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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Where UK targets stand in USA Today 2019 recruit rankings

Tyrese Maxey and DJ Jeffries are rising, but no matter the order, this is going to be a strong class across the board.

USA Today Sports and The Clarion Ledger

USA Today Sports released an updated version of their 2019 top 25 recruiting rankings on Tuesday, and there are definitely some surprises at the top of the board.

Easily the biggest change here is that, for the first time with this class, neither James Wiseman or Vernon Carey are listed as the No. 1 overall recruit. Due to blowing everyone away this spring and early summer, Cole Anthony, son of former NBA star Greg Anthony, has moved into the top spot.

While Anthony does not currently have an offer from John Calipari, he has certainly jumped onto Kentucky’s radar and could be an important target moving forward. In the meantime, let’s check in on the where Kentucky’s other prospects stand.

  • No. 2 - James Wiseman
  • No. 3 - Vernon Carey Jr.
  • No. 6 - Tyrese Maxey (Committed)
  • No. 7 - Matthew Hurt
  • No. 10 - Jalen Lecque
  • No. 11 - Ashton Hagans (Committed)
  • No. 12 - Bryan Antoine
  • No. 14 - Scottie Lewis
  • No. 16 - D.J. Jeffries (Committed)
  • No. 21 - Keion Brooks

While Wiseman and Carey find themselves in unfamiliar territory, there were certainly other guys on the move. Tyrese Maxey has made a massive jump. Currently at No. 13 on the 247 Sports Composite rankings, Maxey is now closing in on the top 5, assuming he stays in the class.

D.J. Jeffries is also in an interesting spot, popping up at 25-30 in most other outlets but coming in at No. 16 according to USA Today. He’s having a good spring on the AAU circuit, so it makes sense for him to be higher on this.

Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis have slipped out of the top 10, but that seems to have more to do with other guys moving up than them slipping.

For those of you that do not know a great deal about Cole Anthony, check out his highlights below. Do you think Coach Cal should make him more of a priority moving forward, or does that all depend on how many point guards end up reclassifying?

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