New UK Crystal Ball pick for 5-star basketball player

 Posted by at 12:30 PM on July 16, 2017  Comments Off on New UK Crystal Ball pick for 5-star basketball player
Jul 162017
 

247Sports recruiting analyst Andrew Slater has logged a new Crystal Ball pick in favor of Kentucky for five-star prospect Louis King, who was a member of John Calipari’s USA Basketball U19 team earlier this month.

King — a 6-foot-7 small forward from Hudson, N.J. — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 14 overall prospect in the class of 2018, and he hasn’t been shy about his wish for a UK scholarship offer in recent interviews. He plays on the same Nike-affiliated summer team as Cameron Reddish and is close friends with the UK recruiting target.

Reddish told the Herald-Leader last week that he thinks King will get that offer from Kentucky sometime soon.

UK has 100 percent of the picks on King’s Crystal Ball page.

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Top analyst now predicting Duke for Marvin Bagley

 Posted by at 8:42 AM on July 15, 2017  Comments Off on Top analyst now predicting Duke for Marvin Bagley
Jul 152017
 

Marvin Bagley

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Marvin Bagley news has been aplenty this week, with buzz that the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2018 might reclassify and play college basketball this season, new visit plans, and a few changes on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

247Sports analyst Andrew Slater switched his prediction for Bagley to Duke on Friday, and the Blue Devils now hold a plurality of the picks on the player’s Crystal Ball page.

Bagley told reporters at the Nike Peach Jam earlier in the week that he’s planning official visits to Duke, Arizona and Southern Cal in the near future. The trip to Durham will come after this week’s games.

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UK has reached out to five-star recruit Reggie Perry

 Posted by at 5:40 PM on July 14, 2017  Comments Off on UK has reached out to five-star recruit Reggie Perry
Jul 142017
 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — UK has been in contact with five-star basketball player Reggie Perry, a class of 2018 prospect who decommitted from Southeastern Conference rival Arkansas last week and is now considering other options in his recruitment.

Perry — a 6-foot-9 prospect from Thomasville, Ga. — told the Herald-Leader on Friday that UK assistant coach Kenny Payne has called and expressed interest in his recruitment. Perry is the No. 15 overall player in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

He had been committed to the Razorbacks for nearly a year.

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National analyst now picking Bagley to Southern Cal

 Posted by at 8:40 AM on July 14, 2017  Comments Off on National analyst now picking Bagley to Southern Cal
Jul 142017
 

Marvin Bagley

There’s a new favorite for No. 1 basketball recruit Marvin Bagley, according to 247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer.

On Thursday evening, Meyer logged a prediction for Southern Cal on Bagley’s Crystal Ball page. Earlier in the day, the 6-foot-11 power forward — now playing high school ball in the Los Angeles area — said USC was in line to get one of his first three official visits, along with Duke and Arizona.

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Bol Bol talks about getting cut from USA Basketball

 Posted by at 2:33 PM on July 13, 2017  Comments Off on Bol Bol talks about getting cut from USA Basketball
Jul 132017
 

John Calipari

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Five-star basketball recruit Bol Bol said that there were no hard feelings after being cut from John Calipari’s USA Basketball U19 squad last month.

Bol — the No. 2 overall player in the Scout.com rankings for 2018 — did say he heard from UK assistant coach Kenny Payne after he didn’t make that 12-player squad that traveled to Egypt for the FIBA World Cup.

“He was the one who told me that I should have made it,” Bol said. Continue reading »

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National analyst no longer predicting UK for Bol

 Posted by at 11:50 PM on July 12, 2017  Comments Off on National analyst no longer predicting UK for Bol
Jul 122017
 

247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer changed his Crystal Ball pick for five-star recruit Bol Bol from Kentucky to Southern Cal on Wednesday.

Bol — a 7-foot-2 prospect in the class of 2018 — started his high school career in Kansas, but he transferred to Mater Dei High School in the Los Angeles area during the middle of this past season. He was the most valuable player of the Nike EYBL regular season this spring and rocketed up the 2018 recruiting rankings, moving as high as No. 2 overall on Scout.com’s board.

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New Crystal Ball pick goes in favor of UK football

 Posted by at 10:06 AM on July 11, 2017  Comments Off on New Crystal Ball pick goes in favor of UK football
Jul 112017
 

247Sports national analyst Steve Wiltfong has logged a new Kentucky pick on the Crystal Ball page of talented running back Kristian Pechac, who is expected to visit Lexington this weekend.

Pechac — a 6-foot prospect from Bloomington, Ind. — recently decommitted from Indiana and is considered the No. 26 running back nationally in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He’s being recruited by UK’s Vince Marrow.

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Jarren Williams moves up in new 247Sports rankings

 Posted by at 2:37 PM on July 10, 2017  Comments Off on Jarren Williams moves up in new 247Sports rankings
Jul 102017
 

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As expected, UK quarterback commitment Jarren Williams made a big jump in the latest 247Sports football recruiting rankings for the class of 2018.

Williams is now considered the No. 145 overall prospect in the 2018 class, moving up 111 spots after his stellar performance at The Opening Finals in Oregon last week.

“The big takeaway with Jarren is there are very few holes in his game,” 247Sports scouting director Barton Simmons told the Herald-Leader after that event. “It’s hard to find a weakness. There are other guys that are better in any one category, but he’s not deficient anywhere. I felt like he was one of the best quarterbacks there, in terms of his ability to digest the offenses they were being asked to learn. In terms of his comfort level, going through his reads and progressions. And his accuracy and control over the position.”

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UK target Bagley still tops Rivals rankings for 2018

 Posted by at 12:32 PM on July 10, 2017  Comments Off on UK target Bagley still tops Rivals rankings for 2018
Jul 102017
 

Marvin Bagley

Marvin Bagley is still the No. 1 basketball prospect in the 2018 recruiting class, according to the new rankings released by Rivals.com on Monday.

Bagley — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Arizona, now playing his high school basketball in California — has narrowed his list to UK, Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Southern Cal and UCLA. He is also ranked No. 1 nationally by Scout.com and ESPN.

UK targets Zion Williamson, Bol Bol, Cameron Reddish and Romeo Langford follow Bagley in the 2018 rankings as the No. 2-5 overall players, respectively. All four of those players have scholarship offers from the Wildcats, and Langford and Reddish recently played for UK Coach John Calipari on the Team USA U19 squad that traveled to Egypt.

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Romeo Langford doesn’t play in Team USA game

 Posted by at 8:59 PM on July 2, 2017  Comments Off on Romeo Langford doesn’t play in Team USA game
Jul 022017
 

Langford

Top UK recruiting target Romeo Langford didn’t play in Sunday’s USA Basketball U19 victory over Angola due to back spasms, according to a Team USA spokesman.

Langford — a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from New Albany, Ind. — is one of four high school players on the team, which is being coached by UK’s John Calipari. Kentucky is battling Louisville, Duke, Indiana, North Carolina, Kansas and others for his commitment.

Langford is listed as day-to-day, according to USA Basketball.

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