Brandon Boston makes huge jump in latest rankings

 Posted by at 12:33 PM on January 27, 2020
Jan 272020


As promised, future Kentucky basketball player Brandon Boston made a major jump in the latest rankings for the class of 2020.

The new rankings, which were posted Monday morning, moved Boston from No. 17 all the way to No. 4 nationally in the 2020 class, behind only Oklahoma State signee Cade Cunningham (the new No. 1), uncommitted guard Jalen Green, and Southern Cal signee Evan Mobley, the previous No. 1.

Boston’s 13-spot jump was the biggest of any player already within’s five-star range. No Kentucky signee has been ranked higher than No. 10 by since the 2016 class, and Boston would be UK’s first top five recruit since 2015. national analyst Eric Bossi told the Herald-Leader earlier this month that Boston had greatly outplayed his previous ranking this season with star-studded Sierra Canyon (Calif.).

Boston — a 6-foot-6 shooting guard — replaced fellow UK signee Terrence Clarke in the No. 4 spot. Clarke — a 6-7 shooting guard — moved down just one spot to No. 5 overall. Kentucky has not had two signees in the top five of the rankings since 2013.

Wildcats point guard signee Devin Askew dropped four spots to No. 26 overall, power forward Isaiah Jackson was right behind him at No. 27 overall — a three-spot drop — and power forward Lance Ware moved up one spot to No. 32 overall, picking up a fifth star with the latest update.

Kentucky’s other signee, 6-6 wing Cam’Ron Fletcher, dropped one spot to No. 42 overall.

UK is still in the mix for five-star forward Greg Brown, who moved down one spot to No. 8 overall, as well as four-star center Cliff Omoruyi, who made a major jump — rising 19 spots — to No. 36 in the rankings. National analyst Corey Evans told the Herald-Leader last week that Omoruyi could represent a perfect fit for UK’s team next season. He’s also considering Arizona State, Auburn, Rutgers and UConn.

Kentucky has also been linked to Philippines center Kai Sotto, who is ranked No. 70 in 2020, and Georgia power forward JT Thor, who moved down two spots to No. 56 on the new list.

Louisville signee JJ Traynor is the only Kentucky high schooler in the Top 100, with a national ranking of No. 89 overall.


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