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Will Tyrese Maxey Reclassify? Excellent Question.

The most intriguing recruiting development over the last month has surrounded point guard Tyrese Maxey.  Considered the No. 2 point guard in the 2019 class, he could make the jump to 2018, but will he?

In the first two days of EYBL competition, Maxey has already answered that question a few times.  The responses differ, making the murky situation even more unclear.

“Right now, I really haven’t put much thought into it,” Maxey told Jeff Drummond and a host of UK beat reporters this morning after scoring 14 points and dishing out 5 assists.

“It’s a tough decision now that I know it’s more real,” Maxey told USA Today’s Jason Jordan. “I’ve been thinking hard on it.

It’s impossible to discern anything about reclassifying from those conflicting quotes, however, he did provide insight into what would go into the process.  A good student, he would only need two or three more classes to make the jump, a task he could easily accomplish.  Maxey has no specific time-table, but it probably will not happen until after the Peach Jam in mid-July.

“Right now I’m just out here trying to focus on EYBL Session 1.  Me and my parents, we’ll get together and figure out a plan later,” said Maxey.

Kentucky is the early leader for Maxey.  Coach Cal visited him twice during the live recruiting period.  Outside of Kentucky, Michigan State, Texas and Oklahoma State are recruiting him the hardest.

We do not know if Maxey will reclassify.  We do know he would not do it until later in the summer.  We do know the kid can ball.


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John Calipari Treated to Excellent Performance by 2020 Guard R.J. Hampton

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On the first night of the live recruiting period, John Calipari spent the night watching elite recruits like James Wiseman, Vernon Carey and Tyrese Maxey in the Nike EYBL.  This morning he left one Dallas gym for another.  Calipari had like what he saw at the Under Armour Association.

R.J. Hampton was the best player in the gym and Coach Cal got a front row seat to watch him do work.

The 6’4″ combo guard is considered the No. 4 player overall in the class of 2020.  In last night’s debut, Hampton flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 28 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds.  This morning he had 32 points and 13 assists in front of Calipari, Bill Self and many others.

Hampton does not currently have a Kentucky scholarship offer.  Kansas is the early leader for Hampton in the 247 Crystal Ball.  Duke and Texas are also heavily pursuing the 2020 star.

After watching Hampton, Calipari returned to the EYBL and ran into a familiar face (and I’m not talking about James Wiseman).


WATCH: James Wiseman EYBL Highlights in front of John Calipari

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At day one of the EYBL’s opening session in Dallas, John Calipari, Joel Justus, Tony Barbee and Kenny Payne were courtside to watch Kentucky’s top target in 2019 class do work.  James Wiseman did not disappoint.

The No. 1 player in the 2019 class was 9-of-13 from the field to finish with 19 points, 9 rebounds and one block in a 97-88 EYBL debut loss.

Bluff City, the new name for Team Penny, also features UK commit D.J. Jeffries and point guard target Zion Harmon.  Harmon knocked down a pair of threes to finish with 9 points and one assist, while Jeffries had 13 points, 2 assists and a rebound.  Jeffries could not reveal where Wiseman’s recruitment currently stands.

“Honestly, no one knows with James,” Jeffries told Rivals’ Jeff Drummond after the game.  “He’s quiet.  He keeps to himself so we really don’t know.”

Jeffries also talked about his relationship with John Calipari’s coaching staff, his mentor Penny and how his game resembles Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and P.J. Washington.

That all went down last night.  This morning Kentucky’s coaches returned to watch Bluff City go toe-to-toe with Cole Anthony, the No. 5 player in the 2019 class.


DJ Jeffries “all in” with Kentucky, but will still listen to Penny Hardaway’s pitch at Memphis

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When Penny Hardaway was announced as the next head coach at Memphis, we all expected him to make an impact on the recruiting trail right off the bat.

Just a month later, Hardaway is making a move on Kentucky four-star commitment DJ Jeffries.

In an interview with Chris Fisher of The Cats Pause, Jeffries said he is “all in” with the Cats, but will be listening to Hardaway’s recruiting pitch going forward.

As for Kentucky’s top target for the class of 2019, Jeffries says he will be “working on getting (James Wiseman) to Kentucky” in the very near future.

Wiseman finished the opening loss with 19 points (9-13 FG) and nine rebounds against the NY Lightning. Jeffries finished with 13 points, two assists, and a rebound in the loss.


Kentucky is four-deep at the Nike EYBL in Dallas to watch Wiseman, Jeffries, and more

PHOTO CREDIT: The Cats Pause/247 Sports

The April Evaluation Period for college basketball recruiting has officially begun, and to no one’s surprise, the Kentucky coaching staff is going all in.

At Nike’s EYBL event in Dallas, John Calipari, Joel Justus, Kenny Payne, and Tony Barbee are all in attendance to watch several top Wildcat recruits in action today.

Both UK target James Wiseman and commitment DJ Jeffries’ Bluff City Legends and Jalen Lecque’s Renaissance NY team tipped off (on different courts) at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to Mark Giannotto, both Penny Hardaway and Bill Self are in attendance to check out Wiseman open the event.

Chris Fisher of The Cats Pause snapped a picture of the new Memphis head coach in attendance:

According to Rivals’ Jeff Drummond, Adair County guard and 2021 phenom Zion Harmon is playing for the Bluff City Legends, as well.

Fort Wayne’s Keion Brooks (Indy Heat) will play at 9, and Vernon Carey Jr.’s Nike Team Florida will tip at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Tomorrow, Kentucky 2019 target and possible reclassification option Tyrese Maxey will play for D Nation.

The Under Armour Association and Adidas Gauntlet both start today in Dallas, as well, where the Kentucky staff will almost certainly check out players such as Ashton Hagans, Kyky Tandy, Matthew Hurt, and more.

While in Texas, Coach Cal also checked out the TCU basketball clinic, where he gave some hands-on instruction to those in attendance.

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EJ Montgomery has signed with Kentucky

EJ Montgomery has signed with Kentucky

After committing to Kentucky ten days ago, five-star big man EJ Montgomery made it official today, signing his letter of intent at Wheeler High School in Georgia.

Montgomery shared a picture of the moment on his Instagram page:

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That Kentucky blue looks good on you, kid.

For more on Montgomery, check out Drew’s profile back when he committed on April 9:

EJ Montgomery: 10 Things To Know


Calipari played Pebble Beach on Wednesday

Calipari played Pebble Beach on Wednesday

A little birdie told me John Calipari was hacking it up at Pebble Beach yesterday, but I’m not a blabbermouth so I kept that information to myself. Always protect the source, ya know?

But now that Calipari has shared the news himself on Twitter, we can now talk about how John Calipari played golf at Pebble Beach on Wednesday, the final day of his grueling April live recruiting period.

Calipari was out west to speak to some people at Wells Fargo, he says, and took advantage of the trip to get in a round of golf on the No. 1 public golf course in America. Admittedly not a golfer, Calipari didn’t post a score that will earn him an exemption into the Barbasol in Lexington this summer, but he does have some putting skills.

From Pebble Beach, Calipari will fly to Dallas for the first session of the evaluation period, which begins tomorrow and lasts through the weekend. He has several of his top targets to watch at the Nike EYBL, Under Armour and adidas events in Dallas, and he’ll probably keep an eye on Tyrese Maxey while he’s in Maxey’s backyard.

Maybe we can get him in the KSR golf scramble next month? I need a teammate.


Lewis, Antoine aiming for fall decisions

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Now that the April live recruiting period has passed, it’s time to catch up with Kentucky’s targets to see how things stand moving forward.

Adam Zagoria did just that when he checked in with someone close to Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine, two top-10 teammates in New Jersey. Their AAU director, Brian Klatsky, told Zagsblog“They will be taking official visits in August/September and hope to have a final decision prior to the start of their senior year of high school basketball in November.”

