The recruitment of a 6-foot-10 big man is officially back open and UK is in the mix.
Earlier on Monday, it was reported by both Tipton Edits and Sports Illustrated’s Jason Jordan that Enoch Boakye, a four-star center from the class of 2022, has decided to de-commit from Michigan State and will re-open his recruiting process. According to the reports, Kentucky is listed as one of the 10 schools the Canadian native will consider. Weighing 240 pounds, Boakye is listed as the No. 32 overall prospect in his class, per 247 Sports, the fourth-best center, and the highest-ranked recruit out of Canada.
Enoch lists the following schools as ones he’s interested in: Duke, Kentucky, Arizona, Baylor, Texas Tech, USC, Texas, Gonzaga, UNLV, Arizona State.
*Recruitment is fully open*
— Tipton Edits (@TiptonEdits) February 15, 2021
??BREAKING: Elite 2022 center @EnochBoakye11 has officially decommitted from Michigan State.
Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Arizona, USC, Duke, Kentucky, Washington State and Gonzaga already lining up, according to Boakye.
— Jason Jordan (@JasonJordanSI) February 15, 2021
Prior to Boakye’s decision to pick Tom Izzo and the Spartans, he was in contact with the Kentucky program and took an unofficial visit to Lexington last February. KSR can confirm that the Wildcat coaching staff did reach out to Boakye back in June of 2020, roughly one month before he committed to MSU.
Jordan of SI reports that Boakye decided to leave Michigan State due to a potentially loaded frontcourt and wants to choose a program in which he believes he can make an immediate impact. The high school junior doesn’t expect the new recruiting process to take that long and he should have a list of three released in the near future.
“I don’t really have a timeline for deciding now,” Boakye told SI. “At the same time, I don’t want to waste anyone’s time. I think things will move fast. I think eventually I’ll get to a top three and then I’ll announce.”
Boakye is also considering the likes of Duke, Arizona, Baylor, Texas Tech, USC, Texas, Gonzaga, UNLV, and Arizona State. Currently, he does not hold an offer from the Wildcats, although that could quickly change.
Below are his highlights from the 2019 FIBA World Championships.