ESPN analyst predicts James Wiseman to Kentucky

 Posted by at 7:52 PM on April 17, 2018  Comments Off on ESPN analyst predicts James Wiseman to Kentucky
Apr 172018
 

Wiseman

Add ESPN national recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi to those predicting that No. 1 prospect James Wiseman will ultimately pick Kentucky.

Biancardi took questions from readers via Twitter on Tuesday, and one asked the longtime recruiting analyst and former college coach where he thought Wiseman would end up.

“If I had a crystal ball, I would say Kentucky,” Biancardi responded.

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UK still interested in five-star guard Jalen Lecque

 Posted by at 11:00 AM on April 17, 2018  Comments Off on UK still interested in five-star guard Jalen Lecque
Apr 172018
 

Lecque

Five-star combo guard Jalen Lecque is still on UK’s recruiting radar.

The New York native — now playing for Christ School in North Carolina — had an in-home visit with the Wildcats over the weekend, according to national recruiting analyst Andrew Slater.

Duke assistant coach Nate James is expected to visit Lecque on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4 prospect has been on Kentucky’s radar for months, and the Herald-Leader has been told in the past that Lecque could reclassify to 2018 if he were to land a scholarship offer from a blueblood program like UK or Duke.

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UK basketball recruits drop in final ESPN rankings

 Posted by at 11:21 PM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on UK basketball recruits drop in final ESPN rankings
Apr 162018
 

Keldon Johnson

Keldon Johnson remained a top-10 national prospect in ESPN’s new rankings for the class of 2018, but he was one of three future Kentucky Wildcats that dropped in the website’s final update for this recruiting cycle.

Johnson fell one spot to No. 7 overall in the final rankings released Tuesday. Also dropping in the ESPN rankings were UK signees Immanuel Quickley (from No. 17 to No. 23 overall) and Tyler Herro (from No. 25 to No. 28 overall).

Before the final update, ESPN was the only major recruiting service that pegged Herro as a five-star recruit. He is now a four-star player on ESPN’s list.

New UK commitment EJ Montgomery jumped two spots to No. 14 overall.

Duke’s trio of R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cameron Reddish finished 1-2-3, respectively, in the final ESPN rankings.

MORE: Rivals.com released its final 2018 rankings Monday.

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James Wiseman posts photo from visit with Calipari

 Posted by at 11:04 PM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on James Wiseman posts photo from visit with Calipari
Apr 162018
 

UK Coach John Calipari showed up in Tennessee on Monday, as expected, for his in-home recruiting visit with top Wildcats target James Wiseman.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 prospect from Nashville, now living in Memphis — is the No. 1 player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Monday’s meeting with Calipari and UK assistant coach Joel Justus was Wiseman’s first in-home recruiting visit of the spring. Memphis is UK’s top competition in the recruitment.

First In-Home Visit was a Success. #BBN🔵⚪️

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Where UK basketball recruits landed in final rankings

 Posted by at 12:06 PM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on Where UK basketball recruits landed in final rankings
Apr 162018
 

Montgomery

Rivals.com finalized its basketball recruiting rankings for players in the class of 2018 on Monday, and Duke signee R.J. Barrett remains the No. 1 prospect for next season’s freshman class.

The Blue Devils no longer have a sweep of the top three players in 2018, however.

North Carolina signee Nassir Little jumped from No. 5 to No. 2 in the final rankings, leapfrogging Duke commitments Cameron Reddish, who fell one spot to No. 3, and Zion Williamson, who dropped two spots to No. 5. Oregon signee Bol Bol is No. 4 overall in the final rankings.

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Calipari not meeting with Vernon Carey on Monday

 Posted by at 11:23 AM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari not meeting with Vernon Carey on Monday
Apr 162018
 

Carey

John Calipari will not meet with top basketball recruit Vernon Carey on Monday, as had been previously reported, according to college basketball analyst Adam Zagoria.

Calipari did meet with Carey — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — last week, and Kentucky remains one of the schools on his list. Carey is the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Other schools on his list include Duke, Miami and Michigan State. Carey averaged 26.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while leading his team to a state title this past season.

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Calipari will meet with James Wiseman on Monday

 Posted by at 6:15 PM on April 15, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari will meet with James Wiseman on Monday
Apr 152018
 

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John Calipari will have an in-home visit with top basketball prospect James Wiseman on Monday, the latest in a string of recruiting visits for the UK head coach over the past few days.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis, Tenn. — is the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was the first prospect in the 2019 class to earn a scholarship offer from UK, and he visited Lexington for Big Blue Madness last fall.

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Herro limited to 7 minutes in Nike Hoop Summit

 Posted by at 12:20 PM on April 14, 2018  Comments Off on Herro limited to 7 minutes in Nike Hoop Summit
Apr 142018
 

Herro

UK signee Tyler Herro logged two points and one assist in the Nike Hoop Summit on Friday night, going 1-for-3 from the floor in USA Basketball’s 89-76 loss to the World Select Team, which was led by Duke signee R.J. Barrett.

Herro played 7 minutes and 18 seconds off the bench, the lowest amount of playing time on the 10-player USA squad. Kansas-bound shooting guard Quentin Grimes played 34 minutes for Team USA.

UK signee Keldon Johnson was also selected for the Hoop Summit — and made the trip to Portland, Ore. — but he was sidelined for the game itself with a sprained ankle suffered earlier this month.

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New prediction for Kentucky QB target in 2019

 Posted by at 9:45 AM on April 13, 2018  Comments Off on New prediction for Kentucky QB target in 2019
Apr 132018
 

247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong logged a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Kentucky for class of 2019 quarterback Connor Bazelak on Friday morning.

Bazelak — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Dayton, Ohio — is the No. 15 pro-style QB in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports rankings. Wiltfong’s prediction is the first pick on his Crystal Ball page.

West Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Vanderbilt are among the other schools that have offered.

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Crystal Ball turns UK’s way for top basketball recruit

 Posted by at 8:58 PM on April 12, 2018  Comments Off on Crystal Ball turns UK’s way for top basketball recruit
Apr 122018
 

Maxey

We’ve been hearing for the past few months that Kentucky is the most likely college destination for five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey.

The 247Sports Crystal Ball now reflects that prediction, following a huge swing of picks away from Southern Methodist and toward UK over the past few days. As of Thursday night, Kentucky is a major favorite on Maxey’s Crystal Ball page.

John Calipari will have an in-home visit with Maxey this weekend, the UK coach’s second trip to Texas in the past week to meet with the 17-year-old star. Maxey is the No. 2 point guard in the 2019 composite rankings behind only Ashton Hagans, who has already committed to UK and is expected to reclassify to 2018 this summer so he can play for the Wildcats next season.

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