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5-Star Cousin Of NBA Player Gives Kentucky Recruiting Update

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LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 23: A Kentucky Wildcats cheerleader performs in the game against the Tennessee State Tigers at Rupp Arena on November 23, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Several years ago the Kentucky Wildcats (and every other college) were snubbed by five-star center Thon Maker, who went straight to the NBA from high school. But it looks like the Wildcats will have much better odds of landing Thon's cousin, five-star center Makur Maker.

Speaking to the Kentucky Herald-Leader, Makur revealed that Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne made a surprise visit to him and his guardian. He would go on to speak glowingly about Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

“Coach Calipari is a good guy,” Maker said. “He sat down with me and my guardian, spoke about some things — how they see me at Kentucky. How I fit … just talking to me, personally. He was giving me tips. What it takes there to be on the floor, and what he would expect from me. He’s a good person.”

247Sports rates Makur as the No. 13 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 3 center in the country, and the No. 5 prospect from the state of California.

As of writing, Kentucky has not yet offered Makur a scholarship.

However, the Wildcats certainly appear to be a team of interest to Makur. Per the Herald-Leader, he identified Kentucky as one of the schools he hopes to visit in the near future.

He does, however, have scholarship offers from a number of west coast teams including USC, Oregon, and UCLA, as well as Alabama.

Unlike Makur's cousin Thon, it certainly looks like he's going to give college basketball a try.