During a couple of lulls in Kentucky’s 76-67 victory over Alabama on Saturday, there was a clear chant from a handful of fans in the UK student section.
“We want Greg! We want Greg!”
Those chants were directed at Greg Brown, the 6-foot-9 basketball recruit sitting directly behind the Wildcats bench, just a few feet away from the Kentucky students. Brown is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 7 overall prospect in the class of 2020, making him UK’s top-ranked uncommitted target for that group.
Brown made it to Lexington, as planned, for his official visit this weekend, and he’s expected to take one more official visit to Michigan next month. He’s already taken official visits to Auburn, Memphis and hometown choice Texas, and a final college decision is expected this spring.
“I think he’s fairly up for grabs,” Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi told the Herald-Leader during the week. “Of course, any time you have a situation where there’s a school that’s legitimately 15 minutes away from his house and has been building a relationship for a long time — like Texas has — of course they’re going to have some inherent advantages. But, also, you have to wonder, too: ‘Well, why hasn’t he committed yet?’ What more could he possibly need to see from them? And, I think a lot of that has to do with he wants to see how Texas finishes things out (this season), and how things are looking in the long-term there.
“Meanwhile, there are some places that are appealing to him. I think Memphis and Auburn have done really good jobs with him and are right there with him. And now Kentucky’s going to get their shot.”
UK has just two frontcourt signees for next season — 6-9 forwards Isaiah Jackson and Lance Ware — and the Wildcats are still looking to add to that group with their 2020 recruiting efforts.