April 19, 2011

Kentucky wing Kimbro has Huskers in top-3

With just one available scholarship remaining, a new target has surfaced on Nebraska's recruiting radar for the 2011 class.

For the past month the Huskers have been in heavy contact with 6-foot-6 wing Tony Kimbro of Jefferson (Ken.) High School. A three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Kimbro averaged 17 points and 4.7 rebounds a game last season on a team that ranked No. 1 in the state at one point.

Regarded by many as one of the top unsigned high school players in Kentucky at this point, Kimbro has official offers from the likes of Marquette, Western Kentucky, Bowling Green and Manhattan to go along with Nebraska, and he's also received heavy interest from Seton Hall as well as Missouri and new coach Frank Haith.

When the Huskers entered the mix in recruiting Kimbro, he said he was initially caught off guard.

"I was shocked," Kimbro said. "I really didn't know much of anything about their program, but when they came down here and starting visiting me I kind of started looking at them."

As of now, Kimbro said he does not have an official visit scheduled with NU, but he expects to hopefully have one set up soon. He has yet to make a single official visit so far, but has said he hopes to decide on a school by the end of the month.

Despite only talking with Husker coaches for a few weeks, Kimbro said Nebraska has already jumped near the top of his list. At the moment, he said Missouri and Manhattan are his top-2, followed by NU.

"I'd say they're No. 3," Kimbro said. "I haven't gone on any visits yet, so I think they're all hand in hand. I just want to go on some visits and then I'll be able to say who's No. 1 or No. 2."

Kimbro's basketball path to this point hasn't exactly been a traditional one, as he's finishing up his prep career at his third high school in the past four years. After his freshman season, Kimbro transferred from Manual (Ken.) to Arden Christ in North Carolina, where he led his team to back-to-back Class 3A state titles.

After two years at Arden Christ, he transferred back home to Louisville, Ken., to attend Jefferson, citing personal reasons for the move. Kimbro and Louisville signee Zach Price helped guide Jefferson to the regional championship game.

With several options to choose from in selecting where to play his college ball, Kimbro said the most important aspect he's looking for in a school is the chance for immediate playing time.

"I want to play," Kimbro said. "I really don't want to sit on the bench for my freshman and sophomore year. I want to be able come in and play. I don't want to sit on the bench with someone playing in front of me."

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