Updated: Jul 26
October 24, 2021: Kentucky offers Robert Dillingham and soon every crystal ball prediction goes towards Kentucky
December 1, 2021: Robert Dillingham surprisingly commits to NC State
March 19, 2022: Robert Dillingham announces his decommitment from NC State
June 24, 2022: Robert Dillingham is finally a Cat!
Robert Dillingham, the five star point guard in the class of 2023, announces that he has committed to the University of Kentucky.
In one of the wildest and most unpredictable recruitments in recent memory for Kentucky, it was lead recruiter Chin Coleman who was able to secure the commitment of one of the most sought after high school prospects, beating out Auburn, Louisville, USC, as well as pro options. 247Sports ranks Dillingham as the 13th best prospect in his class, but the composite ranking (a compilation of the rankings of all the major recruiting websites) favors him a little bit more, ranking him 7th and the best overall point guard (Note: DJ Wagner is #1 overall but is listed as a combo guard).
Dillingham joins fellow guard Reed Sheppard in Kentucky's 2023 recruiting class and there are tons of options left to join them. To join the pair of guards, Kentucky is in heavy pursuit of wings Justin Edwards and Andrej Stojakovic, forwards Ron Holland and Xavier Booker, centers Aaron Bradshaw, Dennis Evans, and Ugonna Kingsley, and of course guard DJ Wagner. While there are tons of available options, I would not be surprised if we do not have many actual additions to the class. It is important to note that each of the past two years, John Calipari has relied heavily on the portal and using NIL to get veterans to return and brought in three-man freshmen classes. Last season, we saw TyTy Washington, Daimion Collins and Bryce Hopkins and this season, we have Cason Wallace, Chris Livingston, and Adou Thiero. With two already committed, we may only add one or maybe two more players.
One of the best parts of adding Dillingham is that he will fit on the court with whoever else we add. He can go get himself a bucket, but also create plays for others. He can use his ball handling and speed to get into the paint but also space the floor by being able to knock down shots from behind the arc. We are still a full year away, but if John Calipari can put more talent around him, Kentucky will have the potential to be an elite team with Rob Dillingham as its centerpiece.