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Apr 232014
 
Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown

Georgia small forward Jaylen Brown told Scout.com that he received a scholarship offer from Kentucky during his in-home visit with assistant coach Kenny Payne on Monday.

Brown is widely considered to be one of the top prospects in the class of 2015, and Scout.com ranks him as the No. 1 small forward in that class.

MORE: Brown talks to Scout.com about his recruitment

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Apr 232014
 
Harry Giles

Harry Giles

UK Coach John Calipari was in North Carolina on Tuesday to see Harry Giles, one of the top prospects in the class of 2016.

Giles missed his entire sophomore season with a knee injury but has been cleared to play on the spring and summer circuit. The 6-foot-9 power forward is considered the No. 1 player in the class of 2016 by Scout.com and 247Sports.

UK, Duke and North Carolina are considered the frontrunners in Giles’ recruitment, and he was also visited by Blue Devils Coach Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday.

Giles is one of three players in the 2016 class with a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

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Apr 222014
 
Malik Newman

Malik Newman

UConn Coach Kevin Ollie had an in-home visit with top class of 2015 prospect Malik Newman in Mississippi on Tuesday, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels.

Newman is considered either the No. 1 or No. 2 overall prospect in the class by all four major recruiting services. Kentucky is among the early favorites, but Newman and his family have not divulged much related to his recruitment.

The 6-foot-4 combo guard did attend Kentucky’s game against Wisconsin at the Final Four in Texas earlier this month. He’s taken only a handful of recruiting visits, though he has hosted several college coaches.

Kansas, Arizona, Louisville and Memphis are among the other schools that have extended scholarship offers. He also has interest from most of the SEC, including Mississippi State, where his father Horatio Webster was a standout player in the 1990s.

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Apr 222014
 
Julius Randle

Julius Randle

UK freshman Julius Randle announced Tuesday that he will enter the NBA Draft after one season in Lexington.

The news was expected, and Randle joined fellow freshman James Young as the only two UK underclassmen who have declared for the draft. They’re also the only two UK players who were included in Chad Ford’s latest mock draft, which was released on ESPN.com Tuesday morning.

Ford projects that Randle will go with the No. 6 overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers and Young will head to the Atlanta Hawks at No. 15 overall.

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Louisville announces addition of 7-1 center

 Posted by at 11:04 AM on April 22, 2014  Comments Off
Apr 222014
 
FIBA.com photo

FIBA.com photo

Louisville announced Tuesday that 7-foot-1 center Anas Osama Mahmoud has signed with the school after committing earlier this year.

The Egyptian native played last season at West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla., where he averaged 13.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots a game. ESPN ranks him as the No. 99 overall prospect in the class of 2014.

“Anas is an extremely versatile seven-footer,” Coach Rick Pitino said in a statement. “He is a very skilled athlete who is a very good scorer and passer. His only weakness is strength. We will base a consideration of redshirting him on how quickly he can gain necessary strength to be effective. We’re delighted to have Anas at the University of Louisville.”

Mahmoud (his full name is pronounced AH-nahs o-SAW-mah mah-MOOD) is listed at 205 pounds in the Louisville news release.

He joins a recruiting class that already included Shaqquan Aaron, Jaylen Johnson, Chinanu Onuaku, Quentin Snider and Matz Stockman.

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Apr 222014
 
Luke Hiers

Luke Hiers

Florida offensive lineman Luke Hiers said Tuesday that he will attend UK’s Blue-White Game on Saturday.

Rivals.com ranks Hiers as a four-star prospect and the No. 2 center in the nation for the class of 2015. He has been one of UK’s biggest recruiting priorities on the offensive line for next year’s class.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound player lists UK as his favorite along with Louisville, Mississippi State and South Florida.

Hiers plays at the same Lake Wales, Fla., high school as class of 2015 defensive back Marcus Walker, who recently backed out of his commitment to Kentucky.

UK’s annual spring game is one of the program’s biggest recruiting tools, and several other top prospects are expected to be in town for the event.

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Apr 222014
 
Gary Middendorf | Sun-Times Media

Gary Middendorf | Sun-Times Media

John Calipari took a little time off from his book tour Monday to see one of his future players.

The UK coach flew to Chicago for an in-home visit with combo guard Charles Matthews, the program’s only commitment so far for the class of 2015.

Matthews committed to UK in February and is considered a five-star prospect by every major recruiting service. He’ll play this spring and summer with the Chicago Meanstreets program in the Nike EYBL, which starts this weekend in Sacramento.

Last year, Matthews and UK signee Tyler Ulis were teammates with Meanstreets.

Matthews can’t officially sign with Kentucky until November.

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Brown is 8th Rivals 250 commitment under Stoops

 Posted by at 11:05 PM on April 21, 2014  1 Response »
Apr 212014
 
Eli Brown

Eli Brown

The commitment of Eli Brown to Kentucky marks the eighth player ranked in the Rivals 250 to choose the Wildcats since Mark Stoops took over as head coach a little more than a year ago.

In the five recruiting classes before Stoops took over the program, safety Glenn Faulkner was the only Rivals 250 player to commit to the Cats.

Here are the eight Rivals 250 commitments under Stoops, along with their overall rankings:

Eli Brown (No. 110 in 2015)
Boom Williams (No. 118 in 2014)
Drew Barker (No. 132 in 2014)
Mikel Horton (No. 150 in 2014)
Marcus McWilson (No. 196 in 2013)
Nick Richardson (No. 217 in 2014)
Darius West (No. 219 in 2014)
Jason Hatcher (No. 221 in 2013)

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Apr 212014
 
Photo: Jonathan Palmer

Photo: Jonathan Palmer

Coach Mark Stoops, offensive coordinator Neal Brown and the rest of the UK football staff have made it clear that rebuilding the Wildcats programs begins with keeping the best players in the Bluegrass.

They’ve made good on their promise so far.

The commitment of Warren East linebacker Eli Brown on Monday night was just the latest in a string of impressive in-state commitments for Stoops and company since they got to Lexington about 16 months ago.

Here’s a closer look at the nine scholarship players from Kentucky that have picked UK under the current regime:

In-state commitments under Stoops
Player Pos Hometown High school Rivals Scout ESPN 247Sports Class
Drew Barker QB Burlington, Ky. Conner **** **** **** **** 2014
Eli Brown LB Bowling Green, Ky. Warren East **** **** **** **** 2015
Matt Elam DT Elizabethtown, Ky. John Hardin *** **** **** ***** 2014
Jason Hatcher DE Louisville, Ky. Trinity **** **** **** *** 2013
Jacob Hyde DT Manchester, Ky. Clay County *** *** *** *** 2013
Adrian Middleton DT Bowling Green, Ky. South Warren *** *** *** *** 2014
Ryan Timmons RB/WR Frankfort, Ky. Franklin County *** *** **** **** 2013
Lloyd Tubman DE Louisville, Ky. Seneca *** *** *** **** 2014
Mason Wolfe OL Henderson, Ky. Henderson County *** *** ** 2015

 

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Apr 212014
 
Eli Brown

Eli Brown

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops scored one of his biggest recruiting victories yet Monday night when Warren East linebacker Eli Brown announced his commitment to the Wildcats.

Rivals.com ranks Brown as the No. 8 outside linebacker and No. 110 overall prospect in the class of 2015. He is also the No. 2 player in the state behind Madison Southern running back Damien Harris.

Rivals analyst Josh Helmholdt told the Herald-Leader that Brown still has some things he can work on during the summer and his upcoming senior season. But he’s already one of the best linebackers in high school football.

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