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Where the future Cats landed in ESPN’s final 2017 player rankings

Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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Earlier today, ESPN released their final Top 100 for the 2017 class, and, as you might imagine, it’s covered in Kentucky Wildcats. Here’s where Kentucky’s current 2017 class ended up:

11. PJ Washington
16. Nick Richards
18. Jarred Vanderbilt
23. Quade Green
33. Shai Alexander
63. Jemarl Baker

Mohamed Bamba is #3 and Kevin Knox #9. Since Hamidou Diallo is enrolled at Kentucky already, ESPN didn’t include him in the final version of its rankings, but before, he was ranked #11. Four-star shooting guard Mark Smith didn’t make the top 100, but it’s worth noting that he hasn’t been evaluated at all by ESPN. 247 Sports Composite has Smith ranked #81.

Sounds like it’s time for a 2017 class mixtape, don’t you think?


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20 Comments for Where the future Cats landed in ESPN’s final 2017 player rankings

  1. ericspeezy
    2:53 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

    How did Vanderbilt not end up higher? He slayed in two of the All-star games…Also Quade Green is an exciting player. We haven’t had a guard who’s as good of a passer in a while.

    • JoeMoney333
      3:45 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      “We haven’t had a guard who’s as good of a passer in a while.” – Wow, just wow.

    • Mc12
      3:47 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      The year before this past season? I’m a little nervous about his turnovers but hope that is just a result of playing flashier than usual because they were exhibition games.

    • 4everblue
      3:57 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      Dude not sure what team you’ve been watching but you really need to read the team name on the jersey.

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      5:54 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      ericspeezy – If we were playing poker you’d only have 2 cards in your hand. That just isn’t fair, I get it… rest assured I have you covered.

      1. De’Arron Fox was on pace to break the assist record at UK until he was injured midway through the season.
      2. The record Fox was at one point on pace to beat was that of Tyler Ulis… on of the greatest point guards (in the ring of 5) to ever play at UK.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:57 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      So much info…so little time..

    • donjohnson
      9:30 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      Did you just say Luis was one of the 5 best pg’s in UK history?

  2. jaws2
    3:22 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

    If things go the way I think it will, we’ll have 4 freshman starting next year. REEALLLY difficult to win a title, let alone do it with 4 freshman starters. I sure hope we’re the first ever.

    • Blazers98
      4:02 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      2012 ?

    • PAPA
      4:08 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      Lamb was a Soph

    • Mc12
      4:10 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      Lamb wasn’t a freshman that year

  3. cat fan stan
    4:49 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

    We have the best recruiter in the world…and we can’t even land a top 10 player. Hello NIT!

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      5:58 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      cat fan stan – You clearly haven’t watched these recruits.

      Cal got ‘his’ guys. Each complements the other. As long as they stay healthy the might be able to run the table even without upperclassmen (that’s how good they are). And that’s without Knox or Bamba.

      You add Bamba and it gets sick. Add Knox and it’s injury proof sick (as each position will have a calibur backup). Vanderbilt is the MKG of this team… he gets injured Knox would be required.

    • 4everblue
      7:46 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      Stan are you and JoeMoney333 buddies? I only ask because you’re both obviously confusing UK with UofL….they wear red….might help you distinguish.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:58 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

      Stanley is sad…

    8:12 pm April 18, 2017 Permalink

    How did Nick drop 5 spots? All he did was hold his own against the best bigs in the country in the all-star game practices and games won NJ payer of the year and helped his team win the NJ tournament of champions. He looked good to me a 7 footer with Bam Adebayo type leaping ability. The other rankings were pretty spot on Jarred is that low because he can not stay healthy, he has 2 bad feet and ankles, that will surely slow down his progress.

  5. dballrb
    12:15 am April 19, 2017 Permalink

    I must admit…over the past 2 or 3 years,Cals Gotten the top recruiting classes,but not the top players like He got before that,I know that sounds crazy because any school would be happy getting maybe 1 top 10 player,It feels as though We aren’t getting the top,top players but we still get great players,mid teens through top 30,Other schools have made up ground;just as the 30 for 30 film shows.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:36 am April 19, 2017 Permalink

      You’re right. That sounds crazy.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      8:29 am April 19, 2017 Permalink

      I actually know what you mean. We haven’t been in the running for the number one player in the class very often the last few years. The truth is though I would rather have a team of 5 star guys who like each other and play well together than the top 5 guys who all want the ball.

    • D0nc0smic
      12:11 pm April 19, 2017 Permalink

      It’s only been 2 years since KAT and Cal is currently the fovorite for Bamba, who is the number 2 player in this class and could end up being another #1 overall pick.