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New predictions for possible UK basketball target

 Posted by at 10:50 AM on May 23, 2019  Comments Off on New predictions for possible UK basketball target
May 232019
 

In recent weeks, Matthew Murrell is a name that has popped up on UK’s basketball recruiting radar for the 2020 class.

The 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Memphis is the No. 85 overall player in that class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, but his stock could be on the rise this summer after an impressive spring on the Under Armour circuit.

John Calipari was at one of his games during the April evaluation period, and UK has been mentioned as a possible school to watch in his recruitment.

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RJ Hampton cuts Kentucky from his list of schools

 Posted by at 10:53 PM on May 19, 2019  Comments Off on RJ Hampton cuts Kentucky from his list of schools
May 192019
 

RJ Hampton

Five-star guard RJ Hampton is no longer considering Kentucky, his father said on a Memphis-based radio program Monday.

Hampton — a 6-foot-5 playmaker from Texas — had narrowed his recruitment to Kentucky, Kansas, Memphis and Texas Tech, and the Jayhawks have emerged as the major favorite in recent weeks. Over the weekend, national recruiting expert Andrew Slater joined 247Sports’ Evan Daniels and Jerry Meyer, and Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi and Corey Evans as the national analysts that have made predictions in favor of Kansas. All of those predictions have come since last month, and most of them were made over the past couple of weeks.

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Five-star recruit Brandon Boston cuts list to four

 Posted by at 10:10 PM on May 18, 2019  Comments Off on Five-star recruit Brandon Boston cuts list to four
May 182019
 

Boston

Five-star shooting guard Brandon Boston cut his list to four schools Saturday, and Kentucky is still in the mix.

Boston — a 6-foot-6 prospect from the Atlanta area — is down to UK, Duke, Florida and Auburn. The list didn’t come as a surprise — those are the four programs he’s been talking about the most this spring.

Kentucky hosted Boston for a home game during SEC play, and he raved about that visit during an interview with the Herald-Leader recently. Earlier this week, national recruiting experts Jerry Meyer and Andrew Slater both logged Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the Wildcats.

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Top analyst picks Washington for Jaden McDaniels

 Posted by at 12:14 PM on May 18, 2019  Comments Off on Top analyst picks Washington for Jaden McDaniels
May 182019
 

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247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels put in a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Washington for five-star forward Jaden McDaniels on Saturday, yet another sign that the biggest recruiting target on UK’s 2019 board is trending toward the Huskies.

McDaniels — a 6-foot-10 prospect from Seattle — is expected to announce a commitment to either Washington or Kentucky sometime soon. Last week, UK emerged as a heavy favorite on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page, but Daniels changed his prediction to “undecided” a few days ago and is now going with the Huskies.

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Top analyst ‘leaning’ Washington on Jaden McDaniels

 Posted by at 11:22 AM on May 17, 2019  Comments Off on Top analyst ‘leaning’ Washington on Jaden McDaniels
May 172019
 

McDaniels

The wait for Jaden McDaniels’ college decision is still on, and national recruiting expert Evan Daniels offered his latest thoughts on the five-star basketball prospect on his podcast Friday morning.

McDaniels — a 6-foot-10 forward from Seattle — is on the verge of a college announcement, and Kentucky and Washington are the two teams battling it out for his commitment. Daniels logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of the Wildcats last week but has since changed that pick to “undecided.” On his podcast — The Sidelines with Evan Daniels — he explained his thinking with that recruitment.

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Top expert picks Washington for Jaden McDaniels

 Posted by at 5:19 PM on May 16, 2019  Comments Off on Top expert picks Washington for Jaden McDaniels
May 162019
 

McDaniels

In another sign that things might not be going well for Kentucky in the recruitment of five-star forward Jaden McDaniels, national recruiting expert Andrew Slater logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of Washington on McDaniels’ 247Sports page Thursday afternoon.

McDaniels — a 6-foot-10 prospect from Seattle — is expected to announce a college decision soon, and his recruitment has come down to Kentucky and the hometown Huskies. UK emerged as a favorite last week, but 247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels has since changed his Crystal Ball pick from Kentucky to “undecided,” and plenty of mystery remains in McDaniels’ recruitment.

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Good news, bad news for UK in basketball Crystal Ball

 Posted by at 11:05 PM on May 15, 2019  Comments Off on Good news, bad news for UK in basketball Crystal Ball
May 152019
 

Boston

There was a flurry of Crystal Ball activity related to top recruits in the 2020 class Wednesday, and it contained both good and bad news for Kentucky.

First, the good: national recruiting experts Jerry Meyer and Andrew Slater both logged predictions in favor of the Wildcats for five-star shooting guard Brandon Boston, one of the best perimeter prospects in the country and the No. 8 overall player in the 247Sports composite rankings for the class of 2020.

Boston — a 6-foot-6 recruit from the Atlanta area — visited Kentucky for a home game a few months ago and recently told the Herald-Leader that he was impressed by that trip.

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Duke getting more buzz for top UK basketball target

 Posted by at 10:24 PM on May 14, 2019  Comments Off on Duke getting more buzz for top UK basketball target
May 142019
 

Johnson

Five-star basketball prospect Jalen Johnson recently narrowed his recruitment to four schools, and he’s been saying that a college decision is getting near.

Johnson — a 6-foot-8 forward from Wisconsin — told the Herald-Leader and others last month that he could be ready to make his college announcement by July, and he has cut his list to UK, Duke, Arizona and Wisconsin. Though he recently said that Kentucky was his “dream school” growing up, there’s been a sense in recruiting circles that Duke is the team to beat.

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National analyst now undecided on Jaden McDaniels

 Posted by at 10:26 PM on May 13, 2019  Comments Off on National analyst now undecided on Jaden McDaniels
May 132019
 

McDaniels

247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels has changed his prediction on five-star basketball recruit Jaden McDaniels from Kentucky to “undecided” — another sign of the back-and-forth nature of what has been one of the most mysterious recruitments in the 2019 cycle.

McDaniels — a 6-foot-10 forward from Seattle — narrowed his list last fall to UK, Washington, San Diego State, Texas and UCLA, and his recruitment has been framed as a battle between the Wildcats and hometown Huskies for the past several weeks. Daniels and several other analysts logged picks in favor of UK last week, sparking speculation that McDaniels might be close to a Kentucky commitment.

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Johnny Juzang sets a college announcement date

 Posted by at 12:48 PM on May 8, 2019  Comments Off on Johnny Juzang sets a college announcement date
May 082019
 

Johnny Juzang

Highly touted shooting guard Johnny Juzang will announce his college decision Friday.

The 6-foot-6 prospect from the Los Angeles area has narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Kansas, Oregon and Virginia, and UK is the only program he’s visited so far this spring. His only other official visit was to Virginia several months ago.

247Sports ranked Juzang at No. 30 overall in its final rankings for the 2019 class.

“What Johnny Juzang can bring to a college program is the ability to make shots,” 247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader this week. “He’s skilled. He’s got good range on his jump shot. He can really shoot, and I think that’s extremely valuable.”

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