It seems as if the 2018 recruiting trail gets crazier with every passing day. Here’s a roundup of some of the most recent happenings with Kentucky’s targets.
Kentucky has already taken a big hit with Bol Bol’s recruitment, and with Marvin Bagley trying to reclassify to 2017, he’s likely out of the 2018 picture (though it’s not likely he’ll go to Kentucky either way). Now the Kansas Jayhawks are making their move on Zion Williamson, a 2018 power forward who has all kinds of hype surrounding him. Kentucky was the major favorite for Williamson, until now.
Kyle Tucker of SEC Country explained why the Jayhawks have surged recently, with the help of Andrew Slater:
“I think Kansas makes sense,” he said, “from the perspective of his relationship with [5-star point guard] Devon Dotson, who may wind up [committing to Kansas] fairly soon, his strong connection to Adidas [Williamson plays on that shoe-company’s AAU circuit] and Kansas’ ability to showcase players like him, as they did with Josh Jackson [No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft]. He also has a strong relationship with Bill Self.”
That’s not great news. Wildcat fans salivated when Williamson talked package deal with Immanuel Quickley, but that may not be the case anymore.
And we’ll get to Quickley in a minute, but let’s get back to Bagley.
Bagley just finished his visit to UCLA, and according to Adam Zagoria, that was the last visit he had scheduled…for now. He still hasn’t visited Kentucky. He has visited Duke and USC. He’s looking to reclassify and jump into the 2017 class, and according to Sam Vecenie, that may be easier for him to do at UCLA. Here’s why: