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Kentucky's career leader in blocks will play college basketball for Rick Pitino

Lexington Herald-Leader — Josh Moore Lexington Herald-Leader

July 31-- Jul. 31--Trey James, a 6-foot-10 senior-to-be at Martin County High School, will play college basketball for Rick Pitino.

James, who led the Cardinals to the 15th Region title as a junior in March, committed to Iona College following a phone conversation with Pitino on Friday afternoon, Martin County head coach Jason James told the Herald-Leader.

Pitino, who formerly coached the University of Kentucky (1996) and University of Louisville (2013) men's basketball teams to NCAA championships, was named head coach of the Gaels in March.

James is the first player from the state of Kentucky to commit to Pitino while at Iona and is the Gaels' first commitment as part of the 2021 recruiting class. James was committed to Wake Forest prior to that school's firing of Danny Manning, and since re-opening his recruitment had reported offers from Iowa, Tennessee Tech, Appalachian State and Elon.

"Iona just felt like the best fit and thought it'd be the best situation for me," James told Rivals.com. "Playing for Coach (Rick) Pitino has always been a dream and it's great to have this opportunity."

James broke the state record for career blocks last season.

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