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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Where UK targets stand in new Rivals 2018 and 2019 class rankings

The UK signees in 2018 fared well. What about UK’s targets in 2019?

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The new 2018 Rivals rankings have been released, and Kentucky has two commitments in the top 15.

Keldon Johnson comes in at 14th on the list, with Immanuel Quickley right behind at 15th.

Kentucky’s other commitment, Tyler Herro, comes in at #35 on the list to round out the Kentucky recruiting class.

Kentucky target Zion Williamson comes in at number three in the rankings, behind future Duke Blue Devils R.J. Barrett and Cameron Reddish, respectively.

Oregon commitment Bol Bol and North Carolina commitment Nassir Little round out the top five.

Kentucky target Moses Brown comes in at #20 in the latest rankings.

Williamson was one of the harder decisions on where to rank, according to Rivals’ analysts Eric Bossi and Corey Evans.

“The five-star forward has long been one of the most productive players in the class, but over the past eight months or so, questions regarding his next-level potential and if he can stay healthy and in shape have continued to appear over and over,” Evans wrote.

WIlliamson, who seems to continue to be trending toward Clemson as opposed to the once-presumed favorite Kentucky, had long been considered the #2 player in the class, but was jumped by Reddish.

Brown has been a mystery. There has been some interest between Calipari and Brown, but there hasn’t been an official offer. Maybe Calipari is holding out to see what happens with James Wiseman in the 2019 class, but he will likely have to make a decision sometime soon on Brown.

Rivals has also updated their Class of 2019 rankings, and it includes several UK targets in the top 10. Coming in at No. 2 overall was five-star forward James Wiseman, who many consider to be a strong UK lean.

Five-star forward Vernon Carey Jr. checked in at No. 1. While he holds an offer from UK, they’re not believed to be in a good spot for him,

Checking in at No. 5 was five-star wing Matthew Hurt, who recently scored an offer from UK.

Five-star guard Bryan Antoine checked in at No. 7, while five-star guard and teammate Scottie Lewis checked in at No. 9. Both hold offers from UK and could be a package deal in college.

Five-star guard Tyrese Maxey checked in at No. 12. He too recently scored an offer from UK.

Four-star forward Keion Brooks, who also has been offered, checks in at No. 36.

Four-star forward D.J. Jeffries is the lowest-ranked player with a UK offer, as he checked in at No. 47.

The fully-updated 2018 rankings can be found here. The 2019 rankings are here.

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