Skal drops in new NBA mock draft; Marcus Lee is out

 Posted by at 2:33 PM on February 7, 2016  Comments Off on Skal drops in new NBA mock draft; Marcus Lee is out
Feb 072016
 
Labissiere

Labissiere

UK freshman Skal Labissiere fell four spots in the latest mock draft from DraftExpress.com, which also dropped Marcus Lee out of the Top 60 altogether.

Labissiere is now projected as the No. 10 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, down from No. 6 in the previous update two weeks ago. Fellow UK freshman Jamal Murray, who moved up one spot to No. 8 overall, is now the top Wildcat on the DraftExpress.com board.

Freshman Isaiah Briscoe dropped one spot to No. 32 overall, and sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis fell four spots to No. 51 overall.

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Top football recruits tweet from UK’s junior day

 Posted by at 11:47 AM on February 7, 2016  Comments Off on Top football recruits tweet from UK’s junior day
Feb 072016
 

Several of UK’s top football commitments and targets in the class of 2017 were on campus for the program’s junior day festivities Saturday.

Here’s a sample of tweets from the day:

Quarterback commitment Mac Jones’ group shot including fellow commitments Russ Yeast and Walker Wood, as well as top targets Jaylen Kelly-Powell, Amir Riep, J’Marick Woods and recent UK signee Tobias Gilliam …

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Ex-Michigan football player transferring to Kentucky

 Posted by at 10:58 AM on February 7, 2016  Comments Off on Ex-Michigan football player transferring to Kentucky
Feb 072016
 
Brian Cole

Brian Cole

As expected, former Michigan football player Brian Cole has decided to transfer to the University of Kentucky.

Cole — a 6-foot-2, 200-pound player — started his career with the Wolverines as a wide receiver last season but later moved to safety. He was praised for his play at the new position in the practices leading up to Michigan’s bowl game. He was also an active special teams player.

The Saginaw, Mich., native was ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 4 athlete and No. 101 overall prospect coming out of high school in the class of 2015. He also had reported scholarship offers from Ohio State, Nebraska, Wisconsin and several other major programs.

Cole likely will have to sit out the 2016 season at Kentucky and will then have three seasons of eligibility with the Wildcats.

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Five-star basketball recruits visiting UK on Saturday

 Posted by at 11:05 AM on February 6, 2016  Comments Off on Five-star basketball recruits visiting UK on Saturday
Feb 062016
 
Trevon Duval

Trevon Duval

Five-star basketball recruits Trevon Duval and Billy Preston will both take unofficial visits to UK on Saturday. The trips were first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.

Duval and Preston — high school teammates with Advanced Prep International in Texas — played a game at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington on Friday night and are scheduled to play at Pulaski County High School on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Thoroughbred Classic.

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UK quarterback signee earns high ranking from ESPN

 Posted by at 10:58 AM on February 4, 2016  Comments Off on UK quarterback signee earns high ranking from ESPN
Feb 042016
 
Johnson

Johnson

New UK quarterback Stephen Johnson II has earned a “79” grade from ESPN.com, that recruiting service’s highest three-star designation.

Johnson, who committed to UK last month and enrolled in classes for the spring semester, will compete with returning sophomore Drew Barker and true freshman Gunnar Hoak for the starting quarterback job in 2016.

“He’s serious about his business,” Coach Mark Stoops said on signing day Wednesday. “He came here to win that job. He’s going to go out there and compete for it.”

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UK QBs coach impressed with Stephen Johnson II

 Posted by at 11:46 AM on February 3, 2016  Comments Off on UK QBs coach impressed with Stephen Johnson II
Feb 032016
 
Stephen Johnson II

Johnson

When new co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw arrived at UK, he was told by Coach Mark Stoops that the program would like to add another “older guy” at quarterback to help offset the recent departures of Patrick Towles and Reese Phillips.

