Kentucky’s current basketball recruiting commitments and top targets

Class of 2020
Player Status Hometown Pos Ht Rivals ESPN 247 Crystal Ball
Devin Askew UK signee Santa Ana, Calif. PG 6-3 32 26 36 N/A
Brandon “BJ” Boston UK signee Atlanta SG 6-6 4 7 5 N/A
Terrence Clarke UK signee Boston SG 6-7 7 10 9 N/A
Cam’Ron Fletcher UK signee St. Louis SF 6-6 47 61 79 N/A
Isaiah Jackson UK signee Detroit PF 6-9 27 34 33 N/A
Lance Ware UK signee Camden, N.J. PF 6-9 35 46 42 N/A

Class of 2021
Player Status Hometown Pos Ht Rivals ESPN 247 Crystal Ball
Patrick Baldwin Jr. UK offer Sussex, Wis. SF 6-9 2 2 3 Picks
Paolo Banchero UK offer Seattle PF 6-9 3 3 4 Picks
Kennedy Chandler UK offer Eads, Tenn. PG 6-1 10 11 20 Picks
Jaden Hardy UK offer Detroit SG 6-4 6 4 7 Picks
Moussa Diabate UK target France PF 6-9 27 7 8 Picks
Trey Kaufman UK target Sellersburg, Ind. PF 6-8 83 72 40 Picks
Efton Reid UK target Richmond, Va. C 7-0 24 17 25 Picks
Peyton Watson UK target Long Beach, Calif. SF 6-7 16 24 9 Picks

Class of 2022
Player Status Hometown Pos Ht Rivals ESPN 247 Crystal Ball
Brandon Huntley-Hatfield UK offer Clarksville, Tenn. PF 6-9 6 8 5 Picks
Amari Bailey UK target Chatsworth, Calif. SG 6-4 7 4 8 Picks
Enoch Boakye UK target Mississauga, Ont. C 6-10 21 Picks
Jaden Bradley UK target Charlotte PG 6-2 8 7 12 Picks
Skyy Clark UK target Los Angeles G 6-2 17 20 22 Picks
Zion Cruz UK target Jersey City, N.J. SG 6-3 24 17 24 Picks
Jalen Duren UK target Philadelphia F/C 6-9 2 2 2 Picks
Scoot Henderson UK target Marietta, Ga. PG 6-2 20 27 11 Picks
Dillon Hunter UK target Atlanta SG 6-3 33 19 41 Picks
James Jewell UK target Louisville F 6-6 NR NR NR Picks
Kamari Lands UK target Indianapolis SF 6-5 57 23 27 Picks
Chris Livingston UK target Hudson, Ohio SG 6-5 3 5 3 Picks
Paul McMillan UK target Cincinnati PG 6-1 60 NR 42 Picks
Brandon Miller UK target Antioch, Tenn. SF 6-6 14 6 13 Picks
Sadraque Nganga UK target Angola F 6-10 15 16 14 Picks
Bruce Thornton UK target Alpharetta, Ga. PG 6-0 19 NR 38 Picks
Chance Westry UK target Harrisburg, Pa. SG 6-4 27 40 25 Picks
Dariq Whitehead UK target Newark, N.J. SG 6-5 12 9 20 Picks

Moussa Diabate

There was ongoing speculation during the 2019-20 season that Diabate — a native of France — might ultimately reclassify to 2020 and move on to college basketball, but he ended up sticking in the 2021 class. Kentucky has not yet extended a scholarship offer, but the Cats have showed a continued interest in his recruitment. Memphis had long been seen as a possible favorite, but several teams appear to have a legitimate shot. “He’s a gifted athlete,” Rivals.com’s Corey Evans told the Herald-Leader. “He has long arms. He can guard all over the place. You have to love his placement in today’s game, with versatility in mind. His progressions have been tremendous.”

