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Crystal Ball pick goes against UK for Isaiah Jackson

 Posted by at 10:22 PM on September 16, 2019  Comments Off on Crystal Ball pick goes against UK for Isaiah Jackson
Sep 162019
 

Jackson

For the past couple of weeks, there’s been considerable chatter in recruiting circles that Kentucky might be in the best spot to land five-star power forward Isaiah Jackson.

The 6-foot-9 power forward from Detroit took an official visit to Lexington earlier this month, and the Herald-Leader was told as recently as last week that he might be the Wildcats’ most likely commitment in the fall, following the recent pledges of Lance Ware and Terrence Clarke.

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New prediction for five-star recruit Scottie Barnes

 Posted by at 1:00 PM on September 16, 2019  Comments Off on New prediction for five-star recruit Scottie Barnes
Sep 162019
 

Barnes

Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi has logged a Future Cast prediction in favor of Oregon for five-star forward Scottie Barnes, who was the first recruit in the 2020 class to land a scholarship offer from John Calipari.

Fellow Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans also logged a pro-Oregon pick on Barnes’ page last month.

There’s hasn’t been much recent buzz related to Kentucky in Barnes’ recruitment, and Oregon has long been seen as the dream school for the Florida native. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 9 overall recruit in the 2020 class. He played Nike league ball with Isaiah Todd this past summer, and he will be high school teammates this season with Cade Cunningham.

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Recruiting expert picks Oregon for Jalen Green

 Posted by at 12:39 PM on September 16, 2019  Comments Off on Recruiting expert picks Oregon for Jalen Green
Sep 162019
 

Jalen Green

National recruiting expert Andrew Slater logged a prediction in favor of Oregon on the Crystal Ball page of five-star shooting guard Jalen Green on Monday, just after the California native wrapped up his official visit to the school.

Green — the No. 3 player in the 247Sports rankings — had been a longtime Kentucky recruiting target, but the Wildcats have moved on from his recruitment following Saturday’s commitment from five-star shooting guard Terrence Clarke, who should join several other talented guards and wings on next year’s UK team.

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UK in final five for highly touted basketball recruit

 Posted by at 10:54 AM on September 7, 2019  Comments Off on UK in final five for highly touted basketball recruit
Sep 072019
 

Four-star power forward JT Thor included Kentucky among his final five schools Friday night, despite the Wildcats still holding off on a scholarship offer.

Thor — a 6-foot-8 prospect in the 2020 class — also included Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma State and UCLA on his list of finalists, and he’s expected to be on Oklahoma State’s campus this weekend for a recruiting visit. The Cowboys have emerged in recent weeks as a possible favorite in his recruitment.

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National analyst predicts UK will land top point guard

 Posted by at 10:16 PM on September 5, 2019  Comments Off on National analyst predicts UK will land top point guard
Sep 052019
 

Devin Askew

Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans logged a prediction in favor of Kentucky for five-star point guard Devin Askew on Thursday, a couple of days after heaping praise on the California playmaker in an interview with the Herald-Leader.

“He is arguably the best ‘college’ point guard in high school basketball right now, in my mind, regardless of classification,” Evans said. “He has to become a better athlete and more explosive, but he’s a legitimate 6-foot-3 with a 6-7 wingspan at the point guard spot. He’s strong, he’s super mature. He’s all about the team. He can make shots. He can play-make. He can defend. He’s fiery. There really isn’t much that he’s missing on.

“He’s practically the entire package at the point guard spot.”

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New predictions for top basketball recruits in 2020

 Posted by at 10:45 AM on September 5, 2019  Comments Off on New predictions for top basketball recruits in 2020
Sep 052019
 

Todd

A few recruiting notes for Thursday …

Kentucky coaches will be in North Carolina on Monday — the first day of the fall recruiting period — to see five-star forward Isaiah Todd, according to USA Today’s Jason Jordan. Todd is one of the Wildcats’ top remaining targets for the 2020 class and an important prospect as UK looks to add some frontcourt players to its group of commitments for next year.

UK coaches will also be in Memphis later this month to see 2021 point guard Kennedy Chandler, according to the Commercial Appeal’s Mark Giannotto. Chandler has emerged as a five-star recruit in the 2021 class and has been on UK’s radar for a while. Giannotto also reported that coaches from Duke and Tennessee are expected to visit Chandler next week to start off the fall recruiting period.

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Top 10 recruit sets official visit to Kentucky

 Posted by at 2:37 PM on September 3, 2019  Comments Off on Top 10 recruit sets official visit to Kentucky
Sep 032019
 

Greg Brown

Five-star basketball recruit Greg Brown has set his official visit to Kentucky for the weekend of Jan. 10, which means he’s likely to see a UK game early in the Southeastern Conference schedule.

Brown — a 6-foot-9 power forward from Austin, Texas — has already narrowed his list of schools to Kentucky, Auburn, Memphis, North Carolina and Texas, his hometown program. He had already planned to visit UNC for its midnight madness event later this month, and he’s set official visits to Texas for this weekend, Auburn for Nov. 29, and Memphis for Jan. 3.

His schedule of visits indicates he will wait until the spring to officially sign with the college of his choice. The early signing period ends in mid-November.

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New predictions for possible UK basketball targets

 Posted by at 11:46 AM on September 3, 2019  Comments Off on New predictions for possible UK basketball targets
Sep 032019
 

Sissoko

Two basketball prospects in the class of 2020 that have been linked to Kentucky but are still waiting on scholarship offers from the Wildcats are the subjects of new predictions from national recruiting analysts.

Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans has logged a pick in favor of Oklahoma State for JT Thor, a highly touted forward who recently announced a move from the 2021 class to 2020, where he’s ranked No. 53 overall by Rivals.com.

Thor — a 6-foot-9 prospect now at Norcross (Ga.) — visited UK multiple times while he was a student at nearby Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, but he has not received a Kentucky scholarship offer.

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National experts predict top-five recruit will pick UK

 Posted by at 10:24 AM on August 27, 2019  Comments Off on National experts predict top-five recruit will pick UK
Aug 272019
 

Clarke

National recruiting expert Andrew Slater logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Kentucky on Monday for Terrence Clarke, one of the top high school basketball players in the country.

Clarke — a 6-foot-6 guard — is currently the No. 3 overall prospect in the 247Sports rankings for the class of 2021, but he’s widely expected to reclassify to 2020 and play just one more season of high school basketball before moving on to college. A reclassification announcement is expected soon.

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Top-five recruit will be at UK for Big Blue Madness

 Posted by at 4:55 PM on August 20, 2019  Comments Off on Top-five recruit will be at UK for Big Blue Madness
Aug 202019
 

Banchero

Five-star power forward Paolo Banchero announced dates for five upcoming official visits, and Kentucky will host the highly touted prospect for a trip on Big Blue Madness weekend.

Banchero — a 6-foot-9 player from Seattle — also revealed official visit plans for North Carolina (Sept. 27-29), Duke (Oct. 17-20), Tennessee (Oct. 25-27) and Gonzaga (Jan. 18-19). The UK trip will come one week before his Duke visit, and Big Blue Madness is set for Oct. 11.

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