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Thursday / May 30.
  • Kentucky commits obtaining releases in wake of coaching change

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    By SAM LANCE & ADAM ZAGORIA

    Several Kentucky commits are in the process of obtaining their releases in the wake of the coaching change that saw John Calipari leave for Arkansas.

    Five-star center Jayden Quaintance has requested a release out of his letter of intent to Kentucky, per ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.

    Quaintance — the 6-foot-9, 230 pound big man from Word of God Academy (NC) — committed to Kentucky this past November and picked the Wildcats over Dennis Gates and Missouri. The decommitment comes a day after Kentucky officially parted ways with John Calipari, who took the Arkansas job.

    Quaintance was the highest-ranked recruit in Kentucky’s 2024 recruiting class as the No. 8-ranked player in the country. The McDonald’s All-American was previously a member of the 2025 class before reclassifying. He is still 16 years old and will turn 17 in July.

    Meantime, Somto Cyril has obtained his release, per Joe Tipton.

    The 6-foot-10 Overtime Elite big man committed last June.

    Five-star guard Karter Knox, the younger brother of former Kentucky forward Kevin Knox, also re-opened his recruitment.

    Boogie Fland and Billy Richmond have yet to announce their plans.

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