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Who are the Kentucky coaches watching at Peach Jam?

Jack Pilgrim07/24/21

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And just like that, we’re back with another evaluation period for the Kentucky coaching staff, this time in North Augusta, SC for the 2021 Peach Jam finals from Friday to Sunday.

Who is UK keeping its eyes on this weekend? KSR is in attendance keeping a tally, along with the top performers among Kentucky recruiting targets.

Check out KSR’s running thread below:

Jalen Duren

Friday

Game One

Orlando Antigua, Jai Lucas and Chin Coleman were all courtside to check out the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2022.

Memphis’ Penny Hardaway and Miami’s Jim Larrañaga were also in attendance, along with two assistants each.

Game Two

Antigua got things rolling on UK’s side of things in Team Final’s second matchup of the day, with Coleman and Lucas both coming in shortly after tip to check out the five-star center.

Miami’s Jim Larrañaga and DJ Irving, along with Memphis’ Penny Hardaway and Larry Brown were also in attendance.

John Calipari did not end up making the trip to North Augusta on day one of the evaluation period.

Saturday

Game One

Lucas and Coleman were in to start the morning session, with Antigua in shortly after tip. It was a loaded slate that also included Dereck Lively and Cason Wallace. Duren finished with 14 points (7-11 FG) to go with seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 25 minutes.

Game Two

UK’s trio of assistants were back for the afternoon slate of games, with Antigua, Coleman and Lucas all sitting courtside for Duren’s 15-point, eight-rebound, six-block performance in the Peach Jam semifinal matchup.

Memphis, Miami and the NBA G League were all in attendance, as well.

Dereck Lively II

Friday

Game One

Antigua, Lucas and Coleman were all in attendance, with Duke’s Jon Scheyer, North Carolina’s Hubert Davis and Michigan’s Juwan Howard among the head coaches sitting courtside.

Game Two

As mentioned before, Antigua, Coleman and Lucas were all sitting courtside for Team Final’s second game of the day, the second consecutive game the UK coaching staff was three deep for the five-star center.

Duke’s Jon Scheyer was also in attendance with an assistant for Lively.

Saturday

Game One

Like Duren, all three of UK’s assistants were courtside for Lively’s first game of the day. The 7-foot-1 center finished with nine points (4-6 FG, 1-3 3PT), six rebounds, two assists and one block in 22 minutes.

Game Two

Antigua, Lucas and Coleman were back for the afternoon session to see Lively, with the five-star center finishing with nine points (4-7 FG, 1-4 3PT), nine rebounds, six blocks, two assists and one steal in the semifinal victory over the NY Rens.

DJ Wagner (2023)

Friday

Antigua, Lucas and Coleman represented UK for Wagner, with the five-star prospect’s step brother and current Kentucky basketball walk-on, Kareem Watkins, also in the stands.

Villanova was among the other schools in the stands for the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2023.

Kaleb Glenn

Friday

Antigua and Lucas were both courtside for in-state four-star prospect Kaleb Glenn (Louisville Male), who is suiting up for Bradley Beal Elite (16U) this summer.

Brandon Miller

Friday

Coleman started the game watching the pair of Brad Beal Elite standouts and was soon joined courtside by Antigua. The five-star wing received an offer from Kentucky back on May 19 and took an official visit to Lexington in June.

Saturday

Game One

Antigua was the lone UK coach to check out the five-star wing, who finished with 24 points (11-20 FG), 10 rebounds, two steals and one block in the blowout victory.

Game Two

UK’s complete trio of assistant coaches showed up for the team’s semifinal victory over Meanstreets. Miller finished with nine points (3-7 FG), nine rebounds, four assists and five blocks in the win.

Nick Smith Jr.

Friday

Smith, who is currently on offer watch after an impressive two weeks at Peach Jam, had both Antigua and Coleman tuning in. The five-star guard openly pushed for a Kentucky offer this spring, and after returning from a wrist injury with a bang with the UK coaching staff tuning in each of the past two weekends, we could hear of one on the way soon.

Saturday

Game One

Antigua was in to see the five-star guard shortly after tip, with Coleman coming in at halftime. Smith Jr. finished with eight points (3-10 FG, 0-2 3PT), five rebounds, three assists and one turnover in the win.

Game Two

UK’s complete trio of assistant coaches showed up for the team’s semifinal victory over Meanstreets. Smith finished with 11 points (4-9 FG, 3-7 3PT), three assists, one rebound, one block and one steal.

Cason Wallace

Friday

Arguably the most impressive player at Peach Jam since the event started last week, Wallace has had the UK coaching staff sitting courtside every game, with Lucas being front and center on Friday.

Like Smith, Wallace is also on offer watch after standing out as one of the top guards participating in the prestigious recruiting event.

Saturday

Game One

Lucas and Coleman were in to start the morning session, with Antigua in shortly after tip. Wallace continued his display of impressive play, finishing with 19 points (8-19 FG, 1-7 3PT), nine rebounds, one assist and one block in the loss.

Wallace announced an offer from the Kentucky coaching staff Saturday afternoon.

Shaedon Sharpe

Friday

Antigua and Lucas were on hand to watch Sharpe, undoubtedly UK’s top guard target in the class of 2022. Kentucky has all the current momentum and there is strong speculation that a commitment could come sooner rather than later.

Chance Westry

Friday

Antigua has led the way on Andy Borman’s NY Rens squad over the past two weeks, with Westry being among the top targets. The 6-foot-6 guard is considered the No. 32 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Saturday

Game One

Despite a loaded morning slate spreading the UK coaches out a little bit, Antigua made sure to check out Westry to open the day. The five-star guard finished with 24 points (9-15 FG, 1-3 3PT, 5-6 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals in the victory.

Game Two

Antigua, Lucas and Coleman were all in attendance for the Rens’ semifinal loss to Team Final. Westry finished with seven points (3-14 FG), three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Simeon Wilcher (2023)

Friday

Westry’s teammate, Simeon Wilcher, received plenty of attention from Antigua last weekend, and that continued again Friday with the UK assistant sitting courtside in the afternoon session. The five-star junior is listed as the No. 7 overall prospect in the latest 247Sports player rankings.

Saturday

Game One

Antigua was in to see the five-star junior guard, who finished with 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-6 3PT), three steals, two rebounds, two assists and one block in the win.

Game Two

Antigua, Lucas and Coleman were all in attendance for the Rens’ semifinal loss to Team Final. Wilcher finished with 10 points (3-13 FG, 1-5 3PT), three rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Adem Bona

Saturday

Kentucky was three deep for the five-star center out of Turkey, with Antigua, Lucas and Coleman all sitting courtside for Bona’s 12-point, 14-rebound performance in Team WhyNot’s 68-63 loss to All Ohio Red.


This post will be updated throughout the weekend

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