By LARRY VAUGHT
This could be a really big recruiting week for John Calipari — who has had a lot of those during his coaching career.
First New Jersey four-star power forward Lance Ware is set to make his college choice on Thursday. He has Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State and Providence in his top five and has made official visits to Ohio State and Michigan.
The 6-9, 220-pound Ware is a top 35 prospect nationally after making a big jump over the summer and it probably is no coincidence that he has decided to make his recruiting choice after getting a home visit from Calipari and UK assistant coach Kenny Payne, the man he would be hoping would help get him to the NBA if he picks UK, on Monday. Ware also made an unofficial visit to Big Blue Madness in 2018.
Ware averaged 10.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game during Nike EYBL play last summer and was very impressive at Peach Jam when UK’s entire staff was watching.
While Ware, a left-hander, is a power forward, he’s not a bully inside. However, his quickness and athleticism allow him to function inside where he’s a nifty scorer and solid passer.
It could get even better for Kentucky on Saturday when Terrence Clarke, a top 3 player in the 2021 class, picks his school. He has Kentucky, Duke, Memphis, Texas Tech, Boston College and UCLA as his final schools.
The best news for UK, too, would be not only is he committing to the Cats but he also likely will then reclassify to the 2020 class. Kentucky already has verbal commitments from guard B.J. Boston and wing Cam’Ron Fletcher. Adding Ware and Clarke, who likely would be top 3 in the 2020 class as well, would give UK potentially four 2020 commits by mid-September with the possibility of adding more to go with them.