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A Look Back At The Top In-State Recruits Of The Last 20 Years

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 David Johnson 108 Trinity Louisville
2019 KyKy Tandy 112 University Heights Academy Xavier
2020 JJ Traynor 90 Bardstown Louisville
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
2013 Dakari Johnson 9 Sayre Montverde Kentucky 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!

Article written by Troy Howell

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10 Comments for A Look Back At The Top In-State Recruits Of The Last 20 Years



  1. Not Dan Issel
    6:46 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

    Back to the days of Joe Hall, when he failed to recruit Jeff Hall, who promptly went to Louisville and was an outstanding 3 pt. shooter.



  2. SuperTroy18
    6:52 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

    Glad we missed on Behanan. Well…”missed”, that is. I don’t think Cal went after him as hard as he lets on.
    Would’ve been nice to have landed Russell, but with all the talent we had, he was never coming to Lexington. It was a win that he didn’t end up at UL.



    • madarchitect
      12:15 am February 20, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t remember him being an outstanding three point shooter in college as the three-point shot was not part of the game when he played.



    • madarchitect
      12:16 am February 20, 2020 Permalink

      Meaning Jeff Hall and regarding the previous post (oops!)



  3. michaelb
    7:01 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

    Shelvin Mack plays pretty decent ball in the nba , this just a case of a late bloomer or what ?



  4. zoupman
    8:32 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

    So glad Cal passed on Chane. I’ve never known anyone who knows him, say a good thing about him.



  5. Duff86
    9:41 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

    Wasn’t Chris Lofton from KY? He was good at TN.



    • CrystalBall
      10:55 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

      Lofton didn’t know how to pass the ball. Think he only had 2 assists in high school. (rough guess)
      That’s why he wasn’t highly recruited.



    • 2andToodleLoo
      12:26 pm February 20, 2020 Permalink

      Lofton is listed first on the list. And good Lawd how did anyone rank John Hood at 40?!



  6. chardun20
    1:35 am February 20, 2020 Permalink

    I would have liked to have Scotty Hopson and KyKy Tandy play at UK.