UK emerges as popular pick for 2020 power forward

 Posted by at 11:20 PM on July 27, 2019  Comments Off on UK emerges as popular pick for 2020 power forward
Jul 272019
 

Ware

Immediately after Kentucky extended a scholarship offer to four-star forward Lance Ware late Friday night, the Wildcats emerged as the popular pick on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

Several predictions in the Wildcats’ favor were logged on Ware’s page in the hours following the news of UK’s offer, with national recruiting expert Andrew Slater adding a pro-UK pick late Friday night and 247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer doing the same Saturday morning.

Ware — a 6-foot-9 power forward from New Jersey — has been on UK’s recruiting radar since last year and enjoyed a strong spring and summer on the Nike circuit. 247Sports now ranks him as the No. 41 overall prospect in the 2020 class, and Louisville, Michigan, Oregon, Georgetown and Miami are among the programs that have come through with scholarship offers over the past couple of weeks.

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Elite point guard in 2021 class lands Kentucky offer

 Posted by at 9:35 PM on July 26, 2019  Comments Off on Elite point guard in 2021 class lands Kentucky offer
Jul 262019
 

Devin Askew

Five-star point guard Devin Askew landed a scholarship offer from Kentucky on Friday night.

Askew — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Santa Ana, Calif. — played alongside major UK target Jalen Green on the Nike circuit this summer and is currently participating in the USA Basketball training camp in Colorado Springs, where John Calipari and Tony Barbee will see him and others play this weekend.

Kansas, Villanova, Ohio State and Memphis are a few of the other schools that have extended scholarship offers to Askew over the past several weeks. Louisville was among his earlier offers, and Duke has also been evaluating him for a possible offer. He averaged 11.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game during Nike play this year, making 41.4 percent of his three-point attempts.

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Cam’Ron Fletcher sets official visit to Kentucky

 Posted by at 1:23 PM on July 19, 2019  Comments Off on Cam’Ron Fletcher sets official visit to Kentucky
Jul 192019
 

Fletcher

Highly touted basketball recruit Cam’Ron Fletcher told Tipton Edits on Friday that he will take an official visit to Kentucky on Aug. 1, giving the Wildcats the first shot at the 6-foot-6 wing following his productive spring and summer on the travel circuit.

Fletcher — a 2020 recruit from St. Louis — narrowed his list to Kentucky, Alabama, Michigan State, Missouri and North Carolina earlier in the week. He took an unofficial visit to UK in June and earned a scholarship offer from the Wildcats during that trip.

247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels recently logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Kentucky for Fletcher, and he spoke to the Herald-Leader about the current status of the recruitment following that pick. You can read that story here.

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National analyst logs Crystal Ball pick in favor of UK

 Posted by at 3:17 PM on July 17, 2019  Comments Off on National analyst logs Crystal Ball pick in favor of UK
Jul 172019
 

Fletcher

Four-star wing Cam’Ron Fletcher, who trimmed his list to five schools Tuesday night, might be headed to Kentucky in the near future.

247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of the Wildcats on Wednesday, one day after Fletcher trimmed his list of schools to UK, Alabama, Michigan State, Missouri and North Carolina.

Fletcher — a 6-foot-6, 180-pound wing from the St. Louis area — is the No. 36 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He averaged 12.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game on the Nike circuit this spring, and he has elite athleticism at the wing position.

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Five-star guard Josh Christopher lands offer from UK

 Posted by at 2:08 PM on July 17, 2019  Comments Off on Five-star guard Josh Christopher lands offer from UK
Jul 172019
 

Christopher

Five-star shooting guard Josh Christopher landed a scholarship offer from Kentucky on Wednesday.

Christopher — a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Bellflower, Calif. — referred to UK as his “dream school” earlier this year and has established himself as one of the top prospects in the 2020 class. He’s the No. 8 overall player in the 247Sports rankings for that group, and the top-rated shooting guard in his class, according to 247Sports’ list.

He averaged 21.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game during Nike play this spring and summer, and Kentucky’s coaches were fixtures at his games during last week’s Peach Jam finals.

