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Rivals’ basketball recruiting predictions aren’t pretty for UK


Kentucky already has commitments from Tyrese Maxey, Dontaie Allen and Kahlil Whitney, but there may just be one or two players left for the Cats according to Rivals’ four national recruiting analysts.

Dan McDonald thinks UK will land Vernon Carey.

Krysten Peek thinks the Cats will land Matthew Hurt.

Eric Bossi and Corey Evans think Kentucky will earn a commitment from Oscar Tshiebwe.

That’s it. That’s a wrap for five-star prospects in 2019 according to the Rivals’ staff.

No recruiting analyst picked UK to land two remaining five-stars and no one picked Kentucky targets James Wiseman, Cole Anthony or Scottie Lewis to UK.

That’s not good news, folks. But let’s remember a few things:

  • It’s a guessing game. While these analysts may have inside information on some recruitments, they’re guessing on most.
  • It didn’t include predictions for Aidan Igiehon or Zeke Nnaji, who aren’t five-star players but both are strongly considering UK.
  • Half the analysts thinking UK will land Tshiebwe is great news.
  • Let’s hope McDonald is correct about Carey, Peek about Hurt and Evans/Bossi about Tshiebwe. Boom. Dominant class.

In all seriousness, I wouldn’t get too worked up about these predictions. Wiseman, Anthony and Carey will all decide in the spring, and it’s unclear when exactly Hurt will pull the plug. They will certainly do a similar article like this in a few months and their predictions may change. All four do great work but you can’t be plugged in on every single recruitment.

I would put some stock in Evans picking UK for Tshiebwe. He’s been doing a great job covering that recruitment and seems to have solid feel on where things are going.

You can read all their predictions HERE.

Also, the fine folks at Rivals updated their 2019 rankings. Kentucky has two players in the top 10 with Kahlil Whitney jumping up to No. 7.

Despite a 16 spot bump, Whitney isn’t satisfied. You have to love his confidence.

Dontaie Allen dropped eight spots to No. 55.

You can see the rankings HERE.

Article written by TJ Walker

10 responses to “Rivals’ basketball recruiting predictions aren’t pretty for UK”

  1. michaelb

    This recruitment prediction has same credibility as being a weather man . These are the only two jobs that you can be wrong in and have no repercussions. While the other 99% if you’re wrong at your job = fired . I don’t think we should acknowledge any of them . I think we should ignore each & everyone .

    1. jimmer

      Agreed – weatherman is great comparison. Total guesses. I’d LOVE to see their actual record of getting them right.

    2. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots

      The % of time they get it right is usually high when it comes to final predictions because things become more known but the predictions before the fall signing period are usually straight guesses with barely any insight. Peek’s predictions are notoriously horrible, while Bossi and Evans are very reliable.

    3. michaelb

      Still not worthy of being a profession . All of us could do that just as well as anyone of them

  2. DelrayCat

    All these bigs are waiting to see who leaves and who stays…not just at UK, but elsewhere.
    If the Cats lose virtually every big..all these predictions sort of become moot…especially for those not named Wiseman.

  3. Headhurts

    So your doubting coach Cal’s ability to recruit? Really

  4. Cmart0907

    After Bryan Antoine was 90% lock to dUKe and went to Villanova tells you that these predictions are useless.

  5. Irish son

    I remember when they said we had no shot at Kevin Knox. One guy even said 99% Duke

  6. Cabranton

    While these predictions mean nothing now, if they actually happened I’d take the class we’d have all day.
    No 1. Carey
    No 6. Hurt
    No 7. Whitney
    No 9. Maxey
    No 21. Oscar

    All 5 stars plus a top notch Ky kid who can score. Take this all day everyday. Wiseman would be great but if he didn’t come and went to Memphis, oh well…

  7. JMFATZ47

    Didn’t these same imbeciles predict Knox to Duke? Sometimes it seems they guess against the grain to be “trendy” and hope for a long shot. Then if it hits they can talk a big game