Four Wildcats included in latest NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 11:52 AM on January 24, 2017  Comments Off on Four Wildcats included in latest NBA mock draft
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Isaiah Briscoe, left, and Malik Monk.
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A new NBA mock draft from DraftExpress.com was posted Tuesday morning, and there wasn’t much change for the Kentucky Wildcats included on the list.

De’Aaron Fox (No. 6 pick) and Malik Monk (No. 7) stayed in the same positions as the most recent update from earlier this month. Bam Adebayo moved up one spot to No. 16 overall, and Isaiah Briscoe fell two spots to No. 50 overall.

UK freshman Wenyen Gabriel is still not listed in this year’s mock draft.

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ESPN: Richards is UK’s top-ranked signee for 2017

 Posted by at 11:06 AM on January 24, 2017  Comments Off on ESPN: Richards is UK’s top-ranked signee for 2017
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Richards

ESPN updated its Top 100 player rankings for the basketball class of 2017 on Tuesday morning, and Nick Richards is now the top-ranked prospect in UK’s class.

Richards — a 6-foot-11 center from Queens, N.Y. — moved up one spot and is now ranked No. 11 overall. PJ Washington moved up two spots to the No. 14 position. Quade Green (No. 22) and Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 23) stayed in the same spots.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the biggest mover among UK’s commitments, rising 12 spots to the No. 32 position.

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Former UK football commitment opens recruitment

 Posted by at 10:24 PM on January 23, 2017  Comments Off on Former UK football commitment opens recruitment
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Warren

Four-star running back Michael Warren — a former Kentucky commitment — announced Monday night that he has decommitted from hometown Toledo and opened up his recruitment. He added that he will announce a final decision on national signing day, Feb. 1.

Warren — ranked by 247Sports as the No. 13 running back in the class of 2017 — originally committed to UK in July of 2015, along with high school teammate and fellow highly touted recruit James Hudson. Both players decommitted from UK in May.

Hudson committed to Michigan in June and is expected to sign with the Wolverines next week. Warren ended up with Toledo, but he continued to accumulate scholarship offers and seemingly will sign with another school on Feb. 1.

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Marrow to visit Joshua Paschal later this week

 Posted by at 10:11 PM on January 23, 2017  Comments Off on Marrow to visit Joshua Paschal later this week
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Vince Marrow

Four-star UK football commitment Joshua Paschal took an official visit to Penn State over the weekend, as planned, and it appears the Wildcats will have to monitor his recruitment over the next few days.

UK assistant coach Vince Marrow — Paschal’s primary recruiter — will travel to Maryland later this week for another visit with the 6-foot-4, 255-pound prospect, ranked by 247Sports as the No. 9 strongside defensive end in the class of 2017.

Amid some buzz that the Nittany Lions might be gaining ground in Paschal’s recruitment, Marrow tweeted this Monday afternoon: “BBN never count out coach Stoops or the big dog i love to battle. Go Big Blue.”

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Stoops, Schlarman check in on a UK commitment

 Posted by at 4:45 PM on January 23, 2017  Comments Off on Stoops, Schlarman check in on a UK commitment
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Mark Stoops and UK offensive line coach John Schlarman were at Belfry High School on Monday to see Austin Dotson, one of the Wildcats’ two in-state commitments for the class of 2017.

Dotson — a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle — committed to Kentucky last March and helped lead Belfry to its fourth consecutive state title this past season. He and Lafayette quarterback Walker Wood are UK’s only 2017 commitments from inside the state.

Dotson will officially sign with UK next week.

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Bamba’s trip includes visit with Triple Crown winner

 Posted by at 11:57 AM on January 23, 2017  Comments Off on Bamba’s trip includes visit with Triple Crown winner
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Bamba

Five-star basketball recruit Mohamed Bamba is back home after his official visit to UK over the weekend, and the trip was a busy one.

Bamba — a 7-footer from Harlem, N.Y. — arrived in Lexington late Thursday night and started the official visit Friday, when one of the highlights included attending a UK practice the day before the Wildcats took on South Carolina in Rupp Arena.

Before Saturday’s game, Bamba and UK assistant coach Tony Barbee were at Ashford Stud for a visit with American Pharoah, winner of the 2015 Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic. Bamba attended UK’s victory over South Carolina in Rupp later that day.

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UK basketball target visits Duke over the weekend

 Posted by at 11:32 AM on January 23, 2017  Comments Off on UK basketball target visits Duke over the weekend
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Reddish

Five-star small forward Cameron Reddish — one of UK’s top targets in the class of 2018 — was at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday to watch Duke’s victory over Miami.

Reddish — a 6-foot-7 prospect from Pennsylvania — visited UK for Big Blue Madness in October and told Rivals.com recently that he could return to Lexington for an official visit in the next few months. Reddish is looking at the possibility of taking early official visits and making a college decision before the start of his senior year.

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Calipari: Diallo ‘not in the mix’ to play this season

 Posted by at 9:39 PM on January 21, 2017  Comments Off on Calipari: Diallo ‘not in the mix’ to play this season
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Diallo

Despite the ankle injury that sidelined starting point guard De’Aaron Fox for most of Saturday night’s victory over South Carolina, UK Coach John Calipari reiterated that Wildcats newcomer Hamidou Diallo is not likely to play this season.

There was no word on how long Fox might be out following Saturday’s game. Diallo, who enrolled at UK last week and is eligible to play, is the No. 1 shooting guard in the 2017 recruiting class, but both he and Calipari have said the plan is for Diallo to practice only in his first semester on UK’s campus.

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Bamba takes in UK-South Carolina game at Rupp

 Posted by at 9:05 PM on January 21, 2017  Comments Off on Bamba takes in UK-South Carolina game at Rupp
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Bamba

Five-star recruit Mohamed Bamba sat in the first row of seats behind the UK bench for Saturday night’s game against South Carolina in Rupp Arena, part of the 7-footer’s official visit to Lexington this weekend.

Bamba — the No. 2 overall recruit in the class of 2017, according to Scout.com — flew into town late Thursday night and started his official visit to UK on Friday. He’s been one of the Wildcats’ top priorities in the 2017 recruiting class for more than a year.

Duke will host Bamba for an official visit next month. He’s already taken official visits to Michigan and Texas. Scout.com’s Evan Daniels spoke to the Herald-Leader about Bamba’s recruitment earlier this week.

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Russ Yeast tweets about in-home visit with Stoops

 Posted by at 10:07 PM on January 19, 2017  Comments Off on Russ Yeast tweets about in-home visit with Stoops
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Russ Yeast

Kentucky’s pursuit of four-star football recruit Russ Yeast apparently isn’t finished.

Yeast — a 5-foot-11 athlete from Greenwood, Ind. — tweeted Thursday night that he had a good in-home visit with UK Coach Mark Stoops the day before. Yeast is considered a four-star prospect in the final Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN rankings. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 17 athlete nationally in the 2017 recruiting class.

He first committed to Kentucky in July of 2015, then backed off of that pledge last June and made a commitment to Louisville in October. Yeast is still committed to the Cardinals, though he recently picked up scholarship offers from Notre Dame and Oklahoma, and he plans to take an official visit to South Bend this weekend.

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