With his signature now in, Quaintance becomes the highest-ranked player in the class of 2024 for Kentucky alongside Boogie Fland, Somto Cyril, and Travis Perry. This recruiting win is another huge one for the UK staff, and not just for next season…for the 2025-26 season as well.
At his current age, Quaintance will have two years from the time he enters college before he will be eligible for the NBA Draft. Before his commitment, there was speculation he could spend one year at college, then head for the G-League for the second year.
However, in a conversation with Jacob Polacheck of KSR, Quaintance said he’s planning on being in Lexington for both seasons.
Jayden Quaintance is officially committed to Kentucky.— Jacob Polacheck (@PolacheckKSR) November 14, 2023
And he's potentially in for a two-year stint in Lexington.
“If everything goes how it’s supposed to go, I intend to play both years at the University of Kentucky."
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“I’ll probably stick with Kentucky, seeing all things go well,” Quaintance told Polacheck. “If everything goes how it’s supposed to go, I intend to play both years at the University of Kentucky.”
That is some huge news for the Cats if he ultimately spends both seasons in Lexington, and things seem to be trending in that direction.
Nevertheless, he will spend next year at UK, and that’s a major recruiting win on its own. If we didn’t believe it before, John Calipari really still is the best closer in the business.