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Today (Wednesday, Nov. 8) marked the beginning of college basketball’s early signing period, which runs through next Wednesday. So far, Kentucky has just one commitment: 5-star point guard Immanuel Quickley, who plans to officially sign a letter of intent with the Wildcats on Thursday.
Many of you want to know who’s next — and whether John Calipari can land anyone ranked higher than Quickley (No. 8 overall in the Class of 2018, per the 247Sports Composite). Lots of questions today about the No. 1 and No. 2 recruits in the class, R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson.
Our pal TB asks: What is the chance UK gets both Zion and RJ? What’s the chance UK misses on both Zion and RJ? Similarly, Tyler Terry wants to know: Are we getting RJ Barrett? And if we do, do we get Zion as well?
While I think the Cats are still in the mix for both players, I think it’s more likely UK gets neither of them than it is to get both. Duke is a popular pick for Barrett, who is announcing his decision Friday live on Canadian TV, but watch out for Oregon. The Cats would be an upset winner if they land him.
There’s quite a bit more hope for Kentucky with Williamson, but his is a strange recruitment. He and his circle have gone completely quiet, as I understand it, not talking to any of the schools involved or any recruiting gurus in several days.
Duke and Kansas are threats, but if I were betting on a non-UK destination for Williamson, I’d go home-state Clemson. Yeah, that would be bonkers, but it’s a real possibility. For now, I still think the Cats ultimately land him, acknowledging that it’s a semi-educated guess based on relatively old intel.
No one even knows for sure at this point if Williamson, despite having taken all his official visits, will sign in the early period. This thing could drag on until spring.
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