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Three Future Wildcats make Final ESPN Top 100 Rankings

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As the 2019 basketball recruiting seasons nears its conclusion, ESPN has released its final rankings of the class. To no surprise, a few Wildcats made the cut.

According to ESPN, UK is one of six schools with multiple top 25 players. Duke leads the way with three, while Arizona, USC, Memphis, Villanova and the Cats each have two top 25 prospects. North Carolina and Washington could join that group if Cole Anthony and Jaden McDaniels get on board. Where the future Wildcats fall:

11. Kahlil Whitney (5-star)
12. Tyrese Maxey (5-star)
33. Keion Brooks (4-star)

Dontaie Allen just missed the Top 100. ESPN ranked Nate Sestina is the No. 3 transfer on the market this offseason. The other two recruiting services think much more highly of Kentucky’s incoming recruits. Where each Wildcat falls in the Rivals150:

8. Kahlil Whitney
9. Tyrese Maxey
27. Keion Brooks
55. Dontaie Allen

And while we’re at it, let’s check out the Wildcats’ current rankings by 247 Sports.

7. Kahlil Whitney
9. Tyrese Maxey
23. Keion Brooks
108. Dontaie Allen


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for Three Future Wildcats make Final ESPN Top 100 Rankings

  1. BigJohnC
    10:18 am April 22, 2019 Permalink

    Looks good to me. Hopefully one or two more players to join?

  2. Sentient Third Eye
    10:31 am April 22, 2019 Permalink

    Anyone else notice how ESPN consistently under-ranks UK recruits compared to other services? This happens almost every year now.

    • TonyMontana
      12:01 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

      For what its worth, in the past 3 classes these players were rated higher on ESPN than 247: Bam Adebayo, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel, Kevin Knox, PJ Washington, Nick Richards, Quade Green, Jemarl Baker, Keldon Johnson. I could list Duke players that were under-ranked on ESPN compared to other services. It’s just some random “experts” trying to prove they’re smarter than each other.

  3. mothandras
    10:35 am April 22, 2019 Permalink

    I know we are spoiled with the top #1 or #2 recruiting classes every year. Most teams would kill to get just 1 of the recruits we get, but this seems underwhelming. Especially with all the departures so far, and the fact that Brad Calipari and Nick Richards may also leave. Missing on Wiseman and the de-commitment from Jeffries is still stinging. Like BigJohnC said hopefully we can still get Blackshear and a 2020 guy to reclassify for us i.e. RJ Hampton.

    • IrishCat
      10:47 am April 22, 2019 Permalink

      No reason to hate in Brad, but he’s a D2 talent who might have gotten a sniff (but probably not) at a tiny D1 school b/c he should theoretically be very coachable. It’s great to have him around, but he was never going to be any sort of contributor at UK. It’s just not going to happen.

  4. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    10:38 am April 22, 2019 Permalink

    Keion Brooks should be top 15 these people aren’t missing on him.

  5. Duey Lampier
    10:44 am April 22, 2019 Permalink

    Can either of the three shoot the ball?

  6. Duey Lampier
    10:47 am April 22, 2019 Permalink

    Hopefully they can dunk and have incredible wing spans!

  7. BobbyBlue
    11:08 am April 22, 2019 Permalink

    Not sure if I hate ESPN or spell check the worst !

  8. CahillsCrossingNT
    11:16 am April 22, 2019 Permalink

    Why bother with espn? That’s the same outfit that had Avery Bradley first and John Wall, part of the same class, FIFTH.

    • IrishCat
      11:21 am April 22, 2019 Permalink

      They also had Josh Selby ranked ahead of Brandon Knight, I believe.

    12:16 pm April 22, 2019 Permalink

    This isn’t news, considering Cal doesn’t bother recruiting outside of the top-100….or really the top-75…. , no matter who’s ranking them.