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UK lands football commitment from Isaiah Gibson

 Posted by at 7:33 PM on September 19, 2018  Comments Off on UK lands football commitment from Isaiah Gibson
Sep 192018
 

Three-star defensive lineman Isaiah Gibson announced his commitment to Kentucky on Wednesday night, picking the Wildcats over fellow finalists Purdue and Wisconsin.

Gibson — a 6-foot-4, 300-pound prospect from Springfield, Ohio — is the No. 27 defensive tackle in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports rankings. He’s also the No. 19 overall player from Ohio and UK’s third commitment from that state for next year’s class, joining fellow defensive tackle Cavon Butler and high school teammate Moses Douglass, a defensive back and the Cats’ only four-star commitment for 2019.

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National analyst predicts Texas for Jaden McDaniels

 Posted by at 11:40 AM on September 19, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst predicts Texas for Jaden McDaniels
Sep 192018
 

McDaniels

Not much is known about the recruitment of Jaden McDaniels, a 6-foot-10 forward from Seattle who has emerged as one of the best basketball prospects nationally for the class of 2019.

McDaniels hosted John Calipari for an in-home visit last week, and he’s also had confirmed meetings with coaches from Texas and San Diego State, where his brother is a star player, in recent days. Arizona, Kansas and Washington are among the many others chasing McDaniels, who is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 4 overall prospect in the class.

247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer has now logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of Texas for McDaniels, who’s expected to wait until the spring to make a college decision. He has not yet announced any campus visits.

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UK scholarship offer now official for Tshiebwe

 Posted by at 6:12 PM on September 17, 2018  Comments Off on UK scholarship offer now official for Tshiebwe
Sep 172018
 

Five-star center Oscar Tshiebwe announced Monday that he has received a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

Tshiebwe — a 6-foot-9 center from Kennedy Catholic (Pa.) — hosted John Calipari and the UK coaching staff for an in-home visit Monday, and he’s expected to be in Lexington for his official visit next weekend. His other finalists are Baylor, Illinois and West Virginia, with the Mountaineers being the main competition for the Cats.

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Is Duke about to lose another recruit in class of 2019?

 Posted by at 5:33 PM on September 16, 2018  Comments Off on Is Duke about to lose another recruit in class of 2019?
Sep 162018
 

James

Earlier this month, five-star guard Bryan Antoine — long considered to be leaning toward Duke in his recruitment — committed to Villanova instead.

Could the Blue Devils be on the verge of losing another expected commitment?

Five-star guard Josiah James told 247Sports on Sunday that he will announce his college decision Wednesday. The final three schools in James’ recruitment are Clemson, Duke and Tennessee, and — while Duke has been considered the favorite for James for the past few months — pro-Clemson Crystal Ball predictions started rolling in Sunday.

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Louisville basketball target heading to SEC instead?

 Posted by at 1:06 PM on September 16, 2018  Comments Off on Louisville basketball target heading to SEC instead?
Sep 162018
 

Johnson

Louisville Trinity guard David Johnson has already been committed to the hometown Cardinals once, and the in-state basketball star has been widely expected to ultimately end up in U of L’s 2019 class again down the road.

Mike Hughes, who covers Louisville for 247Sports, logged a Crystal Ball prediction Saturday night in favor of Georgia. Until then, all of the Crystal Ball picks on Johnson’s page had been in favor of the Cardinals.

Georgia is hosting Johnson for an official visit this weekend.

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Calipari visits a pair of top recruits in Indiana

 Posted by at 3:40 PM on September 14, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari visits a pair of top recruits in Indiana
Sep 142018
 

Brooks

John Calipari was expected to be at La Lumiere (Ind.) on Friday to visit with highly touted frontcourt players Keion Brooks and Isaiah Stewart, as first reported by 247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels.

Brooks — a 6-foot-7 forward from Fort Wayne, Ind. — is a longtime UK target. It had been unclear how seriously the Cats were still recruiting Brooks following the commitments of wing players Kahlil Whitney and Isaiah Stewart, but UK is indeed involved with Brooks, who may analysts have been predicting to Indiana in recent weeks.

Stewart — a 6-9 center from Rochester, N.Y. — was on UK’s recruiting radar earlier this summer, though the Cats were not on the most recent list of schools he released. There have been rumblings over the past couple of weeks that Kentucky remains interested, however. Stewart is the No. 5 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Brooks is No. 21 on that list.

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National analysts predict top-10 basketball recruits

 Posted by at 11:36 AM on September 14, 2018  Comments Off on National analysts predict top-10 basketball recruits
Sep 142018
 

Jalen Green

It’s still early, but some interesting Crystal Ball predictions popped up Thursday for two players that are likely to be major UK targets in the 2020 basketball recruiting cycle.

National recruiting expert Andrew Slater is predicting that California guard Jalen Green — the No. 2 player in the 247Sports composite rankings — will end up at Memphis, which is hosting him for an official visit this weekend. Top UK target James Wiseman and 2020 target RJ Hampton are also visiting Penny Hardaway’s program this weekend.

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Calipari heads west as fall recruiting period continues

 Posted by at 8:11 PM on September 13, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari heads west as fall recruiting period continues
Sep 132018
 

McDaniels

UK Coach John Calipari, who has been meeting with top basketball prospects all week in the opening days of the fall recruiting period, tweeted a photo in the skies above Mount Rainier on Thursday night.

That’s just outside of Seattle, which is home to Jaden McDaniels, the No. 4 overall player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports and Rivals.com rankings. McDaniels has been one of the fastest-rising recruits in the country so far this year, and national analysts have been saying that he has the potential to emerge as the best overall prospect from this class.

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Calipari visits with recruit from the class of 2020

 Posted by at 5:34 PM on September 12, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari visits with recruit from the class of 2020
Sep 122018
 

RJ Hampton

John Calipari and UK assistant coach Tony Barbee were in Texas on Wednesday to check in on RJ Hampton, one of the top recruits in the class of 2020.

Calipari has been all over the country since the fall recruiting period began Sunday, primarily meeting with prospects from the 2019 class. The UK coach uses this recruiting window to establish early relationships with younger players, however, and his visit to Hampton so early in the week shows that the 6-foot-4 guard should be considered a major UK target moving forward.

Kentucky, Duke and Kansas are among the many programs that have been tracking Hampton, who is the No. 5 overall recruit in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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National analyst picks Tennessee for in-state recruit

 Posted by at 10:24 PM on September 11, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst picks Tennessee for in-state recruit
Sep 112018
 

National recruiting expert Andrew Slater has logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Tennessee for University Heights guard KyKy Tandy, one of the top high school basketball players in Kentucky.

Tandy — a 6-foot-1 prospect — received some recruiting attention from UK earlier this year, but he is no longer considered a Wildcats target. He’s the No. 90 prospect nationally in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Iowa State will host Tandy for an official visit later this month.

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