UK target Skyy Clark moves up in new Rivals rankings

 Posted by at 10:41 AM on September 18, 2020  Comments Off on UK target Skyy Clark moves up in new Rivals rankings
Sep 182020
 

Skyy Clark

It’s difficult to move up too much once a player is already near the top of the recruiting rankings, but longtime Kentucky target Skyy Clark still managed to rise in the latest update from Rivals.com.

Clark — a 6-foot-3 point guard in the Nashville area — moved from No. 16 to No. 13 overall in the new rankings from Rivals.com, which updated its 2022 list this week. Clark, who recently moved to Tennessee from the Los Angeles area, visited UK in February and is currently the only player in the class of 2022 with a confirmed scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

His recruitment is expected to come down to Kentucky and North Carolina, a college decision could be coming soon, and there’s still a good chance that Clark will ultimately reclassify to 2021 and play college basketball next season.

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Recruiting dead period extended through end of 2020

 Posted by at 7:27 PM on September 16, 2020  Comments Off on Recruiting dead period extended through end of 2020
Sep 162020
 

The NCAA announced Wednesday night that the ongoing dead period for recruiting has been extended through Jan. 1, meaning college coaches will not be permitted to have in-person contact with prospective recruits for the rest of the calendar year.

This move has been expected for months, and no in-person recruiting has been permitted since March due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The dead period has prevented college coaches from traveling to see recruits, and it has kept high school prospects from taking recruiting visits to college campuses.

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New predictions for top Kentucky basketball targets

 Posted by at 11:12 PM on September 15, 2020  Comments Off on New predictions for top Kentucky basketball targets
Sep 152020
 

Sallis

The Tipton Edits Twitter account, which is popular with top basketball recruits and is often the first place where prospects reveal their college decisions, dropped several recruiting predictions in a tweet Tuesday night.

Those predictions included two top Kentucky targets — point guard Hunter Sallis and small forward Bryce Hopkins — picking the Wildcats, who extended scholarship offers to the two players on the same night last month.

Sallis and Hopkins are ranked No. 6 and No. 30, respectively, in the new Rivals.com rankings for the 2021 class, which were released Monday. Both players could be making their college decisions in the next few weeks.

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Bad news for Kentucky basketball recruiting efforts?

 Posted by at 3:34 PM on September 5, 2020  Comments Off on Bad news for Kentucky basketball recruiting efforts?
Sep 052020
 

Jaden Hardy

For the past few months, many in basketball recruiting circles have been predicting that Jaden Hardy and Skyy Clark — both five-star guards — would ultimately commit to Kentucky.

That narrative could be changing.

Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans, who previously had predictions in for Kentucky for both players, is now picking UCLA for Hardy and North Carolina for Clark.

Hardy — a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Las Vegas — is the No. 5 overall player and No. 1 guard in the 2021 class, according to the Rivals.com rankings. He was the first guard in the 2021 class to earn a UK scholarship offer.

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Tennessee close to more basketball recruiting wins?

 Posted by at 2:19 PM on September 3, 2020  Comments Off on Tennessee close to more basketball recruiting wins?
Sep 032020
 

Mutombo

After snagging arguably the best point guard in the 2021 class and one year removed from a nationally ranked recruiting haul, Tennessee appears on the verge of more good fortune.

Predictions in favor of the Volunteers for two high-profile basketball prospects in the class of 2021 have been coming in over the past week.

Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi and Corey Evans have both put in recent pro-Tennessee picks for Ryan Mutombo, the No. 87 overall player in the 2021 class and one of the most intriguing big men in that group. Evans switched from his previous pick of Georgetown, which is the alma mater of Mutombo’s father, NBA great Dikembe Mutombo.

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2021 basketball recruit Daimion Collins lands UK offer

 Posted by at 9:58 PM on August 26, 2020  Comments Off on 2021 basketball recruit Daimion Collins lands UK offer
Aug 262020
 

Collins

Top 25 national frontcourt prospect Daimion Collins is the latest recipient of a Kentucky scholarship offer.

