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Dikembe Mutombo’s son, Ryan, wants to be recruited by Kentucky

Photo: 247Sports

Photo: 247Sports

The son of NBA Hall of Fame center and legendary shot-blocker, Dikembe Mutombo, wants to be recruited by John Calipari and the University of Kentucky.

Ryan Mutombo, a four-star center in the class of 2021, currently holds offers from his father’s alma mater, Georgetown, along with Georgia Tech, and Richmond, though he’s hoping Kentucky reaches out in the very near future.

“I’d like to hear from UVA, UNC, Kentucky would be nice, all of the big schools that kids dream about when they’re growing up,” Mutombo said in an interview with Evan Daniels of 247Sports. “I think it would just be like an awesome experience to get to visit one of those top schools.”

The interview came during the annual Holiday Hoopsgiving event this past weekend in Atlanta, GA, where Daniels says his elite size – Mutombo stands 6-foot-11, 220 pounds – and length were impressive, but the junior prospect also shined offensively.

Mutombo’s pure size (6’11”) and length immediately stood out, but it was his scoring moves, feel for the game and passing ability that impressed throughout the game. With his father looking on, Mutombo nailed a pair of mid-range jumpers, connected on two hooks over his left shoulder and distributed the ball to his teammates with ease.

To be blunt, it was impressive.

According to Mutombo, he works with his father, an eight-time NBA All-Star and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, at least eight hours a week, with defense being an (obvious) point of emphasis.

“He’s trying to give me those nuggets here and there,” Mutombo told Daniels. “He tells me to block everything. I go after every single ball when I’m down there. I’m really relentless. … He tells me to never be rushed when I’m in the post. If I feel my man playing straight behind me, I need to face him up and go to work and make the right play.”

As Daniels mentioned above, Mutombo also takes pride in passing and being unselfish on the floor.

“I think my passing ability comes from being an unselfish player,” Mutombo told 247Sports. “My coach does a great job of teaching us to make sure that everybody is involved and I think that really carries over into the game. You saw me facilitating the ball, we got three threes in a row and that was huge for us.”

After taking a quick stroll through YouTube, there is a (rather cringey) video posted by TMZ Sports back in June of 2018 with the interviewer hounding Dikembe Mutombo and his son about the 2021 prospect’s future plans.

When asked by the reporter what school he would like to eventually go to at the time, Ryan Mutombo said North Carolina.

His father’s response? “No, no, no,” with the Georgetown Hoyas legend adding in his trademark finger wag.

Will Calipari and the Kentucky coaching staff go after the son of an NBA legend?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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7 Comments for Dikembe Mutombo’s son, Ryan, wants to be recruited by Kentucky

  1. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    7:15 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

    I met Dikembe about three or four years ago at the Denver airport. We were in line at Wendy’s beside each other. Dikembe ordered a coffee. The clerk asked “small, medium, or large?” He said “small”. The clerk immediately said “we on,y have medium and large”. I was thinking ” this is Dikembe Mutumbo…you asked him if he wanted small…so cut the bottom out of a large and give it to him!” I wanted Dikembe to smack it away and wag his finger at the clerk. He was a really nice guy, I would love for his son to come to UK!

  2. WKY Cat
    7:17 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

    IF we wanted him then UNC would also be on him. Sounds like he wants to go to UNC. Not sure Cal would waste much time on him. Don’t want to be another hat.

  3. 4everUKBlue
    7:37 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

    Sounds like he’s trying to raise his stock by getting top programs to recruit him, if he had said he wanted to go to UK it might be different.

  4. IrishCat
    7:41 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

    Probably end up playing for Ewing @ Gtown, which will be a good storyline to follow.

  5. ukkatzfan
    8:16 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

    Looks to be 215 reasons he didn’t want to work for the big school. If he had 240+ reasons, he would have got more listeners.

    • ukkatzfan
      8:18 pm December 2, 2019 Permalink

      Maybe Auburn to play for his Uncle Iwo’s coach Pearl from USI seems likely

  6. BlueBanker18
    8:13 am December 3, 2019 Permalink

    Sounds like he just wants hats on the table. Sorry kid.