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No. 1 recruit R.J. Barrett narrows list to five schools

 Posted by at 7:33 PM on August 16, 2017  Comments Off on No. 1 recruit R.J. Barrett narrows list to five schools
Aug 162017
 

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Five-star shooting guard R.J. Barrett announced Wednesday that he has narrowed his list to five schools, and Kentucky made the cut.

Barrett — a 6-foot-7 prospect from Ontario — is also considering Arizona, Duke, Michigan and Oregon. He said that he has not scheduled any official visits.

Last month, Barrett announced that he was reclassifying from 2019 to 2018, and he’s now ranked No. 1 nationally in that class by Rivals.com and Scout.com. He’s also the No. 1 prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings, slightly edging fellow UK target Zion Williamson.

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New ESPN NBA mock draft includes two UK players

 Posted by at 11:28 AM on August 15, 2017  Comments Off on New ESPN NBA mock draft includes two UK players
Aug 152017
 

Diallo

NBA Draft expert Jonathan Givony has moved from DraftExpress.com to ESPN, and his latest projection for the 2018 draft was posted Tuesday morning.

It includes only two Kentucky players, and neither of them are in the lottery.

Freshmen Hamidou Diallo (No. 18 overall) and Nick Richards (No. 22 overall) are the only Wildcats featured in ESPN’s latest mock draft, which extends to all 60 picks. Such a scenario would mean that players like Kevin Knox, PJ Washington, Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones, Jarred Vanderbilt and Quade Green would all be back at Kentucky for the 2018-19 season. It also means that — barring transfers — the Cats would have just four available scholarships to be used on the 2018 recruiting class.

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UK football commitment makes ESPN’s 2019 rankings

 Posted by at 10:11 AM on August 14, 2017  Comments Off on UK football commitment makes ESPN’s 2019 rankings
Aug 142017
 

Keontra Smith, the Kentucky Wildcats’ only football commitment so far for the class of 2019, is listed by ESPN as the No. 169 overall recruit nationally in the website’s first Top 300 player rankings for the class of 2019.

Smith — a 5-foot-11, 195-pound defensive back from Hollywood, Fla. — committed to UK in June and has since received a scholarship offer from home-state Florida. More major offers are expected, and UK will likely have to fight off some powerhouse programs to hold on to his commitment.

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Crystal Ball: Duke is big favorite for Marvin Bagley

 Posted by at 9:51 AM on August 14, 2017  Comments Off on Crystal Ball: Duke is big favorite for Marvin Bagley
Aug 142017
 

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On the morning of Marvin Bagley’s college announcement, Duke remains the major favorite on the No. 1 recruit’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, the Blue Devils held 88 percent of the predictions for Bagley, who will announce his college decision — and a possible move to the 2017 class — on the 11 p.m. edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter. Southern Cal and UCLA are expected to be Duke’s main competition for Bagley, the No. 1 recruit in the Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN rankings for the class of 2018.

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UK basketball target makes a cut to his school list

 Posted by at 8:02 PM on August 13, 2017  Comments Off on UK basketball target makes a cut to his school list
Aug 132017
 

Shittu

Five-star forward Simi Shittu narrowed his recruiting list to 10 schools Sunday, and Kentucky made the cut despite not having officially extended a scholarship offer to the versatile Canadian prospect.

Shittu — a 6-foot-8 player from Ontario — is now considering UK, Arizona, Arizona State, New Mexico, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, South Carolina, UConn and Vanderbilt, he announced Sunday.

There has been no confirmation of a Kentucky scholarship offer for Shittu yet, but Coach John Calipari made a special trip to Canada to see him play last month and the Herald-Leader has been told that UK is hoping Shittu will visit Lexington sometime soon. If that trip happens, a scholarship offer from the Wildcats is expected to be forthcoming.

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Bagley will announce his college decision Monday

 Posted by at 6:56 PM on August 13, 2017  Comments Off on Bagley will announce his college decision Monday
Aug 132017
 

Bagley

No. 1 basketball recruit Marvin Bagley will announce his college decision — and a possible reclassification — Monday on the 11 p.m. episode of ESPN SportsCenter.

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported the plans for Bagley’s announcement.

Bagley — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Arizona, now living in the Los Angeles area — is ranked by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN as the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2018, but he has been attempting to reclassify to 2017, a move that would have him playing college basketball this season.

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Ohio recruiting insider picking UK target to Buckeyes

 Posted by at 12:07 PM on August 13, 2017  Comments Off on Ohio recruiting insider picking UK target to Buckeyes
Aug 132017
 

Photo: Marc Pendleton/Dayton Daily News

Scout.com Ohio recruiting insider Bill Greene logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of Ohio State for top UK football target L’Christian “Blue” Smith this weekend.

Greene also posted a video interview with Smith on Sunday morning where the highly touted wide receiver says he has already decided on where he will play college football.

Smith — a 6-foot-6, 210-pound prospect from the Dayton area — is expected to pick between UK and Ohio State, and he’s planning to make that announcement during the weekend of Aug. 25-27.

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Quickley, Shittu move up in new Scout.com rankings

 Posted by at 2:40 PM on August 11, 2017  Comments Off on Quickley, Shittu move up in new Scout.com rankings
Aug 112017
 

Quickley

Scout.com updates its class of 2018 player rankings Friday, and several Kentucky recruiting targets are high on the list.

Marvin Bagley remains the No. 1 prospect in the class. The 6-foot-11 power forward from Arizona — now living in California — is still attempting to reclassify to 2017, and he has taken official visits to Duke, UCLA and Southern Cal in recent weeks. Those are the three favorites if he makes the move to 2017, and UK, Kansas and Arizona remain on his list, too.

Class of 2018 newcomer R.J. Barrett moves into the No. 2 spot behind Bagley after reclassifying from the 2019 class last month. UK is expected to be among the favorites in Barrett’s recruitment.

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Rivals ranks top 2019 football recruits in Kentucky

 Posted by at 11:25 AM on August 11, 2017  Comments Off on Rivals ranks top 2019 football recruits in Kentucky
Aug 112017
 

Bryan Hudson

Rivals.com released its first state rankings for the football recruiting class of 2019 on Friday, and it looks to be a banner year for talent in Kentucky.

Trinity defensive end Stephen Herron is, unsurprisingly, No. 1 on the list. Herron is the No. 40 prospect in the class nationally and has already committed to Michigan.

Following Herron are Louisville Christian receiver Milton Wright, Scott County offensive lineman Bryan Hudson and Bowling Green defensive tackle Jacob Lacey, all with four-star rankings. Lacey is committed to Notre Dame, while Wright and Hudson remain uncommitted with scholarship offers from Kentucky.

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New Crystal ball pick for possible UK basketball target

 Posted by at 10:59 AM on August 11, 2017  Comments Off on New Crystal ball pick for possible UK basketball target
Aug 112017
 

Williams

247Sports national recruiting insider Andrew Slater logged a new Crystal Ball pick for highly touted forward Emmitt Williams on Friday, predicting that the Florida native will ultimately commit to Oklahoma State.

Williams — a 6-foot-8 prospect — was one of the top post scorers and rebounders on the Nike circuit this summer and told the Herald-Leader and other media outlets that he was getting some interest from Kentucky and that it would be “a blessing” to get a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

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