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Kentucky Wildcats Rise in ESPN Class of 2017 Rankings

UK recruits fared well in the new ESPN rankings.

Photo by Kelly Kline, Under Armour

ESPN has updated their 2017 class player rankings, and several Kentucky Wildcats got a small bump up.

The highest-ranked UK signee is Nick Richards at No. 11, who moved up one spot in the newest rankings.

The biggest mover was Shai Alexander, who climbed 12 spots to the No. 32 ranking. He’s now on the cusp of being a five-star prospect.

P.J. Washington got a two-spot bump up to No. 16. Quade Green remains at No. 22, while Jarred Vanderbilt still sits at No. 23.

As for UK’s top remaining targets, Mohamed Bamba (5) and Kevin Knox (7) both are ranked inside the top 10.

Also, Hamidou Diallo is no long in this ranking after joining this year’s UK team. He was previously ranked No. 11 by ESPN.

Here’s a look at the new top 25:

1. Michael Porter Jr. - WASHINGTON

2. DeAndre Ayton - ARIZONA

3. Wendell Carter - DUKE

4. Trevon Duval UNCOMMITTED

5. Mohamed Bamba - UNCOMMITTED

6. Brandon McCoy - UNCOMMITTED

7. Kevin Knox - UNCOMMITTED

8. Gary Trent Jr. - DUKE

9. Mitchell Robinson - WESTERN KENTUCKY

10. Collin Sexton - ALABAMA

11. Nick Richards - KENTUCKY

12. Brian Bowen - UNCOMMITTED

13. Kris Wilkes - UCLA

14. P.J. Washington - KENTUCKY

15. Trae Young - UNCOMMITTED

16. Jaren Jackson - MICHIGAN STATE

17. Troy Brown Jr. - OREGON

18. Lonnie Walker - MIAMI

19. M.J. Walker - UNCOMMITTED

20. Billy Preston - KANSAS

21. John Petty - ALABAMA

22. Quade Green - KENTUCKY

23. Jarred Vanderbilt - KENTUCKY

24. Jalek Felton - NORTH CAROLINA

25. Nickeil Alexander-Walker - VIRGINIA TECH