Earlier this week, it seemed to be a near-lock that Kentucky would either end up with Jalen Duren or Kofi Cockburn.
Once the news that the staff might have not been completely sold on the idea of adding Kofi, it seems all of their resources are being used to trying to get Duren in Lexington next season.
That continued today on the first day of the latest evaluation period, as John Calipari and Orlando Antigua are front row at Peach Jam watching Team final this morning. Jack Pilgrim of KSR tweeted out the photo this morning showing them there.
John Calipari and Orlando Antigua front and center for Jalen Duren and Dereck Lively II.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) July 16, 2021
Here we go. pic.twitter.com/0KGoe1QHEP
Alongside getting the chance to see Duren, the duo also gets a chance to watch Dereck Lively II. Lively is the top big man target for Kentucky in the class of 2022, and just recently rose all the way up to the No. 3 player in the country, according to 247 Sports.
For Duren, the reclassification rumors are no secret. It is widely expected that he will reclassify to the class of 2021, but it is still a question whether he will play professionally or in college next season.
Duren’s current list is a final five of Kentucky, Miami, Memphis, the NBA G-League, and the NBL. All three collegiate head coaches were in attendance.
A decision is expected to be made shortly after Peach Jam. Kentucky will have to keep their foot on the pedal, as this recruitment is going to go down to the wire.
John Calipari, Jim Larrañaga and Penny Hardaway all courtside to watch No. 1 prospect Jalen Duren pic.twitter.com/oE0al3Vz6a— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) July 16, 2021