Malik Newman leads Team USA to FIBA gold medal

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Aug 162014
 
Malik Newman

Malik Newman

Top UK basketball recruiting target Malik Newman helped lead the Team USA under-17 squad to a FIBA world championships gold medal Saturday in Dubai.

Newman — a 6-foot-4 guard in the class of 2015 — had 21 points and 11 rebounds in Team USA’s 99-92 victory over Australia in the title game. The Americans won all six of their previous contests in the competition by an average margin of 43.2 points per game.

This year’s squad included nine players with scholarship offers from Kentucky.

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Aug 152014
 
Diamond Stone | Photo: Reebok

Diamond Stone | Photo: Reebok

The Team USA under-17 squad featuring nine basketball players with scholarship offers from UK will play for a gold medal Saturday.

The team has steamrolled the competition so far this week at the FIBA world championship in Dubai. Team USA has won its six contests by an average margin of 43.2 points per game and will face Australia for gold on Saturday.

The game will be shown live at 1 p.m. EDT on ESPN3 and replayed at 10 p.m. on ESPNU.

UK target Diamond Stone is leading the Americans in points (14.2), rebounds (10.0) and blocked shots (3.7). Malik Newman is second on the team with 13.8 points and 3.0 assists per game.

Other Team USA players with UK scholarship offers include Tyus Battle, Henry Ellenson, Harry Giles, V.J. King, Ivan Rabb, Caleb Swanigan and Jayson Tatum.

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Aug 142014
 
Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown

One of UK’s top recruiting targets for the class of 2015 is the new No. 1 player in the Scout.com rankings, while the Cats’ lone commitment for next year took another tumble.

Georgia small forward Jaylen Brown took over the No. 1 spot in the Scout Top 100 from fellow UK target Diamond Stone on Thursday.

Brown — a 6-foot-7 prospect — had an excellent showing on the summer circuit. He recently visited UCLA and has said he wants to see Kentucky at least once before making his college decision. Kansas and Georgia are among the other schools involved in his recruitment.

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Aug 072014
 
Malik Newman is one of UK's top recruiting targets in the Class of 2015. Photo: USA Basketball

Malik Newman is one of UK’s top recruiting targets in the Class of 2015.
Photo: USA Basketball

Several University of Kentucky basketball recruits will be playing on various ESPN networks over the next few days.

Nine players with UK scholarship offers made the Team USA under-17 squad, which will compete for a FIBA world championship in Dubai starting Friday afternoon.

The opening game against Greece will be shown live on ESPN3 at 1 p.m. EDT. Saturday’s game against Angola is set for 8:30 a.m., and will be shown live on ESPNU. Team USA’s final preliminary game will be Monday against the Philippines at 10:45 a.m. on ESPNU.

If the U.S. team advances out of pool play, ESPNU or ESPN3 will show knockout-round games on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The gold-medal game will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. and shown live by an ESPN-affiliated network.

Every game in the tournament will also be available live at www.youtube.com/fiba

The nine Team USA players with UK scholarship offers are Henry Ellenson, Malik Newman, Ivan Rabb, Diamond Stone and Caleb Swanigan from the class of 2015, and Tyus Battle, Harry Giles, V.J. King and Jayson Tatum from the class of 2016. Josh Jackson, another class of 2016 prospect, is also a likely UK target.

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Aug 042014
 
Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown

A couple of UK basketball recruiting targets from the class of 2015 will be among the high school stars showcased in the Adidas Nations finals on ESPNU on Monday night.

Jaylen Brown and Derrick Jones will lead Team Howard against Team Europe in the third-place game of the event at 7 p.m. ET. Brown and Jones both have UK scholarship offers for the class of 2015.

Four UK targets for the class of 2016 will square off in the Adidas Nations championship at 9 p.m. That game will pit Team Wall’s Kobi Simmons and Rawle Alkins against Team Lillard’s Thon Maker and Eron Gordon. Maker already has a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

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Jul 292014
 
Harry Giles | Photo: USA Basketball

Harry Giles | Photo: USA Basketball

Nine basketball players with scholarship offers from Kentucky were among the 12 players who made the Team USA U17 squad Tuesday.

