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Kentucky can still pass Duke for best recruiting class


Duke has the top three players in America in RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish, but Kentucky can still end up with the top-ranked 2018 class before it’s all said and done.

The addition of EJ Montgomery moved Kentucky up to second in the 247Sports Composite, up from sixth in the rankings this time last week. John Calipari still hopes to add Ashton Hagans to the fold, which could then move the Cats ahead of the Blue Devils, depending on where Hagans is slotted.

Jerry Meyer over at 247Sports believes Hagans should be a top-10 prospect in the 2018 class, should he reclassify from 2019.

If that’s the case, Kentucky would overtake Duke for the top spot with a commitment from Hagans. And there is some speculation Hagans’ commitment isn’t too far away.

So while Duke celebrates its three elite signees (all from the same position, which should be fun), John Calipari is still grinding away and on track to land the nation’s top-rated crop of talent.

Get in here, Ashton.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

38 responses to “Kentucky can still pass Duke for best recruiting class”

  1. Smyrna_Cat

    But, but, but … so many “fans” write in the comments section how bad Cal has been lately at recruiting. I am so confused.

  2. oruacat2

    Are we hanging banners for recruiting classes now?

    1. runningunnin.454

      We should; we would have a bunch…LOL.
      Better than UNCheat hanging a banner for a retroactive 1924 national championship they didn’t win on the court.

    2. theUNCguy

      Don’t be so hard on UNC. Seems like these days everyone is paying to play.

    3. makeitstop

      They didn’t pay them they just didn’t make them go to class, kind of obviating that “student athlete” moniker the NCAA likes to pontificate about.

    4. kjd

      I hear ya.
      Number 1 when the lights are on is what counts.

    5. Blue Bill

      I guess we could strive to have a crappy recruiting class?

  3. runningunnin.454

    Our class seems to mesh well, and you’re right about dook; Coach K is going to have to roll out 3 balls to satisfy his prima donnas.

    1. SuperTroy18

      True. I can’t imagine them not revolving the offense around Barrett; and I can’t imagine that not making Zion pretty unhappy. When Puke needs a big shot, who’re they going to? Barrett. I doubt that team can make the chemistry work.

    2. kenny

      Are we really gonna act like that’s a problem we wouldn’t want to have?

    3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Kenny, it’s not that they’re loaded with talent that’s the problem (although it can be with the massive egos so many of these guys have). It’s that 3 of those guys play the same position. Can Coach Nosferatu pull it off with platooning or something like that? Maybe. We shall see.

    4. henderblue

      Did you mean pre Madonna’s rg?

    5. runningunnin.454

      Oh damn, I forgot Madonna!

  4. maximumscott

    Truth be told I think Cal was letting his assistance do too much. Coach K was the best thing to happen for Cal. It has clearly reignited Cals prowess.

  5. Not Dan Issel

    I am excited about this incoming class, and from what I have seen on YouTube, Tyler Herro may be the surprise of the bunch. He has real talent and should be fun to watch, if Cal will turn him loose.

    1. Alex90

      Be careful, Ryan Harrow looked like the next SO in his hs tapes

  6. ClutchCargo

    Honestly, I already like our class better than Duke’s. We have the right guys coming in to fill positions of need, and that doesn’t even include potentially adding Hagans.

    1. maximumscott

      Dukes problems will be on full display. 3 top SFs playing 1-2 positions. Sure they are talented but play them all at once with you PG too and you will be vastly undersized. Its gonna take them a while to figure out what works. We will see what K is able to do.

    2. makeitstop

      Agreed Clutch. Duke ran down the aisle picking up shiny stuff and forgot to ask how it fit together. Our best classes had balance. Watch K go steal someone’s grad transfer… hope it works as well for him as it did for ole Roy and Cam Johnson.

    3. kjd

      Cal’s pieces always fit together? SMH

  7. az1006

    If Herro’s performance at the Jordan Classic was as strong as it has been made out to be, his ranking could easily climb and he could move up to a 5-star. If you do that, coupled with Hagans, the top overall class wouldn’t be shocking at all. This is exactly why getting bent out of shape in regards to class rankings in February is silly…If there are uncommitted players out there, Cal is never out.

    As for Duke’s class…Barrett and Reddish are both really good players, but I think Zion Williamson may be one of the more overrated players in the class. He is really athletic, but I don’t see the skills. He could surprise me, but I think the Youtube cult of his dunks inflated the way he’s viewed, imo. In any event, our class is more versatile, more well-rounded, and fills specific areas of need. Our roster is better set up, as well, assuming Washington and Vanderbilt come back. Would love to see Cal add another piece…Either Hagans, or a grad transfer, or both.

    1. BBNBRIAN

      Agree with your assessment of Zion. He reminds me of Hami in the sense that he’s an athlete that has chosen to play basketball, not a natural talent.

  8. Angelo

    I like it! no hyphenated-names!

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Thanks for nothing Angelo.

  9. kybirdieman

    Who cares?

  10. michaelb

    Herro will be a 1 & done. Say what you will + hide & watch

  11. Kat4Life

    Would love to have the #1 recruiting class the same year Coach K signs 1,2,3……..We are seemingly recruiting a LOT of players that need minutes, should be fun to watch that unfold…….

  12. bigblue2284

    1st class last class I don’t care, give me a class with the right pieces to compete for a title. The right players is more important than hs rankings.

  13. N-UR-i

    Fact: Top classes will only contend for a title if you also have decent returning players to mix in. We don’t hang banners for top recruiting classes.

  14. dballrb

    I really don’t care what/where/how high our recruiting classes are..I just want the right guys in the right places to plug the right holes..What our commits rank is a non issue as far as I’m concerned.

  15. jahanc2uky

    Rankings in recruiting is like pre season rankings. Also, with the players we have coming back, I would trade all of our recruits for RJ Barrett.

  16. Jiminy Crickets

    So recruiting three power forwards in the same class is not a good idea? Kind of like we did last year with Vanderbilt, Washington and Knox ?

  17. Jiminy Crickets

    Jones at the 2, Reddish at the 2, Barrett at 3, Zion at 4, and any 6’10” goon at the 5 and that tram wins 30 games. I just hope they don’t win the first one or the last one

    1. Jiminy Crickets

      Jones at the 1 I mean

  18. StevieGotLoose

    Villanova has won 2 of the last 3 titles with I believe 2 different starting lineups. How many #1 recruiting classes have they had?

    1. kybirdieman

      Amen Stevie it. takes an x an o’s coach to win. If you can’t win with Boogie Wall Bledsoe and Liggins, not saying .much. To all these one and onre’s believers that have drank Caliparis grape juice, youshould realize if you don’t have a superstar like Davis and Towns you are not going towin against experienced teams ie probably his best team of Boogie Walls and ect,

    2. MadHatter

      275-64 = 81%. Oh, but cal can’t coach. Lol, you’re drunk. Being so salty isn’t healthy birdieman.

    3. kybirdieman

      But can’t hang banners with his one and done NBAers