While there is still plenty of work to be done, the Kentucky Wildcats are in position to land a 2020 recruiting class that could finish No. 1.
Already holding commitments from Brandon Boston and Cam’Ron Fletcher, the Wildcats look poised to add several more players this fall, one of which is a top-10 recruit.
In an interview with the Herald-Leader, 247 Sports recruiting guru Evan Daniels gave some encouraging updates on a pair of 2020 targets in Josh Christopher and Lance Ware.
Christopher, who now sits at No. 6 overall in the new 247 Sports rankings for 2020, is someone Kentucky is in good shape to eventually land. The Cats are also in good shape for Ware, who is now ranked No. 33 overall and could ultimately become a five-star recruit in the final rankings.
“I would say that Christopher and Ware, I think they’re in very good position,” Daniels said. “And then there’s a bunch of guys that are starting to figure out their recruitments, and they’re in the mix for.”
Daniels isn’t the only recruiting expert who thinks Kentucky is in great shape with these two recruits.
In the weekly Rivals mailbag, Corey Evans sat down to answer some questions about the 2020 recruiting class, including Christopher and Ware.
Starting off, Evans said that Kentucky leads for both Christopher and Ware as of right now, but the Michigan Wolverines and new head coach Juwan Howard have jumped into the mix.
“Each have scheduled a handful of visits for the coming weeks, but UK is the leader for both,” said Evans. “Christopher’s recruitment was one that was believed to be down to Arizona State and several West Coast powers until Michigan hired Juwan Howard and Kentucky offered. Now, both of those programs are fighting it out for Christopher’s signature, along with ASU, Missouri and UCLA.”
And after Ware seemed to be a lock to Kentucky once the offer came in, he has remained quiet on his recruitment and is taking his time.
“Ware was thought to be a done deal after Kentucky offered, but he has remained patient with the process. Providence has recruited him the longest, while Ohio State has also developed a good relationship with him. However, if anyone can swipe Ware away from the Wildcats, it is Michigan.”
In the wake of Daishen Nix surprisingly picking UCLA just a day after releasing his top five schools, Kentucky is now turning their attention to another five-star guard in the form of Devin Askew. Evans said that Askew could very well reclassify later this year and is likely to visit Kentucky later this fall.
With Jalen Green set to decide on Christmas Day, Kentucky has until then to try and reel in the top-three player. Calipari will be battling it out with Memphis and Penny Hardaway and the threat that Green could play overseas.
Kentucky still has work to do in the 2020 class, but they’ve laid the groundwork for a potentially monstrous class.