Tuesday Headlines: Frontcourt Recruiting Struggles Edition

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Kentucky missing on Adem Bona is the latest in what has become a troubling trend for Kentucky on the recruiting trail.

Bona, one of the top 20 prospects in the class of 2022, chose UCLA over Kentucky yesterday after long being seen as a big skinny from Kentucky. When Kentucky missed Dereck Lively earlier this year, Bona was seen as a prospect who would make up for it.

Now, with Kentucky missing both and with seemingly no other frontline targets in the class, Kentucky will have to hope for a return from this year’s squad or find someone on the transfer portal.

With the portal’s expansion and John Calipari’s success in attracting talented transfers, that’s probably not too much of a problem, but in recent years Kentucky has struggled to recruit the nation’s top frontline targets.

Here are a few that I have had in mind over the past few years:

Zion Williamson, Mohamed Bamba, James Wiseman, Isaiah Stewart, Vernon Carey, N’Faly Dante, Matthew Hurt, Jaden McDaniels, Greg Brown, Isaiah Todd, Jalen Duren, Paolo Banchero, and now Lively and Bona.

Kentucky helped make up for those losses in the transfer portal or land other rookies, but these are all players the Kentucky staff focused on landing that Kentucky turned down.

I’m not sure what the deal is with recruiting the nation’s top great men, but as Kentucky has rejuvenated their recruiting efforts in the Class of 2022 and beyond, let’s hope frontline recruiting picks up soon as well.

For several years during the time of John Calipari, Kentucky had several top prospects. It’s time for Kentucky to come back to it.

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Cats brace for fast attack in Tennessee – Cats Pause

The Tennessee offense could present problems for the Kentucky defense.

Tennessee to test Kentucky’s resolve – Herald Leader

The Cats can’t let the last two losses affect them.

Could Kentucky release a uniform surprise on Saturday? – KSR

It would be nice to see something different.

Kofi Cockburn suspended for 3 games – ESPN

A suspension seems unnecessary.

Adrian Peterson is back in the NFL – Bleacher Report

AP is heading for Nashville.

Things are not going well with Zion Williamson – Yahoo

Zion’s injury appears to be worse than many thought.

Western Kentucky Reportedly Heading To MAC – Action Network

The realignment of the conference could bring WKU to the MAC of C-USA.

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