John Calipari talks again about graduate transfers

 Posted by at 8:27 PM on March 25, 2017  Comments Off on John Calipari talks again about graduate transfers
Mar 252017

Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

MEMPHIS — UK Coach John Calipari spoke at last week’s NCAA Tournament stop in Indianapolis about graduate transfers in college basketball, and he made it pretty clear that he’s against the rule that allows players who have graduated from college to transfer to another school and play right away without sitting out.

Calipari was asked about grad transfers again Saturday. The Wildcats could need another backcourt player for next season — depending on who from the current UK team enters the NBA Draft — but it doesn’t sound like Calipari is expecting to use a graduate transfer to fill any holes on the 2017-18 roster.

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Two UK commitments selected for Iverson showcase

 Posted by at 10:44 AM on March 17, 2017  Comments Off on Two UK commitments selected for Iverson showcase
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UK basketball commitments Jarred Vanderbilt and PJ Washington will play in the first Allen Iverson Roundball Classic next month, according to a press release Thursday.

The event will include a three-point shootout and slam dunk contest at Iverson’s alma mater, Bethel High School in Hampton Roads, Va., on April 19. The former NBA star will host an awards banquet and give out a national player of the year honor in his name on April 20, and the actual all-star game will be held April 21 at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.

Other star recruits selected for the game include Duke signee Gary Trent Jr., Oklahoma commitment Trae Young, UCLA commitment Kris Wilkes and North Carolina signee Jalek Felton.


Missouri could be on the verge of two big commits

 Posted by at 5:57 PM on March 16, 2017  Comments Off on Missouri could be on the verge of two big commits
Mar 162017

Michael Porter Jr.

There’s a possibility that the coaching carousel will result in two top-30 players from the class of 2017 ending up at Missouri, which hired Cuonzo Martin earlier this week.

Michael Porter Sr. — father of elite recruit Michael Porter Jr. — is expected to be officially named an assistant coach on Martin’s staff soon. As a result, Porter Jr. is expected to flip his commitment from Washington, which fired Coach Lorenzo Romar this week, to Mizzou.

But that’s not all for the Tigers

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Two more UK signees added to Nike Hoop Summit

 Posted by at 12:21 PM on March 15, 2017  Comments Off on Two more UK signees added to Nike Hoop Summit
Mar 152017

Nick Richards | Nike

UK signees Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Nick Richards have been chosen to play for the World Select Team in next month’s Nike Hoop Summit, joining future teammates Quade Green and Jarred Vanderbilt, who had already been selected for the U.S. squad.

Gilgeous-Alexander (Canada) and Richards (Jamaica) are part of a 12-player team of foreign-born prospects who are 19 years old or younger. The squad will also include class of 2019 prospect RJ Barrett, the No. 1 recruit in that group and a Canada native.

UK targets Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox are also on the U.S. team. The Nike Hoop Summit game will be played April 7 in Portland, Ore.


UK quarterback commitment gets another SEC offer

 Posted by at 4:09 PM on March 14, 2017  Comments Off on UK quarterback commitment gets another SEC offer
Mar 142017


UK commitment Jarren Williams picked up a scholarship offer from Mississippi on Tuesday, another major offer for the highly touted quarterback in the class of 2018.

Williams — a 6-foot-3, 207-pound prospect from Lawrenceville, Ga. — committed to UK back in June, and he has said several times that he remains firmly committed to the Cats despite new offers from such schools as Tennessee, Michigan State, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Miami, Missouri and now Ole Miss.

Tennessee hosted Williams for a visit a couple of weeks ago, but he told the Herald-Leader last week that he does not have any other trips planned.


Briscoe dropped from mock draft

 Posted by at 10:25 AM on March 13, 2017  Comments Off on Briscoe dropped from mock draft
Mar 132017

Isaiah Briscoe was on one of the covers for the Athlon Sports college basketball preview magazine this season. updated its 2017 NBA mock draft Sunday night, and UK sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe is no longer listed among this year’s 60 selections.

