Five-star point guard Nico Mannion cuts his list

 Posted by at 2:07 PM on August 11, 2018  Comments Off on Five-star point guard Nico Mannion cuts his list
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Five-star point guard Nico Mannion, who recently reclassified from 2020 to 2019, trimmed his list to four schools Saturday, and Kentucky is no longer in the mix.

Mannion — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Phoenix, Ariz. — is now considering Arizona, Duke, Marquette and Villanova. He did not have a scholarship offer from UK, but he did have multiple phone conversations with John Calipari in the days after his decision to reclassify.

247Sports immediately moved Mannion to the No. 11 spot in the 2019 rankings after he announced his reclassification. Arizona is the leader on his Crystal Ball page.

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Measurements of UK recruits at major Nike camp

 Posted by at 3:48 PM on August 9, 2018  Comments Off on Measurements of UK recruits at major Nike camp
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Kahlil Whitney

Several of UK’s top basketball recruiting targets are in Los Angeles this week for the Nike Skills Academy, an event loaded with talent from the 2019 and 2020 classes.

National recruiting analyst Andrew Slater tweeted a copy of the measurements from the Academy on Thursday, and it includes some impressive numbers.

UK’s newest commitment — Chicago wing Kahlil Whitney — has often been listed at 6-6, but he measured at 6-7.5 with a 6-10.5 wingspan, big numbers for a perimeter player. UK point guard commitment Tyrese Maxey is also at the Nike Skills Academy and measured at 6.2-5 with a 6.5.5 wingspan.

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Report: Wiseman will stay at Memphis high school

 Posted by at 2:48 PM on August 7, 2018  Comments Off on Report: Wiseman will stay at Memphis high school
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Top UK basketball recruiting target James Wiseman is staying put at Memphis East High School, according to ESPN 92.9’s John Martin.

Wiseman — a 7-footer in the class of 2019 — left his hometown of Nashville last year to play at Memphis East for head coach Penny Hardaway, who had been his Nike league coach the previous summer.

There had been speculation that Wiseman would attend prep school for his senior season now that Hardaway has taken the Memphis coaching job. Wiseman and his mother said throughout the spring and summer that he would return to Memphis East, however. Martin said Wiseman’s mother confirmed to him Tuesday that the top prospect is enrolled at Memphis East.

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UNC now trending for possible UK basketball target

 Posted by at 12:05 PM on August 7, 2018  Comments Off on UNC now trending for possible UK basketball target
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North Carolina has emerged in recent days as the favorite in the recruitment of Josh Green, a five-star prospect in the class of 2019 that has been tied to Kentucky this summer.

Green — a 6-foot-5 guard from Australia — is entering his senior season at IMG Academy in Florida and was one of the top stars on the Under Armour circuit this summer. He’s ranked as high as No. 8 nationally (by ESPN), and is the No. 11 overall player in the 247Sports composite rankings for the class of 2019.

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Defensive lineman commits to Kentucky for 2019

 Posted by at 4:25 PM on August 3, 2018  Comments Off on Defensive lineman commits to Kentucky for 2019
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Three-star defensive lineman Cavon Butler announced his commitment to Kentucky for the class of 2019 on Friday afternoon.

Butler — a 6-foot-3, 285-pound prospect from Toledo — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 53 defensive tackle nationally in his class. He attended an Alabama camp in late June and said afterward that he had received a scholarship offer from Coach Nick Saban.

Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Cincinnati were among his other offers.

Butler was credited with 9.5 tackles and three forced fumbles as a junior last season. He joins Taures Payne as the second defensive lineman in UK’s 2019 class, which now features 15 commitments.

Moses Douglass is the only other UK commitment from the state of Ohio in this class so far.

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Kira Lewis leaves Kentucky off new recruiting list

 Posted by at 3:07 PM on July 31, 2018  Comments Off on Kira Lewis leaves Kentucky off new recruiting list
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Highly touted guard Kira Lewis released his updated recruiting list Tuesday, and Kentucky is not one of the 12 schools still in contention.

Lewis — a 6-2 prospect from Hazel Green, Ala. — visited Lexington in June and was watched several times by the Wildcats’ coaching staff this spring and summer, but UK never extended a scholarship offer and appears to be focused on other guards in the 2019 class.

His new list of 12 schools includes Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Georgia, Houston, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisiana State, Mississippi, Providence and Texas Christian. Lewis has also mentioned the possibility of reclassifying to 2018, though a decision on that is not yet final.

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UK target Cockburn moving to Oak Hill Academy

 Posted by at 12:30 PM on July 30, 2018  Comments Off on UK target Cockburn moving to Oak Hill Academy
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Highly touted frontcourt recruit Kofi Cockburn will play his senior season at Oak Hill Academy, as expected. National recruiting analyst Andrew Slater reported Monday that Cockburn is also down to 12 schools, and Kentucky is one of them.

His other 11 are Cincinnati, Florida State, Illinois, Kansas, LSU, Oregon, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, St. John’s, Syracuse and UConn. The 6-foot-11 center — originally from Jamaica — had been playing for Christ the King (N.Y.).

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Basketball recruit Bacot down to five schools

 Posted by at 6:40 PM on July 28, 2018  Comments Off on Basketball recruit Bacot down to five schools
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Five-star post player Armando Bacot announced his final five schools Saturday afternoon, but Kentucky did not make the list.

Bacot — a 6-foot-10 prospect from Richmond, Va. — is down to Duke, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma State and hometown school Virginia Commonwealth. UNC holds 100 percent of the predictions on his Crystal Ball page.

UK’s recruiting contact with Bacot had been sporadic over the past year, though he did tell Rivals.com earlier in the week that he had been in touch with Wildcats assistant coach Joel Justus recently. UK, however, never extended a scholarship offer.

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Another Memphis Crystal Ball pick for James Wiseman

 Posted by at 11:35 PM on July 27, 2018  Comments Off on Another Memphis Crystal Ball pick for James Wiseman
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The Memphis momentum continues on the 247Sports Crystal Ball page of James Wiseman, the No. 1 recruiting target on Kentucky’s board for the class of 2019.

247Sports reporter Billy Embody is the latest to log a pick in favor of the Tigers, making it 12 straight Memphis predictions on Wiseman’s page, including picks from national recruiting experts Jerry Meyer and Andrew Slater.

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Calipari watches Dontaie Allen again Friday night

 Posted by at 11:25 PM on July 27, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari watches Dontaie Allen again Friday night
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Dontaie Allen | Photo by Matt Goins

UK Coach John Calipari was on the recruiting trail Friday night to see Pendleton County star Dontaie Allen play in the Louisville Jam Fest, his final recruiting event of the July evaluation period.

Allen — a 6-foot-6 wing — is set to visit UK on Wednesday, and he could receive a scholarship offer from the Wildcats during that trip. He’ll be one of the frontrunners for Mr. Basketball honors as a senior this season. Rivals.com and 247Sports have both elevated him to Top 100 status in the 2019 class this month, and he’s picked up recent offers from Louisville, Florida, Xavier and several other top programs.

Calipari watched Allen play for the first time a couple of weeks ago at the Under Armour Challenge. The UK coach called Allen a few days later to set up next week’s campus visit.

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