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Updated ESPN Recruiting Rankings


Anthony Bennett jumped up to No. 6 overall in the ESPN 100

ESPN Recruiting updated its 2012 Top 100 for college basketball today, and a couple players on Kentucky’s radar moved up in the rankings. Anthony Bennett is now the No. 1 power forward and the No. 6 overall player in the 2012 class, according to ESPN.

Shabazz stayed at the top of the rankings, while UK target Tony Parker jumped from No. 31 overall to No. 20.

Other notables:

14.) Archie Goodwin (#4 shooting guard)

15.) Alex Poythress (#3 small forward)

17.) Amile Jefferson (#4 power forward)

20.) Tony Parker (#5 power forward)

39.) Willie Cauley (#8 center)

Article written by Drew Franklin

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27 Comments for Updated ESPN Recruiting Rankings



  1. kyle heavy
    1:04 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    How did Poythress not move into the top 10? Tough crowd.



  2. catsflaws.com
    1:07 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    From what I’ve seen, which is just a few games, Shabazz is the best high school player I’ve seen since Melo.



  3. ukfan247
    1:11 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Lay down to bed each night praying to the basketball gods, Dan Rex and Rupp, that these two Vegas superstars will be wearing royal blue in September. Most complementary team top to bottom Cal has had at UK, chemistry creates win streaks.

    Shabazz please come to Lexington, Lex Vegas, and take over the city with the cumulative team swagger. Can’t you all just see it!



  4. Don
    1:23 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    1 – 6 – 14 – 15 – 39 isn’t too bad to go along with 5* Harrow…

    5 – 5* and 1 – 4*

    Sickness! By the end of the season Poythress will be top 10



  5. ktmiln2
    1:28 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    I once went to Las Vegas and met this girl dealing blackjack. She went to the same high school as Shabazz. She told me he is coming to UK. Point blank. Period.



  6. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:29 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Do we have any top 50 PG recruits? I don’t expect Teague to go to the league (haha, unintentional), but UK still could use another PG on the roster for next year. We have NO depth at PG right now. When Teague goes out, Lamb runs the point and that can get awkward. Assuming Lamb and/or Teague leave, next year will be even worse.



  7. Catnuts
    1:29 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Anthony Bennett looks like a man.He has a pro body already. Haven’t seen him play but we can always use a big body inside.



  8. Bob Lawblah
    1:33 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Forgetting about Harrow #6?



  9. phk
    1:34 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    6) Ryan Harrow



  10. cristoforouk
    1:35 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    6 – Do you forget about Ryan Harrow? He was a 5 star top 25 guy coming out of high school. He and Teague would be the best 1-2 punch at point guard in the country.



  11. John Chaney
    1:37 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    @6 Next year will be even worse??????



  12. workingman
    1:39 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Pull it together 6.



  13. Cliver
    1:42 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah, 6.



  14. Jimmy
    1:43 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    1 and 6 is ours, and mark it with a b put it on the oven for baby and me. Yeaaaaaa!!



  15. cristoforouk
    1:45 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    What UK does need is another center. Cauley will be the only true center on the roster next year. Wiltjer better be hitting the gym! We will probably be even softer than we are this year, but not nearly as long. As good as UK is at blocking shots this year, next year could be the complete opposite.



  16. ktmiln2
    1:46 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    6. Come on, you’re killing me Smalls.



  17. wldctky
    1:48 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    @15 that might be why Cal is making a late push for Tony Parker..6’9″ 280lbs



  18. Yessir
    1:54 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch McGary is a Joke!



  19. Yessir
    1:57 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Coming in at a SOLID #74…..Terry Rozier! “L” Yes!



  20. Go Cats
    1:58 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    It’s crazy that Cal put four centers in the NBA in three years (including Davis). Hard to keep the cupboards full with the rate that he is going through them.



  21. cristoforouk
    2:02 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    I imagine we’ll see a lot of two pf looks next year. We will be a bit undersized, but hopefully we can exploit match ups on the offensive end.



  22. Wildcat_Crazy
    2:16 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Look at Calipari’s best Memphis teams, none of them had great Centers of big body Centers. DeMarucs Cousins dont come around every year.



  23. 18
    2:36 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    I kept telling people mcgary was not a top 2 player and not a top 10 either, glad to see ESPN recognize



  24. jaygee85
    4:24 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    no way there are 14 players better than poythress



  25. Catnuts
    5:44 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    6) Don’t mean to pile on, but, I think we actually look more fluid when Lamb is running the point. It seems to me we get in the Dribble Drive more and the offense runs smoother with Teague on the bench.



  26. Cats4life
    5:59 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    I hope you’re right #5



  27. tyblue22
    10:55 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress not in top 10???? He is KILLING IT, these rankings are not correct.
    How about Mitch McGary dropping like a rock outta the top 20? Thats what you get for signing with Michigan.