The Kentucky Wildcats are going to have the #1 recruiting class for the 2020-21 season, as they already have six players signed and looking to add more.
However, one player that isn’t highly talked about when the class is brought up might be the best defender in the class.
In this week’s edition of Bossi’s Best, Eric Bossi discusses the 10 best impact defenders in the 2020 class who are ready to defend at a high level in college from the start.
The only Kentucky signee to make the list is Isaiah Jackson, who is ranked as the #27 player in the class, but Bossi believes he is going to be excellent defensively.
“Because he lacks strength, there could be a bit of a learning curve for Jackson. But his reaction time is as good as it gets as a shot-blocker and player who can hedge ball screens, recover and protect the rim. He runs the floor like a gazelle, likes to hit the glass and plays with incredible energy on the defensive end.”
In the Calipari era, Kentucky’s best teams always have a very good rim protector. Just look at the two previous seasons with Nick Richards when he wasn’t playing his best basketball. We didn’t have that rim protector and it hurt us.
This season, Richards is having a breakout season but an important part to this team’s success is the fact that he is averaging 2.2 blocks per game and has altered several shots when opponents drive to the basket.
It sounds like Jackson could be the next great rim protector in the Calipari era which will be huge when you consider the elite guards we are bringing in that can score at a high level.