As of today, Kentucky head coach John Calipari has just nine scholarship offers extended to uncommitted prospects in the class of 2020.
And while they should certainly feel good about their standing with several of those top recruits, odds are pretty good that we’ll see another string of new offers coming in the near future.
One of those prospects that may be receiving a scholarship sometime soon? Four-star forward Dawson Garcia out of Prior Lake, MN.
Garcia, a 6-foot-10 big man with legitimate skills both inside and outside, said at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA that his versatility separates himself from his peers.
“I can guard positions one through five, that’s a strength of mine,” he said. “I can put the ball on the floor and shoot it well. I’m going to keep getting stronger, that’s something I’ve been working on a lot. That’ll come this summer, I’ll be hitting the weight room.”
When asked about his NBA player comparison, the versatile stretch-four named the two players he models his game after, and they’re pretty impressive.
“I’d probably say it’s a little combination of Chris Bosh and Kevin Durant,” he said.
In terms of his recruitment, things are a bit more up in the air. He already holds offers from Minnesota, Marquette, Texas, Arizona, and Wisconsin, among others, but the 6-foot-10 forward admitted there are a few schools that have his attention that have yet to extend a scholarship.
“All of the schools that have offered me so far, they came to my house and have done a great job of recruiting me,” he said. “[There are] some of the other schools that haven’t offered me yet but are going to continue to watch me this summer.”
And some of those schools that haven’t offered yet?
“Kentucky, UNC, Duke, they’ve all been in contact with me, texting and calling me lately” he said. “They’re just telling me to keep doing what I’m doing. They’re telling me to keep my head up, congratulating me on winning a [U18 World Cup gold medal in Mongolia], telling me they’re excited to watch me [here] and during the live recruiting period in July.”
In terms of UK specifically, Garcia said John Calipari and his assistants are in “decent contact” with him and texting him “every couple of weeks,” using one of their go-to pitches with him: “Kentucky is not for everybody.”
And it’s working.
“My level of interest right now is high,” he said. “It’s a great program, they get guys to the league right away. When they came to my school and talked to me, they were like, “Yeah, Kentucky is not for everybody,” and that’s true. It shows that if you go to Kentucky, you have to just love basketball or life is going to be a living hell for you.”
In four games at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Garcia is averaging 11.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game on 44% shooting overall and 37% from three.
Check out some of his most recent highlight tapes below: