Malik Newman (Jackson, MS)—Malik Newman is a dynamic scoring 6'3" point guard from Jackson, Mississippi. He is the No. 1 recruit in the country, according to 247sports. Kentucky is one of several schools Newman is seriously considering and one of four SEC schools. Also in the mix for Newman is Kansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Arizona, UCLA, Southern Mississippi, Duke and North Carolina. During his sophomore season, which saw a state championship victory, Newman averaged 23 points and five rebounds per game.
Luke Kennard (Franklin, Ohio)—Kennard is the No. 12 recruit in the country and the No. 2 shooting guard, according to 247sports. He has been a heavy target for Kentucky's coaching staff, which has been able to see Kennard play thanks in part to his proximity to Lexington. The 6'5" guard recently trimmed his list to Kentucky, Duke, Ohio State, Michigan, Louisville, North Carolina and Florida. He has been on a scoring tear this season, averaging close to 40 points per game, including a school-record 53 points in a game, according to Steve Jones of The Courier-Journal. Kennard has made four unofficial visits to Kentucky, including attending Kentucky's victory over Eastern Michigan earlier this season.
Charles Matthews (Chicago)—Matthews is the No. 11 recruit and only shooting guard ranked higher than Kennard, according to 247sports. Matthews is viewed as a near-lock for Kentucky, with 247sports' crystal ball having the Wildcats as a 93 percent favorite to land Matthews over Illinois. Matthews is a combo guard who resembles a young Penny Hardaway. At 6'6" he provides the size to overpower other point guards but has the ability to score like a shooting guard. Much like James Young and Aaron Harrison have started together this season, don't be surprised to see a commit by either Matthews or Kennard to deter the other from signing with Kentucky.