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More Texas predictions in Greg Brown recruitment

 Posted by at 2:43 PM on March 28, 2020  Comments Off on More Texas predictions in Greg Brown recruitment
Mar 282020
 

Greg Brown

There’s no question which school is the favorite in the recruitment of five-star forward Greg Brown. It’s the hometown Texas Longhorns.

Brown — a 6-foot-9 prospect from Austin, Texas and the son of a former Longhorns football standout — has narrowed his college choices to Auburn, Kentucky, Memphis, Michigan and Texas, and he plans to announce a decision April 24.

The Longhorns were seen as the frontrunners early in Brown’s recruitment, but Memphis emerged as a possible favorite more recently and UK and Auburn have often been mentioned as legitimate landing spots.

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North Carolina is latest to offer UK point guard target

 Posted by at 8:53 PM on March 24, 2020  Comments Off on North Carolina is latest to offer UK point guard target
Mar 242020
 

Jaden Bradley

Five-star point guard Jaden Bradley landed a scholarship offer from North Carolina on Tuesday night.

Bradley — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Rochester, N.Y. — moved to the Charlotte area a few years ago and was named North Carolina’s state player of the year earlier this month despite being only a sophomore. Bradley is the No. 1 point guard and No. 8 overall recruit in the class of 2022, according to Rivals.com.

UNC joins Kansas as the second blue-blood program to extend Bradley a scholarship offer in the past few days. He’s also a major Kentucky recruiting target. The Wildcats hosted Bradley for an unofficial visit last fall, and Cannon (N.C.) head coach Che Roth told the Herald-Leader earlier this month that UK has been recruiting him hard.

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Decision date set for UK basketball target Greg Brown

 Posted by at 2:50 PM on March 21, 2020  Comments Off on Decision date set for UK basketball target Greg Brown
Mar 212020
 

Greg Brown

Five-star basketball prospect Greg Brown will announce his college decision April 24, national recruiting expert Andrew Slater reported Saturday.

Brown — a 6-foot-9 forward from Austin, Texas — has narrowed his recruiting list to Kentucky, Auburn, Memphis, Michigan and Texas, and he’s taken official visits to all five of those schools. Memphis had been seen as a possible favorite in recent months, but — just in the past few days — Slater and fellow national recruiting analyst Corey Evans have logged predictions in favor of Texas, the hometown school.

Brown’s father played football for Texas, and the family has grown especially close to Longhorns Coach Shaka Smart, who it appears will return to the school for his sixth season. Brown is the No. 9 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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Emoni Bates says Michigan State is his dream school

 Posted by at 10:21 AM on March 19, 2020  Comments Off on Emoni Bates says Michigan State is his dream school
Mar 192020
 

Emoni Bates

High school sophomore Emoni Bates — considered by many recruiting analysts to be the nation’s top prep prospect, regardless of class — says Michigan State has always been his dream school.

Bates — a 6-foot-8 small forward in the 2022 class — made that revelation this week, according to recruiting graphics enterprise Tipton Edits. The Spartans’ status at the top of Bates’ list should come as no surprise. The 16-year-old phenom is from Ypsilanti, Mich. — located just outside of Detroit and about an hour’s drive from East Lansing.

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Mailbag: Send in your Kentucky basketball questions

 Posted by at 1:15 PM on March 16, 2020  Comments Off on Mailbag: Send in your Kentucky basketball questions
Mar 162020
 

Hey everybody,

There are no live sports on television for the time being, but there’s still plenty to talk about, especially as it relates to Kentucky basketball.

Hit me with any questions you have about UK basketball recruiting (past, present, or future), the outlook for the Wildcats’ roster next season, or anything else that might be on your mind. Even with no basketball on the court or coaches out on the road recruiting, this is bound to be an interesting time for the future of Kentucky’s program, and we’ll continue to write about the Cats as we always have.

You can email be at broberts@herald-leader.com with any questions you have. For those of you on Twitter, you can also reply to this tweet below, or hit me in the direct messages.

Stay safe out there, and thanks for your continued support of the Next Cats blog!

Thanks,
Ben

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UK basketball signee Boston named All-American

 Posted by at 11:44 AM on March 10, 2020  Comments Off on UK basketball signee Boston named All-American
Mar 102020
 

Boston

Kentucky basketball signee Brandon Boston was named a first-team Naismith All-American on Tuesday.

Boston joined Oklahoma State signee Cade Cunningham, Southern Cal signee Evan Mobley, Gonzaga commitment Jalen Suggs, and uncommitted shooting guard Jalen Green on the first team. All five of those players are finalists for the Naismith national player of the year award, which will be announced Wednesday.

Fellow UK signee Terrence Clarke was named a Naismith honorable mention All-American.

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Crystal Ball prediction for UK target Moussa Cisse

 Posted by at 11:24 AM on March 10, 2020  Comments Off on Crystal Ball prediction for UK target Moussa Cisse
Mar 102020
 

Cisse

There’s a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of a Southeastern Conference school on the page of five-star center Moussa Cisse, but it’s not going Kentucky’s way.

National recruiting expert Andrew Slater logged the first pick in favor of Louisiana State on Cisse’s page Monday. The 6-foot-10 prospect is the No. 8 overall player in the 2021 class, though he’s widely expected to reclassify to 2020 and play college basketball next season. UK extended a scholarship offer last year, and John Calipari has been to several of his games.

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Four UK players in top 60 of new NBA Draft rankings

 Posted by at 11:12 AM on March 10, 2020  Comments Off on Four UK players in top 60 of new NBA Draft rankings
Mar 102020
 

Maxey

Four Kentucky basketball players are in the draft range for this year’s NBA Draft, according to the new rankings released by ESPN on Tuesday morning.

Freshman guard Tyrese Maxey continues to be Kentucky’s top pro prospect, coming in as the No. 8 overall player in the new ESPN rankings for the 2020 draft. Maxey is followed by junior center Nick Richards, who wasn’t even in the top 100 a few weeks ago and is now rated as the No. 46 overall player for the draft.

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Possible leaders for basketball recruit Jabari Smith

 Posted by at 3:20 PM on March 7, 2020  Comments Off on Possible leaders for basketball recruit Jabari Smith
Mar 072020
 

Smith

Elite basketball prospect Jabari Smith told Tipton Edits that six schools — Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida State, and Georgia Tech — are prioritizing him at this stage of his recruitment.

Smith — a highly versatile power forward from Sandy Creek, Ga. — is the No. 5 overall player in the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Kentucky showed some interest in Smith last year, but there’s been little buzz surrounding the Wildcats and his recruitment in recent months.

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Arizona State a unanimous favorite for Cliff Omoruyi

 Posted by at 9:07 PM on March 5, 2020  Comments Off on Arizona State a unanimous favorite for Cliff Omoruyi
Mar 052020
 

Omoruyi

On Tuesday night, four-star center Cliff Omoruyi cut his recruiting list to three schools — Arizona State, Auburn and Rutgers — trimming longtime finalists Kentucky and UConn from consideration.

Since then, Arizona State has emerged as the clear favorite to land Omoruyi’s commitment, according to recruiting analysts and experts. The Sun Devils already had the majority of predictions in Omoruyi’s recruitment before Tuesday’s announcement, but they now have all 17 picks across his 247Sports Crystal Ball page and Rivals.com Future Cast page, including predictions in their favor from national experts Eric Bossi, Corey Evans, Andrew Slater, Jerry Meyer and Brian Snow.

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