John Calipari brought in the No. 1 overall class in 2023 and is looking to keep that momentum rolling.
AJ Dybantsa is the No. 1 overall player in 2025 and is rightfully at the top of Calipari’s wish list.
“I’m just blessed, you know? It’s a high-major school with a lot of NBA players and college champions, so knowing they’re watching me and evaluating me, that’s a good feeling,” Dybantsa said. “It was my most recent offer, a high-major blue blood. I’m blessed that they’re noticing my talents.”
Kentucky has been ramping up its efforts in this recruitment as the staff made a trip to Miami to watch him play following the offer and was also in attendance when he played in Louisville last weekend.
“We’ve been in contact,” Dybantsa said. “They’ve been in contact with my dad, him and the assistants.”
Dybantsa was very close with the late Terrence Clarke and Clarke spoke highly of Calipari and Kentucky to Dybantsa.
“Through him, I know they’re hard-working and play free, especially with the wings,” he said of his conversations with Clarke.
Dybantsa is also used to playing with a lot of elite talent at Prolific Prep so the transition to practice at Kentucky wouldn’t be as strange.
“In practice, playing against all of these players every day is getting us better,” he said. “Playing with them is fun because not a lot of teams can stop everybody.”
It will be interesting to see if the Cats emerge as a favorite in this recruitment. You can check out everything he had to say here.