John Calipari reportedly tells Jaden Bradley "We want you to come" to Kentucky

by:Brent Wainscott04/11/21

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John Calipari is hot on the trail for one of the nation’s top point guards in the class of 2022.

In an interview with David Sisk of CatsIllustrated, Jaden Bradley’s father, Nate, said Coach Cal is putting on the full-court press for the guard. Bradley is ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in 2022 by Rivals and the third-best point guard.

“We have a great relationship with Cal,” Bradley’s father told CatsIllustrated. “We more so have a relationship with Joel. We’ve been dealing with him for two years. We are also familiar with Jai (Lucas), even though he came from Texas. We have a history with Jai. Cal just wanted to be sure Jaden understood that in his words, ‘We want you. We want you to come here. When do you want to commit? Let us know.’ We were excited to hear that.

Bradley is a 6’3 five-star point guard at IMG academy who currently has offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas, North Carolina, Alabama, and Florida, just to name a few. In high school, he was a MaxPreps All-American as a freshman and was a part of the USA Junior Men’s National team

It’s also worth noting that while Kentucky continues their search for a point guard in 2021, Bradley’s father said a reclassification wasn’t out of the question for Jaden, however not all that likely. It appears Bradley wants to avoid a Devin Askew-esque situation and make sure his skills are fine-tuned for whenever he’s ready to play at the college level.

“Jaden could graduate early from looking at his academic stuff,” Nate explained. “But I think for us we really want to be ready for that. Jaden will be the first one to tell you I’ve got so much stuff to work on…I think another year would be perfect for us.”

With the current coaching change over at North Carolina, it feels like Kentucky is in good shape to lock up Bradley in the class of 2022. He has no set commitment date just yet, but in the meantime, you can check out his highlights below or read the rest of Sisk’s conversation here.


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