How about some positive news on the Men’s Basketball front, eh?
Earlier on Wednesday, 247 Sports updated its recruiting rankings for the class of 2021 and future Kentucky Wildcat commit Daimion Collins received a nine-spot bump, tabbing him as the 10th best prospect in the country. The 6-foot-9 power forward is the third-best player among his position and the highest-rated player out of the state of Texas in the class of 2021.
Fellow 2021 UK commits, including four-star prospects Nolan Hickman and Bryce Hopkins, did not see much movement, if any. Hickman, a 6-foot-2 point guard, stayed at No. 30 while Hopkins, a 6-foot-7 power forward, moved down one spot to No. 40.
According to 247 Sports, Kentucky currently has the third-best recruiting class for 2021, behind only Michigan and Florida State, but John Calipari still has a couple more potential pieces he can add to his future roster. Brandin Podziemski, a recently unheard of prospect out of Wisconsin, saw his stock rise significantly, as he moved up 210 spots all the way to No. 72 in the class while earning a four-star rating in the process. Calipari offered the sharpshooter a scholarship back in the middle of October. The top remaining uncommitted players from the class, such as five-stars Jaden Hardy (up one spot to No. 3) and Hunter Sallis (remained at No. 6), did not see much change.
Also on Wednesday, Sports Illustrated unveiled its SI99, a ranking of the top 99 high school players for the class of 2021, and the media outlet is not as high on Collins as others. SI ranks Collins at No. 20 overall with Hopkins coming at No. 28 and Hickman at No. 47.
If Podziemski can shoot, just bring him to campus now.