The Kentucky Wildcats have built a solid class in 2024 that features top prospects such as Jayden Quaintance and Boogie Fland. Now, they are starting to check in on a top-international prospect out of NBA Academy Africa.
According to a report by Travis Branham of 247 Sports, Kentucky assistants were in to watch the end of the Sunshine Prep Showcase and see big man Khaman Maluach.
This news also comes on the heels of Maluach reclassifying into the 2024 class, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony,
UCLA head coach Mick Cronin, Texas head coach Rodney Terry and assistants from Kentucky, Baylor and LSU are on hand as Khaman Maluach & Co. finish their weekend at the Sunshine Prep Showcase. https://t.co/4b9hcXaiOY— Travis Branham (@TravisBranham_) December 17, 2023
Maluach, a 7-foot-2 center from South Sudan with a 7-foot-6 wingspan, has been with the NBA Africa Academy in Senegal since 2021 and has recently been named to the South Sudan National team. He now has the blue bloods of college basketball jumping into his recruitment.
As of now, On3 is the only recruiting service with an evaluation of Maluach. They had him ranked 10th overall in the class of 2025, so expect him to be somewhere in the top 30 of the 2024 class once that’s updated.
“I want to go somewhere where they put my development first,” Maluach told Givony. “Get me ready for the next step, but also winning too. I would like to go somewhere where I can win a championship.”
Alongside the college route, Maluach has several pro options available, including the NBA G-League.
Will be interesting to see if the Cats can make some noise in recruitment.
Maluach is being recruited by Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, Kansas and Baylor. Other options include G League Ignite and the NBL Next Stars program, as well as staying with the NBA Academy Africa and becoming the first player ever to be drafted directly from Africa. https://t.co/RWugWzIQUR pic.twitter.com/10Ae1Spz0X— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) December 17, 2023