Chicago big man Jahlil Okafor took over the No. 1 spot in the updated Scout.com player rankings for the class of 2014 on Monday.
Though the order has changed, Scout’s top five players remained the same: Okafor, Tyus Jones, Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Lyles and Cliff Alexander. All five players are considering Kentucky and have scholarship offers from John Calipari.
Here’s a breakdown of UK’s 2014 targets and where they stand in the new rankings:
1. Jahlil Okafor: Center out of Chicago has established himself as the best post player in the class. He’s still considering several schools and has said he will definitely visit Kentucky sometime in the coming months. (Previous rank: 3).
2. Tyus Jones: Minnesota point guard visited UK earlier this season and has expressed interest in playing on the same team as Okafor at the college level. His other finalists include Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State. (Previous rank: 1).
3. Emmanuel Mudiay: Texas point guard is seen by many as a Kentucky lean, though Baylor has also been recruiting him hard. He spoke to the Herald-Leader last month about his trying junior season. (Previous rank: 2).
4. Trey Lyles: Indianapolis power forward visited Kentucky over the weekend for the third time since September. He narrowed his list Sunday night to UK, Louisville, Duke, Florida, Butler and UCLA. Many analysts see UK as the favorite in his recruitment. (Previous rank: 5).
5. Cliff Alexander: Chicago big man has previously said that UK and Michigan State are his top two schools. Alexander is still in the process of trimming his list, and also mentioned Louisville, N.C. State and Arizona in an interview with the Herald-Leader in December. (Previous rank: 4).
8. Karl Towns: UK’s lone commitment from the class of 2014. (Previous rank: 7).
11. D’Angelo Russell: Louisville native playing for Montverde Academy (Fla.) is sharing the backcourt with Florida signee Kasey Hill this season. Russell is still wide open in his recruitment. He has yet to receive a scholarship offer from Kentucky. (Previous rank: 10).
13. Rashad Vaughn: Minnesota shooting guard is one of the best scorers in the class. His recruitment has been tough to read, but UK has offered and the Cats are thought to be near the top of his expansive list. (Previous rank: 14).
17. Stanley Johnson: The California small forward was one of the first players in the class to receive a scholarship offer from Calipari. He recently named his top 10 schools as UK, UNLV, Oregon, San Diego State, N.C. State, Arizona, Louisville, Southern Cal, Syracuse and UCLA. (Previous rank: 26).
20. Leron Black: Memphis forward is back on UK’s radar after decommitting from Baylor. Though the Cats have not offered a scholarship, they seem to be at the top of Black’s list, which includes Ohio State, Florida, Memphis, Louisville, Kansas, Missouri and others. (Previous rank: 19).
25. Jalen Lindsey: Nashville small forward has narrowed his list to 10 schools that have offered, but he’s also keeping the door open for Kentucky and North Carolina — two schools that haven’t. His coach talked to the Herald-Leader earlier this month. (Previous rank: 22).
Others to watch: Dwayne Morgan (SF, 15th), Goodluck Okonoboh (C, 37th), Isaiah Whitehead (SG, 43rd), Zylan Cheatham (PF, 74th), Shane Hall (PF, 97th).