Kentucky basketball recruiting notebook: Cats in good shape for Cameron Reddish, Keldon Johnson gets offer

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Kentucky is looking to secure its first commitment in the 2018 class, but a few things might be falling into place for John Calipari’s crew.

Five-star small forward Cameron Reddish, one of Kentucky’s primary targets, could be making his decision this fall. Five-star shooting guard Keldon Johnson finally has the coveted Kentucky offer and Immanuel Quickley cut another school from his list.

Those are the topics of this week’s Kentucky recruiting notebook. You can catch up with last week’s edition here.

Cameron Reddish

Reddish told Rivals.com that his commitment could be “sooner than expected.” Many expect the No. 4 prospect in the 2018 class to be choosing between Kentucky and Duke. The Blue Devils have a 91-percent chance to land the nation’s third-ranked small forward, according to the 247Sports’ crystal ball. UCLA, Villanova and Connecticut are the other schools in Reddish’s top 5.

SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker caught up with Aaron Burt, the coach of Reddish’s AAU team. If Reddish could be deciding sometime in the fall, where does that leave Kentucky?

“I think they have a great shot,” Burt said. “They have a great environment, great coaching, and I feel like Kentucky is a great opportunity for him. So they have a great shot at him.”

Burt said Reddish’s time with Calipari in Egypt on the U-19 Team USA squad was a good challenge for him.

Read the full story here.

Keldon Johnson

Johnson is the No. 15 prospect in the 2018 class, and the second-ranked shooting guard behind Romeo Langford, but until this week he was looking for a Kentucky offer.

It’s not often that 5-stars have to wait on offers, but Johnson did and Kentucky may have vaulted to the top of his list. The offer came on an unofficial visit to campus Tuesday, a source familiar with his recruitment told SEC Country.

Johnson is the ninth player in the class with a Kentucky offer. The others: small forwards R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Reddish, power forward Bol Bol and point guards Immanuel Quickley, Darius Garland and Quentin Grimes.

Johnson is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound shooting guard. He preps at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.

Kentucky, Texas and Maryland are the three favorites to land him, according to the 247Sports crystal ball.

Immanuel Quickley

The 5-star point guard is likely to be Kentucky’s first 2018 commit, and the Wildcats got a step closer on Tuesday. Quickley, who preps in Maryland, cut the hometown Terrapins from his list. That leaves Kentucky, Kansas and Miami as the three finalists.

Quickley is the No. 9 overall prospect and the No. 3 point guard in the class, according to 247Sports. Quickley has said Kentucky is his favorite, and the Cats are the consensus pick to land him.

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