Ever since Rivals started ranking players back in 2002-2003, only twelve Kentucky seniors have finished in the top 150 of the recruiting rankings. Note that I am not including players that played in non-KHSAA schools, such as Aspire Academy.
|Class||Name||Rank||KY High School||College||NBA|
|2004||Chris Lofton||136||Mason County||Tennessee||No|
|2008||Scotty Hopson||5||University Heights Academy||Tennessee||3 games|
|2008||Darius Miller||42||Mason County||Kentucky||Yes|
|2009||Jon Hood||40||Madisonville North-Hopkins||Kentucky||No|
|2011||Chane Behanan||21||Bowling Green||Louisville||No|
|2013||Derek Willis||115||Bullitt East||Kentucky||No|
|2016||Quentin Goodin||75||Taylor County||Xavier||–|
|2019||Dontaie Allen||68||Pendleton County||Kentucky||–|
|2019||KyKy Tandy||112||University Heights Academy||Xavier||–|
|2021||Zion Harmon||52||Marshall County||–||–|
Here are some other notable players with Kentucky high school basketball ties:
|Class||Name||Rank||KY High School||Final High School||College||Pros|
|2004||Rajon Rondo||25||Louisville Eastern||Oak Hill Academy (VA)||Kentucky||08 Title|
|2007||OJ Mayo||4||Rose Hill Christian||Huntington HS (WV)||USC||Yes|
|2007||Bill Walker||7||Rose Hill Christian||North College Hill (OH)||Kansas St||Yes|
|2014||D’Angelo Russell||18||Louisville Central||Montverde (FL)||Ohio St||Yes|
Rondo and Russell are from Louisville. Mayo and Walker are from Huntington, WV, but they played a couple of years at Rose Hill Christian. Johnson played at Lexington Sayre High School as an 8th grader.
One more player worth noting is Shelvin Mack. Mack played in the NBA for 8 seasons but was not rated in the top 150 coming out of high school. He graduated from Bryan Station in 2008 and went on play college basketball at Butler.
Who would you like to have seen play at UK? Who are you glad that they didn’t go to UK? Just imagine Russell on the 2015 team!