There were rumblings all spring that John Calipari would reach into the 2020 class to try and pull a big man in with his 2019 group. That has not seemed to work out, and it will be a moot point if Kerry Blackshear Jr. picks Kentucky.
However, there is consensus across the country seems to be that the 2020 class does not have a lot of depth in the frontcourt. Kentucky has already offered Isaiah Todd, N’Faly Dante, and Cliff Omoruyi. They are ranked as No. 14, No. 11, and No. 50 in the 2020 class, respectively, according to the 247 Sports composite rankings.
According to Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader, a new target may have emerged in the NBPA’s Top 100 camp this week. Mady Sissoko from Utah has really shown that he can play with the big boys, and he has done just that at the Top 100 camp.
Sissoko is currently ranked No. 43 in the 2020 class, but has yet to draw a lot of attention from any of the blue blood programs. He has averaged 13.2 points, 9.1 rebounds, and nearly 2 blocks per game in nine outings in Nike’s EYBL circuit.
Turns out, Sissoko told the Herald-Leader that he has heard from UK’s coaches this spring, and he’s interested in John Calipari’s program.
“I know they have a great program and they’re a big name,” Sissoko said. “I don’t care about a big-name school. I just want to go where’s best for me and a good fit for me.”
Sissoko seems interested in hearing from more of the country’s top programs, as his top priority is going into a school that will get him ready for the NBA. If he watched PJ Washington walk across the stage on Thursday, you would have to think he could see himself in PJ’s shoes.
Despite being a bit taller, Sissoko and Washington are about the same size and both take pride in playing bigger than they are. Sissoko is listed as a 6-9 center that takes pride in dominating the paint.
Will he be interested in dominating the paint in Rupp Arena? Well, he has to get a scholarship offer before that can happen. But I would not be surprised to see an offer come his way sooner rather than later.
Check out Roberts’ piece on the potential future of Kentucky’s frontcourt here.