By LARRY VAUGHT
He had a lot of options to decide what schools to put in his final five but Las Vegas five-star point guard Daishen Nix decided Kentucky was going to be one of his final five.
That’s not surprising — except he does not yet have a scholarship offer from John Calipari.
The other schools in his top five are Kansas, UCLA, Maryland and Alabama. They have all offered scholarships to the 6-5 point guard.
Nix has made no secret of his desire to get a scholarship offer from Kentucky and Calipari and his staff have certainly kept in contact with the Las Vegas guard. Calipari watched him play this summer and assistant Joel Justus made a trip to Las Vegas to see him.
Most recruiting services have Nix as the top point guard in the 2020 class and some have him as a top 10 player nationally. Rivals.com recruiting writer Krysten Peek loves his all-around game and passing ability. She also has pointed out how well he played with Brandon Boston, a UK commit, this summer.
Nix’s high school coach in Las Vegas is also his guardian and he did not play on a travel team connected to any of the major shoe companies. He also got some time with USA Basketball during the summer.
Nix will be in Kentucky in December to play in the Marshall County Hoopfest. So will Jalen Green, a top five 2020 guard with a UK offer. Kentucky also is in hot pursuit of Josh Christoper, another top five point guard. However, they are not true point guards and neither is Boston.
Kentucky has offered point guards Jeremy Roach and Sharife Cooper. Roach is committed to Duke and Cooper seems to be a strong Auburn lean.
Of course, UK has three point guards — Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley and Tryese Maxey — on this year’s team. One or more could return for the 2020-21 season to go with Boston and other future commits.
Still, Nix putting UK in his top five certainly indicates that if Calipari does decide to make an offer, odds are Nix, a top 10 player, will quickly take it.