By LARRY VAUGHT
Maybe the forgotten player currently in UK’s 2020 basketball recruiting class is guard Brandon “BJ” Boston, the first player to verbally commit to John Calipari in this recruiting class.
Rivals.com recruiting writer David Sisk says Boston is a “little different” from guard Terrence Clarke, the highest rated player in UK’s 2020 recruiting class.
“He’s a thinner guy. He is about 6-7 but he has to put on some weight,” Sisk said. “He can score. No doubt about that. Him and Clark can play well together. They can be interchangeable at the 2 and 3, especially if Calipari goes small and opens lanes for them both to drive.
“Boston is really versatile and could play anywhere from the 1 to the 3 offensively I think. Defensively, can guard the 1-3 and maybe even the 4. So he gives you versatility, length and a lot of scoring punch.”
Sisk knows UK fans are worried about not having a true point guard in the 2020 class yet.
However, Sisk says if a player like Immanuel Quickley doesn’t return for his junior year and if UK does not sign a point guard, Boston might be even more valuable.
“Boston might not be a true point guard but he can handle and spell time there or maybe even play there a lot of that’s what the team needs. He’s that good,” Sisk said.
Calipari now has offered six players in the 2021 recruiting class, including five-star shooting guard Jaden Hardy of Coronado High School in Nevada. The 6-4 Hardy averaged 26.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.7 steals per game last year while shooting almost 50 percent from 3-point range.
“He is a shooting guard who can do a lot of things really well,” Sisk said. “He’s just effortless because he is such a natural player. He can score, handle the ball, pass, play defense.
“From what I hear he is already seen as a Kentucky lean. He is not going to reclassify (to the 2020 recruiting class like Clarke did) but it is never too early to look ahead and he is one for Kentucky fans to watch.
“There have been some players in the past many wondered why Kentucky got in late and would lose out. The Kentucky brand speaks for itself and Kentucky can have the option to come in late and still get a player, something a lot of other schools can’t do. But Calipari really seems into Jaden Hardy.”