With a Kentucky offer officially in hand, the experts have seen enough.
Over at 247 Sports and Rivals, five different picks predicting Reed Sheppard to eventually commit to the Wildcats have been logged since Friday afternoon. Four recruiting experts at 247 Sports logged Crystal Ball selections for Sheppard to UK while Travis Graf did the same with a FutureCast pick over at Rivals. Three picks were logged with “high” confidence.
These predictions weren’t just logged by Kentucky media members, either. A Duke, Wisconsin, and Arizona insider all put in Crystal Ball picks for Sheppard to UK along with national recurring expert Eric Bossi.
The Kentucky offer for Sheppard came in the form of a phone call from Wildcat head coach John Calipari. Sheppard and his AAU squad, Midwest Basketball Club, have been down in Birmingham, Alabama the last few days participating in the Adidas 3SSB event. Sheppard had a decent showing in his debut outing on Thursday but exploded for 23 first-half points in his opening game on Friday. That performance was all Kentucky needed to see, as the staff offered him a scholarship that afternoon.
“From his side of it, now it’s his choice. It’s not like well Kentucky never offered me,” Sheppard’s AAU coach Brook Cupps told KSR. “Now it becomes his choice and he feels a lot more comfortable that way and he can decide what’s best for him. His parents, Jeff and Stacey, are going to let him make a decision and do what he thinks is best for him. Hopefully, Reed can take everything into consideration and put himself in the best situation to be successful.”
Sheppard still appears to be a long way away from making a final decision, but it’s obvious that the Kentucky offer to a Kentucky boy is a big, big deal.