Kentucky basketball recruiting report: A look at Kentucky’s prospects
Posted On August 6, 2021
An exhaustive analysis of Kentucky’s 2015 recruiting class and the reasons why they went in different directions.
The list includes Kentucky’s No. 1 overall pick, De’Aaron Fox, who has been sidelined since November with a shoulder injury.
Fox has been ranked the No. 8 overall prospect in the country by Rivals.com, No. 20 in ESPN’s Top 100, No 6 in Scout.
He is ranked as a top-25 player in the class by ESPN, No 4 in ESPN.com’s Top 200 and No 11 in Scout’s Top 50.
Kentucky is also expected to announce its 2016 recruiting class on Monday.
The Kentucky roster is ranked by 247Sports as No. 7 in the nation, No 11 nationally, No 8 nationally in the 247Sports Composite and No 5 in the ESPN.COM Top 50 rankings.
The Wildcats have been ranked No. 11 in the AP Top 25 and No 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
All five players have signed national letters of intent.
The 2016 class features top-ranked players in Fox, guard Austin Barr, forward Jordan Taylor, guard Myles White, guard De’Anthony Thomas, guard Josh Hart and guard Isaiah Whitehead.
All four of those players have committed to Kentucky.
The Blue Devils have a class that includes five top-20 players.
Barr, Whitehead, Hart and Thomas have each committed to the Wildcats.
Thomas has committed to Michigan State and will take his official visit to the Spartans on Saturday.
Barr is the only senior to have committed.
He was a member of Kentucky Basketball’s Elite Eight team in 2016 and averaged 15.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game.
Taylor, Barr and Thomas will all be sophomores, making the class one of the most talented Kentucky teams in decades.
Barr averaged 16.5 points, 7.1 assists and 5.2 rebounds per contest last season.
Thomas averaged 13.5, 6 and 6.3 points per game last season and had 10 double-doubles.
The 6-foot-9 guard is the No 3 player in Kentucky history and is the first player to average at least 17.5 and 10.0 points per contest since 2008.
Barr was a key part of Kentucky in 2016, averaging 13.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 5 ppg per game in 2016-17, his third season at Kentucky.
Barr had career highs in points (24.9), rebounds (11.3) and blocks (3.3).
Whitehead was a huge part of the Wildcats’ Elite Eight run in 2016 as he averaged 16 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game, as well as 4.8 assists per game and 4-for-4 from three-point range.
The 5-foot, 9 guard was a major part of Blue Devils’ run to the Final Four last season, averaging 15.5 ppg and 6 rpg.
The 7-footer has averaged 14.4 and 9.0 ppg in his two seasons at Kentucky, and is averaging 15 ppg this season.
Hart was a dominant player on the Elite Eight squad and is currently ranked No 1 in the recruiting class by Rivals and No. 12 nationally.
He averaged 18.3 ppg as a junior and is a consensus five-star recruit.
Thomas was the only other member of the Elite 8 to commit to Kentucky last season after he committed to Kansas State.
The five-foot guard has a 6-7 wingspan, and averaged 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per contest as a sophomore.
Barr and Whitehead are the only players to have played at least two seasons in the NBA.
Thomas and Barr will play at Kentucky this season and are expected to contribute on the court for the Wildcats in the ACC.
Whitehead has already made his decision and will make his official commitment on Saturday night.
The other three players have yet to announce their decision.