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Where UK recruits stand in ESPN’s new 2020 and ‘21 class rankings

Kentucky is looking to land a lot of highly-rated recruits.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are getting ready for the 2019-20 season, but we are already looking ahead to future classes to see who the Cats will land and where they are ranked.

Wednesday, ESPN released an updated top 60 list in basketball recruiting. So, where did the Kentucky targets end up?

Class of 2020

Jalen Green came in at No. 3 overall and remains the Cats’ highest rated target in 2020.

“Green is a scoring and playmaking guard who is only just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential. He’s got good perimeter size and hasn’t stopped growing yet or even begun to fill out his frame yet he’s already capable of scoring in bunches.”

Isaiah Todd made a big jump in the rankings as he climbed to No. 7. Todd was believed to be on his way to Kentucky, but recently his recruitment has become more of a guessing game.

“Todd is highly skilled for his age and size with a super soft touch and high and compact release. His bread and butter is in short pick-and-pop action to about 18 feet but he also has equally soft hands and touch around the rim.”

Greg Brown is just behind Todd at No. 8, and he just recently became a target when he received an official offer from Coach Cal in July.

“Brown is a high-level athlete and a hybrid type four-man. He’s very bouncy around the rim, has solid length (7-3 wingspan), and will look to dunk on unsuspecting defenders at every opportunity. He has a rangy build that allows him to cover the court.”

BJ Boston was Kentucky’s first 2020 commit, and he stayed in the top 10 at No. 9.

“Brandon is a long athletic wing player with great skills on the perimeter that has the ability to score at the rim or from outside the three. He sees the floor well for his position and has shown that he can take over a game scoring the ball.”

Josh Christopher came in at No. 12, and is very underrated even at that spot. I think we will see his ranking rise over the next year and he will finish inside the top 10.

“Josh comes from great bloodlines. His brother Pat played at Cal and Overseas. Josh has a chance to be better than him. He is a scoring wing with great size and a killer competitive spirit. Josh is a scorer. He is a capable long-range shooter.”

Lance Ware, who Kentucky is in great shape with, climbed up to #42. Of all the 2020 recruits that John Calipari is pursuing, Ware may be who he’s in the best shape with going into the fall.

Cam’Ron Fletcher finds himself inside the top 50 at #44. He committed to the Cats shortly after Boston and should rise over the next year.

Class of 2021

Patrick Baldwin Jr. recently picked up a Kentucky offer, and he is still one of the highest rated in 2021 at No. 2.

Paolo Banchero, who recently scheduled an official visit to Kentucky, is just behind Baldwin at No. 3 in the class.

Terrence Clarke is another top-five target that Coach Cal and his staff are going after in 2021, and he came in at No. 4 in ESPN’s rankings. Clarke has actually been mentioned as a reclass candidate, but even if he moves up, he’s good enough to be in the top 5-8 spots in 2020.

So far, not much noise has been made about the 2021 class, but it will not be long before we start hearing other targets that Kentucky is going to recruit in this class.

As for now, Coach Cal and his staff are more focused on the 2020 class before getting too deep into the 2021 class.

You can see the full rankings here.