Kentucky makes visits to top Texas college basketball recruits

Class of 2024 Kentucky men's basketball recruit Tre Johnson attempts a three-pointer during the Under Armor Next Elite 24 event in August in Chicago.

Class of 2024 Kentucky men’s basketball recruit Tre Johnson attempts a three-pointer during the Under Armor Next Elite 24 event in August in Chicago.

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The college basketball recruiting period is now in full swing, with last weekend marking the first days when men’s college basketball coaches from around the country could make visits to their priority recruits in upcoming recruiting classes.

What has this looked like for Kentucky?

It’s featured a mix of the expected players that everyone knew John Calipari and company would visit, like Aaron Bradshaw and DJ Wagner in New Jersey, but also some new names.

The Wildcats have also hit North Texas hard, with three recruits from the area all receiving visits from UK on Monday.

Class of 2024 shooting guard Dink Pate, class of 2023 power forward Ron Holland and class of 2024 shooting guard Tre Johnson all received visits from Kentucky to start the week.

Pate, who doesn’t yet have a UK scholarship offer, is ranked as the No. 32 overall player in the class of 2024 by the 247Sports Composite and is ranked as the No. 9 shooting guard in the class.

Holland is a longtime Kentucky target who has the Cats in his list of final post-high school options.

Johnson received a Kentucky scholarship offer over the summer, and has ties to train UK guard Tyrese Maxey.

A common thread with the recruitment of all three players? The presence of new Kentucky assistant coach KT Turner, who has significant ties to the Texas recruiting scene.

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This story was originally published September 13, 2022 7:00 AM.

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Cameron Drummond works as a sports reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader with a focus on Kentucky men’s basketball recruiting and the UK men’s basketball team, horse racing, soccer and other sports in Central Kentucky. Drummond is a first-generation American who was born and raised in Texas, before graduating from Indiana University. He is a fluent Spanish speaker who previously worked as a community news reporter in Austin, Texas.

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