Kentucky Extends First Two Offers in Class of 2019; Other Tidbits


Kentucky head coach John Calipari extended the programs first two scholarship offers to members of the 2019 class on Thursday.

James Wiseman — the No. 2 prospect in the class according to 247Sports Composite Rankings — was the first to receive an offer from the Wildcats. Calipari and assistant Tony Barbee met with the coveted forward on Thursday.

“The meeting went great today, when Coach Calipari offered me a scholarship I was ecstatic,” Wiseman told Pat Lawless of MADEHoops. “I am very blessed to receive an offer from such a prestigious university. He told me that he really likes my toughness and competitive nature.”

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 five-star out of Memphis East in Tennessee — currently holds twelve offers including the likes of North Carolina, Arizona, Indiana, Louisville and Kansas.

The Wiseman offer was soon followed by another to top 15 five-star wing D.J. Jeffries.

Jeffries — a 6-foot-7 wing out of Olive Branch High in Mississippi — holds offers from the likes of Kansas, Florida, LSU and Iowa State, amongst others.

Playing for the Memphis based Nike EYBL program Team Penny, the two combined for 21.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per outing.

Another 2018 Prospect Set to Commit:

Immanuel Bates has decided to cut his official visit tour short and announce his college decision Friday at 10:00 am ET. The news was first reported by Scout.

The four-star forward out of Northwood Temple Academy in North Carolina will choose between Georgetown and NC State. Two programs sporting new head coaches in Patrick Ewing and Kevin Keatts, respectively. Bates officially visited both finalists earlier this month.

Officials scheduled for this weekend to South Carolina and the weekend of October 6 to Georgia Tech have been cancelled.

While playing for Team Felton on the Under Armour Summer grassroots circuit, Bates averaged 8.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per outing.

Bates is ranked No. 98 overall, and No. 7 in the state, according to the 247Sports industry-generated composite rankings. NC State is the clear leader on the 247Sports CrystalBall, owning 100% of all 16 votes with 11 of those votes being cast on Sept. 14th.

Fast Break:

** Logan Johnson, the 6-foot-2 point guard from Saint Francis (CA) High School, announced his commitment to Cincinnati on Thursday. “He just felt like it was the perfect fit for him,” Johnson’s mother Jennifer Johnson said.

** Serrel Smith, the 6-foot-3 combo guard from Saint Petersburg (FL) High School, became the first 2018 class member for Ole Miss when he announced his commitment to the Rebels on Thursday. His decision comes just a few days after his official visit to Ole Miss last weekend (Sept. 9).

** Jules Bernard, the 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Windward (CA) School, set three official visits on Thursday. Bernard will take official visits to Miami (Sept. 29), Oregon (Oct. 6), and UCLA (Oct. 10). He has a final five that also includes USC and Kansas.

** Mater Dei (CA) 7-foot-1 2018 five-star forward Bol Bol — the son of the late Manute Bol who spent ten seasons in the NBA — scheduled all five of his available official visits.

** College Park High (TX) 2018 point guard Quentin Grimes cut his list of schools to a final four on Wednesday. Texas A&M, Baylor and Arizona missed the cut from Grimes’ original list of seven schools.

** Devante Doutrive, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Birmingham (CA) High School, became the fifth member of Utah’s incoming 2017 class when he signed with Utes on Thursday.

Weekend Official Visits:

  • Ayo Dosunmu – USC
  • Brendan Adams – Wyoming
  • Darius Days – Louisville
  • Elijah Weaver – Florida
  • Eric Hunter Jr – Xavier
  • George Conditt – Illinois
  • Ignas Brazdeikis – Vanderbilt
  • Immanuel Quickley – Kentucky
  • Isaiah Mucius – Wake Forest
  • Jaedon LeDee – California
  • Jermaine Harris – West Virginia
  • Jordan Guest – Boston U
  • Keldon Johnson – Kentucky
  • Keyshawn Embery – West Virginia
  • Khavon Moore – Florida
  • Luguentz Dort – Arizona State
  • Luther Muhammad – Xavier
  • Mike DeVoe – Wake Forest
  • Morris Udeze – Ohio State
  • Nassir Little – Miami
  • Noah Locke – Michigan
  • Riley Battin – Utah
  • R.J. Barrett – Duke
  • Saddiq Bey – Xavier
  • Zion Griffin – Pittsburgh


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