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National analyst predicts UK for two football recruits

 Posted by at 11:36 AM on April 26, 2017  Comments Off on National analyst predicts UK for two football recruits
Apr 262017
 

UK Coach Mark Stoops

247Sports national analyst Steve Wiltfong logged predictions in favor of Kentucky on the Crystal Ball pages of two football recruits from the class of 2018 on Wednesday.

Wiltfong is picking the Wildcats for four-star offensive lineman Darian Kinnard and three-star safety Taj Ward, both from the state of Ohio.

Kinnard — a 6-foot-7, 335-pound prospect from Cincinnati — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 17 offensive tackle nationally in the 2018 class. He has offers from Penn State, Maryland, UCLA and several others, and coaches from Ohio State have evaluated him in recent days.

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DraftExpress.com, ESPN project Diallo’s draft stock

 Posted by at 5:26 PM on April 25, 2017  Comments Off on DraftExpress.com, ESPN project Diallo’s draft stock
Apr 252017
 

Diallo

Following Sunday’s announcement that UK freshman Hamidou Diallo will go through the NBA Draft process, DraftExpress.com and ESPN have both placed him just outside of first-round range on their list of Top 100 prospects.

DraftExpress.com pegs Diallo as the No. 35 overall player in this year’s draft. That website’s mock draft for 2017 has not been updated since April 12, so Diallo is not listed there. DraftExpress.com’s Top 100 prospects list was updated Tuesday.

ESPN’s Chad Ford has Diallo at No. 37 on his Top 100 list for this year’s draft. That would make him the seventh pick of the second round.

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UK signees could get another chance to recruit Bamba

 Posted by at 3:46 PM on April 25, 2017  Comments Off on UK signees could get another chance to recruit Bamba
Apr 252017
 

Mohamed Bamba

The McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit have come and gone, but there might be one more opportunity for UK’s signees to deliver their pitch in person to five-star recruit Mohamed Bamba.

Rosters for the Ball Is Life All-American Game in Long Beach, Calif., were released Tuesday, and Bamba is listed on the Team Elite squad, which also features UK signees Quade Green and PJ Washington.

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Mark Smith sets a date for his college announcement

 Posted by at 4:41 PM on April 24, 2017  Comments Off on Mark Smith sets a date for his college announcement
Apr 242017
 

Mark Smith

Illinois Mr. Basketball Mark Smith will announce his college decision Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET, according to Scout.com.

Smith — a 6-foot-5 guard in the class of 2017 — earned a scholarship offer from Kentucky earlier this month and said he planned to visit Lexington before making a college decision. As of Monday afternoon, there were no plans for such a visit, meaning UK is unlikely to be his destination.

The Wildcats picked up a commitment from four-star shooting guard Jemarl Baker shortly after Smith earned his UK scholarship offer. Baker is currently on UK’s campus for an official visit, which goes through Tuesday.

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Jemarl Baker in town for official visit to Kentucky

 Posted by at 7:59 PM on April 23, 2017  Comments Off on Jemarl Baker in town for official visit to Kentucky
Apr 232017
 

Jemarl Baker

Four-star shooting guard Jemarl Baker committed to Kentucky earlier this month and has already signed with the Wildcats, but he’s getting his first look at his future home this week.

Baker — a 6-foot-4 prospect from the Los Angeles area — earned a scholarship offer from UK shortly after the end of the Cats’ season, and it didn’t take long for Kentucky to land his commitment. He averaged 17.1 points, 4.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals as a senior in high school this past season, making 94 three-pointers.

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Grad transfer Cameron Johnson cuts list to six

 Posted by at 10:44 AM on April 21, 2017  Comments Off on Grad transfer Cameron Johnson cuts list to six
Apr 212017
 

Cameron Johnson

Pittsburgh graduate transfer Cameron Johnson is now considering Arizona, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA and Texas Christian as his next destination, according to a report from ESPN on Friday morning.

Johnson — a 6-foot-8 shooting guard — will have two seasons of immediate eligibility after he graduates from Pitt this spring, and he would be an impact player at whichever school he chooses next. As a redshirt sophomore this past season, Johnson averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 33.3 minutes per game, leading the Panthers with 78 three-pointers and shooting 41.5 percent from long range.

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National analyst has new prediction for Mark Smith

 Posted by at 1:36 PM on April 20, 2017  Comments Off on National analyst has new prediction for Mark Smith
Apr 202017
 

Mark Smith

247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer changed his prediction for UK basketball target Mark Smith from Michigan State to Illinois on Thursday, just before Smith is set to visit his home-state school.

The 6-foot-5 combo guard from Edwardsville, Ill., was being recruited by the Illini under the previous coaching staff, and new head coach Brad Underwood placed a call to Smith — the state’s Mr. Basketball for 2017 — on his first day on the job.

Smith has also received scholarship offers from UK and Michigan State in recent weeks, but Illinois is fighting hard to keep him in the state.

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UK coaches meeting with top recruits from 2018 class

 Posted by at 3:13 PM on April 19, 2017  Comments Off on UK coaches meeting with top recruits from 2018 class
Apr 192017
 

Smart

UK Coach John Calipari was in Louisiana on Wednesday afternoon to meet with Javonte Smart, who is considered by some analysts to be the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2018.

Smart — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Baton Rouge, La. — is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 1 point guard and No. 9 overall player in the 2018 class. Calipari visited Romeo Langford, the No. 1 shooting guard in the 2018 class, on Monday, and he saw Immanuel Quickley, the No. 2 point guard in the 2018 class, on Tuesday.

UK coaches were also expected in South Carolina to see Zion Williamson on Wednesday night, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. Williamson — a 6-foot-7 wing — is ranked as the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2018 class.

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Gilgeous-Alexander makes big move in final rankings

 Posted by at 11:17 AM on April 19, 2017  Comments Off on Gilgeous-Alexander makes big move in final rankings
Apr 192017
 

Gilgeous-Alexander

UK basketball signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander jumped 23 spots in the final class of 2017 rankings from 247Sports on Wednesday, putting him in the No. 19 overall position to close the class.

Gilgeous-Alexander — a 6-foot-5 guard from Hamilton, Ont. — turned in an MVP performance at last weekend’s Derby Festival Classic in Louisville, scoring 29 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists. He was No. 42 in the previous 247Sports rankings.

Fellow UK signee Jarred Vanderbilt also made a move in the final rankings, going from No. 17 to 8th overall, which makes him the Wildcats’ highest-ranked commitment for next season, for now.

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Vanderbilt, Green move up in final Scout rankings

 Posted by at 10:42 AM on April 19, 2017  Comments Off on Vanderbilt, Green move up in final Scout rankings
Apr 192017
 

Quade Green

Scout.com released its final prospect rankings for the recruiting class of 2017 on Wednesday, and there was little movement among future UK players on the list.

Among the five-star recruits in UK’s 2017 class, Jarred Vanderbilt made the biggest move — going from No. 14 in the previous update to No. 11 in the final rankings. The 6-foot-9 forward from Texas had a great showing on the postseason all-star circuit — before being injured in the final minute of last week’s Jordan Brand Classic — and officially signed with the Wildcats on Monday.

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