Three UK football signees playing on ESPN3 Friday

 Posted by at 1:49 PM on January 19, 2018  Comments Off on Three UK football signees playing on ESPN3 Friday
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Three of Kentucky’s top-rated football signees for the class of 2018 will play in the International Bowl at AT&T Stadium — home of the Dallas Cowboys — on Friday night, and the game will be available on ESPN3.

Tight end Brenden Bates and offensive linemen Darian Kinnard and Quintin Wilson are part of the U.S. Under-19 National team, which has been practicing all week in Dallas. They will play against the Canadian U-19 team in Friday’s game, which is slotted to start at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

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Ohio State takes Crystal Ball lead for top UK target

 Posted by at 9:56 AM on January 18, 2018  Comments Off on Ohio State takes Crystal Ball lead for top UK target
Jan 182018
 

Ohio State has overtaken Kentucky on the 247Sports Crystal Ball page for class of 2018 football recruit Chris Oats, a four-star linebacker from Ohio and one of the Wildcats’ top remaining targets for this class.

Ohio recruiting analyst Bill Greene is among those who have changed their predictions from UK to the Buckeyes for Oats, who is the No. 22 outside linebacker in the class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Greene told the Herald-Leader earlier this month that he thought UK led for Oats, but the team to watch would be Ohio State.

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Gilgeous-Alexander moves up in new draft rankings

 Posted by at 9:40 AM on January 18, 2018  Comments Off on Gilgeous-Alexander moves up in new draft rankings
Jan 182018
 

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UK freshman Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been the Wildcats’ best player over the past few weeks, and it’s looking like that could lead to him playing only one season in a Kentucky uniform.

ESPN’s latest Top 100 rankings for the 2018 NBA Draft were posted Thursday morning, and Gilgeous-Alexander has moved up to the No. 18 overall position — just four spots out of the lottery range. In a separate post Thursday, analysts from ESPN noted that Gilgeous-Alexander is making a strong case to be the third-best guard in this draft class — behind Trae Young and Collin Sexton.

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ESPN analyst predicts Zion Williamson to Gamecocks

 Posted by at 10:32 AM on January 16, 2018  Comments Off on ESPN analyst predicts Zion Williamson to Gamecocks
Jan 162018
 

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Pretty much every recruiting analyst in the country is predicting that five-star basketball prospect Zion Williamson will commit to Clemson when he makes his college announcement Saturday.

ESPN national recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi had a different pick Monday, predicting during the network’s coverage of the Hoophall Classic that Williamson would choose South Carolina.

“I think it’s a closer race between Clemson and South Carolina than most people think,” Biancardi said. “It’s going to be one of those two schools. I’m picking South Carolina. I’m going for the upset.”

Williamson — a 6-foot-6 forward from Spartanburg, S.C. — is the No. 3 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings for the class of 2018 and the only remaining uncommitted player in that group with a Kentucky scholarship offer.

His finalists are UK, Clemson, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and South Carolina.

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Two UK basketball signees play Monday on ESPNU

 Posted by at 10:37 PM on January 14, 2018  Comments Off on Two UK basketball signees play Monday on ESPNU
Jan 142018
 

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Five-star Kentucky basketball recruits Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson will play in games on ESPNU on Monday, part of the network’s coverage of the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

Quickley — a 6-foot-3 point guard — leads John Carroll (Md.) against Hudson Catholic (N.J.) at 11 a.m. Monday. Johnson — a 6-6 wing — leads Oak Hill Academy (Va.) against University School (Fla.) at 3 p.m.

The University School squad also features Vernon Carey, the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2019 and an early recipient of a UK scholarship offer.

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Calipari watching Moses Brown at Hoophall Classic

 Posted by at 3:08 PM on January 14, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari watching Moses Brown at Hoophall Classic
Jan 142018
 

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John Calipari showed up at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., on Sunday afternoon to check out Moses Brown and other basketball recruits in the 2018 and 2019 classes.

Brown — a 7-footer from Bronx, N.Y. — is one of the top centers in the class of 2018, and Calipari also visited him in November and watched him play last month. Other than Zion Williamson, who will announce his college decision Jan. 20, Brown has been the only recruit on Calipari’s 2018 radar in recent months, though he does not yet have a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis — two of UK’s top targets in the class of 2019 — are also scheduled to play at the Hoophall Classic on Sunday. The Monday slate of games includes UK signees Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson, as well as top-ranked 2019 prospect Vernon Carey, who has an early offer from UK.

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Crystal Ball check: More Clemson for Zion Williamson

 Posted by at 11:44 AM on January 14, 2018  Comments Off on Crystal Ball check: More Clemson for Zion Williamson
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With less than a week until Zion Williamson announces his college decision, another Crystal Ball pick is in for Clemson.

Kevin Flaherty, a national college basketball writer for 247Sports, logged a prediction in favor of the Tigers on Williamson’s Crystal Ball page Saturday night. Clemson now has 18 of 22 picks in their favor, and none of the other schools on Williamson’s list has more than one prediction.

Williamson will announce his college choice Jan. 20 at his high school in Spartanburg, S.C. He is the the No. 3 overall prospect in the 2018 class and the only uncommitted high school senior with a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

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Zion Williamson says UK has met with him recently

 Posted by at 11:15 PM on January 13, 2018  Comments Off on Zion Williamson says UK has met with him recently
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Five-star basketball prospect Zion Williamson scored 36 points at the Hoophall Classic in Massachusetts on Saturday night, then briefly discussed his recruitment with reporters at the event.

Williamson said his Jan. 20 announcement date is also his mother’s birthday, and he mentioned Clemson, South Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina as the six schools still in the mix. He took recruiting visits to all six of those schools during the fall.

The 6-foot-6 forward from Spartanburg, S.C., also said that coaches from UK, UNC and South Carolina have been by to see him in the past week or so. Clemson has emerged in recent weeks as the team to beat in Williamson’s recruitment.

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Louisville now favored for longtime UK football target

 Posted by at 12:27 PM on January 13, 2018  Comments Off on Louisville now favored for longtime UK football target
Jan 132018
 

The 247Sports Crystal Ball continues to trend from Kentucky to Louisville on four-star tight end Leonard Taylor, who is at U of L for his official visit this weekend.

Taylor — a 6-foot-6 prospect from Ohio — took an official visit to UK last month, and Ohio recruiting analyst Bill Greene told the Herald-Leader last week that he thought the Cats still had the best shot to land his commitment. The hang-up was that Kentucky had started recruiting Taylor as a defensive end, and tight end might still be his preferred position in college.

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Zion Williamson plays in ESPN game Saturday night

 Posted by at 12:07 PM on January 13, 2018  Comments Off on Zion Williamson plays in ESPN game Saturday night
Jan 132018
 

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A reminder that top UK basketball target Zion Williamson will lead Spartanburg (S.C.) Day against Chino Hills (Calif.) at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., on Saturday night in a game that will air live at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Williamson — the No. 3 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings — took visits to six schools in the fall: Kentucky, Clemson, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and South Carolina. Clemson has emerged as a major favorite in his recruitment in recent weeks — passing previous favorite UK — and Williamson is scheduled to announce his college decision Jan. 20.

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello interviewed Williamson on Friday, and the 6-foot-6 forward said that he had narrowed his list to three or four schools, though he didn’t specify which schools those were. He did say Clemson and South Carolina are on that list.

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