By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky will get an official visit from one of the nation’s top 2020 power forwards but it will not be until January.
Five-star Greg Brown of Texas told will be at Kentucky the second weekend in January based on what his father told recruiting analyst Evan Daniels of 247Sports.
Kentucky has two verbal commitments in the 2020 class — five star guard B.J. Boston Jr. and four-star Cam’Ron Fletcher. The Cats also seem well positioned with a number of other guards/perimeter players.
However, that’s not the case with power forwards and centers. Kentucky had five-star power forward Isaiah Jackson on campus last weekend for an official visit and some national recruiting analysts think UK is in a favorable position with him. However, I keep hearing not to count on seeing Jackson in college next year because playing professionally overseas could be a big option.
That could make Brown’s visit very, very important in January. He originally did not have Kentucky in his top 10 schools in February. However, now he has UK, Auburn, Memphis, North Carolina and Texas as his top five.
The 6-9 Brown is a top 10 player and him suddenly adding Kentucky to his top five list has to be a huge plus for the Wildcats. Brown will be at home-state Texas for an official visit this weekend. He’s going to make an unofficial visit to North Carolina before an official to Auburn in November and then officials to Memphis and Kentucky in January.
Brown played on the same AAU team as guard Cade Cunningham, a major UK target and a top five player in the 2020 class. Brown averaged 18.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 assists in the Nike EYBL and put on an even better show at Peach Jam with UK coach John Calipari and all his staff watching.
Texas remains the team most national analysts favor to get Brown, who has the athleticism and size to play in any style program.
Kentucky’s other offers to bigs in the 2020 class are five-star power forward Isaiah Todd, four-star center Cliff Omoruyi and four-star power forward Lance Ware.