Two of Kentucky’s top 2022 targets have taken key steps toward reaching a decision on where they’ll be playing next year.
It began Friday with news that top-five recruit Shaedon Sharpe will visit Kentucky for a second time next week.
Additionally, Adam Zagoria reports that Sharpe will meet with G-League officials next Thursday, then set a decision date.
Five-star Class of 22 G @ShaedonSharpe Will meet with G League officials Thursday and then set a commitment date, his coach from @UPLAYCanada says https://t.co/878B6cHrQv— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) August 28, 2021
This means Kentucky, the perceived heavy favorite in this recruitment, will get the final visit before On3’s No. 1 overall recruit makes his choice. The Dream City Christian (AZ) product officially visited Kentucky in June, so a second trip would be unofficial.
Kentucky is still viewed as the favorite, though seeing the G-League still make a push has to make the Big Blue Nation a tad bit nervous with a decision coming soon.
Thankfully, the NIL has been enough to sway elite recruits like Sharpe to pick college over the pros, and that is the likely outcome here.
Elsewhere, fellow top-five recruit Chris Livingston has cut his list down to five options with Kentucky being one of them. Memphis, Georgetown and Tennessee State are the other college finalists. He will also consider the NBA G-League, according to Joe Tipton.
Livingston, who plays at Buchtel High School in Ohio, has already visited his finalists and will make his decision on his birthday, October 15th. Memphis had been getting a lot of buzz, though that has died down recently, while skipping college to go pro is also seen as a realistic option.
The most recent prediction logged was from Rivals recruiting expert Travis Graf changing his pick to ‘unlikely’ for Memphis after originally picking the Tigers to win out. There are no 247 Sports Crystal Ball picks as of now.
Just getting one of these guys would be a massive win for John Calipari and his revamped coaching staff, as Sharpe and Livingston both have the potential to be the top player for a title-contending team.
Get both of them, and Kentucky is likely the favorite to win it all in the 2022-23 season.
In the meantime, check out some highlights of both guys in action.
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