Top-50 center Ugona Kingsley-Ononso He announced his commitment to Kentucky on Monday, choosing the Wildcats over a final list that included Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tennessee.
Kingsley-Ononso last month confirmed his intention to reclassify in the class of 2022; He will arrive in Lexington for the upcoming men’s basketball season, although it is unclear whether he will immediately suit up for Kentucky. He took an official visit to Oklahoma State in late June, then traveled to Kentucky and Oklahoma in late July.
A 6-foot-11 center from Nigeria who attended Putnam Science Academy (Connecticut), Kingsley-Ononso is ranked 35th overall in the ESPN 100 for 2023, the No. 3 center in the class. He has impressed at NBA academy events the past two years, and was invited to the Pangos All-American camp in June.
“Kingsley-Onsonso is a top-notch shooting guard and rim protector,” said Paul Biancardi, ESPN’s national director of boys high school basketball recruiting. “His physical measurements are eye-popping, standing at 6-11 with a 7-5 wingspan and a 9-10.5 standing reach. He takes a long stride, has an explosive vertical and moves his feet well laterally. He’s a ball screen protector and has mobility and agility. He has a strong defense and even a switch ability.
“He excels in finishing lobs, passing and rolling to the rim. What makes his potential so impressive is his developing touch and scoring movement. The next steps are improving with his back to the basket and then getting short front. -Driving and jumping over a set defense.” .
John Calipari has just completed his 2022 recruiting class. Kingsley-Ononso joins five-star prospects. Chris Livingston And Cason WallaceAlso a four-star small forward Icon Thiero. If he doesn’t redshirt for the 2022-23 campaign, the National Player of the Year should be a defensive presence in the backfield. Oscar Tshiebwe And a former five-star prospect Damion Collins.
Kentucky is ranked No. 4 in ESPN’s latest Way-To-First Top 25.