Three-star cornerback Michael Nesbitt picks UK

 Posted by at 7:24 PM on August 25, 2016  Comments Off on Three-star cornerback Michael Nesbitt picks UK
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Michael Nesbitt, a three-star cornerback out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., committed to the University of Kentucky on Wednesday.

247Sports first reported Nesbitt’s decision, which he quickly confirmed via his Twitter account Wednesday evening.

Arkansas, Auburn, Louisville, Central Florida and South Carolina were among the schools from which Nesbitt had confirmed offers. All of those schools were in his final 10 that he announced a month ago.

Nesbitt is rated as a three-star prospect and as the nation’s 72nd best cornerback by 247Sports. The service has him ranked just outside the top 100 players in Florida.

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Jedrick Wills up to No. 16 in latest Rivals rankings

 Posted by at 2:19 PM on August 22, 2016  Comments Off on Jedrick Wills up to No. 16 in latest Rivals rankings
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Lafayette offensive lineman Jedrick Wills moved up to the No. 16 spot in the latest Rivals.com recruiting rankings released Monday.

Wills, a 6-foot-5, 318-pound offensive tackle, was previously ranked 17th by the service and as the third-best offensive lineman. In the latest ratings Wills is ranked No. 4 among offensive linemen, behind fellow five-star prospects Foster Sarell, Isaiah Wilson and Josh Myers. Of those four, only Myers — an Ohio State committ — has picked a college.

Kentucky was long thought to be the leader in Wills’ recruitment but now 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions favor Alabama. Wills told reporters that his recruitment is still open following Lafayette’s win over Paul Laurence Dunbar on Friday night.

Coach Eric Shaw told Dan Rieffer on Saturday that Wills’ decision is likely to come this week. Shaw told the Herald-Leader he does not expect there to be a ceremony.

Javonte Richardson, a four-star receiver out of Maples Heights (Ohio) who’s committed to Kentucky, fell out of Rivals’ top 100 recruits. He was previously ranked 97th overall.

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Several UK targets to play Saturday on ESPNU

 Posted by at 11:26 AM on August 19, 2016  Comments Off on Several UK targets to play Saturday on ESPNU
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Three players in the 2017 class with offers from the University of Kentucky, along with several 2018 players on the Cats’ radar, will compete in the Under Armour Elite 24 game on Saturday. The exhibition begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast by ESPNU.

Kevin Knox

Knox

Diallo

Diallo

Five-star prospects Kevin Knox and Nick Richards, both of whom have UK offers and intend to make their college decisions after the high school season, will play together on Team Clutch. Gerald Liddell, a 2018 target, also will suit up for Team Clutch.

Hamidou Diallo, regarded as the class of 2017’s top shooting guard, will play for Team Drive.

A quartet of potential UK targets in the 2018 class are on Team Drive’s roster: Zion Williamson, Silvio de Sousa, Naz Reid and Javonte Smart. None of those players hold confirmed offers.

The Elite 24 slam dunk contest will air at 7:30 p.m. Friday night on ESPNU.

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Chad Ford: Three UK freshmen on NBA Big Board

 Posted by at 12:23 PM on August 4, 2016  Comments Off on Chad Ford: Three UK freshmen on NBA Big Board
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De'Aaron Fox

De’Aaron Fox

UK freshmen De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk are all included among the top 15 spots on ESPN analyst Chad Ford’s first “Big Board” for the 2017 NBA Draft.

Fox, who is expected to be UK’s starting point guard this season, is No. 9 on Ford’s list, which was posted Thursday. The ESPN analyst also says Fox is the UK player with the best chance of landing in the top five in the 2017 draft.

Adebayo is No. 12 on the Big Board, and Monk is listed at No. 15.

Kansas freshman Josh Jackson is No. 1 on Ford’s list, followed by Duke’s Harry Giles, Washington’s Markelle Fultz, N.C. State’s Dennis Smith Jr. and international guard Frank Ntilikina.

