There’s at least one person excited about Kentucky’s trip to the NIT.
Pittsburgh-area prospect Ryan Skovranko and three of his teammates were invited by John Calipari to see the Cats practice Monday in advance of Tuesday night’s NIT opener against Robert Morris.
Skovranko tweeted a picture of the practice and added the “BBN” hashtag. The 6-foot-7 junior wing has said in the past that Kentucky is his favorite school.
Calipari made a trip to western Pennsylvania last month to see Skovranko practice. The under-the-radar recruit plays for Lincoln Park Charter in Midland, Pa., which is just a few miles from where Calipari grew up.
“He’s very intrigued by his length and athleticism,” Lincoln Park Coach Mike Bariski told the Herald-Leader last month. “He’s 6-7. He runs very well. He jumps absolutely out of the gym. He has, to them, the athleticism and length that they like. He’s a big guard.”
Bariski said Calipari was also interested in 6-9 junior forward Elijah Minnie, 6-0 sophomore guard Antonio Kellum and 6-6 freshman guard Maverick Rowan. Rowan is the team’s leading scorer and the son of former St. John’s and Notre Dame star Ron Rowan.
Those three players and Bariski were also present at UK’s practice Monday, the coach told the Herald-Leader. Lincoln Park is playing in the state tournament semifinals Tuesday, so the quartet of prospects will be unable to return to see UK play against Robert Morris.
Other programs that have expressed interest in Skovranko include Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Iowa, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and DePaul.