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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: New ESPN rankings for 2018 class

Kentucky is heavily involved with the top 3 players in the class, while other targets get some nice bumps.

USA Today Sports & FIBA

The Kentucky Wildcats are poised to have another strong recruiting class in 2018.

The latest indicator of such is the updated ESPN Class of 2018 rankings, which features a host of UK targets in the top 15. Among them are R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cameron Reddish at the No. 1, 2 and 3 spots respectively. There’s a great chance UK lands at least one of them, and it’s not out of the question that two of them are Wildcats come the 2018-19 season.

One of the big risers was Simisola Shittu, a big man who is on the verge of scoring a scholarship offer from John Calipari. Coming in at No. 7 is Keldon Johnson, an elite shooting guard who scored an offer from UK on Tuesday.

Immanuel Quickley jumped up from No. 15 to 12 as he looks like he’ll become UK’s first pledge in the 2018 class. He’s followed by Quentin Grimes, who also holds a UK offer but looks to be trending towards Kansas.

Here’s the entire top 25:

1 R.J. Barrett (hold UK offer)

2 Zion Williamson (hold UK offer)

3 Cameron Reddish (hold UK offer)

4 Bol Bol (hold UK offer)

5 Romeo Langford (hold UK offer)

6 Simisola Shittu

7 Keldon Johnson (hold UK offer)

8 Anfernee Simons

9 Darius Bazley

10 Tre Jones

11 Darius Garland (hold UK offer)

12 Immanuel Quickley (hold UK offer)

13 Quentin Grimes (hold UK offer)

14 Nassir Little

15 Jalen Smith

16 Reggie Perry

17 Moses Brown

18 Nazreon Reid

19 Jaylen Hoard

20 Emmitt Williams

21 Louis King

22 Taeshon Cherry

23 Jahvon Quinerly

24 Shareef O'Neal

25 Coby White

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