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.
Herald-Leader photo

UK basketball players Bam Adebayo and Isaiah Briscoe took a bit of a tumble in the latest 2017 mock draft from DraftExpress.com, 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 DraftExpress.com’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.

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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
 

Quickley

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 Scout.com 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 Scout.com 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.

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2018 basketball recruit attending UK-A&M game

 Posted by at 12:50 PM on March 4, 2017  Comments Off on 2018 basketball recruit attending UK-A&M game
Mar 042017
 

LeDee

Four-star basketball recruit Jaedon LeDee was expected to be in College Station on Saturday for UK’s game against Texas A&M.

LeDee — a 6-foot-8 small forward from Houston — earned early scholarship offers from both schools and is considered the No. 57 overall prospect in the class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Though not as highly ranked as a typical John Calipari recruiting target, LeDee is still expected to be pursued by UK’s coaches this summer. LeDee visited Baylor and Texas over the past two weekends, and he also has offers from both of those schools.

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Jarren Williams will visit Tennessee this weekend

 Posted by at 8:51 PM on March 3, 2017  Comments Off on Jarren Williams will visit Tennessee this weekend
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Williams

UK quarterback commitment Jarren Williams told the Herald-Leader on Friday that he will take a recruiting visit to Tennessee this weekend.

Williams — the Cats’ first commitment in the class of 2018 — was supposed to visit Knoxville last month, but he was unable to make that trip. The Volunteers are holding a “junior day” event for 2018 recruits Saturday.

Coaches from South Carolina and Michigan State have also been in contact with Williams recently — and both schools have extended scholarship offers — but he has maintained that he is solidly committed to Kentucky, despite being open to taking some recruiting visits this spring.

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Possible favorites for Kentucky target Zion Williamson

 Posted by at 10:55 AM on March 3, 2017  Comments Off on Possible favorites for Kentucky target Zion Williamson
Mar 032017
 

Williamson

Class of 2018 basketball phenom Zion Williamson made an appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Thursday, and talked a little about his game and his recruitment.

Williamson — a 6-foot-7 forward from Spartanburg, S.C. — is considered the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2018 class, and he’s become a national phenomenon this season due to his highlight-reel dunks, many of which have been featured on SportsCenter.

ESPN anchor Steve Levy asked Williamson if he has a favorite college team.

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Bagley still No. 1 in Scout.com rankings for 2018

 Posted by at 11:33 AM on March 2, 2017  Comments Off on Bagley still No. 1 in Scout.com rankings for 2018
Mar 022017
 

Marvin Bagley

UK recruiting target Marvin Bagley remains the No. 1 player in the basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2018, according to Scout.com, which updated its Top 100 on Thursday morning.

Bagley — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Arizona — is in his junior season at Sierra Canyon School in California, and he has narrowed his recruiting list to UK, Duke, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and UCLA.

He is followed in the new Scout.com rankings by South Carolina forward Zion Williamson, Indiana shooting guard Romeo Langford and Pennsylvania wing Cameron Reddish — all UK recruiting targets. California post player Jordan Brown is the No. 5 overall player in the 2018 rankings.

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UK, others will watch Kevin Knox play Wednesday

 Posted by at 9:42 AM on March 1, 2017  Comments Off on UK, others will watch Kevin Knox play Wednesday
Mar 012017
 

Kevin Knox

Coaches from UK, Florida State and North Carolina are expected to be in Florida on Wednesday afternoon to see five-star recruit Kevin Knox play in a state playoff game.

Knox — a 6-foot-9 small forward from Tampa, Fla. — has narrowed his recruiting list to UK, Duke, Florida State and UNC, and he has now taken official visits to all of those schools. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 7 overall player in the class of 2017.

Knox’s father told the Herald–Leader last week that the star recruit is planning to announce a college decision sometime between April 1 and April 15.

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Two UK basketball commitments make Hoop Summit

 Posted by at 12:08 PM on February 28, 2017  Comments Off on Two UK basketball commitments make Hoop Summit
Feb 282017
 

Quade Green

UK basketball commitments Quade Green and Jarred Vanderbilt have been named to the 12-player USA Junior National select team that will compete at this year’s Nike Hoop Summit.

Five-star prospects Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox — UK’s top two remaining recruiting targets in the class of 2017 — were also named to the team. The Nike Hoop Summit will be played April 7 in Portland, Ore.

The other eight players selected for the USA team were Troy Brown (Oregon), Wendell Carter (Duke), Jaren Jackson (Michigan State), Michael Porter Jr. (Washington), Collin Sexton (Alabama), Gary Trent Jr. (Duke) and uncommitted guards Trevon Duval and M.J. Walker.

The USA national team will play against the World Select team, which is expected to be announced in March.

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New numbers for each of UK football’s early enrollees

 Posted by at 10:40 AM on February 27, 2017  Comments Off on New numbers for each of UK football’s early enrollees
Feb 272017
 

Bryant Koback

UK announced the uniform numbers for each of the Wildcats’ seven football early enrollees Monday morning.

Those numbers are: Defensive back Lonnie Johnson (No. 6), quarterback Danny Clark (No. 13), quarterback Walker Wood (No. 17), wide receiver Clevan Thomas (No. 18), running back Bryant Koback (No. 24), defensive back Cedrick Dort (No. 27) and linebacker Jamin Davis (No. 44).

UK also announced that defensive back Mike Edwards will switch from No. 27 to No. 7 this season, while wide receiver Tavin Richardson will switch from No. 80 to No. 11.

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Crystal Ball picks for top remaining basketball targets

 Posted by at 10:56 PM on February 26, 2017  Comments Off on Crystal Ball picks for top remaining basketball targets
Feb 262017
 

Mohamed Bamba | Nike

The basketball recruiting cycle of 2017 is drawing to a close, and only six players in the Top 50 of the 247Sports composite rankings for that group remain uncommitted.

Here’s a quick look at the latest in each player’s recruitment, along with Crystal Ball leaders and national analyst Jerry Meyer‘s current prediction:

Mohamed Bamba (No. 3 overall)
: The 7-footer from Harlem, N.Y., will be at Duke this week for the final official visit of his recruitment. He’s also listing UK, Michigan and Texas, and he’s already taken visits to all three of those schools. He is not expected to make a college decision until April.
Crystal Ball leader: Kentucky (63 percent)
Jerry Meyer’s pick: Kentucky

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