Is Kentucky the front runner to land Reed Sheppard?

In the case of North Laurel basketball star Reed Sheppard, the announcement Monday that he would be revealing his college decision Saturday morning has done nothing to hurt ’s standing in his recruitment. In fact, it’s only reinforced ’s status as the frontrunner to land his commitment.

Coming into the week, the Cats had all 11 predictions across Sheppard’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page and his FutureCast page. Most of those came around the time extended a scholarship offer in July, though there were still rumblings then that some other programs, particularly Virginia, might still have a legitimate shot of pulling the UK legacy recruit away from Lexington.

Now that a commitment date has been set, more experts are lining up in favor of Kentucky, which picked up additional predictions Monday from national analyst Jamie Shaw and 247Sports analyst Travis Branham, who has been covering Sheppard’s recruitment closely.

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