Well, this would be disappointing if it came to fruition. Only one of Rivals.com’s four national basketball analysts predict UK ends up with more than two top 15 players in the class of 2019.
UK already has No. 7 Tyrese Maxey committed, so that’s one, but three Rivals’ writers believe UK ends up with just two top 15 players in 2019. Eric Bossi was the lone analyst to peg players to commit to Kentucky.
Here are the players predicted to UK:
No. 3 James Wiseman (Eric Bossi and Corey Evans, two others picked Memphis)
No. 4 Jaden McDaniels (Eric Bossi and Dan McDonald, two others picked Arizona)
No. 13 Scottie Lewis (Krysten Peek, three others picked Florida)
There were no UK picks for the following UK targets that currently hold an offer from the Cats:
No. 1 Vernon Carey (Three Duke picks, one UNC)
No. 2 Cole Anthony (Three Duke picks, one Oregon)
No. 5 Matthew Hurt (Three Kansas picks, one UNC)
No. 12 Bryan Antoine (Two Duke picks, two Villanova)
No. 15 Keion Brooks (Three IU picks, one Michigan State)
This would NOT be good news for UK with how promising things currently look in the class. I worked with the folks from Rivals for several years and I can say with 100 percent certainty that these picks weren’t made to rile up UK fans or grab clicks. These are just their opinions and there’s no evidence to suggest that any of these recruitments are nearing the end, so even if UK is behind there’s plenty of time to make things up in the coming months. You can read all their predictions here.
But, I strongly disagree with a few of these picks. Allow me to make my predictions on the following:
McDaniels- Arizona but I don’t know nearly enough about this recruitment.
I feel somewhat confident about Wiseman and Brooks, but have a sneak suspicion that UK is in a better spot for Anthony than many believe. Things can and will change, and we have no idea who may return/leave for UK and several other schools, but if the Cats end up with just two top 15 players in 2019 it would be somewhat disappointing.
Calipari has somewhat reverted back to only offering his top one or two targets at each position, which in the past is a sign of feeling confident about those targets, but it has led to Cal getting burnt on classes. I doubt it happens again.