UK basketball target might move to the 2018 class

 Posted by at 12:11 PM on July 27, 2018  Comments Off on UK basketball target might move to the 2018 class
Jul 272018
 

Lewis

Highly touted combo guard Kira Lewis told reporters at an event in Las Vegas late Thursday night that he is considering reclassifying to 2018.

Lewis, currently the No. 30 overall player in the 247Sports composite rankings for 2019, has been getting looks from Kentucky’s coaches all summer, though he has not yet received a scholarship offer from the Wildcats. He visited UK in June.

Whether he stays in 2019 or makes the move to 2018, Alabama is looking like a major favorite in Lewis’ recruitment. National recruiting insider Andrew Slater reported Thursday night that Lewis will make a final decision on reclassification in early August.

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Five-star recruit schedules official visit to Kentucky

 Posted by at 4:31 PM on July 24, 2018  Comments Off on Five-star recruit schedules official visit to Kentucky
Jul 242018
 

Whitney

The UK buzz continues for five-star basketball prospect Kahlil Whitney, who now has an official visit scheduled for Lexington.

ESPN national analyst Paul Biancardi reported Tuesday that Whitney will visit Kentucky on Aug. 3-5 — less that two weeks from now — as momentum continues to go in the Wildcats’ favor. Earlier this week, several national recruiting analysts logged pro-UK predictions on Whitney’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

The 6-foot-6 wing from Chicago is ranked No. 14 overall in the 2019 class.

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UK commitments in new national football rankings

 Posted by at 12:14 PM on July 24, 2018  Comments Off on UK commitments in new national football rankings
Jul 242018
 

UK football commitments Marquez Bembry and Taures Payne are both listed among the top 50 junior college prospects in the class of 2019, according to rankings released by 247Sports on Tuesday.

Bembry — a 6-foot-3 linebacker from Atlanta — is the No. 33 overall juco player in the class, while Payne — a 6-4 defensive end from Alabama — is listed at No. 48 overall. Both can sign with the Wildcats in December

Former UK player Javonte Richardson — once a highly touted high school recruit — is No. 34 in the new rankings. Richardson will play this season at Iowa Western.

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More buzz for basketball recruit Kahlil Whitney to UK

 Posted by at 12:14 AM on July 24, 2018  Comments Off on More buzz for basketball recruit Kahlil Whitney to UK
Jul 242018
 

Whitney

Five-star wing Kahlil Whitney has had a UK scholarship offer for less than a week, but the momentum continues to quickly build in the Wildcats’ favor.

National recruiting analysts Andrew Slater and Jerry Meyer both logged Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the Cats on Whitney’s 247Sports page Monday, and Evan Daniels logged a UK pick Tuesday, joining national analyst Brian Snow, who recorded a UK prediction for Whitney shortly after he picked up the Kentucky offer Friday.

Whitney — a 6-foot-6 wing from Chicago — averaged 21.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game on the Nike circuit during the spring, shooting 38 percent from three-point range. He is expected to visit UK sometime soon.

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Duke offers 2020 star who visited Big Blue Madness

 Posted by at 12:49 PM on July 21, 2018  Comments Off on Duke offers 2020 star who visited Big Blue Madness
Jul 212018
 

Johnson

Five-star basketball recruit Jalen Johnson landed a scholarship offer from Duke on Friday.

Johnson — a 6-foot-7 small forward from Wisconsin — is the No. 6 overall prospect in the class of 2020, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Though he does not yet have a scholarship offer from Kentucky, the Cats are very interested in his recruitment and hosted him for a visit to Big Blue Madness last fall.

Members of UK’s coaching staff have also been watching Johnson this week. Home-state Wisconsin is considered another serious player in his recruitment.

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UK extends offer to five-star wing in 2019 class

 Posted by at 12:38 PM on July 21, 2018  Comments Off on UK extends offer to five-star wing in 2019 class
Jul 212018
 

Whitney

Five-star basketball recruit Kahlil Whitney says he has received a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

Whitney — a 6-foot-6 wing player in the class of 2019 — told Scott Burgess of Prep Hoops on Friday that he has picked up the UK offer. “It was great. Coach Cal reached out to me after one of my games at the Peach Jam Invitational and talked to me. He wants to get me on campus soon. So, yeah, it was cool.”

Calipari also watched Whitney play at an event in Wisconsin on Friday night. The Chicago native now plays his high school ball in New Jersey and is the No. 14 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports rankings. He expects to cut his list to eight school sometime soon, and he wants to make an early decision and sign with the school of his choice in November.

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UK running back recruit included in national rankings

 Posted by at 12:15 PM on July 20, 2018  Comments Off on UK running back recruit included in national rankings
Jul 202018
 

Tisdale

UK’s running back commitment for the class of 2019 has been included in the latest batch of ESPN national rankings.

Travis Tisdale — a 5-foot-9 prospect from Valdosta, Ga. — is a four-star recruit and the No. 289 overall player in the 2019 class, according to ESPN’s new rankings. He committed to Kentucky last month and is the only Wildcats commitment in the Top 300 national rankings.

Five prospects from the state of Kentucky were included in the new rankings: South Warren defensive lineman Jacob Lacey at No. 118, Trinity defensive lineman Stephen Herron at No. 171, Glasgow offensive lineman Tanner Bowles at No. 225, Scott County offensive lineman Bryan Hudson at No. 255, and Louisville Christian wide receiver Milton Wright at No. 281.

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Another UK recruiting visit date set for Dontaie Allen

 Posted by at 10:42 AM on July 18, 2018  Comments Off on Another UK recruiting visit date set for Dontaie Allen
Jul 182018
 

Dontaie Allen | Photo by Matt Goins

Pendleton County basketball star Dontaie Allen has scheduled unofficial visits to Kentucky on Aug. 1 and Louisville on Aug. 13.

Allen — a 6-foot-6 wing — had a tremendous start to the July recruiting season with his M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs travel team last week, earning scholarship offers from Louisville, Florida and Auburn and generating continued interest from the UK coaching staff.

It’s possible that UK will extend a scholarship offer during next month’s visit. Last week was the first time that John Calipari had seen Allen play, and the Kentucky head coach was not in Lexington when Allen visited UK last month.

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Top analyst picks Alabama for UK basketball target

 Posted by at 10:32 AM on July 16, 2018  Comments Off on Top analyst picks Alabama for UK basketball target
Jul 162018
 

Lewis

247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels has joined other recruiting experts in predicting that Alabama will land home-state star Kira Lewis, who has been on UK’s radar for a possible scholarship offer.

Lewis — a 6-foot-2 guard from Hazel Green, Ala. — was one of the top players on the Nike circuit this spring and vaulted to the No. 24 overall spot in the 247Sports rankings for the 2019 class, making him a five-star recruit. UK has shown interest in his recruitment — even hosting him on an unofficial visit to Lexington last month — but the Cats have not yet come through with a scholarship offer.

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Calipari watches battle of two top Kentucky targets

 Posted by at 10:17 PM on July 11, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari watches battle of two top Kentucky targets
Jul 112018
 

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Wiseman

John Calipari and Penny Hardaway were both courtside to watch the consensus No. 1 overall player in the 2019 class, James Wiseman, on Wednesday night in the opening game of the Nike Peach Jam event in Augusta, Ga.

Wiseman is expected to choose either UK or Memphis. His team pulled out a 70-69 victory over a squad led by Vernon Carey, the No. 1 player in the Rivals.com rankings and another major Kentucky target. Carey is also considering Duke, Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina.

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