ESPN projects a few UK players for 2020 NBA Draft

 Posted by at 10:25 AM on April 22, 2019  Comments Off on ESPN projects a few UK players for 2020 NBA Draft
Apr 222019
 

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ESPN’s crew of NBA Draft analysts have been following the top recruits from the 2019 class throughout the all-star circuit over the past few weeks, and some of UK’s players for next season are projected to be first-round picks a year from now.

The updated 2020 mock draft from ESPN was posted Monday morning, and point guard recruit Tyrese Maxey is the top future Wildcat on the list at No. 11 overall. The other incoming McDonald’s All-American at Kentucky — five-star wing Kahlil Whitney — is No. 17 overall, outside of lottery range but well within first-round territory.

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Calipari visiting five-star recruit on the West Coast

 Posted by at 10:53 AM on April 19, 2019  Comments Off on Calipari visiting five-star recruit on the West Coast
Apr 192019
 

UK Coach John Calipari visited with five-star wing Johnny Juzang on Friday, and the Calfornia native received a Kentucky scholarship offer during that meeting.

Calipari is out on the West Coast — he attended the Warriors-Clippers game Thursday night — and met Friday with Juzang, a highly touted scorer in the 2020 class who has been mentioned as a possible reclassification candidate to 2019.

247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels reported earlier this week that Juzang was expected to meet with coaches from UK and Villanova, and he’s already taken an official visit to Virginia.

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Analysts make predictions on UK basketball targets

 Posted by at 12:04 PM on April 16, 2019  Comments Off on Analysts make predictions on UK basketball targets
Apr 162019
 

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Rivals.com national analysts Eric Bossi and Corey Evans have logged new predictions on a couple of major UK basketball targets over the past few days, and both picks have gone against the Wildcats.

Bossi has put in a prediction in favor of Duke for five-star forward Matthew Hurt, who is expected to choose among the Blue Devils, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina on Friday afternoon. Duke has emerged as the major favorite in Hurt’s recruitment over the past few weeks, and several national analysts are predicting the Blue Devils will land his commitment going into Friday’s announcement.

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UK’s Calipari and Payne visit with recruit Sunday

 Posted by at 10:03 PM on April 14, 2019  Comments Off on UK’s Calipari and Payne visit with recruit Sunday
Apr 142019
 

Originally scheduled to visit with five-star recruit Matthew Hurt on Sunday, UK coaches John Calipari and Kenny Payne instead had an in-home visit with Makur Maker, a fast-rising prospect in the 2020 class.

Maker — a 7-foot prospect — is the cousin of NBA player and former five-star recruit Thon Maker, and UK started expressing interest in the high school junior earlier this season. Rivals.com ranks Maker, who attends high school in California, as the No. 15 overall prospect in the 2020 class.

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UK coaches visit with one of their top 2020 targets

 Posted by at 10:58 AM on April 14, 2019  Comments Off on UK coaches visit with one of their top 2020 targets
Apr 142019
 

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Kentucky basketball coaches were in Georgia on Saturday to see five-star shooting guard Brandon Boston, one of the Cats’ top recruiting targets in the class of 2020.

Boston — a 6-foot-5 prospect from the Atlanta area — visited UK during the season and received a scholarship offer from the Wildcats on that trip. The Wildcats’ visit this weekend was first reported by Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans.

Rivals.com ranks Boston as the No. 7 overall player in the 2020 class. He is also friends and Nike league teammates with five-star point guard Sharife Cooper, who has emerged as UK’s top target at that position in the 2020 class.

John Calipari is scheduled to meet with five-star 2019 target Matthew Hurt on Sunday. Update: Calipari instead met with Makur Maker on Sunday.

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New predictions for top 2019 basketball recruits

 Posted by at 12:12 PM on April 13, 2019  Comments Off on New predictions for top 2019 basketball recruits
Apr 132019
 

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Several notable predictions were made recently on the Crystal Ball pages of some of the highest-ranked uncommitted basketball recruits in the 2019 class.