On Wednesday morning, Hinhsaw recalled that discussion: “I said, ‘Well, Coach, if we can find the right guy. Because if you can’t, we’re not just taking a guy.’ I looked at about 30 junior college kids, all committed to different schools. And Stephen Johnson was a kid who stood out. He had a 3.86 GPA in high school. He ran the ball a lot in high school, didn’t get to throw it a lot. And that’s how some high school offenses are … and he just wasn’t recruited heavily.”

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Stoops talks about ‘clean sweep’ of in-state recruits

 Posted by at 10:30 AM on February 3, 2016  Comments Off on Stoops talks about ‘clean sweep’ of in-state recruits
Feb 032016
 
Davonte Robinson

Robinson

The University of Kentucky football program has signed just about every in-state player on its recruiting board since Mark Stoops and his coaching staff arrived in Lexington following the 2012 season.

This year’s haul of in-state recruits might be Stoops’ best yet.

Five-star offensive tackle Landon Young, three-star cornerback Davonte Robinson and wide receiver Zy’Aire Hughes officially signed with UK on Wednesday morning, joining four-star early enrollees Kash Daniel and Drake Jackson to form the Wildcats’ five-player in-state class of 2016.

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UK’s Schlarman breaks down new offensive linemen

 Posted by at 9:34 AM on February 3, 2016  Comments Off on UK’s Schlarman breaks down new offensive linemen
Feb 032016
 
Lafayette offensive lineman Landon Young is a five-star recruit who signed with Kentucky on Wednesday morning.  Photo: Mark Mahan

Lafayette offensive lineman Landon Young is a five-star recruit who signed with Kentucky on Wednesday morning.
Photo: Mark Mahan

There probably wasn’t anyone more excited at UK football headquarters Wednesday morning than offensive line coach John Schlarman, who helped bring in one of the most highly touted groups of O-lineman in the program’s history.

Five-star offensive tackle Landon Young and three-star center Luke Fortner both signed with UK on Wednesday morning, joining four-star early enrollees Drake Jackson and Tate Leavitt, who are already with the team.

“We’re very excited,” Schlarman said. “We feel like we’ve really hit home runs with all four of these guys. … All four are football junkies, study the game, love the game. So we’re really thrilled.”

UK’s O-line coach broke down each of the new additions:

On Luke Fortner: “Very excited about Luke. He’s a guy that’s played all three spots. He’s played center, guard and tackle. Very smart. He’s athletic, plays basketball as well. So I think he can handle a lot, and I think he can help us in a lot of different spots.”

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Stoops on Jordan Griffin: ‘It was a complete battle’

 Posted by at 8:58 AM on February 3, 2016  Comments Off on Stoops on Jordan Griffin: ‘It was a complete battle’
Feb 032016
 
Jordan Griffin

Jordan Griffin

A last-minute official visit to Auburn and unrelenting interest from other big-name schools had Kentucky’s coaches sweating the commitment of four-star cornerback Jordan Griffin right up until national signing day Wednesday.

Griffin turned out to be the first player to officially sign with UK on Wednesday morning, much to the relief of his future coaches.

“We could not be more excited about Jordan,” said UK Coach Mark Stoops. “As we were on the phone with Jordan this morning, I heard his mother in the background and there were other SEC schools pulling at him all the way up to 7:10 a.m. this morning. It’s a big get. Derrick Ansley did a great job with him. He’s a big-time player.”

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Class of 2017 football recruit backs off UK pledge

 Posted by at 10:29 PM on February 2, 2016  Comments Off on Class of 2017 football recruit backs off UK pledge
Feb 022016
 
DeMarco Artis

DeMarco Artis

Three-star football prospect DeMarco Artis announced Tuesday night that he is no longer committed to the University of Kentucky.

Artis — a 6-foot-3, 210-pound defensive end/linebacker from Sanford, Fla. — committed to UK in December, but his primary recruiter was Chad Scott, who recently left for a job at North Carolina. It’s unclear where Artis fit in with the plans of the new-look Wildcats coaching staff, and his decommitment was not a surprise.

The defection leaves UK with six commitments for the class of 2017.

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