UK extends new offer to 2019 basketball recruit

 Posted by at 7:44 PM on September 9, 2018
Sep 092018
 

Four-star post player Zeke Nnaji landed a scholarship offer from Kentucky after meeting with Coach John Calipari on Sunday night, the first day of the fall recruiting period.

Nnaji — a 6-foot-10, 215-pound power forward from Minnesota — had previous scholarship offers from Kansas, Arizona, Ohio State and several other top programs. He played alongside fellow UK target Matthew Hurt on the Adidas circuit over the summer and continues to climb the 2019 recruiting rankings with his stellar post play.

Rivals.com had Nnaji as the No. 34 overall player in its latest rankings, which are scheduled to be updated yet again later this week.

“I love the progression that Nnaji has made within the past 12 months,” Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans told the Herald-Leader. “He has grown over three inches and his value as a frontcourt defender cannot be overstated. He has an above 7-foot wingspan, instincts, and excellent lateral skills in guarding far and close to the basket and, best of all, properly switching out top in defending the ball screen.

“Offensively, Nnaji can play the ‘4’ or the ‘5.’ He has to get stronger and tougher but the physical tangibles are all there. He can shoot … but also has a set of counters in the post. He can also play in bigger lineups as a high-low threat as a passer and shooter. In all, he is one of the better upside forward prospects in America.”

There is no clear leader in Nnaji’s recruitment, and Kentucky seems to have a legitimate shot following Sunday’s scholarship offer. UK assistant coach Joel Justus has been recruiting Nnaji for the past several weeks.

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