The Kentucky Wildcats brought in four 5-star recruits and then a 4-star recruit. So far, despite having lost to Kansas in the Champions Classic, the Cats are living up to the hype.
The only incoming freshman fans have yet to see is top-10 recruit Aaron Bradshaw, who has been sidelined with the Cats' other 7-footers.
That said, Reed Sheppard and Justin Edwards are the two who didn’t crack the list, with Rob Dillingham and DJ Wagner making an appearance. USC’s Isaiah Collier was the top freshman with Dillingham, who exploded against Kansas, coming in at No. 7.
“Electricity is a quality word to describe Robert Dillingham and his game. John Calipari has done a great job of playing Dillingham in spurts and giving him the freedom to play his style. In return, Dillingham is averaging 16.0 points, 4.6 assists, and 1.6 steals in 23.0 minutes per contest. Kentucky is now 4-1 and sits at No. 16 in the A.P. Poll,” Jamie Shaw wrote.
Shaw continued with a few others before listing Wagner at No. 10.
“It has been an up-and-down season so far for Five-Star Plus+ guard DJ Wagner, but he has continued to show his value to John Calipari, playing 29.2 minutes per contest, third on the team. Wagner has averaged 11.8 points and 3.4 assists per game,” Shaw wrote. “His most productive game was his last, the overtime win over St. Joseph’s where Wagner finished with 22 points and six assists. The Kentucky freshman getting up to speed quickly will go a long way for the Wildcats maintaining their No. 16 rating in the A.P. Poll.”
The Cats beat Saint Joseph’s in overtime behind 22 points from Wagner and 13 from Dillingham. With just one early-season loss, the sky appears to be the limit for a team that should continue to grow as the season progresses.