SEC early signing period grades

With the early signing period over and the class rankings set, here's a team-by-team breakdown of the 2014 basketball recruiting classes in the SEC, complete with final grades for all 14 teams. Final class grades for the ACC, American, Big East and Big 12 are already out.



Kentucky has four top-40 recruits ready to come to Lexington. This class has a tremendous level of skill and great positional size. The nation's No. 3 center and sixth overall player Karl Towns Jr. (Metuchen, N.J./ St. Joseph) is a talented 7-footer who will be best facing the basket scoring and passing. He is so fluid and skilled for a prospect his size. Trey Lyles (Indianapolis/Arsenal Tech), No. 7 overall, can score inside of 15 feet against any defense and will finish inside with either hand. Devin Booker (Moss Point, Miss./Moss Point), No. 18 overall, is an excellent 3-point shooter who stretches out a defenses and will not allow opponents to zone Kentucky. Tyler Ulis (Matteson, Ill./Marian Catholic), No. 33 overall and No. 4 among point guards, will be the one who keeps everyone happy by looking to distribute. He will have the Wildcats playing fast and effective. This group will score the ball from different spots and be hard to guard, as John Calipari has made an emphasis of recruiting more skill. Mission accomplished in a big-time fashion. Recruiting in Lexington under Calipari has been elevated to a whole new level. --Paul Biancardi