247Sports national recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer logged two new Crystal Ball predictions for major Kentucky basketball targets Monday afternoon. One went in UK’s favor, while the other favored Duke.
Meyer became the latest analyst to predict that five-star shooting guard Jaden Hardy would ultimately end up at Kentucky. Fellow national recruiting expert Andrew Slater made the same pick over the weekend, and Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans has told the Herald-Leader recently that he believes UK is the early leader for Hardy, one of the best scorers in all of high school basketball and the No. 1-ranked guard in the 2021 class.
Meyer also logged a prediction in favor of Duke for Patrick Baldwin Jr., a sharp-shooting wing player in the 2021 class that landed a scholarship offer from Kentucky last year. Duke has long been talked about as a possible favorite for Baldwin — a top five player in the 2021 class — though he has said his recruitment remains wide open.