Collins — a 6-foot-9 forward from Atlanta, Texas — received the offer from the Wildcats on Wednesday night. The highly athletic prospect from the class of 2021 recently emerged on UK’s recruiting radar, and Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus will be the program’s primary recruiter. Collins has also been recruited heavily by Texas assistant coach Jai Lucas, who is expected to be announced as the newest addition to Kentucky’s basketball staff in the very near future.

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Kentucky frontcourt options for 2021 get a shakeup

 Posted by at 6:48 PM on August 25, 2020  Comments Off on Kentucky frontcourt options for 2021 get a shakeup
Aug 252020
 

Huntley-Hatfield

Five-star forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield is expected to announce the final six schools in his recruitment later this week, but Kentucky will not be on that list.

UK has backed away from the recruitment of Huntley-Hatfield, a top-10 player in the 2022 class who has widely been expected to reclassify to 2021. Kentucky had been seen as an early favorite for Huntley-Hatfield, who visited Lexington for the UK-Louisville game last December and was the first 2022 recruit to land a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

Instead, Kentucky will be going in a different direction. The Herald-Leader was told Tuesday night that UK is already involved with five-star power forward Daimion Collins — the No. 20 player in the 2021 class, according to Rivals.com — and that there are additional frontcourt options in the class of 2021 that could emerge in the near future. Oklahoma and Texas have been seen as the leaders for Collins, a highly athletic, 6-9 prospect from Atlanta, Texas.

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Crystal Ball favoring UK basketball for Bryce Hopkins

 Posted by at 10:54 AM on August 25, 2020  Comments Off on Crystal Ball favoring UK basketball for Bryce Hopkins
Aug 252020
 

Hopkins

Kentucky’s recruitment of four-star small forward Bryce Hopkins is proceeding quickly, and national recruiting experts are starting to line up their predictions in favor of the Wildcats.

247Sports analysts Jerry Meyer, Travis Branham and Brian Snow have all logged Crystal Ball picks in Kentucky’s favor on Hopkins’ page over the past few days. The Herald-Leader was told last week that a UK commitment from Hopkins could be coming as soon as the next couple of weeks.

Kentucky Coach John Calipari extended a scholarship offer to Hopkins during a video call with the 6-foot-6 prospect and his family Friday night. The Chicago-area standout had been committed to Louisville for nine months before backing out of that pledge earlier this month.

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National analyst picks Kentucky for 2021 point guard

 Posted by at 10:53 AM on August 22, 2020  Comments Off on National analyst picks Kentucky for 2021 point guard
Aug 222020
 

Hickman

Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans put in a prediction in favor of Kentucky for four-star point guard Nolan Hickman on Friday night.

Hickman — a 6-foot-1 prospect from the Seattle area — is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 76 overall prospect in the 2021 class, though 247Sports pegs him as the No. 30 overall recruit and third-best point guard in the class. Evans previously had a prediction in favor of Kansas, and there are currently zero predictions on Hickman’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

Kansas, Arizona, UCLA, Washington and Oklahoma are among the many programs that have already extended scholarship offers to Hickman, who will play his senior season at Wasatch Academy in Utah.

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Ex-Louisville commitment Hopkins lands UK offer

 Posted by at 8:54 PM on August 21, 2020  Comments Off on Ex-Louisville commitment Hopkins lands UK offer
Aug 212020
 

Hopkins

Four-star small forward Bryce Hopkins has picked up a scholarship offer from Kentucky, becoming the second recruit from the 2021 class to land the honor from UK on Friday night.

Shortly after five-star point guard Hunter Sallis announced his scholarship offer from the Wildcats’ staff, Hopkins received the same treatment during a video conference with UK’s coaches. The 6-foot-6 prospect from the Chicago area has emerged in recent days as a major Kentucky target. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 34 overall player in the class of 2021.

Hopkins had been committed to Louisville since last November before backing out of his commitment to the Cardinals earlier this month. Indiana, Michigan and Oregon are among the many major programs that have expressed heavy interest in his recruitment, but the Herald-Leader was told this week that Kentucky is the clear team to beat for his commitment, which could come in the very near future.

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