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UK basketball target visits Duke over the weekend

 Posted by at 11:32 AM on January 23, 2017  Comments Off on UK basketball target visits Duke over the weekend
Jan 232017
 

Reddish

Five-star small forward Cameron Reddish — one of UK’s top targets in the class of 2018 — was at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday to watch Duke’s victory over Miami.

Reddish — a 6-foot-7 prospect from Pennsylvania — visited UK for Big Blue Madness in October and told Rivals.com recently that he could return to Lexington for an official visit in the next few months. Reddish is looking at the possibility of taking early official visits and making a college decision before the start of his senior year.

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Calipari: Diallo ‘not in the mix’ to play this season

 Posted by at 9:39 PM on January 21, 2017  Comments Off on Calipari: Diallo ‘not in the mix’ to play this season
Jan 212017
 

Diallo

Despite the ankle injury that sidelined starting point guard De’Aaron Fox for most of Saturday night’s victory over South Carolina, UK Coach John Calipari reiterated that Wildcats newcomer Hamidou Diallo is not likely to play this season.

There was no word on how long Fox might be out following Saturday’s game. Diallo, who enrolled at UK last week and is eligible to play, is the No. 1 shooting guard in the 2017 recruiting class, but both he and Calipari have said the plan is for Diallo to practice only in his first semester on UK’s campus.

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Bamba takes in UK-South Carolina game at Rupp

 Posted by at 9:05 PM on January 21, 2017  Comments Off on Bamba takes in UK-South Carolina game at Rupp
Jan 212017
 

Bamba

Five-star recruit Mohamed Bamba sat in the first row of seats behind the UK bench for Saturday night’s game against South Carolina in Rupp Arena, part of the 7-footer’s official visit to Lexington this weekend.

Bamba — the No. 2 overall recruit in the class of 2017, according to Scout.com — flew into town late Thursday night and started his official visit to UK on Friday. He’s been one of the Wildcats’ top priorities in the 2017 recruiting class for more than a year.

Duke will host Bamba for an official visit next month. He’s already taken official visits to Michigan and Texas. Scout.com’s Evan Daniels spoke to the Herald-Leader about Bamba’s recruitment earlier this week.

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Russ Yeast tweets about in-home visit with Stoops

 Posted by at 10:07 PM on January 19, 2017  Comments Off on Russ Yeast tweets about in-home visit with Stoops
Jan 192017
 

Russ Yeast

Kentucky’s pursuit of four-star football recruit Russ Yeast apparently isn’t finished.

Yeast — a 5-foot-11 athlete from Greenwood, Ind. — tweeted Thursday night that he had a good in-home visit with UK Coach Mark Stoops the day before. Yeast is considered a four-star prospect in the final Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN rankings. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 17 athlete nationally in the 2017 recruiting class.

He first committed to Kentucky in July of 2015, then backed off of that pledge last June and made a commitment to Louisville in October. Yeast is still committed to the Cardinals, though he recently picked up scholarship offers from Notre Dame and Oklahoma, and he plans to take an official visit to South Bend this weekend.

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Defensive lineman Jon Ford no longer considering UK

 Posted by at 10:08 PM on January 18, 2017  Comments Off on Defensive lineman Jon Ford no longer considering UK
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Three-star defensive lineman Jon Ford announced Wednesday night that he is sticking with his commitment to Miami and shutting down his recruitment ahead of national signing day on Feb. 1.

Ford — a 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — was supposed to be in Lexington this weekend for an official visit to Kentucky, and he was one of the Wildcats’ top remaining targets in the class of 2017. Ford is also a high school teammate of Jordan Wright, who committed to UK last month.

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UK football commitments all over new 2017 rankings

 Posted by at 12:18 PM on January 18, 2017  Comments Off on UK football commitments all over new 2017 rankings
Jan 182017
 

Richardson

Rivals.com and ESPN both updated their class of 2017 football rankings this week, and both recruiting services have two future Wildcats among the nation’s top players.

The Rivals 250 ranks wide receiver Javonte Richardson at No. 114 overall and wide receiver/athlete Lynn Bowden at No. 197 overall. Another wide receiver who is still on UK’s recruiting radar — Danny Davis — is the No. 98 player in the Rivals.com rankings. All three of those prospects are from the state of Ohio.

ESPN ranks defensive back Yusuf Corker as the No. 221 overall player in the class of 2017, and defensive back Tyrell Ajian is listed at No. 244 overall in the final ESPN 300 rankings.

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There’s a new Crystal Ball favorite for Trae Young

 Posted by at 11:17 PM on January 17, 2017  Comments Off on There’s a new Crystal Ball favorite for Trae Young
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Trae Young

Kansas has emerged as the new favorite for five-star point guard Trae Young, according to the McDonald’s All-American’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

The Jayhawks have the last seven predictions for Young and now claim a plurality of picks on his Crystal Ball page. 247Sports analysts Jerry Meyer and Andrew Slater are among those predicting Young will land at Kansas. Coming out of the summer, UK and Oklahoma were assumed to be the co-favorites for the 6-foot-2 prospect from Norman, Okla.

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Munford to visit Ohio State; Judson not a UK option

 Posted by at 10:37 PM on January 17, 2017  Comments Off on Munford to visit Ohio State; Judson not a UK option
Jan 172017
 

Munford

Four-star offensive tackle Thayer Munford — UK’s top remaining O-line target in the class of 2017 — announced Tuesday night that he will take an official visit to Ohio State this weekend.

There has been no confirmation that Munford has received a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes, but this trip could signal that one is coming soon. Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer was at Munford’s high school Saturday night to watch him play in a basketball game, and it’s expected that the talented O-line prospect would commit to the Buckeyes immediately if he does receive an offer.

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Class of 2017 linebacker will take visit to Kentucky

 Posted by at 11:03 PM on January 16, 2017  Comments Off on Class of 2017 linebacker will take visit to Kentucky
Jan 162017
 

Three-star linebacker Sterling Jones hosted UK assistant coach Matt House for an in-home visit Monday, and the class of 2017 recruit plans to be in Lexington for an official visit next weekend.

Jones — a 6-foot-1, 225-pound prospect from Montgomery, Ala. — is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 20 inside linebacker in the 2017 class. He took an official visit to Central Florida this past weekend and also has recruiting visits planned to Purdue and Georgia State over the next few days. Purdue assistant coach Reggie Johnson also had an in-home visit with Jones on Monday night.

UK has only two linebacker commitments for the class of 2017: weakside linebacker Jamin Davis and jack linebacker Alex King.

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Four Wildcats — no Diallo — in latest NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 4:45 PM on January 16, 2017  Comments Off on Four Wildcats — no Diallo — in latest NBA mock draft
Jan 162017
 

De’Aaron Fox

Four UK underclassmen are included in the latest NBA mock draft from DraftExpress.com, which updated its 2017 and 2018 projections Monday.

De’Aaron Fox (No. 6), Malik Monk (No. 7), Bam Adebayo (No. 17) and Isaiah Briscoe (No. 48) are all included in the 2017 mock draft. Not listed for 2017 are freshman forward Wenyen Gabriel and newcomer Hamidou Diallo, who joined the Wildcats out of high school earlier this month and is eligible for the 2017 draft, though he has said he plans to return to Lexington and play for UK next season.

None of UK’s six commitments from the class of 2017 — including Diallo — are listed in DraftExpress.com’s 2018 mock draft. Uncommitted UK targets Mohamed Bamba (No. 3) and Kevin Knox (No. 9) are projected as one-and-done lottery picks in the 2018 draft. Gabriel is also absent from the 2018 mock draft.

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