Dilllingham picks Cats, County Lyon’s Perry receives scholarship offer | Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — Kentucky made a commitment to 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 worked and said, ‘That’s not why you come here, but it’s definitely a benefit. I know TyTy Washington and Oscar Tshiebwe have done very well.”

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 flew privately to Lincolnton, NC. It meant a lot. Coach Cal is down to earth. He told my mom and me his whole story growing up. My mom is an energetic, positive person. She felt great with 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.

CALENDAR UPDATE

Kentucky will host Kansas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 28 at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats and Jayhawks will meet for the 34th time, with Kentucky holding a 24-10 series lead.

Last January, the Wildcats handed the defending national champions a 71-63 loss in Lawrence, Kansas.

In other Challenge games, Alabama is at Oklahoma, Arkansas is at Baylor, Auburn will play West Virginia at Morgantown, Florida will be at Kansas State, Texas Tech is at LSU, Ole Miss will be at Oklahoma State in Stillwater, while Texas Christian will face Mississippi State, Iowa State is in Missouri and Texas will face Tennessee in Knoxville.

The Challenge between the two leagues has been contested for 10 years, with matches being televised on various ESPN networks.

Keith Taylor is Kentucky Today’s sportswriter. Reach him at [email protected] and via Twitter at keithtaylor21.

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