UK commitments near top of new basketball rankings

 Posted by at 3:06 PM on May 17, 2018
May 172018


Top UK basketball target James Wiseman remains the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the newly released player rankings from 247Sports.

The recruiting website posted its updated rankings Thursday, keeping Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis — in the top spot. Wiseman is expected to choose either Kentucky or Memphis.

Point guard Cole Anthony moved from No. 7 to No. 2 in the new rankings. Anthony — a 6-2 prospect from New York and the son of former NBA player Greg Anthony — has been quiet about his recruitment, though UK has been monitoring him for months.

UK has three commitments on the new list: Ashton Hagans at No. 7, Tyrese Maxey at No. 14 and DJ Jeffries at No. 41, though Hagans is widely expected to reclassify to 2018 sometime this summer.

Other major UK targets in the new rankings include Vernon Carey (No. 3), Matthew Hurt (No. 6), Keion Brooks (No. 9), Bryan Antoine (No. 11), Scottie Lewis (No. 13) and Jalen Lecque (No. 15).

The list also includes five Kentuckians, led by Trinity guard and former Louisville commitment David Johnson at No. 54 overall. Behind him are University Heights guard KyKy Tandy (No. 137), Pendleton County wing Dontaie Allen (No. 154), Scott County forward Michael Moreno (No. 243) and Lexington Christian forward Kyle Rode (No. 246).

UK has expressed interest in Allen and Tandy, though the Cats have not signed an in-state player since Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis in the class of 2013.


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