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Wednesday / June 19.
  • Jack to Visit Carolina & Kentucky

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    The Kadeem Jack Sweepstakes now includes two of the most storied programs in the history of college basketball.

    The 6-foot-9 Jack plans to visit North Carolina and Kentucky sometime in the coming weeks, although no dates have been set.

    “According to him, he said that he’s going to set up visits with North Carolina and Kentucky,” said South Kent (Conn.) coach Kelvin Jefferson. “He said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to visit Kentucky and North Carolina.'”

    Jack wasn’t immediately available for comment Saturday night, but Jefferson had spoken with Jack earlier Saturday.

    Jack, who averaged 16.9 points at Rice High School and dropped 24 points and 20 rebounds on Villanova-bound forward JayVaughn Pinkston and Bishop Loughlin in January, has become an attractive option late in the game for the Heels and the Wildcats.

    Jack initially said he would attend South Kent next season, but his paperwork hasn’t been formalized.

    “He hasn’t applied, that was coming,” Jefferson said. “The application hasn’t been sent in. Nothing has been done.”

    As reported by ZAGSBLOG Friday night, North Carolina got involved with Jack late after it became clear that twins Travis and David Wear would transfer.

    Kentucky has also joined the process late. The Wildcats missed out on forwards C.J. Leslie (N.C. State) and Terrence Jones, who has verbally committed to Washington.

    Prior to that, Jack was considering Arizona, Arkansas, UConn, Miami and St. John’s.

    Damian Leslie, Jack’s mentor, said Jack had two official visits remaining.

    “He has two more official visits,” Leslie said. “They have to be chosen wisely.”

    Apparently those two visits will take place to North Carolina and Kentucky.

    “I guess so,” Jefferson said. “I don’t know too much of the details other than that he told me he’s going to go visit North Carolina and Kentucky.”

    Whether Jack goes to college or not, Jefferson said he will support his decision.

    “I”m still going to be cheering for him, rooting for him,” Jefferson said. “If it’s not here, wherever it is.”

    (Photo courtesy Daily News)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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