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Somto Cyril Commits To Kentucky

Wednesday sure was an exciting one in the UK world. You'd think approaching near July would have news slowing down, especially basketball news, but that's no longer the case these days. It's essentially a twelve month grind now. With that being said, the news was pumping today as usual, and KSR's Jack Pilgrim broke the word in the middle of the afternoon that Kentucky had picked up a commitment from four-star Overtime Elite standout, Somto Cyril.

Somto Cyril, a top-seven center in the country and cream-of-the-crop high school basketball star hailing from the state of Georgia, has chosen to play college ball at the University of Kentucky. The 2024 commit had rumors surrounding him that he could possibly commit to the Cats and then reclassify, joining the team this season, but Jack says he will not do so and plans to remain in his respective class.


The 6-foot-10 big man is the first commitment of the '24 class, holding many offers already. Kansas, Indiana, Memphis, Cincinnati, Tennessee, and Florida headline the near dozen programs who have shown interest. After visiting Cincinnati last September, Somto scheduled a visit to Lexington on the 8th of this month. We're now less than three weeks past that and he's decided that this is where he wants to brings his talents to.


On the internet, Somto Cyril has been called by many as "Baby Shaq." His height followed up by his 240-pound frame backs up those claims very much. That stature has allowed him to ferociously dunk the basketball, mean-mug slam so to speak, every single time he's near the rim. His highlight videos when compared side-by-side do look exactly like a Shaquille O'Neal in his prime dunk. Don't believe me? You be the one to judge.

At OTE's camp back in April, he managed to record a 40-inch maximum vertical which is insane. He showcases himself as a player who can go out and get an even distribution of points, rebounds, and blocks on any given game, which is the exact kind of center Cal would recruit in his earlier years. I like this addition a lot, and having him kick off that recruiting cycle for this staff is beneficial because he can help recruit other top names to town as his senior season goes underway.


Welcome to the program big fella. It's going to take me the rest of your high school career to remember how to spell your name correctly.

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