Apr 182015
 
Mike Thorne

Mike Thorne

Charlotte graduate transfer Mike Thorne committed to Illinois on Saturday while on an official visit to the school.

Thorne — a 6-foot-11, 270-pound post player — had narrowed his list to Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas and Pittsburgh. He was scheduled to visit UK and Kansas next week, but those trips will not happen.

The Fayetteville, N.C., native will be eligible to play immediately next season.

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Apr 182015
 
Malik Newman

Malik Newman

Kansas Coach Bill Self scheduled meetings with three of UK’s top remaining high school targets in the immediate aftermath of Friday night’s Jordan Brand Classic, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels.

Self met late Friday night with Malik Newman and Cheick Diallo, who both played in the Jordan game in Brooklyn. The Kansas coach was then scheduled to meet with North Carolina native Brandon Ingram, who told the Herald-Leader on Friday that he has several in-home visits set up.

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Apr 182015
 
Isaiah Briscoe | McDonald's photo

Isaiah Briscoe | McDonald’s photo

Below is a stat breakdown for UK signees and recruiting targets in Friday night’s Jordan Brand Classic, which was won by the West team, 118-116. Of the players listed, only Malik Newman played for the West. Top UK target Jaylen Brown did not play due to injury.

Isaiah Briscoe: 22 points (6/17 FGs), 6 rebounds, 6 assists in 23 minutes. (7/8 FTs).

Skal Labissiere: 11 points (5/10 FGs), 12 rebounds and 2 blocks in 19 minutes.

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Apr 182015
 
Thon Maker

Thon Maker

Don’t be surprised if Arizona State starts getting mentioned prominently in the recruitment of five-star 7-footer Thon Maker.

New Sun Devils head coach Bobby Hurley is adding Brian Merritt to his staff as an assistant coach, and that will likely put the Pac-12 school in the picture for Maker, who is being recruited by Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana and others.

Merritt, a former staff member at Louisville, most recently worked as a camp director for John Lucas, who is one of the most influential figures on the grassroots circuit.

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Apr 172015
 
Goodin

Goodin

New Texas assistant coach Darrin Horn was at Taylor County High School on Friday to see four-star guard Quentin Goodin, one of the early favorites for next year’s Mr. Basketball honor.

Taylor County Coach Rich Gatewood told the Herald-Leader that Goodin does not yet have a scholarship offer from the Longhorns. New head coach Shaka Smart wants to see him in person before an offer is extended.

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Apr 172015
 

Four-star basketball recruit Dazon Ingram announced his commitment to Alabama on Friday afternoon.

Ingram — a 6-foot-5 prospect from Theodore, Ala. — said that he received a phone call from UK Coach John Calipari last weekend and that led him to postpone his planned announcement from Monday to Friday.

Calipari never offered Ingram a scholarship, but he still named UK and Alabama his two finalists going into Friday’s announcement.

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Apr 172015
 
Brandon Ingram | McDonald's photo

UK target Brandon Ingram.
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University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari needs to fill roster spots, and several of the nation’s top high school players need to find a place to play next season.

In past years, the solution would be simple.

This year, it’s unclear if UK will land any of its remaining targets from the class of 2015.

Late Thursday night, five-star center Stephen Zimmerman — a player many thought UK had a good chance of landing — announced his commitment to UNLV. That leaves Jaylen Brown, Cheick Diallo, Brandon Ingram and Malik Newman as the McDonald’s All-Americans who have not yet made a college decision.

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Apr 172015
 
Malik Newman | McDonald's photo

Malik Newman | McDonald’s photo

Five-star combo guard Malik Newman is one of UK’s top remaining recruiting targets in the class of 2015, and he’s arguably the best scorer in high school basketball.

A common narrative that has emerged in recent days — and one that has coincided with the rumors that he’ll end up at Mississippi State — is that there simply won’t be enough scoring opportunities for him if he were to come to Lexington.

Newman is at his best when he puts up lots of shots and gets in a rhythm. John Calipari has preached a team-first, shared-sacrifice approach ever since he arrived at Kentucky.

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Apr 172015
 
Brandon Ingram

Ingram

Five-star small forward Brandon Ingram told the Herald-Leader that he will host UK coaches for an on-home visit Friday evening.

Ingram, one of four uncommitted McDonald’s All-Americans from the class of 2015, was arguably the top player in the practices leading up to that game and is expected to earn one of the highest rankings in the class when those are finalized in the next few weeks.

The 6-foot-9 prospect from Kinston, N.C., also told the Herald-Leader that he had already hosted coaches from Duke on Friday morning. He’s scheduled to host Kansas (Saturday), N.C. State (Monday) and North Carolina (Wednesday) next.

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Stephen Zimmerman picks UNLV over UK and others

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Apr 162015
 
Zimmerman

Zimmerman

Five-star center Stephen Zimmerman announced his commitment to UNLV via Twitter just before midnight Thursday.

Zimmerman’s mother, Lori Stevens, immediately confirmed to the Herald-Leader that the tweet was legitimate and that Zimmerman had decided to stay home and play for the Runnin’ Rebels next season.

The 7-footer from Las Vegas was one of the first players in the class of 2015 to earn a scholarship offer from Kentucky, and the Wildcats seemed to be in good shape with his recruitment in recent months due to the family’s close relationship with Coach John Calipari.

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