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Bragg goes for 31 points and 10 rebounds Saturday

 Posted by at 1:10 PM on December 21, 2014  No Responses »
Dec 212014
 
Bragg

Bragg

UK basketball recruit Carlton Bragg had another stellar game Saturday with a season-high 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Ohio) to a 93-53 victory over Lake Catholic.

On Friday, Bragg scored just three points in VASJ’s victory over Warren JFK. He twisted his ankle in the first quarter of that one and sat out the rest of the game — a 42-point blowout victory.

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Dec 182014
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

UK basketball signee Skal Labissiere’s team is now scheduled to play two games at the Mustang Madness event at McCracken County High School next month, the Herald-Leader learned Wednesday night.

Labissiere and Reach Your Dream Prep will play Saturday, Jan. 10 against Faith Baptist (Ga.) and Sunday, Jan. 11 against a team yet to be named. Labissiere played at the Marshall County Hoop Fest and Legacy Nissan Classic in Kentucky earlier this month.

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Dec 172014
 
Alex Poythress

Alex Poythress

ESPN analyst Chad Ford updated his NBA Draft “Big Board” and held an online chat with readers Wednesday.

During the chat, Ford was asked how Alex Poythress’ recent knee injury affects his status for the 2015 draft. His response:

“Tough call. He was a bubble second rounder before the injury. The injury clearly doesn’t help his stock. He’s not ready for the NBA offensively. He still struggles to create offense for himself. Defensively, he could be a nightmare in the NBA and he faces a tough choice. He’s slated to graduate from UK in April. Does he return for another year? Transfer to a team that would give him more playing time (he’s eligible if graduated to transfer and be immediately eligible)? Or go to the NBA and work on his game in the D-League? Not sure what the best option is for the young man, but he’ll always get looks because of his elite athletic abilities.”

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Briscoe, UK recruits make Naismith Award watch list

 Posted by at 10:49 AM on December 17, 2014  5 Responses »
Dec 172014
 
Isaiah Briscoe

Isaiah Briscoe

UK signee Isaiah Briscoe is one of 20 players on the watch list for the Naismith boys’ high school player of the year award.

Finalists for the award will be announced Feb. 17, and the winner will be revealed March 6.

Other UK recruits on the watch list include Antonio Blakeney, Jaylen Brown, Cheick Diallo, Harry Giles, Brandon Ingram, Josh Jackson, Malik Newman, Ivan Rabb, Caleb Swanigan, Jayson Tatum and Stephen Zimmerman. There are 15 seniors, four juniors and one sophomore on the list.

Kansas freshman Cliff Alexander was the recipient of last year’s Naismith Award. Ron Mercer is the only Kentucky Wildcat to have ever earned the honor, doing so in 1995. The award was first given out in 1987.

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UK basketball coaches on recruiting trail this week

 Posted by at 10:13 PM on December 15, 2014  1 Response »
Dec 152014
 
Ingram

Ingram

UK assistant coach Barry “Slice” Rohrssen was in Las Vegas on Monday to see five-star center Stephen Zimmerman. On Tuesday, John Calipari will travel to North Carolina to watch five-star small forward Brandon Ingram.

Both players have UK scholarship offers for the class of 2015.

Rohrssen also saw class of 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton on Monday.

The Wildcats have a full week off before they play UCLA in Chicago on Saturday afternoon. Zimmerman and Ingram both have UK and UCLA on their list of finalists. An assistant coach from UCLA will also see Ingram on Tuesday. UNLV Coach Dave Rice watched Zimmerman on Monday.

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Dec 142014
 
Ty Pollard

Ty Pollard

Class of 2015 offensive tackle Ty Pollard announced his commitment to Southern Miss on Sunday night.

Pollard was in Lexington for an official visit earlier in the weekend. He hosted UK coaches for an in-home visit last week.

The 6-foot-6, 295-pound prospect is the son of Southern Miss assistant coach Lytrel Pollard.

UK commitment Marcus Walker took his official visit to Lexington this weekend and tweeted Sunday that he’s finished with his recruitment.

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Dec 142014
 

Class of 2016 prospect Prince Sammons is among the visitors for UK’s big recruiting weekend, according to Scout.com’s Dave Berk.

Scout ranks Sammons as the No. 29 overall prospect in the junior class. He’s the No. 4 defensive end nationally in those rankings.

ESPN and 247Sports also rank Sammons among the Top 100 prospects in the class of 2016. ESPN considers him to be Ohio’s top prospect for that class.

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Dec 142014
 

Four-star defensive back Marcus Lewis seems to be having a good time on his official visit to Kentucky.

The Washington, D.C., standout tweeted a photo of himself and UK cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley on Sunday. Lewis is wearing a UK jersey in the picture. He later tweeted a picture with five-star running back Damien Harris, who was also wearing a UK jersey.

Rivals.com ranks Lewis as the No. 93 overall prospect and No. 6 safety in the class of 2015. He is also considering Miami and Washington State.

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Dec 142014
 
Quinton Baker

Quinton Baker

Ashland Blazer running back Quinton Baker reached out to reporters Sunday morning to say that Kentucky is still the No. 1 school in his recruitment.

Baker — a class of 2016 prospect — committed to UK in the fall but backed out of that pledge last month. He said that he felt like he rushed his original commitment to the Wildcats.

Rivals.com ranks Baker — the son of former UK running back Al Baker — as the No. 15 all-purpose running back nationally for the class of 2016. He’s also considered one of the top five prospects from Kentucky in that group.

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More from Drake Jackson on his commitment to UK

 Posted by at 11:32 AM on December 14, 2014  No Responses »
Dec 142014
 
Drake Jackson

Drake Jackson

Woodford County offensive lineman Drake Jackson announced his commitment to Kentucky on Saturday night, and you can read all about it right here.

Jackson — the No. 1 player from Kentucky in the class of 2016 — also touched on a number of other topics related to UK recruiting.

Here are some of the highlights:

Jackson’s thoughts on Coach Mark Stoops …

“He comes from such a successful football family. I believe he’s going to stay loyal to Kentucky. He’s just such a great guy, and I can see why a lot of people want to play for him. He creates a family feel at the university.”

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