By LARRY VAUGHT
Jalen Green got one of Kentucky’s earliest scholarship offers in the 2020 class but some other players did get UK scholarship offers before him. That puzzled the player a bit but the family had a “conversation” with UK coaches to make sure he was the priority there he had been led to believe.
“He grew up following Kentucky,” Marcus Green, Jalen’s trainer, said. “Kentucky is one of his dream schools. One thing I told coach Cal was that it was rough on him because he offered some other players before him and Jalen was ranked No. 1 (in the 2020 class at that time).
“Calipari broke it down for him and kept it 100 percent truthful. That’s why he has put Kentucky in the spot it is now and that remains his dream school.”
Jalen Green has visited Florida State and Memphis. He’s indicated Oregon has been very active in recruiting him, too.
“We are hoping for someone who is honest and trustful with us about everything,” Marcus Green said when asked about what might be the deciding factor in Jalen’s college choice. “We want someone who will hold Jalen accountable but if something goes wrong will also hold himself accountable.”
Jalen Green definitely will make an official visit to Kentucky. Plans were on hold until he finishes playing for USA Basketball. Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus went to Greece to watch the USA under 19 team play. Green is not the only player he was there to watch but don’t doubt Green was the big reason Justus made the trip.
“That is his dream school and one of his priorities is to make sure he explores that in depth,” Marcus Green said. “Then if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out.
“But he really wants to explore that option. I already know the Kentucky fan base will be encouraging him that is a good place for him because their support is unbelievable. We’ve seen that.”
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Green and his Prolific Prep teammates will play at Marshall County Hoopfest and McCracken County Mustang Madness next season as well as possible two more events in Kentucky.