John Calipari, Kentucky, explains on The Paul Finebaum show the difficulties the Wildcats faced last season and what that means for Kentucky this year. (1:44).
Cason Wallace, a top-10 senior, committed to Kentucky on Sunday. This gave coach John Calipari's Wildcats the No. The country's No. 1 recruiting class.
Wallace chose Kentucky over a list that included Texas, Tennessee and Texas-San Antonio where his brother Keaton was a four year starter. There were many twists and turns during his recruitment, with Kentucky and Texas looking like potential favorites at various points.
The Wildcats made Wallace their first point guard priority, and they have been leading for the majority of the past two weeks.
Wallace said that Kentucky was his dream school since he was a child. "The entire team, from players to staff, was positive and full of energy.
Since 2009, Calipari has brought in 14 five star point guards to Kentucky. Calipari has landed five-stars at the position in every other recruiting class, as well as two five-star point guards for 2018.
Wallace was impressed by this track record.
"I would love to be a part of the NBA one day." Wallace stated that Coach Cal's resume speaks for itself and for the league's men. Shai Gilgeous Alexander was a pleasure to speak with. It would be difficult, but it would be worthwhile. Coach Cal views me as a guard who can play anywhere.
"He is an extremely genuine person for such a high-profile coach. He is very down-to-earth. He spoke without any promises, sugarcoating or fluff.
Wallace, a 6-foot-3 prospect from Richardson High School in Texas, is ranked No. 9 in the ESPN 100, and the No. 2nd in class point guard. He averaged 14.6 points per game, 6.8 rebound, and 4.5 assists in 13 games played with Pro Skills grassroots on the Nike EYBL circuit. He shot 54.4% from the inside the arc, and 35.2% from the 3-point line.
Wallace is a great combo guard. He can also be a two-way contributor. He is a good scoring guard. He has a solid jumper and is able to get into the paint with a strong finishing ability. He is a facilitator and can handle the ball on a break and find open men with regularity. He is a good observer and can use his drive-and kick game to great effect. Next is ownership of the offense.
Wallace is also an elite defender. He uses his grit to chase down shooters and lock down ball handlers. He is quick and has good instincts. Wallace is also a strong player who plays with focus and toughness.
Kentucky now has four five star recruits in its 2022 class with Wallace. The headliner is Shaedon Sharpe, a top-ranked prospect. Small forward Chris Livingston (No. Skyy Clark (No. 12) are also in the lineup. 16) are also included in the quartet. Kentucky leapfrogs Arkansas and Duke in the rankings thanks to Wallace's pledge.
Kentucky finishing with the No. It would be Calipari’s seventh highest-ranked class since joining Wildcats. They finished second in the No. They also finished with the No. 1 class in 2009 and 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2020.
Wallace's commitment means that every five-star prospect from the 2022 class has already signed, and the early signing period is still a few days away. No. 21 Eric Dailey Jr.