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5-Star Guard Jalen Green A 'Likely' Kentucky Big Blue Madness Visitor

Recruit Jalen Green skies for a dunk at the SLAM Summer Classic in New York.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 18: Jalen Green #14 of Team Zion dunks prior to the game against Team Jimma during the SLAM Summer Classic 2019 at Dyckman Park on August 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Five-star combo guard Jalen Green has options abound for his basketball future. One of them, as you'd guess for a top-five recruit, is the University of Kentucky.

UK is one of Green's 19 reportedly offers. Once again, this one could be a showdown between John Calipari and his former team, the Memphis Tigers, which have taken off on a recruiting rocketship under Penny Hardaway.

Last year, the Tigers beat Cal and others for No. 1 recruit James Wiseman, a versatile big. Wiseman played for Penny and was a Memphis native, so the Tigers had some significant built-in advantages now. Landing a guy like Green, who is from California, would be a further signal that Memphis is a program to be reckoned with.

Memphis currently has four of the six votes to land Green per 247Sports' crystal ball, and all four of the predictions in Rivals' equivalent poll. Kentucky has one of the remaining 247 predictions.

It sounds like Calipari and the Wildcats may get their shot to woo Green in the next few months. Per a report, he is "likely" to visit Lexington for Big Blue Madness in October.

From Kentucky Sports Radio's Jack Pilgrim:

If Jalen Green attends Big Blue Madness, he won't be alone. Fellow five-star Paolo Banchero, a big man out of Seattle in the class of 2021, is set to visit that weekend as well.

They'll be joined by local star prospect JJ Traynor, a fast riser in the recruiting world. The Kentucky native doesn't have full evaluations yet, but 247 recently bumped the power forward up to No. 76 overall in the class of 2020, and four-star status.

It shouldn't be a major surprise, but Kentucky is gearing up for a run at some more big classes. In 2020, the 'Cats already have five-star BJ Boston Jr. and four-star Cam'Ron Fletcher, who make up the fifth-ranked class in the country.