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ESPN 100: Kentucky ranks second in final 2018 rankings


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]

Article written by Drew Franklin

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8 responses to “ESPN 100: Kentucky ranks second in final 2018 rankings”

  1. ukjaybrat

    will this be updated if/when ashton hagans reclassifies (which should make us the number one class) or will that not be considered? not really sure how that works

    1. Underdog

      Yes, that’s my understanding. Hagans is a 5-star top 10 player and that will make our class #1.

      Can’t wait to see:

      Hagans and Quade running point, Baker backup
      Quickley and Herro and Baker as shooting guards
      Johnson/ Gabriel/ Herro
      Vanderbilt (assuming he stays, which is doubtful) and PJ
      PJ, Richards and Montgomery at the 5

      Really wish Jones would have stayed. So Gabriel has got to stay!

      I’m really looking forward to Vanderbilt guarding RJ in the game against Duke. Keldon will guard him too, but RJ is too long for Keldon so I think Jarred will get the call and do well against RJ. RJ is the real deal, but so is Vanderbilt. Jarred will give RJ a warm welcome to college ball.

    2. Alleykat16

      They make a final rankings so they can give an updated final rankings later on, thinking about future stories. They got to have something to update.

  2. linebeard

    That would be the 2018 class, not 2019

  3. UK Fan In Nashville

    Why would they release final rankings before some kids decide on reclassification? So dumb.


      For the same reason football and bball awards, both player and coach awards, are given prior to the post-season. Don’t ask me what that reason is, because it’s also really stupid.

  4. UK Fan In Nashville

    Or before some kids commit, like Langford.

  5. ukbradstith

    No way we could finish #1. Duke has too 3players plus a top ten point guard. On paper that’s the greatest class ever assembled. We’ll see how it works out for them