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The Nike Peach Jam is back after missing 2020 due to COVID-19, as Kentucky Wildcats coaches are getting to see some of the best high school recruits in action at North Augusta (GA), which includes potential No. 1 overall 2021 recruit Jalen Duren, pending a reclassification.
Kentucky is still making a push for Duren, though him landing elsewhere appears to be the likelier scenario for now.
Other Kentucky targets in action include Dereck Lively, DJ Wagner Jr., Brandon Miller, and Jaden Bradley.
There’s also several guys who could score scholarship offers from the Cats, including shooting guard Nick Smith Jr. and point guard Cason Wallace.
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