By LARRY VAUGHT
Could Isaiah Todd, a power forward from Richmond, Va., reclassify to the 2019 recruiting class?
Rivals.com recruiting writer Krysten Peek isn’t sure if he will or not but she knows one thing — he would be a “big target” for Kentucky if it did happen.
“I really think he is a Kentucky lean,” Peek said. “He had a great visit and he hits the system there very well.
“The one thing I don’t like is that he does take plays off. I cannot stand to see that in someone so gifted. But he has a mom who yells at him for taking plays off and tells him if he doesn’t want to play hard all the time he is not playing. She’s keeping him on the right path.”
With or without Todd, Peek says she loves the 2020 recruiting class and some of the players Kentucky coach John Calipari has already offered.
One if Virginia point guard Jeremy Roach, who missed last season with a preseason knee injury.
“Prior to his ACL tear, he could do no wrong,” Peek said. “His court sense, basketball IQ and his handle are so far above everyone else’s. He can have a quiet 22 points and 10 assists. He’s a tough kid, too.”
Sharife Cooper of Marietta, Ga., is another 2020 point guard with a Kentucky offer.
“Kentucky offered RJ Hampton, the No. 1 player in 2020, and then a few weeks later Cal offers Cooper,” Peek said. “RJ’s mom said her son was Kentucky’s first priority and then Cal offered another point guad. But Kentucky can do that.
“I think with Sharife, it is a toss up between Kentucky and Auburn. He is very similar to Ashton Hagans. He gets in the lane, is good on defense and is a better shot than Ashton.”
Another Georgia guard with a 2020 offer is Brandon Boston. Peek says he “exploded” playing for USA Basketbll over the summer.
“It’s going to be a blue blood battle with Kentucky, Duke, UNC,” Peek said. “Kentucky is in there but I think he is leaning to Duke. Then again nothing is impossible in recruiting with coach Cal.”