A few recruiting notes for Thursday …
Kentucky coaches will be in North Carolina on Monday — the first day of the fall recruiting period — to see five-star forward Isaiah Todd, according to USA Today’s Jason Jordan. Todd is one of the Wildcats’ top remaining targets for the 2020 class and an important prospect as UK looks to add some frontcourt players to its group of commitments for next year.
UK coaches will also be in Memphis later this month to see 2021 point guard Kennedy Chandler, according to the Commercial Appeal’s Mark Giannotto. Chandler has emerged as a five-star recruit in the 2021 class and has been on UK’s radar for a while. Giannotto also reported that coaches from Duke and Tennessee are expected to visit Chandler next week to start off the fall recruiting period.
Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi has made a Future Cast prediction in favor of Michigan State for four-star center Mady Sissoko, who was mentioned this summer as a possible UK target. Rivals.com’s Corey Evans made a prediction for Michigan State back in June, and UK has yet to extend a scholarship offer to Sissoko, the No. 40 player in the class.
National recruiting expert Andrew Slater is the latest to pick Oklahoma State for JT Thor, who has visited UK multiple times but does not yet have a Wildcats’ offer. Thor — a four-star forward in the 2020 class — has moved to a high school in Georgia, and Evans is also predicting the Cowboys will land his commitment.
National recruiting analysts Evan Daniels, Brian Snow and Corey Evans have all made predictions in favor of Louisville for 2020 point guard Deivon Smith, the No. 50 player in the class, according to the Rivals.com and 247Sports composite rankings. Louisville is also seen as a possible favorite — along with UK — for 2021 point guard Devin Askew, who is still considering a move to the 2020 class.
It’s not UK related, but Evans also made a recent Future Cast prediction in favor of Southern Cal for Ziaire Williams, the No. 5 overall player in the 2020 class. The Trojans already have a commitment from Evan Mobley, the unanimous choice for No. 1 player in the 2020 class.