Kentucky and coach John Calipari have signed the best recruiting class in the country. The Wildcats have the top player in the nation headed to Lexington in 6-4 guard Shaedon Sharpe from Arizona, one of three ranked among the top-10 players in this class. Cason Wallace, a 6-4 shooting guard, and 6-7 Chris Livingston are both five-stars. Top-20 point guard Skyy Clark rounds out the star-studded class.
The former local legend, Glenbrook North’s Jon Scheyer, will welcome the nation’s best recruiting class as he officially takes over the Duke program next year. Led by 6-11 Dereck Lively from Pennsylvania, a consensus top-five prospect, there are three five-stars ranked among the top-10 prospects in the country, along with the local kid — Yorkville Christian’s Jaden Schutt.
The state of Arkansas is loaded with prep stars, and the Razorbacks cashed in. Led by local five-star recruit Nick Smith, a dazzling 6-5 do-it-all guard, the class has five players ranked among the top 100 in the country, including three from Arkansas.
MJ Rice, a 6-5 wing and top-25 talent out of Prolific Prep in California, has a chance to be special. The Jayhawks also welcome frontcourt size and talent in a pair of top-50 prospects: 6-10 Ernest Udeh and 6-8 Zuby Ejiofor.
The Crimson Tide’s outstanding class starts with the 1-2 punch of 6-8 Brandon Miller and 6-3 point guard Jaden Bradley, a pair of five-star recruits. The class also includes two more top-100 prospects in Noah Clowney, a 6-9 forward, and 6-5 shooter Rylan Griffen.
6. Ohio State
The best Buckeyes recruiting class in years; elite point guard Bruce Thornton out of Georgia highlights a deep, impressive five-man class that includes four top-100 prospects.
Three California players and high-profile recruits stayed home: Amari Bailey, the No. 2 ranked player in the country who originally was from Chicago, 6-10 Adem Bona and 6-4 guard Dylan Andrews.
Coach Juwan Howard hit it big again with his second straight top-10 recruiting class. All four are among the top 100, but the highest ranked of the bunch? Juwan Howard’s son, Jett, a versatile 6-7 wing.
The addition this week of top-100 wing Tre White was big. He joins five-star, 7-footer Vincent Iwuchukwu and two highly regarded California prospects in 6-9 Kijani Wright and guard Oziyah Sellers.
Cam Whitmore, a 6-6 wing and top-25 prospect, is the centerpiece of a three-player class that includes four-star guards Brendan Hausen from Texas and Mark Armstrong from New Jersey.