National analyst Evan Daniels picks LSU for Cisse

 Posted by at 11:18 AM on May 28, 2020  Comments Off on National analyst Evan Daniels picks LSU for Cisse
May 282020
 

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247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels has added a prediction to the Crystal Ball page of five-star center Moussa Cisse, and it’s another pick in favor of Louisiana State.

Daniels’ prediction — made Thursday morning — joins a flurry of pro-LSU picks in the 24 hours since Cisse announced he was reclassifying to 2020 and would announce a college decision next week. National recruiting experts Eric Bossi and Brian Snow put in picks for LSU shortly after Cisse’s announcement Wednesday, and Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans said this week that he was sticking with his LSU prediction, which was made last fall.

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More predictions for basketball recruit Moussa Cisse

 Posted by at 11:21 AM on May 27, 2020  Comments Off on More predictions for basketball recruit Moussa Cisse
May 272020
 

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The confirmation Wednesday morning that five-star center Moussa Cisse is reclassifying to 2020 and making his college decision next week has brought more predictions from national recruiting analysts.

Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi put in a Future Cast prediction and 247Sports recruiting insider Brian Snow logged a Crystal Ball pick — both in favor of Louisiana State — on Cisse’s pages Wednesday morning, more good news for the Tigers in their pursuit of Cisse, who is also considering Kentucky, Florida State, Georgetown, Georgia and Memphis.

Snow put a confidence level of “7” (out of 10) on his Cisse pick, and two insiders for the 247Sports LSU affiliate also logged predictions in favor of the Tigers on Wednesday morning. Last fall, Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans put in a prediction for LSU, and he’s sticking with that pick in Cisse’s recruitment.

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Another Indiana prediction for UK basketball target

 Posted by at 11:36 AM on May 22, 2020  Comments Off on Another Indiana prediction for UK basketball target
May 222020
 

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There’s more momentum for Indiana in the recruitment of Trey Kaufman, a talented forward who has been on UK’s recruiting radar since last year.

Mike Pegram — the Indiana insider for the 247Sports’ Hoosiers site — logged a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of IU, which already had public predictions going their way from national recruiting experts Corey Evans and Andrew Slater.

Kaufman — a 6-foot-8 forward from Sellersburg, Ind. — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 41 overall player in the 2021 class. Indiana, Louisville, Purdue and Xavier have generally been seen as a top four in his recruitment, but several other schools are keeping tabs on him, and he was expected to be one of the main players on Kentucky’s watch list had the April evaluation periods gone on as planned last month.

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Brandon Boston stays top five in final Rivals rankings

 Posted by at 10:58 AM on May 19, 2020  Comments Off on Brandon Boston stays top five in final Rivals rankings
May 192020
 

Brandon Boston

Rivals.com finalized its class of 2020 basketball rankings this week, and the list included three Kentucky signees in five-star territory with the other three all inside the national top 50.

Brandon Boston remains Kentucky’s top-ranked recruit in the class, sticking at No. 4 overall in the final Rivals rankings. ESPN and 247Sports also ranked Boston as the Wildcats’ top signee, with 247 putting him at No. 5 and ESPN placing him sixth nationally.

Fellow UK shooting guard signee Terrence Clarke fell two spots in the final Rivals 150 but still comes in at No. 7 overall, making Kentucky the only school in the 2020 cycle to land two players inside the top 10.

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Ask your Kentucky basketball, recruiting questions

 Posted by at 12:36 PM on May 18, 2020  Comments Off on Ask your Kentucky basketball, recruiting questions
May 182020
 

Hey everybody,

The spring and summer recruiting periods have been wiped out, but there’s still plenty to talk about, especially as it relates to Kentucky basketball and the team’s recruiting efforts.

Hit me with any questions you have about the UK basketball team, current and future recruiting efforts, the outlook for the Wildcats’ roster next season, or anything else that might be on your mind. I’ll get with sources later in the week and try to answer as many questions as I can.

You can email be at broberts@herald-leader.com with any questions you have. For those of you on Twitter, you can also reply to this tweet below, or contact me in the direct messages.

