What Does the Commitment from Adou Thiero Mean for Kentucky Basketball?

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What Does the Commitment from Adou Thiero Mean for Kentucky Basketball?

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What Does the Commitment from Adou Thiero Mean for Kentucky Basketball?

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John Calipari’s roster got a bit deeper on Sunday when he received a commitment from three-star guard Adou Thiero. The Leetsdale, Pennsylvania product averaged 23.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 3.9 steals, and 2.3 blocks per game in route to First Team All-State and 4A Player of the Year in the state of Pennsylvania. Thiero, who began his senior season at six-feet-tall, has grown to now stand at six-foot-five. He is widely viewed as a developmental, long-term project for Calipari and his staff to work with over the next few seasons. Adou’s father, Almany, once played for Coach Cal at Memphis. Thiero posted his commitment on his Twitter account. 

John Calipari has only taken commitments from two three-star recruits in his time in Lexington. Ironically, both came in 2013 with guard Dominique Hawkins and forward Derek Willis. Hawkins and Willis, both in-state players, were long-term projects that ended up playing significant roles late in their careers in the blue and white. 

Thiero should file in as a backup behind starting point guard Sahvir Wheeler, former Iowa transfer CJ Fredrick, Illinois State transfer Antonio Reeves, and five-star freshman Cason Wallace. Kentucky could look to add another quality guard in case NBA-hopeful Shaedon Sharpe decides to keep his name in the NBA Draft. Should Sharpe decide to return to Lexington, albeit unlikely, Kentucky’s backcourt is most likely solidified. Departing via graduation is Kellan Grady and Davion Mintz, and TyTy Washington is off to the NBA. Dontaie Allen has taken his talents to Western Kentucky University via transfer.

On the front court side of things, Kentucky is set up nicely with the reigning National Player of the Year, Oscar Tshiebwe, returning for his second season at Kentucky. Daimion Collins has announced he will be returning to Kentucky for his sophomore season as well. Forward Jacob Toppin entered his name in the NBA Draft without signing an agent allowing him to keep his eligibility and is expected to return to the roster. The second part of the two-man recruiting class is forward Chris Livingston. Livingston can play at the small forward or power forward position and will provide flexibility for Calipari as he figures out his rotations for the season. Forward Bryce Hopkins has transferred to Providence College and Keion Brooks Jr. has entered his name in the transfer portal as well.

Kentucky’s roster is again talented and deep as they gear up for year 14 under Coach John Calipari. Adou Thiero is quality depth and should likely become a key piece of the puzzle in the coming years. 

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