Zion Williamson committed to Duke and Moses Brown committed to UCLA since our last Kentucky basketball recruiting notebook.
Williamson was Kentucky’s top remaining target in the 2018 class, and Brown could’ve been a possible big man addition to the class, but coach John Calipari never seemed sold on the 5-star center from New York.
Now that both former targets are off the board, Kentucky has to look elsewhere. Or maybe not. Calipari said last week that he didn’t know if the Cats would add another player to their 2018 class.
It’s an all-guard class for now with 5-star point guard Immanuel Quickley, 5-star shooting guard Keldon Johnson and 4-star shooting guard Tyler Herro. While it’s not close to Duke’s class of the No. 1, 2 and 3 prospects, Kentucky’s three-man class is ranked fourth nationally and first in the SEC, according to the 247Sports composite.
The 2018 class is short on top-ranked post players, but one possibility is 5-star power forward E.J. Montgomery. The former Auburn commit doesn’t hold an offer from Kentucky, but he’s the 12th overall prospect and the No. 3 power forward in the class.
Perhaps more important than adding a post player to the class is for Kentucky to keep its current group. Freshman center Nick Richards and power forward PJ Washington aren’t going to be first-round picks and should come back for their sophomore seasons. Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones have been valuable off the bench and aren’t on draft boards.
Things can obviously change, but Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Hamidou Diallo seem to be the only players who are more likely than not to leave. It’s still too early to tell for Jarred Vanderbilt.
Calipari could stand pat with his three signees, perhaps add a graduate transfer, or maybe even land top 2019 prospect James Wiseman if he reclassifies.
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