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Gonzaga in lead for Hunter Sallis, but Kentucky still pushing hard

The latest reports state Gonzaga is in the lead to land five-star guard Hunter Sallis, but UK is still in hot pursuit. 

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The Kentucky Wildcats at one point seemed to be heavy favorites for five-star point guard Hunter Sallis, but it seems now that they’re in the No. 2 position.

Momentum in Sallis’ recruitment has swung to the Gonzaga Bulldogs, as reports from both Eric Bossi of 247 Sports and Rob Cassidy of Rivals state Mark Few and Gonzaga is in the lead to land the five-star guard.

“In 2021, Hunter Sallis remains the primary target,” Bossi wrote when discussing the Wildcats. “Gonzaga appears to be leading the way with Sallis, but Kentucky isn’t totally out just yet with a decision scheduled for late March.”

Cassidy’s report ranks Sallis’ contending schools and has Gonzaga in the top spot and Kentucky checking in on No. 2.

“Gonzaga has been hard charging for weeks and now seems to be the slight favorite to land Sallis’ commitment next month,” Cassidy wrote. “This is, in part, due to the fact that the Zags were the only program that hosted the five-star for an official visit before the pandemic took hold. The fact that the Zags look like a juggernaut on the court this season and will see current star Jalen Suggs selected near the top of next year’s draft won’t hurt either.”

On Kentucky, Cassidy said, “The Wildcats were long considered the favorite to land the five-star guard and still have a solid chance to do so. Nobody will be floored if the Wildcats edge out Gonzaga down the stretch, as John Calipari has a way of winning these sorts of battles. His track record of developing pros speaks for itself and is certainly much more important to Sallis than the program’s recent on-court struggles.”

Read both Bossi and Cassiday’s reports for more.

And be sure to check out this new highlight package of Sallis in action.

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