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Where do Kentucky Wildcats stand with some of the top SGs in Class of 2017?

Kentucky is gearing up for what appears to be another elite basketball recruiting class in 2017.

The Wildcats are in strong position with two of the top point guards (Trae Young and Quade Green), a few of the best forwards (P.J. Washington, Kevin Knox, Jarred Vanderblt) and a couple of the highest-rated centers (Mohamed Bama and Nick Richards). 

Noticeably absent from that breakdown, however, is a position that could be as important as any in this recruiting class.

Kentucky will likely be saying goodbye to sophomore 2-guards Isaiah Briscoe and Malik Monk, as well as seniors Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder, at the end of the 2016-17 college basketball season. The position will be critical to John Calipari in this class, but oddly, there's been a dearth of buzz on the recruiting trail about the Cats and the top 2s.

Five-star Hamidou Diallo of Putnam (Conn.) Science Academy appears to be atop Calipari's big board. He is Scout's No. 1 shooting guard and No. 10 overall prospect, but there's been very little news coming out of his camp during the recruiting process.

Arizona, UConn, Syracuse, Duke, Kentucky, Indiana, and Kansas have all been prominently listed in his recruitment since the summer AAU circuit, but there's not been much movement this fall. A notable exception was news that Diallo may actually be eligible to jump directly to the NBA Draft based on his age and the fact that he's in a post-graduate program.

"Hamidou Diallo seems pretty open recruiting wise at this stage," said Scout Director of Basketball Recruiting Evan Daniels. "When I say open, I mean I don't think there necessarily a favorite. Kentucky is certainly involved, but so is Arizona, UConn, Arizona State and a host of others. Diallo will be a late decision, as he's also looking at the possibility of going to the NBA, rather than college. A lot to play out for Diallo, but I think Kentucky is in good shape with him, they'll just have to wait a bit for any kind of decision."

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Lonnie Walker has been almost as mysterious as Diallo, recently canceling a planned official visit to UK, leading many to think the two parties may have parted ways. 

But the five-star from Reading, Pa., rescheduled that visit for the weekend of Nov. 5-7, so it would appear the Cats are still in the hunt along with Arizona, Villanova, Miami and Syracuse. 

"Lonnie Walker is down to a handful of schools," Daniels said. "He recently rescheduled his visit to Kentucky for the first weekend of November. He's going to see Villanova this weekend and has already been to Arizona and Miami officially. He's a tough one to track, as he doesn't talk too much. It's hard to pick a favorite."

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The player that most observers feel would already be a Cat by now if UK was ready to accept a commitment is four-star Alabama product John Petty. The No. 44 prospect recently trimmed his list to the Cats and the home state Crimson Tide with Nov. 10 set as a planned decision date. 

He was slated to visit Lexington this weekend, but that trip has now been postponed. Does that mean Bama is now in the driver's seat?

"John Petty recently pushed his Kentucky visit back and also said that he plans to announce his college choice at a high school game in Alabama," Daniels said. "It'd be tough to see him picking against Alabama at a game in that state, but who knows?"

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