Mailbag: Send in your Kentucky basketball questions

 Posted by at 1:15 PM on March 16, 2020  Comments Off on Mailbag: Send in your Kentucky basketball questions
Mar 162020
 

Hey everybody,

There are no live sports on television for the time being, but there’s still plenty to talk about, especially as it relates to Kentucky basketball.

Hit me with any questions you have about UK basketball recruiting (past, present, or future), the outlook for the Wildcats’ roster next season, or anything else that might be on your mind. Even with no basketball on the court or coaches out on the road recruiting, this is bound to be an interesting time for the future of Kentucky’s program, and we’ll continue to write about the Cats as we always have.

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 hit me in the direct messages.

Stay safe out there, and thanks for your continued support of the Next Cats blog!

Thanks,
Ben

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UK basketball signee Boston named All-American

 Posted by at 11:44 AM on March 10, 2020  Comments Off on UK basketball signee Boston named All-American
Mar 102020
 

Boston

Kentucky basketball signee Brandon Boston was named a first-team Naismith All-American on Tuesday.

Boston joined Oklahoma State signee Cade Cunningham, Southern Cal signee Evan Mobley, Gonzaga commitment Jalen Suggs, and uncommitted shooting guard Jalen Green on the first team. All five of those players are finalists for the Naismith national player of the year award, which will be announced Wednesday.

Fellow UK signee Terrence Clarke was named a Naismith honorable mention All-American.

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Crystal Ball prediction for UK target Moussa Cisse

 Posted by at 11:24 AM on March 10, 2020  Comments Off on Crystal Ball prediction for UK target Moussa Cisse
Mar 102020
 

Cisse

There’s a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of a Southeastern Conference school on the page of five-star center Moussa Cisse, but it’s not going Kentucky’s way.

National recruiting expert Andrew Slater logged the first pick in favor of Louisiana State on Cisse’s page Monday. The 6-foot-10 prospect is the No. 8 overall player in the 2021 class, though he’s widely expected to reclassify to 2020 and play college basketball next season. UK extended a scholarship offer last year, and John Calipari has been to several of his games.

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Four UK players in top 60 of new NBA Draft rankings

 Posted by at 11:12 AM on March 10, 2020  Comments Off on Four UK players in top 60 of new NBA Draft rankings
Mar 102020
 

Maxey

Four Kentucky basketball players are in the draft range for this year’s NBA Draft, according to the new rankings released by ESPN on Tuesday morning.

Freshman guard Tyrese Maxey continues to be Kentucky’s top pro prospect, coming in as the No. 8 overall player in the new ESPN rankings for the 2020 draft. Maxey is followed by junior center Nick Richards, who wasn’t even in the top 100 a few weeks ago and is now rated as the No. 46 overall player for the draft.

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Possible leaders for basketball recruit Jabari Smith

 Posted by at 3:20 PM on March 7, 2020  Comments Off on Possible leaders for basketball recruit Jabari Smith
Mar 072020
 

Smith

Elite basketball prospect Jabari Smith told Tipton Edits that six schools — Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida State, and Georgia Tech — are prioritizing him at this stage of his recruitment.

Smith — a highly versatile power forward from Sandy Creek, Ga. — is the No. 5 overall player in the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Kentucky showed some interest in Smith last year, but there’s been little buzz surrounding the Wildcats and his recruitment in recent months.

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Arizona State a unanimous favorite for Cliff Omoruyi

 Posted by at 9:07 PM on March 5, 2020  Comments Off on Arizona State a unanimous favorite for Cliff Omoruyi
Mar 052020
 

Omoruyi

On Tuesday night, four-star center Cliff Omoruyi cut his recruiting list to three schools — Arizona State, Auburn and Rutgers — trimming longtime finalists Kentucky and UConn from consideration.

Since then, Arizona State has emerged as the clear favorite to land Omoruyi’s commitment, according to recruiting analysts and experts. The Sun Devils already had the majority of predictions in Omoruyi’s recruitment before Tuesday’s announcement, but they now have all 17 picks across his 247Sports Crystal Ball page and Rivals.com Future Cast page, including predictions in their favor from national experts Eric Bossi, Corey Evans, Andrew Slater, Jerry Meyer and Brian Snow.

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Top schools for basketball recruit Chet Holmgren

 Posted by at 8:55 PM on March 5, 2020  Comments Off on Top schools for basketball recruit Chet Holmgren
Mar 052020
 

Holmgren

There still hasn’t been much Kentucky buzz surrounding Chet Holmgren — the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports — but the high school basketball star does apparently have a group of major colleges circling his recruitment.

Holmgren has told Tipton Edits that North Carolina, Minnesota, Gonzaga, Ohio State, Memphis, Maryland, and Georgetown are the schools prioritizing him at this stage in the recruiting process.

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New Crystal Ball prediction for Cliff Omoruyi

 Posted by at 1:23 PM on February 25, 2020  Comments Off on New Crystal Ball prediction for Cliff Omoruyi
Feb 252020
 

Omoruyi

National recruiting expert Andrew Slater logged a Crystal Ball prediction Tuesday for Cliff Omoruyi, and he’s favoring Arizona State to land the highly touted center.

Omoruyi — a 6-foot-11 prospect at Roselle Catholic (N.J.) — has narrowed his choices to Arizona State, Auburn, Kentucky, Rutgers and UConn, and he took his official visit to Tempe last week. Other national recruiting analysts — such as Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi and Corey Evans, and 247Sports inside Brian Snow — had previously logged predictions in favor of Arizona State.

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Second OL in as many days commits to Wildcats

 Posted by at 11:10 PM on February 20, 2020  Comments Off on Second OL in as many days commits to Wildcats
Feb 202020
 

The University of Kentucky in the span of about 24 hours picked up commitments from two Ohio offensive linemen in the 2021 class.

David Wohlabaugh, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive tackle from Wabash Jesuit committed to UK on Thursday night via his Twitter account. His announcement came on the heels of one made by Paul Rodriguez, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound prospect from William Mason High School, who on Wednesday night announced via his Instagram account.

Wohlabaugh is the son of former NFL lineman Dave Wohlabaugh, a former Syracuse star who played nine seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams.

Both players are considered three-star prospects by 247Sports and Rivals and are regarded as top-100 offensive tackles in the nation. They joined Ohio linebacker Devon Williams as UK’s only known commitments so far for the class of 2021.

The Herald-Leader spoke with 247Sports analyst Bill Greene about Rodriguez’ commitment on Thursday.

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Kentucky signee Boston is among Naismith finalists

 Posted by at 10:59 AM on February 20, 2020  Comments Off on Kentucky signee Boston is among Naismith finalists
Feb 202020
 

Boston

Kentucky signee Brandon Boston was listed Thursday among the five finalists for the prestigious Naismith boys’ basketball player of the year award.

Boston’s competition for the top honor will be Oklahoma State signee Cade Cunningham, Southern Cal signee Evan Mobley, Gonzaga commitment Jalen Suggs, and uncommitted shooting guard Jalen Green, whose finalists include Auburn and Memphis.

After a move from Georgia to California for his senior season, Boston has consistently led the star-studded Sierra Canyon High School squad in scoring, also rising up the national recruiting rankings. Rivals.com now pegs him as the No. 4 overall prospect in the 2020 class.

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