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Isaiah Todd announces new list, playing with Scottie Barnes on AAU circuit

The top-10 recruit is one of UK’s top targets, and he’ll play with a fellow UK target.


Five-star Class of 2020 forward Isaiah Todd has announced his list of 10 schools in the running for his services.

To no surprise, the Kentucky Wildcats are among those making the cut:

Also announced was that Todd will play with fellow UK recruit Scottie Barnes with Nightrydas Elite on the AAU circuit.

Barnes, ranked 4th overall in 2020 by ESPN, is one of UK’s top targets, so having him team up with Todd will likely be a great thing for the Wildcats.

Todd was initially a reclassification candidate for 2019, but he opted to stick to 2020. He’s easily the recruit UK is in the best shape for in 2020.

The 6-10 forward is currently the nation’s 8th-ranked recruit and fourth-ranked power forward, according to ESPN. Drawing comparisons to Noah Vonleh of the New York Knicks, Todd is projected to bring an upside of a “three-and-D” skill set to the table.

Kentucky has had big men such as Skal Labissiere and Wenyen Gabriel in recent years who can stretch the floor. However, neither were as athletic or talented as Todd.

This season, EJ Montgomery was the team’s top-recruit and thought to have a similar skillset. Since Montgomery was stashed behind veteran big men PJ Washington and Reid Travis, it’s hard to fully compare the two at the moment.

Overall, Todd could bring a forever need of big men to Kentucky. Head coach John Calipari is known for working wonders with guards but is underrated for his growth of big men with the help of Kenny Payne.

Todd’s ability to play inside but also step out and work on the wing would be essential to the team’s versatile lineups. His athleticism when running in the open floor could also boost the team’s offensive output.

Overall, the addition of Todd would be a major addition for Kentucky in the Class of 2020.