Update: It appears Kentucky Basketball won’t even be an option when VJ Edgecombe announces his decision.
Joe Tipton reports that Kentucky is out, so Edgecombe’s decision comes down to the Baylor Bears and Duke Blue Devils. This is how things have been trending in recent weeks, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but it still stings nonetheless.
Here’s the report.
A tough pill to swallow, but Kentucky still has a special class coming in next season. Let’s hope it’s able to make one more addition with someone like Karter Knox or a potential 2025 reclass candidate.
Top-five recruit VJ Edgecombe has officially set a decision date.
According to On3’s Joe Tipton, Edgecombe will announce his decision Sunday at halftime of the 7:30 pm ET Hoophall game.
For the longest time, Duke held all the momentum in the recruitment, but in recent months, the Kentucky Wildcats and John Calipari have put the full-court press on Edgecombe and appeared to have gained significant momentum for the 5-star shooting guard.
However, as of this writing, Duke and Baylor are seen as the two schools in the heat of the battle, with Kentucky in third place.
Edgecombe is an athletic scorer on the wing with developing guard skills. He’s a terror in transition who puts a ton of pressure on the rim and can rise-up for the type of highlight finishes that few others can make. He’s also a well-rounded athlete with quick reactions throughout his floor game, multiple jumps, and natural strength even as he continues to fill-out his frame. His skill-set is a work in progress. He tends to be most efficient right now when looking to score, but clearly wants to develop his total guard skills. He gets good lift into his mid-range jumper and is capable, if not ultra-consistent, shooter from behind the three-point line. Even when he’s not hammering big dunks, he’s an impressive finisher who utilizes mid-air body control and dexterity alike. There’s been clear progress with his handle and passing, but he can still be turnover prone at times and his left hand needs work. Defensively, he has all the tools and just the right competitive mentality to emerge on that end of the floor.
Will Kentucky continue to stack its 2024 recruiting class with one of the more elite scorers in the class? Edgecombe sure would give the Wildcats an argument for the top overall class in the country for the second straight year, but for now, it doesn’t appear they will be the pick on Sunday.
If that happens, look for Kentucky to put the full-court press on 5-star wing Karter Knox and/or a potential 2025 reclass candidate like Jasper Johnson or Darryn Peterson.
Here’s to hoping Kentucky pulls off the upset on Sunday night.