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Where Kentucky commits stand in the new 2021 and 2022 rankings

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Future Cats took a big leap in the newest rankings.

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The newest edition of the Rivals.com basketball rankings are out, and a few Kentucky Wildcats made significant jumps in both classes.

To start, point guard Nolan Hickman saw a dramatic increase in his ranking, jumping from No. 52 overall to No. 39 overall in the 2021 class. Hickman was Kentucky’s first commitment in 2021 and is seen as one of the biggest sleepers in the class.

Kentucky power forward commit Daimion Collins remained a top-10 prospect, staying put at No. 10 overall, and Bryce Hopkins rose to two spots to No. 28 overall.

As for 2022, UK commit Skyy Clark rose to top-10 status for his class, jumping from No. 13 to No. 8 overall.

Jaden Bradley, who recently received a Kentucky offer and is seen as a lean to the Wildcats, is ranked one spot ahead at No. 7 overall. As of now, both Clark and Bradley are to remain in the class of 2022.

Class of 2021 prospect Hunter Sallis, whom Kentucky is still a strong contender for with Gonzaga surging, is the No. 7 overall prospect in his class.

And finally, long-time Kentucky target Jaden Hardy, who was at one time seen as a lock to the Wildcats, is the No. 2 prospect in the class of 2021, rising three spots. Hardy is seen as a lean toward going to the G-League with UCLA also a strong contender, but Kentucky is still in the mix.

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