Kentucky once again will be well represented in the McDonald’s All-American game, as five-stars Nolan Hickman (G) and Daimion Collins (F) were selected to play in the annual event.
Collins and Hickman add to a long list of Wildcats in the game that is up to 39 since the John Calipari era began, more than any other school in the country in that time period. Multiple players have been selected each year in Calipari’s recruiting classes, including five each in 2013 and 2017.
Since the game started in 1977, UK has had a grand total of 71 All-Americans, with obviously most of the haul coming from the last decade.
UK has also signed four-star forward Bryce Hopkins (one-time Louisville commit), giving the Cats three signees in the class along with adding West Virginia transfer Oscar Tsheibwe. The once again loaded haul has gained UK recognition as the No. 1 recruiting class in America according to ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports.
And while it is correct to assume some players on the current roster will not be returning, it is also fathomable to expect a decent amount of guys will decide to come back. Knowing that, although they have had a rather disappointing year overall, the existing talent combining with another loaded recruiting class could potentially lead to another dominant year for UK basketball.