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Ansley Almonor Commits To Kentucky

Updated: 3 days ago

The BOOM addicts didn't have to wait long before they got another "Fueger bomb", which is indicative of another commitment for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Just last week, Kentucky received a commitment from in-state recruit, Trent Noah, who flipped his commitment from South Carolina to Kentucky after being released from his National Letter of Intent. The 6'6" forward from Harlan County made the tenth scholarship player on Mark Pope's first roster as the men's head basketball coach.

Just moments ago, Mark Pope and the coaching staff received another commitment which makes their eleventh scholarship player in total. That player is Farleigh Dickinson transfer, Ansley Almonor.

Almonor is a 6'7" 220-pound junior from Spring Valley, New York who has spent the last three seasons playing for the Farleigh Dickinson Knights. In Almonor's first season with Farleigh Dickinson, he only appeared in 24 games and averaged 9.6 minutes per outing while averaging 3.5 points a game.

“Ansley is one of the best shooting mid-major bigs out there and he is a tremendous mover without the basketball,” Pope said. “He’s a fearless competitor with great leadership qualities. Ansley is a finance major who comes from an unbelievable family from Haiti. He’s a great addition to this roster as a veteran presence with a lot of college basketball under his belt.”

He would improve significantly from his freshman to sophomore season as in 2022-23 he found himself in the starting lineup, starting 34 of the 36 games he played in. Almonor also went from averaging 9.6 minutes a game to 28 minutes a game. The major jump in playing time also improved his overall stats as he averaged 13.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 0.7 blocks a game in his sophomore campaign.

Almonor didn't stop there, he kept improving into his junior season where he played 32 minutes a game and averaged 16.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 0.7 blocks all while shooting 43.6% from the field and 39.4% from three-point land.

This recruitment process appeared to move fairly quickly for Mark Pope and his staff as last week it was rumored that Kentucky was interested in the talented forward transfer. This past Saturday, Almonor had a Zoom meeting with Mark Pope and decided to take a visit to the University of Kentucky on Tuesday of this week. This is when the coaching staff must’ve sealed the deal as here it is Wednesday and we have a commitment from Ansley Almonor.

This is a good option in my mind to help increase the depth at the small forward position and potentially even at the four if you choose to play in a “small ball” style offense. With Almonor being able to work down low in the post while also having both a good-looking midrange jumper and a three-point shot, this will amplify Kentucky's already dangerous offensive scheme. He’s viewed as one of the top options from the portal and Kentucky landing him will be very beneficial to the roster.

Here is some footage of Kentucky's latest pickup for your viewing pleasure.

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