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February Recruiting Updates

Kentucky and John Calipari have been hitting the recruiting trail hard recently. While the 2024 class is winding down, the Head Coach is looking forward to the class of 2025 and has some big time names on his list. February will be a very busy month for both classes.

Let's start with the remaining prospects in the class of 2024. First on the list is long time target, five-star Karter Knox. Karter recently visited Kentucky during the weekend of January 20th. He was present during the “Big Z” debut which produced an electric atmosphere at Rupp Arena as the ‘Cats defeated the Bulldogs 105-96. Karter has not set a date for his commitment yet but will not be taking anymore visits. He has also officially visited Louisville in December and USF in November.

Recent 2024 reclass Khaman Maluach has announced he plans to visit Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, and G League Ignite in that order here soon, per 247Sports' Travis Branham. Maluach is a 7’1 center out of the NBA Academy in Africa, the same school where Kentucky sophomore Ugonna Onyenso came from before transferring to Putnam Science Academy. Khaman has already visited Duke back in January. All of the "Blue Bloods" are after him and for good reason. Below are some of his stats from BAL Qualifiers back in November (3 total games): 21 PPG, 24/43 FG (55.8%), 6/16 3PT FG (37.5%), 9/13 FT (69.2%), 15.7 RPG, 3.7 BPG, and 1.3 APG. The big man has just announced that he will be set to visit the University of Kentucky between February 12-13th.

2025 five-star Joson Sanon is another name to watch for who could be joining the team in the 2024 class. He is currently ranked #9 in the class of 2025 on ESPN but says a reclass is possible. In a recent interview by X's @TrillyDonovan, Sanon states that Kentucky and Duke are the newest contenders for his recruitment. He's looking to visit schools in the month of February and has two scheduled as of now, aiming for Kansas (Feb. 3rd) and Georgia (Feb. 17th). In the interview, Sanon says he will see who is open to visit. “Well, I got two weeks in February open, so whoever is open is open. Kansas in the mix, maybe Duke, maybe Kentucky.” It just so happens that Kentucky is hosting 2025 five-star Jasper Johnson on an official visit the weekend of February 10th, which is possibly an open weekend in February for Sanon. It is still unknown as of now whether he will visit Kentucky for sure or not but it appears as a great opportunity for both parties that weekend. Joson plays for Vermont Academy where he has put up six 30+ games and two 40+ games. Hopefully they can make the visit happen. As of now, the recruit does not hold an offer from Kentucky.

Now in the class of 2025, five-star Meleek Thomas was on an official visit to Lexington this past weekend (Feb. 3rd). Thomas is an elite combo guard who John Calipari has been heavily recruiting. Back in December, Calipari showed up to Lincoln Park (PA) to watch Thomas play. Meleek put up a triple-double in that game finishing with 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. He fits the mold of past star guards who have played under Cal and fits into his system. He's ranked as the #7 overall player in the class of 2025 according to ESPN.

Jasper Johnson is another five-star guard on John Calipari’s list. Jasper has an upcoming official visit to Kentucky scheduled for February 10th when the ‘Cats take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs, which should be an elite college basketball atmosphere inside Rupp Arena. Jasper recently played in his hometown of Woodford County (KY) in the Derek Smith Invitational where he scored a game-high 37 points and making 10 three-pointers. In attendance for him were coaches from Kentucky, North Carolina, Missouri, and Louisville. Jasper is ranked as the #8 player in the class of 2025 in ESPN's metrics.

February is a very busy month on the recruiting trail as Kentucky is trying to finish the 2024 class strong and make some strides in the 2025 class. One thing you can always count on is John Calipari is going to go after the best of the best. Now let's see if he will land them.

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