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National analyst makes prediction for UK basketball

 Posted by at 12:52 PM on November 15, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst makes prediction for UK basketball
Nov 152018
 

CJ Walker

National recruiting expert Andrew Slater logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of Kentucky for four-star power forward CJ Walker on Thursday morning, a day after the class of 2019 prospect announced he was ready to make his college decision.

Walker — a 6-9 player at Oak Ridge High School in Florida — revealed Wednesday that he will announce his college decision on Nov. 21, the final day of the early signing period. The twist here is that Walker has long been down to three schools — Louisiana State, Miami and Oregon — and those were the only three programs included in his video previewing the college announcement Wednesday.

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Top recruit Maxey officially signs with Kentucky

 Posted by at 11:10 AM on November 14, 2018  Comments Off on Top recruit Maxey officially signs with Kentucky
Nov 142018
 

Maxey

Five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey became the first recruit in the class of 2019 to officially sign with Kentucky on Wednesday, the first day of the national early signing period.

Maxey — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Texas — signed with the Cats during a special ceremony at his high school. He was also UK’s first commitment for the 2019 class, giving his pledge in early May. Maxey is the No. 10 overall player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

UK confirmed the signing Wednesday afternoon.

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Wandale Robinson makes big move in 2019 rankings

 Posted by at 1:47 PM on November 13, 2018  Comments Off on Wandale Robinson makes big move in 2019 rankings
Nov 132018
 

Robinson

UK football commitment Wandale Robinson moved up more than 100 spots in the latest 247Sports national recruiting rankings for the class of 2019, which were released Tuesday afternoon, and he’s now the No. 1-ranked prospect in the state of Kentucky.

Robinson — a standout player for Western Hills High School in Frankfort — is now ranked No. 117 overall, moving up 131 spots from the previous rankings. He’s now the No. 2 all-purpose back nationally. Robinson is expected to play slot receiver and be utilized out of the backfield — and in the return game — at UK.

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Dontaie Allen sets a date to sign with Kentucky

 Posted by at 10:17 AM on November 12, 2018  Comments Off on Dontaie Allen sets a date to sign with Kentucky
Nov 122018
 

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Pendleton County basketball star Dontaie Allen will officially sign with Kentucky on Friday at a special ceremony at his high school.

Allen — a 6-foot-6 wing in the 2019 class — committed to UK in early August during a campus visit. He averaged averaged 31.8 points per game and shot nearly 40 percent from three-point range for Pendleton County as a junior, and he’ll be one of the frontrunners for Mr. Basketball honors in the state of Kentucky this season.

The early signing period begins Wednesday, and Allen will join five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey and five-star wing Kahlil Whitney as early signees. Kentucky is also still recruiting several other players in the 2019 class.

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Former UK football player re-commits to Cats

 Posted by at 8:32 PM on November 11, 2018  Comments Off on Former UK football player re-commits to Cats
Nov 112018
 

Richardson

Former Kentucky wide receiver JaVonte Richardson re-committed to the Wildcats on Sunday night.

Richardson — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Cleveland — was part of UK’s signing class of 2017 and spent last season as a redshirt player in the Cats’ program before transferring to Iowa Western Community College. He has 22 catches for 305 yards and three touchdowns in six games this season and is considered a three-star prospect and the No. 2 junior college wide receiver nationally, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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More visits coming up for top UK basketball targets

 Posted by at 11:01 AM on November 9, 2018  Comments Off on More visits coming up for top UK basketball targets
Nov 092018
 

Carey

Five-star basketball prospect Jaden McDaniels will be in Lexington this weekend for his official visit to UK, but he won’t be the only major UK target on the recruiting trail in the coming weeks.

Vernon Carey is scheduled to take the final major visit of his recruitment to Michigan State, a school he already saw on an official visit earlier this year. Carey has visited UK, Duke, Miami and North Carolina in recent weeks and is expected to choose one of his five finalists sometime before the end of the calendar year.

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Jaden McDaniels visiting Washington this weekend

 Posted by at 10:02 AM on October 26, 2018  Comments Off on Jaden McDaniels visiting Washington this weekend
Oct 262018
 

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Five-star forward Jaden McDaniels has been perhaps the most tight-lipped top basketball prospect in the 2019 class when it comes to recruiting. This weekend, he’ll stay close to home for an official visit to Washington.

McDaniels — a 6-foot-10 player from Seattle — took an official visit to San Diego State, where his older brother is currently a star player, earlier this month. The Washington trip will be the second official visit of his recruitment.

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National analyst has new pick for Wandale Robinson

 Posted by at 9:39 AM on October 22, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst has new pick for Wandale Robinson
Oct 222018
 

Robinson

247Sports national analyst Steve Wiltfong has logged a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Nebraska for Western Hills football star Wandale Robinson.

Robinson — a 5-foot-9, do-it-all offensive prospect in the class of 2019 — is arguably Kentucky’s top remaining target in that class and has been on UK’s campus for several recruiting visits. He’s also taken official visits to each of his five other finalists: Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Purdue.

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ESPN analyst favors Kentucky for Keion Brooks

 Posted by at 10:06 AM on October 20, 2018  Comments Off on ESPN analyst favors Kentucky for Keion Brooks
Oct 202018
 

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ESPN recruiting insider Jeff Borzello is now predicting that Kentucky is in the best position to land highly touted forward Keion Brooks, who is taking his official visit to Lexington this weekend.

In Borzello’s latest “Hot Board” post chronicling the top official visits of the week, he predicted UK would ultimately land the 6-foot-7 prospect from Fort Wayne, Ind., though he put his confidence level on that pick at 35 percent in what has been a tough-to-read recruitment.

Brooks has already taken official visits to UCLA and Indiana, and he’ll take official visits to North Carolina and Michigan State next month. Purdue is also among his finalists. ESPN ranks Brooks as the No. 33 overall player in the class of 2019, and he was one of the first recruits from that group to land a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

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Kahlil Whitney projected as top-10 NBA Draft pick

 Posted by at 10:10 AM on October 12, 2018  Comments Off on Kahlil Whitney projected as top-10 NBA Draft pick
Oct 122018
 

Whitney

ESPN revealed its first NBA mock draft for 2020 on Friday morning, and the top end of those projections includes several UK recruits.

Class of 2019 commitment Kahlil Whitney comes in as the No. 7 overall pick, and he’s joined in the top 10 by UK recruiting targets James Wiseman (No. 1), Cole Anthony (No. 2), Jaden McDaniels (No. 3) and Isaiah Stewart (No. 6). Other UK targets included in ESPN’s mock draft include Matthew Hurt (No. 16), Vernon Carey (No. 22) and current class of 2020 recruit N’Faly Dante (No. 37).

Tyrese Maxey, another UK commitment, is No. 22 on ESPN’s list, which also includes current Wildcats Ashton Hagans (No. 36) and Nick Richards (No. 46).

ESPN’s most recent mock draft for 2019 included Keldon Johnson and PJ Washington as first-round picks.

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