Class of 2022 point guard Jaden Bradley has announced his final five, and the Kentucky Wildcats are still in contention.
Joining Kentucky were the Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida State Seminoles, Arizona Wildcats and Gonzaga Bulldogs. ESPN’s Paul Biancardi broke the news first.
Point guard Jaden Bradley is down to his final five schools, he tells ESPN. @WhosNextHS pic.twitter.com/OUjKQsHIvz— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) August 26, 2021
This has been an interesting recruitment for the Wildcats, as they were once viewed as the favorites for the 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard out of IMG Academy in Florida. However, Kyle Tucker of the Athletic recently reported that Kentucky wasn’t expected to be the pick, as Alabama now appears to be the favorite.
That makes sense considering Kentucky has a pledge from fellow 2022 guard Skyy Clark and looks like the favorite for Shaedon Sharpe and Cason Wallace. They’re firmly also in the mix for Nick Smith Jr.
Even so, Bradley recently told KSR he’s still being recruited by Kentucky.
“I talk to Coach Cal and the assistants all the time through text messages,” Bradley said. “Just telling me to stay in the gym, keep getting better and keeping in contact, building a relationship.” Bradley said.
Bradley has taken visits to Alabama, Arizona, Michigan, and North Carolina. He also plans to visit Florida State and Gonzaga.
While Kentucky has yet to host Bradley for a visit, Bradley said they’ll “probably talk about it.”
“I’m not sure yet, we’ll probably talk about it and get a visit and figure out a date or something.”
Unless things fall through with other guard targets, it’s much more likely the Wildcats are facing Bradley on the court next season than playing alongside him.
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