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National analyst picking UK for in-state running back

 Posted by at 11:28 AM on May 21, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst picking UK for in-state running back
May 212018
 

Could UK be close to picking up another in-state football recruit?

Over the weekend, 247Sports national analyst Steve Wiltfong logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of the Wildcats for three-star running back Aidan Robbins, a highly recruited player out of Manual High in Louisville.

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Five-star basketball recruit sets visit to Kentucky

 Posted by at 8:12 PM on May 18, 2018  Comments Off on Five-star basketball recruit sets visit to Kentucky
May 182018
 

Kira Lewis will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky next month.

Lewis — a 6-foot-3 guard from Alabama — is scheduled to visit UK on June 10, according to recruiting analyst Jake Weingarten.

One of the top scorers on the Nike circuit this spring, Lewis told the Herald-Leader a few weeks ago that Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Iowa State and Tennessee were among the schools recruiting him the hardest. Since then, he’s picked up new scholarship offers from Kansas, Indiana and several other top programs.

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Crystal Ball: UofL leads for Top 100 basketball recruit

 Posted by at 12:36 PM on May 18, 2018  Comments Off on Crystal Ball: UofL leads for Top 100 basketball recruit
May 182018
 

Louisville is now the leader for a Top 100 basketball prospect in the class of 2019, according to several national recruiting analysts.

Four-star shooting guard Josh Nickelberry, who visited U of L last weekend, is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 60 overall prospect in the 2019 class. On Friday, the Cards received several Crystal Ball picks in his recruitment, including predictions in their favor from national analysts Evan Daniels, Jerry Meyer and Brian Snow.

Nickelberry is a 6-4 player from Fayetteville, N.C., and he’s been on the national recruiting radar for years. His previously reported scholarship offers include North Carolina, N.C. State, Florida, UConn, Georgetown, Maryland, Xavier and Memphis, among many others.

So far, new Louisville head coach Chris Mack has zero signees for the class of 2018 and zero commitments for the class of 2019. Transfer Christen Cunningham has been the only addition to the Cardinals’ roster to this point, though they’re still looking to add another player for next season.

Nickelberry would be big for the Cardinals’ future recruiting plans. Louisville is also considered the favorite for Trinity guard David Johnson, a former U of L commitment who is ranked No. 54 nationally in the class of 2019 by 247Sports.

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UK commitments near top of new basketball rankings

 Posted by at 3:06 PM on May 17, 2018  Comments Off on UK commitments near top of new basketball rankings
May 172018
 

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Top UK basketball target James Wiseman remains the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the newly released player rankings from 247Sports.

The recruiting website posted its updated rankings Thursday, keeping Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis — in the top spot. Wiseman is expected to choose either Kentucky or Memphis.

Point guard Cole Anthony moved from No. 7 to No. 2 in the new rankings. Anthony — a 6-2 prospect from New York and the son of former NBA player Greg Anthony — has been quiet about his recruitment, though UK has been monitoring him for months.

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Three-star offensive lineman commits to Kentucky

 Posted by at 8:06 PM on May 16, 2018  Comments Off on Three-star offensive lineman commits to Kentucky
May 162018
 

Three-star offensive tackle Jake Pope announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky on Wednesday night.

Pope — a 6-foot-7, 275-pound prospect from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — picked up a scholarship offer from UK last month. He also has power-five offers from Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State and Illinois.

247Sports ranks Pope as the No. 104 offensive tackle nationally in the class of 2019, and he’s the Wildcats’ second commitment for the O-line in that group, joining West Jessamine’s Eli Cox, who committed last week.

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No. 1 basketball recruit cuts list to five schools

 Posted by at 7:52 PM on May 16, 2018  Comments Off on No. 1 basketball recruit cuts list to five schools
May 162018
 

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Vernon Carey — the No. 1 overall basketball prospect in the class of 2019, according to Rivals.com — has narrowed his recruitment to five schools.

Carey — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — is now considering Kentucky, Duke, Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina. He cut Kansas, UCLA and Florida from his previous list.

There were no surprises in Carey’s final five. Michigan State is the only school he’s been to for an official visit. Kentucky hosted him for an unofficial visit more than a year ago, and he told the Herald-Leader last month that he’s been in contact with Bam Adebayo about possibly playing for the Cats. Duke and UNC have been recruiting him hard for more than a year, and his father is a former football standout at Miami.

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National analyst picking Xavier for Dontaie Allen

 Posted by at 10:42 AM on May 15, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst picking Xavier for Dontaie Allen
May 152018
 

Dontaie Allen | Photo by Matt Goins

Following his scholarship offer from Xavier on Monday afternoon, Dontaie Allen also picked up the first school prediction on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

247Sports national recruiting analyst Brian Snow, who covered Allen at a recent event in Indianapolis, is now picking the Musketeers for the in-state basketball standout from Pendleton County.

Xavier Coach Travis Steele watched Allen — a 6-foot-7 small forward — play on back-to-back days in Indianapolis as part of the final evaluation period of the spring. U of L head coach Chris Mack also watched Allen in one of those games.

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Undecided UK players not in new NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 11:12 AM on May 14, 2018  Comments Off on Undecided UK players not in new NBA mock draft
May 142018
 

Washington

None of the three Kentucky basketball players who are still on the fence about this year’s NBA Draft were included in the latest, 60-pick mock draft released by ESPN on Monday morning.

PJ Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel all have until May 30 — 10 days after the NBA Combine — to decide whether or not to keep their names in this year’s draft. The new ESPN mock draft “attempts to project which players will end up declaring and keeping their names in the draft.” Several other players who have not yet fully declared for the draft are included in the new mock draft.

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Bryan Antoine cuts his college list to five schools

 Posted by at 6:53 PM on May 10, 2018  Comments Off on Bryan Antoine cuts his college list to five schools
May 102018
 

Five-star basketball recruit Bryan Antoine narrowed his list to five schools Thursday, and Kentucky is still in the mix.

Antoine — a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from New Jersey — is the No. 7 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was one of the first players from that class to land a scholarship offer from UK.

His final five schools are Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky and Villanova.

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UK’s top QB target lands another major SEC offer

 Posted by at 10:01 AM on May 10, 2018  Comments Off on UK’s top QB target lands another major SEC offer
May 102018
 

Class of 2019 quarterback Connor Bazelak landed a scholarship offer from Georgia on Wednesday.

Bazelak — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Dayton, Ohio — is Kentucky’s top recruiting target at the position for the 2019 class and has already visited Lexington several times. He also has offers from Pittsburgh, Purdue, Missouri and North Carolina, among many others, and recently visited Tennessee.

247Sports ranks Bazelak as the No. 16 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class. 247Sports national director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong logged a Crystal Ball prediction last month in favor of Kentucky.

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