Chris Mack’s first full recruiting class at UofL received more accolades from ESPN. ESPN released their final Top 100 player rankings for 2019 and it is littered with UofL signees.
The final player rankings for the class of 2019. Saying goodbye to this group and hello to the future stars aid college basketball!!
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— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) April 22, 2019
Four UofL signees make the list. The highest is McDonald’s All-American G/F Samuell Williamson, who checks in as a five-star recruit at #23. Williamson is a very gifted offensive player. He can shoot from anywhere on the floor, drive and finish with authority, and he’s a good rebounder for his position. He will likely immediately compete for a starting position at UofL and, regardless if he wins it, will play significant minutes as a freshman.
Next is C Aidan Igiehon, who finds himself ranked 48th overall and a four-star recruit. Igiehon is maybe the most physically ready of the 2019 group. He is nearly unstoppable in the post and is starting to develop a nice mid-range jumper. Expect Igiehon to play many meaningful minutes due to his sheer physical prowess and dominance down low.
Louisville native David Johnson checks in as a four-star and 74th overall. Johnson will likely see minutes at PG for Coach Mack. At Trinity, he has shown the ability to run the show with his playmaking, passing, and basketball IQ. He’s also a reliable jump shooter.
Finally, checking in at number 81 and at four-star status is Josh Nickelberry. Nickelberry will likely be relied upon as a scorer. He can fill it up from three-point range or drive to the rim and finish. Nickelberry can also pass the ball quite well. He will likely see most of his minutes at the SG spot.
ESPN also ranked every school’s class as a whole and would you look at who checks in at number four? That’s right, it’s the Louisville Cardinals. Jaelyn Withers and Quinn Slazinski are the two other recruits that make up the class. Both have talent that is easily top 100 worthy.
ESPN's updated basketball recruiting rankings have Louisville #4, Kentucky #5. it's first time since Calipari got to UK that he hasn't been 1st or 2ndhttps://t.co/U9toDj4RQg
— Lachlan McLean (@LachTalk) April 22, 2019
Withers is a 6’8 athletic big that can play the SF or PF spot. He can shoot from all three levels, can drive and score, and can score in the post. Slazinski is almost a point forward at 6’8. He’s an excellent shooter and rebounder, but what makes him stand out is his ball handling and passing.
Slazinski is slotted to redshirt while Withers will play quite a bit, probably in a role similar to Jordan Nwora as a stretch type PF. If Nwora keeps his name in the draft, Withers would likely compete for the starting spot.
By the way, look who sits behind UofL in the rankings? That’s right, the blue team down the road with the weird-looking new logo.
The newest rankings confirm that this class has the potential to be a great one for UofL. With the four top 100 recruits along with Jaelyn Withers and Quinn Slazinski, UofL’s future looks mighty bright despite a few clouds in the sky.