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Kentucky Loses Commitment From Top 2019 Basketball Recruit

Coach Cal reacting to a Kentucky basketball game.

LEXINGTON, KY - DECEMBER 29: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team against the Louisville Cardinals during the game at Rupp Arena on December 29, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Decommitments from top players is pretty rare in college basketball. You almost never see someone decommit from a program like Kentucky. That is exactly what DJ Jeffries just did.

Jeffries, a four-star prospect from Mississippi, committed to play for John Calipari back in March. He is one of two 2019 recruits that had already pledged for the Wildcats, along with five-star guard Tyrese Maxey.

Moments ago, DJ Jeffries announced his Kentucky decommitment via Twitter:

Jeffries is a pretty big-time player in the class of 2019. 247Sports' composite rankings have him at No. 37 in the country. He is the 10th-ranked small forward and No. 1 player in the state of Tennessee. That last bit may point towards his next college choice. Jeffries played for new Memphis coach Penny Hardaway last summer. The Tigers seem to be the overwhelming favorite to be the new choice, based on the Twitter reaction from college recruiting insiders after the announcement.

Penny Hardaway and Memphis already has one blue-chip commit in 2019: four-star center Malcolm Dandridge. It certainly looks like they could be adding a second soon.