Ben Roberts

May 202015
 
Kash Daniel

Kash Daniel

Paintsville High School football star Kash Daniel said Wednesday that he plans to announce his college decision Aug. 13.

Daniel — a linebacker in the class of 2016 — has emerged in recent weeks as one of the state’s top high school football prospects. He earned a UK scholarship offer late last month, and Louisville and South Carolina quickly extended offers as well. Ohio State and Florida also have shown interest.

The 6-foot-3 prospect tweeted Wednesday that he plans to take campus visits and narrow his list to four schools by the end of June. He will then announce his college decision just before the start of his senior season of high school.

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May 202015
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

Updated NBA mock drafts began hitting the Web as soon as the results of Tuesday night’s draft lottery became final, and former UK standout Karl-Anthony Towns seemingly has a great shot of being selected with the No. 1 pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Several mock drafts have Willie Cauley-Stein joining fellow former UK center DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento, while Devin Booker and Trey Lyles remain possibilities to join Towns and Cauley-Stein in the lottery.

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May 192015
 
Willie Cauley-Stein

Willie Cauley-Stein

The NBA Draft lottery results are in, and the Minnesota Timberwolves will have the No. 1 overall pick.

Both DraftExpress.com and ESPN’s Chad Ford released updated mock drafts after Tuesday night’s lottery results. Both mock drafts have UK’s Karl-Anthony Towns going to Minnesota with the top pick.

DraftExpress.com and ESPN also have UK’s Willie Cauley-Stein being selected with the No. 6 overall pick by Sacramento, which means he would join former Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins.

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May 192015
 

Texas center Jarrett Allen received a scholarship offer from Kentucky on Tuesday, according to the director of his AAU program.

The 6-foot-10 prospect from Austin is considered by Scout.com to be the No. 15 overall prospect in the class of 2016. Kansas, Texas and Baylor also have extended early scholarship offers.

Allen is the third class of 2016 recruit to receive a UK offer in the past few days. The Cats have also offered scholarships to New York shooting guard Rawle Alkins and Florida small forward Jonathan Isaac. There are now 14 uncommitted players from the class with UK offers.

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May 192015
 
Swanigan

Swanigan

The brief second recruitment of Caleb Swanigan has ended, and the five-star post player is headed to Purdue.

The commitment was first reported by Eric Vaughn, who has been close to Swanigan’s recruitment.

Michigan State first landed Swanigan’s commitment in April, then the 6-foot-8 prospect backed out of that pledge less than a month later. Purdue, California — and later Kentucky — emerged as the frontrunners.

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May 192015
 
Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray

Things often change fast in the world of basketball recruiting, and the latest shakeup could be a huge plus for Kentucky.

247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer had predicted Oregon as the most likely destination for Canadian combo guard Jamal Murray for months. On Monday night, it was reported that Murray was on an official visit to Kentucky, and Meyer subsequently changed his “Crystal Ball” pick to UK.

Murray is considered the No. 9 overall prospect in the class of 2016 by 247Sports, but he is contemplating a move to 2015 that would allow him to play college basketball next season.

As of early Tuesday morning, UK held a 58-percent majority of the predictions on Murray’s Crystal Ball page.

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May 192015
 
Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray

Five-star combo guard Jamal Murray was in Lexington on Monday night for an official visit to UK.

The trip was first reported by Canadian recruiting analyst Elias Sbiet.

Murray — a 6-foot-5 prospect from Kitchener, Ontario — is currently a member of the class of 2016, though he has been eyeing a move to 2015, which would allow him to play college basketball next season.

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May 182015
 
Rawle Alkins

Rawle Alkins

High school basketball recruits Rawle Alkins and Jonathan Isaac are the two newest recipients of UK scholarship offers.

Alkins — a shooting guard from New York City — received his offer over the weekend and confirmed it with a tweet Monday afternoon. He is ranked as the No. 22 overall prospect in the class of 2016 by 247Sports and also has offers from Kansas, Louisville and Indiana, among several others.

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May 182015
 
Dakari Johnson

Dakari Johnson

Four former UK players are projected as NBA lottery picks and five are expected to go in the first round next month, according to the new mock draft from ESPN posted Monday.

Karl-Anthony Towns remains the No. 1 overall player in the draft, and ESPN’s Chad Ford described him as “looking more and more like a lock” to be selected with the No. 1 pick.

Towns is followed in the lottery by former UK teammates Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 8), Trey Lyles (No. 12) and Devin Booker (No. 13). Dakari Johnson was listed as the No. 30 pick, which is the final spot in the first round.

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May 172015
 

Memphis shooting guard LaGerald Vick committed to Kansas on Sunday, the same day that he was scheduled to begin an official visit to Kentucky.

Vick — a 6-foot-5 prospect — is currently a member of the class of 2016, though UK was recruiting him as a 2015 addition. It’s still possible that he will academically qualify to be a part of the class of 2015 and play college basketball next season.

He is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 49 overall prospect in the 2016 class.

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