Briscoe had been the No. 60 overall pick — the last one of the draft — in the previous update one week ago. He averaged 10.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 turnovers in the SEC Tournament this past weekend.

Briscoe is now listed as the No. 85 overall player on’s Top 100 prospects board. Some of the players ahead of Briscoe on that list are not expected to enter this year’s draft.

Also in the latest mock draft, De’Aaron Fox moved up three spots to the No. 5 overall pick, Malik Monk moved up one spot to No. 8, and Bam Adebayo held steady at No. 27. Freshman Wenyen Gabriel — another UK underclassmen who is considered a possible early entry — is not listed among the site’s Top 100 prospects.


ESPN: Waters asks out of Georgetown pledge

 Posted by at 8:34 PM on March 11, 2017  Comments Off on ESPN: Waters asks out of Georgetown pledge
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Highly touted point guard recruit Tremont Waters has asked to be released from his letter of intent with Georgetown, according to an ESPN report Saturday.

Waters — a 5-foot-11 prospect from New Haven, Conn. — earned a scholarship offer from Kentucky and appeared to be one of the Wildcats’ top point guard targets in the class of 2017 at one point last year, but UK eventually cooled on his recruitment, and Waters ultimately committed to Georgetown in October after also taking official visits to Indiana and Kansas. He signed with the Hoyas a few weeks later.

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Ohio football star taking a visit to UK this weekend

 Posted by at 6:50 PM on March 10, 2017  Comments Off on Ohio football star taking a visit to UK this weekend
Mar 102017


Three-star Ohio prospect Brian Asamoah — a highly recruited player in the class of 2018 — is visiting Kentucky on Saturday.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound player from Columbus, Ohio is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 43 outside linebacker in the 2018 class. He announced a top six of Cincinnati, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Penn State, UCLA and West Virginia late last month, but has since picked up a scholarship offer from Notre Dame and is clearly interested in learning more about UK’s program.

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Adebayo, Briscoe drop in latest NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 2:23 PM on March 6, 2017  Comments Off on Adebayo, Briscoe drop in latest NBA mock draft
Mar 062017

Isaiah Briscoe, left, and Malik Monk.
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UK basketball players Bam Adebayo and Isaiah Briscoe took a bit of a tumble in the latest 2017 mock draft from, which updated its board Monday afternoon.

While De’Aaron Fox (No. 8) and Malik Monk (No. 9) remained in the exact same positions as the last update, which was three weeks ago, Adebayo fell six spots to No. 27 overall and Briscoe dropped seven spots to No. 60 overall, the final pick in the two-round NBA Draft.

UK freshmen Wenyen Gabriel and Hamidou Diallo are both still absent from the 2017 mock draft and’s 2018 mock draft, which was also updated Monday.

ESPN’s Chad Ford also updated his “Big Board” on Monday, listing Monk at No. 6 overall, Fox at No. 9 and Adebayo at No. 25. Ford’s list only includes 30 prospects, which is the number of players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.


Two UK basketball targets for 2018 on weekend visits

 Posted by at 1:22 PM on March 5, 2017  Comments Off on Two UK basketball targets for 2018 on weekend visits
Mar 052017


Immanuel Quickley and Cameron Reddish — two of UK’s top recruiting targets in the class of 2018 — took unofficial visits this weekend.

Quickley visited Maryland, his home state school, for the Terrapins’ game against Michigan State on Saturday. The 6-foot-3 point guard is ranked by as the No. 2 player at that position and No. 10 overall recruit in the 2018 class.

Reddish — a 6-7 wing from Norristown, Pa. — visited UConn on Sunday. He’s the No. 4 overall player in the rankings and a high school teammate of UK target Mohamed Bamba, the No. 2 player in the 2017 class.

Quickley and Reddish both visited UK for Big Blue Madness in October, and both players have scholarship offers from the Wildcats.