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New Rivals Rankings for the class of 2009

Rivals updated their top 150 players again today and a couple of UK recruits and commits saw their stock move a bit.  Jon Hood moved down from the 19 to 24 in the overall rankings, but remained a 5-star player.  The biggest dip, was from Shawn Kemp, Jr. who fell from a 5-star, 25th-ranked player in the last rankings to a 4-star and the 83rd player overall.  I think this new ranking is much more indicative of the type of player that Kemp is at the moment, but he certainly has the potential to be a 5-star again.  Right now, he just hasn’t played enough basketball up to this point to develop past a very raw stage.  Point guard G.J. Vilarino remained unranked with three stars.

Here is what the list looked like back on May 14 when they were last updated. The following players are the guys showing interest in UK at that time. All players were 4-stars except those with asterisks, which were 5-stars.

*1. John Wall PG
*3. Derrick Favors PF
*8. Daniel Orton C
*17. Avery Bradley SG
*19. Jon Hood SG
*20. Peyton Siva PG
*25. Shawn Kemp, Jr. C
39. Mfon Udofia PG
47. Christian Watford F
51. Shawn Williams F
52. Ferrakohn Hall F
59. Ari Stewart F
60. Jeronne Maymon F
64. Darius Morris PG
70. Noel Johnson F
73. Richard Howell F
79. Mike Moser F
87. Reginald Buckner F

Here are the top 100 players interested in UK right now, according to the updated list:

*1. John Wall PG
*3. Derrick Favors PF
*10. Daniel Orton C
*24. Jon Hood SG
30. Mfon Udofia PG
36. Noel Johnson F
40. Christian Watford
59. Richard Howell F
60. Jamil Wilson F
67. Anthony Marshall PG
70. Darius Morris PG
78. Ferrakohn Hall F
83. Shawn Kemp Jr. C
85. Mike Moser F
91. Reginald Buckner F

So, what does this all mean to you? Well, probably not much, but it is a good indicator of what is happening on the summer circuit so far. Most importantly, it gives us an updated list to move through on our recruiting profiles. Please try to contain your excitment.

Article written by Thomas Beisner