Oct 192014
 
Quentin Snider

Quentin Snider

The Louisville basketball team had its first Red-White Scrimmage on Sunday, the first opportunity for Cardinals fans to check out the squad’s six scholarship freshmen.

Here’s a statistical rundown for those players:

Anas Mahmoud: 12 points, 7 rebounds and game-high 3 blocks in 31 minutes (6/8 FGs)

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Kentucky recruits meet Drake at Big Blue Madness

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Oct 182014
 

Drake showed up and stole the show at Big Blue Madness on Friday night, introducing UK Coach John Calipari to the Rupp Arena crowd and even taking part in the layup line before the Cats scrimmaged.

Some of UK’s current players tweeted photos with the popular recording artist. A few of Calipari’s visiting recruits also got in on the action (and at least a couple were left wishing they had made the trip):

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Oct 172014
 
C.J. Conrad

C.J. Conrad

Four-star tight end C.J. Conrad has signed his financial aid papers with the University of Kentucky and will enroll next semester, which means he’ll be eligible to go through spring practice with the Cats.

Conrad is one of UK’s most highly touted commitments for the class of 2015. Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports all rank him as a four-star player and one of the top seniors from Ohio. Rivals considers him the No. 9 tight end nationally in the class of 2015.

Earlier this year, Conrad told the Herald-Leader that he had spoken to UK freshman quarterback Drew Barker about the possibility of enrolling early.

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Oct 172014
 
Billy Kennedy

Billy Kennedy

The No. 1 basketball recruiting class in the Southeastern Conference so far belongs to … Texas A&M?

Aggies Coach Billy Kennedy landed his third highly touted recruit for the class of 2015 on Thursday, lifting A&M to No. 5 nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings.

Kennedy now has commitments from center Tyler Davis, power forward D.J. Hogg and shooting guard Admon Gilder, who committed Thursday. Scout.com considers Davis a five-star prospect, and Hogg and Glider are both four-star recruits.

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Oct 172014
 
Cheick Diallo

Cheick Diallo

UK Coach John Calipari is heading into his biggest on-campus recruiting weekend of the year, with six highly touted seniors expected to be in town for Big Blue Madness on Friday night.

Many of UK’s other top recruits will be spending the next couple of days on other college campuses.

Cheick Diallo and Isaiah Briscoe will both stay close to home for official visits to St. John’s, which is also holding its midnight madness Friday night. St. John’s Coach Steve Lavin and all three assistants visited Briscoe at his school in New Jersey on Thursday. Briscoe took his official visit to UK three weeks ago. Diallo took his official visit to UK in June.

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Oct 162014
 

UK Coach John Calipari is hosting several top recruits this weekend, but none had to travel farther than Las Vegas native Stephen Zimmerman.

According to a late Thursday tweet from Zimmerman’s mother, Calipari and the entire coaching staff met the five-star center and his family at Blue Grass Airport.

The Madness begins Friday …

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UK women will host several recruits for Madness

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Oct 162014
 
Photo: Amy Wallot/For the Herald-Leader

Photo: Amy Wallot/For the Herald-Leader

UK women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell has another impressive list of guests lined up for Friday night’s Big Blue Madness. Here’s a rundown (with a few quotes courtesy of All-Star Girls Report analyst Bret McCormick):

OFFICIAL VISITS
Maci Morris — The Bell County standout committed to Kentucky last September and is regarded as the No. 1 senior in the state of Kentucky. Morris — a versatile 6-foot guard — is ranked by All-Star Girls Report as the nation’s No. 44 overall prospect in the class of 2015. She’s also in the Top 100 nationally according to ProspectsNation.com (32nd) and ESPN (62nd).
“She does a little bit of everything,” McCormick said when Morris committed. “And she just kind of has that basketball gene. … She has a high basketball IQ.”

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Calipari talks shoe companies at UK Media Day

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Oct 162014
 
Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Louisville Coach Rick Pitino talked for 10 minutes about the impact of shoe company affiliations on college basketball recruiting during a press conference last week.

On Thursday, UK Coach John Calipari got a question on the topic:

“When I first got started, my team was in Reebook. Then, we went to LA Gear. All I asked was, ‘Please don’t have us in the light-up shoes.’ They were very heavy. But we wore them. Then, my team went to Adidas. When we went to Adidas, I was somewhere and a guy looked at my shirt and it said ‘Adidas.’ (He said), ‘You’re with Adidas?! I didn’t know that.’ And I said, ‘They don’t either — know that we’re with them.’ And I’m with Nike. All I can tell you is it’s not had an effect on how I’ve done the job. So … I would even like to tell you I was with the PF Flyers, but you know I’m not that old. I may have even been with Converse. I’m not sure it has (an effect). I don’t think it does. But people have their opinions it.”

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Oct 162014
 
Photo: Jonathan Palmer

Photo: Jonathan Palmer

Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell chatted with the Herald-Leader earlier this week about all things UK football.

We’ve posted stories from that conversation related to UK’s chances with Damien Harris (read here), the current state of UK recruiting (read here) and the recent loss of Alex Stump and addition of the Dowell twins (read here).

Farrell had interesting things to say on a few other UK-related topics, so here’s a full copy of that conversation:

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Zimmerman hosts UCLA coaches on eve of UK visit

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Oct 152014
 
Zimmerman

Zimmerman

Five-star center Stephen Zimmerman met with UCLA Coach Steve Alford on Wednesday, the day before he heads to Lexington for his first recruiting trip to UK.

Zimmerman — a 7-footer from Las Vegas — is scheduled to arrive in Lexington late Thursday night and start his official visit Friday morning. He is one of several class of 2015 recruits who will be in town for UK’s Big Blue Madness.

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