A buzz across Big Blue Nation can be felt as Kentucky basketball offered a scholarship to 2023 in-state phenom Reed Sheppard. The North Laurel star announced his offer yesterday as the UK staff watched him play in the Adidas 3SSB event hosted by Birmingham, Alabama. UK Head Coach John Calipari, along with three assistants, watched Sheppard play in the event this weekend, leading them to finally pull the trigger.
Blessed to have received an offer from The University of Kentucky! pic.twitter.com/MJltkExf2n
— reed sheppard (@reed_sheppard) July 9, 2021
Now, why is this scholarship offer such a big deal? For a few reasons. First off, in-state recruits capable of playing at the highest Division One level are not as common nowadays, and Sheppard has shown that potential with 50-point triple-doubles this past season. Also, the 2023 guard had been receiving offers from high-profile schools for a few weeks now, starting chatter as to whether Kentucky would offer him or not — that is now put to bed.
Also this further confirms what his father — Jeff Sheppard — said on Cameron Mills Radio back in February that there is no disdain between the family and UK Head Coach John Calipari. Sheppard of course played for Kentucky from 1993-98, competing on the 1998 title squad and winning Most Oustanding Player of the tournament that season, giving even more reason for the Cats to recruit his son.
Whether or not Reed Sheppard will compete in a UK uniform will be discovered down the road, but consider this a moment of relief for fans and continued momentum for Kentucky basketball.