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Another Crystal Ball prediction for Matthew Hurt

 Posted by at 10:00 AM on March 19, 2019  Comments Off on Another Crystal Ball prediction for Matthew Hurt
Mar 192019
 

Hurt

Another 247Sports analyst is predicting that top UK basketball recruiting target Matthew Hurt will ultimately end up at Duke.

247Sports expert Brian Snow, who has followed Hurt’s recruitment closely and specializes in Midwest prospects, logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of the Blue Devils on Tuesday morning. Duke has a majority of picks on Hurt’s Crystal Ball page. UK, Kansas and North Carolina have also hosted him for official visits, and the Jayhawks had previously been seen as the favorite in his recruitment.

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Another Kentucky prediction for Keion Brooks

 Posted by at 12:41 PM on March 12, 2019  Comments Off on Another Kentucky prediction for Keion Brooks
Mar 122019
 

Brooks

There still hasn’t been a massive run of predictions in the recruitment of Keion Brooks, but one more pick was added to the five-star prospect’s Crystal Ball page Tuesday morning.

247Sports national recruiting manager Kevin Ryan logged a prediction in favor of Kentucky for Brooks, who will announce his college decision Friday night. The 6-foot-7 wing from Fort Wayne, Ind., has narrowed his choices to UK, Indiana and North Carolina.

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Another national analyst picks Duke for Matthew Hurt

 Posted by at 11:21 AM on March 10, 2019  Comments Off on Another national analyst picks Duke for Matthew Hurt
Mar 102019
 

Matthew Hurt

Add 247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer to the list of recruiting experts now predicting that five-star basketball prospect Matthew Hurt will ultimately end up at Duke.

Meyer logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of the Blue Devils on Hurt’s page Saturday morning, joining fellow 247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels and several other recruiting observers who have recently put in predictions for Duke.

Hurt is the No. 8 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings for the 2019 class, and he’s one of Kentucky’s top remaining targets in that group. He has also taken official visits to Kansas and North Carolina.

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New Crystal Ball pick for UK basketball target

 Posted by at 1:54 PM on March 9, 2019  Comments Off on New Crystal Ball pick for UK basketball target
Mar 092019
 

Midwest basketball recruiting insider Mark Miller logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Marquette for highly touted post player Dawson Garcia on Friday.

Garcia — a 6-foot-11 prospect from Prior Lake, Minn. — hosted a UK coach for a visit earlier this season, and the Herald-Leader confirmed afterward that he would be a Wildcats recruiting target moving forward. He does not yet have a UK scholarship offer.

247Sports ranks Garcia as the No. 22 overall prospect in the class of 2020.

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Two UK players named to the Jordan Brand Classic

 Posted by at 11:57 AM on March 9, 2019  Comments Off on Two UK players named to the Jordan Brand Classic
Mar 092019
 

Maxey

UK basketball commitments Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney were named to the Jordan Brand Classic on Friday night, and they might end up doing a little recruiting at next month’s game.

Joining Maxey and Whitney on the “Away Team” will be five-star UK targets Keion Brooks and Jaden McDaniels, who are both still weighing their college decisions. Brooks is scheduled to announce his choice this Friday — likely either UK or Indiana — so he’ll be committed before the Jordan Game on April 20, but there’s a chance that McDaniels is still uncommitted by that time.

McDaniels has narrowed his list to UK, San Diego State, Texas, UCLA and Washington, his hometown school.

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Calipari will be out on the recruiting trail Wednesday

 Posted by at 10:25 PM on March 5, 2019  Comments Off on Calipari will be out on the recruiting trail Wednesday
Mar 052019
 

Matthew Hurt

John Calipari is expected to travel to Minnesota to do a little recruiting Wednesday.

First, the UK head coach will see 2020 prospect Jalen Suggs, a two-sport standout who is a five-star basketball recruit in addition to being a top quarterback. Suggs — a 6-foot-5 combo guard — is the No. 10 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Minnesota recruiting analyst Ryan James was the first to report that UK would be visiting him Wednesday.

Calipari is also expected to watch five-star recruit Matthew Hurt play Wednesday night, according to Minneapolis reporter Darren Wolfson. Hurt, of course, is one of the Cats’ top remaining targets in the 2019 class and one of the top high school seniors in the country. He’s already taken official visits to UK, Duke, Kansas and North Carolina, and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is also expected to see him play Wednesday.

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Keion Brooks sets a date for college announcement

 Posted by at 7:12 PM on March 3, 2019  Comments Off on Keion Brooks sets a date for college announcement
Mar 032019
 

Brooks

Five-star basketball recruit Keion Brooks will announce his college decision March 15.

Brooks — a 6-foot-7 wing from Fort Wayne, Ind. — is one of UK’s top remaining targets in the 2019 class. Indiana and Michigan State are though to be the Cats’ top competition in Brooks’ recruitment, which has also included official visits to North Carolina and UCLA.

Several recruiting analysts have made predictions in favor of Kentucky in recent weeks, following Brooks’ visit to Lexington last month. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 13 overall prospect in the 2019 class.

Brooks will make his college announcement in his hometown of Fort Wayne.

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Tyler Herro moving up the NBA Draft boards

 Posted by at 11:06 AM on March 1, 2019  Comments Off on Tyler Herro moving up the NBA Draft boards
Mar 012019
 

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ESPN has once again updated its Top 100 player rankings for this year’s NBA Draft, and UK freshman Tyler Herro keeps moving in the right direction.

Herro is now the No. 27 overall player on ESPN’s board — placing him in late-first round territory. He has moved up five spots since ESPN’s most recent mock draft a little more than two weeks ago. Herro was No. 40 overall the last time the Top 100 rankings were updated in mid-January.

The other UK player with the most interesting postseason decision to make will be freshman guard Ashton Hagans, who is No. 40 in ESPN’s new rankings. That’s 10 spots outside of the first round, though there’s obviously plenty of time for Hagans to keep moving toward that draft range.

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UK coach watches top point guard in 2020 class

 Posted by at 10:22 PM on February 27, 2019  Comments Off on UK coach watches top point guard in 2020 class
Feb 272019
 

Cooper

UK Coach John Calipari was in Georgia on Wednesday night to watch Sharife Cooper, one of UK’s top 2020 recruiting targets and an elite point guard in the junior class.

Cooper — a 6-foot prospect from the Atlanta area — has been arguably the top player in all of high school basketball this season. He received a UK scholarship offer prior to the season and was one of the standouts on the Nike circuit this past summer. Cooper is the No. 18 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Auburn is seen as another possible frontrunner in the early stages Cooper’s recruitment. His father talked to the Herald-Leader about the five-star point guard earlier this month. You can read that story here.

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Calipari offers first scholarship to a 2021 recruit

 Posted by at 10:15 PM on February 27, 2019  Comments Off on Calipari offers first scholarship to a 2021 recruit
Feb 272019
 

Jonathan Kuminga
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Five-star sophomore Jonathan Kuminga landed a scholarship offer from Kentucky following his visit for Tuesday night’s game.

Kuminga — a 6-foot-8 small forward at Our Savior New American (N.Y.) — is the first player from he 2021 class to receive a UK offer. He is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 3 overall player in the class, and his Kentucky offer was first reported by 247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels.

Originally from the Congo, Kuminga averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and made 13 of 26 three-point shots in five Peach Jam games over the summer. He previously played at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep.

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