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Where the future Cats stand in new ESPN recruiting rankings

Devin Askew remains a five-star, top-25 recruit.

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ESPN recently updated their Class of 2020 recruiting rankings, and let’s just say UK fans will be pleased with the results. Six Wildcat recruits were listed among the top 50, the most of any D-1 school.

Terrence Clarke was the first to crack the list. He is ranked No. 7 overall after originally being listed the 13th-best in the class.

However, Clarke, like many UK players, are lower on ESPN as compared to other top recruiting sites like Rivals and 247 Sports. They both list Clarke as the nation’s fourth-best recruit, and 247 has him as the nation’s best shooting guard.

Aside from Clarke, cracking ESPN’s top 15 is BJ Boston. According to ESPN, Boston comes in at No. 12 and is a tad bit lower at No. 13 in 247’s player rankings. Either way, Boston is another one of the nation’s best shooting guards.

It’ll be an interesting dynamic for Coach Cal as both are around 6-foot-6 shooting guards. How might he play the tandem together and what lineups work the best will surely be an early-season challenge.

Coming in third is the reclassified Devin Askew. He is No. 24 overall and was a top-tier guard in the Class of 2021. However, after reclassifying, Askew will join the Wildcats in 2020 as another top recruit. He is the third five-star for UK.

The fourth and currently final five-star recruit, Isaiah Jackson comes in three spots after him at No. 27. Lance Ware at No. 45 and Cam’Ron Fletcher at No. 47 round out the nation’s best recruiting class, and they still might not be done.

Kentucky may potentially secure top-10 power forward Greg Brown as well. From Texas and looking likely to head in that direction, Brown, the Class of 2020’s top overall power forward, should be making his decision in the next few weeks.

Cliff Omoruyi, a four-star center with an offer from Kentucky, checked in at No. 49.

JT Thor, a four-star power forward who may eventually visit Kentucky, comes in at No. 39.

There are a few other four-star recruits that Kentucky has an eye on, but for now, they’re looking at easily one of their best recruiting classes in recent history.