Basketball season has almost arrived with Big Blue Madness just a week away. Meanwhile, things are still in full swing on the Kentucky recruiting trail. Here’s the latest rundown.
SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker reported Wednesday night that the 5-star power forward is still upset with John Calipari for cutting him from Team USA’s U-19 squad before it made the trip to Egypt this summer to compete in the FIBA World Cup.
Tucker spoke with Bol Bol’s mother, Ajok.
“He’s kind of a little sad with Kentucky,” Ajok told SEC Country. “The coach promise him — like really promise him — that he’s going to be picked to go to Egypt [for the FIBA World Cup]. And then it did not happen. He was really sad about that. I could see he was sad. [Calipari] never explained what happened.”
Bol is the No. 3 prospect in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports composite rankings. He’s listed at 7-foot-1 and 225 pounds.
Kentucky is still a frontrunner for Bol despite the Team USA snub. SEC Country learned that Oregon and Kentucky are the top two contenders to land Bol.
R.J. Barrett, the No. 1 prospect in the 2018 class, plans to announce his college decision on Nov. 10.
“I don’t know where I’m going yet,” Barrett wrote in his blog for USA Today. “I just set the date because I want to get it over with before the season starts and that should be enough time to come up with the right decision.”
Barrett has three finalists: Kentucky, Duke and Oregon. The 247Sports Crystal Ball gives the Blue Devils a 71 percent chance to land Barrett, followed by Kentucky at 21 percent.
Shareef O’Neal is still committed to Arizona, yet six crystal ball predictions have O’Neal heading to Kentucky. Andrew Slater, a recruiting analyst for 247Sports, was among those who logged an O’Neal-to-Kentucky pick.
“There are rumors that [O’Neal] is likely to de-commit from Arizona, given the events of last week,” Slater said of the FBI investigation into college basketball. “He’s likely to visit Kentucky on the 13th with his AAU teammate and friend Bol Bol. O’Neal’s father is reportedly a big fan of coach Calipari.”
For those who don’t know, O’Neal’s father is Shaquille O’Neal.
Shareef O’Neal is the No. 33 prospect in the 2018 class and the No. 9 power forward. He’s quite a bit smaller than Shaq, listed at 6-foot-9 and 204 pounds.
More Kentucky basketball recruiting news
- Immanuel Quickley will recruit on John Calipari’s behalf this weekend
- Two of Zion Williamson’s games this season will be broadcast on ESPN networks
- Q&A on 5-star PG Quentin Grimes’ visit to Kentucky
- Simi Shittu cancels visit to Arizona
- Kansas fans chant “We want Zion” at Late Night in the Phog
- Kentucky, Indiana, UCLA and Vanderbilt are the finalists for 5-star PG Darius Garland