Kentucky made a commitment on the recruiting track when Robert Dillingham picked the Wildcats on Friday night.
Dillingham, the No. 13 overall prospect for the Class of 2023, is a five-star point guard and rookie and picked Kentucky over Auburn, Louisville and USC.
“If you work at Kentucky and the coach (John Calipari) thinks you’re good enough to make it happen, then it will happen for you,” Dillingham told ESPN. “When I visited Kentucky it was amazing. They explained everything. Basketball, colleges, strength and conditioning, NIL.
NIL, a new recruiting tool, has helped Dillingham in Lexington.
“Coach Cal explained how it works and said, ‘That’s not why you come here, but it’s definitely a benefit. I know TyTy Washington and Oscar Tshiebwe have been very successful.
Dillingham originally chose NC State, but opted out last March.
“Coach Cal and his team came to see me when I was at Combine Academy,” he recalled. “They took a private flight to Lincolnton, North Carolina. It meant a lot. Coach Cal is down to earth. He told my mom and me his whole story growing up. My mother is an energetic and positive person. She felt good about Coach Cal and Kentucky.
Dillingham, a 6-foot-1 guard, plays for Donda Academy in California and currently plays on the Nike EYBL Summer League Tour.
Lyon County High School (Ky.) Travis Perry received a scholarship offer from Kentucky on Saturday afternoon. Perry traveled to Lexington and impressed Calipari at the Titans-Rockets Summer Shootout in Shelbyville. Perry scored 42 points in one game and 36 in another contest in the shootout.
Perry has played on the Lyon County varsity team since Grade 7 and has scored 3,189 points in his career. The state record is held by King Kelly Coleman, who scored 4.337 points from 1953 to 1956.