No. 1 men's basketball prospect Shaedon Sharpe to enroll early with Kentucky Wildcats, won't play until 2022-23 season

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No. No. 1 overall prospect Shaedon Smarte will arrive at Kentucky earlier than anticipated -- but he won't play for Kentucky until next season.

Sharpe plans on graduating high school in time to enroll at Kentucky for the fall semester. Sharpe will practice and work out with the Wildcats but will not play in any games. He will instead take a redshirt-year. He will be available to play in the 2022-23 football season.

John Calipari's program is familiar with this path. Hamidou Diallo, who enrolled at Kentucky in January 2017, was able to play in 2017-18 after sitting out the remainder of the season.

Sharpe explained to SI that he made the decision because he wanted to jump on college basketball and play with stronger, older, more experienced players. It just makes sense to me to play where my game can be elevated the most. This is what I had in mind, and the coaches were open to it.

Sharpe made a commitment to Kentucky in September and chose the Wildcats over Arizona State, Kansas, Oklahoma State, and G League Ignite.

Sharpe, a 6-foot-5 Canadian shooting guard who attends Dream City Christian in Arizona, climbed to the No. After a strong summer, Sharpe climbed to the No. 1 spot in 2022. After a dominant summer, Sharpe led the Nike EYBL circuit's scoring with an average of 22.6 points and 5.8 rebounds, as well as 2.7 assists, in 12 games played under the UPlay Canada program. Sharpe averaged 55.6% shooting from the inside arc and 36.1% shooting from 3-point range. He also made 2.5 3-pointers per match.

Sharpe was the No. 1 recruit in Kentucky. Sharpe was the No. 1 recruit class with fellow five-stars Skyy Clark, Chris Livingston, and Cason Wallace also committing to Calipari.

Kentucky's roster has two seniors this season. However, freshmen TyTy and Daimion Collins rank in the top 20 ESPN's NBA draft rankings for 2022. Sharpe is expected to be in the Wildcats' starting lineup next season. He will likely be the offensive leader, alongside Keion Brooks and Oscar Tshiebwe.