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
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.