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New 2014 Scout rankings are out

UK Commit Karl Towns is ranked eighth in Scout’s latest 2014 rankings

Scout just released their new rankings for the 2014 class, for which the Cats only have one commitment thus far–Karl Towns. The top five in the class remained the same, but switched positions. Let’s break it down, one ridiculously talented high school player at a time:

1. Jahlil Okafor, Center
Previous rank: 3
Considering: Arizona, Arkansas, DePaul, Duke, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Wisconsin
The Cats are in great position with the big man from Chicago, who says he is “definitely” interested in Kentucky because of the program’s success at getting guys to the pros. Even better? Okafor and Tyus Jones, the #2 player in 2014, have said in the past they would go to school as a package deal. Yes please.

2. Tyus Jones, Point Guard
Previous rank: 1
Considering: Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio State, UCLA
Cal has gone to see Jones play several times over the past few months and Jones repaid the favor back in early January by visiting for the Cats’ game against Texas A&M. Although Kentucky lost, Jones enjoyed his trip, especially when a passionate elderly Cats fan tried to convince him to commit.

3. Emmanuel Mudiay, Point Guard
Previous rank: 2
Considering: Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M
Mudiay made quite the impression on Cal when he visited him play back in January, throwing down a monstrous dunk, but Baylor is also recruiting the Texas native heavily.

4. Trey Lyles, Power Forward
Previous rank: 5
Considering: Butler, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, UCLA
Lyles decommitted from Indiana a while back and visited Kentucky for the Auburn game on Saturday. Afterwards, he trimmed his list to six, and many consider him a Kentucky lean since his decommitment.

5. Cliff Alexander, Center
Previous rank: 4
Considering: Kentucky, Michigan State, DePaul, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, Tennessee, Wisconsin
Kentucky and Michigan State are considered Alexander’s favorites.

8. Karl Towns, Center — Committed to UK
Previous rank: 7

Also on the radar:

11. D’Angelo Russell, Shooting Guard
Previous rank: 10
Considering: Cincinnati, Florida, Georgetown, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri, Ohio State

13. Rashad Vaughn, Shooting Guard
Previous rank: 14
Considering: Baylor, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Syracuse, Texas

17. Stanley Johnson, Small Forward
Previous rank: 26
Considering: Arizona, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina State, Oregon, San Diego State, Syracuse, UCLA, UNLV, USC

20. Leron Black, Power Forward
Previous rank: 19
Considering: Arkansas, Baylor, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas, Vanderbilt

25. Jalen Lindsey, Small Forward
Previous rank: 22
Considering: Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Providence, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

18 Comments for New 2014 Scout rankings are out

  1. no doubter
    3:10 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    ChalI It Up For Another Number 1 Recruiting Class… Can You put It On The Board Yessss?

  2. no doubter
    3:12 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    Who’s In The House? UK Is In The House. Who’s Winning Rings? UK Is Winning Rings.

  3. Jimmy
    3:13 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t think it was going to get better, WOW

  4. Laker Cat 18
    3:18 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    Haven’t heard anything about Jalen Lindsey and I don’t see UK on his teams he’s considering. Is he an under the radar guy we’re just now looking at?

  5. Yesterdays
    3:18 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    Tyus Jones is obviously very good, im just not sure he should be ranked this high. He will face some adjustments in college as he learns to play against guys who are 3-4 inches taller and outweigh him by 20-25 lbs.

  6. Laker Cat 18
    3:24 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    5. I thought the same thing as you, but I can’t help but think of what Cal said about Bledsoe. He usually doesn’t go for shorter guards, but if they play 3-4 inches taller than they really are, they can contribute. Maybe Tyus has a motor that the rest don’t have.

  7. Scotty B
    3:31 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    4. Yes, under the radar. Coach O visited him a few weeks back. He is from Nashville. Has a ton of teams on his list so Coach just wanted to let his presence to be known. This kid seems to keep rising with each new ranking.

  8. Brent
    3:34 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    6. From what I’ve heard, Tyus plays a lot like Chris Paul does. I assume that means he’s not too flashy as far as above the rim highlights goes (a la John Wall). I think he’s more of a great ballhandler and true point guard.

  9. Scotty B
    3:37 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    Seems like Okafor and Jones will end up together at Duke or UK. If get those two add Lyles and Rashad Vaughn with Karl Towns..look out.

  10. Scotty B
    3:39 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    If we miss the top 2..we could very possibly get Cliff Alexander and Emmanuel Mundiay and not lose a step.

  11. Rockfield, KY
    3:59 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    4. Kentucky is on his list according to They just didn’t include it in the article for some reason.

  12. Laker Cat 18
    4:01 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    7, 8, 11. Thanks for the info. I’m obviously behind on the Lindsey recruitment. If Jones is at least close to Paul’s level at his college age, I’ll be very impressed.

  13. Linker
    4:15 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    UK great one and done school. But if 3to5 do not leave Cal is in trouble no spaces and mad Moms of players

  14. bigabes4uk
    4:23 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    Wow- 2014 must be a hell of class if there are 7 guys better than Towns. I’ve seen Towns play and the kid is a man among boys. Completely dominates the game with skills way beyond his age.

  15. Jodie Meeks
    4:36 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    Are Jones and Okafor still a package? Or just used to be?

    Schools in consideration would say otherwise.

  16. UK Fan #5
    4:46 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    Stanley Johnson is really underrated. Would love for Cal, to get him, good shooter, super athletic. Played on the U-18 team in London

  17. Bobbum man
    9:32 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    14- I agree I can’t believe towns is 8th but this is shaping up like it could me another monster class possibly right there with next years class IF things go the right way for us. Get em Cal!!!

  18. Beezer
    10:29 pm February 11, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t trust rankings that have Dangelo Russell ahead of Rashad Vaughn.