Reed Sheppard jumps up to No. 17 in 247Sports' updated rankings

Reed Sheppard jumps up to No. 17 in 247Sports' updated rankings

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Reed Sheppard
Kentucky Sports Radio

Reed Sheppard was among the biggest risers in the latest 247Sports Rankings for the class of 2022, jumping 45 spots up to No. 17 overall (prev. No. 62).

Sheppard was tied for the largest leap in the class, joining fellow Kentucky target Justin Edwards with a 45-spot jump (No. 56 to No. 11).

“Sharing the title as the top stock riser in the updated rankings is Kentucky native Reed Sheppard,” 247Sports’ Travis Branham wrote. “The 6-foot-3, 170-pound combo guard consistently proved himself on the 3SSB 17U Circuit all summer long with the Midwest Basketball Club. He is the son of former Kentucky basketball stars, Jeff and Stacy Sheppard, and possesses a very high floor as a prospect. He is a terrific shooter from three who makes shots off the catch and pull, he has a very high IQ and feel for the game, is a great passer with outstanding vision and is a big time competitor. Regardless of the setting, Sheppard has consistently impressed each time out on the floor and is a true winner.”

Coming in at No. 17 overall, Sheppard is the No. 3 combo guard in the junior class and the No. 1 player in the state. The in-state standout holds offers from Arizona State, Clemson, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Texas A&M and Virginia, among others. The Wildcats and Cavaliers are seen as the top contenders in his recruitment.

Sheppard earned an offer from Kentucky back in July and took an unofficial visit to Lexington in September. The five-star guard will also be in town for Big Blue Madness this weekend, a source told KSR’s Zack Geoghegan.

Fellow Kentucky targets Mackenzie Mgbako (No. 13 to No. 3), Matas Buzelis (No. 43 to No. 4) and Justin Edwards (No. 56 to No. 11) were three of the other nine players (Sheppard being the tenth) included in the list of top-10 risers.

Check out the updated top 25 below:

  1. Dajuan Wagner Jr. (offer)
  2. Kwame Evans Jr.
  3. Mackenzie Mgbako (offer)
  4. Matas Buzelis
  5. Mookie Cook
  6. J.J. Taylor (offer)
  7. Baye Fall
  8. G.G. Jackson
  9. Omaha Biliew
  10. Robert Dillingham
  11. Justin Edwards
  12. Caleb Foster
  13. Kylan Boswell
  14. Mikey Williams
  15. Ron Holland
  16. Ja’Kobe Walter
  17. Reed Sheppard (offer)
  18. Simeon Wilcher
  19. Kanaan Carlyle
  20. Elijah Fisher (offer)
  21. Taylor Bowen
  22. Isaiah Collier
  23. KJ Lewis
  24. Aaron Bradshaw
  25. Sean Stewart

*Kentucky targets listed in bold

You can find the complete rankings here.

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