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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: John Calipari offers Zeke Nnaji

This is looking like a Kentucky vs. Kansas battle.

A new big man has emerged on the recruiting trail for the Kentucky Wildcats.

On Sunday, Kentucky head coach John Calipari met with Zeke Nnaji for an in-home visit. During that meeting, Nnaji scored a scholarship offer from Kentucky. He announced the news on Twitter:

Nnaji, a four-star forward in the Class of 2019, also holds offers from the Kansas Jayhawks, Arizona Wildcats, Ohio State Buckeyes, UCLA Bruins and Wisconsin Badgers among others.

At 6-10 and 215 pounds, Nnaji is ranked No. 30 overall in 2019 by 247 Sports Composite, which measures all of the recruiting rankings. Kansas has been viewed as the favorite in this recruitment, which is also significant with another recruit Kentucky is battling Kansas for in Matthew Hurt.

Hurt and Nnaji are AAU teammates for D1 Minnesota, and they both play high school basketball in Minnesota, so that’s an interesting angle in this recruitment. Kentucky needs multiple bigs in 2019, so it makes sense to offer both of these guys, regardless of if they play together, though they’re also in the running for James Wiseman, Vernon Carey, Aidan Igiehon and Oscar Tshiebwe.

Hurt and Nnaji have been projected to pick Kansas for some time now at 247 Sports, but an offer from Kentucky could prove to be a major shakeup, at least in regards to Nnaji. Going into the fall, it’s pretty clear that Calipari has no intention of not having a big man committed in the early signing period, but it’s unclear when Nnaji could make a commitment.

Check out some highlights of the talented big man on the AAU circuit:

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