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Cam’Ron Fletcher includes Kentucky among final five

 Posted by at 10:49 PM on July 16, 2019  Comments Off on Cam’Ron Fletcher includes Kentucky among final five
Jul 162019
 

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Highly touted basketball recruit Cam’Ron Fletcher released his final five schools Tuesday night, and Kentucky is among the programs still in contention for his commitment.

Fletcher — a 6-foot-6, 180-pound wing from the St. Louis area — has narrowed his list to UK, Alabama, Michigan State, Missouri and North Carolina. He told Tipton Edits earlier this month that he plans to announce his college decision in late August or early September, and he’s expected to take official visits to all five of his finalists.

Kentucky extended a scholarship offer to Fletcher last month while the class of 2020 prospect was in Lexington for an official visit. Kenny Payne has been the point man on his recruitment, and the Wildcats have had the highly athletic recruit on their radar for a while.

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National analyst picking LSU for N’Faly Dante

 Posted by at 9:20 AM on July 15, 2019  Comments Off on National analyst picking LSU for N’Faly Dante
Jul 152019
 

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Oregon and Kentucky have been getting most of the buzz in N’Faly Dante‘s recruitment lately, but a prominent national analyst logged a new prediction for Louisiana State on Sunday.

Rivals.com’s Corey Evans is now picking LSU for Dante, the near-7-footer who led his Mokan Elite squad to a Peach Jam title Sunday. Though currently listed as the No. 9 overall player in the 2020 class, Dante is widely expected to jump to the 2019 class and play college basketball this season.

Kentucky hosted the Mali native for an official visit earlier this month, and the Wildcats are clearly still looking for another player to join next season’s frontcourt, which already includes Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery and graduate transfer Nate Sestina.

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Duke analysts picking Blue Devils for major UK target

 Posted by at 8:18 AM on July 5, 2019  Comments Off on Duke analysts picking Blue Devils for major UK target
Jul 052019
 

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A day before Duke landed the commitment of top-10 prospect Jalen Johnson, a couple of analysts for the program’s 247Sports site logged Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the Blue Devils for Brandon Boston, another five-star recruit in the 2020 class.

Boston — a 6-foot-7 wing from the Atlanta area — has narrowed his recruitment to Duke, Kentucky, Florida and Auburn, and the Wildcats had emerged as the favorite in recent weeks. He took a recruiting visit to Lexington toward the end of this past season and has raved about that trip in interviews this spring.

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N’Faly Dante set to visit Kentucky later this week

 Posted by at 11:34 AM on June 26, 2019  Comments Off on N’Faly Dante set to visit Kentucky later this week
Jun 262019
 

Dante

Five-star big man N’Faly Dante will start a recruiting visit to Lexington on Thursday, according to the Tipton Edits Twitter account.

Dante — a 7-footer from Mali — is the No. 11 prospect in the 2020 composite rankings from 247Sports, but he’s long been rumored as a candidate to reclassify to 2019, and the buzz in recruiting circles has indicated that he’s likely to make that move and play college basketball this coming season.

The news of Dante’s planned visit comes as Virginia Tech star Kerry Blackshear is still mulling his transfer decision, though Kentucky’s chances to land his commitment have dwindled in recent days. UK’s current frontcourt for next season includes Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery and graduate transfer Nate Sestina, alongside several talented guards and wings that can play multiple positions.

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ESPN updates all basketball recruiting rankings

 Posted by at 3:33 PM on June 24, 2019  Comments Off on ESPN updates all basketball recruiting rankings
Jun 242019
 

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ESPN updated its basketball recruiting rankings for the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 on Monday, and likely Southern Cal commitment Evan Mobley is the top prospect in the next senior class.

Mobley — a post player from California — has not committed to the Trojans yet, but his father is an assistant coach at USC and his older brother, five-star recruit Isaiah Mobley, will be a freshman there this season.

Rivals.com and 247Sports also rank Evan Mobley as the top player in 2020.

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Basketball recruit Fletcher lands UK scholarship offer

 Posted by at 5:40 PM on June 22, 2019  Comments Off on Basketball recruit Fletcher lands UK scholarship offer
Jun 222019
 

Fletcher

Kentucky has extended a scholarship offer to class of 2020 recruit Cam’Ron Fletcher, he announced Saturday afternoon.

Fletcher — a 6-foot-6 wing from St. Louis — has been on UK’s radar for several months, and he told the Herald-Leader earlier this spring that Wildcats assistant coach Kenny Payne had asked him to come to Lexington for a recruiting visit. Fletcher said he planned to make that trip this summer, and he was in Lexington on Saturday.

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Three UK players in ESPN’s NBA mock draft for 2020

 Posted by at 9:57 AM on June 22, 2019  Comments Off on Three UK players in ESPN’s NBA mock draft for 2020
Jun 222019
 

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ESPN’s latest NBA mock draft for next year is out, and it includes a trio of Kentucky Wildcats in the first round.

Incoming guard Tyrese Maxey is the highest-ranked player on ESPN’s board, listed at No. 12 overall, which would put him in lottery range. The early mock draft also includes fellow freshman Kahlil Whitney at No. 19 overall and returning point guard Ashton Hagans at No. 30, the final pick of the first round.

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Report: Blackshear commitment could come Sunday

 Posted by at 9:32 AM on June 22, 2019  Comments Off on Report: Blackshear commitment could come Sunday
Jun 222019
 

Blackshear

247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels reported Saturday morning that Virginia Tech graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. is not expected to take any more recruiting visits and that “the growing thought is he’s extremely close to announcing his decision.”

Daniels said that decision could come as early as Sunday.

The Herald-Leader was told Saturday morning that Kentucky is now looking less likely to be the destination for Blackshear, who visited UK earlier in the week but has also taken recruiting trips to Tennessee, Florida and Arkansas this month.

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More expert predictions for Cade Cunningham

 Posted by at 11:49 AM on June 19, 2019  Comments Off on More expert predictions for Cade Cunningham
Jun 192019
 

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National recruiting experts Andrew Slater and Brian Snow are the latest to add predictions in favor of Oklahoma State to the 247Sports Crystal Ball page of five-star guard Cade Cunningham.

The 6-foot-7 playmaker from Texas recently narrowed his list to 10 schools, including Kentucky, and has been one of the top prospects in the 2020 class this spring. Oklahoma State, however, has emerged as the consensus favorite in his recruitment.

Slater and Snow join 247Sports national analysts Evan Daniels and Jerry Meyer, as well as Rivals.com national analysts Eric Bossi and Corey Evans, in making predictions in favor of the Cowboys for Cunningham, who has risen to No. 2 in the Rivals rankings and No. 3 on 247Sports’ list for 2020.

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Kerry Blackshear schedules official visit to Kentucky

 Posted by at 7:26 PM on June 16, 2019  Comments Off on Kerry Blackshear schedules official visit to Kentucky
Jun 162019
 

Blackshear

Highly coveted graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. is scheduled to start his official visit to Kentucky on Tuesday night.

Blackshear — a 6-foot-10, 250-pound post player from Virginia Tech — has already taken recruiting visits to Florida, Arkansas and Tennessee since announcing his withdrawal from the NBA Draft and intention on playing one more season of college basketball as an immediately eligible transfer. Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com was the first to report his planned UK visit.

The Orlando native averaged 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Hokies last season and is ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 graduate transfer this year.

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