The Kentucky Wildcats are starting to zero in on their top targets for the class of 2025. With plenty of talent in the class, John Calipari and his staff have Kentucky right in the mix for some of the top players in high school basketball including the Boozer twins and AJ Dybansta.
They are also a strong contender for Darryn Peterson, who is also vying for the No. 1 spot in 2025.
On Monday afternoon, the talented shooting guard out of Huntington Prep also cut his list down to eight schools. Joe Tipton of On3 was the first to report the news.
Making the cut was Kentucky alongside Baylor, Kansas, Indiana, Ohio State, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Michigan.
Per Tipton, Peterson will also still consider the pro route as well.
NEWS: Five-Star Plus+ SG Darryn Peterson, the No. 3 overall prospect in the 2025 class, has cut his list to 8 schools, he tells @On3Recruits.— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) January 1, 2024
The 6-5 junior will remain open to the professional route.
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This list cut comes several days after Peterson spoke with On3 about several official visits he’s hoping to line up. Kentucky was also on that list, which included the Jayhawks, Tar Heels, Razorbacks, and Buckeyes.
Peterson, a 6-foot-5 and 195-pound native of Canton (OH), is considered a 5-star recruit in the class of 2025 and is also listed as the No. 3 overall player in the class by 247 Sports Composite. He’s also someone who could reclassify into 2024, which would explain why he’s setting his visits up now instead of waiting until the fall.
Kentucky has been the trendy choice in this recruitment for quite some time, as Peterson has made it known his goal is to make it to the NBA. With the track record of UK guards and their success in the league, that is obviously a very appealing option for any player of his caliber.
The only wrench thrown into the mix is his recent NIL deal with Adidas, which many viewed as a huge boost for Kansas.
The first high school athlete to sign a deal like this is obviously new territory for all the schools involved. Will this automatically push him to an Adidas school? That is the major question.
Now, even on Kentucky’s roster this season, there are several players with deals with apparel brands other than Nike, including Justin Edwards - New Balance and Antonio Reeves - Reebok. Hopefully, it won’t be the deciding factor in Peterson’s recruitment.
This battle seems to just be heating up. Let’s see if John Calipari can land another No. 1 recruiting class in 2025.