Big Blue Nation got its wish.
Class of 2023 star recruit Reed Sheppard, the son of former Kentucky stars Jeff Sheppard and Stacey Reed Sheppard, committed to UK Saturday in a ceremony at North Laurel High School. The prolific scorer had garnered much attention from Kentucky fans since his breakout sophomore season and strong showing on the Adidas grassroots circuit last spring.
The 247Sports Composite ranks Sheppard as the No. 22 prospect and No. 5 combo guard in the high school class of 2023. Louisville, Indiana, Virginia, Ohio State and Texas A&M were among the other high-major programs that had offered Sheppard a scholarship, but Kentucky was seen as the heavy favorite to land his commitment as soon as UK coach John Calipari extended an offer in July.
Sheppard is Kentucky’s first commitment in the 2023 class. Here is a look at what the commitment means for the Wildcats.