Wynyard gives verbal commitment to Kentucky

Tai Wynyard, a 6-foot-9, 265-pound post player from New Zealand, committed to Kentucky over interest from a host of high major schools.

Tai Wynyard didn't need long to make his college decision.

After taking a trio of official visits in early January, the 6-foot-9, 265-pound post player out of Auckland, New Zealand, committed to John Calipari and Kentucky. Wynyard informed Scout of his decision.
Wynyard makes choice

"I commited to Kentucky because I feel like they will push me to my maximum potential, the academic side looked awesome and the facility was great," Wynyard said.

Wynyard took an official visit to Kentucky beginning on January 10th. He also took official visits to Villanova and Texas that week. St. Mary's Pittsburgh and Hawaii had also taken visits out to New Zealand to see him play.

What did Wynyard like most about his visit to Kentucky?

"The fans," he said. "They were awesome."

During the visit, Wynyard got a good feel for Calipari and what it takes to be successful in his program.

"He was a straightforward person that made clear what he wanted in me," Wynyard said about the Kentucky coach. "If you aren't going to work hard this program's not right for you."

Wynyard is currently 16 years old and a member of the 2016 class, but there's a possibility that he could reclassify to the 2015 class. He hasn't made that call yet.

"I'm not sure yet I can decide later," he said.

Draft Express analyst and owner Jonathan Givony said Wynyard's physical play is among the things that stand out about his game.

"He will give them high character and solid depth in the frontcourt for a few seasons at the very least," Givony said. "He's a very physical guy. Strong and tough and not afraid to use it inside the paint. Not a great athlete and a little undersized for the five."

Last year Wynyard participated in the Jordan Brand International All-American game.


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