According to the father of 5-star prospect D.J. Jeffries, the Kentucky Wildcats acted unprofessionally after his son’s decommitment from the program.
It is important to note out of the gate that no one in the Jeffries’ camp is saying John Calipari had anything to do with it. While not completely specifying what was the reason to believe Kentucky was unprofessional, Corey Jeffries told John Martin on ESPN Radio’s Memphis affiliate the following:
“We talked with Kentucky, and it kinda shocked me. They were kinda unprofessional. They didn’t handle the news the way I expected them to handle it, being professionals.”
“It’s just that they had been professional through the whole process,” the father Jeffries told ESPN. “We weren’t cussed out or anything like that, there were just some discouraging remarks made about his future that were out of line. But that wasn’t directly from Coach Cal.”
That’s pretty much the information gathered at this moment, but considering it wasn’t Calipari the senior Jeffries had issues with, this might become a non-story quickly.
What will be interesting, however, is what happens to D.J. Jeffries next. He has a long, relatively storied history with new Memphis Tigers head coach Penny Hardaway. Many assume Memphis is where he’ll end up playing, and even the 5-star talent hinted at that recently.
“It’s something I think about because Penny and I have been so close for these years, and I’ve built a good relationship with him,” said the prospect. “Even when I committed to Kentucky he would still reach out to me and help me with certain stuff to motivate me to do better. So Memphis would be one of the schools I’d consider.”
Only time will tell if that actually happens.
At the time of this writing, the Kentucky Wildcats have not commented on the allegations put forward by Corey Jefferies.