Kentucky’s Class of 2014 is Special

12 Sep

Kentucky has had it’s share of high-major players over the years… but rarely has the Bluegrass state seen an influx of talent like the 2014 class.

Over the next few years big-time coaches from all the BCS conferences will be traveling through Kentucky to recruit several kids within the state. There hasn’t been a class with this much talent at a young age in over a decade.

The class is even more special because it has talented kids at every position.

D'Angelo Russell

It starts with combo guard D’Angelo Russell from Louisville Central. Russell is a can’t miss high-major kid who has the total package. He has decent size and length to go along with good athleticism. He uses his tight handle and quickness to break defenders down off the dribble where he can get to the rim, find teammates or show off his nasty pull-up jumper. Russell picked up his first offer from Xavier early in the summer and later received an offer from Louisville.

His fellow AAU teammate, Ballard point guard Quentin Snyder, has already committed to Louisville. Snyder is another kid with a great handle and good quickness. He is a little bit smaller but has a lot of shake in his game and is constantly getting into the lane to make plays for his team.

If you’re looking for a lights out shooter then Northern Kentucky’s own Brandon Hatton from Dixie Heights High School is your guy. The best shooter in the state has unlimited range and shoots the ball with unbelievable efficiency. He also has New York-like toughness on the court and plays with a mean streak. He’s not afraid to use his strength to bully defenders to the rim.

Trey Grundy

Trey Grundy and Jordan Green are two wing prospects out of Henry Clay in Lexington who both have a ton of upside. Grundy probably has the most potential out of any player in the state and is already starting to look the part of a high-major wing. With great athleticism, bounce and a strong frame to go with it, Grundy is impressive physically for a sophomore. Green is a fluid athlete who has great touch around the basket. He’s learning to improve his game by developing go-to shots – all mid-range and closer – that looked good during AAU in July.

When it comes to forwards, Kentucky Wildcat fans should remember our next prospect’s father… Jonathan Davis who played at Kentucky from 1989-91. His son Jackson Davis is another talented kid who is hearing from plenty of high-major schools already. The 6-foot-8 forward out of Lexington Lafayette is beginning to really round out his game and is now more of a combo forward who is skilled enough to play out on the perimeter but has enough size and strength to bang inside and make his presence felt on the glass.

In the post, Shane Hall from Johnson Central is one of the state’s fastest rising prospects. At 6-foot-8 with a lean but solid frame, Hall is a fluid athlete with great bounce. Add in his high-motor that he brings every game and he starts to remind you of a thinner and more athletic Matt Howard from Butler.

The list goes on with the prospects in Kentucky for the 2014 class. During the July evaluation period, high-major coaches – including Rick Pitino and John Calipari – could be found watching these youngsters play AAU. That itself speaks volumes about the talent in this class.

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