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Jarren Williams did not visit Tennessee this weekend

 Posted by at 10:42 AM on February 19, 2017  Comments Off on Jarren Williams did not visit Tennessee this weekend
Feb 192017
 

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UK quarterback commitment Jarren Williams did not take a planned visit to Tennessee on Saturday, telling the Herald-Leader that something else came up that prevented the trip.

Williams — the Wildcats’ only commitment for the class of 2018 — said he has not yet made any plans to reschedule the recruiting trip to Knoxville. The 6-foot-3 quarterback from Georgia received a scholarship offer from Michigan State on Friday, and he has picked up offers from Tennessee, Miami, Mississippi State, South Carolina and others since his commitment to UK last summer.

The Herald-Leader spoke to Williams about his recruitment, his relationship with UK’s coaching staff and more a few days ago. You can read that report right here.

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Washington helps Findlay Prep rout Tennessee Prep

 Posted by at 9:07 PM on February 18, 2017  Comments Off on Washington helps Findlay Prep rout Tennessee Prep
Feb 182017
 

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BENTON — UK signee PJ Washington had 10 points, six rebounds, seven assists and five steals in Findlay Prep’s 90-65 victory over Tennessee Prep on Saturday night at the Kentucky Lake Showcase at Marshall County High School.

The 6-foot-8 forward didn’t play the final 10 minutes of the game, which turned into a blowout early in the second half.

Washington had 23 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists and five blocked shots in Findlay Prep’s 94-75 victory over Hopkinsville on Friday night, his first game at the Kentucky Lake Showcase.

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In-state football star Brents gets an offer from USC

 Posted by at 11:00 AM on February 17, 2017  Comments Off on In-state football star Brents gets an offer from USC
Feb 172017
 

Waggener DB Jairus Brents
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Waggener defensive back Jairus Brents — the No. 1-ranked football recruit in Kentucky for the class of 2018 — landed a scholarship offer from Southern Cal on Friday morning.

Brents is ranked as one of the nation’s top 250 prospects by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN and 247Sports. ESPN rates him as the No. 19 cornerback and No. 111 overall recruit in the 2018 class.

UK has hosted Brents on campus multiple times, but the Wildcats will have a major battle trying to land his commitment. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound prospect from Louisville also has reported scholarship offers from Alabama, Michigan State, Oregon, Louisville, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and several other major schools.

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UK QB commitment lands another major offer

 Posted by at 10:51 AM on February 17, 2017  Comments Off on UK QB commitment lands another major offer
Feb 172017
 

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UK football commitment Jarren Williams landed a scholarship offer from Michigan State on Friday morning, the latest in a long line of offers from top college programs.

Williams — a 6-foot-3 quarterback and UK’s only commitment for the class of 2018 — has also picked up offers from Tennessee, Miami, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Missouri since committing to the Wildcats last June. He will take an unofficial visit to Tennessee this weekend.

The Herald-Leader spoke to Williams on Thursday about his recruitment, his thoughts on UK’s program and his upcoming trip to Knoxville. You can read that story here.

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Watch possible UK basketball target online Thursday

 Posted by at 11:16 AM on February 16, 2017  Comments Off on Watch possible UK basketball target online Thursday
Feb 162017
 

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SportsNOLA.com will have a livestream of Thursday night’s game between Scotlandville (La.) and Oak Hill Academy (Va.), a matchup of two of the top point guards in high school basketball.

Scotlandville is led by class of 2018 star Javonte Smart, who has already drawn recruiting interest from Kentucky and is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 1 point guard and No. 9 overall recruit in the junior class. Oak Hill’s point guard is highly touted Matt Coleman, who has already committed to Texas for the 2017 class.

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Scout.com analysts talk Bamba, Knox and more

 Posted by at 7:32 PM on February 15, 2017  Comments Off on Scout.com analysts talk Bamba, Knox and more
Feb 152017
 

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The latest episode of national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels’ podcast, “The Sidelines,” was released Wednesday, and Daniels was joined by Scout.com colleague Brian Snow to talk about some of the top uncommitted prospects in the 2017 class.

UK targets Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox are obviously on that list — both are top-10 players in the Scout.com rankings — and the two analysts were more bullish on UK’s chances with Bamba than Knox.

Snow said that he’s hearing the most buzz for UK and Texas for Bamba right now. His other two finalists are Duke and Michigan. The 7-footer from Harlem, N.Y., is close to UK signee Quade Green — his teammate from the Nike circuit — but he was also coached by Shaka Smart with the Team USA U18 squad last summer.

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Trae Young set to announce college decision Thursday

 Posted by at 11:30 AM on February 15, 2017  Comments Off on Trae Young set to announce college decision Thursday
Feb 152017
 

Trae Young

Five-star point guard Trae Young will announce his college decision Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.

Young — a 6-foot-2 prospect from Norman, Okla. — has narrowed his list of schools to Kansas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He was the first point guard in the class of 2017 to receive a scholarship offer from Kentucky, but the Wildcats signed highly touted point guards Quade Green and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in November and started concentrating on players at other positions to round out the 2017 class.

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Kentucky offers running back in the class of 2018

 Posted by at 11:03 AM on February 15, 2017  Comments Off on Kentucky offers running back in the class of 2018
Feb 152017
 

Class of 2018 running back Ryan Montgomery received a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky on Wednesday morning.

Montgomery — a 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect from Franklin, Ohio — ran 182 times for 1,935 yards and 34 touchdowns this past season. He also caught 36 passes for 518 yards and two touchdowns, and threw for 521 yards and four touchdowns. He does not yet have a star ranking from the major recruiting services.

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Trinity star lands offer from Michigan during visit

 Posted by at 4:23 PM on February 13, 2017  Comments Off on Trinity star lands offer from Michigan during visit
Feb 132017
 

Trinity defensive lineman Stephen Herron — a top UK recruiting target in the class of 2019 — landed a scholarship offer from Michigan during a trip to Ann Arbor on Monday.

Herron — a 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 2 weakside defensive end and No. 15 overall player nationally in the class of 2019. He already had offers from UK, Ohio State, Oregon, Louisville, Tenneessee and several other major programs.

UK hosted Herron for an unofficial visit during the program’s “junior day” weekend late last month.

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Little change for UK players in new NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 3:17 PM on February 13, 2017  Comments Off on Little change for UK players in new NBA mock draft
Feb 132017
 

De’Aaron Fox

Not much changed for Kentucky players in the latest NBA mock draft from DraftExpress.com, which updated its projections on Monday afternoon.

De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are still at No. 8 and 9 overall, respectively, in the 2017 draft, and Bam Adebayo dropped just one spot to No. 21 overall. Sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe dropped three spots to No. 53 overall.

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