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posted 06-25-2021 12:15 PM      Profile for catmandoo   Email catmandoo   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Kentucky has officially thrown its hat in the ring regarding NIL laws, as Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday he has issued an executive order that will require all colleges in the state to allow athletes to capitalize off their name, image and likeness starting July 1.

It’s a ruling that undoubtedly helps the University of Kentucky in terms of future recruiting efforts across all sports, but more specifically, it’s an immediate game-changer for the basketball program this summer. You truly couldn’t ask for better timing, honestly.

Kentucky is set to host 2022 five-star center Jalen Duren, arguably the most sought-after player in all of high school basketball, on an official visit next week. Standing 6-10, 235 pounds, the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect is ready to step on a college basketball floor and make an impact right away, leading to strong speculation that a reclassification is not only on the table, but the expectation. The standout big recently told KSR he had three official visits scheduled to Miami (FL), Memphis and Kentucky and was planning to announce his decision at the end of the summer, another indication that a jump to 2021 is in the works.

His trip to Miami took place back on June 14-15 and he’s currently in the process of wrapping up his official visit to Memphis. His trip to Kentucky is scheduled for next week, the last college visit Duren has planned at this time.

Conveniently enough, the five-star center’s trip to Lexington comes right in the midst of NIL rules being implemented, meaning Duren would be able to legally make money on a college campus next season. The professional option is no longer his only path to making a profit while playing basketball. And now that it isn’t, Kentucky now has the strongest pitch among all remaining options on Duren’s list.



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