Kentucky's 2014 recruiting class No. 2 in final rankings

broberts@herald-leader.comMay 1, 2014 

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Karl Towns, Jr., of St. Joseph High School, holds the trophy during a press conference after being named the 2013-14 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 in Metuchen, N.J. Towns was surprised with the news by former NBA Champion Alonzo Mourning. Photo/Gatorade, Susan Goldman, handout.

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Player rankings for the class of 2014 are in from all four of the major basketball recruiting services.

Not surprisingly, UK Coach John Calipari has a pretty good group coming to Lexington next season.

Scout.com released its final Top 100 on Thursday, moving UK signee Karl-Anthony Towns up seven spots to the No. 4 overall ranking in the class.

Rivals.com, Scout and 247Sports all placed him among the top five players in the class. ESPN had him No. 9 in its final rankings.

The other three services released their final lists over the past few weeks.

Tyler Ulis was the other big mover among UK signees.

Ulis — a 5-9 point guard from Chicago — is ranked No. 20 overall in the final Scout rankings. That's up nine spots from the most recent update. He is now considered a five-star player by every major recruiting service and is ranked no lower than No. 25 in the country.

Fellow UK signees Trey Lyles and Devin Booker finished at No. 11 and No. 29, respectively, in the final Scout rankings. Lyles is considered a top-20 recruit by all four services, and Booker is a unanimous top-30 recruit.

UK's four-player group is listed as the No. 2 recruiting class in the country behind Duke, which will also add four McDonald's All-Americans to its roster.

Kentucky and Duke will feature nine McDonald's All-Americans each next season, barring any unexpected departures over the summer.

Duke signee Jahlil Okafor held on to the No. 1 overall spot in the final Scout.com rankings.

Southern Methodist signee Emmanuel Mudiay, Arizona signee Stanley Johnson, Towns and Texas signee Myles Turner rounded out the top five in Scout's rankings.

Four of Louisville's six signees were ranked in the Top 100, including Kentucky Mr. Basketball Quentin Snider at No. 35 overall.

Louisville native D'Angelo Russell — an Ohio State signee — was No. 13 overall.

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216Twitter: @NextCatsBlog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com

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