Several UK basketball recruiting targets were recipients of Gatorade state player of the year honors, which were announced Friday morning.
Jaylen Brown (Georgia), Caleb Swanigan (Indiana), Malik Newman (Mississippi), Jayson Tatum (Missouri) and Cheick Diallo (New York) all earned honors in their respective states. Tatum is the only junior in that group.
None of UK’s three signees were named Gatorade players of the year. The New Jersey honor went to Syracuse signee Malachi Richardson instead of Isaiah Briscoe. Villanova signee Jalen Brunson won over Charles Matthews in Illinois. Skal Labissiere was not eligible for the award after a preseason transfer in Tennessee, and Memphis signee Dedric Lawson was that state’s recipient.