Not 24 hours since 2015 forward Shaun Kirk committed to NC State, news has emerged that the three-star prospect is considering an offer from Kentucky. Kirk verbaled to NCSU during a visit on Monday, only to get home and discover that John Calipari wanted to talk.
Kirk's high school coach, Jerry Singletary, was very frank when discussing the development:
"You say the grass ain't always greener on the other side, but could it be?" Singletary said. "I think he's very interested in what Kentucky has going on out there. He's just overwhelmed a little bit, because when you talk to a person like Calipari on the phone, he was like, ‘Wow, Coach, I didn't know this could happen.' I love N.C. State, but when you go home and - from a business aspect - Kentucky calls you, I know what I would do."
Yeah, that's, well I mean, the thing with that is, is what I would say about that is, you know, how can I put this?
I'm willing to give Calipari the benefit of the doubt on this, given the timing. He probably didn't know Kirk had committed anywhere when he decided to offer the kid a scholarship. (Though Cal has a history of showing no regard for the few gentlemen's agreements that exist in recruiting, as Julius Hodge will tell you.) And it's not like NC State had been on Kirk for a long time--the staff has seen him plenty but didn't offer him a scholarship until Monday. That's not working in NC State's favor.
I hope he sticks--dude is an intriguing talent. But if he does eventually decide Kentucky is where he wants to go, I can't blame him. It's a nice opportunity, no denyin' that much. We'll see what happens. Stay tuned and hold onto your butts.