Thanks for your continued support of the Next Cats blog!

Thanks,
Ben

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National analyst predicting Mutombo to Georgetown

 Posted by at 4:10 PM on May 16, 2020  Comments Off on National analyst predicting Mutombo to Georgetown
May 162020
 

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Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans has logged a Future Cast prediction in favor of Georgetown for highly touted center Ryan Mutombo, the son of former NBA great Dikembe Mutombo.

Mutombo — a still-growing, 6-foot-11 prospect in the class of 2021 — is currently ranked No. 83 in that class by Rivals.com, but he’s been rocketing up the recruiting lists lately and is expected to continue his rise in the near future. 247Sports’ recently updated rankings pegged Mutombo as the No. 43 player in the class.

The Herald-Leader spoke to Mutombo’s high school coach, Mike Harner, in Atlanta late last month, and he said that they were still hoping to hear from Kentucky, which, as of late April, had not yet reached out.

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National analyst has new pick for Pat Baldwin Jr.

 Posted by at 9:14 PM on May 6, 2020  Comments Off on National analyst has new pick for Pat Baldwin Jr.
May 062020
 

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Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi has logged a Future Cast prediction in favor of Duke for Patrick Baldwin Jr., a Kentucky target and the No. 3 overall player in the class of 2021.

The pick, which was made Wednesday, shouldn’t come as a major surprise. Duke has long been seen as a favorite in Baldwin’s recruitment, and this is further indication that the Blue Devils are in a good spot to land the top-five prospect. Baldwin — a 6-foot-9 small forward from Milwaukee — was one of the first players in the 2021 class to land a UK scholarship offer.

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Boston is top UK recruit in final 247Sports rankings

 Posted by at 12:03 PM on May 6, 2020  Comments Off on Boston is top UK recruit in final 247Sports rankings
May 062020
 

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247Sports posted its final recruiting rankings for the basketball class of 2020, and Kentucky signee Brandon Boston was one of the biggest risers.

Boston moved from No. 16 to No. 5 nationally, making him the Wildcats’ top-ranked signee in their No. 1 recruiting class. He’s also the first Kentucky recruit to finish in the top five of the 247Sports rankings since Skal Labissiere was the No. 2 overall prospect in 2015.

UK signee Terrence Clarke fell from No. 4 to No. 9 in the final rankings, one of four future Wildcats to drop from the previous update. Point guard signee Devin Askew moved from No. 28 to No. 34, power forward Lance Ware fell from No. 36 to No. 40, and wing prospect Cam’Ron Fletcher dropped from No. 47 to No. 73.

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Frank Anselem cuts his recruiting list to six schools

 Posted by at 3:22 PM on May 1, 2020  Comments Off on Frank Anselem cuts his recruiting list to six schools
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Four-star center Frank Anselem narrowed his recruiting choices to six schools Friday afternoon, and Kentucky is still in the mix.

Anselem — a 6-foot-9 prospect from Nigeria who just wrapped up his final season of high school ball in California — is considering UK along with Arkansas, San Diego State, Seton Hall, Syracuse and Western Kentucky.

Kentucky Coach John Calipari has already had a video conference with Anselem and his camp, and UK’s assistant coaches have been talking to his travel league coach, Julius Smith, since early last week. 247Sports ranks Anselem as the No. 119 overall prospect in the 2020 class, and he could provide UK with additional frontcourt depth for next season, something the Wildcats have been searching for all spring.

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Top point guard recruit cuts list to five schools

 Posted by at 4:04 PM on April 30, 2020  Comments Off on Top point guard recruit cuts list to five schools
Apr 302020
 

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Five-star point guard recruit Kennedy Chandler narrowed his college list to five schools Thursday, and Kentucky is still in the running for his commitment.

Chandler — a 6-foot-1 playmaker from Memphis — is now down to Duke, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina and Tennessee. There is no specific timetable for his college decision, which is not expected anytime in the near future. Chandler is the top available point guard in the 2021 class and the No. 15 overall player in that group, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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