2019 UK commit D.J. Jeffries moved up eight spots in the newest Rivals150 rankings on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-7, 200-pound Mississippi native lands at No. 45 in the Rivals150. He picked UK over Kansas, Alabama, Florida, Memphis and Texas A&M in the middle of March. Jeffries averaged over 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game during his junior season where he helped lead Olive Branch High School to a state championship.
Rivals.com analyst Dan McDonald suggested here that Jeffries should be ranked even higher:
“I’m going with Jeffries here and I think he’s going to be a really good player for Kentucky. I tend to think he’s a little bit of a casualty of the early hype being too much to where we’re now over-correcting his ranking the other way. He probably needs to be closer to five-star range. He can eventually be a knock-down shooter with great size and athleticism. He’s going to be playing around really good players at Kentucky and will flourish in a secondary role. It wouldn’t surprise me if he makes a lot of money playing in the NBA.”
Lately John Calipari’s recruiting style has been to add some low-end five-star players or four-star recruits with the usual starpower at the top of the class. The idea is to mix some one-and-done talent with guys that may stick around for a few years. It appears Jeffries should be a multiyear player, but some said the same about Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and other UK one-and-dones, so you never know.
Jeffries future teammate Tyrese Maxey landed at No. 7, but we reported on that yesterday.
Jeffries is ranked No. 19 in ESPN and No. 40 in 247.