Ben Roberts

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Wenyen Gabriel

Wenyen Gabriel

Many of UK’s top basketball recruiting targets in the class of 2016 and beyond will play on ESPNU on Monday night in the final two games from the Adidas Nations event in Long Beach, Calif.

At 7 p.m. ET, Team Lillard faces Team Africa in the consolation game of the showcase. Team Lillard features class of 2017 standouts Gary Trent Jr. and Xavier Tillman, as well as class of 2018 star Jaedon LeDee. All three of those players have UK scholarship offers.

Also playing for Team Lillard will be class of 2017 point guards Trevon Duval and Jaylen Hands, who are both on UK’s recruiting radar.

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UK football commitments make ESPN’s Top 300

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Drake Jackson

Drake Jackson

Landon Young

Landon Young

Local offensive linemen Drake Jackson and Landon Young remained on ESPN’s list of the top 300 recruits in the class of 2016 on Monday.

The updated rankings have Young as the No. 153 overall recruit and Jackson as the No. 240 overall prospect among rising seniors. Both players are committed to the University of Kentucky.

Young — a Lafayette standout — dropped three spots in the latest rankings and is considered the No. 16 offensive tackle in the class. Jackson — from Woodford County — moved up 31 spots and is ranked as the nation’s No. 3 center.

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Aug 022015
 
Michael Porter Jr.

Porter Jr.

The little brother of UK recruiting target Michael Porter Jr., announced his commitment to Washington on Sunday.

Jontay Porter — a 6-foot-8 power forward in the class of 2018 — pledged to Huskies Coach Lorenzo Romar, who is a close friend and former teammate of Michael Porter Sr., the father of Michael Jr. and Jontay.

Porter Sr. is an assistant coach with the Missouri women’s basketball team. Romar — who is also Michael Jr.’s godfather — offered the elder Porter an assistant coaching job during the offseason, but Porter Sr. chose to stay at Mizzou.

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Aug 022015
 
De'Aaron Fox

De’Aaron Fox

247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer made a few new Crystal Ball predictions over the weekend, including one that will interest Kentucky basketball fans.

Meyer is now picking UK for De’Aaron Fox, one of the standout players of the recently completed summer AAU circuit. Fox — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Katy, Texas — is now ranked by 247Sports as the No. 1 point guard and No. 4 overall prospect in the loaded class of 2016.

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Aug 022015
 
Goodin

Goodin

Taylor County point guard Quentin Goodin — the top-ranked recruit in the state of Kentucky — announced his commitment to Xavier University on Sunday.

Goodin — a 6-foot-2 prospect — averaged 21.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game last season to lead Taylor County to its first appearance in the Sweet Sixteen since 1983.

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Aug 022015
 
Mohamed Ibrahim

Mohamed Ibrahim

Three highly touted high school football teammates will be on UK’s campus for recruiting visits Sunday afternoon.

Mohamed Ibrahim, Joshua Paschal and Ayinde Eley — all of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md. — are visiting Lexington and are among the Wildcats’ early recruiting targets for the class of 2017.

Ibrahim — a 5-foot-9 running back — is ranked by Rivals.com as a four-star prospect and the No. 8 all-purpose back in the class of 2017. He also has a scholarship offer from Iowa.

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Aug 022015
 
Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz

Five-star combo guard Markelle Fultz will take his first official visit to the University of Louisville on Wednesday, according to Scout.com.

Fultz — a 6-foot-4 prospect from the Washington, D.C., area — was already scheduled to take an official visit to Arizona next weekend (Aug. 8), and that trip is still on.

UK has ramped up its recruitment of Fultz, who had a spectacular showing on the summer AAU circuit. 247Sports now ranks him as the No. 7 overall prospect in the loaded class of 2016, and national analyst Jerry Meyer told the Herald-Leader recently that Fultz has greatly improved his point guard skills, which would allow him to play multiple positions in a college backcourt.

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Rawle Alkins

Rawle Alkins

Five-star shooting guard Rawle Alkins is now listing 10 schools in his college recruitment.

Alkins — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Brooklyn, N.Y. — has narrowed his focus to UK, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, St. John’s, Texas and UNLV.

He has already said that he plans to visit UK for Big Blue Madness in October.

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August 1 is the day that high school football recruits in the rising senior class could begin receiving official scholarship offers from colleges, and UK’s commitments started posting their letters Saturday.

Woodford County offensive lineman Drake Jackson — one of UK’s 21 pledges for 2016 — was one of the first recruits to post his offer to Twitter. Here’s what it looks like:

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John Calipari

John Calipari

John Calipari could not comment on the possible addition of Australian 7-footer Isaac Humphries during his meeting with reporters Saturday morning, but he did speak on several topics related to UK recruiting.

On his recent trend of recruiting international players like Jamal Murray and Mychal Mulder (Canada), Skal Labissiere (Haiti), Tai Wynyard (New Zealand) and possibly Humphries: “You know with me things just kind of happen. As they happen I roll with it. You’re recruiting guys who don’t want to run from this. This is what they want. Whether they’re from Lexington, Kentucky or Toronto, Canada or from Australia or New Zealand, who wants this? Because guys who play here, they’ll tell you – you’ve got to want this. It’s not something you can run from. You’ve got to run at it. And those are the guys that come here and have success. So it’s not been by design. But again, the guys we have, I don’t care where they’re from, they’re pretty good players.”

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