Another Kentucky prospect in the Class of 2022 has trimmed his list, but this time, the Cats did not make the cut.
According to Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com, 5-star forward Brandon Miller has cut his list to four options, which include Alabama, Tennessee State, the NBA G-League, and the NBL. Removed from his list were Kentucky, Tennessee, Kansas, and Florida.
Five-star senior Brandon Miller is down to four options: Alabama, Tennessee State, NBL, and the G-League. Ultimately, 50/50 chance he ends up with the pro route or college. Regardless, he will prosper on any squad.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) September 3, 2021
The 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward from Antioch (TN), is currently the 10th-ranked player for the class of 2022, according to 247 Sports Composite. The same rankings also list him as the fourth-best small forward in the class.
Kentucky was viewed as a major player in this recruitment, but there have been some questions regarding his potential fit alongside other recruits the Wildcats are trending for. Alongside that same thought, Miller fits the mold of what college and NBA teams are looking for in bigs/forwards in today's game, which is why it’s anticipated he’ll end up choosing one of his professional options on the list.
If Miller chooses college, Alabama is the runaway favorite now that Tennessee State is the only other college option.
Kentucky has positioned themselves to put together one of the best classes of the John Calipari era, even with this miss on Miller. For Shaedon Sharpe and Cason Wallace, Kentucky looks like the significant favorite. Dereck Lively is another big man Kentucky is firmly in the mix for.
Alongside those guys, Kentucky has been picking up steam in the recruitment of 5-star forward Chris Livingston, who has a commitment date set for October 15th. Perhaps Kentucky gaining momentum there is part of why Miller is no longer an option.