LEXINGTON, Ky. — All four major recruiting services have finalized their Class of 2017 basketball rankings, and they all agree: Kentucky’s class is loaded with top talent. Each of the seven players who has signed with or committed to the Wildcats is a consensus top-100 prospect, including six top-40 guys.
We’ve added up the individual rankings for each of them — from Scout, Rivals, 247 Sports and ESPN — and come up with their final average position in the class nationally: No. 10 Hamidou Diallo, No. 13 Jarred Vanderbilt, No. 14 P.J. Washington, No. 16 Nick Richards, No. 24 Quade Green, No. 31 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and No. 77 Jemarl Baker.
Of note: Diallo enrolled at Kentucky in January and practiced with the team but did not play, taking a redshirt half-season instead, so ESPN and Rivals removed him from their 2017 rankings.
The other thing that jumps out: Gilgeous-Alexander was a huge riser in 247 Sports’ final list, soaring to 19th overall and 5-star status. Analysts are farther apart on him than any other UK prospect, considering the combo guard from Canada is ranked as low as 39th by Scout.
And remember, the Wildcats are not done. They’re still in pursuit of three high school recruits and a graduate transfer, most notably 6-foot-11 center Mohamed Bamba, whose average national ranking is No. 2 overall in the Class of 2017. Here’s the full breakdown:
FINAL RANKINGS FOR FUTURE CATS
SG Hamidou Diallo (Average 10th) — 10. Scout, 10. 247 Sports, N/A ESPN, N/A Rivals
PF Jarred Vanderbilt (Average 13th) — 8. 247 Sports, 11. Scout, 13. Rivals, 18. ESPN
PF P.J. Washington (Average 14th) — 11. ESPN, 14. Scout, 14. Rivals, 18. 247 Sports
C Nick Richards (Average 16th) — 14. 247 Sports, 16. ESPN, 16. Rivals, 16. Scout
PG Quade Green (Average 24th) — 21. Rivals, 22. Scout, 23. ESPN, 30. 247 Sports
SG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Average 31st) — 19. 247Sports, 31. Rivals, 33. ESPN, 39. Scout
SG Jemarl Baker (Average 77th) — 63. ESPN, 78. Rivals, 83. 247 Sports, 85. Scout
FINAL RANKINGS FOR UK TARGETS
C Mohamed Bamba (Average 2nd) — 2. Scout, 2. Rivals, 2. 247 Sports, 3. ESPN
SF Kevin Knox (Average 11th) —9. Scout, 9. Rivals, 9. ESPN, 17. 247 Sports
PG Mark Smith (Average 88th) — 52. Rivals, 76. Scout, 137. 247 Sports, N/A ESPN