With about 50 days till Kentucky Basketball season and the open recruiting period in full swing, the Kentucky coaching staff will be all over the country checking out the nation's top prospects from all grades of high school. Open recruiting period means that coaches can make in-home visits with recruits and host recruits on official and unofficial visits freely.
One of the strongest classes we have seen in a while is the rising Junior class of 2025 that is loaded with players that the staff has their eyes on.
Class of 2025
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The No. 2 player in the country according to 247 Sports attends Huntington Prep and has been one of the fastest risers over the summer. Peterson played for Phenom United of the Adidas 3SSB and averaged 24 points and 6 rebounds a game.
The 6'5 shooting guard has the potential to be another great Kentucky guard. He's an all-around scorer similar to Malik Monk and would be a huge get for Coach Cal. His recruitment is very quiet at this point, and it is rumored he wants to wait to commit. Kentucky watched him a lot over the summer and has also already seen him at his home since the beginning of the open period.
Peterson has offers from Kentucky, UNC, Kansas, Louisville, Oregon, UCLA, and many of others.
The Boozer Twins
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Two of the most hyped up prospects in this class who are known as the "Boozer twins" attend Christopher Columbus High School in Florida.
Cameron and Cayden Boozer are ranked No. 1 and No. 17 in the 247 Sports rankings as deservedly so. Cameron is a 6'9 dominant power forward who can score and rebound very well while Cayden is a 6'3 point guard. It's very likely these twins will attend the same college when that day comes. Cameron averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds this summer playing for Nighrydas Elite of the EYBL and Cayden averaged 12 points and 9 assists during his stints.
The two sons of former Duke player, Carlos Boozer, have been said to be "Duke locks" for years but the twins have come out and denied that already. With offers from basically every Power-Five team, they have lots of options to choose from. If there is any coach that can steal top prospects from Jon Scheyer, it's John Calipari.
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The 6'9 200-pound power forward from Atlanta, Georgia has really rose up the rankings this summer. Caleb Wilson is listed as the No. 4 overall player in 2025 and the No. 3 power forward. Wilson played for the Georgia Stars of the Nike EYBL over the summer and averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds a game.
His ability to stretch the floor could make him sort of a swiss army knife for John Calipari. He can play in the lane with a terrific driving ability as well as play above the rim as a true Calipari forward. You won't see him go beyond the three-point line a lot but when he does he can make the three if he is open. He is also a good defender. With his long arms, he can be a nightmare for opposing teams by creating steals and running the floor. A pickup like Wilson could really jumpstart a 2025 class, which could be one of Coach Cal's best.
The recruit has offers from Kentucky, Duke, Auburn, Baylor, UNC, and plenty more.
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Jasper Johnson is a 6'4 170-pound combo guard from Woodford County, Kentucky. The hometown kid led Woodford County High School to the KHSAA Sweet 16 as a sophomore this past year. Johnson surprisingly announced that he would be transferring to Link Academy in Branson, Missouri, so he is no longer in the state lines. He will get stronger competition as well as more eyes on him at Link Academy, which he said are two of the main reasons why he decided to transfer.
Jasper is ranked as the No. 9 overall player in the class and the No. 2 combo guard. Jasper played up in age for Team Thad this summer in the Nike EYBL and averaged 12 points and 2 assists a game.
The Kentucky-native received his UK offer back in May, but has always had ties to the school because his dad, Dennis Johnson, played football for the Cats. Though Kentucky may have had an early upper hand, Jasper's recruitment is far from over as he also has offers from UNC, Kansas, Baylor, USC, and dozens of others.
The year of 2025 may seem like a long way away, but these kids are already juniors in High School and the coaching staff is always looking ahead in prep for seasons to come. There will be more prospects and Kentucky targets pop up as time goes on, but these are some of the main ones to watch as we get closer to basketball season.