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Rivals analyst provides insight into new class of 2024 recruiting rankings


Class of 2024 Kentucky men’s basketball recruit Tre Johnson attempts a three-pointer during the Under Armour Next Elite 24 event in August in Chicago.

Class of 2024 Kentucky men’s basketball recruit Tre Johnson attempts a three-pointer during the Under Armour Next Elite 24 event in August in Chicago.

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On Wednesday, Rivals released its updated class of 2024 basketball recruiting rankings, with plenty of key Kentucky recruits to be found near the top.

But what actually goes into the process of creating a list of top young basketball players, and what qualities are prioritized when making that list?

To answer this, the Herald-Leader spoke in late August to Rob Cassidy, who covers recruiting nationally for Rivals.

Cassidy explained the dynamics at play between the three players — Tre Johnson, Flory Bidunga and Ian Jackson — that were in contention for the top spot in the updated rankings, and also the internal discussions at Rivals that went into crafting the top of the rankings update.

Recruiting rankings are frequently cited when evaluating the performance of different college basketball coaches and programs, and Cassidy provided insight into how the rankings are formed.

Top Kentucky basketball recruiting links

Recruiting rankings: See where UK recruits landed in new Rivals rankings

TV Info: SEC releases TV info, times for UK basketball

Schedule release: The complete 2022-23 UK women’s basketball schedule

Top Kentucky recruits invited to USA Basketball minicamp

UK expected to visit class of 2025 in-state recruit

UK assistant Chin Coleman learns from John Calipari

UK recruit Elliot Cadeau has seen stock rise this summer

Recruiting update for UK target Ron Holland

Notable changes in new Rivals class of 2024 rankings

Rivals podcast discusses new class of 2024 recruiting rankings

Four-star guard discusses Louisville recruitment

SEC school lands four-star class recruit in class of 2023

Pac-12 doesn’t expect more teams to leave for Big Ten or Big 12

An inside look at LaMelo Ball’s 1 of 1 Academy program

More Next Cats links: Top recruiting links from this week.

This story was originally published September 23, 2022 7:29 AM.

Cameron Drummond works as a sports reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader with a focus on Kentucky men’s basketball recruiting and the UK men’s basketball team, horse racing, soccer and other sports in Central Kentucky. Drummond is a first-generation American who was born and raised in Texas, before graduating from Indiana University. He is a fluent Spanish speaker who previously worked as a community news reporter in Austin, Texas.





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