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DISMASSING NEWS: Reed Sheppard the Kentucky point guard who is largely regarded as the team’s greatest shooter recently recorded the highest mark combine and was recently seated.

Could the Kentucky sharpshooter sneak into the first round of a historically weak NBA Draft?

In his final season at Kentucky, Antonio Reeves not only turned himself into an NBA Draft pick, he may have transformed himself into a first round pick.

Following his performance at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago on Tuesday in which Reeves scored 17 points, Sam Vecenie of The Athletic says he’s moving closer to giving Reeves a first round grade.

“I’m also inching closer to an Antonio Reeves first round grade,” Vecenie wrote on X. “Not quite there, but he’s a top-40 guy for me. Awesome shooter that has real counters to what defenses present to him as a scorer. There’s just a real role for guys who can shoot like that. (Also to be clear, had him top-40 before he dropped 17 in his combine game today. He just kind of keeps rising up the board as I go through more and more draft guide profiles).”

In two seasons at Kentucky, Reeves averaged 17.2 points per game, connecting on 164 3-pointers and making them at a 42.2% clip.

Reeves was the Wildcats’ leading scorer in 2023-24, averaging 20.2 points per game, the highest scoring average per game by any player in the John Calipari era, while shooting 51.2% from the floor, 44.7% from 3-point range and 86.3% from the free-throw line, all career bests. He was the only Power 5 player in college basketball this season to average at least 1.5 made 3-pointers while shooting at least 49% from the field, 43.5% from 3-point range and 86.5 from the free throw line during the regular season.

The 57th All-American in school history, Reeves scored in double figures in all but one game this season with 20 games of 20 points or more. He became just the second UK player under Calipari to record 20 or more career 20-point games, joining former national player of the year and two-time All-American Oscar Tshiebwe. Twelve of Reeves’ 29 career 20-point games came on the road.

The Chicago native scored 20 or more in seven straight games, including 27 in an upset win against No. 4 Tennessee on March 9, which was the longest streak of 20-point games by a Wildcat since Jamal Murray did so in 12 straight games during the 2015-16 season.

In 10 true road games this season, Reeves averaged 22.9 points per game, shot 48.5% from the field, 50.8% from beyond the arc with 3.3 made 3s per game and 82.9% from the free throw line.

Against Georgia, he eclipsed 2,000 career points combining his time at Illinois State and at Kentucky. As a Wildcat, he became the 62nd player in program history to amass 1,000 career points with 25 at LSU. He was one of three active players and 10 all-time to tally 1,000 career points at two different programs.

In two seasons at UK, Reeves scored 1,155 points which is the second-most in a two-year span ever in the history of the program behind only the 1,213 points scored by Bill Spivey from 1949-51.

In 67 career games with the Wildcats, Reeves recorded 61 games with a made 3, 57 double-digit scoring games, 44 games with multiple made 3s, 30 20-point games, 29 games with 3+ made 3s, 18 games with 4+ made 3s, nine games with 5+ made 3s, and two 30-point games.

The 2024 NBA Draft will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn June 26-27.

Since 2010, no school has produced more No. 1 overall picks (3), top-10 picks (15), lottery picks (23), first round picks (35) and total NBA Draft picks (47) than Kentucky. Since the NBA went to a two-round draft in 1989, the Wildcats now have the most players drafted overall with 63, 46 of which have come in the first round. UK has also had at least one player drafted in 16 consecutive drafts, the longest active streak of any school, and a first round pick in 14 straight drafts, the longest streak in the common era. The Cats have produced multiple draft picks in 14 consecutive drafts.

Kentucky is far along in its evaluation of the 2026 class

UK has extended new scholarship offers up and down the Atlantic.

Kentucky has offered Tupelo (Miss.) cornerback Maison Dunn (6-foot-4, 180), Douglasville (Ga.) Douglas County 2026 cornerback Jordan Carter (6-foot-4, 235), Aliquippa (Pa.) 2027 cornerback Larry Moon III (5-foot-11, 170), Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland 2026 safety Craig Tutt (6-foot, 180), Washington (D.C.) St. John’s 2026 cornerback Hakim Satterwhite (6-foot-2, 180), Carrollton (Ga.) 2026 wide receiver Ryan Mosley (6-foot-2, 175), Miami (Fla.) Northwestern athlete Jade Card (6-foot-2.5, 200), Lakeland (Fla.) 2026 linebacker Malik Morris (6-foot-1, 225), Aledo (Tex.) 2026 running back Raycine Guillory (5-foot-10, 180), Fairburn (Ga.) Langston Hughes 2026 running back Carsyn Baker (6-foot-1, 190) and Winnetka (Ill.) New Trier punter Nikola Dugandzic (6-foot-5, 205).

Dunn has been committed to Ole Miss since May 6. The nation’s No. 74 cornerback chose the Rebels over offers from LSU, Mississippi State and Minnesota. Co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Chris Collins will serve as his primary recruiter.

Carter is rated a .9917 on a scale to 1.000 by the 247Sports Composite, which equates to the nation’s No. 2 edge rusher and the No. 10 prospect overall. Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Texas A&M, USC and several others have also offered. Defensive line coach Anwar Stewart will serve as his primary recruiter.

Moon also has offers from Miami, Penn State, USC, North Carolina, Michigan State and others. Tutt is rated a 90 on a scale to 100 by 247Sports, which equates to the nation’s No. 21 safety and the No. 234 prospect overall. Auburn, Duke, Indiana, Tennessee and Ole Miss have also offered.

Satterwhite is rated a 90 by 247Sports, which equates to the nation’s No. 17 cornerback and the No. 208 prospect overall. Auburn, Oregon, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee and many others have offered. Co-defensive coordinator/outside linebackers coach Brad White will serve as his primary recruiter.

Mosley holds additional offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Auburn among others. Card is rated an 88 by 247Sports, which equates to the nation’s No. 20 athlete. Mississippi State, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina and Texas A&M have also offered. Card caught 38 passes for 785 yards and 7 touchdowns last season.

Morris is the teammate of UK safety target Keon Young. He holds additional offers from Florida State, Georgia, Ole Miss, Miami, Oregon and more. Guillory has been committed to Texas since January. He is rated a .9292 by the 247Sports Composite, which equates to the nation’s No. 12 running back and the No. 173 prospect overall. Running backs coach Jay Boulware will serve as the primary recruiter for the Texas native, who has additional offers from Georgia, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

Baker is rated a .9020 by the 247Sports Composite, which equates to the nation’s No. 21 running back and the No. 259 prospect overall. Boulware will serve as his primary recruiter. Auburn, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Pittsburgh have also offered.

Dugandzic will be recruited by Boulware.

UK does not have any commitments beyond the 2025 recruiting class. Kentucky’s six player 2025 recruiting class currently ranks No. 35

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