LEXINGTON, Ky. — College basketball’s early signing period for the Class of 2018 begins Wednesday, Nov. 8, and runs through the following Wednesday, Nov. 15, and Kentucky finds itself in the unusual position of not really knowing who might jump on board.
The Wildcats have one commitment, from 5-star point guard Immanuel Quickley, and feel good about their chances with 5-star shooting guard Keldon Johnson. The situation is a little murkier with 5-star small forward Zion Williamson — but he still seems more likely to pick Kentucky than No. 1 overall prospect R.J. Barrett (a perceived Duke lean, announcing Friday) and 5-star combo guard Quentin Grimes (on whom Kansas has a tight grip).
Bol Bol, the enigmatic 7-footer whose recruitment has taken many twists and turns, appears headed for Oregon, while 5-star point guard Darius Garland looks like a future Vanderbilt Commodore or Indiana Hoosier. If it sounds like John Calipari is swinging and missing more often than usual in this class, perhaps that explains two new offers from Kentucky: 4-star shooting guard Tyler Herro and 5-star center Moses Brown.
Herro got a visit from Calipari last week and is taking an official visit to Lexington this weekend. The Wildcats are also working to set up a visit soon for Brown, who told SEC Country this spring that Calipari has compared him to Willie Cauley-Stein and Anthony Davis.
Not all of Kentucky’s targets will make decisions before Nov. 15, meaning their recruitments could drag on until the April signing period. So what happens — or doesn’t — in the next week will determine just how panicked Big Blue Nation will be over the next few months.
Before those dominoes begin falling, we enlisted the expertise of Scout.com and 247Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels to handicap Calipari and the Cats’ chances with each player they’ve offered in the Class of 2018:
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