BENTON, Ky. — Jaemyn Brakefield was Huntington (W.Va.) Prep’s leading scorer and rebounder — 14 points and 10 rebounds — in Friday night’s 64-55 loss to a talented St. Benedict’s (N.J.) squad at the Marshall County Hoop Fest, and he’s still just a sophomore.
Despite his age, Brakefield has already caught the attention of UK’s coaches.
The 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward visited UK for Big Blue Madness in October and was back on campus last month for a Wildcats’ practice the day before they played Troy University.
The first visit — for Madness — certainly made an impression on Brakefield.
“What everybody says about it — it’s true,” he told the Herald-Leader. “The atmosphere was really big. Drake was there. The fans were crazy. I didn’t think anybody would know me since I was so young, but they did.”
Brakefield was also complimentary of John Calipari and the time spent watching the UK coach conduct practice. When asked if Calipari was the type of coach he would like to play for at the next level, Brakefield left no question.
“Oh, yes sir,” he said with a big smile. “Definitely.”
That next step is still a ways away for the Jackson, Miss., native, who is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 13 sophomore in the country and is in his second season at Huntington Prep with two more years of high school after this one.
The close proximity of Huntington to Lexington has made UK visits relatively easy, and he says he’s had no other recent visits to other schools. He also didn’t speak of any serious interest from other major college programs at this stage in his recruitment.
“It’s still early in the process,” he said.