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Isaiah Briscoe | McDonald's photo

Isaiah Briscoe | McDonald’s photo

CHICAGO — UK signee Isaiah Briscoe had a big first half and helped lead his East squad to a 111-91 victory over the West in Wednesday night’s McDonald’s All-American Game in the United Center.

Briscoe scored nine points in the first half and finished with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. He was 5-for-6 from the free-throw line.

UK recruiting target Cheick Diallo was named the game MVP after scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for the victorious East team.

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Taylor Murray | McDonald's photo

Taylor Murray | McDonald’s photo

CHICAGO — UK women’s basketball signee Taylor Murray scored four points and tied a team high with six rebounds in the East team’s 89-87 victory over the West in the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday night.

Murray was 1-for-4 from the floor and made both her free-throw attempts. At 5-foot-6, she was the shortest player at the McDonald’s Game this week yet still managed to grab six rebounds in 14 minutes on the court.

Louisville signee Asia Durr had 14 points, six rebounds and was the leading scorer for the victorious East team.

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Apr 012015
 
Swanigan

Swanigan

CHICAGO — Five-star center Caleb Swanigan said Wednesday that he will announce his college decision while he is in Portland, Ore., for the Nike Hoop Summit, which will be played April 11.

Swanigan recently narrowed his list to Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State, Arizona, Purdue, California and Chicago State, the first school to offer him a scholarship.

The 6-foot-8 prospect from Fort Wayne, Ind., is ranked No. 8 in the class of 2015 by Scout.com. He has taken two unofficial visits to Kentucky, but his only official visits so far have been to Duke and California.

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CHICAGO — The McDonald’s All-American Game tips off Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN and features UK signee Isaiah Briscoe as well as seven uncommitted players who are still considering Kentucky.

Check out our McDonald’s Game Viewer’s Guide for the latest buzz on each recruit, and check the roster below for uniform numbers to more easily follow tonight’s game.

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Jaylen Brown

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Bryant

Bryant

A day after the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago, the Dick’s Sporting Goods national tournament tips off in New York City.

This year’s eight-team field includes three major UK recruiting targets, as well as one basketball player who has already signed to play football for the Wildcats.

The event starts Thursday with four games starting at noon on ESPNU. The first pits Blanche Ely (Fla.) – led by future UK wide receiver Therrell Gosier – against Findlay Prep (Nev.), which features class of 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton.

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Mar 312015
 
Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown

ESPN college basketball analysts Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello took a closer look at the recruitment of elite prospect Jaylen Brown this week.

Kentucky is one of eight schools still in the mix for Brown, who is regarded as the best uncommitted recruit in the class of 2015. Goodman and Borzello both mentioned Kansas prominently with Brown’s recruitment and also explored the relationship between Brown and Adidas. (It’s worth noting that Brown’s quote in the video about going to an “Adidas school” is several months old and he has since backtracked on that comment).

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Mar 312015
 
Isaiah Briscoe

Isaiah Briscoe

CHICAGO — USA Today named UK signee Isaiah Briscoe to its All-USA first team Tuesday morning.

Briscoe — a 6-foot-3 guard from New Jersey — joins Ben Simmons, Malik Newman, Jaylen Brown and Harry Giles on the first team. Briscoe, Newman, Brown and Simmons are in Chicago this week for Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game. Giles is in the class of 2016.

Newman and Brown are major UK recruiting targets.

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Mar 312015
 
Malik Newman

Malik Newman

CHICAGO — Five-star guard Malik Newman talked to the Herald-Leader on Sunday night. Here’s what he had to say:

How much have you thought about recruiting since your high school season ended recently?
“I’ve been thinking about it a lot. My April will be very busy, so I’m just trying to see what I can squeeze in – days to go see certain schools and things like that.”

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Mar 312015
 
Swanigan

Swanigan

CHICAGO — Over the weekend, five-star recruit Thon Maker took to Twitter to endorse John Lucas for the open head coaching job at Texas.

On Sunday, fellow five-star recruit Caleb Swanigan tweeted that he, too, thought Lucas deserved a shot at the Texas job. Swanigan, who struggled with weight issues early in his basketball career, told the Herald-Leader that Lucas was the first basketball figure to give him a chance.

“No one wanted to invite me to camps when I was in the eighth grade, and he was the first guy to give me a chance to go to an elite camp,” Swanigan said. “That’s kind of where my career started.”

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Mar 302015
 
Zimmerman

Zimmerman

CHICAGO — Florida State signee Dwayne Bacon won the slam-dunk contest at Monday night’s annual Powerade Jam Fest.

Bacon defeated UK recruiting target Stephen Zimmerman in the finals after Zimmerman brought Ronald McDonald onto the court to assist on his last dunk. McDonald couldn’t complete the pass, and Zimmerman finished second.

Zimmerman’s first two dunks — both variations on the windmill — brought big cheers from the University of Chicago crowd.

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