The final team was announced after extended workouts following Saturday’s cut to 17 players. The 12 players who made the team will continue to practice in Colorado Springs before heading to Dubai for next month’s FIBA world championships.

The nine UK recruiting targets selected were Tyus Battle, Henry Ellenson, Harry Giles, V.J. King, Malik Newman, Ivan Rabb, Diamond Stone, Caleb Swanigan and Jayson Tatum. Ellenson, Newman, Rabb, Stone and Swanigan are all from the class of 2015. The rest are 2016 prospects.

Terrence Ferguson, Josh Jackson and Devearl Ramsey are also on the 12-man roster.

Class of 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton is the only major UK target who did not make the team following the final cut.

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Jul 262014
 
Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown

247Sports analyst Jerry Meyer tweeted Friday that he has updated the recruiting service’s basketball rankings for the classes of 2015 and 2016.

The rankings will probably change again by the end of the summer, but here’s a look at Meyer’s top five in each class:

Class of 2015: 1. Ben Simmons (LSU), 2. Jaylen Brown, 3. Cheick Diallo, 4. Malik Newman, 5. Ivan Rabb.

Brown, Diallo, Newman and Rabb are all UK targets. The Cats’ lone commitment for 2015 — Charles Matthews — is ranked No. 58 in the class. Both of Louisville’s commitments are ranked higher, with Deng Adel at No. 29 and Ray Spalding at No. 33.

Class of 2016: 1. Jayson Tatum, 2. Josh Jackson, 3. Malik Monk, 4. Thon Maker, 5. Harry Giles.

Tatum, Monk, Maker and Giles all have scholarship offers from Kentucky.

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Jul 122014
 
Calipari

Calipari

UK Coach John Calipari moved on to Las Vegas on Saturday to do some recruiting at the LeBron James Skills Academy.

The UK targets at the event include Cheick Diallo, Malik Newman, Stephen Zimmerman, Ivan Rabb, Eric Davis, Thomas Bryant, Montaque Gill-Caesar and Doral Moore from the class of 2015. Several UK targets from the class of 2016 are also competing, including Jayson Tatum, Miles Bridges, Malik Monk and Dedric Lawson. UK commitment Charles Matthews is also there.

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Jul 112014
 
Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown

UK Coach John Calipari was still in Chicago for Friday’s afternoon games at the Adidas Unrivaled showcase, where he watched top Wildcats target Jaylen Brown.

New assistant coach Barry Rohrssen is also in Chicago for the second consecutive day. The Adidas event features Brown, Carlton Bragg and Brandon Ingram from the class of 2015. Kobi Simmons and Eron Gordon are among the UK targets in the class of 2016 at the showcase.

Many of Kentucky’s top 2015 targets are playing at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas, where UK assistant coach Kenny Payne was scouting players Thursday. Friday’s games at the LeBron camp started at 5:30 p.m. ET with another block of games slated to begin at 10 p.m. (Update: The night games at the LeBron Skills Academy have been cancelled. No explanation given). There will be several games being played there Saturday, so expect Calipari to make an appearance in Vegas before the end of the week.

Malik Newman, Stephen Zimmerman, Ivan Rabb and Cheick Diallo are just a few of the UK targets at that event. UK commitment Charles Matthews is also there.

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Jul 112014
 
Damien Harris

Damien Harris

Coach Mark Stoops already has 12 football commitments for the class of 2015, but there’s still much work to be done between now and national signing day in February.

UK has scholarship offers out to dozens of prospective recruits and will look to add about a dozen more to its nationally ranked class. Our “Class of 2015″ page has been updated with bio info and rankings for more than 50 UK targets and new extended profiles for 30 prospects. The extended profiles also include links to each player’s Rivals and 247Sports page and now feature links to video highlights for nearly every UK recruit.

Just click on a player’s name for more information on that prospect.

UK recruits with new extended profiles include Anthony Rush, Amonte Caban, Anthony McKee, Karan Higdon, Nick Westbrook, Marcus Walker and many, many more.

Profiles for longtime targets like Damien Harris, George Brown and Kei Beckham have been updated with the latest information on those recruits.

Check out the 2015 page, which we’ll continue to update throughout the year.

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