Another updated list of 2014 rankings was released Thursday, and Kentucky recruits continue to get top billing.
Chicago big man Jahlil Okafor retained the No. 1 spot in the Rivals.com Top 150, which included UK recruiting targets in each of the top six spots. Texas point guard Emmanuel Mudiay came in at No. 2, followed by Minnesota point guard Tyus Jones, Indianapolis power forward Trey Lyles, Chicago power forward Cliff Alexander and Minnesota shooting guard Rashad Vaughn. All six players are uncommitted and have scholarship offers from UK.
Vaughn, who was No. 12 in the previous rankings, was the highest climber on the list.
UK’s only commitment from the class of 2014, Karl Towns, debuted in the Rivals.com rankings at No. 11. Towns was previously unranked after reclassifying at the beginning of the season.
Other recruits being targeted by Kentucky include No. 12 Stanley Johnson, No. 15 Theo Pinson, No. 16 Leron Black, No. 19 Isaiah Whitehead, No. 22 D’Angelo Russell, No. 30 Jalen Lindsey, No. 34 Goodluck Okonoboh, No. 64 Lourawls Nairn and No. 68 Zylan Cheatham.
Johnson, who also has a UK scholarship offer, was No. 14 in the previous rankings. Okonoboh, who visited UK over the weekend, jumped up 37 spots from the No. 71 position, and Cheatham was unranked on Rivals’ previous list.
Russell is one of four Kentuckians on the list. He joins Ballard guard Quentin Snider (29th), Johnson Central forward Shane Hall (108th) and Henry Clay forward Jordan Green (143rd).
Snider has already committed to Louisville, which also has a pledge from Seattle forward Shaqquan Aaron, who is ranked No. 31 in the country.
Click here for the full Rivals 150, and you can also read Rivals analyst Eric Bossi’s breakdown of the top 10 players in the class.