Class: 2021
Position: Power forward
Height: 6-9
Weight: 215
Home country: France
High school: IMG Academy (Fla.)
Travel team: Nightrydas Elite (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 27
ESPN ranking: No. 7
247 ranking: No. 18
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Trey Kaufman

Kaufman received an early recruiting visit from UK assistant Joel Justus and continued his stellar play as a high school junior. The versatile forward averaged 25.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 blocks per game and earned Gatorade player of the year honors for Indiana. “He has guard skills, and he’s probably our team’s best shooter and best passer, along with his size,” his high school coach, Brandon Hoffman, told the Herald-Leader. “His skill set — any college coach coach that comes into the gym to watch him — that’s the first thing that they see. He has the overall skills to do anything on the court.” Amid the current recruiting shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, Indiana is looking like the favorite for Kaufman, who has visited Bloomington several times in the past.

Class: 2021
Position: Power forward
Height: 6-8
Weight: 210
Hometown: Sellersburg, Ind.
High school: Silver Creek
Travel team: Indiana Elite (Adidas)
Rivals ranking: No. 83
ESPN ranking: No. 72
247 ranking: No. 40
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Efton Reid

Though he has not yet shut the door on a possible reclassification to 2020, Reid emerged several months ago as a Kentucky target for the 2021 class, and he’s seen as one of the best true post players in that group. The 7-footer is more of an old-school big with considerable skill around the basket and a willingness to play in the paint. “His footwork in the post — there have been a couple of (college) coaches that have compared him to Tim Duncan,” his high school coach told the Herald-Leader. “He plays and even kind of looks a little bit like him. … He has hook shots going over either shoulder with either hand. I’ve had coaches come in to watch him work out and say, ‘Is he right-handed or left-handed?’ He’s actually right-handed, but it’s hard to tell. Especially inside.” Reid averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots per game as a junior at Steward School this past season, shooting 74.6 percent from the field and even making 12 three-pointers (in 40 attempts). He took official visits to Louisville, Ohio State and home-state Virginia before COVID-19 shut down recruiting.

Class: 2021
Position: Center
Height: 7-0
Weight: 230
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
High school: Steward School
Travel team: Team Loaded (Adidas)
Rivals ranking: No. 24
ESPN ranking: No. 17
247 ranking: No. 25
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Peyton Watson

Kentucky reached out to Watson late in his junior season, and he fits the profile of the type of wings that John Calipari likes: long, athletic with high upside as a perimeter defender. He continues to improve — especially as an offensive player — and he looks like a prospect that could easily contend for a spot in the top 10 of the 2021 rankings by the end of his recruiting cycle. Arizona and Washington hosted Watson for official visits before his junior season, but his recruitment is likely to go national as he gets closer to a decision date.

Class: 2021
Position: Small forward
Height: 6-7
Weight: 180
Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.
High school: Long Beach Poly
Travel team: Oakland Soldiers (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 16
ESPN ranking: No. 24
247 ranking: No. 9
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Amari Bailey

One of the top overall prospects in the 2022 class — and one of the nation’s best finishers at the rim — Bailey is already familiar with Kentucky basketball despite playing on the West Coast. He was high school teammates this past season with Brandon Boston, the highest-ranked signee for UK’s class of 2020, and the Wildcats’ coaching staff has seen the California standout play plenty early in his career. Bailey, originally from Chicago, actually committed to UCLA as a high school freshman, but he backed off that pledge a few months later — after head coach Steve Alford was fired and replaced with Mick Cronin — and he’s likely to be one of the most heavily recruited players in the 2022 class. His father, Aaron Bailey, played football for Louisville and later spent several seasons in the NFL.

Class: 2022
Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-4
Weight: 170
Hometown: Chatsworth, Calif.
High school: Sierra Canyon
Travel team: Mac Irvin (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 7
ESPN ranking: No. 4
247 ranking: No. 8
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Enoch Boakye

Kentucky has had ample success recruiting and developing players from Canada, and Boakye could be the next in that line. The 6-10 center has actually already visited UK — coming to Lexington for one of the Wildcats’ final home games of the 2019-20 season — and it’s become clear that he will be one of the most highly coveted post prospects in the 2022 class, with early interest from Duke, Michigan State, UCLA and many others. There’s still the possibility, however, that Boakye, who turned 17 years old in March, will end up reclassifying to 2021. UK does not have an abundance of major frontcourt targets in that class, so a move to ’21 would likely only make Boakye an even bigger priority for the Cats. He averaged 8.8 points and 10.8 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game for Team Canada at the FIBA U16 Americas tournament in 2019, tallying a double-double in the gold-medal game against a United States team that featured many of 2022’s top recruits.

