New assistant may give Cats international flair

Newest Kentucky assistant Adeniyi Amadou speaks five languages, including his native language French. His father was born in the western part of Africa.

He may play a big part in expanding UK’s recruiting base globally.

“At a place like Kentucky, you can feel that effect already on people even across seas, the success of the men’s program that helps a whole lot,” he said. “The resources are in place. Some of the top, top, top European players have the tendency to stay in Europe and sign professional. This is the right kind of school and if you have the right kind of people in place, you can really reach out to them.”

UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said his hope always is to have “every player on our team from the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” but he knows that’s not always possible and said he looks forward to expanding the Cats’ recruiting base.

“I haven’t had a real strong connection to players outside the country and so if that can help move us forward and help us become the best, I’m all ears listening,” the head coach said.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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