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ESPN updates class of 2022 and 2023 recruiting rankings

Let’s dive into how some Wildcats are ranked.

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ESPN released their updated basketball recruiting rankings today, and Kentucky fans will be excited to see the number of top prospects that John Calipari and his staff are chasing in the 2022 and 2023 classes.

For the class of 2022, the Cats are in on 15 different players, nine of which came in the top-15 of the new rankings. Skyy Clark, the only commitment in the class so far comes in at 13th overall.

Kentucky appears to be in a good spot with several of the players in the class, but many analysts think that Shaedon Sharpe might be the next player to join Skyy as a commit. Duren is also widely expected to move up to the 2021 class after Peach Jam this season.

Here is how the rankings shaped up for current UK targets:

2. Jalen Duren

4. Keyonte George

5. Chris Livingston

8. Shaedon Sharpe

9. Brandon Miller

10. Dereck Lively

13. Skyy Clark

14. Jaden Bradley

15. Adem Bona

22. Vincent Iwuchukwu

26. Sadraque Nganga

27. Anthony Black

28. Cason Wallace

37. Nick Smith

The class of 2023 features No. 1 overall player D.J. Wagner, who is widely expected to play in Lexington if he decides to play in college.

Alongside him, the Kentucky staff is looking to load up with talent in 2023, as they have shown interest in 15 of the top 30 players, 11 of which are in the top-15.

Check out the list below:

  1. D.J. Wagner
  2. Jalen Lewis
  3. Baye Fall
  4. Javonte Taylor
  5. Kwame Evans
  6. Mackenzie Mgbako
  7. Omaha Biliew

9. Tyler Smith

12. Simeon Wilcher

13. Millie Cook

14. Robert Dillingham

23. Matas Buzelis

24. JaKobe Walters

26. Rayvon Griffith

30. Kris Parker

You can check out the full ranking for 2022 here, and the 2023 rankings here.