One of nation’s top forwards chooses Kentucky

A physical power forward with what one analyst called “a ceiling through the roof” committed to Kentucky after a recent visit.

Batouly Camara, rated as one of the top 25 players in the nation by multiple recruiting services, is a big get for UK in more ways than one.

“I really expect her to be a WNBA player when she graduates,” recruiting analyst Bret McCormick said of Camara, a 6-foot-2 power forward out of Blair Academy in New Jersey. “She’s great around the basket. Her ceiling is through the roof.”

Camara, whom McCormick’s All-Star Girls Report says is the second-rated power forward in the country, was one of 28 players in nation invited to the USA Basketball U18 National Team Trials.

Blair Academy’s web site listed Connecticut, Louisville, Princeton, Virginia, Northwestern and Michigan as schools interested in the 2015 prospect rated as the No. 21 player overall by ESPN.

McCormick, who first announced the commitment on Twitter, said Camara’s finalists likely were UK and the Huskies.

“She’s a different type player that Kentucky didn’t have and that’s why Connecticut wanted her, too,” he said of Camara, who averaged 11 points and 12 rebounds last season. “She’s 6-2, but she’s a big, strong, athletic kid.”

The analyst thinks she can make an immediate impact player for Matthew Mitchell’s Cats.

“She’s a sponge; she wants to work,” he said. “Whatever you tell her to do, she wants to do. She wants to get better every day. … She’s got a high motor. She works hard.”

Camara joins guards Maci Morris and Morgan Rich, two top 100 prospects, as the third commitment for 2015.

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 jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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