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Could Calipari add both Jaden McDaniels and Johnny Juzang? Yes he could

Jaden McDaniels


For Kentucky basketball, there’s never a dull or off time in recruiting.

Today 2020 point guard Jeremy Roach, the first point guard in the class offered a scholarship by John Calipari, picked Duke. He missed last season with a knee injury.

However, 247Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels, who had the story about Roach, also made a more favorable observation for Kentucky earlier in the day when he switched his college choice for Jaden McDaniels, one of the top forwards in the 2019 recruiting class, from home-state Washington to Kentucky.

McDaniels has said very little to give any insights into his recruiting but the assumption had been was that he would stay on the west coast. At the McDonald’s All-American Game, he refused to even talk about his recruiting options.

But remember at one time McDaniels did call Kentucky his “dream school” and he’s always indicated a strong interest in Kentucky. If UK lands him, it would be a huge talent addition for John Calipari’s team.

California swingman Johnny Juzang, another five-star player, will not make his college choice Friday between UK, Kansas, Oregon and Virginia. He recently made an official visit to UK that seemed to go extremely well.

The 6-6 Juzang reclassified to the 2019 recruiting class after getting a scholarship offer from UK and is a top 30 player. More importantly for UK, he’s a prolific 3-point shooter — an area where UK, like most teams, could use more help.

Much like Tyler Herro could, Juzang can also hit a midrange shot as well as put in 3-pointers. He can score in traffic but often pulls up for a jump shot. His athleticism and length make him a versatile defender like Calipari likes.

If Kentucky lands Juzang and McDaniels, it well could have the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class and give Calipari a loaded roster going into next season.


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  1. Not that Roach isn’t a good player, but I prefer bigger size points like Suggs…there are several other better options too, IMHO. Please, please, come on
    down Johnny & Jaden-love it when Christmas comes early.

  2. Add Blackshear to the mix, and you have an unbelievable class for next year. Cal will pull his hair out trying to figure how to get everyone more minutes! Say it is impossible, I disagree! This could well be the most exciting year that Cal has had at Kentucky. It is in the three’s best interest to play at Kentucky. The great thing is it cost nothing to dream. Oh what a dream this could be, not to mention that Nick and EJ might return as well.

    1. Blackshear is the player we need the most. McDaniels is going to Washington and we have plenty of guards. If Juzang picks us, he would probably start at shooting guard, but then who sits? If Allen recovers from his injury, there will also be a logjam at small forward. With things as they are, Blackshear fills the biggest need, but our track record with postmen makes that iffy at best. We should have used Travis more and Washington less this past year…we would have made the Final 4 most likely. Cal falls in love with players who aren’t the best fit for the team and we pay for it…i.e. Andrew Harrison and PJ.

  3. I’m on your band wagon Ben 27, if Cal finishes it off like you dream, we can sit back and really enjoy the process- get em Cal!

  4. Cash Register Johnny just went…Juzang! Looking like a dream come true-Go Cats!

  5. Not getting McDaniels won’t be that big a deal. I think he is overrated and his slim frame won’t fare well in the SEC. Sestina gives us more of what we need and Brooks will be a surprise at the 4 spot as the season goes on.

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