After a fast start in the Class of 2022, things could pick back up again here for the Kentucky Wildcats in the next few weeks.
Not only is Cason Wallace, a 5-star combo guard out of Texas, set to commit on November 7th, but Adem Bona’s recruitment should be coming to a close soon as well.
John Calipari and his staff have been pushing for Bona, a 6-foot-9 center, for a while now, and he’s now their primary frontcourt target after missing out on Dereck Lively. While still pushing for Lively, the Wildcats unintentionally opened the door for other suitors to sneak in. The main beneficiary of that has been Mick Cronin and UCLA, who are now competing with UK for Bona’s services, though every recruiting prediction logged over the last two months have been for the Bruins.
After an official visit to Kentucky back at the start of October, Bona, who lives in Napa (CA), took an official visit to UCLA this weekend. With more and more momentum behind the Bruins, it looks as if Kentucky wants to try and sneak back in front with the end closing in.
KSR’s Jack Pilgrim reports that Kentucky has an in-home visit scheduled with Bona on Monday.
Kentucky will be in to see 2022 five-star center Adem Bona on Monday, multiple sources tell KSR.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) October 24, 2021
Coming off an official visit to UCLA.
In addition, Joe Tipton of On3 reports that Bona has officially cut his list down to Kentucky and UCLA, while a decision is expected to happen very soon.
Breaking: 2022 big man Adem Bona is down to two schools- Kentucky and UCLA, sources tell @On3Recruits.— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) October 24, 2021
Decision expected in the near future.
Calipari and Chin Coleman visited Bona in California already leading up to his official to Lexington earlier this month. Since Bona has reportedly wanted to make his decision after his last visit to UCLA this weekend, this could be the final chance to make a recruiting pitch to get Bona to Lexington.
The Wildcats and Bruins have been neck and neck over the last few weeks, but making sure they get the final say rather than the Bruins getting the last impression is an important move for Calipari. We won’t have to wait long to see if it pays off.