By LARRY VAUGHT
Momentum is the best word that Chris Fisher of the CatsPause/247Sports Network can use to describe Kentucky basketball recruiting.
Not only has coach John Calipari got a verbal commitment from top 10 2020 guard Brandon Boston, but the Cats seem to be trending for top 10 2020 players Jalen Green and Joshua Christopher.
“You could put Jalen Green as the primary ballhandler and put Christopher and Boston on the wings like Calipari did with DeAaron Fox, Malik Monk and Isaiah Briscoe,” Fisher said when I was hosting the Leach Report Wednesday. “All three can handle the ball and make plays for themselves or others. It would make for a potent backcourt. If I remember right, Kentucky was top 10 in scoring (nationally) with that trio (Fox, Monk, Briscoe).”
Fisher said he normally doesn’t “buy into the idea of package deals” with top players because so many variables are involved. However, he says Green and Christopher know each other well and both players have Kentucky either at or near the top of their lists.
“Christopher has not been shy about saying Kentucky is his dream school. His dad said growing up he had a UK birthday cake and wore a Kentucky jersey to basketball camps,” Fisher said.
That might be because former UK star Tayshaun Prince was Christopher’s older brother’s god brother.
“I just think Kentucky has an outstanding shot at landing Christopher,” Fisher said. “Kentucky is also likely in the top two with Green. Memphis is the one team I could see throwing a monkey wrench in that but it’s looking good for Kentucky.”
Same with St. Louis four-star forward Cam’Ron Fletcher. He’s made both an unofficial and official and Fisher says that indicates the interest level Fletcher has.
“It wouldn’t shock me if he pulled the trigger and secured his spot at Kentucky,” Fisher said. “He has an unlimited upside. He’s nowhere near the player he will be. He is a typical Calipari type player. He’s really versatile. He can get the ball off the glass and bring it up the floor and make plays in transition. That’s the kind of thing Kentucky really likes.”
He’s not a top 10 player but Fisher has a good perspective on that.
“I think he’s 36th overall in our 2020 rankings,” Fisher said. “(Tyler) Herro was around the spot in the 2018 class.”
Herro, of course, ended up a lottery pick after a superb freshman season.