The duo hosted Kentucky this past weekend, as well as visits from Duke, Florida, St. John’s and Villanova. They have not mentioned any plans to attend the same college, but they each list Kentucky among the schools they are seriously considering.

Scottie Lewis
Small Forward | 6-5 | 177 lbs.
Eatontown, NJ | Ranney School
AAU: Team Rio
ESPN No. 8 | 1 SF Top247 No. 9 | 2 SF
Rivals No. 11 | 2 SG  247 Comp. No. 6 | 1 SF

 

Bryan Antoine
Shooting Guard | 6-5 | 175 lbs.
Eatontown, NJ | Ranney School
AAU: Team Rio
ESPN No. 7 | 1 SG Top247 No. 8 | 1 SG
Rivals No. 8 | 1 SG 247 Comp. No. 7 | 1 SG

Lewis and Antoine will be in action together this weekend with Team Rio in the first Under Armour Association event of the summer. UK is expected to be in attendance when they do.

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247Sports finalizes rankings for the 2018 recruiting class

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It’s class ranking season and 247Sports-dot-com is the next up to finalize its 2018 list.

In 247Sports’ version, EJ Montgomery, not Keldon Johnson, is Kentucky’s top-ranked player. Montgomery earned a No. 6 overall ranking and is considered the No. 1 power forward, ahead of Zion Williamson. Let me write that again: ahead of Zion Williamson in the rankings.

Johnson is ranked much lower in the Top247, way down at No. 16 overall, a one-spot drop in the final update. However, the website named Johnson an honorable mention for its “Best Competitor” award in the class, which went to Duke’s RJ Barrett, the top-ranked player.

Right behind Johnson, you’ll find Immanuel Quickley at No. 17. Quickley is the third-ranked point guard among his peers.

Tyler Herro rounds out the group at No. 36 overall with a four-star rating.

See the entire Top247 here.

Kentucky sits in second place behind Duke in the team rankings, but John Calipari might not be done.


Tracking Calipari: Cal’s schedule during April recruiting period

Tracking Calipari: Cal’s schedule during April recruiting period

Today marks the end of college basketball’s early recruiting period. Sad, I know.

But no one is more sad than John Calipari, who will now have to find new things to do to occupy his time, because the rules restrict him from visiting high school prospects for a while. (Although he’ll soon be traveling to watch them play AAU ball throughout the summer.)

It was a busy April for Calipari, though; maybe his most grueling to date. You see, since losing Zion Williamson to Duke and falling behind Coach K in recruiting in the eyes of the college basketball public, Coach Cal has been on a mission to reclaim his throne as the best in the business. He was very active over the 10-day recruiting period — which began at noon on April 5, had a short intermission of dead time April 9-12, and ends today — and it didn’t take long at all for him to produce results. He landed two commitments only days into the session, and put Kentucky in great position to land several others, at least one of whom could decide soon.

Calipari checked in with several of the top-rated players in the Class of 2019, and though there is still a lot of work to be done, it seems to have been a successful April. Lord knows how much jet fuel he burned in the process, too.

Here’s what we do know about his travels:

 

Thursday, April 5

The first day of the live recruiting period saw a double-header of visits for Calipari. One of those visits was to Covington, Ga., to see Ashton Hagans, a five-star guard in the 2019 class. You should know Hagans’ name and story by now because he committed to Calipari on the spot, and then announced his commitment publicly the following Tuesday.

Ashton Hagans
Point Guard| 6-4 | 185 lbs.
Covington, GA | Newton
AAU: Georgia Stars
ESPN No. 18 | 3 PG Top247 No. 6 | 1 PG
Rivals No. 6 | 2 PG 247 Comp.  No. 8 | 1 PG

Calipari also saw another five-star point guard on opening day when he traveled to Garland, Tx., to see Tyrese Maxey.

