Oct 202014
 
Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown

Simmons

Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown and Malik Newman are the top three basketball prospects in the class of 2015, according to the newly updated Recruiting Services Consensus Index.

The RSCI compiles player rankings from several major recruiting services to form one consensus ranking. (Check out final RSCI Top 100s dating back to 1998 here).

Simmons, a 6-foot-9 power forward committed to Louisiana State, is rated No. 1 by four of the six recruiting services used in the RSCI. Brown and Skal Labissiere — both UK targets — top the other two lists.

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Oct 172014
 
Cheick Diallo

Cheick Diallo

UK Coach John Calipari is heading into his biggest on-campus recruiting weekend of the year, with six highly touted seniors expected to be in town for Big Blue Madness on Friday night.

Many of UK’s other top recruits will be spending the next couple of days on other college campuses.

Cheick Diallo and Isaiah Briscoe will both stay close to home for official visits to St. John’s, which is also holding its midnight madness Friday night. St. John’s Coach Steve Lavin and all three assistants visited Briscoe at his school in New Jersey on Thursday. Briscoe took his official visit to UK three weeks ago. Diallo took his official visit to UK in June.

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Oct 092014
 
Brown

Brown

Zimmerman

Zimmerman

Newman

Newman

If you regularly visit the Next Cats basketball website, you probably noticed a few new faces on the homepage this morning.

With John Calipari’s class of 2014 recruits set to make their Rupp Arena debut next week, it’s time for us to turn the page to the prospects on Calipari’s class of 2015 radar.

Click on a player on the homepage — or scroll to the bottom of this post — to access individual player pages for each of the 13 high school seniors who Calipari has offered for 2015. (Note: Henry Ellenson committed to Marquette on Thursday). Every page includes video, rankings, bio info and more. Once the season begins, those pages will be updated with game-by-game statistics for each recruit.

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Oct 042014
 
Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown

This is the biggest recruiting weekend of the fall for the UK football program, but the school’s top basketball prospects are all elsewhere.

Here’s a look at what John Calipari’s class of 2015 targets are up to (two weeks before many of them will be in Lexington for Big Blue Madness):

Antonio Blakeney: No plans (expected to take official visit to Missouri next weekend)
Carlton Bragg: No plans (will visit Kansas next weekend)
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Oct 022014
 
George Brown

George Brown

The Next Cats page dedicated to UK’s top football recruiting targets in the class of 2015 was updated Thursday with new additions and fresh info on the Cats’ top recruits.

Several players were added to the page, including Nick Conner, George Brown, Ahmad Wagner, Kenny Thomas, Maurice Smitherman and others. Information on previous targets has been updated to reflect the latest in their recruitments.

Click on each prospect’s name to jump to a short bio with more recruiting info about that player. The bios also include links to their Rivals.com and 247Sports profile pages, as well as a link to their Hudl video page.

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Weekend plans for UK’s top basketball recruits

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Sep 262014
 
Isaiah Briscoe

Isaiah Briscoe

It’ll be another busy weekend of campus visits and in-home meetings with coaches for UK’s top basketball recruits in the class of 2015.

Here’s a rundown of who is doing what:

New Jersey guard Isaiah Briscoe will make his first visit to Lexington starting Sunday. Briscoe — a top-15 player in the class — will first travel to UConn for an official visit. Once that trip wraps up, he’ll head south for an official visit to Kentucky. UK Coach John Calipari had an in-home visit with Briscoe last week and implied that a scholarship offer could be coming his way during the UK trip. The Cats seem to be in a great position if Calipari does indeed offer this weekend.

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Full list of players Calipari has visited this month

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Sep 252014
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

Since the fall recruiting period began Sept. 9, UK Coach John Calipari has been all over the country for in-home visits with his top targets in the class of 2015. Here’s a look at the high school seniors who have met with Calipari:

Sept. 9 — Malik Newman Jackson, Miss.
Sept. 9 — Jaylen Brown Marietta, Ga.
Sept. 10 — Doral Moore Montverde, Fla.
Sept. 11 — Caleb Swanigan Fort Wayne, Ind.
Sept. 11 — Brandon Ingram Kinston, N.C.
Spet. 11 — Henry Ellenson Rice Lake, Wisc.
Sept. 12 — Charles Matthews Chicago, Ill.
Sept. 13 — Stephen Zimmerman Las Vegas, Nev.
Sept. 14 — Ivan Rabb Oakland, Calif.
Sept. 16 — Skal Labissiere Memphis, Tenn.
Sept. 17 — Carlton Bragg Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 18 — Isaiah Briscoe Union, N.J.
Sept. 18 – Cheick Diallo Centereach, N.Y.
Sept. 24 — Antonio Blakeney Orlando, Fla.

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Sep 222014
 
Labissiere

Labissiere

Five-star power forward Skal Labissiere took his official visit to Kentucky over the weekend, as planned.

“It was great!” Labissiere told the Herald-Leader on Monday. “I saw why they are such a great program.”

The 6-foot-10 prospect from the Memphis area had dinner with UK Coach John Calipari on Friday night, took a tour of the UK facilities and met with players and members of the coaching staff.

Labissiere has already taken official visits to Georgetown and North Carolina. He will take two more official visits to Tennessee and Baylor next month, followed by an unofficial visit to nearby Memphis, which is considered the heavy favorite in his recruitment.

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Tweet watch: Damien Harris, others react to UK loss

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Sep 142014
 

Some of UK’s top football recruits for the class of 2015 were keeping tabs on Saturday night’s overtime thriller against Florida, a game the Gators won 36-30 after three extra periods.

Here’s a sample of their tweets:

No. 1 recruit Damien Harris …

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