After Nico Mannion narrowed his list down to 10 schools, Kentucky did not make the cut. Despite losing hope about recruiting the elite point guard from Phoenix, Arizona, Kentucky decided to reach out anyway.
They sure are happy that they did. Mannion is a 6-foot-3 baller who was ranked top point guard of his class and No. 11 overall, according to 247Sports. John Calipari wasn't going to give up on him that easily.
While Mannion's skills are definitely not the sharpest that they've seen in years, Kentucky is so invested in him for reasons other than his handle.
Mannion's West Coast Elite Coach, Justin Downer, explained to CatsPause.com that he's an extremely valuable player and teammate who knows how to make those around him better.
Previous to Kentucky reaching back out, Mannion's top schools were Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Marquette, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt and Villanova. North Carolina has also been pushing for Mannion recently.
It would be a huge steal for Kentucky if they were able to pull this off. Mannion would pair well with their recently recruited combo guard Tyrese Maxey.
Kentucky will have to fight hard and pull a few strings, however, because as of right now it appears that Arizona is sitting at the top of the Phoenix native's list.
Justin Downer told CatsPause.com that the ball really is in Kentucky's court to impress the teenager enough to become a Wildcat.