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Rivals ranks contenders for top-5 recruit Patrick Baldwin Jr.

He would be a game-changer.

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With the 2020 class likely set, John Calipari and his staff have set their sights on the 2021 and 2022 classes.

Assuming Jonathan Kuminga ends up playing professionally, Patrick Baldwin Jr. will likely end up as the top player in the 2021 class. And according to a recent article by, Kentucky is still very much a contender.

Eric Bossi wrote about the top five teams likely to end up with Baldwin on their rosters. The Kentucky Wildcats came in at No. 3 behind the Duke Blue Devils and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers. (Note: Baldwin’s father is the coach at Milwaukee). The top five is rounded out by Northwestern and North Carolina.

“John Calipari and the Wildcats aren’t exactly strangers to helping potential one-and-done talents like Baldwin succeed,” Bossi wrote. “There will be plenty of need for a guy like him in Lexington during the 2021-22 season. Baldwin would be an ideal replacement for a player like B.J. Boston who isn’t likely to spend more than one season at Kentucky. Again, not completely similar players, but the role of floor stretching wing with size who can create for others is something that Baldwin would fit into nicely.”

Of course Calipari would love to sign Baldwin, but he will have his work cut out for him. In addition to the five schools already mentioned, Baldwin is also considering Michigan, Wisconsin, UCLA, Virginia, and UCLA.

Read the rest of Bossi’s breakdown of Baldwin’s recruitment here.

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