Mar 012015
 
Dakota Holtzclaw

Holtzclaw

UK’s flurry of football commitments from Ohio continued Sunday with a pledge from 6-foot-7 wide receiver Dakota Holtzclaw.

Holtzclaw was in Lexington on Saturday for UK’s “junior day” festivities, and he picked up a scholarship offer from the Wildcats during that trip. Scout.com and 247Sports both consider him a three-star prospect in the class of 2016, and 247Sports ranks him as the No. 42 player from Ohio in the rising senior class.

Duke was his only other scholarship offer from a “power five” conference, though he also had offers from Cincinnati and several Mid-American Conference schools. He was getting increased interest from Big Ten and ACC programs.

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Class of 2017 post player visited UK on Saturday

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Feb 282015
 

UK hosted a high school basketball player from the class of 2017 for Saturday’s home game against Arkansas.

Sophomore center Malik Williams made the trip from Fort Wayne, Ind., to Lexington to see the Cats defeat the Razorbacks and move to 29-0 on the season.

Williams — a 6-foot-10 prospect — is not well known nationally and did not play on one of the major AAU circuits last summer. He had 10 points and 12 rebounds to help his high school team upset five-star post player Caleb Swanigan’s squad last week. Swanigan is one of UK’s top targets in the class of 2015.

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Ohio defensive end Bannerman commits to Kentucky

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Feb 282015
 

Ohio defensive end Jaylin Bannerman committed to the University of Kentucky during his recruiting visit to Lexington on Saturday.

Bannerman — a 6-foot-6, 215-pound prospect — is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 28 prospect from Ohio in the class of 2016. He plays outside linebacker for Pickerington Central, the same program that produced former UK commitment DaVon Hamilton.

Hamilton ended up flipping his commitment to Ohio State before national signing day.

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Feb 282015
 
Austin Kendall

Austin Kendall

Four-star quarterback Austin Kendall — UK’s top-ranked recruiting target in the class of 2016 — is in Knoxville this weekend for what could be a make-or-break trip in his recruitment.

Kendall is committed to Tennessee, but the Vols signed three highly touted quarterbacks in the class of 2015 and are targeting others in the 2016 class. He doesn’t seem 100 percent solid with his commitment, and Tennessee’s coaches will try to reassure him on this trip.

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Three UK basketball recruits visiting elsewhere

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Feb 272015
 
Caleb Swanigan

Caleb Swanigan

Three of UK’s most highly touted basketball recruiting targets will take official visits to other schools this weekend.

Five-star post players Ivan Rabb and Caleb Swanigan will both be at California for the Bears’ game against Oregon State on Sunday. Some analysts view Cal as the favorite for Rabb, whose high school is less than 15 miles from the campus. Swanigan, from Fort Wayne, Ind., is friends with Rabb and has talked about teaming up with him in college. Both players have UK scholarship offers.

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UK picks up commitment from Ohio tight end

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Feb 262015
 
Justin Rigg

Justin Rigg

The UK football program continued its run of Ohio commitments Thursday night with a pledge from three-star tight end Justin Rigg.

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound prospect from Springboro, Ohio is considered the No. 28 tight end in the class of 2016 by 247Sports. He received a scholarship offer from UK earlier this month and visited Lexington for the program’s “junior day” activities last weekend.

The Wildcats will have only two scholarship players available at tight end this fall: Redshirt freshman Darryl Long and incoming freshman C.J. Conrad. Nebraska transfer Greg Hart is also on the roster, though he is not expected to be eligible to play until the 2016 season.

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Feb 262015
 
DeAndre Ayton | Photo: California Supreme

DeAndre Ayton | Photo: California Supreme

There was no surprise at the top of the expanded class of 2017 basketball rankings released Thursday by Rivals.com.

California post player DeAndre Ayton remains the No. 1 overall prospect in the sophomore class, according to Rivals. Earlier this month, Scout.com named Ayton the No. 1 overall prospect in all of high school basketball, regardless of class.

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Feb 252015
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

ESPN analyst Chad Ford had some good news for UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns and some not-so-good news for UK sophomores Aaron and Andrew Harrison in his latest NBA Draft online chat Wednesday.

Ford noted that Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor is still the No. 1 player on ESPN’s “Big Board” for this year’s draft, but the gap between him a few other players has “narrowed considerably” in recent weeks. He mentioned Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay as three players that could challenge Okafor for the No. 1 spot.

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Feb 242015
 
Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

The Next Cats page dedicated to UK’s top basketball recruiting targets from the class of 2016 was updated Tuesday to include new bio info with the latest on each prospect’s recruitment.

Kentucky has one commitment for 2016 — New Zealand power forward Tai Wynyard — and UK Coach John Calipari has already extended scholarship players to several others. The updated page includes information on 14 uncommitted prospects from the junior class.

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Feb 242015
 
Brown

Jaylen Brown

Malik Newman

Malik Newman

Uncommitted UK basketball recruiting targets Jaylen Brown and Malik Newman are among the five finalists for the Naismith high school player of the year award, it was announced Tuesday.

Brown and Newman join Florida State signee Dwayne Bacon, Louisiana State signee Ben Simmons and Arizona signee Allonzo Trier on the list of finalists. UK signee Isaiah Briscoe and recruiting targets Cheick Diallo and Stephen Zimmerman were named semifinalists for the award earlier this month, but they did not make the latest cut.

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