While the Kentucky basketball staff looks to add another instant-impact player in the frontcourt, two Rivals analysts want to remind you that one is already signed in the class of 2020.
Isaiah Jackson, the No. 27 overall prospect and No. 3 power forward in the Rivals recruiting rankings, committed to Kentucky back in November over offers from Alabama, Michigan State, Syracuse, Florida State, and Louisville, among others.
Despite the impressive ranking and status as a top-three prospect in the nation at his position, both Eric Bossi and Dan McDonald – two widely-respected national recruiting analysts at Rivals – believe they have Jackson rated far too low.
For Bossi, the praise for the 6-foot-9 forward out of Waterford Township, MI was simple. When the group of analysts put their heads together in the near future to update the sites’s recruiting rankings, he will be vouching for Jackson to make a jump.
“A few of the players that I feel we currently have too low that I’ll be advocating in the rankings process include Kentucky-bound big man Isaiah Jackson,” Bossi said.
As for McDonald, his praise of the future Kentucky forward was rather significant. Not only did he say Jackson was the most underrated post player in the senior class, the national recruiting expert also believes Jackson could become the best frontcourt prospect in the nation when the dust settles.
“Isaiah Jackson is the most underrated post player in the class,” McDonald said. “I honestly wouldn’t be too surprised if he ends up being the best post player in the class when all is said and done. I love how active he is to go along with his athleticism and skill level.”
Don’t believe them? Ask Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who called Jackson one of the best defenders in high school basketball with potential to become an “exceptional two-way player” in Lexington.
“Isaiah is without a doubt one of the best defenders in this class,” Calipari said when Jackson signed with Kentucky during the early signing period. “You’re talking about an elite shot blocker who can guard one through five. Isaiah is acquiring the offensive skills needed to be an exceptional two-way player and I really like his ability to attack the rim in a lot of different ways. Isaiah is a high-character kid and a winner.”
See for yourself with the future Wildcat’s official senior-year highlights: