Kentucky Crystal Ball picks for three 2018 standouts

 Posted by at 10:54 PM on June 9, 2017  Comments Off on Kentucky Crystal Ball picks for three 2018 standouts
Jun 092017
 

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Three new 247Sports Crystal Ball picks were logged in favor of UK this week.

D1 Circuit recruiting analyst Alec Kinsky is now predicting that the Wildcats will ultimately land No. 1 overall recruit Marvin Bagley, in addition to five-star point guard Javonte Smart and five-star small forward Louis King. D1 Circuit serves as an official website for the Nike EYBL, and Bagley, King and Smart all play on the Nike circuit and are in the recruiting class of 2018.

It’s worth noting that UK has not yet extended scholarship offers to Smart or King, though John Calipari has visited Smart several times and King has received recruiting interest from the Wildcats.

Kentucky does not have any commitments from the class of 2018.

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UK targets take top spots in new basketball rankings

 Posted by at 5:22 PM on June 8, 2017  Comments Off on UK targets take top spots in new basketball rankings
Jun 082017
 

Marvin Bagley

The top five players in the new Scout.com basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2018 all have scholarship offers from the University of Kentucky.

Marvin Bagley held on to the top spot in the new rankings, released Thursday, after averaging 25.8 points, 14.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots per game in the regular season of the Nike EYBL circuit. Bagley has narrowed his college choices to UK, Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Southern Cal and UCLA.

Bol Bol — the son of former NBA player Manue Bol — jumped 11 spots to No. 2 overall. Bol, a 7-foot-2 power forward now playing for Mater Dei (Calif.), earned a scholarship offer from UK after John Calipari watched him play in April.

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National analyst picks Texas for UK basketball target

 Posted by at 12:21 PM on May 29, 2017  Comments Off on National analyst picks Texas for UK basketball target
May 292017
 

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247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer has logged a “Crystal Ball” pick in favor of Texas for Huntington Prep (W.Va.) star Keldon Johnson, one of the top basketball recruits in the class of 2018.

Johnson — a 6-foot-6 prospect from South Hill, Va. — has been one of the top scorers on the Nike circuit this spring, and he’s visited UK multiple times over the past year. The Wildcats have yet to extend a scholarship offer, but UK’s coaches have been watching Johnson this spring.
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Quickley invited to Calipari’s Team USA training camp

 Posted by at 12:22 PM on May 25, 2017  Comments Off on Quickley invited to Calipari’s Team USA training camp
May 252017
 

Quickley

Five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley has been invited to next month’s Team USA U19 training camp, according to his Adidas travel team.

Quickley — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Maryland — was the first point guard from the class of 2018 to receive a UK scholarship offer, and Scout.com ranks him as the No. 10 overall recruit in that class. John Calipari will coach the Team USA U19 squad and oversee next month’s training camp in Colorado.

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ESPN: UK’s Diallo moves into first-round territory

 Posted by at 1:12 PM on May 23, 2017  Comments Off on ESPN: UK’s Diallo moves into first-round territory
May 232017
 

Diallo

UK freshman guard Hamidou Diallo has moved into the top 30 on ESPN Insider Chad Ford’s “Big Board,” one day before the 18-year-old must make a decision on his basketball future.

Diallo is now listed as the No. 27 player on the ESPN Big Board. He was not included among the top 30 players in the previous update. The deadline for college players who have not signed with agents — like Diallo — to remove their names from the NBA Draft and retain their college eligibility is Wednesday.

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Latest on UK transfer target Cameron Johnson

 Posted by at 10:31 PM on May 21, 2017  Comments Off on Latest on UK transfer target Cameron Johnson
May 212017
 

Cameron Johnson

There were a couple of developments over the weekend for Pittsburgh graduate transfer Cameron Johnson, a UK basketball target who is still deciding on his next college destination.

Arizona had emerged as a possible favorite in Johnson’s new recruitment, but Wildcats freshman Rawle Alkins announced Sunday that he will be returning to Tucson for another season instead of keeping his name in this year’s NBA Draft. It’s been speculated that Johnson was waiting on Alkins’ stay-or-go decision, and the player’s return to Arizona seemingly makes it less likely that Johnson will end up there.

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Elite point guard includes UK on list of six finalists

 Posted by at 11:28 AM on May 16, 2017  Comments Off on Elite point guard includes UK on list of six finalists
May 162017
 

Smart

Five-star point guard Javonte Smart announced Tuesday morning that he has narrowed his recruitment to six schools: Kentucky, Florida State, Kansas, Louisiana State, Oklahoma State and UCLA.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound prospect from Baton Rouge, La., is currently ranked by Scout.com as the No. 1 point guard and No. 9 overall recruit in the 2018 class, and he’s already taken an unofficial visit to UK and recently hosted Coach John Calipari for an in-home visit in Louisiana.

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Class of 2018 offensive lineman commits to Kentucky

 Posted by at 1:40 PM on May 14, 2017  Comments Off on Class of 2018 offensive lineman commits to Kentucky
May 142017
 

Kentucky added another offensive lineman to its recruiting class of 2018 on Sunday with the commitment of Quintin Wilson, a three-star interior lineman from Cincinnati.

Wilson — a 6-foot-3, 290-pound prospect — is the No. 8 center nationally in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 5 center for 2018, and Scout.com classifies him as an offensive guard.

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Diallo still projected in second round after Combine

 Posted by at 11:20 PM on May 12, 2017  Comments Off on Diallo still projected in second round after Combine
May 122017
 

Diallo

UK freshman Hamidou Diallo was on the receiving end of considerable buzz following his appearance at the NBA Combine in Chicago this week, but it apparently didn’t do much for his overall draft stock.

DraftExpress.com updated its 2017 mock draft on Friday night, and Diallo moved up only two spots — from No. 37 to No. 35 overall — and is still a few picks outside of first-round territory. He has not yet hired an agent and has until May 24 to decide whether to stay in this year’s draft or return to UK.

De’Aaron Fox (No. 5 overall) and Malik Monk (No. 7 overall) stayed in the same spots in the DraftExpress.com mock draft. Bam Adebayo dropped three spots — and out of the first round — to No. 32 overall. Adebayo, Fox and Monk will all keep their names in this year’s draft.

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Diallo still in second round as NBA Combine begins

 Posted by at 3:21 PM on May 11, 2017  Comments Off on Diallo still in second round as NBA Combine begins
May 112017
 

Diallo

DraftExpress.com updated its 2017 NBA mock draft Thursday afternoon, ahead of the basketball activity at this week’s NBA Combine in Chicago.

UK freshman Hamidou Diallo is the No. 37 overall pick in the new mock draft — that’s the seventh pick of the second round — and it was noted that the update is “based on intel we’re getting from Chicago.”

Diallo has until May 24 to decide whether to stay in this year’s draft or return to Kentucky for his first season of on-court college basketball.

UK freshmen De’Aaron Fox (No. 5 pick), Malik Monk (No. 7) and Bam Adebayo (No. 29) are all considered first-round selections, and all three of those players have already said they will definitely stay in this year’s draft.

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