North Laurel High School guard Reed Sheppard debuted in the 247 Sports national rankings that came out Wednesday for the 2023 class.
Sheppard comes in as the 65th-ranked player and a three-star recruit. He is also joined in the rankings by Louisville Male’s Kaleb Glenn, a 6-6, 200-pound small forward ranked as the 44th-best player in the class, giving him the No. 1 player ranking in the state.
For what it’s worth, Sheppard is ranked higher than Dontaie Allen, Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis were coming into college. Those are the last three Bluegrass products to play at Kentucky.
Reed Sheppard is not a new name to Kentucky fans this season, as he has burst onto the national recruiting scene putting up huge numbers in his sophomore year. Not to mention being the son of former Kentucky Wildcats Jeff Sheppard and Stacey Reed, he is already seen as one of the biggest legacy recruits for Kentucky basketball in recent memory.
Sheppard has been a machine this season. Posting incredible stat lines all season that have Kentucky fans dreaming of what could be, if we were to end up following the same path as his parents. Showing an ability to fill it up scoring wise, it’s the all around intangibles of his game that are showing coaches the potential that could be if he was to choose to attend their school.
This season, he is averaging and absurd 32.1 ppg on 55% shooting from the floor and 38.5% from three. To go along with that, he is averaging 7.4 boards per game
Recently, 247 Sports national recruiting analyst Travis Branham was able to catch a North Laurel game to get the chance to see Sheppard in person. He had this to say afterwards to Catspause.com.
“What stood out to me the most is his basketball IQ, feel for the game and his skill set. He’s a high-IQ combo guard who can shoot it and play on or off the ball. Having only watched film on him, he’s an excellent decision-maker with great vision. He sees the whole floor and is just an all-around basketball player. He’s really skilled and he knows how to play the game. He can get better in the pick and roll but with his ability to shoot and facilitate, if he can make the right reads and attack ball screens, he can take his game to another level and increase his stock.”
Kentucky recently reached out to the Sheppard family, including them hearing from John Calipari.
Currently, Sheppard holds offers from Stetson, High Point, South Alabama, and Iona. Louisville, Indiana, and Virginia have also shown interest.
In regards to Kaleb Glenn, according to 247, he holds offers from Western Kentucky, West Virginia, Iowa State and Cincinnati. With those type of offers pouring in it, one could assume his recruitment is just at the point for take off. He could be a player to watch in the coming months to see if Kentucky expresses any interest.
Check out some highlights of Sheppard and Glenn in action below.