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Momentum Shifting in Favor of Kentucky for Five-Star Guard DJ Wagner?

DJ Wagner
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Things appear to be swinging in favor of Kentucky in the recruitment of five-star guard DJ Wagner, who has been at the top of Kentucky’s recruiting board for a while.

Wagner, a 6-foot-3 combo guard in the 2023 class, is the No. 1 player nationally in the 247Sports Composite rankings.

The race for Wagner’s talent is down to a battle of rivals, Kentucky and Louisville. Does the five-star guard choose John Calipari, who coached his father at Memphis? Or does he choose Louisville’s Kenny Payne, who has a close relationship with Wagner’s grandfather Milt? Milt Wagner was recently hired in an off-court role in the Louisville program.

A lot of buzz for Kentucky started surfacing Friday night, as Travis Branham of 247Sports changed his crystal ball prediction from Louisville to cloudy, which means things are changing.

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