Kentucky basketball has gained a lot of momentum over the last few weeks. Olivier Sarr is eligible to play, Jacob Toppin was also granted a waiver, and highly-touted recruits Bryce Hopkins and Skyy Clark made their decision to suit up in Kentucky blue.
Could another decision for the Wildcats be imminent?
Last week, Kentucky picked up multiple predictions to land 2021 big man Daimion Collins after the Oklahoma Sooners were widely viewed as the favorites. In fact, the 247 Sports Crystal Ball gives Kentucky a 93.3% chance to sign Collins.
It sounds like we’ll find out for sure where he’s going this weekend, as Adam Zagoria reports Collins is expected to make his college choice Saturday.
Collins is ranked as the No. 10 overall recruit and the No. 5 power forward, according to Rivals. He hasn’t been a big target for Kentucky for a long time, as news of John Calipari’s interest only emerged in August, but the recent buzz has certainly been all about the Wildcats.
One big factor for Kentucky is new assistant Jai Lucas, who recruited Collins while working for the Texas Longhorns. Lucas recently joined Kentucky’s staff as the special assistant to the head coach and recruiting coordinator.
Currently, the only 2021 commits for Kentucky are point guard Nolan Hickman and forward Bryce Hopkins. However, there is speculation that 2022 point guard Skyy Clark could end up reclassifying.
Speaking of, there is a group that Hopkins, Clark and Hickman have with Collins, which is another great sign for the Cats.
Bryce Hopkins’ father tells KSR that the newest UK commit is in a group chat with Skyy Clark, Nolan Hickman, and…
“[Daimion] just reached out to Bryce. They have a little chat room. They definitely communicate among each other.” https://t.co/zg79dXpFMv
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) October 27, 2020
Starting off with a recruiting class with a point guard and two talented frontcourt players is a great haul for Kentucky if it comes to pass.