It has been a hectic June 15 for John Calipari and the rest of the Kentucky coaching staff. As the clock struck midnight, college coaches of all sports were officially able to (legally) directly contact and offer high school student-athletes in the graduating class of 2024. While Calipari and crew were reaching out to the top rising juniors in the country, a rising senior, and one of the top prospects in the class of 2023, Ron Holland, was on an official visit at the University of Kentucky.
Ron Holland's recruitment has been a complexing one to say the least. For one, he became one of the quickest rising prospects in his class this past school year, finding his way in to the top 10 of most recruiting ranking sites. Yet recently, he has dropped a spot or two in the rankings as he had struggled in the first couple EYBL Sessions. Speaking with a recruiting analyst, it was hypothesized that Holland was working to try and expand his offensive game, specifically take more jump shots instead of getting to the paint, which had hurt his overall performance. However, these growing pains are a necessary part of any player's development and there shouldn't be too much concern in the long run. Secondly, Ron, despite being one of Kentucky's top targets, had not picked up an official offer yet. In fact, Kentucky was the only one of the seven schools to make Ron Holland's cut of "Top 8" options that had not given him an offer yet.
That is, of course, until today.
Ron had verbally expressed in the past that he wished he was hearing more from Calipari and staff, while he raved about the constant contact coaches like Eric Musselman from Arkansas has been maintaining with him. Hopefully, this offer will signify the changing of momentum. If John Calipari decides to put on the full court press in recruiting and wants to make Ron Holland an integral piece of his 2023-24 roster, there should be little reason that he can't end up in Lexington.