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posted 07-10-2021 11:58 AM      Profile for catmandoo   Email catmandoo   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Reed Sheppard is in a wildly unique situation.

He’s the son of two former Kentucky Basketball legends and a homegrown kid attending North Laurel High School, but most importantly, he’s a really good basketball player.

Naturally, Kentucky fans are desperate for Sheppard to one day suit up for the Kentucky Wildcats. Up until yesterday, it felt like that might not ever happen–even though Sheppard still has two years of high school left. Nearby, big-name schools such as Virginia and Louisville had already established an early relationship with Sheppard while Kentucky was sending out a text message only every so often. Was the interest truly there from Kentucky? Or was the minimal contact meant to appease the Big Blue Nation knowing that Sheppard would never play as a Wildcat? Does Coach Cal want to deal with another Dontaie Allen situation?

On Thursday we got our answer, and on Friday there was no denying it anymore: Kentucky wants Reed Sheppard.

John Calipari wouldn’t go watch Sheppard live and in-person with all three of his top assistants surrounding the court if the interest wasn’t there, as they did on Thursday. Sheppard and his Midwest Basketball Club teammates are down in Birmingham, Alabama for the Adidas 3SSB event this weekend, where coaching staffs from across the country are in attendance to learn everything they can about a relatively unknown batch of recruits.

Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua stuck around the next day to watch both of Sheppard’s games. In the first contest on Friday, Sheppard poured in 23 first-half points and helped lead his team to the win down the stretch. At that point, with all the previous knowledge they had on Sheppard, the Kentucky coaching staff had seen more than enough.

“After our first game yesterday, Coach Cal called him (Reed) and offered him a scholarship,” Midwest Basketball Club head coach Brook Cupps told KSR. “Cal had talked to Jeff and Stacey too. I think after Cal was there he reached out and said we’ll talk later on. I think he had a little bit of an idea that might happen but he was surprised by it. Just because they hadn’t been in contact a whole lot compared to what some other people have done. From their perspective, they were just waiting to see him play.”


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