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Rob Dillingham and Family Frustrated at “Unfair” Rumors, Insists He Will Be at Kentucky

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College basketball offseason is here, which means that there are plenty of rumors floating around. One of the more prominent rumors has been around top-10 prospect and Kentucky signee Rob Dillingham, claiming that he may not ever make it to campus due to personal reasons or academic issues.

However, Dillingham and his family have grown frustrated at the “unfair” rumors and hope to put them to rest. While he has declined all formal interview requests over the past several weeks, he informally spoke with The Athletic’s Kyle Tucker on Tuesday during the Overtime Elite (OTE) combine.

“He declined to speak on the record with The Athletic on Tuesday, too, but he did chat informally and decided to publicly put the rumors to rest.”

While the contents of that conversation are off the record, Dillingham smiled as he sported a blue shirt under his OTE jersey, one that read “KENTUCKY WILDCATS” in white lettering. Furthermore, Dillingham did go on to confirm that he is on track to graduate high school in May and enroll with the rest of Kentucky’s freshmen class in early June.

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Dilingham’s response confirmed what KY Insider’s Tristan Pharis has reported. While there were some valid concerns, the rumors were fueled by his unique high school path – playing for three programs – and his decommitment from NC State – after the school received NCAA violations.

Arguably the most entertaining player in the class, Kentucky fans will get an opportunity to watch Dillingham play with three other UK signees – Aaron Bradshaw, Justin Edwards, and DJ Wagner – at the Iverson Classic all-star game later this month, on April 29th.

As fan excitement grows with this freshman class, Dillingham’s excitement is growing as he gets closer to arriving on campus. In a recent interview, he called Kentucky “perfect”. When asked about what he is most excited for, “The culture, the fans. Also, the recruiting class I’m coming in with.”

Dillingham and the other freshmen will have an opportunity to represent Kentucky soon, as the program will represent Team USA in the Canadian event, GLBL Jam, this July.

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With this news, fans can rest assured that Dillingham will be in Lexington in just a few weeks, preparing to help Kentucky have a successful season.

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Kentucky Expressing Interest In 2025 Kiyan Anthony, Son of Former NBA Star Carmelo Anthony

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Kentucky is showing interest in Kiyan Anthony, the son of former NBA star Carmelo Anthony.
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Kentucky has been expressing interest in the son of former NBA star Carmelo Anthony, Kiyan Anthony. While he has the nation’s attention partly due to his father’s name, he is a top-40 player in the class of 2025.

Anthony played in the Marshall County Hoopfest in December, where the Kentucky staff was in attendance to check out 2024 Top-5 prospect VJ Edgecombe, who has since committed to Baylor. While there, they were impressed enough to reach out to Kiyan, who recently spoke with On3 to discuss his new Kentucky interests among other topics.

“I recently started to talk to Kentucky because they’ve been at our games and practices because of my teammate, VJ (Edgecombe). So I guess they were really impressed in practice and stuff,” Anthony said. He spoke with the Kentucky staff after his game in Marshall County, he said.

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He had some pretty good praise for Kentucky when he talked about his thoughts on the program. “I feel like Kentucky is top-tier when it comes to getting people to the league and just winning,” Anthony said. “Coach Cal, he’s not going to show any mercy. He really pushes his players to the max. Some people aren’t built for it, but I feel like the ones that are, they really take that next step and get to the league or get where they need to go.”

It needs to be noted that Kentucky has yet to extend an offer, but Anthony says, “The coaches over there are texting me, telling me to keep working. When they come to practice they say how I’m getting a lot better and they have their eyes on me.”

John Calipari has never been keen on the extra stuff that comes with having the son of a former NBA star (i.e. Bronny James) on his team, but could Kiyan be an exception? Time will tell, but at this moment it doesn’t seem likely.

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2025 Jasper Johnson Talks About Where Kentucky Stands in Recruitment, Schedules Visit

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Nike EYBL Team Thad Jasper Johnson shoots a free throw during the Team Thad and Florida Rebels basketball game.
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Jasper Johnson, a Top-10 guard in the class of 2025, has released his Top 10 schools, according to On3’s Joe Tipton, and Kentucky was included. He also scheduled some upcoming visits, and Kentucky is one of those.

Johnson cut his list to Kentucky, Alabama, Auburn, Kansas, Baylor, Missouri, North Carolina, Louisville, Southern California, and West Virginia. He will take official visits to North Carolina on February 3rd, Kentucky on February 10th, and Auburn on February 17th. He told Tipton that a visit to Baylor is a “strong possibility.”

Amidst reclassification rumors, Johnson says that he will be staying in the 2025 class “as of right now.” “All my schools are open to me reclassing to 2024, but as of right now, I think I’ll be staying in the 2025 class. Reclassing up is an option, but I think I will probably stay in 2025.”

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Johnson’s only official visits so far have been to Missouri and West Virginia, along with unofficial visits to Kentucky, Louisville, and Alabama. His contact with Kentucky is almost daily, as he says Orlando Antigua contacts him every day.

“Coach Orlando (Antigua) reaches out to me probably every day,” Johnson said. “He wants me to come back home for my college season. They’re planning for me to be there for 9 months and then off to the NBA and that’s what I really want to do in college. I feel like if that’s the best option then it could be there, but if it’s somewhere else, then it could be somewhere else.”

Being a Woodford County native with a father (Dennis Johnson) who was an All-SEC defensive end at Kentucky, and already having signed an NIL deal with Kentucky-based law firm, Morgan & Morgan, Kentucky is seen as the top option now.

Kentucky will take on Gonzaga at Rupp Arena when Jasper Johnson takes his official visit on February 10th.

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2025 Top Prospect Darryn Peterson Speaks on Kentucky, “They’re One-and-Done-U”

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2025 Top high school prospect Darryn Peterson updates his recruitment, speaks on Kentucky.
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Darryn Peterson, the third-ranked prospect in the 2025 class, has released his Final eight schools. In addition to Kentucky, Peterson is still considering Kansas, Arkansas, Baylor, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, and North Carolina, while still keeping pro route open too, he told On3’s Joe Tipton.

He also told Tipton that he is planning five official visits, to Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Ohio State, and Arkansas as well. This will be Peterson’s second visit to Kentucky, after previously taking an unofficial visit to Lexington this past October.

What does Peterson think of Kentucky specifically? “They’re ‘One-and-done U.’ Coach Cal (John Calipari) is a legend, and he gets his guys ready for the league. And now, most of his guys in the league are max-contract guys. The NBA is the end goal of mine.”

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It’s worth noting that Peterson has an NIL deal with Adidas, which could factor in his college decision, although that remains to be seen. However, it would not prevent him from playing for Kentucky, a Nike school, as Justin Edwards (New Balance) and Antonio Reeves (Reebok) both have NIL deals with other shoe brands. That said, Kansas has recently gained momentum with Peterson, which is also an Adidas school.

John Calipari has had his eye on Peterson for a few years now, and Kentucky is right there with Kansas in the battle for the prized guard, who is also a potential 2024 reclass candidate. It’s easy to see why as he is the type of guard he often searches for, very good at getting to the rim, and can create shots with ease. An elite talent with major skills.

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