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Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Recruiting: 2018 Class Big Board 1.0

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It’s time for a look at everyone on UK’s radar in the Class of 2018.

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With the 2018 recruiting class being put on display at shoe camps and showcases all over the nation, John Calipari has given out offers and we’re hoping he’ll be bringing in another crop of five-star recruits. Here’s a look at where the Kentucky Wildcats stand with each position group.

Note: Each player's’ ranking is based on 247 Sports Composite, which measures all of the recruiting rankings.

Guards

  • Immanuel Quickley (5 star, 11th overall) John Carroll School (Bel Air, MD) - HOLDS OFFER
  • Quentin Grimes (5-star, 21st overall) College Park (The Woodlands, TX) - HOLDS OFFER
  • Romeo Langford (5-star, 5th overall) New Albany (New Albany, IN) - HOLDS OFFER
  • Darius Garland (5-star, 10th overall) Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, TN) - HOLDS OFFER
  • Keldon Johnson (5-star, 17th overall) Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA)

Many already see five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley as a Wildcat, and Cal wouldn’t have it any other way. He was the first to receive an offer from Kentucky in this class, and he’s been recruited heavily by the coaching staff every step of the way.

Kentucky is still in the mix for a few other guards, though. Five-star point guard Quentin Grimes has made it clear that Kentucky is still in the conversation, despite the fact that many expect him to commit to Kansas.

And Kentucky is still in the recruiting battle for five-star shooting guard Romeo Langford, although Indiana, Louisville and Duke have become the favorites. Five -star shooting guard Keldon Johnson has yet to receive an offer from Kentucky, but there’s been contact, and he’s interested in the Cats.

Kentucky recently offered Darius Garland, though it looks like a longshot he ends up anywhere other than Vanderbilt or Duke.

Forwards

  • R.J. Barrett (5-star, 3rd overall) Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) - HOLDS OFFER
  • Bol Bol (5-star, 4th overall) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) - HOLDS OFFER
  • Zion Williamson (5-star, 2nd overall) Spartanburg Day School (Spartanburg, SC) - HOLDS OFFER
  • Marvin Bagley (5-star, 1st overall) Sierra Canyon (Tempe, AZ) - HOLDS OFFER
  • Cameron Reddish (5-star, 5th overall) Westtown School (Norristown, PA) - HOLDS OFFER
  • Simisola Shittu (5-star, 8th overall) Vermont Academy (Saxtons Riv
  • Louis King (5 star) Hudson Catholic (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Naz Reid (5-star, 10th overall) Roselle Catholic (Roselle, NJ)er, VT)
  • Emmitt Williams (5-star, 18th overall) IMG Academy (Lehigh Acres, FL)

The 2018 class of forwards is full of recognizable names; most notably Bol Bol and Zion Williamson. As luck would have it, Kentucky is in the mix for both of them. Kentucky is currently favored to land Williamson, which might have something to do with he and Quickley’s “package deal.”

Kentucky is still in the race for Bol, although they have been fading lately. The 247 Crystal Ball has Arizona as the favorite right now at 36 percent, with USC and Kentucky trailing.

Marvin Bagley certainly isn’t to be forgotten, though. The No. 1 player on 247 Sports’ composite, Bagley is arguably the hottest commodity in this class. Kentucky is in the race, but right now Duke and USC are the favorites.

Cameron Reddish is someone Kentucky is strongly in the mix for after Calipari got to coach him with the Team USA 19 squad. Reddish is still favoring Duke heavily in the 247 Crystal Ball, but Kentucky is firmly in the mix heading into the fall.

The Wildcats are also interested in top-10 player Naz Reid, a five-star power forward from New Jersey. Most predictions have him going to LSU or Kentucky.

And 5-star Louis King has been working his butt off for a Kentucky offer, as he just scored 41 points right in front of John Calipari.

One player emerging as a strong option here is Simi Shittu, who Calipari watched in Canada this past weekend. His 247 Crystall Ball has four straight predictions for Kentucky.

Centers

  • Moses Brown (5-star, 12th overall) Archbishop Molloy (Jamaica, NY)
  • David McCormack (4-star, 41st overall) Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, VA)

There aren’t an abundance of top-tier centers in this class, which makes David McCormack and Moses Brown that much more important. McCormack, a 260-lb center from Oak Hill, has yet to receive an offer from Kentucky, but Calipari and co. have shown interest. He’s a top-two player at his position, and uses his size well.

As for the five-star Brown, a seven-footer from Archbishop Molloy, he’s also a top-two player at the position, and Kentucky is one of the favorites to land him. Having a true center in this class would be a huge boost, especially if Cal can land one or more power forwards to give this class some great size.

Here are some highlights of the recruits UK is in the best shape with heading into the fall:

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