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New prospect rankings for next year’s NBA Draft

 Posted by at 10:47 AM on November 19, 2019  Comments Off on New prospect rankings for next year’s NBA Draft
Nov 192019
 

Maxey

ESPN updated its prospect rankings for the 2020 NBA Draft this week, and three Kentucky Wildcats are within the draft range for next year.

The new ESPN Top 100 placed freshman guard Tyrese Maxey at No. 8, freshman forward Kahlil Whitney at No. 17 (just outside the lottery), and sophomore guard Ashton Hagans at No. 59 overall. There are 60 total picks in the NBA Draft.

If those three players departed after this season — joining grad transfer Nate Sestina, who will be out of eligibility — that would leave six scholarship players to possibly return to Kentucky for next season. As UK fans have seen in the past, however, it won’t be that simple. Transfers and early entries regardless of draft stock have become common within UK’s program.

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New national rankings for UK signee Devin Askew

 Posted by at 10:52 AM on November 18, 2019  Comments Off on New national rankings for UK signee Devin Askew
Nov 182019
 

Askew

A few days ago, Kentucky basketball commitment Devin Askew announced that he had reclassified from 2021 to 2020 and officially signed with the Wildcats for next season.

His new rankings are now posted on the national recruiting websites.

Rivals.com ranks Askew as the No. 22 overall prospect in the 2020 class, while ESPN has him at No. 25 nationally and 247Sports ranks him 27th overall. All three recruiting services peg Askew as a five-star prospect.

Askew is the No. 6 point guard in the 2020 class, according to Rivals.com, which ranks Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State) first on that list, followed by Jalen Suggs (uncommitted), Daishen Nix (UCLA), Sharife Cooper (Auburn), and Caleb Love (North Carolina).

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Late buzz in Kentucky’s favor for Isaiah Jackson

 Posted by at 10:31 AM on November 16, 2019  Comments Off on Late buzz in Kentucky’s favor for Isaiah Jackson
Nov 162019
 

Jackson

Coming into this week, Alabama was seen as a slight favorite for five-star power forward Isaiah Jackson, whose recruitment has been strangely difficult to handicap.

A few hours before his announcement, there might be a new leader.

Rivals.com national analysts Corey Evans and Eric Bossi put in predictions in favor of Kentucky on Jackson’s Future Cast page on Saturday. National recruiting expert Andrew Slater also logged a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Kentucky.

Jackson — a 6-foot-9 prospect from Detroit — is set to reveal his college decision Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

ESPN analyst Jeff Borzello also tweeted out some pro-UK insight Saturday morning. His prediction is also that Jackson will end up with the Wildcats.

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Lance Ware officially signs with Kentucky basketball

 Posted by at 3:18 PM on November 14, 2019  Comments Off on Lance Ware officially signs with Kentucky basketball
Nov 142019
 

Ware

Kentucky officially announced the signing of four-star power forward Lance Ware on Thursday, the second day of the early signing period for college basketball recruits.

Ware — a 6-foot-9 prospect from New Jersey — is the No. 33 overall player in the class of 2020, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He committed to Kentucky earlier this fall and officially signed with the Wildcats on Thursday.

UK also officially announced the addition of five-star shooting guard Terrence Clarke on Thursday, one day after he signed with the program. The team’s other two early commitments for the 2020 class — Brandon Boston and Cam’Ron Fletcher — will sign with Kentucky before the period ends on Nov. 20.

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Terrence Clarke officially signs with Kentucky

 Posted by at 10:15 AM on November 13, 2019  Comments Off on Terrence Clarke officially signs with Kentucky
Nov 132019
 

Clarke

Five-star shooting guard Terrence Clarke didn’t waste any time. He officially signed with Kentucky in the opening hours of the early signing period Wednesday, giving the Wildcats their highest-ranked signee in years.

