With the best inbound recruiting class in the nation, the University of Kentucky will welcome many highly coveted stars this fall, assuming athletes will be on campuses despite the growing concern of a second wave of COVID-19.
In that class will be two five-star recruits, BJ Boston and Terrence Clarke.
Boston, who is playing alongside LeBron James’ son at Sierra Canyon, is ranked as the fourth-best player in the Class of 2020. As for Clarke, he’s currently at No. 7. Kentucky is the only program with two top-10 recruits.
Those two will be accompanied by Isaiah Jackson and Devin Askew, two of the best four-star recruits in the class. All are projected to have a highly involved role after every one of the team’s starters from this past season will be moving on.
However, Boston and Clarke are the two that should be giving the bulk of the responsibility offensively. With big shoes to fill as a few of the top prospects, both will like leave after just one season with Calipari’s Wildcats.
That’s why in his most recent 2021 mock draft, James Wasserman has both being selected. On top of that, they’re both placed in the draft’s lottery, meaning they’re two of the first 14 picks in the draft.
Here’s what Wasserman wrote on each Lexington-bound star and where he has them being selected.
No. 7 BJ Boston
“A pure scoring guard/wing, BJ Boston should serve as Kentucky’s top option with his ability to create and make shots from all over the floor.
“His 6’7” size and skill level make for a tough combination offensively. Loaded with pull-ups, step-backs and NBA shooting range, Boston is highly advanced with the confidence to carry a lineup and take over games.”
“He should be fully prepared for the spotlight he’ll receive at Kentucky after generating rowdy crowds and rockstar attention playing for Sierra Canyon and alongside teammate Bronny James.”
“Shooting a high-enough percentage from the floor should ultimately help Boston hold off concerns about his skinny frame, arms and legs,” Wasserman said of Boston.
No. 14 Terrence Clarke
“Clarke stands out physically with 6’7” size as a perimeter scorer, but his skill level pops, as well, particularly on jump shots and slashes. He can get in the habit of settling, but he’s capable of both creating and hitting the tough shots that opposing wings won’t have answers for on his good days,” Wasserman wrote on Clarke.