Kentucky is made for March Madness. Tonight, a little different news that normallly doesn’t happen in March came to the Big Blue Nation.
2019 5 ⭐️ DJ Jeffries made his early commitment to the University of Kentucky. He revealed on twitter last night after all the Selection Sunday festives that he was ready to pick his college choice. He choose between Kentucky, Mississippi State and Alabama. He had many many SEC schools on his list including Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Florida, LSU, Georgia, and Missouri.
Jeffries is a 6-7 Small Forward ranked 26th overall by 247 sports. 8th at his position.
Calipari has visited Jeffries multiple times. Three times in three months to be exact. The most recent visit coming last week. He received an offer back in September becoming the second in the class behind his buddy James Wiseman.
“He tells me he likes my demeanor, my body language, the way I play hard and fight all the time,” Jeffries said about Calipari when he played at the Marshall Count Hoop Fest at the end of 2017. “People in Kentucky, they love their basketball team. I feel like that’s something I want to be a part of,” Jeffries said after his game as fans (Kentucky) lined up to greet him and ask him to choose the Cats.
Jeffries is just a junior in high school in Mississippi making him a very early commitment. Many speculated that he’d wait to see if Penny Hardaway would be hired at Memphis in which is right next to Mississippi. Penny Hardaway is his AAU coach and could be the next hire if Tubby Smith is fired, but Jeffries isn’t going to wait to see if his coach is going to get the job. Jeffries is also really close with James Wiseman, the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2019 and also a member of Penny’s AAU team. I look for Jeffries to do some hard pushing for Wiseman to join him in Lexington.
Jeffries father was on the Memphis radio show earlier today speaking of Kentucky and Calipari and this is what he had to say:
Jeffries started following Calipari in his Memphis days and it seems as if he hadn’t changed his mind since about the coach. Below is a statement from Jeffries in the Marshall hoop fest last year.
“I wanted to go to Memphis until he left,” Jeffries said. “It’s an honor to know that a coach like Calipari is watching me. He’s one of the legendary coaches.”
We’re glad to have a new Wildcat. Everyone go Welcome Jeffries to the family.