D1 Circuit’s Alec Kinsky, who helps oversee media operations on the Nike EYBL travel circuit, logged new predictions for Jaden McDaniels (Washington), Matthew Hurt (Duke), Trendon Watford (Memphis), Precious Achiuwa (UConn) and Lester Quinones (Memphis).

McDaniels, Hurt, Watford and Achiuwa were all McDonald’s All-Americans this year, and Quinones is a top-50 national prospect and one of the best backcourt scorers in the 2019 class. McDaniels and Watford both played on the Nike circuit last summer.

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Another basketball recruit in 2020 class gets UK offer

 Posted by at 3:40 PM on April 12, 2019  Comments Off on Another basketball recruit in 2020 class gets UK offer
Apr 122019
 

UK has extended a scholarship offer to four-star center Clifford Omoruyi, according to Rivals.com basketball recruiting analyst Corey Evans.

Omoruyi — a 6-foot-11, 240-pound prospect from Nigeria — was a junior this past season at Roselle Catholic (N.J.), making him a high school teammate of UK commitment Kahlil Whitney, one of the top recruits in the 2019 class. John Calipari was at the school Friday for a basketball camp.

Rivals.com ranks Omoruyi as the No. 56 overall prospect in the 2020 class. Syracuse, Florida, Virginia and UConn are among the schools that have already extended offers to Omoruyi, who will be among the top frontcourt players to watch this summer.

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Calipari travels to see another five-star recruit

 Posted by at 9:24 AM on April 12, 2019  Comments Off on Calipari travels to see another five-star recruit
Apr 122019
 

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John Calipari was in Wisconsin on Thursday to visit with Jalen Johnson, one of the top basketball recruits in the class of 2020.

Johnson — a 6-foot-8 small forward — is the No. 3 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He has visited UK for Big Blue Madness each of the past two seasons and was one of the first players in his class to land a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

Duke has also made Johnson a priority, however, and the Blue Devils are the early leader — albeit with a small sample size — on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page. As a junior this past season, Johnson averaged 19.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, earned Wisconsin player of the year honors, and led his team to its first state championship.

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Is Duke about to land another star basketball recruit?

 Posted by at 10:39 PM on April 11, 2019  Comments Off on Is Duke about to land another star basketball recruit?
Apr 112019
 

Duke could be on the verge of a terrific ending to this 2019 recruiting cycle.

The Blue Devils already have commitments from five-star McDonald’s All-Americans Vernon Carey and Wendell Moore, in addition to a pledge from top-50 recruit Boogie Ellis. Duke is also now considered the frontrunner for top-10 recruit Matthew Hurt, who announces his college decision next week.

Top 30 prospect Cassius Stanley could also be joining that Blue Devils’ class.

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Tyrese Maxey, UK targets to play in Hoop Summit

 Posted by at 4:21 PM on April 11, 2019  Comments Off on Tyrese Maxey, UK targets to play in Hoop Summit
Apr 112019
 

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UK basketball signee Tyrese Maxey and a couple of five-star Wildcats recruiting targets will be on national television Friday night as part of the annual Nike Hoop Summit all-star game.

Maxey and highly touted forward Matthew Hurt — one of UK’s top remaining targets in the 2019 class — will represent USA Basketball at the event. The American roster also features Memphis signee James Wiseman, Florida signee Scottie Lewis and several other top high school seniors.

Five-star center N’Faly Dante — a Mali native and the second player in the 2020 class to land a UK scholarship offer — will represent the World Team, which also features former UK target Oscar Tshiebwe, a West Virginia signee. Dante is considering a move to the 2019 class, which would allow him to play college basketball next season, and Kentucky remains a legitimate player in his recruitment.

The Nike Hoop Summit will be played in Portland, Ore., and televised live at 10 p.m. Friday on ESPN2.

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