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UK Hoops nabs top-5 recruiting class

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The men's basketball team is trying to gather one of the nation's top recruiting classes in the late signing period but it might not even be the best recruiting class at its own school.

The UK women's basketball team has inked another signee in the spring signing period -- Samantha Drake, a 6-foot-3 center from Nelson County High School in Bardstown, Ky., -- adding yet another star to an already star-studded recruiting class.

With the signing, UK's recruiting class moves up to No. 5 nationally, according to BlueStar Basketball. It is the highest ranking in school history.

UK's highly touted class includes McDonald's and WBCA/Nike All-American Jennifer O'Neill, a 5-6 guard from Saint Michael Academy and Bronx, N.Y., 2010 Kentucky Miss Basketball Sarah Beth Barnette, a 6-2 forward from Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, Ky., the Star-Telegram's Super Teams Player of the Year Maegan Conwright, a 5-8 guard from Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, Connecticut High School Coaches Association Player of the Year Kastine Evans, a 5-8 guard from Salem, Conn., and LaQuinta Jefferson, a 6-0 guard from La Vergne High School in La Vergne, Tenn.

Drake is rated the eighth-best post player and one of the top 50 players in the nation by two recruiting services. ESPN HoopGurlz ranked Drake the 74th-best player in the 2010 class. Read the full release on Drake, who set a school record at Nelson County High School for career points with 3,068.

In other news, sophomore guard Rebecca Gray decided Wednesday to leave the UK women's basketball team and plans to play basketball at Union College.

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