Kentucky Recruiting: Tony Trocha Could Be Latest Addition to 2012 Class

Matt OveringContributor IIIMay 29, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 02:  Head coach John Calipari celebrates after the Wildcats defeat the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 in the National Championship Game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 2, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Tony Trocha, a Colombian power forward, is reportedly the newest high school prospect to earn a scholarship from the University of Kentucky. Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader broke the news on his Twitter feed and gave us this nugget of information to mull over:

Tony Trocha's coach tells The Cats' Pause: "It looks like he's going to be 2012. I'd put Kentucky & Texas A&M as the top two."

— Ben Roberts (@NextCats) May 29, 2012

Two SEC schools leading the pack of schools shooting for a Colombian prospect at the end of May. Who would've thought?

Trocha is currently ranked 59th nationally by Rivals in the 2013 class. He's waiting on his SAT score, which could allow him to reclassify to the 2012 class and play immediately for the Wildcats.

At 6'10", 210 pounds, Trocha fits the definition of "lanky" quite well. Not much is known about Trocha, but one tweet from Roberts should sum up what he could be:

Trocha's coach says UK staff told him ... "They said he's a little shorter than Anthony Davis but his skill set is higher."

— Ben Roberts (@NextCats) May 29, 2012

With a skill set higher than Anthony Davis, Trocha could join Willie Cauley and Nerlens Noel to create one of the best shot-blocking teams in the history of college basketball. Eric Bossi compared Trocha to Nicolas Batum, an athletic wing with three-point range.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Trocha is still a relatively unknown prospect, and there is still the chance that he does not reclassify to the 2012 class. Even still (and a more disheartening idea), Trocha may elect to enroll elsewhere. 

Texas A&M has the location advantage. He attended Houston St. Thomas Episcopal (via From the same article, Providence head coach Ed Cooley "...discovered Trocha before any other high-major Division I programs."

A quick decision may be in order, should Trocha reclassify. He'll be playing for the Colombian national team this summer in preparation for the 2012 Olympics. With a scholarship offer from one of the best talent-evaluating coaches in the country, it looks like he's the real deal. 

John Calipari is a recruiting mastermind. Trocha would fill a need for the Wildcats' frontcourt, one that currently consists of three players (Kyle Wiltjer, Cauley and Noel). 

How Trocha fits into Calipari's scheme for the 2012-13 season is still unknown. However, he may be the piece that puts the 2012 recruiting class back on top.