Jun 112014
 
Trey Lyles

Trey Lyles

John Calipari’s four incoming freshman arrived in Lexington to begin their careers as Wildcats this week, and all four players know the numbers they’ll be wearing this season.

Devin Booker announced earlier this month that he would wear No. 1 at UK after playing as No. 2 during his high school career. Aaron Harrison will return as No. 2 for the Wildcats.

Tyler Ulis and Karl-Anthony Towns tweeted pictures from their UK lockers earlier this week. Ulis will be No. 3, and Towns will wear No. 12.

Trey Lyles told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday that he will be No. 41 at Kentucky, the same number he wore in high school.

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Jun 112014
 
Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons

A Southeastern Conference basketball commitment is the No. 1 player in the class of 2015, according to one recruiting service, but he’s not going to Kentucky.

Future 150 released its new rankings Wednesday, and LSU recruit Ben Simmons jumped to the No. 1 spot. Simmons, a native of Australia, will be a senior at prep powerhouse Montverde Academy in Florida this fall.

Simmons, a 6-foot-8 forward, is the No. 2 overall player in the new rankings from Scout.com, 247Sports and ESPN.

UK’s lone commitment for the class of 2015, Chicago guard Charles Matthews, is No. 35 overall in the new Future 150 rankings. He fell 25 spots from his previous position at No. 10. Matthews has experienced similar drops in other national rankings over the past few weeks.

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Jun 112014
 

All four members of John Calipari’s recruiting class of 2014 have arrived in Lexington.

New Jersey center Karl-Anthony Towns got to town Monday night and was there to welcome new teammates Trey Lyles, Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker, who all moved in Tuesday.

The early arrivals mean that all four freshmen will be able to enroll in summer classes at UK and take part in workouts over the next few weeks. That’s a switch from last year, when James Young, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison didn’t get to Lexington until August.

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Jun 052014
 
Karl-Anthony Towns Photo: Newark Star-Ledger

Karl-Anthony Towns | Photo: Newark Star-Ledger

Karl-Anthony Towns is the top signee in Kentucky’s recruiting class of 2014, according to the final RSCI composite rankings released earlier this week.

The RSCI (Recruiting Services Consensus Index) combines rankings from six different national recruiting services to come up with a composite Top 100. The RSCI ranking has been around since 1998.

Towns is the No. 5 overall player in the class of 2014, according to this year’s ranking. He is followed by fellow UK signees Trey Lyles (No. 12), Tyler Ulis (No. 18) and Devin Booker (No. 23).

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May 012014
 
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

The final Scout.com rankings for the class of 2014 were released Thursday, and UK signees Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyler Ulis continued to climb up the list.

Towns — a 7-footer from New Jersey — finishes the recruiting cycle as the No. 4 overall prospect in the Scout.com rankings, up seven spots from the most recent update. Rivals, Scout and 247Sports all placed him among the top five players in the class. ESPN had him No. 9 in its final rankings.

Ulis — a 5-9 point guard from Chicago — is ranked No. 20 overall in the final Scout rankings. That’s up nine spots from the most recent update. He is now considered a five-star player by every major recruiting service and is ranked no lower than No. 25 in the country.

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Apr 242014
 
Photo: Newark Star-Ledger

Photo: Newark Star-Ledger

247Sports national recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer told the Herald-Leader last week that he was leaning toward ranking UK signee Karl-Anthony Towns as his No. 1 big man for the class of 2014.

Meyer followed through Thursday, when he released the final 247Sports rankings for the incoming class.

Towns finishes as the No. 2 overall recruit and top-ranked post player ahead of Kansas signee Cliff Alexander (No. 4), Duke signee Jahlil Okafor (No. 6), and uncommitted 7-footer Myles Turner (No. 7).

Meyer said that Towns brings a little bit of everything to Kentucky, while the other three high school stars excel in certain areas. The longtime recruiting analyst also emphasized that his rankings are predictions for how successful these players will be throughout their entire basketball careers — pro and college — and not just a judgement on what they’ll do as freshmen next season.

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Apr 242014
 
Tyler Ulis

Tyler Ulis

Future UK point guard Tyler Ulis was one of the biggest movers in the final Rivals 150 rankings for the class of 2014, which were released Thursday.

Ulis moved up 12 spots and finishes the cycle as the No. 21 overall prospect in the class. He’s also the No. 3 point guard — behind Emmanuel Mudiay and Tyus Jones — and earned five-star status from the Rivals recruiting service.

The higher a player is ranked, the tougher it is for him to move up the list. That makes Karl-Anthony Towns’ six-spot jump all the more impressive. The UK signee went from No. 11 to No. 5 in the final rankings after a strong senior season and an eye-opening run on the all-star circuit.

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Apr 172014
 
Tommy Mainord

Tommy Mainord

UK wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord talked to the Herald-Leader on national signing day about the five wide receivers who will join the Wildcats this season — regarded as the program’s best haul at the position in the modern recruiting era.

Mainord and offensive coordinator Neal Brown are excited about the five newcomers, and you can read more about how those players will fit in with UK’s returning receivers right here. Mainord also broke down each player in more detail. Here are his thoughts on the five freshmen:

On Dorian Baker: “Very explosive. Vince (Marrow) had gone and seen him in spring ball. I didn’t have a chance to see him until summer camp. I was really impressed with his ‘get-off’ — he was really quick off the ball and really surprised you when he took off. He came back this fall and he’s grown another inch. He’s going to be a big, physical kid for us that can run. So we’re really excited about him. I think he’s got a lot of upside, because he’s going to put on some good weight and because he has breakaway speed.

“He’s explosive and he can do some things with the ball. He’s one we’re excited about, no doubt.”

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Apr 092014
 
Karl Towns

Karl Towns

All four of UK’s basketball signees for the class of 2014 were honored as All-Americans by USA Today on Wednesday.

Karl Towns Jr. and Trey Lyles were both selected to the second team, and Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis made the third team.

Louisville native and Ohio State signee D’Angelo Russell was also a second-team selection.

Of the 15 players honored, 13 were seniors. The only juniors to be recognized were top Kentucky target Malik Newman and Louisiana State commitment Ben Simmons, both on the third team.

Duke signee Jahlil Okafor was named the national player of the year.

MORE: Full list of USA Today All-Americans

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Apr 092014
 
Trey Lyles

Trey Lyles

The final class of 2014 rankings from ESPN are in, and Trey Lyles is the most highly touted player in Kentucky’s recruiting class.

The power forward from Indianapolis is No. 6 overall in the last batch of 2014 rankings from ESPN, which had him in the same spot in the previous update.

Karl Towns Jr. is the next Wildcat at No. 9 overall, followed by Devin Booker at No. 18 and Tyler Ulis at No. 25. Booker and Ulis fell one spot each, and Towns’ ranking stayed the same.

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