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Kentucky HC John Calipari in Pittsburgh Watching Five Stars Maluk, Thomas



Alier Maluk Meleek Thomas USA Basketball Almamy Thiero

On Monday, Kentucky head coach and Moon native John Calipari returned to the Pittsburgh area to watch two young five-star prospects from the Steel City.

Calipari made stops at both Imani Christian and Lincoln Park, watching Imani’s Alier Maluk and Lincoln Park’s Meleek Thomas.

Maluk is a 6-foot-10 forward who is ranked as the No. 21 overall player in the class of 2025 by 247 Sports. He is listed as a five-star prospect by Rivals. He holds offers from Pitt, West Virginia, NC State, LSU, Auburn, Texas A&M, and Seton Hall, and recently visited Duke.

Thomas is ranked as the No. 7 player in the class of 2025, as well as the No. 1 point guard in the nation, per 247 Sports. The 6-foot-3 guard holds offers from Pitt, Missouri, Kansas State, Indiana, and Bryant.

“When you see the five stars by it, it’s a great feeling,” Thomas told Pittsburgh Sports Now in an interview. “It makes you feel like you earned it. I feel like I earned that. But at the same time, I’ve got a lot more to earn. That ranking doesn’t mean anything to me. If I wasn’t ranked anything and I would go pro, that’s all I am worried about.”

Calipari was also in Pittsburgh last year, recruiting former Quaker Valley guard Adou Thiero, who is now a member of the Kentucky roster and is getting ready for his freshman season.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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