By LARRY VAUGHT
Rivals.com basketball recruiting writer Krysten Peek believes that Kentucky remains in solid position to land Jaden McDaniels, a 6-11 five-star player from Washington.
McDaniels has Washington, Kentucky, San Diego State (his brother plays there), UCLA and Texas as his final schools. He once called UK his dream school but at the recent McDonald’s All-American Game he would not elaborate on his recruitment.
Peek believes UK is in better position to get McDaniels than it is 6-9 Matthew Hurt of Minnesota. She still sees Kansas as Duke as the leaders for Hurt.
“I know Jaden really likes Kentucky and the fan atmosphere,” Peek said. “He likes the ESPN time slots for Kentucky (games) and not the slots in the Pac-12 where games start and half the country is in bed when the game starts.”
What kind of player is he?
“If Kentucky gets him, he is built like Kevin Durant. He has a quick shot release like Durant,” Peek said. “He needs to get stronger but he’s a great finisher. He would really fit well with what Kentucky already has in its recruiting class.”