Tyrese Maxey
Guard | 6-3 | 185 lbs.
Garland, Tx. | South Garland
AAU: RM5 Elite
ESPN No. 14 | 3 SG Top247 No. 17 | 2 PG
Rivals No. 11 | 3 SG 247 Comp. No. 13 | 2 PG

His pitch to both prospects was the same: commit to Kentucky, reclassify to play college basketball next fall, and be a part of something special in Lexington.

Hagans did the first part, and is expected to eventually do the other two. Maxey may also join him.

Friday, April 6

Day 2 of the recruiting period sent Calipari to Rochester, Mn., where he visited Matthew Hurt, and to Fort Wayne, Ind., where he met with Keion Brooks.

Matthew Hurt
Power Forward | 6-9 | 200 lbs.
Rochester, MN | John Marshall
AAU: D1 Minnesota
ESPN No. 5 | 2 PF Top247 No. 4 | 2 PF
Rivals No. 5 | 3 PF 247 Comp. No. 4 | 2 PF

He told Hurt he will only recruit shooters in the future, which is a change in strategy from his emphasis on athletes who can drive but may not be great shooters. Hurt fits the mold.

Keion Brooks
Forward | 6-8 | 185 lbs.
Fort Wayne, IN | North Side
AAU: Spiece Indy Heat
ESPN No. 30 | 9 PF Top247 No. 16 | 5 SF
Rivals No. 36 | 13 PF 247 Comp. No. 22 | 6 SF

Brooks, though not ranked as high as many of the other prospects on UK’s board, has been a target for a long time and Cal’s trip to see him early in the spring is a sign that he is still a priority.

Saturday, April 7

While many of you were enjoying the Blue Grass Stakes Race during the first weekend of Keeneland, as was I, Calipari was pulling his third straight two-a-day on the recruiting trail.

He traveled to just outside of Memphis, Tn., to visit his first commitment in the 2019 class, DJ Jeffries, to check in on things since the hiring of Penny Hardaway.

DJ Jeffries
Forward| 6-7 | 185 lbs.
Olive Branch, MS | Olive Branch
AAU: Team Penny
ESPN No. 17 | 4 SF Top247 No. 27 | 8 SF
Rivals No. 47 | 16 PF 247 Comp.  No. 26 | 8 SF

He also paid a visit to the No. 2 player in the class, Vernon Carey, despite heavy speculation Carey prefers Duke.

Vernon Carey
Power Forward/Center | 6-10 | 245 lbs.
Fort Lauderdale, FL | University School
AAU: Nike Team Florida
ESPN No. 2 | 1 C Top247 No. 2 | 1 PF
Rivals No. 1 | 1 PF 247 Comp. No. 2 | 1 PF

Carey lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fl., and is the son of the former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman of the same name. He’s considered to be just as good as James Wiseman; Rivals.com even has him ranked ahead of Wiseman.

Sunday, April 8

Sunday was a big day for Calipari because it earned him a commitment for the current class. He stopped by Marietta, Ga., to see EJ Montgomery, who announced his commitment to Big Blue Nation the very next morning.

EJ Montgomery
Power Forward | 6-10 | 215 lbs.
Marietta, Ga. | Wheeler HS
AAU: Atlanta Celtics
ESPN No. 16 | 5 PF Top247 No. 6 | 2 PF
Rivals No. 11 | 2 PF 247 Comp. No. 12 | 3 PF

EJ Montgomery was also considering Duke.

It was Calipari’s last stop of the weekend before an intermission in the visits.

Monday, April 9

DEAD PERIOD

Tuesday, April 10

DEAD PERIOD

Wednesday, April 11

DEAD PERIOD

Thursday, April 12

DEAD PERIOD

Friday, April 13

When the action picked back up for a second weekend, Calipari was spotted drinking coffee and making phone calls in New York City.

