As expected, Shaedon Sharpe has committed to the Kentucky Wildcats. He’s the first player since Nerlens Noel to pick Kentucky and be ranked No. 1 overall in his class in multiple recruiting services.
Sharpe had a historic rise in the rankings in 2021, going from ranked 90th in September of 2020, to No. 1 in September of 2021. A full calendar year.
Sharpe becomes the second domino to fall in the class of 2022, setting in motion what could be an absolutely monster class, something that Kentucky hasn’t seen in some time.
There’s a legitimate chance for the Wildcats to also land three top-10 prospects, something they haven’t achieved since the class of 2016.
The next player to pop is, scheduled, to be Chris Livingston, a consensus top-10 prospect and the No. 1 small forward. He will announce in October.
Next scheduled is Cason Wallace, the No. 1 combo guard in the class. He will announce in November, although that could be moved up.
Dereck Lively, who’s actually pushing Sharpe for the top spot and is currently No. 1 at 247 Sports, is also someone Kentucky is strongly in the mix for, if not the outright favorite.
Are the Wildcats starting to become the kings of the recruiting world again?
Here’s how Twitter reacting to the Wildcats landing the No. 1 player in the land:
The #1 player in America is a Cat!!!— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) September 7, 2021
All is right once again https://t.co/mSZkgkXG9F
John Calipari has landed the No. 1 player in the country for the first time in a decade.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) September 7, 2021
Shaedon Sharpe is an absolute stud. Has size, can score at all 3 levels, makes people better.
Absolutely love this kid. Kentucky fans are gonna LOVE him.
I honestly couldn’t come up with a significant weakness in Shaedon Sharpe’s game after watching him multiple times at the Peach Jam. https://t.co/XTMU8WVWHs— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) September 7, 2021
ESPN no.1 Shaedon Sharpe to Kentucky.— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) September 7, 2021
Definitely has some Malik Monk and Jamal Murray in his game. A strong and explosive shooting guard! The 3rd no.1 prospect in John Calipari’s tenure at @KentuckyMBB. 12’ Nerlens Noel & 11’ Anthony Davis. @ShaedonSharpe pic.twitter.com/7lwlWApC6R
Shaedon Sharpe, the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2022, has committed to Kentucky, he told ESPN. He’s Kentucky’s first top-five commitment since Bam Adebayo in 2016 and the first No. 1 prospect John Calipari has recruited since Nerlens Noel in 2012. Highlights from Nike EYBL. pic.twitter.com/zZ2xgxpc3l— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) September 7, 2021
Cal is washed. Penny owns Cal. G league owns Cal. No one wants to play for Kentucky anymore. 9-16.— Matt Sak (@MattSakBBN) September 7, 2021
We heard it all. We took notes. THE REVENGE TOUR IS JUST GETTING STARTED
Shaedon Sharpe is simply going to get buckets at Kentucky pic.twitter.com/woZEc14LSf— SLAM University (@slam_university) September 7, 2021
Shaedon Sharpe recruiting timeline:— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) September 7, 2021
Dec. 17, 2020: Kentucky offers Shaedon Sharpe
June 18, 2021: First official visit to Kentucky
Aug. 8, 2021: Shaedon Sharpe names final 5
Aug. 29, 2021: Second official visit to Kentucky
Sept. 7, 2021: Shaedon Sharpe commits to Kentucky
Sharpe quietly emerged as a high major prospect as a sophomore landing as the No. 65 in the @247Sports Rankings.— Travis Branham (@TravisBranham_) September 7, 2021
Over the last 12 months he quietly turned into an elite prospect earning an offer from Kentucky in December before exploding onto the national scene in the spring. https://t.co/axFCNPoQwq
John Calipari leaving the office this evening pic.twitter.com/j5NgKQOHeu— Travis Graf (@TravisGraf_) September 7, 2021
After the summer of 2020, I wrote about how some players missed out on the chance to become national names due to coaches not going on the road — the headliner was then-unranked Shaedon Sharpe.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) September 7, 2021
Safe to say, he’s done just fine. https://t.co/Lb1AVY1WTo pic.twitter.com/3ktSRY0WI4
The #1 Overall Recruit in the 2022 Class (per ESPN, Rivals, & On3), Shaedon Sharpe, has committed to KENTUCKY! #BBN— Moore Edits (@moore_bbn) September 7, 2021
The 6’5” Shooting Guard from Glendale, AZ chose the Kentucky Wildcats over the G-league, Arizona, Kansas, & Oklahoma State pic.twitter.com/7qcBXqwkZ0
Hell of a week to be a Kentucky fan. pic.twitter.com/m3MAIsPyhb— Things #BBN Likes (@ThingsBBNLikes) September 7, 2021