Six Kentucky basketball signees were included in the latest ESPN100 rankings, with all six being listed in the top-50.
After (inexplicably) ranking five-star guard Terrence Clarke No. 13 overall when he originally reclassified to the class of 2020, they moved the Kentucky signee up to No. 7 overall today and No. 3 at his position.
ESPN listed Clarke as one of the “highest risers” in the senior class, adding that he has the potential to jump into the top five in the coming months.
“Clarke’s scoring prowess and superior athleticism is undeniable,” they wrote. “He’s a bona fide bucket-getter from anywhere on the floor who could be a real mismatch because of his length. The potential is there for him to crack into the top five of the ESPN 100 if he gives an all-out effort on the defensive end.”
Behind Clarke was five-star guard BJ Boston, who came in at No. 12, a three-spot drop from his previous ranking (9). ESPN also lists Boston as the No. 4 small forward in the nation, one spot behind Clarke.
From there, five-star guard signee Devin Askew came in at No. 24 overall, while five-star forward Isaiah Jackson is now listed at No. 27. Askew is rated as the No. 7 point guard in the nation, while Jackson is considered the No. 4 power forward in the class of 2020.
ESPN highlighted Askew as one of the “new names” in their updated rankings.
“The most notable new name is new to the 100 but not to the national stage,” they wrote. “Devin Askew’s planned reclassification to 2020 following his commitment to Kentucky was one of the worst-kept secrets in the summer and when he quietly signed his national letter of intent, it solidified what many on the scene had already come to know.
“Askew is one of six players to have signed with Kentucky’s top-ranked national recruiting class, and while there are others in the group with more long-term upside, John Calipari probably won’t have a more mature and reliable player in his freshman class next season than the one who was supposed to be a high school senior,” ESPN continued. “Askew is skilled, versatile, and loaded with intangibles. He’s physically strong, able to absorb contact, naturally competitive, and about the right things. His ability to play multiple positions and at various speeds will allow him to fit into virtually any type of lineup, and when rotations become more about who helps you win today versus who might be a good player years down the road, Askew is going to get the nod every time.”
Moving a bit further down the list, four-star signees Lance Ware and Cam’Ron Fletcher came in at No. 45 and No. 47 overall, respectively. Ware is considered the No. 10 power forward in the nation, while Fletcher is ranked No. 11 at the small forward position.
In terms of other Kentucky targets in the class of 2020, five-star forward Greg Brown comes in at No. 9 overall, followed by four-star forward J.T. Thor at No. 39 and four-star center Cliff Omoruyi at No. 49.
Here is the entire top 50: