UK’s top recruiting targets in the class of 2018
Marvin Bagley

Marvin Bagley

John Calipari appears set to land another No. 1 recruiting class for the 2017 cycle, and he’s already turned some of his attention to the top players in the 2018 class.

Prospects such as Marvin Bagley — the No. 1 overall recruit in 2018 — and Indiana standout Romeo Langford received early scholarship offers from Calipari, who watched those players and several of their classmates over the summer while also recruiting for 2017.

Click on a name below for more information on the players already on UK’s radar for the class of 2018, and check this page throughout the year for regular updates and additions to Calipari’s priority list for the class.

Marvin Bagley

Any discussion of the best basketball prospects in the class of 2018 begins with Bagley, who remained the consensus No. 1 player in this group despite missing almost all of his sophomore season of high school. Bagley — now at Sierra Canyon High in California — was the only 2018 prospect to average a double-double on the Nike circuit this past summer and is off to a great start to his junior season. A highly skilled, highly versatile player at 6-10, he can play inside or away from the basket, excelling at pretty much every aspect of the game. Bagley has already cut his list of schools to UK, Duke, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon.

Position: Power forward
Height: 6-10
Weight: 220
Hometown: Tempe, Ariz.
High school: Sierra Canyon (Calif.)
Travel team: Nike Phamily (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 1
Scout ranking: No. 1
ESPN ranking: No. 1
247 ranking: No. 2
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Moses Brown

UK assistant coach Tony Barbee visited Brown in October, and the Wildcats will keep an eye on him moving forward. The mobile 7-footer is rapidly improving and arguably the top center in the class of 2018. His early scholarship offers include Florida, Kansas and Maryland.

Position: Center
Height: 7-0
Weight: 225
Hometown: Queens, N.Y.
High school: Archbishop Molloy
Travel team: New Heights (Under Armour)
Rivals ranking: No. 6
Scout ranking: No. 6
ESPN ranking: No. 19
247 ranking: No. 20
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Robby Carmody

Carmody isn’t as highly touted as the typical UK recruiting target, but John Calipari took the time to visit his high school while in his old hometown near Pittsburgh late last year. Carmody averaged 19.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game as a sophomore and has scholarship offers from Louisville, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and several others.

Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-4
Weight: 190
Hometown: Mars, Pa.
High school: Mars
Travel team: Ohio Basketball Club (Adidas)
Rivals ranking: No. 92
Scout ranking: No. 75
ESPN ranking: Not ranked
247 ranking: No. 70
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Darius Garland

A little undersized by recent UK point guard standards (expect for Tyler Ulis, of course), Garland is nonetheless one of the top players at that position in the class of 2018 and could end up as a major UK recruiting target down the road. Garland averaged 18.6 points, 4.3 assists and 2.5 steals as a sophomore, leading his team to a second consecutive Tennessee state title. He’s a quick point guard that can shoot from outside, create his own opportunities off the dribble and get the ball to teammates. Duke, Indiana and Louisville are among the schools that have extended scholarship offers, and UK is keeping track of his recruitment. Calipari watched him play against Wildcats signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in January.

Position: Point guard
Height: 6-0
Weight: 160
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
High school: Brentwood Academy
Travel team: Bradley Beal Elite (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 10
Scout ranking: No. 11
ESPN ranking: No. 12
247 ranking: No. 8
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Quentin Grimes

Grimes was one of the first recruits to get a visit from UK assistant coach Kenny Payne when the fall recruiting period began in September, and he followed that meeting up with a recruiting trip to Lexington a few weeks later. Grimes has the ability to play both guard positions and can score in a variety of ways. Kansas, Arizona and Louisville have all extended early scholarship offers.

Position: Guard
Height: 6-4
Weight: 180
Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas
High school: College Park
Travel team: Basketball University (Adidas)
Rivals ranking: No. 24
Scout ranking: No. 24
ESPN ranking: No. 29
247 ranking: No. 26
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Keldon Johnson

Johnson is a gifted scorer who is capable of filling it up from outside and has the size to battle for rebounds at the guard position. He missed much of his sophomore season with a broken ankle but returned from that injury and averaged 16.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game on the Nike circuit this summer. UK has not extended a scholarship offer, but Johnson is very interested in the Wildcats’ program and they could become one of the teams to beat if that offer comes down the road. He visited Rupp Arena for the Wildcats’ victory over Texas A&M in January and was also on UK’s campus in October. Florida, Texas, Georgetown and N.C. State are among his early scholarship offers. His older brother, Kaleb, was a member of the class of 2015 and is now at Georgetown.

Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-5
Weight: 200
Hometown: South Hill, Va.
High school: Huntington Prep (W.Va.)
Travel team: Boo Williams (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 25
Scout ranking: No. 38
ESPN ranking: No. 21
247 ranking: No. 21
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Louis King

247Sports elevated King to top-10 status in the class after his excellent play on the summer circuit last year, and he’s back on the court for his junior season after missing the last half of his sophomore year due to transferring schools. King can play inside or out and has the potential to be a tall wing at the college level. UK assistant coach Joel Justus visited him this fall, and King was in attendance for UK’s game against Hofstra in Brooklyn. Kentucky has not yet offered but remains very interested in King, who does have early offers from Kansas, Louisville, Indiana, Syracuse, Maryland and several other schools.

Position: Small forward
Height: 6-8
Weight: 195
Hometown: Jersey City, N.J.
High school: Hudson Catholic
Travel team: Team Final (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 35
Scout ranking: No. 16
ESPN ranking: No. 30
247 ranking: No. 6
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Romeo Langford

Unless he unexpectedly commits to a school early in the process, Langford might end up as the most-talked-about recruit of the 2018 cycle. MaxPreps.com named him the national sophomore of the year after he averaged 29.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while leading his team to an Indiana state title. John Calipari attended that state championship game, and Langford’s recruitment is already shaping up as a possible four-way battle among UK, Duke, Indiana and Louisville (all four programs have extended scholarship offers, though Kansas and North Carolina have, too). Langford plays his high school ball right across the river from Louisville, and he grew up as a fan of the Cardinals. UK will be all in on the gifted scorer who has already drawn comparisons to Indiana high school legend Damon Bailey. Calipari went out of his way several times to watch him play during the AAU season. Langford visited for Big Blue Madness last fall and also attended the UK-Louisville game at the Yum Center in December.

Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-6
Weight: 195
Hometown: New Albany, Ind.
High school: New Albany
Travel team: Twenty Two Vision (Adidas)
Rivals ranking: No. 3
Scout ranking: No. 3
ESPN ranking: No. 2
247 ranking: No. 3
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Jaedon LeDee

LeDee — a versatile wing player that can score in a variety of ways and has terrific potential as a defender — was one of the first 2018 prospects to claim a UK scholarship offer, but he’s fallen in the rankings since then and there hasn’t been much mention of Kentucky as it relates to his recruitment. The Texas native is in the same Nike program as UK freshman De’Aaron Fox and UK commitment Jarred Vanderbilt. LeDee also earned early scholarship offers from Kansas, Arizona, UCLA, Ohio State and Texas, among many others.

Position: Small forward
Height: 6-8
Weight: 215
Hometown: Houston
High school: Kinkaid
Travel team: Texas Pro (Adidas)
Rivals ranking: No. 64
Scout ranking: No. 71
ESPN ranking: No. 50
247 ranking: No. 85
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Gerald Liddell

Liddell averaged 17.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last season and was one of five players nationally named to the MaxPreps.com all-sophomore first team. The Texas native has great length and could be a tremendous defender as his career progresses. Kansas, Arizona, UCLA and Texas are among his early offers, and UK is likely to monitor his recruitment more closely in the coming months.

Position: Small forward
Height: 6-8
Weight: 170
Hometown: Cibolo, Texas
High school: Steele
Travel team: RM5 (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 15
Scout ranking: No. 25
ESPN ranking: No. 17
247 ranking: No. 14
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Khavon Moore

Moore has established himself as a top-10 recruit in the 2018 class after a stellar showing on the summer AAU/camp circuit, also catching the eye of John Calipari and the UK coaching staff. Moore was the first player to get a visit from UK assistant coach Joel Justus when the fall recruiting period opened in September, a sign of how serious the Wildcats are about his recruitment. UK hasn’t offered yet, but Moore will definitely be one to watch in the coming months. He boasts great size and athleticism for the small forward position, and he has early offers from Maryland, Oklahoma, UConn and much of the Southeastern Conference.

Position: Small forward
Height: 6-8
Weight: 185
Hometown: Macon, Ga.
High school: Westside
Travel team: Atlanta Xpress (Under Armour)
Rivals ranking: No. 11
Scout ranking: No. 53
ESPN ranking: No. 7
247 ranking: No. 7
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Immanuel Quickley

Quickley earned a scholarship offer from the Wildcats in the fall, becoming the first point guard in the class of 2018 to land one from John Calipari. The Baltimore-area standout is a long, talented playmaker who can score from all over the court and create opportunities for teammates on the offensive end. Quickley also has early offers from, among others, Kansas, Arizona, Louisville, UCLA, Villanova and Maryland, the team he grew up rooting for. He won a FIBA gold medal with the Team USA U17 squad during the summer, and John Calipari made the trip to Spain to see that team play. Quickley talked to the Herald-Leader about UK’s program at Team USA Camp in Colorado Springs last summer. He visited UK for Big Blue Madness.

Position: Point guard
Height: 6-3
Weight: 180
Hometown: Bel Air, Md.
High school: John Carroll
Travel team: Team BBC (Adidas)
Rivals ranking: No. 12
Scout ranking: No. 10
ESPN ranking: No. 11
247 ranking: No. 17
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Cameron Reddish

At 6-7, Reddish has the scoring and passing skills of a guard and the length to be a disruptive defender at the next level. Reddish — a high school teammate of UK target Mohamed Bamba — was one of the first players from the class of 2018 to receive a UK scholarship offer and projects as one of the Wildcats’ biggest targets moving forward. He told the Herald-Leader that it was a “dream come true” to receive an offer from UK. Reddish averaged 15.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals alongside 2017 star and former UK target Lonnie Walker during the Nike EYBL regular season last summer. (He was sidelined from Peach Jam with a sports hernia injury). Some of his other scholarship offers include Duke, Kansas, Villanova and UConn. He has cemented himself as a consensus top-five recruit in the class. Reddish also visited UK for Big Blue Madness.

Position: Small forward
Height: 6-7
Weight: 200
Hometown: Norristown, Pa.
High school: Westtown School
Travel team: Team Final (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 5
Scout ranking: No. 4
ESPN ranking: No. 4
247 ranking: No. 4
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Naz Reid

Reid plays for the high school that produced current UK guard Isaiah Briscoe, and UK’s coaches have actually been tracking him going all the way back to their recruitment of Briscoe. Reid is a matchup nightmare for high school teams. He has the size, strength and athleticism to play on the block, as well as the passing ability and ball handling skills to step away from the basket. He also runs the floor well for a big man. Reid is considered one of the best post players in the class of 2018, and he’s still a long way from reaching his full potential. Early offers include Syracuse, Kansas, Louisville, Villanova, UConn and Maryland. St. John’s, Rutgers and Seton Hall are all pushing to keep Reid close to home.

Position: Center
Height: 6-9
Weight: 240
Hometown: Asbury Park, N.J.
High school: Roselle Catholic
Travel team: Sports U (Under Armour)
Rivals ranking: No. 19
Scout ranking: No. 12
ESPN ranking: No. 10
247 ranking: No. 18
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Javonte Smart

Smart averaged 22.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game as a sophomore, leading his team to the Louisiana state title game. He was also a national first-team all-sophomore selection, according to MaxPreps.com. UK started watching Smart last year, and the Cats are one of the main teams that he often lists as schools recruiting him. Smart has the size and competitive nature that John Calipari likes in his point guards, and he could end up as the No. 1 player at the position in the 2018 class. A UK scholarship offer in the coming months would come as no surprise. John Calipari watched him play with Team USA in Spain over the summer. LSU is making him a major priority for 2018.

Position: Point guard
Height: 6-5
Weight: 190
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
High school: Scotlandville Magnet
Travel team: Houston Hoops (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 13
Scout ranking: No. 9
ESPN ranking: No. 13
247 ranking: No. 13
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Silvio de Sousa

The next big thing out of Canada, de Sousa plays his high school ball at perennial powerhouse IMG Academy (alongside No. 1 senior point guard Trevon Duval). De Sousa puts the “power” in power forward with his athletic and aggressive style of play. His game is still fairly raw, and he’ll continue to improve as he learns to harness his ability and gets more time on the court. UK is keeping tabs on the possible top-5 national recruit, but the Cats haven’t extended a scholarship offer yet. Louisville, Florida and Maryland are among the programs that have offered early.

Position: Power forward
Height: 6-8
Weight: 220
Hometown: Burlington, Ont.
High school: IMG Academy (Fla.)
Travel team: Florida Vipers (Under Armour)
Rivals ranking: No. 8
Scout ranking: No. 18
ESPN ranking: No. 6
247 ranking: No. 11
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Zion Williamson

Williamson averaged 36.8 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 blocked shots per game as a junior, picking up a UK scholarship offer not long after the season. Marvin Bagley has had a stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking in the class for a while, but Williamson’s recent play could lead to a battle for that spot (247Sports has already elevated him to the No. 1 position). Duke and North Carolina have also offered, and some recruiting observers believe that Williamson is destined to play his college basketball in the ACC. Still, expect John Calipari to make a major push for what appears to be the most dynamic prospect in the class.

Position: Guard/forward
Height: 6-7
Weight: 220
Hometown: Spartanburg, S.C.
High school: Spartanburg Day
Travel team: South Carolina Supreme (Adidas)
Rivals ranking: No. 2
Scout ranking: No. 2
ESPN ranking: No. 2
247 ranking: No. 1
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