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New prediction in favor of U of L for UK football target

 Posted by at 10:26 AM on January 11, 2018  Comments Off on New prediction in favor of U of L for UK football target
Jan 112018
 

Four-star football recruit Leonard Taylor is expected to take his official visit to Louisville this weekend, and there’s a new prediction in favor of the Cardinals on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

Mike Hughes, who covers U of L for 247Sports, logged a pick for the Cardinals on Taylor’s page Thursday morning. A large majority of the predictions for Taylor have gone in favor of the Wildcats, who have been recruiting him for more than a year.

UK has been recruiting the versatile Taylor — a 6-foot-6 prospect from Ohio — as a defensive end, but he’s been projected as a tight end for most of his high school career.

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John Calipari watches future UK basketball player

 Posted by at 9:59 AM on January 11, 2018  Comments Off on John Calipari watches future UK basketball player
Jan 112018
 

Quickley

UK Coach John Calipari was in the Baltimore area on Wednesday night to check out Immanuel Quickley, the program’s five-star point guard signee for next season.

Quickley scored 15 points in his team’s 71-61 loss to St. Frances (Md.), the No. 1-ranked team locally. Quickley — a 6-foot-3 prospect — was UK’s first commitment for the class of 2018 and is expected to compete for the starting point guard job next season.

Earlier in the day, Quickley was one of 25 players named to the Naismith watch list for national high school player of the year honors.

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Carey remains No. 1 in Rivals.com rankings for 2019

 Posted by at 12:33 PM on January 10, 2018  Comments Off on Carey remains No. 1 in Rivals.com rankings for 2019
Jan 102018
 

Carey

UK recruiting target Vernon Carey is still the No. 1 basketball prospect in the class of 2019, according to the new rankings released by Rivals.com on Wednesday.

Carey — a 6-foot-10 forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — is one of eight high school juniors with an early scholarship offer from Kentucky.

The others with UK offers are power forward James Wiseman (No. 2 in the Rivals.com rankings), forward Matthew Hurt (No. 5), combo guard Bryan Antoine (No. 7), wing Scottie Lewis (No. 9), point guard Tyrese Maxey (No. 12), small forward Keion Brooks (No. 36) and small forward D.J. Jeffries (No. 47).

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Quickley, Johnson, Herro in new Rivals.com rankings

 Posted by at 1:09 PM on January 9, 2018  Comments Off on Quickley, Johnson, Herro in new Rivals.com rankings
Jan 092018
 

Johnson

The updated Rivals.com basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2018 were posted Tuesday, and Kentucky does not have any commitments in the top 10.

Oak Hill Academy (Va.) wing Keldon Johnson is the top Cat in the new rankings, coming in at No. 14 overall. He’s one spot ahead of point guard Immanuel Quickley, the No. 15 player in the Rivals.com rankings. Tyler Herro is No. 35 on the list. All three players signed with Kentucky in November.

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National analyst predicting top 2019 star to the SEC

 Posted by at 9:48 AM on January 9, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst predicting top 2019 star to the SEC
Jan 092018
 

Brown

247Sports national recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer is now predicting that five-star small forward Christian Brown will end up at Georgia.

Brown — a 6-foot-6 prospect from Columbia, S.C. — visited UK for Big Blue Madness as a sophomore last season, and he is now ranked as the No. 21 overall prospect in the 2019 class.

Kentucky has not been mentioned much in his recruitment in recent months, and he is not one of the eight players from the 2019 class with a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

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ESPN has three UK players in NBA first-round territory

 Posted by at 10:53 AM on January 8, 2018  Comments Off on ESPN has three UK players in NBA first-round territory
Jan 082018
 

Gilgeous-Alexander

ESPN’s latest update to its Top 100 prospects for this year’s NBA Draft includes a new Kentucky Wildcat in first-round range, giving UK three players in the top 30.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who has had an impressive last couple of weeks on the court, is now the No. 26 overall prospect on ESPN’s list for the 2018 NBA Draft. He was ranked No. 47 overall in the previous update last month.

UK freshman Kevin Knox is still No. 10 overall, followed by Hamidou Diallo, who moves up a spot from the previous update and is now ranked No. 20. Nick Richards, who was previously No. 28, has fallen to No. 44 overall.

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Top in-state football recruit set to announce decision

 Posted by at 2:44 PM on January 5, 2018  Comments Off on Top in-state football recruit set to announce decision
Jan 052018
 

Trinity wide receiver Rondale Moore is expected to announce his college decision Saturday at the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

Moore — a 5-foot-9 prospect — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 1 player in the state of Kentucky and the No. 17 receiver nationally for the class of 2018. He had 109 receptions for 1,478 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season for the state champion Shamrocks, also rushing for 537 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Barbee in Florida to see UK target James Wiseman

 Posted by at 6:01 PM on December 19, 2017  Comments Off on Barbee in Florida to see UK target James Wiseman
Dec 192017
 

Wiseman

UK assistant coach Tony Barbee was back at the City of Palms Classic on Tuesday evening to check out James Wiseman, arguably the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2019.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis — is ranked No. 1 in the junior class by Scout.com and ESPN, and Kentucky is the early favorite in his recruitment. He struck down rumors earlier this month that he might reclassify to 2018 and play college basketball next season.

Barbee watched top 2019 prospects Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis at the Florida-based showcase Monday night.

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Wide receiver backs out of UK commitment for 2018

 Posted by at 11:19 AM on December 19, 2017  Comments Off on Wide receiver backs out of UK commitment for 2018
Dec 192017
 

Three-star wide receiver Meechi Harris announced Tuesday morning that he is no longer committed to Kentucky for the class of 2018.

Harris — a 6-foot-2 prospect from Xenia, Ohio — originally committed to Kentucky in October and was expected to sign with the Wildcats on Wednesday, the first day of the new early signing period for college football.

247Sports ranks him as the No. 75 wide receiver nationally in the class of 2018, and his defection leaves UK with two commitments from wide receivers and 20 commitments overall.

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UK basketball coach watches dynamic duo of recruits

 Posted by at 9:00 PM on December 18, 2017  Comments Off on UK basketball coach watches dynamic duo of recruits
Dec 182017
 

UK assistant coach Tony Barbee was at the City of Palms Classic in Florida on Monday night to check out five-star teammates Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis, two of the first players in the 2019 class to land scholarship offers from Kentucky.

Lewis and Antoine — ranked No. 6 and 7 nationally, respectively, according to the 247Sports composite rankings — visited Lexington in May and are two the Cats’ top targets for the class of 2019.

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