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John Calipari visits 2021 center Franck Kepnang

Photo via 247Sports

Photo via 247Sports

The Cats may have just defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, but Kentucky’s coaches are already back on the recruiting trail Sunday. John Calipari visited 2021 center Franck Kepnang on Sunday afternoon alongside assistant coach Tony Barbee, according to national recruiting expert Adam Zagoria.

Kepnang is a 6-10, 220-pound center from Cameroon. He currently holds offers from Kentucky, UCLA, UConn, Illinois, and Wake Forest, among others. He’s ranked as the No. 18 overall recruit and No. 3 center by the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

According to Zagoria, this is Cal’s second time watching Kepnang play in the past month. Last December, Kepnang put on a show with Calipari in attendance, totaling 18 points and 13 rebounds in Westtown’s win over 2020 Kentucky signee Terrence Clarke and the Brewster Academy.

While 2021 might seem a long way off, our very own Jack Pilgrim says it might not actually be that long before Kepnang steps onto a college campus.

Despite the fact that Kentucky already has two big men signed in the 2020 class, and Greg Brown’s visit went seemingly well on Saturday, the Cats still need big bodies to fill out the roster next season. Isaiah Jackson and Lance Ware aren’t exactly bruisers in the post, and even Brown is more of an athlete than a true big man.

Kentucky is in solid position with Clifford Omoruyi, but the Cats still need depth. Right now, Kepnang has a college-ready body and might be ready to contribute as soon as next season. Just watch this big-time dunk he threw down earlier today.

Kepnang is nowhere near making a decision, but UK seems to have earned high interest from the five-star big man. We’ve seen the trouble you can run into when there isn’t enough depth down around the basket, and it looks like Calipari wants to stock up on talent while he can.

He might be a bit raw, but Kepnang is a beast down low. He’d be fun to watch in the blue and white next season.


Article written by Nick Wheatley

6 Comments for John Calipari visits 2021 center Franck Kepnang

  1. JASUN74
    9:00 pm January 12, 2020 Permalink

    Heck yeah he’s be fun to watch. He and Big Cliff is exactly what we need down low. If we happen to get Brown it’d be great, but I’m sorry to tell everyone here that thinks he’s some kind of Big Guy, you’re wrong. He’s more in between PJ and Keion Brooks than anything, just more athletic.

    Now he’s best playing facing the basket and making a move, or on the break for a lob. He’s not a post player though. Anyway, go watch some film on him and you’ll see. Lol. He’s definitely a kid we would love to have, but he’s not AD, Katt or even close to Bam, he’s a forward who’s Athletic and is strong enough to gets an and one here and there.

    He’s got a nice shot from 13-15 ft but he’s got a ways to go consistently shooting three point shots. He’s a great athlete though and he’s 6-9 so he can help anyone in the country. He’s may be closer to Ware and CamRon mixed together, that’s not bad at all. Lol.

    Anyway, I just don’t understand where some fans think he’s a BOG GUY!! He’s not and never will be a Big Guy! He’s still a hell of a player and we haven’t had a player like him in awhile, hopefully he plays for the Cats because we will need a more ready now player. I could see him playing a lot like PJ did his freshman year at Kentucky. That would be great if it happened.

  2. BobbyBlue
    10:45 pm January 12, 2020 Permalink

    Kid lives 20 miles from the University of Texas. It is thought that he is Shaka Smarts to lose and the Brown family loves him.
    Shaka is a one trick Pony, who has about milked that as far as it can go, but he has been on Brown since 8 th grade and even if Shaka is finally on the hot seat over this years results, he can go to the U TX administration and guarantee delivery if he remains as coach.
    Would love to see him in Blue, and maybe it isn’t another cap on the table deal, but personally I see this as another Cade Cunningham, with just to much for even Cal to overcome.

    • JASUN74
      12:36 am January 13, 2020 Permalink

      You’re probably right about Texas, no doubt they’ve been on him a long time! I just hope they go with their heads an not just the hometown. Very few get the opportunity to play Basketball at Kentucky, I hope he takes advantage of his. He’s the perfect player for John Calipari to mold into a high lottery pick.

      Saying that, he can still go lottery going somewhere else, but the Fact is, no one in the world can prepare you for the NBA like Coach Cal. He’ll have you more ready to come in and play than anyone and in turn, get a larger Second Contract. Thanks BobbyBlue!

  3. CALfacts
    12:00 am January 13, 2020 Permalink

    I just hope we can land a big! Seems like all the good bigs go else where past 2 yrs

  4. Cletis75
    12:22 am January 13, 2020 Permalink

    Kid on tape reminds me of Dakari a little bit.

    • JASUN74
      12:29 am January 13, 2020 Permalink

      While he is a big old dude, he’s a lot more athletic than him I believe. Seriously though, how much would we love to have a player like Johnson every single year. I’ll say one thing, he may not have been the most athletic, but he was hard to stop in the post, and always played with heart. Loved that kid.