Wynyard set to defend his FIBA 3×3 title this week

 Posted by at 11:12 AM on May 31, 2016  Comments Off on Wynyard set to defend his FIBA 3×3 title this week
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Tai Wynyard

Tai Wynyard

UK freshman Tai Wynyard will be back on the basketball court this week to defend his FIBA 3-on-3 title as a member of the New Zealand national team.

Wynyard — a 6-foot-10 power forward — led New Zealand to the 3-on-3 championship last summer, earning tournament MVP honors in the process.

This year’s tournament will begin Wednesday in Astana, Kazakhstan. Wynyard’s team begins group play Thursday against the Philippines at 8:10 a.m. ET, and a live stream of the game will be available on the event’s YouTube page.

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Belfry’s Cole Bentley lands new offer from Louisville

 Posted by at 11:00 AM on May 31, 2016  Comments Off on Belfry’s Cole Bentley lands new offer from Louisville
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Belfry offensive lineman Cole Bentley received a scholarship offer from the University of Louisville on Tuesday morning.

Bentley — a 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive guard — adds Louisville to an offer list that already included Virginia, Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky, Air Force, Army, Navy and several other schools.

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Ex-UK recruiting target Malik Newman to transfer

 Posted by at 2:03 PM on May 30, 2016  Comments Off on Ex-UK recruiting target Malik Newman to transfer
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Malik Newman

Malik Newman

Former UK recruiting target Malik Newman has asked for his release from Mississippi State and intends to transfer, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.

Newman — a 6-foot-3 guard — was once considered to be UK’s top recruiting target in the class of 2015 before ultimately committing to Mississippi State, his father’s alma mater. He averaged 11.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his freshman season with the Bulldogs, who did not make the NCAA Tournament in their first year under Coach Ben Howland.

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UK is No. 3 in updated KenPom ratings for 2016-17

 Posted by at 10:45 PM on May 25, 2016  Comments Off on UK is No. 3 in updated KenPom ratings for 2016-17
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John Calipari

John Calipari

Noted college basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy posted his updated Top 10 rankings for the 2016-17 season Wednesday, following the stay-or-go NBA Draft announcements of several prominent players.

Kentucky, which retained Isaiah Briscoe but lost Marcus Lee after Wednesday’s announcements, is No. 3 in Pomeroy’s ratings.

Duke took the No. 1 spot, as expected. The Blue Devils will bring in the No. 1 recruiting class in the country to go along with a group of talented returning players, such as Grayson Allen, Amile Jefferson Luke Kennard, Chase Jeter and Matt Jones.

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Adebayo, Killeya-Jones have their UK jersey numbers

 Posted by at 1:50 PM on May 25, 2016  Comments Off on Adebayo, Killeya-Jones have their UK jersey numbers
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Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo

Five-star freshman Bam Adebayo will wear No. 3 for the Kentucky Wildcats next season, and fellow recruit Sacha Killeya-Jones will be No. 1, they announced Wednesday.

Adebayo — a 6-foot-9 power forward from North Carolina — wore No. 13 for his high school team, but that number was worn this past season by Isaiah Briscoe, who announced Wednesday that he will return to UK for a sophomore season.

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Briscoe, Lee decisions on draft coming Wednesday

 Posted by at 12:06 AM on May 25, 2016  Comments Off on Briscoe, Lee decisions on draft coming Wednesday
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Isaiah Briscoe

Isaiah Briscoe

UK is not expected to add any more recruits to its class of 2016, so that means the Cats are waiting only on the NBA Draft decisions of Isaiah Briscoe and Marcus Lee to get a clear picture of next season’s roster.

Those decisions will be revealed Wednesday, the final day that underclassmen can withdraw from the NBA Draft and retain their college eligibility.

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Michigan transfer Cole will not join UK football team

 Posted by at 3:51 PM on May 24, 2016  Comments Off on Michigan transfer Cole will not join UK football team
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Brian Cole

Brian Cole

Michigan football transfer Brian Cole will not be joining the Kentucky Wildcats this season, according to 247Sports.

Cole – a 6-foot-2, 200-pound player – decided in February to transfer to UK after playing wide receiver and defensive back for the Wolverines during the 2015 season. 247Sports national analyst Steve Wiltfong reported Tuesday that Cole will instead play for East Mississippi Community College this fall. He would not have been eligible to play for UK in 2016.

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No. 1 basketball recruit will play in Rupp Arena

 Posted by at 11:40 PM on May 23, 2016  Comments Off on No. 1 basketball recruit will play in Rupp Arena
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Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson

The No. 1-ranked basketball recruit in the class of 2016 will play in Rupp Arena next season, but he won’t be wearing a UK uniform.

According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, the Wildcats will host Kansas as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge, meaning top-rated recruit Josh Jackson will be coming to town with the Jayhawks.

Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports all rank Jackson as the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2016.

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2017 basketball recruit lists UK among top schools

 Posted by at 5:59 PM on May 23, 2016  Comments Off on 2017 basketball recruit lists UK among top schools
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Paul Scruggs

Paul Scruggs

Class of 2017 basketball prospect Paul Scruggs is listing UK among the top schools in his recruitment, and the Wildcats haven’t even extended a scholarship offer yet.

Scruggs — a 6-foot-3 guard from Indianapolis — has narrowed the focus of his recruitment to UK, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan State and Xavier, according to his AAU team. All of those schools have offered Scruggs except for UK and Ohio State.

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National analyst predicting Jedrick Wills to Irish

 Posted by at 11:27 AM on May 17, 2016  Comments Off on National analyst predicting Jedrick Wills to Irish
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Jedrick Wills

Jedrick Wills

The first non-Kentucky prediction was logged on the 247Sports Crystal Ball page of Lafayette offensive tackle Jedrick Wills on Monday.

247Sports national director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong is now predicting that Wills will end up at Notre Dame, which has emerged in recent weeks as the biggest perceived threat to Kentucky in Wills’ recruitment.

Wills — a 6-foot-4, 315-pound lineman — is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 3 offensive tackle and No. 16 overall prospect nationally in the 2017 class. He has scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State and several other major programs.

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