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Top prospect D.J. Wagner commits to Kentucky

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Camden's D.J. Wagner (21) returns to the game after being tended to for a nose bleed against Roselle Catholic Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 in Camden, NJ. Camden won 67-64.

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Syndication Courier Post
Credit: JOE LAMBERTI/USA TODAY NETWORK ATLANTIC GROUP / USA TODAY NETWORK

Point guard D.J. Wagner, the consensus top overall recruit in the college basketball recruiting class of 2023, committed to Kentucky over Louisville on Monday afternoon.

Wagner, the No. 1 recruit per ESPN’s rankings as well as the 247Sports composite, led Camden (N.J.) to the state championship last spring before starring on his summertime Camden Elite AAU circuit with more than 20 points per game.

The New Jersey High School Player of the Year, Wagner was a member of the U.S. team that claimed gold at the FIBA U-17 World Cup in Spain last summer.

Kentucky and Louisville were Wagner’s two finalists, but choosing the Wildcats gave coach John Calipari the No. 1 class in the country. Calipari has commitments from four five-star recruits and one four-star.

One of those five stars was Wagner’s Camden teammate Aaron Bradshaw, a 7-foot center, who committed last month. The class also includes five-star small forward Justin Edwards, five-star point guard Robert Dillingham and four-star combo guard Reed Sheppard.

Wagner is the son of former Memphis and NBA player Dajuan Wagner, who was also a McDonald’s All-American and played for Calipari at Memphis.

Milt Wagner, D.J.’s grandfather, played for the Los Angeles Lakers and Louisville, where he became player development coordinator in May.

–Field Level Media