Kentucky basketball offers North Carolina goalie Robert Dillingham

Five-star playmaker Robert Dillingham is the latest recipient of a Kentucky scholarship offer.

Great Britain coach John Calipari has extended the offer during Dillingham’s official visit to Lexington this weekend, the star rookie announced on Sunday morning. Calipari was also in North Carolina late last month to visit Dillingham, who has long been considered one of the top playmakers in the 2023 class. He is the group’s eighth overall prospect, according to the 247Sports composite ranking.

The 6-foot-1 point guard from Hickory, North Carolina, recently transferred to Donda Academy in Kanye West, Calif. After playing last season for Combine Academy in his home state. Dillingham was named Charlotte Observer High School Basketball Player of the Year for the 2020-21 season, in which he averaged 21.2 points, 4.9 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2 , 1 steals per game and led his team to a 29-3 record. He also shot 40.1% from three points and 87.5% from free throws. named him second-year All-American First Team.

Most recently, Dillingham took home the Most Valuable Player honors from the FIBA ​​Americas 16U team which won a gold medal in Mexico over the summer, averaging 15.7 points, 6, 2 assists and 3.2 steals per game. He had 31 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and rose to 5 for 11 on a three-point range in the championship game of this event.

Dillingham has received previous scholarship offers from North Carolina, Kansas, Texas, Memphis, Florida, Auburn, Tennessee and several other major programs. While there have been some early Crystal Ball predictions in favor of Home State Tar Heels, there has apparently been little movement towards a Dillingham engagement in recent months. He took a recruiting visit to Memphis last month and made another trip to the state of Louisiana a few days ago, while the UNC added an engagement of the 2023 five-star combo guard Simeon Wilcher last week. .

Kentucky has already extended a scholarship offer to 2023 playmaker DJ Wagner class, who has long been ranked No.1 overall in that group and has deep family ties to Calipari. The UK have also proposed state-inherited rookie Reed Sheppard, who could play the point guard at the university but could also be used off the ball to the next level.

Wagner and Sheppard both made recruiting visits to the UK for Big Blue Madness on October 15.

There has been some reclassification buzz surrounding Dillingham’s recruiting, but he just turned 16 in January and is already in his age-appropriate grade. Even if he made a jump to the 2022 class, current NBA rules would not allow him to enter the draft until 2024, so such a move would mean he would have to play two seasons of varsity ball before moving on to. the NBA.

The UK already have commitments from a trio of players based on the perimeter of the 2022 class – Skyy Clark, Chris Livingston and Shaedon Sharpe – and the Wildcats are expected to largely add an additional commitment from 2022 five-star combo guard Cason Wallace this fall.

This story was originally published 24 October 2021 at 12:40 pm.

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Ben Roberts covers basketball, football, horse racing and other sports in the UK for the Lexington Herald-Leader and has specialized in recruiting basketball in the UK for several years. He also maintains the Next Cats recruiting blog, which features the latest news on the Wildcats recruiting efforts.
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