UK lands commitment from junior college lineman

 Posted by at 10:25 PM on June 22, 2018  Comments Off on UK lands commitment from junior college lineman
Jun 222018
 

Kentucky landed a commitment Friday night from defensive lineman Taures Payne, a prospect out of Northwest Mississippi Community College.

Payne — a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end originally from Hoover, Ala. — had 33 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 11 junior college games last season. He will have two years to play two seasons when he joins Kentucky’s team for the 2019 class.

He does not have a star ranking from 247Sports or Rivals.com.

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Three-star defensive back commits to Kentucky

 Posted by at 6:51 PM on June 22, 2018  Comments Off on Three-star defensive back commits to Kentucky
Jun 222018
 

Three-star cornerback Jay Ward committed to Kentucky on Friday afternoon, becoming the Wildcats’ ninth commitment for the class of 2019 and the program’s fourth pledge from the state of Georgia for next year.

Ward — a 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect from Moultrie, Ga. — is the No. 82 cornerback in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He is the No. 98 overall recruit in Georgia, according to those rankings.

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Wiseman remains No. 1 in new ESPN player rankings

 Posted by at 3:08 PM on June 22, 2018  Comments Off on Wiseman remains No. 1 in new ESPN player rankings
Jun 222018
 

Wiseman

Top UK recruiting target James Wiseman is still the No. 1 overall basketball prospect in the class of 2019, according to the latest rankings update from ESPN.com Friday.

Wiseman — a 7-footer from Memphis East High School — is expected to choose either Kentucky or Memphis, where his former coach Penny Hardaway is now the head coach. Wiseman was the first player in the 2019 class to earn a UK scholarship offer.

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UK targets make the USA Basketball U17 squad

 Posted by at 11:25 AM on June 21, 2018  Comments Off on UK targets make the USA Basketball U17 squad
Jun 212018
 

Carey

Class of 2019 basketball star and major UK recruiting target Vernon Carey was one of 12 players named to the USA Basketball U17 squad Thursday morning.

Carey will be joined on the team by fellow UK targets Scottie Barnes, R.J. Hampton, Jeremy Roach, Jalen Green and Jalen Suggs — all recruits in the 2020 class.

James Wiseman — the Cats’ top remaining target for the class of 2019 — was invited to U17 training camp but was unable to participate in the tryouts due to an injury. Marshall County guard Zion Harmon — a possible UK target currently in the 2021 class — did not make the final cut Thursday.

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Lexington quarterback ranked among nation’s best

 Posted by at 11:15 AM on June 21, 2018  Comments Off on Lexington quarterback ranked among nation’s best
Jun 212018
 

Beau Allen

Rivals.com is rolling out updated football rankings for the class of 2020 this week, and there’s a familiar name on one of the lists at a marquee position.

Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen — a major UK target — is ranked by Rivals as the No. 11 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2020. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect picked up a UK scholarship offer early in his high school career, and his father is a former UK football player.

Michigan is among the other schools that have offered Allen, who completed 204 of 329 passes for 2,873 yards and 33 touchdowns with nine interceptions in 13 games as a sophomore this past season.

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Grad transfer Reid Travis has arrived on UK’s campus

 Posted by at 11:35 AM on June 19, 2018  Comments Off on Grad transfer Reid Travis has arrived on UK’s campus
Jun 192018
 

Possible graduate transfer Reid Travis has arrived in Lexington for his official visit to Kentucky, according to Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Marcus R. Fuller.

Travis — a Minneapolis native — announced recently that he will leave Stanford for his final season of college basketball. The 6-foot-8 forward graduated from the university over the weekend and averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Cardinal as a junior this past season.

Kentucky and Villanova are the two finalists for Travis, who has not yet set up a visit to see the other Wildcats’ campus in Philadelphia. Many basketball observers consider UK to be the heavy favorite for Travis, who could commit to the Cats as early as this week and would be eligible to play right away this season.

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UK picks up commitment from three-star linebacker

 Posted by at 10:22 PM on June 18, 2018  Comments Off on UK picks up commitment from three-star linebacker
Jun 182018
 

Three-star linebacker Tra Wilkins announced his commitment to Kentucky on Monday night, one week after taking an official visit to Lexington.

Wilkins — a 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect from Stone Mountain, Ga. — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 71 outside linebacker and No. 937 overall prospect in the recruiting class of 2019.

He is the eighth commitment in this recruiting cycle for Kentucky, which has the No. 48 ranked class nationally and No. 11 in the Southeastern Conference, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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Alabama offers top UK target Wandale Robinson

 Posted by at 9:44 PM on June 17, 2018  Comments Off on Alabama offers top UK target Wandale Robinson
Jun 172018
 

Western Hills playmaker Wandale Robinson, one of UK’s top football targets and an early favorite for Mr. Football honors this fall, picked up a scholarship offer from Alabama on Sunday.

Robinson — a 5-foot-10 prospect who can do it all offensively — is the No. 7 prospect in Kentucky for the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He has also picked up scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and a host of other major programs in recent months.

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Maxey returns to court in USA’s gold-medal victory

 Posted by at 10:13 PM on June 16, 2018  Comments Off on Maxey returns to court in USA’s gold-medal victory
Jun 162018
 

Tyrese Maxey

UK commitment Tyrese Maxey returned to the court Saturday night after missing time with a sprained ankle and helped the USA Basketball U18 team defeat Canada, 113-74, to win a gold medal in the FIBA Americas U18 tournament.

Maxey, who suffered a sprained ankle in the team’s final pool game earlier this week, scored two points in 12 minutes against Canada. He started in all three of Team USA’s pool games, averaging 11.0 points in 20.0 minutes, before missing the quarterfinal and semifinal games with the ankle injury.

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Maxey among leading scorers in Team USA opener

 Posted by at 11:18 PM on June 10, 2018  Comments Off on Maxey among leading scorers in Team USA opener
Jun 102018
 

Maxey

Tyrese Maxey scored 14 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the USA Basketball U18 team’s 105-73 victory over the Dominican Republic in Sunday night’s opener at the FIBA Americas tournament in Canada.

Maxey, a UK commitment for the 2019 class, was 5-for-8 from the field and 2-for-5 from three-point range. The USA team will play Panama on Monday night, and UK assistant coach Tony Barbee was there to see Maxey and a few UK targets play Sunday.

Starting alongside Maxey on Sunday were fellow UK targets Matthew Hurt (12 points and a team-high nine rebounds) and Cole Anthony (a team-high 18 points and three assists).

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