Trio of five-star recruits visiting for UK-Kansas game

 Posted by at 1:17 PM on January 26, 2019
Jan 262019


A trio of five-star basketball recruits are expected in Rupp Arena on Saturday night for Kentucky’s game against Kansas, the Herald-Leader was told.

UK will host class of 2019 signee Tyrese Maxey, elite 2020 center Hunter Dickinson, and class of 2021 shooting guard Randy Brady.

Dickinson — a 7-foot-2 center from high school basketball powerhouse DeMatha (Md.) — is the No. 19 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He took official visits to Notre Dame and Purdue in the fall and is also getting recruiting attention from Duke, Michigan and several other top schools.

The 18-year-old prospect has not publicly discussed the possibility of a move to the 2019 class, though his age has led some recruiting observers to float the idea of reclassification. UK is currently recruiting him as a 2020 target.

Brady — a standout shooting guard at Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) — is the No. 19 overall prospect in the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Tennessee, Vanderbilt and several other schools have already extended scholarship offers.

Maxey will play for the Wildcats next season and was named a McDonald’s All-American earlier in the week. Maxey is one of the top guards in the 2019 class.

The Herald-Leader was told that five-star power forward Isaiah Todd will not be at Rupp on Saturday.

Todd — a 6-10 prospect from Baltimore, now playing for a high school in North Carolina — is the No. 13 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. reported earlier in the week that Todd is exploring the possibility of reclassifying to 2019 and was considering a visit to UK this weekend. He’s been on the Cats’ recruiting radar for more than a year.

Todd will turn 18 in October and has scholarship offers from Kansas, North Carolina and several other top schools. If he reclassifies, he would be one of the top uncommitted prospects in the 2019 class.

UK is still searching for frontcourt additions to its 2019 recruiting class after missing out on James Wiseman, Vernon Carey, Oscar Tshiebwe and Isaiah Stewart so far in this cycle. The Cats will lose Reid Travis after this season, and PJ Washington is almost certain to enter the NBA Draft. UK’s other two frontcourt players, Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery, have also been mentioned as possible early entrants to the NBA Draft, though neither is currently projected as a 2019 pick.

UK’s top remaining targets in the 2019 class — Keion Brooks, Anthony Edwards, Matthew Hurt and Jaden McDaniels — all prefer to play on the perimeter. With no more instant impact frontcourt players in that group, the Cats will likely have to look to reclassification options from the 2020 class — or graduate transfers — to fill any post needs for next season.


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