The No. 2 overall player in the class of 2022, Jalen Duren, is a potential collegiate star.
The 6-10 center out of Montverde Academy does have a Kentucky offer, and the Wildcats are seen to be one of the top contenders in Duren’s recruitment.
Duren could also go the G-League route and skip college entirely. But while a decision has not been made, the option to attend college is still open.
In an interview with 247 Sports, Duren talks about his recruitment and where he stands with the Kentucky coaching staff.
“Our relationship is good, I speak with Bruiser Flint and John Calipari a lot. I have a relationship with them. I like the history of Kentucky because it speaks for itself. Everybody knows Kentucky is a household name and they are who they are, you know who they are, everybody knows who they are, they’re cool. Willie Cauley-Stein and Anthony Davis, it honestly speaks for itself. They have more than just bigs, they have guards too and they turn guys into pros. They are a good program.”
It’s important to note that Duren does have a relationship with both Calipari and Bruiser Flint and does understand the history of Kentucky basketball. And even threw out a Willie Cauley-Stein name drop.
Duren is a must-get prospect for Kentucky in the class of 2022, especially to pair with an elite point guard like Skyy Clark.
There is no favorite presumed in Duren’s recruitment for the college route, as he is slightly favored to go the pro route.