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“Connection” was not there for UK, Daishen Nix as shown by Calipari not recruiting him as hard as other players

Daishen Nix (Ann Beckett/


Daishen Nix is a top 15 player in the 2020 recruiting class who recently signed with UCLA.

He’s a 6-3 player with great court vision that he showed off at the Marshall County Hoopfest Friday with a 29 points, six rebonds, six assists, two steals and one blocked shot in a 69-67 loss to Central Pointe Christian.

Many thought at one time the Las Vegas prep star might sign with Kentucky. Instead, he signed with UCLA last month.

“Kentucky was my second pick. It was Kentucky or UCLA pretty much the whole time,” Nix said. “My family is mostly on the west coast. Just easier for them to drive to UCLA or it is an hour flight.”

However, he also said that he talked just “once or twice” to Kentucky coach John Calipari who mainly talked to his coach, Greg Lockridge.

“I enjoyed recruiting but it was stressful,” Nix said.

Lockridge said the “connection was just not there” with Kentucky and Nix.

“I think Cal had his sights more maybe in a different direction and maybe didn’t recruit this one (Nix) as hard as he did some of the other ones (that UK signed),” Lockridge said. “We thought had he recruited hard that there was a very good chance he would have been at the University of Kentucky.

“We think he is going to be a great college player and then have a chance to play after that for a long time. He’s just special.”

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