The Kentucky Wildcats are primed to finish with another special recruiting class under John Calipari.
Kentucky enters the spring with four commitments, the latest being five-star forward Keion Brooks, who 247 Sports ranks No. 13 overall.
Brooks will be joined in the frontcourt by five-star forward Kahlil Whitney, who is a top-10 recruit in all major recruiting services and ranked as high as No. 7 by 247 Sports.
The Wildcats have also ended its drought of not getting players from the Bluegrass state, as Pendleton County star Dontaie Allen signed with Kentucky. He’s a four-star recruit ranked as high as No. 55 overall by Rivals.
In the backcourt, John Calipari has already landed Tyrese Maxey, the No. 2 combo guard and No. 11 overall recruit by 247 Sports. He considered a move into 2018, but Maxey ultimately stayed in 2019 and will now help lead Kentucky’s backcourt next season.
Most of the other top-ranked players offered by UK have made their decisions, including five-star forward Matthew Hurt (Duke), five-star combo guard Jalen Lecque (NC State), five-star center James Wiseman (Memphis), five-star forward Vernon Carey (Duke), five-star shooting guard Bryan Antoine (Villanova) and five-star wing Scottie Lewis (Florida).
The only other 2019 recruit that Kentucky is still in the mix for is five-star forward Jaden McDaniels, who is expected to make a decision in May once he has a better feel of who’s staying in school and leaving for the 2019 NBA Draft.
There’s also a chance five-star wing Johnny Juzang, five-star forward Isaiah Todd and/or five-star center N’Faly Dante reclassify from 2020 with Kentucky strongly in the mix for all three.
I’d be willing to place a large bet on Kentucky adding one more player for next season, and it could be multiple players if they take on a transfer as well. They already have one commit from Bucknell grad transfer, but guys like Virginia Tech’s Kerry Blackshear remain an option.
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