National recruiting expert Andrew Slater logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of Kentucky for four-star power forward CJ Walker on Thursday morning, a day after the class of 2019 prospect announced he was ready to make his college decision.
Walker — a 6-9 player at Oak Ridge High School in Florida — revealed Wednesday that he will announce his college decision on Nov. 21, the final day of the early signing period. The twist here is that Walker has long been down to three schools — Louisiana State, Miami and Oregon — and those were the only three programs included in his video previewing the college announcement Wednesday.
That would make a Kentucky commitment seem highly unlikely, although Slater is among the most in-the-know recruiting analysts in the country. UK has been looking for more frontcourt options for the 2019 class, and the Cats have been linked to Walker this fall, though the player’s high school and Nike league coach, Steve Reece, told the Herald-Leader recently that the two sides hadn’t had any serious talks regarding the recruitment. Walker is the No. 28 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Elsewhere on the Crystal Ball, national analyst Evan Daniels logged a Florida State prediction for five-star 2020 recruit Anthony Edwards, who has been recruited by Kentucky. Edwards is the No. 2 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports rankings, and he’s seen as a possibility to ultimately reclass to 2019.
Over at Rivals.com, national analyst Corey Evans has changed his Future Cast prediction on top-ranked prospect Vernon Carey from Michigan State to Duke. Those are the two schools most national analysts are saying have the best shot with Carey, a longtime Kentucky target.