Who will be the next 2016 recruit to sign with Kentucky?

11/13/2015 10:13 AM

LEXINGTON — John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats secured a key piece of their future on Thursday when De’Aaron Fox, the No. 1 ranked point guard in the country, committed to UK for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

With Fox now safely on board, who are the other top targets Kentucky is chasing in the 2016 recruiting class, and who will sign with the Wildcats next?

1. Malik Monk: 5 Stars / No. 1 Shooting Guard / No. 6 Overall

It seems as though Kentucky fans have been talking about Malik Monk for five years already.

The No. 1 shooting guard in the 2016 class has received lots of attention from UK and John Calipari throughout his high school career, and Monk has taken multiple visits to Lexington, including an official visit last month for Big Blue Madness. Scout.com recruiting coordinator Evan Daniels says the explosive wing player won’t be making a decision during the early signing period but lists Kentucky and the hometown Arkansas Razorbacks as the frontrunners for Monk’s commitment.

2. Marques Bolden: 5 Stars / No. 1 Center / No. 12 Overall

You can never have enough talented big men, and Marques Bolden is exactly that.

The 6-foot-11, 240-pound prospect has taken an official visit to Kentucky, but has also visited Duke, Kansas, and Oklahoma with an unofficial visit to hometown Alabama. On the negative side, Bolden did turn down an invitation to attend big blue Madness last month shortly after taking his official visit to Kansas but also announced he won’t be making a decision during the early singing period.

3. Jarrett Allen: 5 Stars / No. 3 Center / No. 16 Overall

Among all the other big names Kentucky has been recruiting, Jarrett Allen has somehow managed to fly a bit under the radar.

The No. 3 center in the 2016 class has been on a visit spree as over the last month, taking official trips to Notre Dame, Kansas, and Houston before topping things off with a visit to Kentucky last weekend. Allen has not hinted at when he could be making his decision and could be the wildcard in the group of players Kentucky is recruiting.


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