Class: 2022
Position: Center
Height: 6-10
Weight: 240
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.
High school: George Harris Prep
Travel team: Canada Elite (Under Armour)
Rivals ranking: Not ranked
ESPN ranking: Not ranked
247 ranking: No. 21
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Jaden Bradley

Arguably the top point guard in the 2022 class, Bradley was one of the very first players in that group to end up on Kentucky’s radar. MaxPreps.com named him a first-team sophomore All-American after averaging 23 points, seven assists and seven rebounds per game while leading his North Carolina school to its first state title in 14 years. He was a UK target even before that standout season, and he has since moved to prep powerhouse IMG Academy, where he will close out his high school career. His former high school coach, Che Roth, said Bradley greatly developed as a team leader and projects as an “elite defender” moving forward. The Rochester, N.Y., native is one of the best all-around playmakers in the country, and he will remain one of Kentucky’s top overall targets.

Class: 2022
Position: Point guard
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High school: IMG Academy (Fla.)
Travel team: CP3 (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 8
ESPN ranking: No. 7
247 ranking: No. 12
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Skyy Clark

Another talented guard who was squarely on Kentucky’s recruiting radar even before his sophomore season of high school, Clark didn’t disappoint this past winter, averaging 25.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.5 steals per game. He visited Kentucky for the Cats’ late-season home game against Auburn and has had numerous meetings with UK’s coaching staff dating back to last year. A smooth playmaker in the backcourt, Clark has the ability to play both guard spots and has told the Herald-Leader that he would enjoy playing next to another talented point guard at the college level. Though he grew up in California, Clark recently moved to the Nashville area — putting he and his family much closer to Lexington — and UK is widely seen as the early favorite in his recruitment.

Class: 2022
Position: Guard
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
Hometown: Northridge, Calif.
High school: Brentwood Academy (Tenn.)
Travel team: Oakland Soldiers (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 17
ESPN ranking: No. 20
247 ranking: No. 22
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Zion Cruz

Kentucky showed interest in Cruz even before the June 15 date that allowed college coaches to reach out to 2022 prospects directly, and the Wildcats are still clearly interested in the New Jersey guard’s recruitment. The standout shooting guard is headed to a place familiar to UK for this coming season — Oak Hill Academy, the national powerhouse that has produced several Wildcats, including most recent star Keldon Johnson. It’s likely the move will only intensify interest in the talented, athletic guard, and — if Kentucky decides to make Cruz a major target — the Wildcats could be in an enviable spot in his recruitment.

Class: 2022
Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-3
Weight: 170
Hometown: Jersey City, N.J.
High school: Oak Hill Academy (Va.)
Travel team: PSA Cardinals (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 24
ESPN ranking: No. 17
247 ranking: No. 24
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Jalen Duren

If it were not for all the spotlight placed on No. 1 recruit Emoni Bates, it would be Duren getting the hype as the best prospect in this 2022 class. The Philadelphia native is arguably the best rebounder in high school basketball, and he already looks the part of an NBA player (even though he doesn’t turn 17 years old until November). At 6-10 with a strong and lengthy frame, Duren would be an impact post player wherever he plays college ball (though there is talk in recruiting circles that he could be more likely to opt for a professional career out of high school). Rivals.com ranked him one spot ahead of major UK target Paolo Banchero — from the class of 2021 — in its master ranking of high school recruits earlier this year. He averaged 18.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game as a sophomore. Duren will play his first season for Montverde Academy this winter.

