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Apr 232014
 
Photo: Triple Play Productions

Photo: Triple Play Productions

Lafayette basketball star Jackson Davis has narrowed his list to three schools and will make a college decision by the end of the week.

The 6-foot-7 forward will commit to either Alabama, Butler or Rice, his mother told the Herald-Leader. Davis is one of the top remaining prospects in the class of 2014.

Ginger Davis, the player’s mother, said the in-home visit with Florida that had been scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled. The Gators staff had not yet extended a scholarship, and the family seemed intent on moving forward quickly with the recruitment.

Vanderbilt, Creighton, Arizona State and Auburn were other schools that had offered Davis and were still involved with his recruitment until Wednesday.

Here’s what Ginger Davis had to say about the three finalists:

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Apr 232014
 
Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

Julius Randle is leaving, and Alex Poythress and Dakari Johnson are staying.

That leaves the Harrison twins as the only Wildcats who had not yet announced their NBA decisions as of Wednesday afternoon.

ESPN analyst Chad Ford said during his weekly chat Wednesday that both players would be “borderline” first-round picks if they entered this year’s draft, but he didn’t paint a very rosy picture of Andrew and Aaron Harrisons’ immediate futures if they leave UK right now.

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Apr 232014
 
Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum

It’s going to be a busy Wednesday for St. Louis basketball star Jayson Tatum.

The class of 2016 prospect will host UK Coach John Calipari, Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Indiana Coach Tom Crean at his high school, his mother told the Herald-Leader. Scout.com ranks Tatum as the No. 2 overall prospect in his class, and he’s one of only three players in that class with a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

Tatum has already made multiple visits to Lexington, including one trip for Big Blue Madness in October. Calipari and two UK assistants watched him play a game at Lexington Catholic earlier this year.

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Apr 232014
 
Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown

Georgia small forward Jaylen Brown told Scout.com that he received a scholarship offer from Kentucky during his in-home visit with assistant coach Kenny Payne on Monday.

Brown is widely considered to be one of the top prospects in the class of 2015, and Scout.com ranks him as the No. 1 small forward in that class.

MORE: Brown talks to Scout.com about his recruitment

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Apr 232014
 
Harry Giles

Harry Giles

UK Coach John Calipari was in North Carolina on Tuesday to see Harry Giles, one of the top prospects in the class of 2016.

Giles missed his entire sophomore season with a knee injury but has been cleared to play on the spring and summer circuit. The 6-foot-9 power forward is considered the No. 1 player in the class of 2016 by Scout.com and 247Sports.

UK, Duke and North Carolina are considered the frontrunners in Giles’ recruitment, and he was also visited by Blue Devils Coach Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday.

Giles is one of three players in the 2016 class with a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

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Apr 222014
 
Malik Newman

Malik Newman

UConn Coach Kevin Ollie had an in-home visit with top class of 2015 prospect Malik Newman in Mississippi on Tuesday, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels.

Newman is considered either the No. 1 or No. 2 overall prospect in the class by all four major recruiting services. Kentucky is among the early favorites, but Newman and his family have not divulged much related to his recruitment.

The 6-foot-4 combo guard did attend Kentucky’s game against Wisconsin at the Final Four in Texas earlier this month. He’s taken only a handful of recruiting visits, though he has hosted several college coaches.

Kansas, Arizona, Louisville and Memphis are among the other schools that have extended scholarship offers. He also has interest from most of the SEC, including Mississippi State, where his father Horatio Webster was a standout player in the 1990s.

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Apr 222014
 
Julius Randle

Julius Randle

UK freshman Julius Randle announced Tuesday that he will enter the NBA Draft after one season in Lexington.

The news was expected, and Randle joined fellow freshman James Young as the only two UK underclassmen who have declared for the draft. They’re also the only two UK players who were included in Chad Ford’s latest mock draft, which was released on ESPN.com Tuesday morning.

Ford projects that Randle will go with the No. 6 overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers and Young will head to the Atlanta Hawks at No. 15 overall.

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Louisville announces addition of 7-1 center

 Posted by at 11:04 AM on April 22, 2014  Comments Off
Apr 222014
 
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FIBA.com photo

Louisville announced Tuesday that 7-foot-1 center Anas Osama Mahmoud has signed with the school after committing earlier this year.

The Egyptian native played last season at West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla., where he averaged 13.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots a game. ESPN ranks him as the No. 99 overall prospect in the class of 2014.

“Anas is an extremely versatile seven-footer,” Coach Rick Pitino said in a statement. “He is a very skilled athlete who is a very good scorer and passer. His only weakness is strength. We will base a consideration of redshirting him on how quickly he can gain necessary strength to be effective. We’re delighted to have Anas at the University of Louisville.”

Mahmoud (his full name is pronounced AH-nahs o-SAW-mah mah-MOOD) is listed at 205 pounds in the Louisville news release.

He joins a recruiting class that already included Shaqquan Aaron, Jaylen Johnson, Chinanu Onuaku, Quentin Snider and Matz Stockman.

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Apr 222014
 
Luke Hiers

Luke Hiers

Florida offensive lineman Luke Hiers said Tuesday that he will attend UK’s Blue-White Game on Saturday.

Rivals.com ranks Hiers as a four-star prospect and the No. 2 center in the nation for the class of 2015. He has been one of UK’s biggest recruiting priorities on the offensive line for next year’s class.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound player lists UK as his favorite along with Louisville, Mississippi State and South Florida.

Hiers plays at the same Lake Wales, Fla., high school as class of 2015 defensive back Marcus Walker, who recently backed out of his commitment to Kentucky.

UK’s annual spring game is one of the program’s biggest recruiting tools, and several other top prospects are expected to be in town for the event.

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Apr 222014
 
Gary Middendorf | Sun-Times Media

Gary Middendorf | Sun-Times Media

John Calipari took a little time off from his book tour Monday to see one of his future players.

The UK coach flew to Chicago for an in-home visit with combo guard Charles Matthews, the program’s only commitment so far for the class of 2015.

Matthews committed to UK in February and is considered a five-star prospect by every major recruiting service. He’ll play this spring and summer with the Chicago Meanstreets program in the Nike EYBL, which starts this weekend in Sacramento.

Last year, Matthews and UK signee Tyler Ulis were teammates with Meanstreets.

Matthews can’t officially sign with Kentucky until November.

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