Evan Daniels/Scout.com

Five-star power forward Jarred Vanderbilt commits to Kentucky

Five-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt has made his college decision and is headed to Kentucky.

Five-star power forward Jarred Vanderbilt verbally committed to Kentucky on Friday, he tells Scout.

"After I cut it down to four, I pretty much just evaluated all the schools and that was the best fit for me," Vanderbilt said. "The way they get up and down in transition and they way he develops guys. My game is complemented and I thrive around great players with my passing and rebounding and everything. It's a place you can develop for the league"


Vanderbilt also considered North CarolinaOregon, and TCU. He took official visits to Kentucky and UNC.

"It really hit me about five days ago," he said. "It was always a thought in the back of my mind. It really made it clear and the more I watched them, It became more clear."

According to Vanderbilt, Kentucky's player development factored heavily into his decision-making.

"I know people from outside looking in, they think you go to UK and they are already pros before they go," he said. "From actually going to practice, they get work done in there. He actually does coach them. They don't just show up and go to the league. They are actually getting it done in there. That really stood out to me."

Vanderbilt said John Calipari ramped things up with him recently and he was able to form strong relationships with him and Kenny Payne. 

"He actually has been the main coach recruiting me the past couple of months," he said. "Him and coach Payne have done a great job keeping contact and building the relationship. We grew a better relationship as time passed. It was jjst a great job on their behafd.

At 6-foot-7 Jarred Vanderbilt is the new age style of forward that has the ability to play inside and out. Vanderbilt has a very good handle, is long, a solid passer, and an excellent athlete.

Those skills combined with a high motor allow him to get things done in a variety of ways. Over the summer with Houston Hoops, Vanderbilt averaged 13.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game on his way to being one of the most effective and productive players in the class.

Kentucky has built the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, and Vanderbilt is another impressive piece. His versatility on the defensive end gives the Wildcats a lot of different ways to play.

"I think it's a great recruiting class," Vanderbilt said. "They have a great front court and point guards as well. Adding another wing guy like myself is a complement to my us. It's the No. 1 class in the country."

John Calipari and his staff continue to have it rolling on the recruiting trail, and Vanderbilt is just the latest in what is an impressive haul coming to Lexington.

Scout Hoops Top Stories