It is just a little over a month before we see the 2019 basketball recruits take the floor at Big Blue Madness, which means it is only a matter of time before the dominoes start to fall in regards to the 2020 class.
Kentucky is still in the running for several top targets, and there was some movement on those recruits in Rivals’ most recent rankings.
No. 2 - Cade Cunningham
Kentucky is still in the running for Cunningham, in theory, but it seems all but certain he will follow his brother to Oklahoma State.
No. 3 - Jalen Green
Green recently released his plans for his official visits for the year, and Kentucky will get the last word on his final visit on October 16th. While nothing is set in stone, it is always encouraging to get the final visit.
No. 6 - Greg Brown
Brown has moved up one spot in the rankings since the last version came out, and more and more eyes have been on the Texan as of late. Many have discounted Kentucky in regards to the big man, but he just schedule a visit to Lexington on January 10th. He will definitely be signing in the late period, and he is the top remaining front court player on John Calipari’s board, so you would have to think Coach Cal has a chance with that much time on the clock.
No. 8 - Scottie Barnes
Barnes has dropped a couple of spots in the most recent rankings update, and things are not looking great for his recruitment with Kentucky.
No. 9 - Isaiah Todd
Todd stands pat at No. 9 and remains the most probably commit of all front court players Kentucky is recruiting.
No. 11 - Josh Christopher
Josh Christopher stays at No. 11 in the rankings, and continues to get more UK buzz, though UCLA has emerged as a legitimate threat, according to Rivals analyst Corey Evans.
No. 16 - BJ Boston
Boston has already committed to Kentucky, but in the latest edition of the rankings, he drops six spots to No. 16.
No. 22 - Isaiah Jackson
Jackson visited Kentucky recently, and if an offer was made it has not been made public yet. He drops two spots to No. 22 in the rankings.
No. 31 - Lance Ware
Besides Isaiah Todd, Ware seems to be the most likely big man for Kentucky to land. He moves up three spots to No. 31 in the rankings this time around. At this rate, he’ll be a five-star recruit when it’s all said and done.
No. 39 - Cam’Ron Fletcher
Fletcher, already a commit to Kentucky, comes in at No. 39.
No. 40 - Mady Sissoko
Sissoko is a name that has started drawing buzz as far as Kentucky’s interest is concerned, but it is unclear how interested he is. He was recently injured on a visit to BYU in an ATV accident, and has still managed to jump eight spots to No. 40.
No. 51 -JT Thor
Thor gets a bit of a jump and nearly cracked the top 50 this time. He was someone UK was recruiting as a 2021 prospect, but since he’s reclassified, there’s been little-to-no buzz for the Cats. There has been talk that Thor could follow Daishen Nix to UCLA.
No. 52 - Cliff Omoruyi
Omoruyi’s recruitment has been odd all around. I don’t personally feel like Kentucky is a likely landing spot for him, although he also saw a small jump in his rank.
No 86 - JJ Traynor
If Kentucky is going to add an in-state recruit to its 2020 class, Traynor is the best best. He had a strong showing this summer and is now a top-100 recruit after previously being unranked.
Unranked - Terrence Clarke
2021 wing Terrence Clarke is making his college decision next week, and very well may announce a jump to the 2020 class. Kentucky seems to be in great position with him, and I would guess he would come in around the 5-10 range if he changes classes.