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Jalen Duren: Kentucky’s next great big?


With a decision seemingly approaching for Jalen Duren, who is widely considered a reclass candidate, we look into what we can expect:

To this point, suitors for Duren include the G-League, Memphis, Miami, and Kentucky. The 17-year old is arguably the top player in the high school rankings, regardless of his class. With a decision looming, Kentucky appears to be a perfect fit.

Kentucky has not had a forward such as Duren since Karl-Anthony Towns committed to Kentucky in December of 2012. Duren brings a much-needed dynamic to the front court, which is already stacked to this point. However, it’s difficult to turn down the likes of Duren, regardless of the dynamics of the current roster.

Reports over the last several weeks foresee Duren joining the NCAA, as Kentucky is currently viewed as one of the favorites to land the forward. If Kentucky successfully recruits Duren to their roster, it may be John Calipari’s most talented roster to date. Over the last few years, Kentucky’s most complete roster was led by Anthony Davis in 2012.

Based on reports, I have growing confidence that Duren will announce his commitment to Kentucky. With the Governor of Kentucky passing a name and likeness bill to allow athletes to profit off themselves, Duren is set up to capitlize on his brand at Lexington.

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