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Duke analysts picking Blue Devils for No. 1 recruit

 Posted by at 12:26 PM on June 28, 2017  Comments Off on Duke analysts picking Blue Devils for No. 1 recruit
Jun 282017
 

Marvin Bagley

Duke is making a run on the 247Sports Crystal Ball page of Marvin Bagley, one of UK’s top basketball recruiting targets and the No. 1 player in the class of 2018.

Bagley — a 6-foot-11 prospect from Arizona playing his high school ball in the Los Angeles area — has narrowed his choices to UK, Duke, Arizona, Kansas, Southern Cal and UCLA. His father told 247Sports earlier this week that Bagley will take the first official visit of his recruitment to Duke next month.

Starting Tuesday afternoon, three Duke writers for the 247Sports website logged Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the Blue Devils for Bagley, who is averaging 25.8 points, 14.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocks on the Nike circuit this year.

Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN all rank Bagley as the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2018.

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Calipari talks about Knox, Washington and Diallo

 Posted by at 12:36 PM on June 26, 2017  Comments Off on Calipari talks about Knox, Washington and Diallo
Jun 262017
 

Kevin Knox

John Calipari was asked about UK freshman Kevin Knox, who left last week’s Team USA U19 training camp due to a minor hamstring injury, during a teleconference Monday.

Knox, who will be fine for UK’s upcoming season, did not make the U19 team as a result of the injury, but he was impressive during his three days of play at the training camp. Teammates Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington will be on the U19 team — coached by Calipari — that will compete for a FIBA gold medal in Egypt starting next week.

“Kevin was terrific,” Calipari said. “He was the best player, or one of the best. There were three or four guys who stood out and he was one of them. There were times I just shook my head and said, ‘Wow.’ PJ is playing really well. Hami, I’m really excited. I wish Kevin would have made the trip, but you look at it and say, it’s not worth it. Go back, get yourself healthy.

“But, what’s going to happen is, with Hami and PJ, I get a chance to be with them for three weeks and they get a chance to be with me. I get a chance to watch them closely, to learn more about them so I can do a better job of coaching them. And then they know what my expectations are and it’ll be a little bit easier road. But again, the three or four days I spent with Kevin were great. He’s going to be terrific. Boy, he is really good.”

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Kevin Knox injured, out of Calipari’s Team USA camp

 Posted by at 11:49 AM on June 21, 2017  Comments Off on Kevin Knox injured, out of Calipari’s Team USA camp
Jun 212017
 

Kevin Knox

UK basketball player Kevin Knox has pulled out of the Team USA U19 training camp.

Team USA Coach John Calipari announced Wednesday morning that Knox had suffered a slight injury during the camp.

“Kevin Knox, who really performed well this week, tweaked his hamstring,” Calipari said. “He’s going to be fine with some rest, but he and I talked and both thought it was in his best interest not to push it. He’s too important to our season to push it and aggravate it more. My suggestion was that he go back to Lexington to rest it and focus on class, which he is. But he was great this week. Proud of him.”

Knox’s departure leaves Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington as the only two players left at Calipari’s camp, which will determine the 12 players who will represent the country at the FIBA World Cup in Egypt next month.

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Football recruit flips commitment from U of L to UK

 Posted by at 12:52 AM on June 21, 2017  Comments Off on Football recruit flips commitment from U of L to UK
Jun 212017
 

Three-star defensive back Akeem Hayes flipped his commitment from Louisville to Kentucky on Tuesday night.

Hayes — a 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect from Hollywood, Fla. — recently attended a camp at Kentucky and becomes the latest player from Chaminade-Madonna Prep to choose the Wildcats.

“I love the relationship the Kentucky coaching staff and I have built in these last couple months of my recruiting process,” Hayes said on Twitter on Tuesday night. “After talking it over with my family I’ve decided to flip my commitment to the University of Kentucky.”

Hayes had been committed to Louisville for a little less than two months.

Kentucky now has 13 commitments for the class of 2018, and the Wildcats’ group of recruits is ranked No. 19 nationally and No. 4 in the SEC, according to Rivals.com.

