Chet Holmgren is new No. 1 recruit in ESPN rankings

 Posted by at 10:23 AM on June 9, 2020  Comments Off on Chet Holmgren is new No. 1 recruit in ESPN rankings
Jun 092020
 

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For more than a year, Jonathan Kuminga has been the undisputed No. 1 player in the basketball recruiting class of 2021, holding the top spots in the Rivals.com, 247Sports and ESPN rankings.

The bigger rankings debate for that group has been centered on who should come next in the class, with the top candidates being smooth-shooting 6-foot-9 forward Patrick Baldwin Jr., versatile 6-10 power forward Paolo Banchero, and unique 7-foot prospect Chet Holmgren.

Though Kuminga has not yet officially announced a move to the 2020 class, he did graduate from his New Jersey high school over the weekend, and it’s become even more clear that reclassification is a foregone conclusion. So, who will be the new No. 1 in 2021?

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Brandon Boston stays top five in final Rivals rankings

 Posted by at 10:58 AM on May 19, 2020  Comments Off on Brandon Boston stays top five in final Rivals rankings
May 192020
 

Brandon Boston

Rivals.com finalized its class of 2020 basketball rankings this week, and the list included three Kentucky signees in five-star territory with the other three all inside the national top 50.

Brandon Boston remains Kentucky’s top-ranked recruit in the class, sticking at No. 4 overall in the final Rivals rankings. ESPN and 247Sports also ranked Boston as the Wildcats’ top signee, with 247 putting him at No. 5 and ESPN placing him sixth nationally.

Fellow UK shooting guard signee Terrence Clarke fell two spots in the final Rivals 150 but still comes in at No. 7 overall, making Kentucky the only school in the 2020 cycle to land two players inside the top 10.

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Boston is top UK recruit in final 247Sports rankings

 Posted by at 12:03 PM on May 6, 2020  Comments Off on Boston is top UK recruit in final 247Sports rankings
May 062020
 

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247Sports posted its final recruiting rankings for the basketball class of 2020, and Kentucky signee Brandon Boston was one of the biggest risers.

Boston moved from No. 16 to No. 5 nationally, making him the Wildcats’ top-ranked signee in their No. 1 recruiting class. He’s also the first Kentucky recruit to finish in the top five of the 247Sports rankings since Skal Labissiere was the No. 2 overall prospect in 2015.

UK signee Terrence Clarke fell from No. 4 to No. 9 in the final rankings, one of four future Wildcats to drop from the previous update. Point guard signee Devin Askew moved from No. 28 to No. 34, power forward Lance Ware fell from No. 36 to No. 40, and wing prospect Cam’Ron Fletcher dropped from No. 47 to No. 73.

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ESPN finalizes basketball rankings for class of 2020

 Posted by at 10:31 AM on April 29, 2020  Comments Off on ESPN finalizes basketball rankings for class of 2020
Apr 292020
 

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ESPN posted its final basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2020 on Wednesday morning, and all six of Kentucky’s incoming players are well within the Top 100.

Shooting guard Brandon Boston leads the way at No. 6 overall, followed by shooting guard Terrence Clarke at No. 9, point guard Devin Askew at No. 24, power forward Isaiah Jackson at No. 31, power forward Lance Ware at No. 43, and wing Cam’Ron Fletcher at No. 57.

Ware moved down three spots from his previous ESPN ranking, and no other UK recruit moved more than one spot in either direction.

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Kuminga remains No. 1 in new Rivals recruit rankings

 Posted by at 12:46 PM on January 29, 2020  Comments Off on Kuminga remains No. 1 in new Rivals recruit rankings
Jan 292020
 

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The new Rivals.com rankings for the basketball recruiting class of 2021 were released Wednesday, and the top five players on the list remained unchanged.

Five-star forward Jonathan Kuminga is the still the No. 1 player in the class, followed by power forward Paolo Banchero at No. 2, small forward Patrick Baldwin Jr. at No. 3, 7-footer Chet Holmgren at No. 4, and versatile forward Jabari Smith at No. 5.

