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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: ESPN makes predictions for 3 UK recruits

Can Kentucky lock down another top-ranked class this fall?

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As we get into the fall recruiting period, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello has released a new Insider Hot Board.

The Hot Board features discussion about this weekend’s big visits, including R.J. Barrett’s visit to Duke and Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson visiting Kentucky.

Borzello predicts Barrett to commit to Duke, but his confidence level is only 30 percent. He’s got Kentucky, Arizona, Oregon and Michigan in the mix.

By all accounts, Kentucky had a very good visit with Barrett, while Arizona is also heavily in the mix. Oregon has had plenty of success recruiting north of the border in recent years, and Barrett is a Canada native.

Borzello also writes of Kentucky hosting Quickley and Johnson last week. He notes that Kentucky hasn’t gotten any commitments yet, while their biggest competition in recruiting every year, Duke, has snagged two top-10s. But, Borzello said that could change soon after this visit.

Quickley is by all means considered a guarantee to pick Kentucky. Borzello projects him to UK with 70 percent confidence, with Kansas and Miami in the mix.

Immanuel Quickley (No. 12) has been the Wildcats’ primary point-guard option for months, and coach John Calipari has them in a good position heading into the visit.

As for Johnson, his status going into the visit is less certain. Borzello has him favored to pick Texas, with a confidence level of 40 percent. He has Kentucky, NC State and Maryland in the mix.

The Wildcats were involved early in the summer, but turned up their interest recently and Johnson is now one of their main wing targets.

You can read the rest of the Insider story here, which includes more info on each recruiting situation, as well as info on other big-name recruits making visits elsewhere this past weekend.

Kentucky missing on two of those three would be unfortunate, but it won’t be too bad if Quickley is paired with Zion Williamson, Simi Shittu, Bol Bol and/or Quentin Grimes. Those are the recruits Kentucky is strongly in the mix for, and we’ve still got a long way to go with most of these recruitments.

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