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Friday / May 24.
  • Arkansas no longer an option for 5-star Jayden Quaintance

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Arkansas is no longer an option for five-star big man Jayden Quaintance, his father confirmed to ZAGSBLOG on Tuesday.

    After obtaining his release from Kentucky following the coaching change, some had expected that the 6-foot-9, 230 pound big man from Word of God Academy (NC) would follow John Calipari to Arkansas.

    Instead, he reportedly had a home visit Tuesday with new Kentucky coach Mark Pope and recently visited Louisville and will trip to Memphis this coming weekend. Quaintance’s father has also been in touch with Arizona State.

    “Just seeing what makes sense, I’m not really locked in anywhere,” Quaintance told ZAGSBLOG Sunday at the Jordan Brand Classic. “Just seeing what make sense.”

    Quaintance visited Louisville last Thursday-Friday.

    “It was fun, I liked the facilities, the people there were nice,” Jayden said of Louisville, now coached by new head coach Pat Kelsey. “It was cool, it was good.”

    Asked what the message from Kelsey and his staff was about his role, Quaintance said, “They kind of let me pick-and-pop, bring the ball up the court, just kind of expand my game, show my versatility more.”

    As what the message was from Memphis coach Penny Hardaway and his staff, Quaintance said, “My dad does most of the talking so I’m just going to see what they’re talking about.”

    As for Arkansas, Calipari on Monday landed a pledge from former Kentucky commit Karter Knox and on Wednesday will host former Kentucky commits Billy Richmond and Boogie Fland, both of whom are five-stars.

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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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