We may have a massive developing story on our hands here regarding Paolo Banchero.
Sources for OTHKentucky have told us that 2021 5 Star PF Paolo Banchero is silently committed to Kentucky with the intention of reclassifying to the 2020 class. It is still a possibility that he remains in 2021 though. Banchero is a top 5 player in his class and considered an elite prospect. If he were to reclassify, it’s likely that Banchero would still retain his top 5 rating in the 2020 class.
For those who don’t know, Banchero is an absolute freak. Imagine a combo of PJ Washington and Zion Williamson as a comparison. He’s extremely versatile, with great vision and a reliable jump-shot. Banchero is an elite defender as well, with insane athleticism and length playing a part in his success on that end. He’s explosive and strong, and is a scary sight on both offense and defense.
Banchero is an extremely polished player for his age. I think he’d adjust easily to the college game. There’s a good chance that he would be the best player on the team, and would likely be a top 5 draft pick.
Roster Outlook After Adding Banchero:
If Kentucky were to add Paolo Banchero to the 2020 class, they would have three top 10 players coming in. 5 Stars Brandon Boston and Terrence Clarke are in the top 5 currently, but one would likely be pushed out of the top 5 after Banchero reclassifies.
The rest of the class fills out nicely. 5 Star PG Devin Askew and 5 Star PF Isaiah Jackson add some more elite talent. 4 Star PF Lance Ware has been a fast riser in the rankings too and may be bumped up to 5 Star status soon. Kentucky has 4 Star SF Cam’Ron Fletcher coming in as well.
It’s currently unknown which players will return to UK next season, but we can obviously speculate. I predict that Immanuel Quickley, EJ Montgomery, Keion Brooks, Johnny Juzang, and Dontaie Allen will return for the 2020-21 season.
It’s possible that we see transfers or guys going pro unexpectedly. However, this is my realistic thought of what next year’s roster could look like.
Based completely off of my own predictions, here’s what Kentucky’s roster could look like next season:
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