Shaedon Sharpe has taken another step in his recruitment, as he cut his list down to five options Sunday.
In an interview with ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, Sharpe revealed he’s now down to Kentucky, the G League Ignite, Arizona, Kansas, and Oklahoma State. He also stated, “I’m 100% open to all options right now,” and that Kentucky is not the heavy favorite everyone is making them out to be.
“People have been penciling me in with Kentucky, and I’m honestly not sure where that’s coming from,” Sharpe told ESPN. “Maybe it’s because Shai Gilgeous-Alexander went there from Uplay and was one and done. It’s true they were the only official visit I’ve taken so far, because all the other schools asked to wait until students were back on campus and football games were being played. No one really knows anything about my situation besides my family and Dwayne.”
The article also states Sharpe will take visits to Kansas, Arizona and Oklahoma State before making a decision in September once those have wrapped up.
Oh, and the G-League was not on his original list, so they now appear to be a legitimate option.
The 6-foot-4, 175-pound Sharpe has been trending to the Kentucky Wildcats for quite some time, but after he officially visited Lexington in June, the momentum for Kentucky has been full-steam ahead, so much that there’s been significant buzz he could be a Wildcat by the end of August.
Sharpe recently cut his list to 10 schools, which included Kentucky, Oregon, Alabama, USC, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, Arizona, and Arizona State. The fact he’s just trimmed it down to five suggests that a decision could be coming soon, but his comments make it sound like we could be waiting a little longer than expected.
Sharpe could also end up being the first No. 1 overall recruit that Kentucky has landed since Skal Labissiere in 2015. He’s now On3’s top-ranked recruit in the 2022 class, and that was before Jalen Duren reclassified into 2021.