While overall the class of 2015 is not very deep, it is at the shooting guard position. That is exactly where UK has put a lot of their focus in the 2015 class. Along with Matthews, the Wildcats are deeply involved with five-star Luke Kennard and also the No. 2 overall prospect Malik Newman.
The general consensus for some time is that Kentucky is the team to beat for Newman over programs like Mississippi State, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, and others. Still Newman has maintained that he is wide open, though John Calipari and his staff have been a presence at his games both over the summer and during the high school year.
Also it is no secret that Kennard grew up a fan of Kentucky. Now playing at Franklin (Ohio) High School, Kennard has roots in Kentucky, and nearly all of his family supports the Wildcats. With that most felt Kennard at worst had the Wildcats as a co-leader for his services with schools such as Ohio State, Duke, and even Michigan.
Now with Matthews in the fold, the question is, will the Wildcats still be in a good position with these two prospects? What is interesting about this is, in the 2014 class UK recruited some talented players, but not really one-and-done types. Tyler Ulis is likely to be a three or four year player, and the same can be said about Devin Booker as well.
By stacking those two with Matthews, all of the sudden the minutes become crowded at the two backcourt spots, and neither Kennard nor Newman is really best suited to play as a small forward who is asked to rebound a lot and guard bigger wings.
It is highly unlikely that Newman will care about any depth chart because he is the kind of super elite talent that knows he will play, but with Kennard it is interesting.
Kennard is actually now more highly rated than Matthews, though they are considered equal prospects. Does this now give Ohio State and Duke a better shot at the five-star Ohio product, or does he say to himself that he is going to play regardless and he isn't worried about having to compete for minutes in a suddenly crowded backcourt in Lexington.
Only time will tell on how Newman and Kennard approach the news of the Wildcats taking Matthews this early, but it will be interesting to track as the spring AAU season kicks off in roughly one month.