Jul 232014
 
Malik Newman

Malik Newman

247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer recently changed his “Crystal Ball” prediction on Malik Newman to Mississippi State, going with the home-state school over some of the national powers that have been pursuing him.

On Tuesday, Meyer explained his prediction during an interview with Bulldog Sports Radio.

“The reasoning here is that he wants to stay close to home,” Meyer told the Mississippi State network. “His father is close to the program. … He’s going to be a one-and-done. He’s not going to be in school long. And it’s much easier to control a high-profile player’s situation if you do stay closer to home.”

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Carlton Bragg will visit Kansas in October

 Posted by at 11:46 AM on July 23, 2014  No Responses »
Jul 232014
 
Bragg

Bragg

UK recruiting target Carlton Bragg will see two of the best spectacles in college basketball later this year.

Bragg’s mentor confirmed to the Herald-Leader that he will visit Kansas on Oct. 10 for the Late Night at the Phog midnight madness festivities. Michael Graves said that would be an unofficial visit.

The 6-foot-9 forward from Cleveland will be at UK for Big Blue Madness the following weekend, a trip that was planned weeks ago. Other confirmed visitors for that night include Charles Matthews, Stephen Zimmerman and Derryck Thornton. The guest list will surely grow as Madness approaches.

Bragg is considered a top-10 recruit in the class of 2015 and plans to cut his list of schools Sept. 1.

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Jul 222014
 
Cheick Diallo

Cheick Diallo

Andrew Slater of 247Sports reported Tuesday that Cheick Diallo will visit Iowa State on Sept. 26 and St. John’s on Oct. 18.

Diallo — one of the top five players in the class of 2015 — took his first official visit to Kentucky late last month. He is also considering Kansas and Pittsburgh.

The 6-foot-9 power forward will not play any more games on the AAU circuit this summer as he rests a sore back that hampered him at last week’s Nike Peach Jam. Diallo has said in the past that he would like to make a college decision by the end of the year.

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Jul 212014
 
Damien Harris

Damien Harris

Top UK football recruiting target Damien Harris knows when he wants to reveal his college decision.

Harris — the No. 1 running back in the country for the class of 2015 — said Monday night on Twitter that he will announce his college choice Dec. 13. First, he’ll announce his top five schools Aug. 1.

The Madison Southern standout has entertained the possibility of enrolling in college in January, which would allow him to go through spring practice with the team of his choice. His December announcement date is another indication of that possibility. Harris’ original plan was to reveal his decision on national signing day in February.

His current list consists of Kentucky, Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan, Florida State, Florida, Oregon and Notre Dame. UK and Ohio State are widely considered the favorites.

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2015 forward Caleb Swanigan earns offer from UK

 Posted by at 10:44 PM on July 21, 2014  Comments Off
Jul 212014
 
Swanigan

Swanigan

One of the standout players at last week’s Nike Peach Jam picked up a scholarship offer from Kentucky on Monday night.

Caleb Swanigan — a 6-foot-8 power forward from Fort Wayne, Ind. — is the latest player from the class of 2015 to earn a UK offer. Scout.com’s Brian Snow was the first to report the offer.

Swanigan recently reclassified from the class of 2016 and has had a stellar summer with Indy Heat. UK assistant Barry “Slice” Rohrssen watched him play several times at Peach Jam, and UK Coach John Calipari checked in on him at the end of the event.

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Jul 212014
 
Damien Harris

Damien Harris

Top UK football recruit Damien Harris will be playing in Lexington … at least for one night.

The Madison Southern schedule for the 2014 season is set, and it includes a road game against Paul Laurence Dunbar on Sept. 12. That will give UK fans in Lexington a chance to see him in person before he heads to college.

His next destination is still unclear. UK and Ohio State are now widely considered the favorites. Alabama, Michigan, Florida State, Oregon, Florida and Notre Dame are also still on the list. There is no timetable for his college decision, though he has entertained the possibility of enrolling in January.

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Jul 202014
 
Zimmerman

Zimmerman

Las Vegas standout Stephen Zimmerman is no longer considering Louisville following the commitment of Ray Spalding on Sunday.

Zimmerman — a top-10 player in the class of 2015 — tweeted a thank-you message to U of L fans Sunday night.

“I really appreciate the Louisville fans support, top notch program with a top notch staff AND top notch fans! Thank you,” he said.

Zimmerman was scheduled to take an official visit to Louisville during the final weekend of September. His stepmother told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels that he will now take an official visit to Kansas on Oct. 10 for that school’s midnight madness festivities.

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Jul 202014
 
Ray Spalding

Ray Spalding

Louisville Trinity basketball standout Ray Spalding announced his commitment to the University of Louisville on Sunday.

Spalding is the top-rated prospect in Kentucky for the class of 2015. The 6-foot-9 power forward is considered the No. 66 overall recruit in the class by Scout.com, which was the first outlet to report the news of his commitment.

Louisville Coach Rick Pitino offered Spalding a scholarship last month, and the Cardinals have been the favorite ever since. Spalding has mentioned multiple times that he grew up a U of L fan. He was also listing Indiana and Xavier in his top three before Sunday’s announcement.

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Jul 202014
 
Photo: Jonathan Palmer

Photo: Jonathan Palmer

There was an interesting note in Jennifer Smith’s weekly football notebook Sunday that turned to recruiting. Coach Mark Stoops was asked if there’s room for both football and basketball in the hearts of UK fans. Here’s his response:

“Since I’ve arrived at Kentucky, people have been nothing but good to me and passionate about football,” Stoops said. “We know they love their basketball, as they should. That program has been good for a long, long time. So we have deep tradition in basketball. We embrace that. Coach Cal has been nothing but good to me, very supportive in what we do recruiting, and always visible to our team and to our recruits. So we embrace that. It’s been nothing but helpful.

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Jul 192014
 

The Kentucky Travelers defeated Chicago-based Mac Irvin Fire, 78-70, on Saturday morning, but it wasn’t enough to advance to the Peach Jam quarterfinals.

Knott Central star Camron Justice led five Travelers in double figures with 18 points. The Vanderbilt commitment was 4-for-6 from three point range and averaged 17.4 points per game for the week.

The Travelers finished 3-2 in pool play but were left out of the Peach Jam quarterfinals on a four-team tiebreaker for two spots. Their only losses came on a last-second three-pointer to Houston Hoops and a 70-60 defeat to the Oakland Soldiers, a team that includes five-star seniors Ivan Rabb and Stephen Zimmerman.

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