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Kentucky reaches out to three-star center

With the missed opportunity to add Stephen Zimmerman or Mike Thorne, and a roster in need of another big body, John Calipari has now reached out to yet another former Charlotte 49er. This time it’s Ebuka Izundu, a high school senior who was released from his scholarship to Charlotte due to the school’s coaching change. Izundu had planned to decide between Tennessee, Cincinnati, Miami, Connecticut and Charlotte, but a recent phone call from Calipari may have him holding off on that announcement. Cal plans to watch him play in Atlanta this coming weekend.

Ranked No. 231 in the 2015 class by the 247 Composite rankings, Izundu doesn’t come with the same appeal as a Cheick Diallo or Thon Maker, UK’s only two other frontcourt options. But interest is high in the 6-foot-10 center, according to Aureice McCain, Izundu’s high school coach.

“Kentucky said they’re really, really interested,” McCain told the Charlotte Observer. “They wanted to see how things pan out with some other guys, too. They can’t believe he’s been under the radar this long.”

I won’t pretend to know a single thing about this kid’s game, but I do know Kentucky is getting desperate for help inside for Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress.

We’ll keep an eye on this one, while praying for Diallo.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

4 Comments for Kentucky reaches out to three-star center



  1. Mc12
    8:32 pm April 20, 2015 Permalink

    Alrighty then. It’s tricky because AP can play the 4 some but who knows when he’ll be healthy. Then can or will Wynyard be able to play in the spring? Let’s go Diallo. Or ruh roh.



  2. ukbradstith
    8:36 pm April 20, 2015 Permalink

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a couple guys on the roster each year that could stick around and develop. This guy might play 5 minutes a game as a freshman, but that might be all we need him for a la Eloy Vargas.



  3. beaudiddy
    8:39 pm April 20, 2015 Permalink

    This is what you call “dumpster diving”! Going from first to worst in a hurry. If cal is sifting through the trash, he must know that he has no chance of landing any of the 5* bigs.



  4. WeareBBN
    8:53 pm April 20, 2015 Permalink

    Agree Cal is in desperate mode. Two things in this article are a plus. 1. He said UK wanted to see how things pan out with other guys….still hope for Diallo but looks like Cal is trying to have a backup plan {little late}. 2. He won’t be the help we need next year but I don’t mind having someone inside that can develop and be here 3 to 4 years.