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Four of Kentucky’s top five basketball players will stay in-state

The state of Kentucky may be known for its flagship basketball program, but it’s not necessarily known for producing in-state talent. This year, however, the Bluegrass produced a strong class, and four of top players are continuing their basketball careers in the Commonwealth.

These four young men are all heading to different programs come next fall, but all of them will have the hometown advantage when they get to their respective college campus. The fifth – KyKy Tandy – is the second-best Kentuckian in the class, and he’ll be staying close to home, as well.

Here’s a look at Kentucky’s top-five players. All rankings are according to 24/7 Sports final national rankings for the 2019 class.

David Johnson – Louisville, No. 64

The Trinity star is staying home to play for Chris Mack and the University of Louisville. He’s a four-star prospect and is considered Kentucky’s best player in the class.

KyKy Tandy – Xavier, No. 76

After some speculation Tandy could become a Wildcat, the Hopkinsville native wound up signing with Xavier University, just over the river in Cincinnati, Ohio. He’s listed as a four-star combo guard.

Dontaie Allen – UK, No. 91

After winning Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball award, Pendleton County’s own Dontaie Allen will join the Wildcats next season. He’s a 4-star small forward.

Michael Moreno – Eastern, No. 274

The Georgetown native is listed as a 3-star recruit and the No. 46 power forward in the nation. After graduating from Scott County High School, he’ll join the Eastern Kentucky Colonels next season. Moreno was the final player from this list to sign on the dotted line – he just committed to EKU Thursday.

Isaiah Cozart – Western, No. 347

Cozart is a 3-star small forward from Richmond, Kentucky. Cozart will graduate from Madison Central before joining the Hilltoppers next fall. He’ll play alongside fellow Kentuckian (and Dunbar High School graduate) Taveion Hollingsworth.


Article written by Maggie Davis

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