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Calipari watches battle of two top Kentucky targets

 Posted by at 10:17 PM on July 11, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari watches battle of two top Kentucky targets
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John Calipari and Penny Hardaway were both courtside to watch the consensus No. 1 overall player in the 2019 class, James Wiseman, on Wednesday night in the opening game of the Nike Peach Jam event in Augusta, Ga.

Wiseman is expected to choose either UK or Memphis. His team pulled out a 70-69 victory over a squad led by Vernon Carey, the No. 1 player in the Rivals.com rankings and another major Kentucky target. Carey is also considering Duke, Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina.

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Five-star recruit doesn’t include UK on new list

 Posted by at 1:15 PM on July 8, 2018  Comments Off on Five-star recruit doesn’t include UK on new list
Jul 082018
 

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Five-star basketball prospect Josiah James is now down to nine schools, and Kentucky is not on his new recruiting list.

James — a 6-foot-6 point guard from Charleston, S.C. — did not have a scholarship offer from UK when he cut his list over the weekend, though the Wildcats had been tracking his recruitment in recent weeks.

He told the Herald-Leader last month that he would “definitely” be interested if UK were to get more involved with his recruitment.

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Kentucky lands tight end for the class of 2019

 Posted by at 12:15 AM on July 5, 2018  Comments Off on Kentucky lands tight end for the class of 2019
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Three-star tight end Nikolas Ognenovic announced his commitment to Kentucky on Wednesday night.

Ognenovic — a 6-foot-6, 235-pound prospect from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 32 tight end nationally in the 2019 class. 247Sports has him as the No. 37 player at his position. He plays for the same high school as Nik Scalzo, the Wildcats’ quarterback commitment for the class of 2019.

Kentucky now has 14 commitments for next year’s class. The Cats are No. 38 nationally, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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National analyst picks Indiana for major UK target

 Posted by at 3:15 PM on July 4, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst picks Indiana for major UK target
Jul 042018
 

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247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer has logged a new prediction in favor of Indiana for Keion Brooks, one of UK’s top basketball targets in the class of 2019.

Brooks — a 6-foot-7 small forward from Fort Wayne, Ind. — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 7 overall prospect in the 2019 class, and he was one of the first players from that group to land a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

UK commitment Tyrese Maxey told the Herald-Leader last month that Brooks has been the No. 1 priority on his personal recruiting list. The two rising seniors have known each other since grade school and both play on the Nike circuit.

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Wide receiver commits to Kentucky for 2019 class

 Posted by at 2:42 PM on July 4, 2018  Comments Off on Wide receiver commits to Kentucky for 2019 class
Jul 042018
 

UK landed another football commitment for its class of 2019 on Wednesday with a pledge from wide receiver DeMarcus Harris, a Florida native.

Harris — a 6-foot-2 prospect from Vero Beach, Fla. — is ranked by 247Sports as a three-star recruit and the No. 150 receiver nationally in the 2019 class. He does not yet have a star ranking from Rivals.com.

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Where UK basketball targets landed in new rankings

 Posted by at 1:16 PM on July 3, 2018  Comments Off on Where UK basketball targets landed in new rankings
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Rivals.com updated its full Top 150 rankings for the basketball recruiting class of 2019 on Tuesday. Here’s where UK’s top recruits in that group landed:

First off, UK commitment Tyrese Maxey is the top committed recruit in the class at No. 7 overall. Fellow UK commitment DJ Jeffries is ranked No. 45 overall by Rivals, moving up eight spots from the previous update.

The 2019 prospects with confirmed UK scholarship offers are Vernon Carey (No. 1), James Wiseman (No. 3), Matthew Hurt (No. 5), Bryan Antoine (No. 12), Scottie Lewis (No. 13), Keion Brooks (No. 15) and Jalen Lecque (No. 18).

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New basketball rankings for the class of 2019

 Posted by at 1:37 PM on July 2, 2018  Comments Off on New basketball rankings for the class of 2019
Jul 022018
 

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Rivals.com unveiled its new basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2019 on Monday, and UK target Vernon Carey remains on the top of the list at No. 1.

Carey — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — has narrowed his choices to UK, Duke, Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina. He is expected to take an official visit to UK this fall. Rivals.com broke down his recruitment and made a case for his No. 1 ranking in a separate post Monday.

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Vanderbilt is latest school to offer Dontaie Allen

 Posted by at 3:30 PM on June 29, 2018  Comments Off on Vanderbilt is latest school to offer Dontaie Allen
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Dontaie Allen | Photo by Matt Goins

Pendleton County basketball star Dontaie Allen received a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt during an unofficial visit to the school Friday.

Allen — a 6-foot-6 wing in the class of 2019 — averaged 31.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game as a high school junior last season, shooting nearly 40 percent from three-point range. 247Sports recently moved him up to the No. 154 overall ranking in the class of 2019.

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UK basketball target schedules official visits

 Posted by at 10:53 AM on June 28, 2018  Comments Off on UK basketball target schedules official visits
Jun 282018
 

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Five-star shooting guard Bryan Antoine has scheduled four official visits, according to a report Thursday morning from Adam Zagoria.

Antoine — a 6-foot-5 prospect from New Jersey — will visit Kentucky on Sept. 22. He also has scheduled trips for Florida (Sept. 15), Duke (Sept. 29) and Villanova (Nov. 3). Kansas was also on his list of five finalists.

Duke is the major favorite on Antoine’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page, and he told the Herald-Leader earlier this month that he will definitely be making a college decision in time to sign with the school of his choice in November.

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Is Louisville leading for 5-star UK basketball target?

 Posted by at 12:23 AM on June 28, 2018  Comments Off on Is Louisville leading for 5-star UK basketball target?
Jun 282018
 

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Ireland native Aidan Igiehon has been one of the fastest-rising basketball recruits in the class of 2019 this spring, and Louisville could now be well-positioned for his commitment.

Igiehon — a 6-foot-10 power forward now living in New York — is scheduled to visit U of L on Thursday, and 247Sports national recruiting analysts Evan Daniels and Josh Gershon both logged picks in favor of the Cardinals on Igiehon’s Crystal Ball page Wednesday. Daniels is a perfect 18-for-18 with his Crystal Ball picks so far in the 2019 recruiting cycle.

Earlier in the week, national recruiting analysts Andrew Slater and Jerry Meyer logged predictions in favor of St. John’s for Igiehon, who plays on the Under Armour circuit and is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 14 overall prospect in the 2019 class.

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