It’s still early, but some interesting Crystal Ball predictions popped up Thursday for two players that are likely to be major UK targets in the 2020 basketball recruiting cycle.
National recruiting expert Andrew Slater is predicting that California guard Jalen Green — the No. 2 player in the 247Sports composite rankings — will end up at Memphis, which is hosting him for an official visit this weekend. Top UK target James Wiseman and 2020 target RJ Hampton are also visiting Penny Hardaway’s program this weekend.
Green has acknowledged recently that Kentucky is actively recruiting him.
A couple of new Crystal Ball picks were also made Thursday in the recruitment of Wisconsin native Jalen Johnson, the No. 7 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings for 2020. Both of those predictions — from Wisconsin recruiting expert Mark Miller and 247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer — went in favor of Duke.
Kentucky’s coaches hosted Johnson for an unofficial visit to Big Blue Madness last fall and have continued to recruit him going into his junior season.