A big reason for their problems has been struggles shooting the ball from the outside. While they’ve shot better as of late, the Cats still rank 199th nationally in three-point percentage (33.2%).
A class of 2021 recruit who is expected to be a high-level shooter at the college level is four-star shooting guard Brandin Podziemski. He released his top five on Thursday, and the Cats made the cut.
His official top five includes Kentucky, Illinois, Wake Forrest, Miami (FL), and Vanderbilt.
2021 four-star Brandin Podziemski is down to five schools. pic.twitter.com/NMfb6Nw2kO— Tipton Edits (@TiptonEdits) February 25, 2021
As of right now, the 2021 recruiting class for Kentucky includes five-star center Daimion Collins, four-star forward Bryce Hopkins, and four-star point guard Nolan Hickman. Collins and Hickman were both named McDonalds All-Americans.
Aside from those players, Calipari has also brought in West Virginia transfer Oscar Tshiebwe, who was projected as the Big-12 player of the year before transferring.
According to 247 Sports, the Cats currently have the No. 4 overall recruiting class, while Rivals has them at No. 2 overall. The addition of Podziemski would only bolster the class ranking and give them another much-needed sharpshooter for next season and likely beyond.
However, trying to figure out which schools are in the best shape for Podziemski is still a mystery, as there are no predictions logged in his 247 Crystal Ball or Rivals FutureCast.