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Five-star A.J. Dybantsa picks up Kentucky offer, eyeing next college visit in March
By MATT WHITFIELDDENVER — A.J. Dybantsa made headlines this summer when he transferred to the West Coast to national powerhouse Prolific Prep (CA). Then in October, he reclassified to the Class of 2025, making him eligible for 2026 NBA Draft.
Now settled at Prolific Prep, the 6-foot-8 Brockton, Mass., native is just focused on books and basketball while his dad Ace Dybantsa handles his future.
Dybantsa picked up an offer from Kentucky on Tuesday that is his most prestigious offer yet.
“My dad handles my recruitment. I just focus on books and ball,” A.J. said Saturday night when he went for 32 points on 9-of-14 shooting, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in a win over Dream City Christian (AZ).
A.J. took an official visit to USC last month.
“It was good,” he said. “They impressed.”
He and his dad are also eyeing a visit to Auburn next spring.
“We probably are going to go to Auburn next year, probably in March,” said Ace. “We don’t have enough time because we’re going to be playing pretty much every weekend till April. And then EYBL kicks in, so were going to be busy till probably May or June. Then we will pick up the visits sometime in the fall.”
One school they hope to visit next fall is Baylor, the 2021 NCAA champion coached by Scott Drew. The Bears have been in regular contact with Dybantsa.
No other official visits are planned currently. And as Ace said, “we’re still waiting for offers.”
While Kentucky has now offered, blue bloods Duke and Kansas have yet to offer.
“[Duke], they’re interested. We are waiting for their offer, then we’ll go from there,” said Ace.
Alabama and North Carolina are two other schools in regular contact with Dybantsa, who now holds 17 offers.
Dybantsa did not have a dream school growing up. And according to his dad, there is no geographical preference on where A.J. goes to college.
For now, AJ is one of, if not the most highly regarded high school basketball player, enjoying life while working out with this summer with LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
“That was good,” A.J. said. “I got a lot of tips from them. I think it helped improve my game. And I took some [tips] and added it to my game.”
AJ Dybantsa and @ProlificPrep will meet the Boozer twins and @ColumbusHS_Mia on Wednesday at 6 ET on ESPNU
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.