Matt Jones says we get....in the 2018 class!

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  1. HoptownCat93

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    I know the first two words will make all you Jones haters start having temper tantrums, but he is in the know and I generally trust his sources. When he makes a bold statement, he knows something..and when he does not have sources he admits he doesn't know.

    He said today he believes that we are the favorites for and will sign Zion Williamson, Immanuel Quickley, and RJ Barrett in 2018...he said we probably get 2 more and said as of today he believes Reddish really likes us. He assumes that Knox and Diallo will be gone...and probably 2 maybe 3 others will be gone.

    With 4 high level recruits combined with an experienced roster...wow its looking like these next two years will be fun to watch.
     
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    Quickley, Williamson, and Barrett would be an awesome start.
     
  3. Sithlyone

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    In before the "I hate Matt Jones" posts that are sure to come!

    In all seriousness, he is generally right when he goes out on a limb and he will say when he is just making a guess. I respect him for that. And since he is the one that gives us the most inside info on the team I thank him for it as well. Like him or hate him, you should be thankful for his willingness to share what he knows.
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    Would be nice.
     
  6. gossie21

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    It certainly is encouraging to hear, especially considering there hasn't been a lot of info on Barrett. But I am glad to see that Calipari and Rowan Barrett have patched things up.

    It's always dangerous to try and predict the upcoming class in August. We might get IQ and Zion to announce in the early period. Who knows on Barrett. I would love to start the class off with 2 of the top 3 players in the class, and 3 of the top-10. I just can't see Reddish jumping in to that class if we get Barrett, but I though Knox was out of the picture with PJ and Vanderbilt already on board, so I won't put anything past Calipari.
     
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    ANYTIME before Cal was here and those three alone would have had fans salivating. It's amazing how spoiled we are.
     
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    If we actually landed all three of those guys, I would, for the first time, not object to the inevitable 40-0 talk.
     
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    i hate Matt Jones
     
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    Never heard of him.
     
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    Hardest working guy in the business that Matt Jones.
     
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    He gon
     
  13. GoCatsForever2k15

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    He does what everyone does.

    "I think it's X, but don't count out Y. Ive also heard from people in the know that, despite what others are saying, we shouldn't sleep on Z either."

    From there, regardless of whether kid picks X,Y, or Z, jones will say he called it. And again, it's not just him that does that.
     
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    I just have a hard time imagining a team of amateurs guarding RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson at the same time.

    Barrett put the smoothest 38 ive ever seen on team USA and Zion is like if a refrigerator learned to figure skate.

    I think Quickley is a lock and I assume we get Quade back, so any big man from a returning Richards to Bol to Shittu to Reid to Brown is going to complete an incredible starting 5.

    There's a long way to go though. Going to be a huge battle for both guys.
     
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    That's about all anyone can really do though. Not one person out there has a lock on all information related to all recruits. Matt at least knows some people with reliable information he can pass along. But at the end of the day trying to accurately predict the decision making of teenagers is difficult, if not impossible. Also, it's not like anyone loses or gains anything by Matt Jones, Evan Daniels, or Joe Kentucky Fan saying X recruit is going to Y school. It's all for entertainment at the end of the day.

    I would point out that Jones was the only one saying we had a shot with Knox. Even though he wasn't confident enough to pick UK as Knox's landing spot. And at the same time he was saying that he didn't like our position as much with Bamba. Sometimes he has good info.
     
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    Quickly down Under?
     
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    [laughing]
     
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    Ha I mean you're making my point for me. "He said we have a shot at Knox even though he wouldn't pick him." How does he deserve credit for "calling" that? He would have played the other side of it if knox went elsewhere, ie, "I never felt knox was coming here." He just hedges his bets. Same thing with bamba, who he in fact picked for UK- how does he get credit for that now?

    I'll agree that a lot of times that's the best you're gonna get- some educated guesses. Ie, "the best" generally isnt very concrete.
     
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    According to my sources:
    Quickly
    Zion
    Barrett
    Shittu
    Maybe:
    Reddish
    King
    Reid
     
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    If anyone is expecting something concrete in recruiting 2 months before a prospect picks a school, then that's really their issue, not the person offering info or opinions.

    I don't know that I am arguing for people to give Matt credit for calling Knox. I was trying to illustrate that he has good info on recruits. Info that comes from other sources. So it's worth listening to what he has to say on the subject. Again, if anyone is expecting someone to have rock solid info on a recruit, then that is their fault for having ridiculous expectations.
     
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    Except that's not what he said today. He said that we were getting Quickley, Zion and Barrett.

    Not maybe. Not possibly. He stated it as a fact. He normally does hedge his bets but not today.

    He did hedge on Reddish but not on the others.
     
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    Cal's probably recruiting Barrett and selling him on playing the 2 a lot.
     
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    Selling him or buying him.. ?
     
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    And I'm saying that citing knox as a reason to listen to him doesn't make sense because he played both sides and gave himself room to be "right" regardless of what knox actually decided. We'll just have to agree to disagree here I think.
     
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    Fair enough. I haven't listened but I'll take your word for it
     
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    Quickley, Barrett, Zion Williamson, Moses Brown & Bol would be awesome class.
     
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    Shittu instead of Bol Bol and I would agree.
     
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    You don't have to take my word, listen to the podcast. He says it in the first 10-15 minutes, so you don't have to listen to the whole show.
     
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    You're so hung up on him being "right" or "calling it" or whatever. I'm just saying he's passing along what he has heard and so its worth listening to what he passes along.

    I'm not paying money for his info. Nothing in my life changes if his information pans out. It's all entertainment. If I am wondering whether Barrett will come to UK then Matt's comments today make me feel a little better. But if I am demanding someone guarantee to me where Barrett will go to school, then I probably shouldn't listen to Matt Jones... or anyone.
     
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    Add Bol Bol and I'd start the thread.
     
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    Cruitin them 5 stars. Pulling a K, telling these helpless girls that they will be set for life. K still lying about his age too?
     
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    You know KSR, said we were a lock to get Bamba. That worked out well
     
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    You're not understanding. You're the one who cited the kevin knox recruitment as a reason that, quote, "it's worth listening to him." I'm saying that's stupid because he covered all of his bases and basically didn't say anything substantive about knox. "I'm picking him to go elsewhere but UK isn't out of it."...ok? And again, that's not a knock on JUST matt, plenty of people with good connections (which I believe matt has in kentucky) do the same thing. I'm just saying if knox had come to Missouri there's no doubt in my mind you'd be here saying matt had good information on that recruitment based on what he said, and that would be just as dumb. Again, think we'll just have to agree to disagree
     
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    He did have the info about a player (think it turned out to be Fox) telling him we weren't getting Bamba. When he reported it though everyone freaked out and didn't want to hear it. Typical. As it turns out his source was dead on.
     
  36. gossie21

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    Okay. Theres quite a lot that I disagree with in your statement but we're not getting anywhere here.
     
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    I'm neither a Jones supporter or hater but he did say on a Periscope once that he thought we'd get Knox.

    Anyway, I have no clue why he seems so sold on Barrett and Williamson but land sakes alive, I hope he's right. Quickley has all but said it out loud that it's a done deal.
     
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    Matt knows more than anyone ITT.

    Having said that. That class is pretty predictable.
     
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    I'm with you. I'm swelled up almost normal size.

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