This has turned into quite the week for Kentucky basketball recruiting in the Class of 2022.
On Tuesday, Kentucky offered a scholarship to five-star guard Chris Livingston.
A day later, it was five-star wing Brandon Miller who scored an offer from the Wildcats.
Then on Thursday, Kentucky was included in the new list of five-star guard Keyonte George. It was reported back in March that Kentucky was making George a priority in the 2022 class, though no offer has been extended yet.
2022 five-star Keyonte George is down to five schools: Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas, Kansas. pic.twitter.com/U3wOvi0vhA— Tipton Edits (@TiptonEdits) May 20, 2021
George, a 6-4 shooting guard from Lewisville (TX), is the No. 5 overall prospect in the class of 2022 by ESPN. Rivals has him at No. 6, while 247 Sports puts him at No. 14. He holds offers from his other four finalists — Kansas, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas — so perhaps it’s only a matter of time until he gets an offer from John Calipari.
Thus far, the only prediction logged at 247 is by Travis Branham for George to go pro with a confidence level of six. Rivals has two picks for Texas Tech and one for Texas. Both picks for Red Raiders came before Chris Beard left for Texas, so perhaps the Longhorns will be Kentucky’s biggest competition for the Texas native if he attends college.
Here is George’s 247 scouting report via Brandon Jenkins, which includes a comparison to Minnesota Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell.
“George is a smooth scoring guard who shows a high level of dedication to the game and looks to play the game the right way. He scores within the flow of an offense and can knock down jumpers from all three ranges on the floor. His in-between game is potent as he has the knack of getting to his spots to get his shot off. He uses his handle to wiggle his way into his pullup and has the explosiveness and body control to finish plays in a crowd. His game is built upon skill and length more than elite quickness. George’s assertiveness is always in question due to his nonchalant demeanor on the floor as he can disappear in spurts at times. His effort on defense could improve but he definitely is capable of becoming a solid defender because of the length and lateral mobility he possesses. George’s talent, skill level, and scoring touch is undeniable. He has a high ceiling and given the spacing on the floor, he will have a shot at being very productive at the highest level of the sport.”
Check out some highlights of George in action.