Another basketball recruit in 2020 class gets UK offer

 Posted by at 3:40 PM on April 12, 2019  Comments Off on Another basketball recruit in 2020 class gets UK offer
Apr 122019
 

UK has extended a scholarship offer to four-star center Clifford Omoruyi, according to Rivals.com basketball recruiting analyst Corey Evans.

Omoruyi — a 6-foot-11, 240-pound prospect from Nigeria — was a junior this past season at Roselle Catholic (N.J.), making him a high school teammate of UK commitment Kahlil Whitney, one of the top recruits in the 2019 class. John Calipari was at the school Friday for a basketball camp.

Rivals.com ranks Omoruyi as the No. 56 overall prospect in the 2020 class. Syracuse, Florida, Virginia and UConn are among the schools that have already extended offers to Omoruyi, who will be among the top frontcourt players to watch this summer.

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Calipari travels to see another five-star recruit

 Posted by at 9:24 AM on April 12, 2019  Comments Off on Calipari travels to see another five-star recruit
Apr 122019
 

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John Calipari was in Wisconsin on Thursday to visit with Jalen Johnson, one of the top basketball recruits in the class of 2020.

Johnson — a 6-foot-8 small forward — is the No. 3 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He has visited UK for Big Blue Madness each of the past two seasons and was one of the first players in his class to land a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

Duke has also made Johnson a priority, however, and the Blue Devils are the early leader — albeit with a small sample size — on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page. As a junior this past season, Johnson averaged 19.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, earned Wisconsin player of the year honors, and led his team to its first state championship.

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Is Duke about to land another star basketball recruit?

 Posted by at 10:39 PM on April 11, 2019  Comments Off on Is Duke about to land another star basketball recruit?
Apr 112019
 

Duke could be on the verge of a terrific ending to this 2019 recruiting cycle.

The Blue Devils already have commitments from five-star McDonald’s All-Americans Vernon Carey and Wendell Moore, in addition to a pledge from top-50 recruit Boogie Ellis. Duke is also now considered the frontrunner for top-10 recruit Matthew Hurt, who announces his college decision next week.

Top 30 prospect Cassius Stanley could also be joining that Blue Devils’ class.

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Tyrese Maxey, UK targets to play in Hoop Summit

 Posted by at 4:21 PM on April 11, 2019  Comments Off on Tyrese Maxey, UK targets to play in Hoop Summit
Apr 112019
 

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UK basketball signee Tyrese Maxey and a couple of five-star Wildcats recruiting targets will be on national television Friday night as part of the annual Nike Hoop Summit all-star game.

Maxey and highly touted forward Matthew Hurt — one of UK’s top remaining targets in the 2019 class — will represent USA Basketball at the event. The American roster also features Memphis signee James Wiseman, Florida signee Scottie Lewis and several other top high school seniors.

Five-star center N’Faly Dante — a Mali native and the second player in the 2020 class to land a UK scholarship offer — will represent the World Team, which also features former UK target Oscar Tshiebwe, a West Virginia signee. Dante is considering a move to the 2019 class, which would allow him to play college basketball next season, and Kentucky remains a legitimate player in his recruitment.

The Nike Hoop Summit will be played in Portland, Ore., and televised live at 10 p.m. Friday on ESPN2.

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Three UK players in top 25 of new NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 10:23 AM on April 11, 2019  Comments Off on Three UK players in top 25 of new NBA mock draft
Apr 112019
 

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PJ Washington is staying in the NBA Draft, and he could be a lottery pick, according to the newest mock draft released by ESPN on Thursday morning.

Washington is listed as tied for 12th with two other players in the new mock draft, which notes that ties in the draft order will be settled by the NBA on Friday. The first 14 picks in the draft are considered lottery selections. Washington announced earlier this week that he would enter the draft and hire an agent, and he and UK both implied that he would keep his name in the draft and not return to school for a third season.

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UK set to visit with Matthew Hurt one more time

 Posted by at 11:20 PM on April 10, 2019  Comments Off on UK set to visit with Matthew Hurt one more time
Apr 102019
 

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National recruiting analyst Andrew Slater reported Wednesday night that coaches from Kentucky and Kansas are scheduled to visit with five-star forward Matthew Hurt in his native Minnesota on Sunday, five days before he reveals his college decision.

Hurt — a 6-foot-9 prospect — has narrowed his recruitment to UK, Kansas, Duke and North Carolina, and the Blue Devils have emerged as a popular pick in recent weeks. He will play in the Nike Hoop Summit on Friday night and is scheduled to announce his college decision April 19.

Hurt is the No. 8 overall player in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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Analyst has new pick for UK basketball target

 Posted by at 10:47 AM on April 8, 2019  Comments Off on Analyst has new pick for UK basketball target
Apr 082019
 

247Sports national recruiting analyst Brian Snow has logged a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Michigan State for Cam’Ron Fletcher, a fast-rising basketball prospect in the 2020 class.

Fletcher — a 6-foot-6 wing from St. Louis — is the No. 38 overall player in the class of 2020, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Missouri has been seen as a possible favorite early in his recruitment, and Kentucky also expressed interest during his junior season.

Michigan State hosted Fletcher for an official visit last month. Snow covered Fletcher at the Swish N Dish recruiting event over the weekend and wrote about his versatility on both ends of the floor. Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi also wrote more about Fletcher and his recruitment after watching him this past weekend.

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Keion Brooks will be back on national TV on Friday

 Posted by at 10:46 AM on April 5, 2019  Comments Off on Keion Brooks will be back on national TV on Friday
Apr 052019
 

Brooks

UK basketball commitment Keion Brooks will be back on national TV on Friday, when his undefeated La Lumiere (Ind.) squad plays against national powerhouse Oak Hill (Va.) in the Geico national tournament semifinals at 5 p.m.

The game will be televised live on ESPN2, and the Oak Hill roster features five-star guard Cole Anthony, one of the top five prospects in the 2019 class. Anthony is widely expected to commit to North Carolina for next season.

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Keion Brooks, other UK recruits to play on national TV

 Posted by at 2:23 PM on April 3, 2019  Comments Off on Keion Brooks, other UK recruits to play on national TV
Apr 032019
 

Brooks

Kentucky basketball fans will be able to get a look at future Wildcats forward Keion Brooks this week as he tries to lead La Lumiere (Ind.) to a high school national championship.

Brooks — a 6-foot-7 senior from Fort Wayne, Ind. — and undefeated La Lumiere will play in the Geico National Championships starting Thursday. La Lumiere is the No. 1 seed in the tournament and begins play at 4 p.m. against Bishop Gorman (Nev.) in a game that will be televised on ESPN2.

Brooks, a five-star recruit in the 2019 class, committed to Kentucky last month.

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National analyst predicts UK target will pick Duke

 Posted by at 11:03 AM on April 2, 2019  Comments Off on National analyst predicts UK target will pick Duke
Apr 022019
 

Roach

Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans put in a Future Cast prediction in favor of Duke for five-star point guard Jeremy Roach over the weekend.

Roach — a 6-foot prospect from Virginia — was the first point guard in the 2020 class to land a scholarship offer from Kentucky, and the Wildcats are on a list of four finalists that also includes Duke, North Carolina and Virginia.

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