There are many things that make Mark Stoops’ 2017 football recruiting class great. The first two words I would use to describe the class are “big” and “versatile.” Filled with elite athletes that play multiple positions in football, they also feature multi-sport stars.
“We want athletic guys, we want versatile guys,” Stoops said on National Signing Day. For basketball players, they develop exceptional footwork and ball skills that translate well to football.
Kentucky’s 2017 class features five basketball stars. I’ve scoured the internet to find as much as I can on each player. There’s not much out there on JaVonte Richardson, but there’s still plenty to share about the other four.
The morning of National Signing Day, Bowden shared with Stoops that he dropped 33 points on Tuesday night. This season Kentucky’s top-rated football commit averages 24.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists a game, and does stuff like this:
– Chase Evans (@crevans12) January 7, 2017
Abule was primarily a basketball player until this year. Transfer rules prohibited him from playing football as a junior, but on the basketball court he averaged 19.5 points and 10.0 rebounds. This season the defensive lineman surpassed 1,000 career points.
A member of his school’s 1,000-point club, the 4-star athlete has been good at basketball for a long time. Here’s a few looks from his freshman season.
There are quite a few basketball highlights here, so I’ll keep it simple and share the video of him nailing five threes back in January.
The best basketball player in the class, Wright had the opportunity to play Division I basketball. Wright believes that’s still on the table when he arrives in Lexington.
He told the Sun-Sentinel when he committed to Kentucky, “I am going to think about playing [basketball]. Coach Cal says he has a spot for me,” he said. “We’ll see after the football season.”
Another 1,000-point performer, these are just two of the many highlight reels showing the future Wildcat outside linebacker do work.