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No. 1-ranked basketball recruit to visit UK next week

 Posted by at 3:02 PM on January 19, 2019  Comments Off on No. 1-ranked basketball recruit to visit UK next week
Jan 192019
 

Edwards

Five-star shooting guard Anthony Edwards will take his official visit to Kentucky next week, according to a report from 247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels on Saturday.

Daniels reported that Edwards — a 6-foot-5 prospect from Atlanta — will start his official visit to UK on Monday. He’ll also be in town for the Cats’ home game against Mississippi State on Tuesday night. Edwards decided several weeks ago to reclassify from 2020 to 2019, and 247Sports now ranks him as the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2019 class.

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Top 10 basketball recruit sets visit to Kentucky

 Posted by at 11:20 AM on January 19, 2019  Comments Off on Top 10 basketball recruit sets visit to Kentucky
Jan 192019
 

Boston

Five-star basketball prospect Brandon Boston will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky on Feb. 16, according to Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans.

Boston — a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Atlanta, Ga. — is one of the top perimeter scorers in the class of 2020, and he’s also a Nike league teammate of five-star point guard Sharife Cooper, who landed a UK scholarship offer while visiting Lexington last fall.

National recruiting experts Jerry Meyer and Andrew Slater have already logged Crystal Ball predictions in favor for Duke for Boston, but there’s still plenty of time left in his recruitment. He’s already taken official visits to Alabama, Auburn, Duke and Florida, and he has scholarship offers from several other top schools.

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Whitney among UK recruits fans can watch Saturday

 Posted by at 8:36 AM on January 18, 2019  Comments Off on Whitney among UK recruits fans can watch Saturday
Jan 182019
 

Whitney

ESPN Plus subscribers will be treated to a full day of high school basketball programming Saturday, and the slate features top-ranked Kentucky commitment Kahlil Whitney along with a few other Wildcats recruiting targets.

Whitney and Roselle Catholic (N.J.) will face Norcross (Ga.) — a team led by class of 2020 UK target Brandon Boston — at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. (The Kentucky-Auburn game is scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPN). Whitney is the No. 8 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and Boston is a top 10 player in the 2020 class.

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Where UK players landed in new NBA Draft rankings

 Posted by at 11:34 AM on January 17, 2019  Comments Off on Where UK players landed in new NBA Draft rankings
Jan 172019
 

Washington

ESPN’s list of the top NBA Draft prospects for 2019 was updated Thursday morning, and it now includes four Kentucky Wildcats among the top 50 players.

UK freshman Keldon Johnson remains the top Cat on the board at No. 10 overall, and he’s followed by sophomore forward PJ Washington at No. 20, well within first-round territory.

Further down the list are UK freshmen guards Tyler Herro (No. 40 overall) and Ashton Hagans (No. 43), both in positions that would put them in the middle of the second round of this year’s draft. No other UK players made the list, including post players EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards, two Wildcats who could be very important to the team’s 2019-20 roster if they decide to stick around for another season.

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Major Crystal Ball prediction for Isaiah Stewart

 Posted by at 10:59 AM on January 17, 2019  Comments Off on Major Crystal Ball prediction for Isaiah Stewart
Jan 172019
 

Stewart

Washington’s momentum in the recruitment of five-star post player Isaiah Stewart continued Thursday morning with a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of the Huskies from 247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels.

Daniels, who is admittedly cautious with his Crystal Ball picks, has been correct on 85 of his 88 predictions within the 2019 class. Washington is also now the leader on Stewart’s Crystal Ball page.

The 6-foot-9 prospect from Rochester, N.Y. — who plays for La Lumiere (Ind.) — is also considering Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State and Syracuse, but the Huskies have been the subject of several prominent predictions in recent weeks. Those now picking Washington for Stewart include Rivals.com analysts Eric Bossi, Corey Evans and Dan McDonald, as well as 247Sports analysts Brian Snow and Jerry Meyer.

