Kentucky and 7-foot center Vincent Iwuchukwu have not talked in "about a month"

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Kentucky is no longer a key focus for one of the biggest high schoolers in the country. Vincent Iwuchukwu, a seven-foot, 220-pound center out of Montverde Academy, has not heard from the Wildcat program in "about a month". Back in early June at the Pangos All-American Camp, the four-star big man told KSR that his communication with Kentucky was in the early stages and that the staff was one of the many schools that were recruiting him the hardest. Fast forward less than two months later and the contact has subsided. Iwuchukwu has in attendance for the NBPA Top 100 Camp that was held in Orlando this week and he gave reporters an update on where things currently stand between his camp and Kentucky. "It's been about a month now but I talked to Jai Lucas there," Iwuchukwu said about Kentucky during media availability on Thursday. "We just talk about building a relationship and basketball things and different players from the past that he compares me to." A consensus four-star recruit, there are rumblings that Iwuchukwu could bump even further in the rankings after impressive showings throughout the summer at multiple camps and events. 247 Sports has him at No. 32 overall while Rivals pegs him at No. 29. His play over the last few months has caught the eye of several big-name programs, too. Iwuchukwu told the media that his visits earlier this summer to Baylor and Kansas went well and that he has plans to go visit UCLA, USC, Florida State, and Arizona State in the future. For now, those six programs are his top priorities. "I went to Baylor and Kansas, and both schools have great facilities, great coaches, great players from the past," Iwuchukwu said. "Both of them have family relationships that you want in a college. They were really good visits. "I don't have any set dates but UCLA, USC, Florida State, and ASU are really the main focuses for visits right now. Some of those schools started recruiting me from my freshman year and they're all schools I'm looking at to go to. All four have great programs and it would be a great environment at any one of those spots." Iwuchukwu was one of the top performers during his run at the NBPA Top 100, leading the entire camp in field goal percentage (75 percent) and rebounds per game (6.0) while helping lead his team to a championship victory. He dominated the semifinal matchup with 22 points, five rebounds, and three blocks. Kentucky has its sights for future post players set on the likes of Adem Bona and Dereck Lively II, but Iwuchukwu continues to climb the rankings as one of the premier centers in his class. Baylor appears to be the team to beat right now for his commitment (six Crystal balls have been logged in favor of the Bears along with one FutureCast prediction) but he's going to have more suitors coming after him even harder after his excellent summer of hoops.

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