Kentucky Coach John Calipari made the trip to Washington on Wednesday night to see five-star forward Paolo Banchero, one of the Wildcats’ top targets in the 2021 class.
Banchero — a 6-foot-9 prospect from Seattle — is the No. 4 overall player in the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and he was one of the first recruits in that group to land a Kentucky scholarship offer.
On Wednesday night, the star forward scored 29 points in front of Calipari, who has made several trips to Seattle over the past few months. Kentucky is battling home-state Washington, as well as Duke, North Carolina, Tennessee and others for Banchero’s commitment.
UK hosted Banchero for an official visit during Big Blue Madness weekend. While he has been mentioned as a candidate to reclassify to 2020 and play college basketball next season, Banchero, who just turned 17 years old in November, is expected to remain in the 2021 class.