Five-star center Edrice Adebayo selects Kentucky

Kentucky adds third five-star prospect to their 2016 recruiting class, as Edrice Adebayo verbally committed to John Calipari and Wildcats.

Five-star center Edrice "Bam" Adebayo verbally committed to Kentucky on Tuesday on the Mike & Mike radio show. 

Shortly after making his decision public, Adebayo told Scout he got the vibe that John Calipari's program was the best fit for him. 

"It was something I just knew was right for me and my family and I love the staff and atmosphere of Kentucky," Adebayo said.

"I knew that if I went with Cal I would have a great chance of going to the NBA," he added.

Adebayo picked John Calipari and the Wildcats over N.C. State, who had been considered the frontrunner for Adebayo for more than a year. 

"I never made up my mind until I decided to go to Kentucky," Adebayo said. "Don't get me wrong NC State is a great school, but I just felt that Kentucky was the best fit for me."

Adebayo, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound center, is known for his tough, physical and athletic brand of basketball. Among Adebayo's biggest strengths is his rebounding, but he also protects the rim, runs the floor with purpose and plays with great energy.

"Bam is a strong explosive kid with a very undervalued skill set," HPCA coach Brandon Clifford told Scout. "Cal thinks he is a number one pick type of talent and I agree. The more people watch him the more they will see his game is much more than just dunks." 

Adebayo, who transferred to High Point (N.C.) Christian Academy for his senior season, ranks as the No. 2 center and the No. 15 overall recruit in the 2016 class. 

Through 26 games at Pinetown (N.C.) Northside last season, Adebayo averaged 32.2 points, 21 rebounds and 4.5 blocks a game. 

With the addition of Adebayo, Kentucky's recruiting class moves up to No. 2 in Scout's 2016 top 25 class rankings.

To go with Adebayo, Kentucky also has a pledge from the nation's top point guard, De'Aaron Fox, who committed to the Wildcats this past Thursday. Five-star forward Wenyen Gabriel and the No. 29 overall recruit Sacha Killeya-Jones are also committed to Kentucky.

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