Can Kentucky Basketball overtake Duke for the No. 1 class in 2015?

08/05/2015 10:32 PM

LEXINGTON — After a slow start to the the summer recruiting period, John Calipari and the University of Kentucky basketball team are making a late push to sign some of the top international players on the board and overtake the No. 1 recruiting class for 2015. currently ranks the Wildcats’ 2015 commits as No. 2 in the country behind only Duke, but the possible (and probable) addition of Australian star Isaac Humphries could be enough for UK to claim the top spot once again for the sixth time in the past seven seasons.

“It certainly would depend on where Isaac Humphries would fall in the 2015 rankings,” Evan Daniels,’s director of basketball recruiting, told KSTV on Wednesday’s show, “but I do think it would give [Kentucky] a pretty good chance to pass Duke.”

Kentucky’s 2015 class already includes No. 1 overall player Skal Labissiere, No. 12 Jamal Murray, No. 13 Isaiah Briscoe, No. 78 Charles Matthews, and 4-star junior college transfer Mychal Mulder.

2016 New Zealand power forward Tai Wynyard is also expected to enroll early and join the Wildcats at midseason, adding to an international roster of two Canadians (Murray, Mulder), one Haitian (Labissiere), and — possibly — one Australian (Humphries).

Click below to watch KSTV’s full discussion with Evan Daniels, including where No. 1 player Skal Labissiere needs to improve during his freshman year at Kentucky as well as updates on five-star prospects Rawle Alkins, Malik Monk, and Markelle Fultz.


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