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Several UK recruits rise in new Rivals rankings for 2020

The Wildcats now have a pair of top-five recruits.

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The fine folks at Rivals have updated their Class of 2020 recruiting rankings, and the Kentucky Wildcats may have been the biggest benefactor from it.

Brandon Boston Jr. is now UK’s highest-ranked recruit, as he surged up to No. 4 overall, a 13-spot rise for the Sierra Canyon superstar. Few recruits have had a better fall and winter showing in high school hoops, so it’s not a major surprise to see him now regarded as a top-five recruit.

Recruiting expert Corey Evans shared his thoughts on Boston, who is perfect for John Calipari’s “positionless” approach:

Moving all of the way up to No. 4 in the new Rivals150, no one has had a better high school season than Boston.

Up against the nation’s elite and with the spotlight on him every single night thanks to the attention that Sierra Canyon has drawn, Boston has proved that he is one of the best in America. Better yet, he fits today’s positionless basketball perfectly. He is someone that can play a variety of spots and fill different roles on both ends which is why I am a firm believer in his ascent within the updated rankings.

The recruit who previously held the distinction of UK’s top recruit was Terrence Clarke, who fell one spot to No. 5 overall. That means the Wildcats have not one, but two top-five commitments, which would be the first time that’s happened since 2013 when UK landed Julius Randle and the Harrison twins.

Lance Ware, who was previously a four-star recruit, got bumped up one spot and is now a five-star prospect. That means UK has secured five commitments from five-star recruits in 2020.

Not all the news was good for UK, as Devin Askew fell four spots to No. 26, while Isaiah Jackson dropped three spots to No. 27. They both did remain five-star recruits.

Cam’Ron Fletcher fell one spot to No. 42 overall, which is actually his highest ranking in any recruiting service.

Cliff Omoruyi, one of UK’s top remaining targets, was one of the biggest risers of any recruit, as he climbed 19 spots to No. 36 overall, his highest recruiting ranking in any service.

Greg Brown, who remained a top-10 recruit, fell one spot to No. 8 overall. Between Omoruyi and Brown, the former looks like the likeliest to potentially commit to UK in the coming months, but John Calipari and his staff remain hard at work to land Brown as well.

Go here to check out the entire rankings update.

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