Chris Livingston, Kentucky Wildcats

CBB Review’s Ethan Carbone goes in-depth on the top 30 college basketball recruiting classes. Next up are the Kentucky Wildcats.


The Kentucky Wildcats bring in the 6th-ranked recruiting class according to 247Sports Composite rankings. This includes combo guard Carson Wallace (10th), small forward Chris Livingston (12th), center Ugonna Onyenso (36th), and combo guard Adou Thiero (167th).

What does each player Bring?

Carson Wallace: 6-4 combo guard

Wallace comes in as the best defensive guard in his class as he makes plays that turn into points on offense. He is one player that you never want to see guarding your favorite player as he will make a play on the ball, most of the time being successful. On offense he’s a consistent player who will hit jumpers and is willing to cut to the paint for buckets inside.

So far, Wallace has been as advertised across the board, averaging 12.4 points, 4.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game. Wallace has the potential to be a first-round pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.

Chris Livingston: 6-6 small forward

Livingston is your typical high-flying and athletic wing. Built like a WWE wrestler, Livingston packs on muscle, making him strong like a bull as he runs up and down the court. He drives hard and loves to dunk the ball with force. He also has a nice shot beyond the arc.

So far Livingston has averaged 5.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in a reserve role. As he develops he will become one of the best energy men in the country.  

Ugonna Onyenso: 7-0 center

Onyenso has one of the best builds for a center standing at 7-0 feet with a lot of length. He is able to predict at what angle shots are being shot before leaping up and swatting them away. Onyenso is also a fantastic dunker and loves to rock the rim. He is a pure paint beast.

So far in 9.1 minutes per game, he’s averaging 3.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks.

Adou Thiero: 6-5 combo guard

Thiero dominated Pennsylvania high school basketball putting up unbelievable numbers that looked like he was playing a video game. He’s able to score, pass, rebound, and defend, which is exactly what he’s been doing in the five games he’s played.

Thiero’s averaging 4.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 11 minutes per game. Once his role is solidified, Thiero can turn into a key piece for the Kentucky Wildcats