John Calipari is lining up another potential elite recruiting class. (UK Athletics Photo)
Not sure if the credit goes to new assistant coaches Orlando Antigua and Chin Coleman or maybe the work assistant coach Jai Lucas has done during his one year on staff. Or maybe this just shows how much going 9-16 last season energized Kentucky coach John Calipari.
Whatever it is, Kentucky basketball recruiting seems better positioned with elite players than it has in the last three or four years.
Akron five-star wing Chris Livingston has announced he will visit UK June 18-20 one week after he goes to Kansas according to Joe Tipton of Tipton Edits. The 6-6, 200-pound Livingston is ranked as high as No. 4 in the 2022 recruiting class.
He only got a scholarship offer from UK recently — after Antigua and Coleman joined the staff — and wasted no time scheduling an official visit to Kentucky. He has plenty of offers including North Carolina, Memphis, LSU, Florida, and Ohio State.
Like other elite players, he’s made it clear Calipari’s ability to get players to the NBA quickly has impressed him.
Commit Skyy Clark has an official visit set June 11-13, 7-footer Dereck Lively June 20-22, and center Jalen Duren at the end of June.
That’s a big-time cast of top 2022 recruits, the kind of elite groups Calipari routinely got to visit Lexington earlier in his career and turned into No. 1 recruiting classes of elite players.