Ben Roberts

Jul 012015
 
Lafayette quarterback Walker Wood Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Lafayette quarterback Walker Wood
Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Scout.com has been releasing new football rankings for the class of 2017 this week, and two quarterbacks from Kentucky high schools were mentioned in Wednesday’s update.

Lafayette’s Walker Wood and Ryle’s Tanner Morgan have both earned three-star status from Scout.com. Both quarterbacks have early scholarship offers from Louisville and Cincinnati.

Lafayette offensive lineman Jedrick Wills — ranked by Scout.com as the No. 87 overall prospect in the class of 2017 on Tuesday — was named the No. 7 rising junior in the Midwest on Wednesday. Wills is a major UK recruiting target.

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Jun 302015
 
Jedrick Wills

Jedrick Wills

Lafayette offensive lineman Jedrick Wills is the No. 87 overall football recruit in the class of 2017, according to new rankings released by Scout.com on Tuesday.

Wills — a 6-foot-5, 300-pounder — is considered the No. 12 offensive tackle in the class and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Kentucky.

He has scholarship offers from UK, Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Louisville, Florida and several others.

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Jun 302015
 
Ayton

Ayton

DeAndre Ayton remains the clear-cut No. 1 prospect in the class of 2017.

Rivals.com kept the California 7-footer in the top spot Tuesday, when the rankings for the nation’s rising juniors were updated. Ayton said earlier this month that he has received scholarship offers from Kentucky and Duke, among others. He is ranked No. 1 by all of the major recruiting services.

Other class of 2017 prospects with UK offers who were included in the new Rivals.com rankings are No. 3 Wendell Carter, No. 4 Mohamed Bamba, No. 9 Nick Richards, No. 12 Zach Brown, No. 17 John Petty and No. 53 Xavier Tillman.

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Jun 302015
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

Less than an hour after Yahoo Sports reported mutual interest between John Calipari and the Sacramento Kings for a coaching and front-office job, the UK head coach responded.

“For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world,” Calipari said. “I am not looking for any other coaching position. Since he bought the team, (Kings owner) Vivek Ranadive and I have talked on and off about DeMarcus Cousins. Vivek has asked me what I thought about DeMarcus and I told him he would be an all-star, and I was right. In the last two weeks, we’ve also talked a bunch about the draft and on draft day, obviously because of Willie Cauley-Stein. At no time has Vivek offered me a job. I will be at Kentucky.”

Calipari landed a commitment from five-star guard Jamal Murray last week, and 247Sports now ranks UK’s recruiting class of 2015 as the best in the country. The Wildcats are once again expected to contend for an NCAA title this season.

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Jun 292015
 
Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray

During the Southeastern Conference summer teleconference Monday morning, UK Coach John Calipari was asked about the late signing of five-star guard Jamal Murray and the versatility he will bring to Lexington next season.

In his response, Calipari mentioned the possibility of a three-guard lineup but said it might be tough to keep others off the court.

“I’ve played all kind of different teams, whether it’s smaller teams, bigger teams, longer teams,” he said. “(Murray) is a playmaking guard who can play 1 or 2 and can really score the ball. Great in pick and rolls. Can play with Tyler (Ulis) or you could play three guards at times if you chose to do that.

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Jun 292015
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

University of Kentucky basketball signee Skal Labissiere is the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to the newly released Recruiting Services Consensus Index (RSCI) rankings.

The annual composite ranking uses six major recruiting services to come up with one master ranking.

Louisiana State signee Ben Simmons is ranked No. 1 overall. Simmons and Labissiere both earned the top spot from three recruiting services, but Simmons edged out Labissiere by one point in the final tally.

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Jun 272015
 
Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson

Three of UK’s biggest recruiting targets for the class of 2016 were the three leading scorers for the Team USA U19 squad Saturday in an 83-53 victory over Iran at the FIBA world championships.

Josh Jackson led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds, both team-highs for the Americans. He was 8-for-14 from the field, made all four of his free-throw attempts and also had a game-high four steals.

Fellow class of 2016 prospects Harry Giles (14 points) and Jayson Tatum (12 points) were the only other Team USA players to score in double figures. Giles added nine rebounds and a game-high three blocked shots, while Tatum had seven rebounds and two blocks.

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Jun 262015
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

Six former Kentucky Wildcats were selected in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, and six players who will be on next season’s team are listed among the Top 100 prospects for the 2016 draft by ESPN analyst Chad Ford.

Incoming freshman Skal Labissiere is the No. 2 overall prospect behind Louisiana State signee Ben Simmons for next year’s draft, according to Ford. Labissiere — a 7-footer from Haiti — is listed as the No. 1 pick in the latest 2016 mock draft from DraftExpress.com.

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Jun 262015
 
Drake Jackson

Drake Jackson

Kash Daniel

Kash Daniel

The University of Kentucky football program will be well represented at the college announcement of Paintsville linebacker Kash Daniel on July 4.

Top UK commitment Drake Jackson said Thursday that he will attend the announcement ceremony of Daniel, who is ranked by 247Sports as a four-star recruit and the No. 96 national prospect in the class of 2016.

Daniel has narrowed his list to UK, Louisville and South Carolina.

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Jun 252015
 

Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and Trey Lyles became the 14th, 15th and 16th one-and-done players at Kentucky since John Calipari became head coach six years ago. All 16 players were selected in the first round, and 11 of them have been chosen in the lottery. Towns joins John Wall and Anthony Davis as UK’s third No. 1 overall pick in the past six years.

One-and-done players at Kentucky
Player Drafted Year Notes
John Wall 1st 2010 Averaged 16.4 points and 8.3 assists as a rookie
DeMarcus Cousins 5th 2010 Averaged 14.1 points and 8.6 rebounds as a rookie
Eric Bledsoe 18th 2010 Averaged 6.7 points and 3.6 assists as a rookie
Daniel Orton 29th 2010 Did not play during the 2010-11 season
Enes Kanter 3rd 2011 Averaged 4.6 points and 4.2 rebounds as a rookie
Brandon Knight 8th 2011 Averaged 12.8 points and 3.8 assists as a rookie
Anthony Davis 1st 2012 Averaged 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds as a rookie
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 2nd 2012 Averaged 9.0 points and 5.8 rebounds as a rookie
Marquis Teague 29th 2012 Averaged 2.1 points and 1.3 assists as a rookie
Nerlens Noel 6th 2013 DNP – Injury
Archie Goodwin 29th 2013 Averaged 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds as a rookie
Julius Randle 7th 2014 Suffered season-ending injury in first NBA game
James Young 17th 2014 Averaged 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds as a rookie
Karl-Anthony Towns 1st 2015
Trey Lyles 12th 2015
Devin Booker 13th 2015
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