Jan 282015
 
Isaiah Briscoe

Isaiah Briscoe

UK basketball signees Isaiah Briscoe and Taylor Murray were named to this year’s McDonald’s All-American Games during a nationally televised selection show Wednesday night.

Briscoe – a 6-foot-3 guard from New Jersey — is considered the No. 9 overall prospect in the class of 2015 by Rivals.com. He was the only one of three UK signees chosen for the McDonald’s boys’ game.

Chicago guard Charles Matthews was nominated but not selected for the showcase. Memphis forward Skal Labissiere was not nominated for the game after being ruled ineligible by the Tennessee high school athletics association over a transfer flap.

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McDonald’s Game selection show on TV Wednesday

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Jan 282015
 
Briscoe

Briscoe

Matthews

Matthews

The McDonald’s All-American Game selection show will be televised live at 6 p.m. Wednesday on ESPNU.

UK signees Isaiah Briscoe and Charles Matthews have been nominated for the boys’ game, and UK signees Maci Morris, Taylor Murray and Morgan Rich are on the list of nominees for the girls’ game. There will be 24 players chosen for each game.

All eight of John Calipari’s remaining targets for the class of 2015 are nominated, and several of those players are expected to be chosen for the event. That list includes Jaylen Brown, Thomas Bryant, Cheick Diallo, Brandon Ingram, Malik Newman, Ivan Rabb, Caleb Swanigan and Stephen Zimmerman. UK signee Skal Labissiere is not eligible for the game.

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Jan 272015
 
Labissiere

Labissiere

Briscoe

Briscoe

UK basketball signees Isaiah Briscoe and Skal Labissiere were among 15 high school seniors named to the Naismith player of the year “midseason team” Tuesday.

Joining Briscoe and Labissiere on the team were six players with UK scholarship offers for the class of 2015: Jaylen Brown, Cheick Diallo, Malik Newman, Ivan Rabb, Caleb Swanigan and Stephen Zimmerman.

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Labissiere moves to No. 3 in latest ESPN rankings

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Jan 212015
 
UK signee Skal Labissiere moved up eight spots to the No. 3 overall position in ESPN’s update to the class of 2015 player rankings Wednesday.

Fellow UK signees Isaiah Briscoe (No. 13 overall) and Charles Matthews (No. 42) also made the top 50. ESPN ranks Kentucky’s three-player class as the best in the country for the 2015 recruiting cycle so far.

SEC foes Texas A&M, Louisiana State and Florida are also in the Top 10 of ESPN’s class rankings.

LSU signee Ben Simmons and top UK recruiting target Jaylen Brown remain the Nos. 1 and 2 players in ESPN’s rankings. Other UK targets include Malik Newman (No. 4), Ivan Rabb (No. 6), Caleb Swanigan (No. 8), Stephen Zimmerman (No. 10), Cheick Diallo (No. 11), Brandon Ingram (No. 12) and Thomas Bryant (No. 22).

UK recruits in the ESPN rankings
Player New rank Old rank
Jaylen Brown 2 2
Skal Labissiere 3 11
Malik Newman 4 3
Ivan Rabb 6 5
Caleb Swanigan 8 8
Stephen Zimmerman 10 10
Cheick Diallo 11 7
Brandon Ingram 12 12
Isaiah Briscoe 13 13
Thomas Bryant 22 16
Charles Matthews 42 44
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Jan 192015
 
Ivan Rabb

Ivan Rabb

John Calipari watched three of his top remaining recruiting targets in the class of 2015 on Monday.

The UK coach stayed in Massachusetts for the final day of the Hoophall Classic after watching senior post players Thomas Bryant and Cheick Diallo on Sunday. Calipari also saw Thon Maker on Sunday.

Monday’s targets were Jaylen Brown, Ivan Rabb and Stephen Zimmerman. Calipari had to get back to Kentucky for a night practice and missed Monday’s final game between junior standouts Jayson Tatum and V.J. King, who both have UK scholarship offers.

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Jan 182015
 
Cheick Diallo

Cheick Diallo

Coach John Calipari was in Springfield, Mass., on Sunday afternoon to see three post players with UK scholarship offers.

Calipari watched seniors Cheick Diallo and Thomas Bryant, as well as junior 7-footer Thon Maker, who is still considering reclassifying to 2015 and playing college basketball next season.

Diallo had 24 points and nine rebounds, but his Our Savior (N.Y.) squad lost to Huntington Prep (W.Va.) and Bryant, who finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

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Jan 162015
 
Andrew Dowell

Andrew Dowell

Marcus Walker

Marcus Walker

Seven Kentucky football commitments were listed in the final national rankings released by Scout.com and ESPN this week.

ESPN posted its final Top 300 for the class of 2015 on Thursday, and the list included safety Marcus Walker (No. 214) and linebacker Eli Brown (No. 244).

Brown joined Alabama commitment Damien Harris (No. 36) as the only two Kentuckians in the final Top 300.

Scout.com’s final Top 300 was released Friday and included five other future Wildcats.

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Jan 162015
 
Montrell Custis

Montrell Custis

With only three more weekends between now and football national signing day, many of UK’s top remaining recruiting targets will be taking official visits starting today.

UK’s coaches are expected to host Georgia cornerback Montrell Custis and Florida linebacker Darrien McNair this weekend in Lexington. Both players are currently committed to other SEC schools.

Custis first committed to UK in November 2013 before backing out of that pledge and committing to Alabama last April. He has stayed in touch with the Wildcats coaching staff ever since, however, and there’s still a chance he could flip back to UK before national signing day on Feb. 4. Rivals.com ranks him as a three-star recruit.

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Jan 142015
 
Bryant

Bryant

All three of John Calipari’s expected recruiting guests were in Rupp Arena and sitting behind the UK bench for Tuesday night’s victory over Missouri.

Senior post player Thomas Bryant and juniors Derryck Thornton and Tai Wynyard all visited for the game. Thornton attended UK’s practice earlier in the day and posted pictures of himself with Calipari and fellow point guard Tyler Ulis.

The game itself might have had the biggest effect on Bryant, who is also considering Missouri among his final four schools. UK defeated Mizzou 86-37.

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Jan 072015
 
Calipari

Calipari

UK Coach John Calipari is tentatively scheduled to see some of UK’s top recruits at the Mustang Madness event in Paducah on Saturday night, the Herald-Leader has learned.

The Wildcats play at Texas A&M in a game slated to begin at noon Central Time on Saturday. UK signee Skal Labissiere’s game at Mustang Madness is set for 3:30 p.m. CT, so it’s unlikely Calipari will be able to see that one.

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