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All UK players, recruits make it past Team USA cut

 Posted by at 12:26 PM on June 20, 2017  Comments Off on All UK players, recruits make it past Team USA cut
Jun 202017
 

Washington

The first cuts for John Calipari’s USA Basketball U19 training camp were made Tuesday morning, and all three of UK’s players here — as well as all of the Wildcats’ recruiting targets at this camp — are still possibilities to make the squad.

The U19 camp was trimmed from 27 players to 18 players after the first four sessions under Calipari, who will coach the team at the FIBA World Cup in Egypt from July 1-9.

UK freshmen Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox and PJ Washington all made the cut Tuesday morning. Major UK recruiting targets Bol Bol, Romeo Langford, Immanuel Quickley and Cameron Reddish also made the cut. Kentucky is also showing interest in 2018 recruits Louis King and Jordan Brown, who were also among the 18 players to make it through first cuts.

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USA measurements for UK basketball players, targets

 Posted by at 11:54 AM on June 20, 2017  Comments Off on USA measurements for UK basketball players, targets
Jun 202017
 

USA Basketball released official measurements Tuesday from this week’s U19 training camp that included several of UK’s top players recruiting targets for the class of 2018. Here’s a rundown of measurements for those players:

Official measurements from Team USA
Player Status Height (w/shoes) Weight Wingspan Standing reach
Bol Bol Recruit 7-3 220 7-8 9-7
Jordan Brown Recruit 6-11 194 7-0 8-11.5
Hamidou Diallo UK player 6-5 199 6-11 8-5.5
Louis King Recruit 6-6 204 7-0.5 8-8
Kevin Knox UK player 6-8.75 209 7-0 8-11
Romeo Langford Recruit 6-5 196 6-10.5 8-6.5
Immanuel Quickley Recruit 6-3.5 178 6-7.75 8-2.5
Cameron Reddish Recruit 6-7 203 7-1 8-8.5
PJ Washington UK player 6-8 237 7-3 8-9

 

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UK football lands first commitment for class of 2019

 Posted by at 9:54 AM on June 17, 2017  Comments Off on UK football lands first commitment for class of 2019
Jun 172017
 

Keontra Smith — one of the top 100 football prospects in the class of 2019 — committed to Kentucky on Saturday morning.

Smith — a 5-foot-11 defensive back from Hollywood, Fla. — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 57 overall prospect and No. 5 safety nationally in the 2019 class. He will be a junior this fall at Chaminade-Madonna Prep, the same school that features Marvin Alexander and Davoan Hawkins, two players who have already committed to UK for the 2018 class.
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Another 2018 recruit added to Calipari’s USA camp

 Posted by at 4:01 PM on June 16, 2017  Comments Off on Another 2018 recruit added to Calipari’s USA camp
Jun 162017
 

Five-star basketball recruit Jordan Brown has been added to John Calipari’s Team USA U19 camp, which starts Sunday night in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Brown — a 6-foot-11 post player from California — is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 11 overall prospect in the 2018 recruiting class. UK has shown some interest in his recruitment, but he does not have a scholarship offer from the Wildcats yet.
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New Crystal Ball pick for UK target Javonte Smart

 Posted by at 10:19 AM on June 16, 2017  Comments Off on New Crystal Ball pick for UK target Javonte Smart
Jun 162017
 

Smart

247Sports recruiting analyst Andrew Slater logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of Louisiana State for five-star point guard Javonte Smart on Friday.

Smart — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Baton Rouge, La. — is the No. 15 overall prospect in the class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He recently narrowed his list to LSU, Kentucky, Florida State, Kansas, Oklahoma State and UCLA.
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Junior college defensive back commits to Kentucky

 Posted by at 10:58 PM on June 15, 2017  Comments Off on Junior college defensive back commits to Kentucky
Jun 152017
 

Junior college defensive back Domonique Williams announced his commitment to Kentucky on Thursday night, choosing the Wildcats over fellow finalists Colorado State and Iowa State.

Williams — a 5-foot-10 prospect from Knoxville, Tenn. — was a freshman at Highland Community College (Kan.) last fall and will join Kentucky for the class of 2018, making him the Cats’ 11th commitment in that group.

He is the first defensive back to join UK’s 2018 class, and Dean Hood was his primary recruiter for the Wildcats. Williams was actually committed to Hood — then the head coach at Eastern Kentucky — coming out of high school.
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