Scout.com released its final prospect rankings for the recruiting class of 2017 on Wednesday, and there was little movement among future UK players on the list.
Among the five-star recruits in UK’s 2017 class, Jarred Vanderbilt made the biggest move — going from No. 14 in the previous update to No. 11 in the final rankings. The 6-foot-9 forward from Texas had a great showing on the postseason all-star circuit — before being injured in the final minute of last week’s Jordan Brand Classic — and officially signed with the Wildcats on Monday.
UK’s future point guard, Quade Green, moved up two spots from No. 24 to No. 22 overall, finishing one spot ahead of former UK point guard target Trae Young, who has signed with Oklahoma.
Hamidou Diallo, who enrolled at UK in January but did not play for the Wildcats this past season, remains as the No. 10 overall player in the 2017 class. PJ Washington dropped one spot to No. 14 overall. Nick Richards stayed in the No. 16 spot. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander moved up six spots to No. 39 overall, one spot ahead of former UK point guard target Tremont Waters.
UK’s newest 2017 commitment — California guard Jemarl Baker — moved up two spots to No. 85 overall.
The Wildcats are also still recruiting Mohamed Bamba, who stayed at No. 2 in the Scout.com rankings, Kevin Knox, who dropped two spots to No. 9 overall, and Illinois Mr. Basketball Mark Smith, who made a big move from unranked to No. 76 overall.
Missouri signee Michael Porter Jr. jumped from No. 3 to the new No. 1 overall player in the class. The previous No. 1 player, Arizona signee DeAndre Ayton, fell to No. 3.