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Kentucky finishes No. 2 in final RSCI recruiting rankings

For the first time in 12 years, the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation will not be owned by either the Kentucky Wildcats or the Duke Blue Devils.

The Recruiting Services Consensus Index, a composite scoring system of all recruiting rankings combined, released their final rankings this week, and Penny Hardaway’s Memphis Tigers came out on top.

Memphis’ class, highlighted by No. 1 James Wiseman, No. 14 Precious Achiuwa, No. 36 Boogie Ellis, No. 45 D.J. Jeffries, and No. 60 Lester Quinones, closed out at No. 1 overall with a total score of 349 points.

Right behind them at No. 2? Your very own Kentucky Wildcats with a score of 334 points.

Here is how they ranked the Kentucky signees:

  • No. 10  Tyrese Maxey
  • No. 11  Kahlil Whitney
  • No. 24 Keion Brooks Jr.
  • No. 34  Johnny Juzang
  • No. 92  Dontaie Allen

“Coach Cal proves his recruiting prowess bringing in the #2 class overall for the second year in a row,” RSCI said in their description of the Wildcats. “This group would be even higher if Allen hadn’t blown out a knee early in the season, which resulted in a hit to his rankings due to being “out of sight, out of mind.”‘

Duke came in right behind Kentucky with a score of 329 points, followed by Arizona (291 points) and Villanova (254 points) to round out the top five.

Here is how they ranked the entire top 25:

What do you guys think of the final rankings? Fair?



Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

13 Comments for Kentucky finishes No. 2 in final RSCI recruiting rankings

  1. BlueByYou
    1:05 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    Fair as it can be if you get excited about this type thing…but in reality it is about need. If you have a somewhat empty roster like Memphis, it’s a big deal, but someone may have only signed 2 really good guys and had a good returning nucleus. If those two guys fit their needs, then in my mind, they may have a better class. All subjective and based on a lot of opinions and potential.

  2. Duuuuuude
    1:17 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    Duke had the #1 class with 3 dudes that played the same position. You see how well that worked out. BlueByYou would be correct. ^^^

  3. Smyrna_Cat
    1:17 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    Wait till we sign McDaniels. Then we will be number 1.

    • Luether
      3:00 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

      Get with the program. McDaniels has already signed…

    • runningunnin.454
      3:04 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

      Luether, I would give 100 to 1 that he’s joking, playing off KSR’s obsession the last couple of weeks.
      Ya think?

  4. runningunnin.454
    2:20 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    So, all the teams are set, and no further additions to any rosters?

    • UKNUTZ
      3:42 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

      No there’s gonna be lots of movement after the draft deadline. There’s possibly/probably going to be a couple kids reclassified also. But for 95% of teams their rosters are pretty much set

  5. VirginiaCat
    2:33 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    I believe that the college basketball world has learned that top recruiting classes do not necessarily equate to national championships. Cal has recruited more top talent than any other coach the past two decades, but it has translated into only one championship in 23 years. It’s more about having the right blend of experience and the right players in the right roles. More about building a team that getting a bunch of 5-star players and hoping it comes together at the end.

  6. RealCatsFan
    3:10 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    The fact that Washington has signed two top-ten recruits after doing absolutely nothing in the history of the NCAA should make you go HMMM.

    • mashburnfan1
      6:26 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

      you don’t follow much I guess. UW had #1 pick a couple years ago and another guy that was sort of unknown go high in draft after FR year. They also had #1 player in Country commit in Porter until they fired the coach and he went to Mizzou. For some reason they have gotten good players the last several years.

  7. just a guy
    4:43 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    I think we have an incredible class, but other than minion (sp?) cal went after the top 9 players HARD with each one at some point reported as UK being the favorite, only to miss on them all. This class ( for that reason only) worries me. Seems like Cal took last years RJ/Zion/Reddish class personally and set out to prove a point, only to miss on virtually every top 5-7 target he went after. Again, this class is great, and think if used right can be special, but lets not pretend Cal didnt really covet Wiseman, Carrey, Lewis, anthony, and edwards.

    • UKCatAttack
      6:44 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

      Cal is recruiting using a strategy of I’ll make your rich in one year the others are recruiting with a pitch we’ll make you rich now. This is why we have missed out on top 10 talent. We will be ok.

  8. Look Out Fireworks
    11:25 pm May 24, 2019 Permalink

    If only we hung banners for runners up recruiting!!

    If only recruiting ranking actually meant anything!!