By LARRY VAUGHT
Give Kentucky coach John Calipari for maybe being as active with recruiting as he has been in his 10 years at Kentucky.
As soon as he got a commitment from guard Terrence Clark and he reclassified from the 2021 to the 2020 recruiting class, he cut ties with guards Jalen Green and Josh Christopher. Not sure any other school in the country would have done that because they are both top five players in the 2020 class. However, Calipari correctly — in my estimation — figured those two high-powered eventually would pick other schools since UK also has a commitment from 2020 guard Brandon Boston.
However, Calipari has moved on to 2021 combo guard Jaden Hardy of Nevada, another five-star player. The 6-4, 180-pound Hardy is a top 10 player in the 2021 class and has a ton of offers including Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Florida State, Georgetown, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, UCLA and USC.
Hardy is an elite athlete who can score in a variety of ways. He would give Calipari the versatile guard who could play either point guard or shooting guard.
Calipari has now offered five players in the 2021 class — Hardy, forward Jonathan Kuminga, forward Paoloa Banchero, guard Devin Askew and forward Patrick Baldwin. Plus, UK has the commitment from Clarke, who is still in the 2021 class for now.