It’s unclear why Hickman is choosing to back off his pledge or if Kentucky will still be in the running for the Utah product whose hometown is Seattle (WA). Still, this can only be viewed as bad news when a high four/low five-star recruit chooses to reopen his recruitment, not to mention he was a McDonald’s All-American selection.
Hopefully, this means some good news is coming with other backcourt options, but Hickman was poised to be a key piece of this program for the next several years.
And I guess you can call this the latest of far too many setbacks with West Coast recruits, joining the likes of Devin Askew, Johnny Juzang and Jemarl Baker (read more about that here).
With news of Johnny Juzang transferring, of 15 players from California who played for Kentucky, only 4 completed their eligibility at UK. (Prince, Hayes, Lock and Laib).— bigbluehistory (@bigbluehistory) March 28, 2020
Floreal switched to track & Porter graduated a year early. All others transferred with eligibility available. pic.twitter.com/v3XHyQniB1
While Hickman was going to compete for serious playing time next season, Kentucky is also trying to add several backcourt transfers who can run the point, so there’s a decent chance Hickman would have had a lesser role than what even Askew had this past season.
Speaking of, Kentucky will soon learn where transfer options Adam Miller and CJ Fredrick are heading, possibly as soon as this weekend. Perhaps one of them is coming to Lexington and it helped Hickman make his choice to decommit now.
Here’s to hoping John Calipari and his revamped coaching staff can add more impact players who can help offset the loss of Hickman.
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