2014 4-star power forward Angel Delgado has been somewhat of a revelation at the Peach Jam, turning heads with his work on the glass, and dropping 20 and 8 in his first game down in North Augusta.
After coming to the States from the Dominican Republic a year ago, Delgado was a mostly off-the-radar prospect until recently, when strong showings at the LeBron James Skills Academy and the NBPA Top 100 camp piqued the interest of some top programs.
In the last few weeks alone, Louisville and Cincinnati have offered the big man, with Indiana also lurking on the perimeter, an offer most likely in-hand.
As Adam Zagoria notes, it’s rare for a skilled big like Delgado to emerge onto the scene so late, but based on his recent play, it looks like his recruitment about to heat up in a big way. And one of the teams that might jump to the front of the line for his services is Kentucky. Per Zagoria, the Delgado-Kentucky ties are strong:
And the Kentucky connection is not far away.
(Delgado’s AAU coach Dana) Dingle played at UMass for Wildcats John Calipari and went to high school with the Antigua brothers at St. Raymond’s. The Antiguas have known Delgado since his time in the DR, and Delgado could work out with the Orlando Antigua-coached DR Junior National Team.
“They’ve known about him longer than anybody,” Dingle said.
“They probably know better than anybody how he looked last year as in comparison to now and how hungry he got and has a chip on his shoulder and has stuff to prove to himself and his family and everybody.”
According to Zag, via Dingle, Delgado plans to schedule his visits next month. And assuming the interest is mutual, Cal, Antigua, and Co. would seem to have a leg up on the competition given those personal connections.
At the very least, Delgado is an intriguing player to keep in mind as the 2014 class starts to come together.