The Kentucky Wildcats are putting the finishing touches on their 2019 recruiting class and are already well-into setting up 2020. One potential target for the team is five-star guard Josh Christopher, and it appears the interest in mutual.
Speaking to Kentucky Sports Radio, Christopher revealed that while the Wildcats have yet to make him a scholarship offer, he sees Kentucky as his “dream school.” He also noted that he’s in frequent contact with Coach Cal and planning a visit in the fall.
“Kentucky has always been my dream school, honestly,” he said. “Since I was a child, I’ve always been a Kentucky fan, I’ve had the shorts, I’ve had gear when they won championships. As a little child I’ve always loved Kentucky.”
However, Christopher stopped short of guaranteeing a commitment to Kentucky should he get an offer. He expressed his love for the various Pac-12 schools that are closer to his home.
“As I narrow my list down and stuff like that, of course you take into consideration of your future and not just your dreams, your emotional aspect of it,” he said. “But definitely since they’re showing interest in me, I’ll have to pay that respect [back] from being a fan.”
“I’m a homebody, I love California, I love the West coast,” he said. “All those schools are appealing to me. Oregon, UCLA, Cal, USC, all those schools in the PAC-12, really.”
247Sports currently rates Christopher as the No. 7 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 1 shooting guard in the country, and the No. 3 prospect from the state of California. His scouting report currently gives him a pro comparison to Sacramento Kings guard Iman Shumpert.
Last year at Mayfair, Christopher averaged 25.9 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, and 3.6 assists per game over 27 games.
If and when Kentucky does make Christopher a scholarship offer, they’ll be contending with the aforementioned Pac-12 teams along with such NCAA giants as Kansas, Georgetown, Arizona, and Alabama.
But for now, it seems pretty clear that Kentucky has a better than decent chance at getting a top shooting guard next year.