Mar 292015
 
Ivan Rabb

Ivan Rabb

Many expected five-star power forward Ivan Rabb to announce his college commitment Saturday night. He did not.

Rabb made a free throw with less than a second left to lead Bishop O’Dowd to a 65-64 victory over Mater Dei in the California state championship game. He finished with 19 points and 20 rebounds.

It was expected that Rabb would announce his commitment — most likely to California — after the game. Instead, he remains an uncommitted prospect.

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Mar 292015
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

CLEVELAND — Here’s everything John Calipari had to say after UK’s 68-66 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night to advance to the Final Four:

Opening statement: “I’m really proud of the guys. All we did, we were just scratching to stay in the game. I don’t know if our breakdowns, until I watch the tape, were us or Notre Dame being that good offensively. And I’ll tell you the thing on the side pick and roll and the empty side pick and roll, that’s on me as a coach. We never figured it out, we tried doing some different things and they just kept scoring on that, and Mike did what he should have, just kept going back at it. It was nice to see Aaron do what Aaron does, just a huge 3. It was great to see Andrew play an okay game, but make the plays down the stretch. It was great to see in the second half, us able to throw at Karl Towns, and they either were scoring or you got to leave somebody. And then Tyler makes that 3 in the corner. But we were just fighting to stay in the game, to be honest with you, and it was nice to see how it finished for these kids.”

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Mar 282015
 
Thon Maker

Thon Maker

Elite basketball recruit Thon Maker floated the idea Saturday of John Lucas taking one of the open college coaching jobs.

Maker mentioned Texas specifically in his tweet that included Lucas’ Twitter handle. The Longhorns are parting ways with longtime coach Rick Barnes.

Lucas has close relationships with many of the country’s top recruits due to his work on the national camp circuit, as well as running his own camps. A few national writers also mentioned Lucas’ name in connection with the Texas job.

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Mar 282015
 
Kordell Looney

Kordell Looney

Three-star defensive tackle Kordell Looney committed to the University of Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.

Looney — a 6-foot-4, 280-pound prospect from Springfield, Ohio — is UK’s 15th commitment for the class of 2016. Ten of those players are from the Buckeye State, where Vince Marrow is the Wildcats’ primary recruiter.

Rivals.com ranks Looney as the No. 35 prospect from Ohio. UK now has seven of the state’s Top 40 players for 2016, according to that recruiting service.

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Mar 272015
 

Notre Dame Coach Mike Brey was asked Friday if he had considered “what it’s going to be like to have everybody outside the Commonwealth of Kentucky cheering” for the Irish in Saturday night’s game against No. 1 and undefeated UK.

His response:

“We are America’s team tomorrow,” Brey said. “There’s no question about it. Got some great texts. And we love it, we certainly will take all that support. We’ve got a monumental challenge on our hands, but we play in the best conference in America. Going through the teams we had to go through in ACC play, I think has us very prepared to play against a great team like Kentucky.”

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Mar 272015
 
Aaron Harrison

Aaron Harrison

CLEVELAND — UK shooting guard Aaron Harrison was not concerned with the injured finger on his left hand Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours after what looked to be a grisly dislocation during the Cats’ victory over West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament.

“It’s a lot less sore,” Harrison said. “It’s feeling better. Our trainers are doing a great job in just helping me recover, really. And I’ll definitely be OK for tomorrow night.”

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Mar 272015
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

Here’s everything UK Coach John Calipari had to say Friday, one day before the Cats take on Notre Dame in the Elite Eight:

On Andrew being funny in private, but more reserved in public. Why?: “I don’t think he’s different. I think he is, you know, guarded somewhat. But he is funny, and the players know it, like I just love that his spirit right now on the court, how much he’s grown, you don’t see any body language. All you see is a positive, aggressive, attacking player who talks on defense, is helping his teammates and he is a great teammate. The young kids love him. All the freshmen absolutely love him.”

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Mar 272015
 
Ivan Rabb

Ivan Rabb

Bishop O’Dowd head coach Lou Richie told the Herald-Leader on Friday that he’s unaware of any changes to five-star power forward Ivan Rabb’s school list.

A story posted Thursday on SFGate.com seemed to indicate that Rabb had narrowed his choices to Arizona and California — the perceived favorites in his recruitment. Kentucky, Kansas and UCLA were the other schools on his list.

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Mar 262015
 
Malik Newman

Malik Newman

New Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland is wasting no time on the recruiting trail.

Howland met Thursday night with five-star guard Malik Newman, a major UK recruiting target and one of the top high school players in the country.

Newman is from Jackson, Miss., and his father, Horatio Webster, played for Mississippi State in the late 1990s. The 6-foot-3 guard has not yet taken any of his five official visits, though he has been to Starkville multiple times on unofficial visits.

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Mar 262015
 
Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson

Five-star basketball recruit Josh Jackson trimmed his college list to nine schools late Wednesday night, and UK made the cut.

Kentucky joins Arizona, Duke, Louisville, Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina, N.C. State and UCLA on Jackson’s list. He does not yet have a confirmed scholarship offer from the Wildcats, but Jackson is being actively recruited by Kentucky.

Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-7 guard/forward as the No. 2 prospect in the class of 2016 and the No. 3 overall prospect in all of high school basketball, regardless of class. He is wrapping up his first season at Prolific Prep in California after starting his high school career in Michigan.

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