Quistors' Jeffries commits to Kentucky

D.J. Jeffries right with Zion Harmon at Marshall County Hoopfest

D.J. Jeffries right with Zion Harmon at Marshall County Hoopfest

Jeffries committed to Kentucky on Monday night.

Jeffries is ranked No. 17 in the ESPN 60 for the Class of 2019, making him the second-highest-ranked prospect in 2019 to make a commitment.

"They just won an SEC championship and have won the past couple of years and I want to be a part of that and hopefully win a national championship", Jeffries said.

Calipari extended a scholarship offer to the Memphis-area standout during a visit in September, just the second offer to a 2019 recruit by the United Kingdom coach, who hosted Jeffries for Big Blue Madness a month later.

The 247Sports composite rankings have Jeffries pegged as the No. 26 overall prospect in the class of 2019. He picks United Kingdom over Alabama and Mississippi State. He helped Olive Branch win the Class 5A state title last week and had 20 points, and five rebounds in the title game after having 20 points, five rebounds and five blocks in the semifinals when Calipari was at the game.

"My plan is to go one-and-done", Jeffries said.

Jeffries received an offer from the Cats on September 14, the same day that head coach John Calipari made his first of what would be four visits to the MS native.

Jeffries has played for Penny Hardaway's successful "Team Penny" AAU program and with Hardaway linked by many as a possible replacement if Memphis basketball coach Tubby Smith is let go by the Tigers, as is recent speculation, Jeffries admitted that if Hardaway, now the head coach at Memphis East High, is named to lead Memphis, he would have to look at that.

"I tried to put on a good show for the fans", the 6-7 Jeffries said then.

"I chose Kentucky because throughout this process they have been the most active", Jeffries told PrepCircuit.com. Right now, D.J. said he's pretty well set on wearing Kentucky Blue.

"When I was little I wanted to go to Memphis", Jeffries said.

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.