John Calipari and his staff are in the process of putting together a monster class for the 2020 season. With six players already signed, the Kentucky Wildcats are still looking to add more to what is already the #1 class in America.
The area where they are still lacking is with big men. After this season, we will lose Nate Sestina and are likely to lose EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards.
As of right now, the Cats have two bigs signed in Isaiah Jackson and Lance Ware, but both of them are power forwards, and neither is taller than 6-9. That leaves Kentucky needing a center.
In an extended edition of this week’s recruiting updates, Corey Evans of Rivals.com discussed the recruitment of a potential big man addition for Kentucky.
Cliff Omoruyi is currently ranked as the #48 overall player in the class but he is the 2nd highest remaining center behind only Hunter Dickinson who is #35.
Evans was asked for any updates in his recruitment and here is what he had to say.
“Also make note of Kentucky. Omoruyi has taken a great liking to potentially playing alongside such a great playmaker in Devin Askew.
“The two developed strong chemistry dating back to their camp days, and Askew could be a chip that John Calipari uses as he tries to woo Omoruyi to Lexington.
“Look for Omoruyi to potentially visit the local programs when his calendar allows, as was the case when he visited Rutgers last week. From there, official visits will be taken once his high school season completes, with a signing likely to happen in April.”
It sounds like it will be a while before we know where Omoruyi will end up, but he recently cut his list to eight including; Kentucky, Auburn, Arizona State, Memphis, Miami, NC State, Rutgers and UConn.
Hopefully when April rolls around, UK will be getting a commitment from Omoruyi, because they need big men for 2020.
I would also expect Cal to look into the grad transfer side again as well seeing the lack of remaining bigs and the success he has had with them the last two seasons.
But there may not be a bigger, more athletic shot-blocker out there than Omoruyi.
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