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The good news continues to come to John Calipari and the Kentucky basketball program.
After both Olivier Sarr and Jacob Toppin received their waivers for immediate eligibility last week, Kentucky received back-to-back pledges from five-star defender Skyy Clark and four-star striker Bryce Hopkins .
Not until a week later, The 2021 five-star striker Daimion Collins has announced his commitment to Kentucky, choose Wildcats across Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, and Kansas.
Collins, a 6-foot 10-pound, 200-pound athlete from Atlanta, TX, is considered the No. 19 prospect on the 247Sports Comprehensive Ranking and is highly ranked at number 10 in the Competitors’ rankings. .
To this end, the UK has selected eight Crystal Balls consecutively at 247Sports and three FutureCasts at Rivals.
“We sat down and talked when he got the offer, and he was really excited and beaming into my office,” Atlanta High School’s Jarrod Boston basketball coach said. KSR. “I already told you have seriously think about this. What is your ultimate goal? What do you want to do in life? “He wants to play in the NBA, I’ll be honest with you.”
In the words of its own coach, Kentucky maintained “the greatest pitch ever.”
“It’s the best pitch ever:“ You come here, and we will give you a chance to play in the NBA, ”said Boston of the UK’s must-have recruiting show. “He knows. … He wants to shoot. I said,” Well, you realize if you go to Kentucky you get a shot. At least you’ll be looking and have the resources to look. ” It all depends on how hard he’s willing to work, what he’s willing to do. That’s the charm of Kentucky. “
The latest Kentucky Wildcat previously told KSR that Calipari and the UK coaching staff were comparing him to Anthony Davis, who just won his first NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers a few weeks ago.
“Coach Cal told me how he was going to use me. He used Anthony Davis,” Collins told KSR. “He said that I remind him a lot about Anthony and that I can do a lot of the things he is doing now. When I got there, growth, he said he would be able to grow me. “
All the successes the former Kentucky players achieved in the Orlando NBA bubble this summer and fall? Collins noticed.
“It shows me how Coach Cal can develop his players and take them to the position they need to take to the next level,” Collins said. “It’s nice to be able to watch them on TV because it tells me what I need to know.”
Now that he’s officially committed, what do fans need to know about his game?
“His game, the best I can say about him is he explodes,” Collins’s coach told KSR. “He just, he does some of the things that you’ll have to shake your head for saying, ‘How did he do that? “It’s amazing to see his growth, actually over the past two or three years, it’s amazing how good he has been. He is long, long armed. The weird thing is, often when you get really tall kids – it’s about 6’10 “- they’re not capable of explosive jumps. I think he’s like a 40 or 45 inch vertical.
“He’s very athletic and very explosive. I also want to say that his game is in its infancy, I think that’s why people are so excited about him. You see so much growth potential, it’s unbelievable. … His ceiling is just out of this world, it’s not real. He’s not even come close, to me, touching what he might be. That is the biggest thing ”.
Kentucky has now received pledges from Collins, Bryce Hopkins and four-star point guard Nolan Hickman in the 2021 class, and the UK has also extended offers to Patrick Baldwin Jr., Jaden Hardy, Hunter Sallis, Moussa Diabate and Brandin Podziemski.
The UK also made its first pledge in 2022 last week when Skyy Clark opted for Wildcats over North Carolina, Memphis and UCLA. While he is currently sticking with his original 2022 class, the five-star defender is considering moving to 2021 at a later date.
Celebrate Collins’s pledge with some of his most recent highlights:
Welcome to the family.