Class: 2022
Position: F/C
Height: 6-10
Weight: 230
Hometown: Philadelphia
High school: Montverde Academy (Fla.)
Travel team: Team Final (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 2
ESPN ranking: No. 2
247 ranking: No. 2
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Scoot Henderson

Considered one of the best point guards in the 2022 class, Henderson emerged as a major name in his age group early in his high school career, and Kentucky paid him a visit early on in his sophomore year. He’s a quick playmaker with the ball in his hands and keeps defenders on their toes with that quickness and an attention to pace. He also has a lot of potential on the defensive end. Henderson averaged 24 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals per game this past season, earning Georgia player of the year honors as a sophomore.

Class: 2022
Position: Point guard
Height: 6-2
Weight: 170
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
High school: Kell
Travel team: Game Elite (Adidas)
Rivals ranking: No. 20
ESPN ranking: No. 27
247 ranking: No. 11
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Dillon Hunter

One of the first players that UK coaches reached out to when the June contact period began for 2022 recruits was Hunter, who was coming off a stellar sophomore season in Georgia and seemed primed for a breakout season on the Nike EYBL circuit. Kenny Payne has been the lead recruiter for Hunter, who visited UK during his sophomore year. For his junior season, Hunter is planning to move to Michigan and play for the new prep school set up by the father of No. 1-ranked recruit Emoni Bates — a transfer that should bring him even more national exposure.

Class: 2022
Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-4
Weight: 190
Hometown: Atlanta
High school: Ypsi Prep (Mich.)
Travel team: Georgia Stars (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 33
ESPN ranking: No. 19
247 ranking: No. 41
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James Jewell

One of the most intriguing young prospects in the state, Jewell averaged 13.3 points and 6.9 rebounds to lead Eastern High in both categories as a sophomore, helping the team advance to the region semifinals before being ousted by top-ranked Male. Jewell visited UK for Big Blue Madness 2019, and the coaching staff has stayed in contact with him since. If he can develop wing skills and gain some strength, he has the athleticism and other tools to generate some high-level interest.

Class: 2022
Position: Forward
Height: 6-6
Weight: 165
Hometown: Louisville
High school: Eastern
Travel team: Manimal Elite (Adidas)
Rivals ranking: Not ranked
ESPN ranking: Not ranked
247 ranking: Not ranked
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Kamari Lands

Lands plays for the same high school and Nike league team as returning UK sophomore Keion Brooks, and he got an early call from Kentucky’s coaches when the June contact period began. The Indianapolis native can handle the ball and make plays from the perimeter, and he has good athleticism for the wing position. As a sophomore on one of the best teams in the country, Lands averaged 12.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, and he could be a breakout candidate this winter.

Class: 2022
Position: Small forward
Height: 6-5
Weight: 195
Hometown: Indianapolis
High school: La Lumiere
Travel team: Indy Heat (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 57
ESPN ranking: No. 23
247 ranking: No. 27
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Chris Livingston

Livingston was born and raised in Akron and attends high school in that area, but he actually grew up in Kentucky and still has family living in the state. That could be good news for the Wildcats as they pursue a player who has emerged as one of the best scorers in the country, regardless of class. Livingston was named a first-team sophomore All-American by MaxPreps.com after averaging 32.5 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.9 steals and 1.4 blocks per game, scoring at least 40 points six times in the season. Before that, he was the MVP of the star-studded USA Basketball team that won a gold medal at the 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Brazil. Livingston is, without a doubt, one of the very best players in this 2022 class.

Class: 2022
Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-5
Weight: 170
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
High school: Western Reserve
Travel team: We All Can Go (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 3
ESPN ranking: No. 5
247 ranking: No. 3
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Paul McMillan

A standout guard from just up the road in Cincinnati, McMillan has taken advantage of his close proximity to UK’s campus by already visiting Lexington multiple times in the early going of his recruitment. The highly touted point guard averaged 31.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game as a sophomore, and he’s one of many talented playmakers in a class that appears to be loaded at the position. Hometown powers Cincinnati and Xavier offered early, and Louisville also extended a scholarship offer shortly after his sophomore campaign. McMillan will certainly be a player UK keeps an eye on moving forward.

