Tonight begins the 2018-19 college basketball season. The Champions Classic tips off in Indianapolis, the matchups are Duke-Kentucky and Michigan State-Kansas. Obviously, all four of these teams are top-5 team’s, but recruiting-wise, what’s next?
Kansas, obviously with the recent scandal there could be some scare on who Kansas can and can’t get. We’ve seen many offers been extended by Kansas recently to 2020-2021 prospects, as for the 2019 class they have had James Wiseman, Jaden McDaniels, Zeke Nnaji, and Matthew Hurt still involved.
As for realistic options, many think that Matthew Hurt will be the guy that Bill Self lands for the 2019 class. They do have some hefty competition in Kentucky, Duke, and Villanova. Recently Hurt has had in-home visits with Coach K and John Calipari, Bill Self made his a few weeks back.
With the first signing period just around the corner, only time will tell who the Jayhawks will land.
Duke, it was just a few weeks ago [october!] when Coach K got his first 2019 commitment. Wendell Moore, Duke’s lone 2019 commit and a top-20 prospect joined the Blue Devils. As for other targets right now it’s looking like Duke could get a commitment real soon.
Boogie Ellis and Vernon Carey Jr both officially visited Duke just one week apart. As for Ellis once the Duke visit ended he immediately decided to cut his list and many think that he is a done deal to join Wendell Moore in the 2019 class. Carey Jr is still completing his official visits, he took trips to Miami and UNC the past two weekends after the Duke visit.
I guarantee a commitment will come this month for Coach K and staff, whether it’s Ellis or any of the other 2019 targets.
Michigan State, it’s been a joyful week for Spartans head man Tom Izzo. After getting Rocket Watts in early October he recently picked up a verbal commitment from top-50 prospect Malik Hall.
Tonight, Izzo will have a slew of guests in attendance for the team’s matchup against Kansas. One of the key guests in attendance, Trayce Jackson-Davis. The 2019 five-star is known as a lock to Indiana but he told IndyStar “I’m not a lock anywhere.”
The same day Malik Hall verbally committed, Izzo didn’t waste any time. He went straight to Indiana where he conducted an in-home with Jackson-Davis. As for him and other MSU targets (Stewart, Carey, etc) it could end up being a good month for Tom Izzo.
Finally, the Kentucky Wildcats, with already three top-100 commits for the 2019 class, Calipari isn’t done. With James Wiseman likely heading to Memphis the focus remains on guys like Vernon Carey Jr, Jaden McDaniels, and Keion Brooks.
Last night it was surfaced that Jaden McDaniels, top-5 prospect in 2019, will make a trip to Lexington this weekend. This could be a huge trip for McDaniels and especially Calipari who has prioritized McDaniels heavily over the past two months.
For me it’s likely Calipari adds another top-100 prospect which will give Kentucky a huge boost in the 2019 rankings.