Kingsley overcomes illness, ready for visits

University of Louisville assistant coach Wyking Jones spent time in Huntington, W. Va., today with post prospect Moses Kingsley, who didn't play in open gym because he is just recently out of the hospital. Cardinal Authority has the story.

Huntington, W. Va., Prep School senior center Moses Kingsley went home to Nigeria to get his Visa renewed and came back with an illness.

Huntington coach Rob Fulford said Kingsley returned to the U.S. about 10 days ago and was ill. He was diagnosed with malaria and spent much of last week in the hospital, including a few days in intensive care.

"It was a rough week for him," Fulford said. "He lost about 15 pounds. He was very, very sick. They ran all kinds of test but he told them he had it before and that's what it felt like. He's better now, but he's just getting his strength back."

The 6-foot-9 Kingsley, who had a 105-degree temperature when his host family took him to the emergency room last Monday, spent time at the gym on Sunday.

Kingsley didn't participate in open gym but was there on the first day of the college coaches open evaluation period. Louisville assistant coach Wyking Jones made the trip to Huntington to spend some time around Kingsley.

"Moses didn't do anything but he was there," Fulford said.

Fulford said with the illness and time in the hospital there hasn't been much time to talk about recruiting, but Kingsley does have two visits set up.

He'll visit Arkansas this coming weekend and will make a trip to Louisville on Sept. 28. U of L coach Rick Pitino is expected to be in Huntington to watch him participate in an open gym on Sept. 18.

"Those are the two visits he has set up now," Fulford said. "It's the same group he's been listing of schools but I am not sure right now where else he'll visit."

North Carolina State and Florida are also among the group showing the most interest, while Memphis and Tennessee have also offered.


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