John Calipari now has three players in his 2019 recruiting class, as five-star wing Kahlil Whitney will join four-star small forward Dontaie Allen and five-star guard Tyrese Maxey.
Who will be next?
It likely won’t be Australian shooting guard Josh Green, who recently spoke to Adam Zagoria about his recruitment and made little mention of Kentucky.
As for Kentucky, he said “they got Kahlil Whitney so that’s a pickup at the wing spot for them. They talked to me before but I haven’t really talked to them.”
Green is a five-star shooting guard, ranked the No. 11 player in the class of 2019 by the 247 Sports Composite. He spoke more in depth about Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina and Villanova, four of his top schools. He said USC and UNLV were giving him a lot of attention as well.
Green currently has 29 offers. North Carolina is the favorite in his crystal ball. You can read more about him from Zagoria here.
The Wildcats’ most likely next commit, according to a panel of experts, is James Wiseman, the No. 1 player in the 2019 class. The Lexington Herald Leader recently surveyed national recruiting experts to pick their top five most likely recruits to be the next Kentucky commit. Kahlil Whitney came in at No. 1 just before he made his decision, but at No. 2 was Wiseman.
Wiseman hasn’t dropped any hints as to which way he might be leaning in this Kentucky vs. Memphis battle, nor has he revealed a timetable for his college decision. (He is expected to visit Lexington again this month).
Five of the six national recruiting analysts we surveyed had Wiseman at either No. 2 or No. 3 on their lists of most likely to pick Kentucky.
This is a good sign for Kentucky, because after the decommitment of DJ Jeffries, it seemed as though many were trending towards the likelihood that Penny Hardaway would be getting his guys from AAU ball, which would include Wiseman.
And Wiseman has a great relationship with Hardaway, but that’s obviously not the only factor in his recruitment. It’s still a two-horse race, and this survey shows that Kentucky still has a really good shot at landing the No. 1 recruit.
Be sure to read the full article, which has a new name coming in right behind Wiseman.