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UK meeting with Isaiah Stewart, Matthew Hurt and Keion Brooks

UK believes it’s still in the running for Stewart.

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Good luck figuring out the recruitment of Isaiah Stewart.

Over the last two months, Kentucky was out of the mix for Stewart, then became the favorite, then went back to seemingly being out of the mix.

So of course, the next step is for Kentucky to somehow get back into the mix.

According to Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader, Stewart is among the recruits Calipari plans to visit this week, which includes Matthew Hurt and Keion Brooks. Roberts added that “the Herald-Leader was told Monday that UK still sees itself as a legitimate contender” for Stewart.

Since Brooks does play at the same high school as Stewart, it makes sense for Calipari to see both of them, but it is still yet another odd chapter in a recruitment that no one seems to have a real feel for.

Ever since Stewart officially visited Kentucky several weeks ago, every indication has been the visit did not go well, though it’s unclear why it went sour. The one constant since then has been Kentucky seemingly being out of the mix for Stewart, who now appears to be trending toward Michigan State, though Duke and Washington have gotten recent buzz as well.

But with this latest report, it appears Kentucky is now back in the mix for the elite big man.

Brooks, who just officially visited Kentucky, this is the latest example of Calipari meeting with a recruit shortly after his official visit. The idea here is probably Calipari getting a feel for the recruitment several days after the player had time to digest the visit and re-evaluate where Kentucky stands in his recruitment.

As for Hurt, his recruitment has been an intriguing one to watch. Kansas was perceived to be the heavy favorite, but with the ongoing FBI investigation and the Jayhawks’ involvement in it, Hurt is probably less comfortable picking them, which may present an opening for Kentucky to make a big push.

As of now, I’d still pick Kansas for Hurt, Michigan State for Stewart and Indiana for Brooks, but ask me again tomorrow and it will probably change. No one seems to feel confident on where either of the three will ultimately land.

Be sure to read Roberts’ full report.

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