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Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Recruiting: Five-Star Prospect Trims List

Earlier today, Class of 2105 recruit Antonio Blakeney trimmed his list of college choices.  His list now consists of seven remaining colleges.

Blakeney hails from Orlando, Florida, where he attends Oak Ridge High School.  He is a 6’4″ shooting guard and is rated by ESPN as a five-star recruit.  He is also ranked by ESPN as the No. 3 shooting guard and as the No. 16 overall player in the Class of 2015.

Rivals.com, Scout.com, and 247Sports all consider Blakeney to be a five-star recruit and top 20 overall prospect in the Class of 2015 as well.

Several colleges have been vying for Blakeney’s talents.  However, he has now cut many colleges out and narrowed his options.  The seven remaining schools on Blakeney’s list are Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Missouri, Oregon, and USC.  This list is a bit surprising because multiple prominent programs such as Florida, Kansas, and North Carolina were left out.

The competition to gain a commitment from Blakeney could very well come down between Kentucky and Louisville.  They are undoubtedly the most storied basketball programs remaining on Blakeney’s list.  Both programs have proven to be champions over the past few years as well.  It’s also hard to imagine him wanting to go to an SEC school other than Kentucky and having to play against the Wildcats and be in their shadow.  Besides Kentucky and Louisville, Florida State seems like another likely option for Blakeney.  This is because Florida State is closest to home and he may feel most comfortable going there.

Scout.com’s Evan Daniels recently spoke with the Lexington Herald-Leader about Blakeney.  “I love his ability to score,” Daniels said.  “Honestly, he’s one of the top scorers in this class. He knows how to create space with his dribble. He’s turned in to a tremendous athlete. He’s very good in transition. He can get to the mid range and make shots. He’s a pretty good shooter from three. … And he’s getting better. He’s clearly a hard worker, because he’s made tremendous strides in his game over the past year.”

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