If there were ever a person to actually Run On Dunkin’, it’s Cal. He loves that stuff.

I have no idea what he did with the rest of his time in the Big Apple.

Saturday, April 14

He visited a pair of New Jersey teammates, Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine, on Saturday. Unrelated: I think it’s unfair two top-10 players are on the same high school team.

Scottie Lewis
Small Forward | 6-5 | 177 lbs.
Eatontown, NJ | Ranney School
AAU: Team Rio
ESPN No. 8 | 1 SF Top247 No. 9 | 2 SF
Rivals No. 9 | 2 SG  247 Comp. No. 6 | 1 SF
Bryan Antoine
Shooting Guard | 6-5 | 175 lbs.
Eatontown, NJ | Ranney School
AAU: Team Rio
ESPN No. 7 | 1 SG Top247 No. 8 | 1 SG
Rivals No. 7 | 1 SG 247 Comp. No. 7 | 1 SG

He also met with Jalen Lecque, a New York product who is playing his high school ball in North Carolina.

Jalen Lecque
Guard | 6-4 | 175 lbs.
Bronx, NY | Christ School (NC)
AAU: Southern Stampede
ESPN No. 10 | 2 PG Top247 No. 10 | 2 CG
Rivals No. 13 | 2 PG 247 Comp. No. 12 | 2 CG

Lecque is a five-star point guard in the class and he too is hearing the same reclassify pitch as Hagans and Maxey.

Sunday, April 15

Maxey received another visit, his second in April, when Calipari returned to Texas for more.

Tyrese Maxey
Guard | 6-3 | 185 lbs.
Garland, Tx. | South Garland
AAU: RM5 Elite
ESPN No. 14 | 3 SG Top247 No. 17 | 2 PG
Rivals No. 11 | 3 SG 247 Comp. No. 13 | 2 PG

It’s clear Calipari really wants him.

Monday, April 16

Cal finally made it to Memphis to see his top target of them all, James Wiseman, on Monday. Wiseman is the No. 1 overall prospect in the class and, until the hiring of Penny Hardaway at Memphis, was heavily favoring Kentucky.

James Wiseman
Power Forward/Center | 6-11 | 210 lbs.
Memphis, TN | Memphis East
AAU: Team Penny
ESPN No. 1 | 1 PF Top247 No. 1 | 1 C
Rivals No. 2 | 2 PF 247 Comp.  No. 1 | 1 C

Wiseman is still favoring Kentucky, but it will be a fight now that his AAU coach is the head coach of the Tigers, and he is staying put in the Class of 2019.

Wiseman shared this photo from the visit:

First In-Home Visit was a Success. #BBN???

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Tuesday, April 17

Calipari visited a 2020 prospect on Tuesday when he saw Ethan Morton, the No. 59 overall high school sophomore, just outside of Pittsburgh. It’s likely the case that Calipari was in the area for other reasons and took a moment to check in on Morton, although his interest in the 6-4 shooting guard is legitimate.

Wednesday, April 18

Relaxing somewhere secret.


Why You Shouldn’t Expect James Wiseman to Reclassify into the Class of 2018

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There are no shortage of topics which interest Kentucky fans right now – be it what players are going pro, what players are returning for the 2019 season, and overall just what the heck the roster will look like by tip-off of the first game next year. Yet there might not be a topic more intriguing than the future of James Wiseman. The Kentucky staff met with him yesterday and everyone wants to know where the Wildcats stand, and when he will make his college choice.

Oh and there’s one other question too – will Wiseman, the top ranked player in the class of 2019, actually stay in the 2019 class at all? For months there have been all sorts of rumors that Wiseman is seriously considering a move to the class of 2018, to try and get eligible for next season.

Yet while that’s been the talk for months among fans, it isn’t something that most media members are taking seriously… yet. At least not 247 Sports’ recruiting guru and FS1 college basketball analyst Evan Daniels.

