Two of the nation’s top college basketball recruits have trimmed their list of college options. Those recruits being Brandon Ingram and Jayson Tatum.
Ingram is from Kinston, North Carolina, where he attends Kinston High School. He is a 6’8″ small forward and is rated by ESPN as a five-star recruit. He is also ranked by ESPN as the No. 2 small forward and as the No. 12 overall player in the Class of 2015. Yesterday, Ingram trimmed his list of college options down to six. His list includes Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and UCLA.
Kentucky extended a scholarship offer towards Ingram last month after he had a spectacular showing on the summer circuit. Ingram will visit both Kansas and Kentucky for each program’s midnight madness. He has already visited the other four schools remaining on his list.
Tatum is from Saint Louis, Missouri, where he attends Chaminade College Preparatory. He is a 6’7″ small forward and is rated by ESPN as a five-star recruit. He is also ranked by ESPN as the No. 2 small forward and as the No. 3 overall player in the Class of 2016. 247Sports and Scout.com rank Tatum as the No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2016.
Earlier today, Tatum announced his list of top 10 colleges. His list includes Arizona, Connecticut, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Saint Louis, and Wake Forest. Tatum was the first prospect from the Class of 2016 to receive a scholarship offer from Kentucky. He also visited Lexington last October for Big Blue Madness.
With as good as UK has been at recruiting the past several years, it is no surprise that they have remained as contenders for these two recruits. Luckily we will hear a college decision from Ingram within the next year. However, we will likely have to wait a little while longer for Tatum’s college decision. It would certainly be nice for UK to bring in a top-rated small forward in Ingram in 2015, and then to bring in another top-rated small forward in Tatum in 2016.