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Malik Newman commits to Mississippi State

 Posted by at 1:13 PM on April 24, 2015  2 Responses »
Apr 242015
 
Malik Newman

Malik Newman

Five-star basketball prospect Malik Newman announced his commitment to Mississippi State on Friday.

Newman — a 6-foot-3 guard from Jackson, Miss. — chose the Bulldogs over Kentucky, Kansas and Ole Miss. His father, Horatio Webster, was a standout player for Mississippi State in the late 1990s.

Kentucky was long seen as the favorite for Newman, who was targeted by Coach John Calipari more than two years ago as UK’s No. 1 backcourt priority in the class of 2015. In recent weeks, Mississippi State began to emerge as the new favorite, especially after the school hired Ben Howland as its head coach on March 24.

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Apr 242015
 
Landon Young

Landon Young

Lafayette offensive lineman Landon Young is UK’s top football commitment for the class of 2016, according to the first ESPN 300 player rankings released Friday morning.

Young, who committed to the Cats in the summer of 2013, is ranked as the No. 140 overall prospect in the class of 2016. He is rated as the No. 16 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 1 recruit from the state of Kentucky.

Woodford County offensive lineman Drake Jackson — another UK commitment — comes in at No. 256 nationally in the new ESPN rankings. He’s regarded as the No. 4 center in the country and the No. 2 overall prospect in the state.

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Apr 232015
 
Malik Newman

Malik Newman

UK Coach John Calipari said Thursday that he anticipates adding “one or two” more players to next season’s roster.

Five-star shooting guard Malik Newman is not likely to be on the list.

Newman – a 6-foot-3 prospect from Jackson, Miss. – will announce his college decision Friday at 1 p.m., in a private ceremony that will be shown live on ClarionLedger.com.

According to Scout.com director of recruiting Evan Daniels, all signs are pointing to one of the local schools.

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Jamal Murray not coming to Lexington this week

 Posted by at 9:00 PM on April 23, 2015  1 Response »
Apr 232015
 
Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray

Canadian basketball star Jamal Murray announced Thursday night that he will not be coming to Lexington this weekend to compete with his CIA Bounce squad on the Nike EYBL circuit.

Murray, who has emerged in recent weeks as a top UK recruiting target, did not give a reason for missing the event at the Kentucky Basketball Academy. He was expected to take an unofficial visit to UK after the Nike EYBL games ended Sunday.

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Apr 232015
 
Alex Poythress

Alex Poythress

UK forward Alex Poythress tweeted Thursday that he is ready to be part of “something special” next season and added a #BBN hashtag at the end. A UK spokesman confirmed to the Herald-Leader that the tweet can be considered Poythress’ “official announcement” that he is returning to Lexington next season.

Poythress requested NBA feedback earlier this month and had until Sunday to declare for this year’s draft.

John Calipari said Thursday that he anticipates adding “one or two more” players for next season. The Cats are still in the mix for McDonald’s All-Americans Jaylen Brown, Cheick Diallo, Brandon Ingram and Malik Newman, but UK is not considered the favorite for any of those players.

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Apr 232015
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

UK Coach John Calipari spoke briefly about immediate recruiting needs Thursday, and it doesn’t sound like the Wildcats’ class of 2015 is going to get that much bigger.

Calipari accepted the Adolph Rupp Coach of the Year trophy, then took a few questions.

When asked about the possibility of adding players for next season, the UK coach said, “We’re good. Just one or two more guys, and we’ll be fine.”

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Apr 232015
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

UK signee Skal Labissiere is the No. 2 overall recruit in the class of 2015, according to the updated 247Sports player rankings released Thursday.

247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer likened Labissiere’s skill set to Chicago Bulls star Pau Gasol in his write-up on the new rankings. Rivals.com ranked Labissiere at No. 1 in its final Top 150 on Wednesday, and ESPN pegged Labissiere as the No. 2 overall prospect in its final rankings earlier this week.

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Apr 232015
 
Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray

Coaches from Oregon and Indiana were in Canada on Wednesday to see Orangeville Prep teammates Jamal Murray and Thon Maker.

Murray — a 6-foot-5 guard — is considering reclassifying to 2015, which would make him eligible to play college basketball next season. Oregon has long been considered one of the favorites in his recruitment, but UK has emerged in recent weeks and the Wildcats would be a major player if Murray does decide to move to 2015.

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Apr 222015
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

The dust has pretty much settled on early entries for this year’s NBA Draft, with only a handful of players still undecided on their pro intentions.

DraftExpress.com updated its Top 100 rankings for the 2015 draft and freshened up the 2016 mock draft Wednesday. Several UK players and recruits were mentioned.

Karl-Anthony Towns remains the No. 1 player in this year’s draft, according to the website. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the best chance (25 percent) of landing that pick. Other UK players in the DraftExpress.com Top 100 are Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 6), Devin Booker (No. 15), Trey Lyles (No. 17), Dakari Johnson (No. 34), Andrew Harrison (No. 49) and Aaron Harrison (No. 62).

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Apr 222015
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

UK signee Skal Labissiere has been named the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2015 by Rivals.com, which posted its final rankings Wednesday.

Labissiere — a 7-footer from Haiti now living in the Memphis area — wowed scouts and recruiting analysts during the recent all-star circuit with his versatile and ever-evolving game. He signed with Kentucky in November.

He is John Calipari’s first No. 1 recruit in the Rivals.com rankings since John Wall signed with the Wildcats in 2009. Former UK players Anthony Davis, Nerlens Noel and Julius Randle were all ranked No. 2 in the final Rivals rankings in their respective classes.

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