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Kentucky legacy recruit Reed Sheppard, son of Jeff Sheppard and Stacey Reed Sheppard, has been offered by Kentucky. Finally.
It's been a 'controversial' subject to many across the Commonwealth, as to why it took so long, when he was actually going to get offered, etc. Reed had been picking up offers left and right from schools like Iowa, Indiana, Arizona State, Iona, Texas A&M, and even from the in-state rivals at Louisville.
It seems to be every tournament he's played in this summer through AAU ball, there are dozens of D1 coaches there watching his game. Kentucky hasn't shown as much contact as these other schools have publicly, where most coaches came to watch and Kentucky had only reached out through text message.
Last week, Kentucky finally went all in as they brought Jai Lucas, Chin Coleman, Orlando Antigua and Head Coach John Calipari in to watch Reed compete in the Birmingham, Alabama tournament with his AAU team, Midwest Basketball Club. It was nothing but a big time statement for Kentucky to send their entire staff to watch Sheppard.
The North Laurel guard continues to climb up the rankings, and will finish extremely high when this is all said and done. To pick up an offer from Kentucky the summer before heading into your Junior year of High School speaks volumes.
This will end up being one of the biggest instate (with a lot of national coverage happening too) recruitments in decades as John Calipari tries to land one of the best players to come out of the Bluegrass State since Apollo star, Rex Chapman.