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UK commitment Ajian included in new ESPN rankings

 Posted by at 11:21 AM on August 4, 2016  Comments Off on UK commitment Ajian included in new ESPN rankings
Aug 042016
 

UK football commitment Tyrell Ajian is listed as the No. 243 overall prospect in the latest ESPN 300 player rankings, which were released Thursday morning.

Ajian — a 6-foot-1 defensive back from Mansfield, Ohio — is the Wildcats’ only commitment in the new rankings. Top remaining target Jedrick Wills dropped a few spots and is now considered the No. 105 overall player in the class of 2017. Wills — an offensive tackle at Lafayette High School — is widely expected to announce his college decision in the next couple of weeks, and Alabama has emerged as the favorite.

UK target M.J. Webb — a defensive end from Georgia — is ranked as the No. 220 player in the class. Former UK commitments Mac Jones and James Hudson did not make the updated rankings.

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Video: Malik Monk dunks on Wenyen Gabriel

 Posted by at 9:19 PM on August 3, 2016  Comments Off on Video: Malik Monk dunks on Wenyen Gabriel
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UK freshman Malik Monk was known as one of the best dunkers in high school basketball last season, and he’s already carried that over to his college career.

Monk posted a video of himself dunking over fellow five-star freshman Wenyen Gabriel during UK’s practice Wednesday. Here you go:

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P.J. Washington cuts his list to eight schools

 Posted by at 7:40 PM on August 3, 2016  Comments Off on P.J. Washington cuts his list to eight schools
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Washington

Washington

Five-star forward P.J. Washington announced Wednesday night that he has cut his list to eight schools, and Kentucky is one of them.

The Wildcats join Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Texas, UCLA and UNLV on the list for Washington, one of the top recruits in the class of 2017.

Washington, who was born in Louisville, grew up in Texas and is preparing to play his third and final season for Findlay Prep in Nevada. He’s considered one of the top rebounders in the country, and he’s emerged this summer as one of UK’s biggest targets in the 2017 class.

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Nike recruiting analyst logs several Crystal Ball picks

 Posted by at 11:10 AM on August 2, 2016  Comments Off on Nike recruiting analyst logs several Crystal Ball picks
Aug 022016
 
Trae Young

Trae Young

Nike EYBL recruiting analyst Alec Kinsky made several new Crystal Ball predictions for top basketball players in the class of 2017 on Monday night, and many of the picks were related to UK targets.

Kinsky, who covers all of Nike’s major summer basketball events for D1Circuit.com, an official partner of Nike, is now predicting that five-star point guard Trae Young will end up at Kentucky.

Other notable predictions that Kinsky logged Monday night include P.J. Washington to Texas, Hamidou Diallo to UConn, and Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox to Duke. All four of those players are major UK recruiting targets for 2017.

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National analyst predicting UK target to Indiana

 Posted by at 10:58 AM on August 2, 2016  Comments Off on National analyst predicting UK target to Indiana
Aug 022016
 
Waters

Waters

247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer is now predicting that four-star point guard Tremont Waters will end up at Indiana.

Waters — a 5-foot-11 prospect in the class of 2017 — received scholarship offers from UK and Duke earlier this year, but he appears to be a back-up plan for both schools. UK has long prioritized Trae Young as its point guard of the future, and Duke has Quade Green at No. 1 on its list. (UK is also recruiting Green seriously).

It’s worth noting that Meyer is currently predicting that Young will stay home to play for Oklahoma, while Green will eventually commit to Duke. Such a scenario would pose a dilemma for the Wildcats, who have not offered any other point guards in the class of 2017.

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Jedrick Wills tweets out official offer from Kentucky

 Posted by at 10:47 AM on August 2, 2016  Comments Off on Jedrick Wills tweets out official offer from Kentucky
Aug 022016
 

Lafayette offensive lineman Jedrick Wills posted his official scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky to Twitter on Monday, the first day that schools are permitted to send out written offers to recruits in the class of 2017.

Wills — the No. 1 prospect in the state — is considered a five-star player by Rivals.com and has amassed scholarship offers from many of the country’s top college programs. He also posted official offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee on Monday.

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