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Sep 192014
 
Labissiere

Labissiere

The first class of 2015 prospect to earn a scholarship offer from UK Coach John Calipari will see Lexington for the first time Friday.

Memphis-area power forward Skal Labissiere will be in town for his official visit to Kentucky. The 6-foot-10 prospect is considered the No. 3 player in his class by Scout.com.

Labissiere has already taken official visits to Georgetown and North Carolina. He is scheduled for official visits Tennessee and Baylor next month.

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Sep 182014
 
Isaiah Briscoe

Isaiah Briscoe

New Jersey point guard Isaiah Briscoe is planning a visit to Kentucky, his high school coach told the Herald-Leader.

Roselle Catholic Coach Dave Boff said that Briscoe’s visit with UK Coach John Calipari on Thursday night “went great” and a trip to Lexington is now in the works. Boff said a date for that visit has not yet been set.

247Sports ranks Briscoe as the No. 1 point guard and the No. 6 overall prospect in the class of 2015.

The 6-foot-3 recruit is also considering St. John’s, UConn, Missouri and Seton Hall, among others. He has scheduled official visits to UConn and Missouri.

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Sep 172014
 
Calipari

Calipari

Yahoo Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski’s critical piece on Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Team USA basketball program was posted early Monday morning and has generated much discussion in recent days.

Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim joined the back and forth Wednesday, and he brought John Calipari along for the ride.

Boeheim — a top Krzyzewski assistant with Team USA — downplayed any recruiting advantage that Coach K and the other college coaches that make up the U.S. staff might enjoy. The Orange coach told the Syracuse Post-Standard that the Yahoo article was “was completely off-base” and described any perceived recruiting advantage as “minimal.”

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Newman, Bragg, Diallo, Maker playing in Ky. event

 Posted by at 4:33 PM on September 17, 2014  No Responses »
Sep 172014
 
Malik Newman (in blue) will play in two events in Kentucky this season. Photo: Kelly Kline/Under Armour

Malik Newman (in blue) will play in two events in Kentucky this season.
Photo: Kelly Kline/Under Armour

The Mississippi high school team that features top University of Kentucky basketball recruit Malik Newman is allowed to participate in two out-of-state events this season.
Newman’s coach decided to play both of them in the Bluegrass State.

Callaway High School will be one of the featured teams in both the Marshall County Hoopfest in December and the McCracken County Festival of Hoops in January.

The final schedule for the Marshall County event was obtained Wednesday by the Herald-Leader, and it includes several of UK’s top recruiting targets.

Callaway will face Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) on Friday, Dec. 5 and Orangeville Prep (Canada) on Saturday, Dec. 6. Those two games will pit Newman against high-flying UK recruit Derrick Jones and 7-footer Thon Maker, who is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 1 player in the class of 2016.

Top UK targets Cheick Diallo, Carlton Bragg will also play in the Hoop Fest, in addition to perennial national powers Oak Hill (Va.), Huntington Prep (W.Va.) La Lumiere (Ind.) and Arlington Country Day (Fla.).

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Tweet watch: Louisville cuts ties with Blakeney

 Posted by at 12:28 PM on September 17, 2014  3 Responses »
Sep 172014
 

As expected, Louisville will not continue to recruit class of 2015 shooting guard Antonio Blakeney, according to Jody Demling of CardinalAuthority.com.

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Women’s basketball: Erin Boley picks Notre Dame

 Posted by at 8:17 PM on September 16, 2014  No Responses »
Sep 162014
 

Elizabethtown High School junior Erin Boley — considered the best girls’ basketball player in the state — announced her commitment to Notre Dame on Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-2 forward is ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in the class of 2016 by All-Star Girls Report. She is No. 9 overall in the ESPN HoopGurlz rankings.

Boley had scholarship offers from just about every major program in the country, including Kentucky and Louisville. Earlier this summer, she cut her list to seven schools: UK, U of L, UConn, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Elizabethtown High — led by Boley — advanced to the Sweet Sixteen championship game in March, losing to Butler. Boley averaged 20.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

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Mississippi State football commitment plans UK visit

 Posted by at 11:37 AM on September 16, 2014  1 Response »
Sep 162014
 
Smitherman

Smitherman

A Mississippi State football commitment tweeted Tuesday morning that he is planning to visit Kentucky and N.C. State in the near future.

Maurice Smitherman, who committed to the Bulldogs back in June, also said that Kentucky is his “#2 school” at the moment. Rivals.com ranks the 5-foot-9 player from Adamsville, Ala., as a three-star prospect and the No. 40 cornerback in the class.

UK cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley is Smitherman’s primary recruiter. The Cats have commitments from two cornerbacks — Kei Beckham and Jeremiah Dinson — for the class of 2015.

Mississippi State already has 27 commitments for next year, and several of those players are still hearing from Kentucky, including defensive back Chris Stamps and linebackers Darrien McNair and Timothy Washington.

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John Calipari visiting prospects from class of 2016

 Posted by at 12:35 AM on September 16, 2014  1 Response »
Sep 162014
 
Malik Monk

Malik Monk

UK basketball coach John Calipari has moved on to recruiting the class of 2016 after spending the first few days of the fall period visiting with his top immediate targets.

Calipari was back in the Las Vegas area Monday to see Findlay Prep point guard Derryck Thornton. UK assistant coach Kenny Payne accompanied him on that trip.

On Tuesday, Calipari will travel to Bentonville, Ark., to see shooting guard Malik Monk, according to ESPN Radio’s Dan Storrs.

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Antonio Blakeney backs out of Louisville commitment

 Posted by at 10:45 PM on September 15, 2014  No Responses »
Sep 152014
 
Blakeney

Blakeney

Five-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney announced Monday night that he is no longer committed to the University of Louisville.

The Orlando, Fla., prospect had only been committed to the Cardinals for 11 days.

“I made a quick and emotional decision based on some of the wrong reasons,” Blakeney told ESPN. “I really loved my visit and everything about Louisville and I am still strongly considering them.”

Louisville Coach Rick Pitino was scheduled to have an in-home visit with Blakeney on Wednesday. That trip is now unlikely to happen, despite Blakeney’s statement that he is still considering the Cards.

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Alex Stump’s team now ranked No. 1 nationally

 Posted by at 2:53 PM on September 15, 2014  No Responses »
Sep 152014
 
Alex Stump

Alex Stump

A UK football commitment plays for the No. 1 high school team in the country, according to the new rankings from NationalHSFootball.com.

St. Edward High School — featuring future UK wide receiver Alex Stump — moved up two spots to No. 1 in the latest rankings released Monday. The Cleveland-area team also includes major UK recruiting targets Andrew and David Dowell.

Stump has four touchdown receptions so far this season for St. Edward, which is off to a 3-0 start.

UK’s other wide receiver commitment for 2015 — Jabari Greenwood — also plays for one of the nation’s best teams. Gonzaga (D.C.) is No. 15 in the NationalHSFootball.com rankings.

Male is the only Kentucky team on the list, at No. 80. The Bulldogs’ roster includes junior wide receiver Keion Wakefield, a top UK target in the class of 2016.

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