John Calipari is expected to be in California next weekend for a meeting with five-star recruit Bol Bol, his mother told the Herald-Leader on Sunday.
Bol — a 7-foot-3 power forward at Mater Dei (Calif.) — is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 2 overall recruit in the class of 2018. Five-star wing R.J. Barrett is the only player ranked ahead of Bol on that list, and Barrett was in Lexington earlier this month for his official visit to Kentucky.
Calipari coached Bol at the Team USA training camp in Colorado Springs in June, but Bol did not make the final USA Basketball squad that traveled with UK’s coach to play in the FIBA World Cup in Egypt, an omission that some analysts predicted might hurt UK’s recruitment of Bol, who had previously expressed considerable interest in the Wildcats’ program.
Bol told reporters at the Nike Peach Jam finals a few weeks later that UK assistant coach Kenny Payne called him and said he should have made the team, which was chosen not by Calipari but by a committee of USA Basketball officials.
Arizona, Southern Cal, UCLA and Oregon are among the other schools on the list for Bol, who has not made any cuts in his recruitment and said even after he didn’t make the USA team that he still intended to take an official visit to Kentucky.
Bol, who was born in Sudan, started his high school career in Kansas before transferring to Mater Dei earlier this year. He was one of the top players on the Nike circuit this summer, averaging 21.4 points, 10.0 rebounds and a league-high 4.5 blocked shots per game.
Calipari is also scheduled to host five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley next weekend, so the meeting with Bol likely will take place either immediately before or after Quickley’s visit.