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Kentucky 4-star C signee Somto Cyril receives NLI release from Wildcats

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Somto Cyril, a four-star center in the 2024 class, has officially been released from his National Letter of Intent to Kentucky and will reopen his recruitment, he told On3. The news comes after John Calipari accepted the Arkansas job.

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound center out of Overtime Elite (GA) committed to the Wildcats in June, before signing during the early period in November. He ultimately chose Kentucky over Providence, Cincinnati, Indiana, and others.

The native of Nigeria is ranked as the No. 42 overall prospect and No. 7 center in the 2024 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

Cyril Scouting Report

“Somto Cyril is a premier rim protector, one of the best in the country, regardless of class. He has a great frame, strong shoulders, and very long arms. He battles around the basket, a good rebounder both in and out of his area. Cyril is still raw offensively; his hands are solid with balls thrown above his chest. He does not provide much offense outside of ten feet; he is a rim runner, dunker spot type—difference-maker on the defensive end, and violently tries to dunk everything around the rim.” – On3’s Jamie Shaw