No. 17 DJ Jeffries commits to Kentucky

Paola Ditto
Marzo 13, 2018

Looming, however, is the possibility that Kentucky Blue and White might become Memphis Blue and White, although Jeffries said right now he is all in for Big Blue Nation.

"I tried to put on a good show for the fans, because they might see me in a couple years", he replied to another.

"People in Kentucky, they love their basketball team".

Jeffries is ranked No. 17 in the ESPN 60 for the Class of 2019, making him the second-highest-ranked prospect in 2019 to make a commitment.

"He's a combo forward that can impact the game with his energy and his rebounding", 247Sports analyst Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader. He picked the Cats over Alabama and Mississippi State and is Calipari's first commitment in the 2019 recruiting class. He's also an athletic prospect who can play in transition. Jeffries is a 6-7, 190-pound small forward, listed by both ESPN and 247Sports to be the best player out of the state of Mississippi.

'He really does whatever we need him to do. While he has promised his family that he will complete his schooling at some point, his plan is to play one year at Kentucky and look at playing at a higher level after that.

The Olive Branch standout had a strong state tournament, scoring 20 points and five rebounds in the Callaway win and he fashioned a 22-point, 11-rebound double-double in the Quistors' 93-51 dismantling of Wayne County in the quarterfinals.

Check out highlights of the newest Wildcat and first member of the 2019 class. The two play for Team Penny, coached by Penny Hardaway, who has been rumored as a possible replacement for Tubby Smith as the head coach at Memphis.

Jeffries said that he grew up a Memphis fan, back when Calipari was coaching the Tigers.

"My dream as a kid has been to play for Coach Cal and once he offered me (a scholarship) my mind was set but I didn't want to jump on it too quick", said Jeffries.

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