247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer logged two new Crystal Ball predictions related to Kentucky basketball recruiting targets Tuesday, and one went in favor of the Wildcats.
First, the bad — but not unexpected — news for UK: Meyer is predicting that No. 1-ranked prospect Jonathan Kuminga will turn pro straight out of high school instead of playing one season of college basketball. Kuminga — a 6-foot-8 forward from Congo — graduated from his New Jersey high school earlier this month and is expected to formally announce that he is reclassifying to 2020 sometime soon. Kuminga has narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Auburn, Duke, Texas Tech and the G League, and he’s widely expected to choose the professional path. 247Sports recruiting expert Evan Daniels is also predicting that Kuminga will pick the G League.
Meyer also put in a prediction for five-star guard Skyy Clark, and that pick went in favor of Kentucky, which reached out to Clark on Monday — the first day college coaches could directly contact players in the 2022 class — the latest step in a recruitment that dates back to last year.
Clark — a 6-foot-2 combo guard — recently moved from Los Angeles to Nashville, and he and his father have been highly complimentary of Kentucky’s basketball program. He is the No. 18 overall player in the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and he is keeping open the option of ultimately reclassifying to 2021.