Daniels joined KSR’s “Aaron Torres Sports Podcast” earlier this week, and when Aaron asked Wiseman, and why everyone keeps bringing up a possible reclassification, Daniels shared his thoughts.

“I get why people keep asking,” Daniels said. “But he keeps answering it the same way. So until James Wiseman says something differently you have to take him at his word.”

Daniels explained that while sometimes reclassification rumors are legit, on this one, he hasn’t actually heard from anyone credible that it is a serious conversation.

Instead, it’s mostly fans that are stirring the pot and creating the narrative.

“Sometimes you hear things in the background,” Daniels said. “Sources and people recruiting the kid will say that the kid is going to do something; whether it’s commit [or] reclassify. I haven’t heard any of that with him. There’s just been speculation among fans. At this point he says he’s not reclassifying, he’s staying in the 2019 class. I’ll start to take another stance seriously when he makes a public statement saying otherwise.”

Ultimately while the potential reclassification of a star like Wiseman is exciting, there is plenty of reason to pump the breaks here a bit. There is Wiseman repeatedly denying the rumor, something that his mom did as well on Wednesday. Also, keep in mind that Wiseman is young for his age. While players like Marvin Bagley and Ashton Hags (who is trying to reclassify for next year) were a year old, and tried to get back into their proper age group, Wiseman is the age of a normal high school junior. He just turned 17 a few weeks ago and won’t be 18 for another, full, calendar year. If he stays in his class, he will enter college at the normal age for most of his peers.

So while the Wiseman/reclassification buzz is exciting, it’s probably too early to take things seriously. At least according to the biggest name in the recruiting game.

Also, to hear the rest of Evan Daniels’ entire interview with Aaron Torres, including conversation about the 2019 recruiting class as a whole, how Jeff Capel’s departure impacts Duke and more Wiseman talk, be sure to download the show by clicking here.


James Wiseman’s mom talks Kentucky, Penny Hardaway

This morning, James Wiseman’s mother Donzaleigh Artis did an interview with 92.9 FM in Memphis to discuss her son’s recruitment, including his in-home visit with John Calipari and Joel Justus, and his relationship with Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway, whom she said the family will host tonight.

With the early recruiting period ending tonight, it only makes sense that Penny, Wiseman’s former high school and summer league coach, will drop by to make his pitch. Artis said that although Penny is “family,” that doesn’t necessarily mean James will follow him to Memphis.

“He’s family to us. That doesn’t make my decision as to where James goes to college. Penny has to do what he has to do to get James. Even though I love Penny, I don’t play basketball.”

Interestingly, Artis insisted that her family moved from Nashville to Memphis not so James could play for Hardaway at Memphis East, but instead to support her daughter, who will be a senior at the University of Memphis this fall.

“We didn’t come here for Penny. I have a daughter that goes to University of Memphis. We came here to support her because James can go play basketball anywhere. We didn’t want — it just so happened to be the situation. We lived with the situation. We enjoyed the situation.”

Memphis fans had some fun with the picture Wiseman posted of his visit with Cal and Justus, photoshopping a framed picture of Penny on the table, which Artis laughed about but confirmed was fake.

“Yeah, I saw it,” Artis said through laughter. “I can confirm that is not Penny in the picture. I have a picture of my mother on the table. That was pretty neat. I was like, ‘Wow, okay. Somebody’s got a pretty vivid imagination.'”

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How was that visit with Kentucky?

“The in-home visit was really good,” Artis said. “We had fun with Cal and Joel [Justus] coming in to visit. It was really nice.”

Artis said Kentucky’s been interested in her son since the ninth grade, but now that he’s almost a senior, the visits are much more intense.

“They can show him those numbers now on what they can do or how they can bring him up for visits, what he needs to get to move forward.”

Other fun tidbits: Wiseman’s favorite food is chicken and that’s about it. Maybe french fries.

“James is nothing but chicken and water. He loves him some chicken and water.”

