Five-star center Aidan Igiehon is a big man on the rise, and he included Kentucky in his top-10 list, despite the fact that John Calipari hadn’t offered him a scholarship.
That led recruiting analysts to believe that there’d be continued interest, but it looks like Calipari may be shifting his focus to other big men in the class of 2019.
Kentucky is “not actively recruiting the class of 2019 post player,” according to a report from the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts.
Igiehon is the No. 23 player in the class and the No. 7 center on 247 Sports’ rankings. At 6-10, 215 pounds, Igiehon has the size to come in and play at a high level from day one in college. But despite all that, Calipari has bigger fish to fry when it comes to big man recruiting.
First of all there’s James Wiseman, a 6-11 center who’s the No. 1 player in his class, and is either going to pick Memphis or Kentucky. There’s also Vernon Carey Jr., the five-star power forward who’s 6-10, 275 pounds (he’s the No. 2 player in the class).
And Matthew Hurt, the No. 4 player in the class and the No. 2 power forward, also holds an offer from Kentucky.
There’s also Isaiah Stewart, who actually cut Kentucky from his list, but it sounds like they’re getting back into the mix for this five-star big.
Of all the big men available, Wiseman is the one to get, and Calipari has put himself in the best position with him. There’s still a lot of time left, but UK’s odds appear to be best with Wiseman right now.
It’s also likely that Calipari will focus his efforts on Carey and Hurt before extending an offer to Igiehon.
For what it’s worth, recruiting guru Evan Daniels is picking the Louisville Cardinals for Igiehon, so it looks like there’s a good chance Kentucky will end up facing him in college.