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Cam’Ron Fletcher includes Kentucky among final five

 Posted by at 10:49 PM on July 16, 2019  Comments Off on Cam’Ron Fletcher includes Kentucky among final five
Jul 162019
 

Fletcher

Highly touted basketball recruit Cam’Ron Fletcher released his final five schools Tuesday night, and Kentucky is among the programs still in contention for his commitment.

Fletcher — a 6-foot-6, 180-pound wing from the St. Louis area — has narrowed his list to UK, Alabama, Michigan State, Missouri and North Carolina. He told Tipton Edits earlier this month that he plans to announce his college decision in late August or early September, and he’s expected to take official visits to all five of his finalists.

Kentucky extended a scholarship offer to Fletcher last month while the class of 2020 prospect was in Lexington for an official visit. Kenny Payne has been the point man on his recruitment, and the Wildcats have had the highly athletic recruit on their radar for a while.

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National analyst picking LSU for N’Faly Dante

 Posted by at 9:20 AM on July 15, 2019  Comments Off on National analyst picking LSU for N’Faly Dante
Jul 152019
 

Dante

Oregon and Kentucky have been getting most of the buzz in N’Faly Dante‘s recruitment lately, but a prominent national analyst logged a new prediction for Louisiana State on Sunday.

Rivals.com’s Corey Evans is now picking LSU for Dante, the near-7-footer who led his Mokan Elite squad to a Peach Jam title Sunday. Though currently listed as the No. 9 overall player in the 2020 class, Dante is widely expected to jump to the 2019 class and play college basketball this season.

Kentucky hosted the Mali native for an official visit earlier this month, and the Wildcats are clearly still looking for another player to join next season’s frontcourt, which already includes Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery and graduate transfer Nate Sestina.

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Duke analysts picking Blue Devils for major UK target

 Posted by at 8:18 AM on July 5, 2019  Comments Off on Duke analysts picking Blue Devils for major UK target
Jul 052019
 

Boston

A day before Duke landed the commitment of top-10 prospect Jalen Johnson, a couple of analysts for the program’s 247Sports site logged Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the Blue Devils for Brandon Boston, another five-star recruit in the 2020 class.

Boston — a 6-foot-7 wing from the Atlanta area — has narrowed his recruitment to Duke, Kentucky, Florida and Auburn, and the Wildcats had emerged as the favorite in recent weeks. He took a recruiting visit to Lexington toward the end of this past season and has raved about that trip in interviews this spring.

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N’Faly Dante set to visit Kentucky later this week

 Posted by at 11:34 AM on June 26, 2019  Comments Off on N’Faly Dante set to visit Kentucky later this week
Jun 262019
 

Dante

Five-star big man N’Faly Dante will start a recruiting visit to Lexington on Thursday, according to the Tipton Edits Twitter account.

Dante — a 7-footer from Mali — is the No. 11 prospect in the 2020 composite rankings from 247Sports, but he’s long been rumored as a candidate to reclassify to 2019, and the buzz in recruiting circles has indicated that he’s likely to make that move and play college basketball this coming season.

The news of Dante’s planned visit comes as Virginia Tech star Kerry Blackshear is still mulling his transfer decision, though Kentucky’s chances to land his commitment have dwindled in recent days. UK’s current frontcourt for next season includes Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery and graduate transfer Nate Sestina, alongside several talented guards and wings that can play multiple positions.

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ESPN updates all basketball recruiting rankings

 Posted by at 3:33 PM on June 24, 2019  Comments Off on ESPN updates all basketball recruiting rankings
Jun 242019
 

Jalen Green

ESPN updated its basketball recruiting rankings for the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 on Monday, and likely Southern Cal commitment Evan Mobley is the top prospect in the next senior class.

Mobley — a post player from California — has not committed to the Trojans yet, but his father is an assistant coach at USC and his older brother, five-star recruit Isaiah Mobley, will be a freshman there this season.

Rivals.com and 247Sports also rank Evan Mobley as the top player in 2020.

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