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Another 5-Star Basketball Recruit Could Come Down To Duke vs. Kentucky

Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders running onto the basketball court.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - MARCH 21: The Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders take the court during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 21, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Duke and Kentucky have had plenty of showdowns for five-star recruits. The Blue Devils have come out on top more often than not as of late, though Kentucky got good news with its continued candidacy for RJ Hampton now that he's reclassified.

The Blue Devils did not make the cut for that elite guard. Texas Tech, fresh off a run to the title game, replaced Coach K's squad in the top four.

With five-star Jalen Johnson, a 2020 recruit, things may once again come down to Duke vs. Kentucky.

The Milwaukee native is a 6-foot-8 small forward, ranked No. 3 overall in the class by 247Sports.

As of today, Duke looks to be in good shape. Five of seven early 247 crystal ball predictions have him heading to the Blue Devils, though obviously that is far from definitive.

Kentucky is definitely still in it for Jalen Johnson as well, and said it was one of his "dream schools" when he was younger.

From Lexington Herald-Leader:

“I like Kentucky a lot,” he said. “That’s been my dream school growing up. Coach Cal, it just meant a lot with him coming to my school like three times this year. Just to show that I’m a priority for them and they really want me, it means a lot.”


Johnson said UK’s status as his “dream school” started with John Wall — the star player on Calipari’s first Kentucky team — and grew from there. He mentioned that one major factor in his eventual college decision will be a program’s history of player development. Calipari’s record of getting guys prepared for the NBA checks that box. “That’s like no other,” Johnson said. “Just to see how he’s turned players into, probably, future Hall of Famers. That’s crazy.”

He said that Duke's pitch is similar, and glowed about hearing directly from Krzyzewski himself about his desire to have the five-star at Duke.

Arizona and his local Big Ten power Wisconsin are also top options, though he's expected to release a bigger top schools list beyond those four soon.

[Lexington Herald-Leader]