Zion Williamson will have visited Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina in consecutive weeks by the time he leaves Chapel Hill, N.C., this weekend. The blue bloods are lining up to land the No. 2 prospect in the 2018 class, but Kentucky is still perceived to be the leader.
North Carolina will try to top an eight. That is, 8 out of 10, the grade Williamson gave his Kentucky and Duke visits. He talked about both visits in his blog for USA Today Sports.
“I’m not gonna say 10 out of 10 on either visit because if that was the case then I’d be committed already,” he wrote. “That’s just how I think.”
Point guard commit Immanuel Quickley might be Kentucky’s ace recruiter for Williamson. SEC Country caught up with Quickley about 10 days ago to get his thoughts on Williamson. The two talked about a package deal this summer, and Quickley feels good about Kentucky’s chances to sign Williamson.
“I think Kentucky fits him and I know he liked the visit, so I think it’ll work,” Quickley said.
Quickley, the No. 8 prospect in the 2018 class, offered more recent thoughts on Williamson in his blog for USA Today Sports on Wednesday. And it’s not just Williamson he’s recruiting.
“As a point guard, I know that the more talent I have around me the easier the game is, so I want everybody; Zion [Williamson], Bol Bol, Keldon [Johnson], R.J. [Barrett], Shareef [O’Neal],” Quickley wrote.
“I’m closer with Zion so I’m constantly working on him.”
Quickley said he was a “little concerned” with Williamson’s visit to Duke last weekend.
“I still think we’ll get it done, but we’ll just have to wait and see,” Quickley wrote.
Kentucky has reached out to recent 4-star Wisconsin de-commit Tyler Herro, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com. Herro is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard and is the 36th-ranked prospect in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports.
“I like Oregon, Kansas, Kentucky, Butler, Villanova, Arizona — those are the schools that have recruited me the hardest and that I’m interested in,” Herro told Daniels.
Daniels reported that Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne reached out to Herro for the first time on Thursday night.
The No. 3 prospect in the 2018 class finally cleared the air about not making the cut this summer for John Calipari’s Team USA U-19 squad. Bol Bol sent out a tweet Thursday night.
I just want to let y'all know I was never Mad about the USA incident.. I only blame my self and no one else
— Bol Bol (@bolmanutebol) October 26, 2017
SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker spoke with Bol’s mother, Ajok, a few weeks back. She said Bol was “kind of a little sad with Kentucky.”
“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,” Ajok told SEC Country. “He was really sad about that. I could see he was sad. [Calipari] never explained what happened.”
Nonetheless, Kentucky and Oregon are the two finalists for the 5-star center. But recent picks have all pointed toward Eugene. Evan Daniels, Scout.com’s national recruiting director, logged his Bol-to-Oregon pick on Tuesday. The 247Sports Crystal Ball gives Oregon a 94 percent chance to land Bol.
Andrew Nemec of The Oregonian offered his analysis: “I think he was blown away on his visit. I had heard he talked to recruits and talked about the fact that he’d like to commit to Oregon.”
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