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Jordan Burks Commits To Kentucky

Updated: Jun 25, 2023

BOOM. Does that work for basketball too?? I guess it will for today while we celebrate this addition. News has just broke that Kentucky Basketball has received a commitment from three-star, Jordan Burks, to join the 2023-24 roster.

The Kissimmee, Florida native announced his commitment on social media Monday, joining the No. 1 overall recruiting class for 2023. Burks, the 39th small forward in the country, will now be teammates with Justin Edwards, Aaron Bradshaw, DJ Wagner, Rob Dillingham, and Reed Sheppard, all who moved to campus just barely a week ago.

“I’ve always been big on Kentucky because of the atmosphere and the culture,” Burks said. "I’ve been watching since I was a kid and seeing all of the players develop and progress into pros and compete for titles every year made this a place I wanted to play at."


He continued with, “I wanted to play with the top players in the country at the top basketball school in the country and develop my game under Coach Calipari, while working every day to win the national championship,” Burks said. “I want to help this team win a national championship and create a bond with my teammates on and off the court. I want to prepare myself to be in the best shape and be the most productive I can be for this team.”

Kentucky doesn't go after a whole lot of freshmen who aren't in the top-fifty (ranked 173rd overall by 247Sports), but when you have a dumpster-fire of an offseason in transfer portal like the one that Kentucky has had, and on top of that you've made it a week into June with no additions outside of that freshman recruiting class to be Wildcats next season, you can't still be picking and choosing. The options are getting thin and there's a summer international exhibition game that has to be played in barely over a month.

Yes, this is Kentucky. Yes, the elite talent should be the standard here, but, clearly something has steered players away from this program this summer and until that's resolved, things are going to be a little different than what we're used to. And like I said, being this far into the offseason, it's hard to be picky when your roster is seven players deep. This roster should have already been completed and now the staff is grinding it out to fill all the holes.

Head Coach John Calipari also released a statement on the decision. “Jordan has good size and has the ability to be a prolific scorer. His length allows him to play multiple positions, be dynamic in the open court, rebound at both ends and he can put it on the floor and score in a variety of ways. Jordan has challenged himself against the best of the best and wanted to continue to be pushed at the next level. I really love his toughness and his upside is tremendous, and that his dream since he was young was to play at Kentucky! I’m looking forward to getting in the gym and helping him take his game to new levels.”

Jordan Burks held a few dozen offers before choosing Kentucky, with the most notable names coming from Xavier, Texas Tech, Marquette, Florida, and Ole Miss. He was actually signed to the Rebels before asking to back out of it and re-open his recruitment at the end of March.

As reported by Travis Branham of 247Sports, Jordan was on a visit to Kentucky on June 5, publicly committing to the school a week later. The Cats have officially landed the 6'9" 180-pound small forward from Hillcrest Prep, who will be a solid contributor off the bench this season.



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