that it’s difficult to disrupt.
It’s still early in the process, but this is someone we could see Kentucky move quickly with, especially if Clark ends up moving up to 2021. Regardless, you could pair the two together, or if Clark does reclass, then you could pair Wallace with five-star point guard Jaden Bradley.
We know Calipari is not afraid to bring in and play multiple guards at once. And we also know he has an eye for point guard talent. It looks like Wallace could be next on the list.
For now, it’s certainly something to keep an eye on.