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UK has one signee in ESPN’s new national rankings

 Posted by at 11:38 AM on January 15, 2019  Comments Off on UK has one signee in ESPN’s new national rankings
Jan 152019
 

Tisdale

Future UK running back Travis Tisdale is the only UK signee in the new ESPN 300 national rankings, which were released this week.

Tisdale — a 5-foot-9 prospect from Valdosta, Ga. — is the No. 290 overall prospect nationally in the class of 2019, according to the new ESPN rankings. He officially signed with the Wildcats last month and could factor in to UK’s offensive plans immediately this coming season.

There were six Kentucky high school players in the new ESPN rankings, but none of those recruits signed with in-state schools. They are: South Warren defensive tackle Jacob Lacey (Notre Dame), Trinity defensive end Stephen Herron (Stanford), Glasgow offensive lineman Tanner Bowles (Alabama), Western Hills wide receiver Wandale Robinson (Nebraska), Scott County offensive lineman Bryan Hudson (Virginia Tech) and Louisville Christian wide receiver Milton Wright (Purdue).

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New changes on Isaiah Stewart’s Crystal Ball page

 Posted by at 4:37 PM on January 9, 2019  Comments Off on New changes on Isaiah Stewart’s Crystal Ball page
Jan 092019
 

Stewart

Washington is gaining some major traction in the recruitment of five-star center Isaiah Stewart, one of the top targets left on UK’s recruiting board.

Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi and 247Sports insider Jerry Meyer are the latest national analysts to log predictions in favor of the Huskies, who landed Stewart’s first official visit back in the fall. Washington is coached by Mike Hopkins, who has a long relationship with Stewart — a 6-foot-9 prospect from Rochester, N.Y. — going back to his time as a Syracuse assistant coach.

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Keion Brooks ‘fascinated’ by Calipari’s knowledge

 Posted by at 8:18 PM on January 5, 2019  Comments Off on Keion Brooks ‘fascinated’ by Calipari’s knowledge
Jan 052019
 

Brooks

More than two months removed from his official visit to UK, five-star basketball prospect Keion Brooks is still undecided in his recruitment.

Brooks — a 6-foot-7 wing from Fort Wayne, Ind. — joined the Tipton Edits Instagram page Friday night, and he had great things to say about the Wildcats’ program and his trip to Lexington in October.

“The main thing I pulled away from that was just how great of a basketball mind that Coach Cal is,” Brooks said. “We were sitting at breakfast, and he was still trying to figure out stuff he was going to do in practice. … I was just fascinated by how smart he is.”

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New Crystal Ball pick for top UK target Scottie Barnes

 Posted by at 10:33 AM on January 4, 2019  Comments Off on New Crystal Ball pick for top UK target Scottie Barnes
Jan 042019
 

Barnes

National recruiting expert Andrew Slater logged a new Crystal Ball prediction this week in favor of Oregon for five-star basketball prospect Scottie Barnes, the first player from the 2020 class to land a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

Barnes — a versatile 6-foot-8 small forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — took official visits to Florida State and Oregon this fall, and he told Rivals.com last month that Kentucky, Alabama, Duke, Kansas, Miami and Ohio State are also among the schools recruiting him hard.

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A new Duke prediction for top UK basketball target

 Posted by at 11:02 AM on January 2, 2019  Comments Off on A new Duke prediction for top UK basketball target
Jan 022019
 

Johnson

Wisconsin recruiting insider Evan Flood has logged a new prediction in favor of Duke on the 247Sports Crystal Ball page of Jalen Johnson, one of UK’s top basketball targets in the class of 2020.

Johnson — a 6-foot-8 small forward from Milwaukee — has visited Lexington for each of UK’s past two Big Blue Madness events, and he was one of the first prospects from the 2020 class to land a scholarship offer from the Wildcats. Johnson, who played this past summer on the Nike circuit, averaged 18.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game as a high school sophomore and has been one of the most impressive juniors in the country this season.

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