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Where UK recruits stand in new USA Today Chosen 25 rankings

Sharife Cooper is the big riser in these rankings.

Sharife Cooper lays the ball in at the 2018 City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Florida.
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2020 Kentucky target Sharife Cooper saw a major lift in his ranking in the newly released Chosen 25 from USA Today.

Cooper is now ranked as the No. 1 overall player on the that list features the top high school basketball players in the class of 2020. Jason Jordan and other USA staff writers comprised the list shortly after the first stop on the Nike EYBL tour. This ranking puts a bigger emphasis on how good players are at the high school level, while college potential does play a part. That’s why these rankings tend to look different than what you see in the other big recruiting services.

Cooper had a exceptional junior year where he lead his McEachern High School (Powder Springs, Ga.). to their first ever Georgia State Championship. Many consider him to be an Auburn lean, but Kentucky is still a major player in his recruitment. Cooper is now garnering national respect as the best guard in the entire class.

Cooper’s friend and teammate, Isaac Okoro, is a four star power forward and already committed to Bruce Pearl and the Tigers. I have seen McEachern player several times and the two really do have great chemistry.

It will be interesting to see just where his recruitment goes in the next few months.

Kentucky is positioned very well with quite a few names on USA Today’s Chosen 25. The Cats remain in good shape for No. 7 ranked Isaiah Todd, who is widely viewed as the likeliest 2020 recruit to pick Kentucky.

Jalen Green (3), Scottie Barnes (6), Jalen Johnson (9), N’Faly Dante (10) and Brandon Boston (11) highlight the other five top-11 recruits with offers from Kentucky.

The class of 2020 has the potential to be something special.

You can see a full list of the Chosen 25 here.