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Oct 312014
 
Blakeney

Blakeney

UK Coach John Calipari will host another official visitor this weekend, while most of the Wildcats’ other top targets will stay off the recruiting trail.

Florida shooting guard Antonio Blakeney is scheduled for his official visit to Lexington starting Saturday. He visited Missouri earlier this month and is expected to be on Louisiana State’s campus next weekend. Those three schools are thought to be the leaders in his recruitment.

Scout.com ranks Blakeney as the No. 22 overall prospect in the class of 2015. He was once committed to Louisville, which is no longer recruiting him.

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Oct 302014
 

Indiana basketball standout Eron Gordon will take an unofficial visit to UK on Saturday, he announced on Twitter.

Gordon — a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Indianapolis — is the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon, who played one season at Indiana before heading to the NBA. Eron Gordon has scholarship offers from Indiana, Purdue and Arizona State, among others. UK and Louisville are among the other major programs showing interest.

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Tweet watch: UK again the favorite for Briscoe?

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Oct 292014
 
Isaiah Briscoe

Isaiah Briscoe

For the past few weeks, St. John’s has held frontrunner status in the recruitment of five-star point guard Isaiah Briscoe.

Now, the momentum might be turning back to Kentucky.

NJ Advance writer Jeremy Schneider, who has been among the best reporters on Briscoe’s recruitment, tweeted Wednesday that it’s “sounding like UK has taken the lead again” with the New Jersey prospect.

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Damien Harris cleared to return for state playoffs

 Posted by at 10:18 AM on October 29, 2014  1 Response »
Oct 292014
 
Damien Harris

Damien Harris

Madison Southern running back Damien Harris announced Wednesday morning via Twitter that he will return to the field for the first round of the state playoffs next week.

“Just got cleared to play first round of the playoffs!! The Return is officially here. #Blessed,” he tweeted.

Harris — the nation’s No. 1 running back — has been out with a sprained MCL since Oct. 3. Before that, he carried the ball 88 times for 1,524 yards and 23 touchdowns in five-plus games.

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Oct 292014
 
Photo: Jonathan Palmer

Photo: Jonathan Palmer for the Herald-Leader

The commitment of Ashland Blazer running back Quinton Baker on Saturday night marked yet another in-state recruiting victory for Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops.

Those have been piling up since Stoops, offensive coordinator Neal Brown and the rest of the UK coaching staff arrived in Lexington.

In the less than two years that Stoops has led the program, 15 players in the state of Kentucky who are considered top-five prospects by Rivals.com have announced commitments. Eleven of those players have chosen the Wildcats, while two have picked Louisville and two have committed to out-of-state schools.

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UK running back target commits to Iowa

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Oct 282014
 

Karan Higdon — a four-star running back who had been on UK’s recruiting radar — announced his commitment to Iowa on Tuesday.

After he decommitted from South Florida earlier this month, Higdon said he was focused on Iowa, UK, Arkansas and Arizona as his top four schools. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 28 running back in the class of 2015.

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Oct 282014
 

This week’s nationally televised NBA games featuring former Kentucky players:

Tuesday: Houston at L.A. Lakers — 10:30 p.m. on TNT
(HOU-Terrence Jones; LAL-Julius Randle)

Wednesday: Chicago at New York — 8 p.m. on ESPN
(CHI-Nazr Mohammed)

Friday: Cleveland at Chicago — 8 p.m. on ESPN
(CHI-Nazr Mohammed)
Friday: L.A. Clippers at L.A. Lakers — 10:30 p.m. on ESPN
(LAL-Julius Randle)

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Rabb watches UK scrimmage; Freshmen fare well

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Oct 272014
 
Ivan Rabb

Ivan Rabb

Five-star power forward Ivan Rabb sat in the first row of the Rupp Arena stands — directly behind the Blue team bench — for UK’s annual Blue-White Scrimmage on Monday night.

Rabb — a 6-foot-10 prospect from Oakland, Calif. — was still in Lexington on his official visit, the first of his recruitment. He will take an official visit to Kansas on Nov. 7. He has not yet planned official trips to the other three schools on his list: Arizona, California and UCLA.

At least one more UK recruit from the class of 2015 was watching Monday’s scrimmage. Five-star center Stephen Zimmerman and his mother both tweeted that they had seen Rabb behind the UK bench during the televised broadcast. Zimmerman and Rabb were AAU teammates with the Oakland Soldiers last summer.

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Oct 272014
 
Labissiere

Labissiere

It appears that five-star forward Skal Labissiere will play basketball this season, despite a transfer flap with his former high school.

The UK recruit tweeted Monday night that he will play for “RYD Prep” this season.

“Happy to announce that I will be playing my senior year with RYD Prep! #ReachYourDream #letsgetit #blessed,” Labissiere said in the tweet.

Reach Your Dream Academy — the team Labissiere is referencing — is scheduled to play in the Kentucky Elite Shootout at Perry Central High School on Nov. 22. The Shootout is a pre-season event that will also include Huntington Prep (W.Va.), 22ft Academy and several Kentucky schools.

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