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Kentucky Visited Top 10 Recruit AJ Griffin This Week

Tony Barbee speaks to Kentucky basketball players.

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 09: Assistant coach Tony Barbee of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #22 and PJ Washington #25 against the Texas A&M Aggies at Rupp Arena on January 9, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

As his profile continues to rise, five-star forward AJ Griffin has had some major programs come through in recent weeks. Last week, Mike Krzyzewski was in to see Griffin, and this week he got a visit from the Kentucky basketball staff.

Per 247Sports, assistant Tony Barbee made the trip to New York to check out Griffin. So far, Kentucky has not joined the 13 programs, including Duke, Michigan, UCLA, and Villanova, to offer Griffin, but that could change soon.

Griffin is the No. 8 composite overall recruit in the 2021 recruiting class. He's ranked No. 3 among small forward and No. 1 in the state.

Back in July, after John Calipari reached out to kick off Kentucky's recruitment of Griffin, the five-star wing seemed pretty interested in checking out the Wildcats.

From ZagsBlog:

This week, Kentucky coach John Calipari reached out to Stepinac coach Pat Massaroni to express his interest in Griffin.

“I’m really interested in them so it would be nice to see them,” Griffin said of Kentucky, adding that he likes Calipari’s pedigree of producing one-and-done players. “That’s one of the things I like about them, is that they get them ready for the NBA the first year. That’s something I look forward to trying to do and just improve my game.”

247's crystal ball has one prediction logged, with Griffin heading to Duke. Obviously, one analyst is far from a definitive sample size.

Over the summer, AJ Griffin captured a FIBA gold medal with the U.S. U16 national team. His father is former Seton Hall star and 10-year NBA veteran Adrian Griffin, who is now on staff with the NBA Champion Toronto Raptors.