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Kofi Cockburn still has UK in final 3; Jalen Duren trending toward Miami?

John Calipari is still trying to add one more piece to an already-deep roster, but it very very very likely won’t be Kofi Cockburn.

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Despite reports that Kentucky has dropped out of the Kofi Cockburn race, he’s still listing the Wildcats among his final three options.

Also in the running for Cockburn are the Florida State Seminoles, while returning to Illinois is still the perceived favorite heading into Friday’s decision.

John Calipari and his staff seemingly have all of their focus on landing Jalen Duren now, though getting a read on his recruitment has been quite the challenge.

Kentucky seemed to be in a good spot going into his official visit to Lexington. Then Memphis was the perceived leader.

Now, it looks like Miami may be the top college option based on what Big Blue Express and Andrew Slater (and his palm tree emoji) are saying, though going pro is also still in the mix.

You could make a compelling argument as to who would be a better college player next season between Duren, a strong contender for the No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick in 2022, or Cockburn, an All-American who will be among the top favorites for national player of the year honors.

Kentucky’s frontcourt is pretty crowded as is, so Duren may be the better option since he’s skilled enough to play the 4 or 5 spots, whereas Cockburn is a true center potentially joining a roster that already has a true center in Oscar Tshiebwe. Playing Cockburn and Tshiebwe together would have been very challenging, so that would explain why Kentucky seemingly removed itself from his list, even if they’re still technically on it.

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