Kuminga is one of Kentucky’s top recruiting targets, and the Herald-Leader has been told recently that UK is one of four most likely landing spots for the Congo native, along with Auburn, Duke and Louisiana State (even though LSU was not on his most current list of schools). Kuminga is also widely expected to reclassify to 2020 later this summer.

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Brandon Boston makes huge jump in latest rankings

 Posted by at 12:33 PM on January 27, 2020  Comments Off on Brandon Boston makes huge jump in latest rankings
Jan 272020
 

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As promised, future Kentucky basketball player Brandon Boston made a major jump in the latest Rivals.com 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 Rivals.com’s five-star range. No Kentucky signee has been ranked higher than No. 10 by Rivals.com since the 2016 class, and Boston would be UK’s first top five recruit since 2015.

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UK’s Boston makes jump in ESPN recruiting rankings

 Posted by at 10:28 AM on January 22, 2020  Comments Off on UK’s Boston makes jump in ESPN recruiting rankings
Jan 222020
 

Brandon Boston

ESPN updated its basketball recruiting rankings for all classes Wednesday morning, and a future Kentucky Wildcat made a major move at the top of the 2020 list.

UK signee Brandon Boston — a 6-foot-6 shooting guard — jumped from No. 12 to No. 6 overall in the 2020 class with his stellar season so far for star-studded Sierra Canyon, the California super-team that features several other Division I prospects, including the sons of NBA legends LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Boston is now Kentucky’s highest-ranked signee, according to ESPN, which placed fellow shooting guard Terrence Clarke two spots lower at No. 8 overall. Point guard Devin Askew dropped one spot to No. 25 overall, power forward Isaiah Jackson dropped three spots to No. 30, power forward Lance Ware moved up five spots to No. 40, and four-star wing Cam’Ron Fletcher dropped 11 spots to No. 58 in the 2020 rankings.

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Six UK basketball recruits in ESPN’s new top 50

 Posted by at 10:07 AM on December 5, 2019  Comments Off on Six UK basketball recruits in ESPN’s new top 50
Dec 052019
 

Clarke

The ESPN 100 basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2020 were updated Thursday, and all six of Kentucky’s early signees were listed in the top 50.

Terrence Clarke, who was first inserted into the ESPN rankings at No. 13 overall after he reclassified from 2021 to 2010, is now rated as the No. 7 player in the class. That ranking is still curiously low compared to the other national recruiting services: Rivals.com and 247Sports both have Clarke at No. 4 overall, and Rivals national analyst Eric Bossi implied this week that it would be difficult for anyone to knock the future Wildcat out of the top five.

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Kentucky players drop in latest NBA Draft rankings

 Posted by at 12:03 PM on November 29, 2019  Comments Off on Kentucky players drop in latest NBA Draft rankings
Nov 292019
 

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It’s still early in the season, and three Kentucky Wildcats are still listed among ESPN’s Top 100 prospects for the 2020 NBA Draft, but two of those three players dropped slightly in the website’s latest update Friday.

Freshman guard Tyrese Maxey is still the highest-ranked Wildcat on ESPN’s board, staying put at No. 8 in the latest rankings. His backcourt teammate Ashton Hagans, a sophomore, dropped from No. 59 to No. 60, which would be the final spot in the 60-player NBA Draft.

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UK target Lance Ware gets boost in new rankings

 Posted by at 11:45 AM on August 19, 2019  Comments Off on UK target Lance Ware gets boost in new rankings
Aug 192019
 

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The recent decisions by N’Faly Dante and Addison Patterson to commit to Oregon and reclassify from 2020 to 2019 led to a minor shakeup in the Rivals.com rankings for 2020 on Monday, when the website adjusted a few other players before its next major rankings update in September.

One of the players affected was New Jersey forward Lance Ware, who landed a UK scholarship offer last month and has emerged as possibly the most likely player to commit to the Wildcats next.

Ware moved from No. 52 to No. 34 in the Rivals.com rankings.

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