UK basketball snags first big 2019 recruit


Kentucky head coach John Calipari claps during the game against Georgia in the SEC tournament quarterfinals on Friday, March 9, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. Kentucky won 62-49. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

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UK basketball has its first major recruit for the 2019-2020 basketball season.

DJ Jeffries, a junior from Olive Branch, Mississippi, announced his commitment to UK on Monday. Jeffries is a 6-7, 190-pound small forward, listed by both ESPN and 247Sports to be the best player out of the state of Mississippi. He’s the No. 17 player on the ESPN Top 60 for 2019, and the No. 26 overall player for 247Sports.

Jeffries received an offer from the Cats on Sept. 14, the same day that head coach John Calipari made his first of what would be four visits to the Mississippi native. Jeffries unofficially visited UK on Oct. 13, 2017, to attend Big Blue Madness along with Zion Williamson, Bol Bol and Immanuel Quickley.

On March 11, after UK captured its fourth straight SEC Tournament Championship, Jeffries took to Twitter, announcing that he had narrowed his selection down to three schools. One was Mississippi State, roughly 150 miles from his home town. The others were UK and Alabama.

Shortly after his tweet, current UK forward P.J. Washington quoted it, adding “BBN”, which Jeffries retweeted to his page.

Jeffries was also offered a scholarship by Kansas, Texas A&M and Memphis, among others.