UK no longer involved in Simi Shittu’s recruitment

 Posted by at 8:35 PM on September 21, 2017  Comments Off on UK no longer involved in Simi Shittu’s recruitment
Sep 212017
 

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Kentucky is no longer considered to be a serious player in the recruitment of five-star power forward Simi Shittu.

Shittu — a 6-foot-10 prospect from Ontario — announced official visits Thursday for Vanderbilt on Oct. 6, Arizona on Nov. 3 and North Carolina on Nov. 10. He told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels that South Carolina is the only other school he considers to be “still involved” in his recruitment, and the Herald-Leader confirmed that UK is moving in a different direction.

John Calipari extended a scholarship offer to under-the-radar power forward Jaxson Hayes on Tuesday night.

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Running back Tyler Markray commits to Kentucky

 Posted by at 7:11 PM on September 21, 2017  Comments Off on Running back Tyler Markray commits to Kentucky
Sep 212017
 

Unranked running back Tyler Markray announced his commitment to Kentucky on Thursday night, and the Herald-Leader has confirmed that he will be a preferred walk-on player in the Wildcats’ recruiting class of 2018.

Markray — a 5-foot-11, 215-pound prospect from West Bloomfield, Mich. — joins Chris Rodriguez as the second running back in the Cats’ 2018 class.

Kentucky now has three commitments from the state of Michigan for next year. Four-star prospects Marquan McCall and DeAndre Square were already committed to the Wildcats.

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Calipari visits No. 1 recruit R.J. Barrett on Thursday

 Posted by at 4:03 PM on September 21, 2017  Comments Off on Calipari visits No. 1 recruit R.J. Barrett on Thursday
Sep 212017
 

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UK Coach John Calipari has visited two No. 1-ranked recruits in back-to-back days.

Calipari stuck around in Florida on Thursday to see R.J. Barrett, the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2018. Barrett — a 6-foot-7 shooting guard from Ontario — is entering his final year at Montverde Academy (Fla.) and has already taken official visits to Kentucky and Duke. He’s expected to visit Arizona and Oregon this weekend.

Rivals.com’s Corey Evans first reported Calipari’s visit Thursday.

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Vandy hosting UK basketball targets this weekend

 Posted by at 11:57 AM on September 21, 2017  Comments Off on Vandy hosting UK basketball targets this weekend
Sep 212017
 

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The Vanderbilt basketball program is in for a very big recruiting weekend, with three five-star players expected to be on campus for the Commodores’ football game against No. 1-ranked Alabama.

Romeo Langford, one of the top five prospects in the 2018 recruiting class, will take his first official visit this weekend and Nashville is the destination, his father told the Herald-Leader earlier this week. Langford — a 6-foot-5 player from New Albany, Ind. — includes the Dores on his list of seven schools.

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A look at official visit schedules for top UK targets

 Posted by at 11:01 AM on September 21, 2017  Comments Off on A look at official visit schedules for top UK targets
Sep 212017
 

Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

High school basketball players are allowed to take five official visits — where the host college pays for most of the expenses — during the course of their recruitment, and many of UK’s top targets for the class of 2018 have already scheduled the bulk of their trips.

Five-star players R.J. Barrett, Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley have been on UK’s campus for official visits in recent weeks, and another mega 2018 recruit — Zion Williamson — is expected to be in Lexington this weekend.

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No. 1-ranked recruit lands a UK basketball offer

 Posted by at 7:06 PM on September 20, 2017  Comments Off on No. 1-ranked recruit lands a UK basketball offer
Sep 202017
 

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Vernon Carey — the No. 1-ranked basketball player in the Rivals.com and 247Sports rankings for the class of 2019 — earned a scholarship offer from Kentucky during a visit from Coach John Calipari on Wednesday.

Carey — a 6-foot-10, 240-pound prospect from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — is the No. 1 overall prospect in the junior class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and he’s received offers from Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and several other top schools in recent months. His father is a former football star at Miami — the Hurricanes have also offered — though Carey has said that will not impact his college decision.

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Elite football recruit visiting Kentucky this weekend

 Posted by at 3:41 PM on September 20, 2017  Comments Off on Elite football recruit visiting Kentucky this weekend
Sep 202017
 

Highly touted offensive lineman Justin Rogers will be one of many UK football recruiting targets at Kroger Field on Saturday for the Wildcats’ night game against Florida.

Rogers — a 6-foot-2, 290-pound prospect from Oak Park (Mich.) — was mentioned as a possible visitor for the UK-Eastern Kentucky game earlier this month but could not make that trip. He’s friends and teammates with four-star offensive lineman Marquan McCall, the Cats’ top-rated commitment for 2018.

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Possible shakeup in UK’s recruitment of Simi Shittu

 Posted by at 11:56 PM on September 19, 2017  Comments Off on Possible shakeup in UK’s recruitment of Simi Shittu
Sep 192017
 

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The emergence of power forward Jaxson Hayes as a serious UK recruiting target Tuesday night might also mean the Cats’ pursuit of top-10 prospect Simi Shittu is nearing an end.

A few minutes after Hayes — an under-the-radar player in the class of 2018 — received a scholarship offer from Kentucky, the Herald-Leader was told by Shittu’s high school coach, Alex Popp, that Shittu had not yet scheduled a visit to Lexington. The Herald-Leader had reached out to Popp several days earlier to check on Shittu’s status with the Wildcats following John Calipari’s trip to Vermont Academy last week to see him in an open gym.

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Class of 2018 basketball player offered by Kentucky

 Posted by at 9:03 PM on September 19, 2017  Comments Off on Class of 2018 basketball player offered by Kentucky
Sep 192017
 

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Cincinnati Moeller basketball standout Jaxson Hayes received a scholarship offer from Kentucky on Tuesday night, becoming one of the few frontcourt players in the class of 2018 to land one.

Hayes — a 6-foot-10, 195-pound power forward — is the No. 230 overall player in the 247Sports composite rankings, though he might be due for a rankings bump soon. Scout.com analyst Brian Snow included Hayes as his “breakout performer” of the summer in a recent article for the website.

Snow noted that Hayes wasn’t even a starter for his high school team last season, and has turned into a recruit coveted by Texas, Xavier and, now, Kentucky.

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Major UK target now ranked No. 1 by Scout.com

 Posted by at 12:00 PM on September 19, 2017  Comments Off on Major UK target now ranked No. 1 by Scout.com
Sep 192017
 

Wiseman

James Wiseman — the first basketball recruit in the class of 2019 to earn a scholarship offer from Kentucky — is now the No. 1 junior in the country, according to the new Scout.com rankings.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward who recently moved from Nashville to Memphis — landed an offer from Coach John Calipari last week, and he was UK assistant coach Joel Justus’ first visit at the start of the fall recruiting period earlier this month.

Kentucky is viewed as the possible early favorite in Wiseman’s recruitment. ESPN also recently moved Wiseman to the No. 1 spot in the 2019 rankings.

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