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UK commit D.J. Jeffries moves up in updated Rivals150


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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.

 

Article written by TJ Walker

3 responses to “UK commit D.J. Jeffries moves up in updated Rivals150”

  1. BLUEVADER

    Only ESPN has him a 5* usually ESPN shafts one of our recruits! I think Rivals and 247 dropping the ball with this kid.

  2. Blue Jesus

    I’ll admit I’ve never seen him play in person, or extensively on tape, but I will say this: I’ve got PTSD from the super-impressive highlight tapes of prospects that don’t pan out. After watching the video of Jeffries attached to this post, it’s nice to see a highlight of a guy rebounding a missed three-pointer and dribbling it out to the arc and resetting the offense (the 1:00 mark). If nothing else (and I have no doubt he is capable of much more than this), he will ingratiate the BBN with a Darius Miller-like presence, which is nothing to be sad about given that that means a national championship and a spot on an NBA roster a good four years after getting your degree!

  3. dismore

    And some of us we’re ridiculed when we suggested doing exactly what Coach is doing now in recruiting. Maybe some of y’all need to take off the blue glasses you see through and try common sense for a change.