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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: Basketball Recruiting Edition

Kentucky is firmly in the mix for just about every elite 2016 prospect still on the board.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are poised to have another top-three recruiting class under John Calipari in 2016.

Since Calipari came to Kentucky in 2009, UK has never finished with a class ranked outside the top three in a major recruiting service. That should be the case again this coming year with the likes of Malik Monk, Harry Giles, De'Aaron Fox, Wenyen Gabriel, and Miles Bridges still uncommitted and strongly considering the Wildcats. They're part of a '16 class that's regarded by many as one of the greatest ever seen. director of recruiting Evan Daniels spoke to the Lexington Herald-Leader and offered updates on all of the aforementioned guys, most of which were positive. While UK won't get all of those guys, just getting 2-3 of them to go with Sacha Killeya-Jones would ensure the Cats have another high-ranking class.

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New Scout rankings: Harry Giles still No. 1; Sacha Killeya-Jones rises
The guys at updated their 2016 basketball rankings, and Harry Giles is still their top prospect in the class. New UK commitment Sacha Killeya-Jones got a nice bump up to No. 29.
He got a recruiting boost in several major services since committed to the Cats.

Mike Edwards, Darius West ready to make impact after redshirts
Kentucky's 2014 football class was one of the best the program had ever landed, and two of the best players in it were defensive backs Mike Edwards and Darius West. After redshirting their first years at UK, they're ready to make a big impact on a defense in desperate need of it.

Gary Trent: ‘Everyone knows about the success Coach Cal has had’
2017 recruit Gary Trent is regarded by some as the top shooting guard in his class, and Kentucky is among a host of school pushing hard to land his services.

De'Aaron Fox rising quickly in class of 2016
Kentucky has typically gotten one of, if not the best point guard prospect n every class since John Calipari arrived. Will De'Aaron Fox be the latest one-and-done floor general Cal lands?

New ESPN basketball recruiting rankings released
Among ESPN's newest rankings are UK targets Harry Giles (1), Malik Monk (5), De'Aaron Fox (7), Miles Bridges (8), Kobi Simmons (18), and UK commit Sacha Killeya-Jones (31). ranks Mark Stoops as the 13th-best head coach in the SEC
I doubt 12 other SEC coaches would have brought UK back from the dead as quickly as Mark Stoops has.

NCAA coaches call UK the No. 1 job in all of college basketball
It's all blue bloods as Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina are regarded as the top three jobs in college basketball. Having UK and Duke in there was no question. Carolina...well, I guess it is a great job when your program is cheating rampantly and getting away with it.