We knew this already, but he studied Mandarin at Ensworth in Nashville before transferring to Memphis East and “is a scholar first.”

“He really likes school,” Artis said.

Artis reiterated that she wants her son to stay in the 2019 class so he can enjoy being a kid, a sentiment that is especially poignant when you learn he had an older brother who drowned when he was only five years old.

“The one thing I’ve learned about life is life’s not promised,” Artis said. “I want James to be able to say, one thing I was able to do in life was be a kid. I got to laugh. I got to be silly, jump around, play. I want him to experience that because once he decides to go to college and the NBA, no more playing. We’re in a grown man’s world now. I want him to enjoy life.”

Can’t argue with that.

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ESPN 100: Kentucky ranks second in final 2018 rankings

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ESPN released its final rankings for the 2018 high school basketball class today. Four future Kentucky Wildcats rank within the final top 30, which gives John Calipari the second-ranked class overall, behind Mike Krysywyeajdkys and Duke. It marks the fifth straight year Duke and Kentucky landed the top two classes in the country.

Keldon Johnson is UK’s top-ranked player of the bunch. Johnson is No. 7 in the ESPN 100 with a 94 rating, down one spot in the final update.

EJ Montgomery, the most recent addition to the class, is next at No. 14 overall. Montgomery, who has yet to sign with the Cats, is considered the fifth-best power forward.

The first member of UK’s class, Immanuel Quickley, dropped six places but was able to keep his fifth star. Quickley fell from No. 17 to No. 23, and is ranked as the fifth-best point guard.

Tyler Herro rounds out the group at No. 28 overall. Herro fell to a four-star prospect with the drop.

Fun Fact: All 10 of John Calipari’s UK recruiting classes have been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in ESPN’s rankings.

[ESPN 100]


Four Wildcats in top-35 of final Rivals150 rankings in 2018

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Rivals.com released their final rankings for the class of 2018, and four Kentucky Wildcats finished in the top-35, with three falling in the top-20.

EJ Montgomery moved up one spot in the rankings to No. 10 overall, and Keldon Johnson moved up to No. 13, as well. Immanuel Quickley saw a slight drop, falling five spots to No. 20 overall. Tyler Herro is Kentucky’s lowest-rated recruit, coming in at No. 34 in the class.

Ashton Hagans, the No. 2 point guard in the class of 2019 and a Kentucky commit, will almost certainly reclassify to 2018 this summer. Rivals says this is the final list, but with Hagans likely finishing as a top-two point guard in his new class, they will likely have to redo the rankings to include the newest Wildcat.

As for their latest 2019 rankings, Kentucky targets Vernon Carey Jr. and James Wiseman are listed at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Matthew Hurt, Bryan Antoine,  Scottie Lewis, and Tyrese Maxey, four other Wildcat recruits John Calipari visited over the last week, finished at No. 5, No. 7, No. 9, and No. 12. Hagans came in at No. 6 overall.

For the entire rankings list for both classes, check out the links below:

Class of 2018

Class of 2019


The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast E38: Evan Daniels

The original guest of The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast has returned.  Evan Daniels of 247 Sports joins the program as the two share their thoughts on the Nike Hoop Summit and much more.  Highlights:

Nike Hoop Summit — Tyler Herro got screwed Friday night. Duke’s 2018 recruiting class does not mesh. Why Darius Bazley is making a mistake by going pro. Darius Garland is a future star at Vanderbilt.

West Coast Coaching Move — UCLA fired their lead assistant and could it have HUGE implications throughout the Pac-12.

Weak Sauce — Daniels believes the 2018 recruiting class is one of the weakest he’s ever evaluated.

The FBI and Recruiting —  Evan explains why there is a different “feel” on the circuit this summer, and how college basketball has been harmed regardless.

James Wiseman — Where do things stand between Kentucky and Memphis, and why is there so much buzz he will reclassify?

Jeff Capel — How much will his loss will hurt Duke’s recruiting?

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.