Cal: “I’m overrated as a recruiter”

It's yet another big-time recruiting battle that didn't go the way solid blue fans had hoped. The number one recruit in the 2019 class, James Wiseman, picked Memphis over Kentucky Tuesday.

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John Calipari presser

LEXINGTON, KY (WTVQ)- It’s yet another big-time recruiting battle that didn’t go the way solid blue fans had hoped. The number one recruit in the 2019 class, James Wiseman, picked Memphis over Kentucky Tuesday.

The five-star center was once considered a heavy-UK lean, but the momentum quickly changed when Memphis hired Wiseman’s former AAU coach Penny Hardaway.

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While solid blue fans are panicking about what this recruiting loss could mean for next season, Head Coach John Calipari isn’t too concerned.

“We still have some guys there. It’s funny how these things always work out. Things have happened. Things where all of a sudden from what happened there. It’s how recruiting is. I’ll say it again. Me personally, I don’t know about my staff. I think I’ve got a great recruiting staff, but I’m overrated as a recruiter,” said Cal.

So far, Kentucky has two signed commitments for 2019, Tyrese Maxey and Pendleton County forward Dontae Allen, and another verbal commit, Khalil Whitney.

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