Top 25 Recruit and Kentucky Native, Reed Sheppard, Is a Kentucky Wildcat

Reed Sheppard (Les Dixon Photo)

Reed Sheppard, a national top 25 recruit and the top recruit from the state of Kentucky in the 2023 class, committed to the University of Kentucky this morning!

The son of former Kentucky basketball legends, Jeff Sheppard and Stacey Reed Sheppard, was simply born to be a Wildcat and he never really considered any other schools.

Reed reiterated in his interview. Why did he choose to be a Wildcat? “Well,” he says, “I’m a little boy from Kentucky.”

Now that he is a Wildcat, what can we expect? Here is a scouting report from 24/7 Sports’, Jerry Meyer.

“Has solid size as a combo guard. Likely has a couple more inches in him. Has a strong lower body and plays with strength. Is a good athlete who can makes plays in traffic. Plays with a low center of gravity and controls space. Is a lights out shooter with perfect technique and a quick release. Can score at all three levels. Capable of attacking left or right and finishing with strength. Doesn’t have overwhelming speed but is strong with the basketball, crafty, and gets separation. Has a dangerous runner when going left. Handles with strength and sees the floor. Competes and doesn’t complicate the game. Rebounds his position and competes and plays with intelligence as a defender.”

Sheppard looks to be a very skilled offensive player, but needs to improve his playmaking abilities and hopefully add some size before stepping foot in Lexington.

With that being said, if Sheppard stays in the top 40 of his class, he will be the highest-ranked recruit from the State of Kentucky since former Louisville player Chane Behanan (Bowling Green, KY). Furthermore, he will be the highest-ranked recruit from the state of Kentucky to play for the University of Kentucky since Rex Chapman.

Reed Sheppard will have a lot of pressure to perform, but he has the ability, and I can’t wait to see him play in Rupp Arena.

Check out Reed Sheppard’s commitment here.

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