The floodgates have opened, folks.
With in-person recruiting coming back into the fold at the start of June for the first time since last spring, there is a lot of touring the country that needs to be made up for high school recruits in all corners of the country. We already know that June is going to be–and already has been–an incredibly busy month for the Kentucky Football Team, but Men’s Basketball is in the exact same boat.
We’re beginning to get a much clearer picture of which prospects are taking visits to Lexington and when. To help make life easier on all of us, consider this a one-stop shop for all your campus visitor questions. With that being said, let’s dive right into who is making the trip to Kentucky later this month. Unless noted otherwise, all visitors are from the class of 2022. Rankings are courtesy of the Rivals database.
Skyy Clark – 5-star PG, No. 15 overall: committed
The lone commit for Kentucky’s class of 2022 as of right now, Skyy Clark will take his first visit to Kentucky during the weekend of June 11-13. Clark tweeted the news himself back on May 24. Despite the coaching changes and loss of his previous lead recruiter, Joel Justus, Clark has remained firm to his pledge, even tweeting out on May 26 that his commitment to UK is “stronger than ever.”
Chris Livingston – 5-star SF, No. 4 overall
Hailing from the same town as LeBron James, Chris Livingston is one of the most-heralded players in the entire country, regardless of class. Tipton Edits recently reported that Kentucky made the top 11 for Livingston with a visit to Lexington scheduled for the weekend of June 18-20. He also plans to take a visit to Kansas the week before.
Dereck Lively II – 5-star C, No. 14 overall
KSR’s favorite prospect, Dereck Lively II, has three Blue Blood visits lined up this month: North Carolina (June 8), Duke (June 29), and Kentucky from June 20-22. The 7-foot-1 center has shot up the Rivals rankings and is now being considered as one of the premier targets in his class. Lively plays his AAU ball on Team Final alongside one of the top-ranked prospects in the country, Jalen Duren, who recently told KSR’s Jack Pilgrim at the Pangos All-American Camp in Las Vegas that Lively is “top five” in his class.
Jalen Duren – 5-star C, No. 1 overall
Speaking of Duren, Jack Pilgrim was also able to catch up with him at the Pangos Camp, telling KSR that he has three visits lined up for this month: Miami (FL), Memphis, and Kentucky. Duren’s trip to Lexington will happen the final week of June.
Duren cut his list down to 11 back in April, with Kentucky joining the likes of Villanova, Michigan, Miami (FL), Auburn, Alabama, UCLA, Penn State, and Memphis among college programs. He also listed the G League and National Basketball League (NBL) as potential options.
Brandon Miller – 5-star SF, No. 10 overall
Not long after picking up his scholarship from Kentucky in May, Brandon Miller now has an official visit scheduled for the final weekend in June. He’s already taken trips to Auburn and Tennessee with another one to Alabama supposedly in the works. He appears to be SEC bound and Kentucky assistant Ron “Chin” Coleman is in contact with Miller daily.
Visiting, but no confirmed dates
Keyonte George – 5-star SG, No. 5 overall
We don’t know the exact date, but we do know that Keyonte George will take an official visit to Kentucky at the end of June.
“I take my visit to Baylor next week on Monday and then hopefully get up to Oklahoma State and then after that I go to Kentucky at the end of the month. End of June.” George told KSR during the Pangos Camp in Las Vegas.
George has already built a sound relationship with Wildcat assistant coach Jai Lucas that dates back to Lucas’ time working at Texas. They’ve continued that communication once Lucas left for Kentucky and the two still talk regularly.
Adem Bona – 4-star C, No. 27 overall
According to a source close to the situation, Adem Bona will take his official visit to Kentucky sometime this summer, although no finalized date has been established. He’s another prospect who will likely see his stock jump up as new rankings are updated. Rivals has him as a four-star and the 27th best player in his class while 247 Sports slots him at No. 5 with five-star status. Bona shined at the Pangos Camp against the likes of Duren and other highly-ranked bigs.
Jalen Hooks – 4-star SF (class of 2023)
June is loaded with unofficial visits for rising high school junior Jalen Hooks, who is ranked as a top 60 prospect by 247 Sports. He’s already taken trips to Butler, Xavier, and Marquette, with both Butler and Marquette extending offers while he was there. More visits to Illinois, Missouri, and Cincinnati are on the schedule and he recently told KSR that he plans on taking one to Kentucky very soon.
“Me and Coach Chin (Coleman) figured out a day for me, but the date still didn’t work for my dad so I’m just still waiting for him to get his work schedule figured out,” Hooks told KSR at the Pangos Camp. “June for sure. It might not be this upcoming week but next week or the week after it should definitely be scheduled.”
Cyr Malonga – unranked C (class of 2023)
The only unranked prospect on this list as of right now is Cry Malonga, who plays for Evangel Chrisitan School up in Louisville, KY. According to Frankie Vision, the 6-foot-11 big man has an upcoming unofficial visit to Kentucky sometime this month.