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Where Kentucky targets stand in updated Rivals rankings for 2022 class

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Kentucky is going after a lot of the top prospects in the class.

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Since the end of the 2020-21 season, John Calipari has completely overhauled the Kentucky Wildcats’ program with the addition of Chin Coleman and Orlando Antigua to his staff.

Since the two arrived in Lexington, the Cats have been hitting the recruiting trail going after several top prospects in the 2022 and 2023 classes.

On Wednesday, Rivals updated their top 10 rankings for the 2022 class and on Thursday released the full Rivals 150.

The update saw Jalen Duren takeover the No. 1 spot, replacing Emoni Bates, who is now the No. 2 overall player.

Calipari has missed out on some of the elite talent in recent years but him and the new staff are hoping to change that going forward.

In fact, five of the new top 10 prospects are currently being recruited by Kentucky including Duren (No. 1), Chris Livingston (No. 4), Keyonte George (No. 5), Dior Johnson (No. 7), and Brandon Miller (No. 10).

Kentucky’s lone pledge, Skyy Clark, fell down to the No. 15 spot. Fellow backcourt target Jaden Bradley dropped down to No. 18.

Here is a look at Rivals’ new top 25 prospects for the 2022 class.

1. Jalen Duren

2. Emoni Bates

3. Amari Bailey

4. Chris Livingston

5. Keyonte George

6. Dariq Whitehead

7. Dior Johnson

8. Mark Mitchell

9. Jarace Walker

10. Brandon Miller

11. Shaedon Sharpe

12. Sadraque Nganga

13. Jazian Gortman

14. Dereck Lively II

15. Skyy Clark

16. Cason Wallace

17. Kijani Wright

18. Jaden Bradley

19. Zion Cruz

20. Bruce Thornton

21. Julian Phillips

22. AJ Casey

23. Eric Dailey Jr.

24. Chance Westry

25. Arterio Morris

It will be interesting to see which of these recruits Kentucky ends up heavily involved with and who ends up in Lexington.

You can check out the complete updated Rivals 150 here.