Kentucky is not alone.
Every team is going through recruiting changes.
And Kentucky, with its unique blend of big man and perimeter players, is the most difficult to forecast.
The Wildcats, who have already signed eight players this summer, have already missed on five of their first seven recruiting classes.
Here’s a look at the top recruiting classes, as well as where each team stands.
—–Kentucky: 5-star forward Ben Jones, 6-foot-9, guard, Kentucky (ESPN.com)Last year: 6-10, 6.9, 40.1 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.2 spg, 1.1 bpg, .737 FG%The Wildcats are the latest program to lose a big man in the class of 2019.
The 6-11 Jones is a versatile wing who is an excellent finisher, and he has the skills to be a top-tier prospect.
He can shoot and is an all-around player, so the Wildcats are in good shape.
The Kentucky coaching staff, which is trying to build around its talent, is trying not to lose one of the top players.
But the Wildcats, like most teams in the country, are making the tough decision of who to target and where.
Kentucky has been trying to lure a big-time scorer like Jabari Parker, but it’s looking to build its roster around the likes of Myles Davis, Bam Adebayo and Ben Jones.
They want to build for the future, not the past.
Kentucky is in a difficult position this year.
There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding its 2019 class.
A number of teams, including Florida, Michigan State, North Carolina and Kentucky, have committed early and committed often.
Kentucky’s big men like Daequan Cook, Trevon Duval and Malik Monk have all been committed to Duke or Virginia.
The team has also added a couple bigs in the 2019 class, with guard Luke Kennard and point guard Jordan Hulls both committed to the Blue Devils.
The Wildcats also have one of its top bigs, guard Daequin Cook, committed to North Carolina in the last month.
Duke and Virginia are the other big programs to have committed to Kentucky.
The Blue Devils are expected to bring back guard Dede Westbrook, who was the nation’s top recruit in 2019.
But Westbrook was one of only five freshmen to rank in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.
Kentucky is still trying to find its place in the Big East.
The 2018 class had a few intriguing pieces, including point guard Malik Monk, guard Jaren Jackson-Cartwright, guard Isaiah Hicks and forward Trevon duval.
Duke was one that stood out for recruiting, though, landing a five-star prospect in guard Jaron Blossomgame, who had a huge impact for Duke in 2019, averaging 13.8 points and 5.5 assists.
The Blue Devils will try to make some noise in the 2018 class.
Kentivius has been the most consistent recruiting class, as it has lost three of the last four recruiting classes and is now the seventh team to lose three of its recruiting classes in the past six years.
The last team to go five years without recruiting a recruiting class was North Carolina.
But it is still a rebuilding year in Lexington, with the Blue Devil’s talent already depleted and the Wildcats having a hard time finding an elite talent in the 2017 class.
This year, the Wildcats have a few more questions than last year, but they will continue to work hard to improve.
The 2018 class has a lot more promise.
The next wave of talent could push the Wildcats to the top of the 2019 recruiting rankings.