Keeping up with recruiting prowess of Kentucky, John Calipari, and his relentless coaching staff has proved to be a difficult task for the last decade now, but the rest of the SEC is doing it’s best to keep up.
According to 247Sports, five of the top eight recruiting classes for the 2020 class belong to SEC programs.
Five of the top eight basketball recruiting classes in the @247Sports Team Rankings are in the SEC.
No. 1 Kentucky
No. 5 Tennessee
No. 6 LSU
No. 7 Arkansas
No. 8 Auburn
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 12, 2020
The ‘Cats control the top spot thanks to six elite-level recruits, highlighted by top-10 players Terrence Clarke and BJ Boston. Duke, North Carolina, and Michigan round out the top four with Tennessee, LSU, Arkansas, and Auburn completing the top-8.
Earlier on Sunday, Auburn signed four-star forward and one-time Kentucky prospect JT Thor, which allows them to jump in the standings. The Tigers are still in the race for No. 3 overall player in the 2020 class, Jalen Green. Four-star guard Justin Powell out of North Oldham in Louisville is also one of Bruce Pearl’s commits.
Auburn now has the #8 Ranked Recruiting Class!
5?? Sharife Cooper (Top-20)
4?? JT Thor (Top-50)
4?? Chris Moore (Top-100)
4?? Justin Powell (Top-100) pic.twitter.com/jdKODlFAE1
— Tipton Edits (@TiptonEdits) April 12, 2020
Alabama (16), Georgia (26), and Florida (28) rank among the classes top-30 teams while the Louisville Cardinals are ranked No. 25. There are still a few more options out there (for both UK and other SEC schools) that can help complete the 2020 class so this list has a chance to continue changing. But with the addition of Davion Mintz as a graduate transfer, it’ll be difficult for any team to overtake the ‘Cats and their loaded crew.