Jul 042015
 
Kash Daniel

Kash Daniel

The University of Kentucky landed its top remaining football target for the recruiting class of 2016 on Saturday, when Paintsville linebacker Kash Daniel announced his commitment to the Wildcats.

In a matter of weeks, Daniel – a 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect – went from a player who was barely known outside of Eastern Kentucky to a recruit who drew interest from some of college football’s top programs.

Daniel chose Kentucky over fellow finalists South Carolina and Louisville. He was also being evaluated by Ohio State and Florida for possible scholarship offers before he chose to end his recruitment.

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Jul 042015
 
Photo: Andrea Noall/Herald-Leader

Photo: Andrea Noall/Herald-Leader

Paintsville linebacker Kash Daniel will announce his college decision Saturday at 1 p.m., and UK, Louisville and South Carolina are the finalists in his recruitment.

A commitment from Daniel would be a major recruiting victory for UK, which has made a priority out of keeping the state’s best high school players close to home. 247Sports ranks Daniel as the nation’s No. 96 prospect and the No. 2 recruit in the state — behind UK commitment Drake Jackson.

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Jul 032015
 
Tai Wynyard

Tai Wynyard

UK basketball commitment Tai Wynyard is the No. 43 overall prospect in the class of 2016, according to new rankings released by Rivals.com on Friday.

Wynyard — a 6-foot-10 power forward from New Zealand — is Kentucky’s only commitment so far for the class of 2016. There’s a good chance that he will be able to enroll at UK in December and play the last half of the upcoming 2015-16 season with the Wildcats.

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Jul 032015
 
Kash Daniel

Kash Daniel

Paintsville linebacker Kash Daniel has gone from a little-known football player from Eastern Kentucky to a national recruit in a matter of months. He shared his story with the Herald-Leader earlier this week.

Daniel will announce his college decision Saturday, and his three finalists are Kentucky, Louisville and South Carolina. He answered several questions about UK during his interview with the Herald-Leader. Here are some highlights from the portion of the conversation:

What do you think about the direction of UK’s program?

“I can only see it going forward. There’s not one step going back. With Coach Stoops bringing in the great coaching staff that he’s brought in. And the players — he’s bringing in top players. You gotta have good players to be a good football team. And the schemes that he and Coach Eliot and everybody on that staff has put in, it’s going to be a top-tier football program here in the next couple of years, for sure.

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Jul 032015
 
Isaiah Briscoe

Isaiah Briscoe

The updated DraftExpress.com NBA mock draft for 2016 now includes five players who will be Kentucky Wildcats next season.

Incoming freshman Skal Labissiere remains the No. 1 overall pick in the DraftExpress mock draft, which was updated Thursday. Newest commitment Jamal Murray moved up five spots to No. 16 overall, just a couple of places outside of the lottery.

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Jul 012015
 
Lafayette quarterback Walker Wood Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Lafayette quarterback Walker Wood
Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Scout.com has been releasing new football rankings for the class of 2017 this week, and two quarterbacks from Kentucky high schools were mentioned in Wednesday’s update.

Lafayette’s Walker Wood and Ryle’s Tanner Morgan have both earned three-star status from Scout.com. Both quarterbacks have early scholarship offers from Louisville and Cincinnati.

Lafayette offensive lineman Jedrick Wills — ranked by Scout.com as the No. 87 overall prospect in the class of 2017 on Tuesday — was named the No. 7 rising junior in the Midwest on Wednesday. Wills is a major UK recruiting target.

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Jun 302015
 
Jedrick Wills

Jedrick Wills

Lafayette offensive lineman Jedrick Wills is the No. 87 overall football recruit in the class of 2017, according to new rankings released by Scout.com on Tuesday.

Wills — a 6-foot-5, 300-pounder — is considered the No. 12 offensive tackle in the class and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Kentucky.

He has scholarship offers from UK, Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Louisville, Florida and several others.

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Jun 302015
 
Ayton

Ayton

DeAndre Ayton remains the clear-cut No. 1 prospect in the class of 2017.

Rivals.com kept the California 7-footer in the top spot Tuesday, when the rankings for the nation’s rising juniors were updated. Ayton said earlier this month that he has received scholarship offers from Kentucky and Duke, among others. He is ranked No. 1 by all of the major recruiting services.

Other class of 2017 prospects with UK offers who were included in the new Rivals.com rankings are No. 3 Wendell Carter, No. 4 Mohamed Bamba, No. 9 Nick Richards, No. 12 Zach Brown, No. 17 John Petty and No. 53 Xavier Tillman.

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Jun 302015
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

Less than an hour after Yahoo Sports reported mutual interest between John Calipari and the Sacramento Kings for a coaching and front-office job, the UK head coach responded.

“For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world,” Calipari said. “I am not looking for any other coaching position. Since he bought the team, (Kings owner) Vivek Ranadive and I have talked on and off about DeMarcus Cousins. Vivek has asked me what I thought about DeMarcus and I told him he would be an all-star, and I was right. In the last two weeks, we’ve also talked a bunch about the draft and on draft day, obviously because of Willie Cauley-Stein. At no time has Vivek offered me a job. I will be at Kentucky.”

Calipari landed a commitment from five-star guard Jamal Murray last week, and 247Sports now ranks UK’s recruiting class of 2015 as the best in the country. The Wildcats are once again expected to contend for an NCAA title this season.

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Jun 292015
 
Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray

During the Southeastern Conference summer teleconference Monday morning, UK Coach John Calipari was asked about the late signing of five-star guard Jamal Murray and the versatility he will bring to Lexington next season.

In his response, Calipari mentioned the possibility of a three-guard lineup but said it might be tough to keep others off the court.

“I’ve played all kind of different teams, whether it’s smaller teams, bigger teams, longer teams,” he said. “(Murray) is a playmaking guard who can play 1 or 2 and can really score the ball. Great in pick and rolls. Can play with Tyler (Ulis) or you could play three guards at times if you chose to do that.

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