With today’s signing of #5 shooting guard Devin Booker, the Kentucky Wildcats will jump to the #3 class of 2014 according to Scout’s Evan Daniels, up two from #5.
Kentucky now moves up to No. 3 in our 2014 class rankings with Booker, Karl Towns and Tyler Ulis.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDanielsFOX) October 31, 2013
Kentucky’s move from #5 drops Maryland and Georgetown down one each to #4 and #5.
ESPN’s Scouting Report had this to say about Booker, their 18th overall player in 2014 and Scout’s 31st:
This is not your typical wing guard. Booker has a few things working in his favor. For starters, he’s been blessed with a unique feel for the game and a passion for his position. His basketball IQ is one of the first things you notice regarding his play. He’s economical with his shot selection which speaks to his feel. Like him more as a shooter type than a smash it to the rim wing. Will need to use his dribble to slide to different areas of the floor.
Booker is an exceptional student with a passion for the game. He’s got big enough shoulders to be the main scoring option for a team and is tracking as a player you construct your backcourt around. There’s plenty he can improve upon but his overall demeanor and skill shooting the ball takes him places. High character prospect.
There is time for Kentucky to find their reign of top recruiting classes continued with 7 of the top 10 and 8 of the top 20 (all 5 star recruits) still uncommitted, but the numbers are shrinking.
Of those still available on Scout’s top 100, list Kentucky as still in the running for their services, including:
#2 Myles Turner
#4 Tyus Jones
#7 Trey Lyles
#10 Justise Winslow
(rankings per scout.com)
#6 SG James Blackmon, a long thought Kentucky lean, is now favored to select Indiana. He’ll announce his decision tonight at halftime of the Louisiana-Monroe vs. Troy football.