Kentucky's Top-50 Ranked Recruits During The Cal Era


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I had the mind-boggling thought this morning of just wondering who were Kentucky's top basketball recruits over the last 13 plus years and to compile them into a list, now that we know how the majority of them have turned out career-wise. I do plan to include this year's recruiting class, but, I believe it will still be really fascinating to take a look back on.


I usually go off of the rankings from 247Sports because I have found those the most trustworthy over the years.


Top ranked recruits under John Calipari at Kentucky all-time.

  1. Nerlens Noel

  2. Anthony Davis

  3. Skal Labissierre

  4. Julius Randle

  5. John Wall

  6. DeMarcus Cousins

  7. Shaedon Sharpe

  8. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

  9. Andrew Harrison

  10. Karl-Anthony Towns

  11. Brandon Boston Jr.

  12. Brandon Knight

  13. De'Aaron Fox

  14. Justin Edwards

  15. Aaron Harrison

  16. Marquis Teague

  17. Robert Dillingham

  18. Cason Wallace

  19. Alex Poythress

  20. Terrence Clarke

  21. Bam Adebayo

  22. Enes Kanter

  23. EJ Montgomery

  24. Terrence Jones

  25. James Young

  26. Malik Monk

  27. Dakari Johnson

  28. Hamidou Diallo

  29. Tyrese Maxey

  30. Kevin Knox

  31. Ashton Hagans

  32. Trey Lyles

  33. Jamal Murray

  34. Kahlil Whitney

  35. Chris Livingston

  36. Jarred Vanderbilt

  37. Keldon Johnson

  38. Isaiah Briscoe

  39. Wenyen Gabriel

  40. PJ Washington

  41. Archie Goodwin

  42. Nick Richards

  43. TyTy Washington

  44. Daimion Collins

  45. Daniel Orton

  46. Marcus Lee

  47. Immanuel Quickley

  48. Tyler Ulis

  49. Kyle Wiltjer

  50. Devin Booker


Okay, so I was completely blown away after reviewing this list. There are some big names that rank really low on this list of fifty. Also, I was surprised with how high some of these players rank from the recent classes we've had, especially the class coming in 2023.


The entire list that I pulled from, which has the players ranked starting from 2000, which is obviously outside of the section of Calipari recruits, but you can view it here if you would like to. There are only about four additional names that would've cracked the top-fifty.


Let me know in the comments which name was ranked much lower than you would have ever guessed before reading this. I'm intrigued to hear what you guys think.

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