Four basketball recruits visit UK this weekend

 Posted by at 3:14 PM on November 22, 2014  No Responses »
Nov 222014
 
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As expected, four highly touted basketball recruits made it to Lexington for unofficial visits Friday and Saturday.

Huntington Prep standouts Thomas Bryant, Miles Bridges and Curtis Jones all visited for UK’s home victory over Boston University on Friday night. The three players sat behind the UK bench. (Read more about Bryant’s recruitment here).

Atlanta-area point guard Kobi Simmons came to town Saturday for an unofficial visit. Simmons is considered one of the top-10 prospects in the class of 2016. He also visited UK for Big Blue Madness in 2013.

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Two of Louisville’s top basketball recruiting targets are scheduled to play against each other in a two-game showcase at Seneca High School on Dec. 1.

The event will feature Arlington Country Day (Fla.), Sunrise Christian (Kan.), Life Center Academy (N.J.) and Prime Prep Academy (Texas) — all teams with major Division I prospects.

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Nov 212014
 
Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike Basketball

Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike Basketball

Highly touted senior power forward Thomas Bryant will be in Rupp Arena for an unofficial visit Friday night.

Bryant will be joined by Huntington Prep teammates Miles Bridges and Curtis Jones, both players from the class of 2016.

Here’s a quick rundown on Bryant’s recruitment ahead of his first visit to Lexington:

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Nov 212014
 
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Simmons

Five-star basketball prospect Kobi Simmons tweeted Friday that he will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky this weekend.

The Wildcats host Boston University on Friday night and Montana State on Sunday evening.

Simmons — a 6-foot-5 prospect from Alpharetta, Ga. — is considered the No. 8 overall player in the class of 2016 by Scout.com. He also visited Lexington for last year’s Big Blue Madness.

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Class of 2015 forward Bryant to visit UK on Friday

 Posted by at 12:26 PM on November 20, 2014  No Responses »
Nov 202014
 
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Bryant

Five-star power forward Thomas Bryant will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky on Friday, his high school coach confirmed to the Herald-Leader on Thursday.

Bryant is entering his second season at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep and is considered one of the top post players in the class of 2015. ESPN ranks him as the No. 16 overall senior in the country.

The 6-foot-10 native of Rochester, N.Y., is a high-energy prospect who has said in recent interviews that he’s focusing on Indiana, Syracuse and Missouri. Former Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford is now an assistant coach at Mizzou.

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Nov 202014
 
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College basketball’s early-signing period ended Wednesday, and UK came out of it with three high-profile additions and arguably the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.

But John Calipari isn’t finished. The Wildcats are expected to lose several players to the NBA Draft after this season, and that means the UK coach is likely to add at least two or three players to his class of 2015.

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Two UK football commitments in new ESPN rankings

 Posted by at 10:07 PM on November 19, 2014  No Responses »
Nov 192014
 

UK football commitments Jordan Griffin and Landon Young are both ranked in the new ESPN 300 for the class of 2016 that was released Wednesday.

Young is a standout offensive lineman at Lafayette High School in Lexington and has been committed to the Wildcats for more than a year. ESPN ranks him as the No. 213 overall prospect and No. 19 offensive tackle in the class.

Griffin — a 6-foot cornerback from Jonesboro, Ga. — is the No. 203 overall prospect in the class. He committed to UK the same night he attended the Cats’ upset of South Carolina. ESPN has him as the No. 15 cornerback in the class.

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Chat wrap: NBA Draft analyst talks UK basketball

 Posted by at 2:15 PM on November 19, 2014  No Responses »
Nov 192014
 
Trey Lyles has been impressive in his first three games. Photo: Charles Bertram | Herald-Leader

UK freshman forward Trey Lyles has been impressive in his first three games.
Photo: Charles Bertram | Herald-Leader

ESPN NBA Draft analyst Chad Ford was back in the chat room Wednesday after attending Kentucky’s rout of No. 5 Kansas the previous night.

As expected, there were plenty of questions about the Wildcats.

One reader asked if Trey Lyles might be UK’s second-best draft prospect behind fellow freshman Karl-Anthony Towns.

“Might be,” Ford responded. “Kentucky is soooo big, Lyles looked like a wing out there on the court. Crazy. He wasn’t great last night, but you see the high basketball IQ and while he’s not a great athlete, he looks athletic enough. Wouldn’t shock me if he was the second Wildcat off the board after Towns. Cauley-Stein will be his main competition.”

Another wondered if Dakari Johnson might be starting over Cauley-Stein by the end of the season.

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Nov 192014
 
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Skal Labissiere

UK signee Skal Labissiere and Reach Your Dream Academy have been added to next month’s Marshall County Hoop Fest, according to a new schedule obtained by the Herald-Leader on Wednesday.

Labissiere — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Haiti — attends school at Lausanne Collegiate Prep in Memphis but has been ruled ineligible to play his senior season there due to a transfer snafu. His guardian set up Reach Your Dream Academy to get him on the court this season.

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Top recruits set to compete in Ky. Elite Shootout

 Posted by at 11:37 AM on November 19, 2014  No Responses »
Nov 192014
 

Several nationally ranked basketball recruits and a couple of the state’s best guards will play Saturday in the Kentucky Elite Shootout at Perry Central High School.

Perennial powerhouse Huntington (W.Va.) Prep takes on Sound Doctrine (Ga.) in the event’s headliner.

Possible UK recruit Miles Bridges (class of 2016) and highly touted senior power forwards Thomas Bryant and Ted Kapita are among the top players on Huntington Prep’s roster this season. Kentucky has expressed early interest in Bridges, a 6-foot-6 small forward who already has scholarship offers from Kansas, UConn, Michigan State and several other major programs.

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