John Calipari may spend his weekend celebrating the No. 1 recruiting class in America. Because if Johnny Juzang picks Kentucky when he makes his announcement on Friday, Kentucky will jump both Duke and Arizona for the top spot in the 247 Composite Team Rankings.
According to 247’s fancy class calculator, Juzang will raise UK’s projected score from 68.59 with four commits to 69.87 with five. It would give the Cats the edge over Duke, which is currently ranked second, and Arizona, currently the top class:
1. Arizona, 69.40
2. Duke, 69.32
3. Kentucky, 68.59
Kentucky with Juzang, 69.87
If those numbers hold, it will be Calipari’s first top-ranked class (according to 247) since the Skal Labissiere-led group in 2015.
You can also get real crazy and throw in Jaden McDaniels, a very likely possibility at this point, and the score jumps to 70.21, just barely shy of where last year’s UK and Duke classes scored (70.29 and 71.06).
(One quick party-pooping note: If Memphis adds RJ Hampton and Boogie Ellis, Penny Hardaway will earn the top spot for the first time in his program’s history with a 70.30.)