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Kentucky already knows it won’t get No. 1 recruit in 2021 class

By LARRY VAUGHT

At least Kentucky fans won’t have to wonder if John Calipari will be able to sign the nation’s best player in the 2021 recruiting class.

Minnesota 7-footer Chet Holmgren has already cut his college list to seven — and Kentucky is not on it.

Instead, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State are his final seven schools.

Jonathan Kuminga, who was thought at one time to be a very realistic possibility for Kentucky, was No. 1 in 2021 but is reclassifying to the 2020 class and most expect him to take a lucrative G-League offer over playing in college. The 6-8 Kuminga has Kentucky, Auburn, Duke and Texas Tech as his college options if he does not pick the G-League.

Holmgren is a rare talent that recruiting analysts rave about. He sees himself as more of a perimeter player than a rim protector like Kentucky coach John Calipari prefers his center to be. He runs the floor extremely well, can hit from 3-point range and handles the ball as well as most guards. Many also speculate that Holmgren could be persuaded to jump to the G-League and not college.

Kentucky offered him a scholarship early. The only other 2021 prospects with UK offers are Patrick Baldwins Jr., Paolo Banchero, Jaden Hardy and Kennedy Chandler.

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