By LARRY VAUGHT
Not only does John Calipari have his first commitment in the 2020 recruiting class, but he’s also got a commit who could possibly influence other top players to join him as well.
Five-star Brandon Boston Jr. is a consensus top 10 player in the 2020 class and considered the No. 2 shooting guard by most. He was on an official visit to Kentucky and found just what he wanted based on what he told 247Sports director of recruiting Evan Daniels.
“I appreciated everybody recruiting me, but I’m going to Kentucky and I picked them because I think it’s what best fits me,” Boston told Daniels.
He’s from Norcross, Ga., but is transferring to Sierra Canyon in Chatworth, Calif., for his senior season where he will be playing with several other elite players. Zaire Williams, another top 10 player, recently transferred there for his senior season. Also on the team will be sophomore Bronny James, the son of LeBron James, and senior Zaire Wade, the son of Dwayne Wade.
Kentucky had been considered the leader for Boston but he had Duke, Florida, Auburn and Oregon as his other top schools among his 30 plus scholarship offers and the move west for his senior season had led to some speculation that UK’s chances might be hurt.
Rivals.com writer David Sisk — along with others — had thought Boston might eventually commit to Kentucky. He was just not expecting it this weekend.
“Maybe the timing of his commitment surprised me because he told me backing May that he wanted to take all his official visits before making a decision,” Sisk said. “Then I heard in June that they expected to commit in July. That’s when I felt really good about him picking Kentucky because I had been a little nervous when he transferred to Sierra Canyon because naturally when a school is a frontrunner for a player and he moves across the country it makes you wonder. But I had always thought Kentucky was in great shape with him.
“I think a lot of people, not just me, might be surprised that he committed this morning but most everybody I believe thought he was going to Kentucky.”
On the Nike EYBL circuit this year Boston averaged 22.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 52 percent from the field for AOT