ESPN recruiting analyst says D.J. Jeffries “enormous” commit for Kentucky

D.J. Jeffries with UK coach John Calipari and assistant Tony Barbee.

By LARRY VAUGHT

With all the attention focused on 2018 recruiting, it’s easy to overlook what 6-9 D.J. Jeffries could mean to Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class.

He verbally committed to coach John Calipari several months ago and later led his Mississippi team to a state championship.

ESPN recruiting director Paul Biancardi thinks there is a lot to like with Jeffries.

“He’s still a puppy but he’s versatile, athletic and explosive,” Biancardi said. “He has got a great upside to him that is still untapped.

“I will be interested to see how he progresses this offseason. That was an enormous pickup for them because he is elite in his class. He has a good face up game and has great finishing skills and great athleticism to run the floor.”

While many have wondered how Penny Hardaway’s hire at Memphis might impact the recruiting of 2019 No. 1 player James Wiseman, don’t forget that Jeffries also played for Hardaway’s AAU team. However, he did commit to UK knowing that Hardaway was going to be hired at Memphis.

“Nothing is solid that is verbal today,” Biancard said. “At  the end of the day he will go where he wants to go and he will be a great player. As of today, that will be at Kentucky. But we all know things do change in recruiting all the time.”

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