John Calipari held his last call-in show of the season today, and he had a lot to say about the Sweet Sixteen game, NBA decisions, and the current 2018 recruiting class.
One of the bigger takeaways from the call-in show was the fact that Cal hasn’t officially talked to any of the current players yet about whether or not the NBA is a good decision. As a result, he doesn’t know how his 2018 recruiting class will shape up.
“We’re on a couple of kids we would like to sign, but we’ll have to see.”
Obviously, there’s Immanuel Quickley, Tyler Herro, and Keldon Johnson coming in. No matter who stays, those guys will be in Lexington next fall. With that being said, could this be Cal’s way of saying he’s hopeful for some of the guys this year to come back next year?
As for next years recruiting class, beyond the three guys above, there’s only one real prospect that looks like Kentucky has a chance with: EJ Montgomery.
EJ is ranked as high as 6th in the country and would be a big help down low for Kentucky.
Now, there are some potential re-classifications. We’ve all heard the story about James Wiseman, the 2019 #1 player. Will he reclassify?
Right now, it’s up in the air. Most signs are pointing to no, but depending on who leaves, Cal could push for this.
Another potential player for next year would be Ashton Hagans, the #8 player in 2019. This wouldn’t make as much sense for Kentucky, as they’ll have Quade Green, Jemarl Baker, Tyler Herro, Immanuel Quickley, and Keldon Johnson all as guards.
Again, all of this is dependent on who stays for next year. After hearing what Kevin Knox had to say, a lot of people are starting to wonder exactly what’s going on.
If we break it down a bit, only three guys on the roster right now are currently projected to get drafted; Shai, Kevin, and Hami. PJ is the next closest, but he’s on the outside looking in. Jarred is another one, but he’s also on the outside.
If Kentucky gets both Jarred and PJ to come back next season, along with 1 of those 3 guys that are projected to go, they really wouldn’t need to add anyone to next year's class.
To wrap it up, it’s going to be an anxious waiting game. A lot of these guys have a big decision to make, per usual, so we won’t know anything concrete for a while.
Here’s the thread of Cals call-in show:
The final @PaulMillerKY @UKCoachCalipari Show of the Year is coming up at 6 p.m. Hear from Coach Cal and assistant @UKCoachJustus as they wrap up the 2017-18 season. Tweet your questions to @UKSportsNetwork.— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 26, 2018
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