Class: 2022
Position: Point guard
Height: 6-1
Weight: 170
Hometown: Cincinnati
High school: Woodward
Travel team: Manimal Elite (Adidas)
Rivals ranking: No. 60
ESPN ranking: Not ranked
247 ranking: No. 42
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Brandon Miller

A Nashville standout, Miller visited Kentucky for Big Blue Madness weekend in 2019 and has established himself as one of the Wildcats’ top early targets in the 2022 class. He averaged 20.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.6 steals per game as a sophomore and has been one of the 2022 prospects generating the most interest from Kentucky thus far in the recruiting cycle. A growth spurt over the past few months has Miller nearing 6-10, and he already has the length and explosive athleticism to be an immediate difference-maker at the next level.

Class: 2022
Position: Small forward
Height: 6-9
Weight: 195
Hometown: Antioch, Tenn.
High school: Cane Ridge
Travel team: Bradley Beal Elite (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 14
ESPN ranking: No. 16
247 ranking: No. 13
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Sadraque Nganga

Nganga — originally from Angola — caused a mini recruiting stir earlier this year when he declared himself a “big fan” of Kentucky and told 247Sports: “If Kentucky offered me, I’m going.” That’s a pretty straightforward statement, and UK has wasted no time getting serious about his recruitment. The Wildcats were pursuing Nganga — a skilled post player with a good-looking shot and the ability to protect the rim and rebound — even before he made those comments. Arizona, where he plays his high school ball, and Maryland are among the other programs heavily involved. Nganga has only been playing basketball since 2016, so there’s still plenty of untapped potential for a player already knocking on top-10 status.

Class: 2022
Position: Forward
Height: 6-10
Weight: 205
Home country: Angola
High school: Compass Prep (Ariz.)
Travel team: Strive For Greatness (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 15
ESPN ranking: No. 16
247 ranking: No. 14
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Bruce Thornton

Another talented point guard that Kentucky made early contact with, Thornton proved himself further by having a stellar high school season, averaging 23 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game and earning MaxPreps.com first-team sophomore All-American honors. The Georgia native got a visit from UK assistant Joel Justus last fall and made the trip to UK’s campus for a recruiting visit a couple months later. He’s earned a steady rise in the 2022 rankings, and he had a busy June, landing new scholarship offers from Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State, Maryland, Purdue, Auburn and others despite coaches not being permitted to be on the road recruiting.

Class: 2022
Position: Point guard
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.
High school: Milton
Travel team: Atlanta Celtics (Adidas)
Rivals ranking: No. 19
ESPN ranking: Not ranked
247 ranking: No. 38
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Chance Westry

Westry — one of the best perimeter players in the 2022 class — received his first contact from Kentucky in the opening days of the June recruiting period, when college coaches were able to directly call players from that class for the first time. UK is joining a crowded recruitment that could blow up even more in the near future. Westry already had scholarship offers from Syracuse, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Florida and several other top-tier schools, and he’s moving to California for his junior season to play at emerging national powerhouse Sierra Canyon, which featured UK freshman Brandon Boston last season and still has Bronny James, Amari Bailey and other highly touted prospects. Westry has great length on the perimeter and the skill set necessary to play the point guard position, if needed.

Class: 2022
Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-4
Weight: 190
Hometown: Harrisburg, Pa.
High school: Sierra Canyon (Calif.)
Travel team: New York Rens (Nike)
Rivals ranking: No. 27
ESPN ranking: No. 40
247 ranking: No. 25
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Dariq Whitehead

One of the first players from the 2022 class to hear directly from Kentucky coaches, Whitehead lists John Wall as his favorite player and projects as one of the top perimeter prospects in his class. The New Jersey native — now playing for prep powerhouse Montverde Academy — is one of the most athletic players in the country, possessing plenty of talent with a lot of upside for even more improvement. “Big and powerful with insane quick-twitch ability, Whitehead can take over with his athleticism, and is capable of being an elite defender and finisher because of it,” 247Sports analyst Brian Snow wrote earlier this year. He’s another recruit who has been talked about as a straight-to-the-pros possibility.

Class: 2022
Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-5
Weight: 190
Hometown: Newark, N.J.
High school: Montverde (Fla.)
Rivals ranking: No. 12
ESPN ranking: No. 9
247 ranking: No. 20
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