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The latest info on UK’s top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2017

Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker is one of UK’s top remaining recruiting targets for the class of 2017. His other finalists are Arizona, Miami, Syracuse and Villanova.
Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker is one of UK’s top remaining recruiting targets for the class of 2017. His other finalists are Arizona, Miami, Syracuse and Villanova. Nike

We’re two weeks into college basketball’s fall recruiting period, and some of the top prospects on John Calipari’s wish list for the class of 2017 are starting to set their official visits and show which way their recruitments might be leaning.

The Next Cats page dedicated to those top prospects has been updated with new recruiting bios (including school lists and commitment timetables), the latest rankings and links to Crystal Ball predictions for the 11 players from the class of 2017 with scholarship offers from Kentucky.

The capsule for each player now includes a chart showing that prospect’s official visit schedule, which will be updated regularly as more of those planned trips are made public.

Check out the 2017 page regularly for the latest information on each of UK’s targets, and be sure to follow the Next Cats links blog for daily updates on all things UK recruiting.

With the early signing period now less than two months away — and some UK-related commitments likely to happen between now and then — here’s a quick look at the current status of the 247Sports Crystal Ball (as of Thursday morning) for each of the Cats’ top targets:

Mohamed Bamba

Crystal Ball favorite: Duke (59%)

UK’s status: Second choice (41%)

Hamidou Diallo

Crystal Ball favorite: UK (64%)

Second choice: UConn (21%)

Quade Green

Crystal Ball favorite: Syracuse (65%)

UK’s status: No current picks

Kevin Knox

Crystal Ball favorite: Duke (92%)

UK’s status: Second choice (8%)

John Petty

Crystal Ball favorite: UK (71%)

Second choice: Alabama (29%)

Nick Richards

Crystal Ball favorite: UK (100%)

Jarred Vanderbilt

Crystal Ball favorite: TCU (76%)

UK’s status: Co-third choice (6%)

Lonnie Walker

Crystal Ball favorite: Villanova (67%)

UK’s status: No current picks

PJ Washington

Crystal Ball favorite: UK and UNLV (tied-38%)

Tremont Waters

Crystal Ball favorite: UK (69%)

Second choice: Indiana (23%)

Trae Young

Crystal Ball favorite: UK (67%)

Second choice: Oklahoma (29%)

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