Clarke — a 6-foot-6 prospect from Boston — is ranked No. 4 overall in the class of 2020, making him UK’s first top-five signee since Skal Labissiere in the 2015 class. Recruiting analysts are already projecting him to be the leading scorer on next season’s Kentucky team.

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Top Kentucky target Jonathan Kuminga cuts his list

 Posted by at 9:59 PM on November 6, 2019  Comments Off on Top Kentucky target Jonathan Kuminga cuts his list
Nov 062019
 

Kuminga

Five-star forward Jonathan Kuminga — the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2021 class — narrowed his recruitment to 10 schools Wednesday, and there was a notable omission.

Kuminga did not list Louisiana State among his many choices, a surprise given that the Tigers had been seen as a possible favorite by recruiting insiders in recent weeks. The 10 schools that did make Kuminga’s latest list were Kentucky, Auburn, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan, Texas Tech and Washington.

UK Coach John Calipari has made several trips to New Jersey this fall to visit Kuminga at The Patrick School — which is also Nick Richards’ alma mater — and the Wildcats are clearly making the 6-foot-8 forward from Congo a major recruiting priority.

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Top-10 basketball recruit earns offer from Kentucky

 Posted by at 12:59 PM on October 29, 2019  Comments Off on Top-10 basketball recruit earns offer from Kentucky
Oct 292019
 

Huntley-Hatfield

Brandon Huntley-Hatfield — a top-10 basketball recruit nationally — earned a scholarship offer from Kentucky on Tuesday, just a few days after meeting with UK Coach John Calipari.

Though Huntley-Hatfield is currently listed as a member of the 2022 class, he was previously in the 2021 class and is expected to ultimately head back to that group. 247Sports ranks the Clarksville, Tenn. native as the No. 6 overall player in the 2022 class.

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward plays his high school ball for national powerhouse IMG Academy in Florida.

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National analyst not picking Kentucky for top recruit

 Posted by at 8:57 PM on October 22, 2019  Comments Off on National analyst not picking Kentucky for top recruit
Oct 222019
 

Jackson

247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Alabama on the page of UK target Isaiah Jackson on Tuesday, the latest sign that the highly touted forward could be heading somewhere other than Lexington.

A little more than a month ago, national recruiting expert Andrew Slater logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of Alabama for Jackson, who visited UK earlier this fall, and — for a few weeks — looked like he was favoring the Wildcats.

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John Calipari to visit top-10 basketball recruit

 Posted by at 11:36 AM on October 20, 2019  Comments Off on John Calipari to visit top-10 basketball recruit
Oct 202019
 

Huntley-Hatfield

UK Coach John Calipari is expected to go to IMG Academy in Florida this coming week to see five-star forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, a top-10 recruit in the class of 2022.

Huntley-Hatfield — a 6-foot-9, 224-pound prospect from Clarksville, Tenn. — has ties to former UK player Alex Poythress and is the No. 6 overall player in the 2022 rankings, according to 247Sports. Until earlier this year, he was a member of the class of 2021.

The Herald-Leader covered Huntley-Hatfield at last weekend’s USA Basketball minicamp in Colorado Springs, where he called UK his “dream school” growing up and said he’d like to one day play for Calipari. He also said that Poythress was likely to help guide him through the recruiting process.

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UK getting in early with 2022 basketball recruits

 Posted by at 1:11 PM on October 18, 2019  Comments Off on UK getting in early with 2022 basketball recruits
Oct 182019
 

Jaden Bradley

Kentucky is expected to host a trio of young basketball recruits for Friday night’s Blue-White scrimmage at Rupp Arena, and a UK assistant coach was in Cincinnati on Friday morning to meet with another star prospect.

The Herald-Leader reported earlier this week that five-star point guard Jaden Bradley will be at the Blue-White game. He’s the No. 1 point guard in the 2022 class. UK will also host four-star center Shawn Phillips and Huntington Prep shooting guard Kok Yat — both 2022 recruits — for Friday night’s scrimmage. Phillips is the No. 39 player in the 2022 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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