LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari’s Team USA coaching labors might soon be bearing fruit for Kentucky.
The Kentucky coach is in Egypt leading the national under-19 team. It’s a squad that includes current Wildcats Hamidou Diallo and P.J. Washington, but equally or more important, the team is packed with prospects who are considering Kentucky.
Calipari’s advantage over his college coaching peers can be seen.
So now it’s time to check in on the prospects. This is the second edition of a weekly basketball recruiting update SEC Country is featuring. If you missed the first edition, catch up here.
PG Immanuel Quickley
Quickley is the No. 2 point guard and 10th overall prospect in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. The Bel Air, Md., native is choosing between four schools: Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland and Miami.
SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker caught up with Quickley in Colorado Springs, Colo., two weeks ago during Team USA training camp. Quickley mentioned the long line of elite point guards to come out of Kentucky, and as far as the cons of coming to Lexington, he couldn’t think of any.
The elite point guard prospect said Kentucky has emerged as the definitive favorite in an interview with Scout.com’s Evan Daniels on Kentucky Sports Radio Wednesday.
“I think right now, Kentucky is definitely a favorite,” he told Daniels. “They’re getting an advantage because I’m getting to know Coach Calipari pretty well right now, but I’m still a long way from reaching my decision. I still want to take all my visits and see every school before I make my decision.”
SG Romeo Langford
The top-ranked shooting guard in the 2018 class and No. 4 overall prospect has a blog on USA Today about his trip to Egypt with Calipari and the U-19 team. Langford, from Albany, Indiana, is another top Kentucky target. Louisville, Duke and Indiana are the other schools with the best chances to land him.
Langford has been quiet about his recruitment, and admitted in the blog that coaches don’t have his phone number. He did shed a light on his timeline.
“I do know that by the end of the summer I want to cut my list down to about seven schools,” Langford wrote. “I don’t have any dates for officials or anything like that though.”
247Sports’ crystal ball gives Louisville the best odds to land Langford. Kyle Tucker caught up with Langford in Colorado Springs and wrote about the long line of suitors in pursuit of the 6-foot-5 guard.
SF Cameron Reddish
Is John Calipari making a push for 5-star small forward Cameron Reddish? Kyle Tucker covered that topic in an interview with Reddish — the No. 2 small forward and fifth overall prospect in the class.
Duke is considered the favorite to land the versatile 6-foot-8 star prospect, but Reddish told SEC Country that Kentucky is “up there.”
“I’m not going to rank them, but yeah, they’re pretty high,” Reddish said.
Calipari raved about Reddish during Team USA training camp and said the Pennsylvania product can play any position on the floor. Reddish is part of the 12-man Team USA roster which will give Calipari three weeks with the top target.
“I would say he’s a cool dude,” Reddish said about Calipari in an interview with SEC Country, “but he really pushes you to the limit. Like, he really wants you to be great; he cares for you. I really like that about him. And I trust him. Everything he’s saying makes sense, and his current players right now are kind of backing it up for him.”
Dick Weiss is in Egypt covering the tournament for Blue Star Media and had this to say.
“Reddish is the most talented of the four high school seniors on the roster and arguably the most versatile player on the team with the ability to play all five positions,” Weiss wrote on Wednesday after Team USA defeated Lithuania in a scrimmage.
More Kentucky recruiting links
- Immanuel Quickley reminds 247Sports’ Jerry Meyer as a mix between former Kentucky point guards John Wall and Brandon Knight
- In the same interview, Meyer thinks Kentucky is in good position for top 2018 SF Zion Williamson
- No. 1 2018 prospect Marvin Bagley will visit Duke this summer
- Marcedus Leech, a 4-star 2019 prospect, will be in Lexington Friday. If Kentucky offers, the Cats will be atop Leech’s list.
- DraftExpress analyzes how several UK targets performed for Team USA
- Kobe Brown’s recruitment could end quickly if Kentucky offers the 2019 4-star prospect