Ugonna Kingsley, one of the top centers in the recruiting class of 2023 and one of Kentucky's prioritized targets, is set to take an official visit at Kentucky on July 20th according to national recruiting expert Andrew Slater.
Kingsley does not have an official commitment date set yet, but as long as this visit goes well, he could very well commit shortly after. He is a strong lean towards Kentucky as of now, but is also heavily anticipated to reclass to the class of 2022, meaning he could potentially be on the team's roster for this upcoming season. The Bahamas trip begins on August 8. The first day of classes at Kentucky is August 22, and the team is already practicing on campus, so if he does choose Kentucky and to reclass, his decision should not be delayed much longer.
Kingsley's tall frame and defensive instinct shows that he has the potential to be the one of the best rim running and shot blocking centers in his recruiting class. However, that is mostly all potential now, as he still has lots of room to grow. Specifically, he needs to put on some muscle, keep a high motor more consistently and become a better rebounder. This, however, is why I love him as a reclass candidate. A year of practicing with Oscar Tshiebwe and training with new Strength and Conditioning coach Brady Welsh could get him ready to play serious minutes at the center position the following season.
Cal has been on a roll on the recruiting trail as of late. From getting commitments from Rob DIllingham and Reed Sheppard, to putting Kentucky in a great spot for the likes of Justin Edwards, DJ Wagner, Aaron Bradshaw and now Ugonna Kingsley, we are seeing a prime recruiting Calipari that we saw in the early-to-mid 2010's. However, it is important to remember the ABC's of recruiting: Always Be Closing. If Calipari can manage to get all of this talent on campus, he will have back to back rosters with the potential to return to the final four.