Louisville assistant Wyking Jones has been to New Albany, Mississippi "several" times this season to see the 6'9, 225 pound four-star 2013 center, and talks frequently with Kingsley's coach, Brad Gray. Gray, who grew up a Memphis fan, is accompanying Scout.com's fifth-ranked center prospect to Louisville this weekend.
"We're on the way right now," Gray told InsideTheVille.com Friday. "We should be there around 3:00. I grew up a Memphis fan, and some friends came up for the Louisville vs. Memphis game and said how great the new arena is, so I'm interested in seeing the KFC Yum! Center."
Gray said Jones has been recruiting Kingsley since last summer. A Nigerian native, Kingsley has been in America for two years. He led the state of Mississippi in blocked shots as a sophomore, averaging 7.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.2 blocks while leading his team to the Class 4A state championship game.
"We were playing a high school game earlier this year and Wyking Jones showed up at the gym," Gray said. "He had seen Moses play on the AAU circuit last summer and Coach Jones talked to Moses and me a little bit. Ever since then Coach Jones has been recruiting him heavily, talking to him a lot, talking to me a lot. And it's kind of gone from there."
Gray said Jones compares Kingsley to Louisville's Gorgui Dieng, one of the top shot blockers in the nation.
"Coach Jones told me he really likes his effort and his ability on the defensive end, especially rebounding and blocking shots," Gray said. "Moses is an excellent shot blocker. He has really great instincts and his timing as far as shot blocking is (outstanding). Coach Jones said that Moses kind of reminds him of Gourgi Dieng."
Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels ranks Kingsley in the Top 50 nationally in the Class of 2013.
"He's brings a lot to the table defensively with his ability to rebound and block shots," Evan Daniels said. "He's still developing offensively, but he's a really good prospect."
Gray said Kingsley is receiving strong recruiting interest from nearly every SEC program, and two Big East schools - Louisville and Marquette - are also involved in his recruiting process.
"We're located in the northern part of the state 30 minutes from Ole Miss and two hours from Mississippi State and Alabama," Gray said. "Pretty much all of the SEC schools besides Kentucky, Vanderbilt and South Carolina have called and inquired about him. Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Florida and Marquette has been down to see him a couple times. He's been to Ole Miss a couple times just because it's so close. He's been to Arkansas once and we went to a team camp at Mississippi State last summer. He's kind of been around."
What was the appeal for Kingsley to make the seven hour plus drive from Mississippi to Louisville this weekend?
"Any time you get a chance to play for Coach Pitino or Coach Pitino shows an interest you better take that opportunity to at least go visit and see what you think," Gray said. "With the new arena and Coach Pitino's track record any recruit in America better take that opportunity."
Though Pitino hasn't seen Kingsley play in person, Gray has sent him some game film to watch.
"Hopefully he liked what he saw," Gray said. "If he would like to come down we'd love to have him for a game."