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.
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.