Mar 202015
 
Caleb Swanigan

Swanigan

Several UK basketball recruiting targets were recipients of Gatorade state player of the year honors, which were announced Friday morning.

Jaylen Brown (Georgia), Caleb Swanigan (Indiana), Malik Newman (Mississippi), Jayson Tatum (Missouri) and Cheick Diallo (New York) all earned honors in their respective states. Tatum is the only junior in that group.

None of UK’s three signees were named Gatorade players of the year. The New Jersey honor went to Syracuse signee Malachi Richardson instead of Isaiah Briscoe. Villanova signee Jalen Brunson won over Charles Matthews in Illinois. Skal Labissiere was not eligible for the award after a preseason transfer in Tennessee, and Memphis signee Dedric Lawson was that state’s recipient.

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Mar 182015
 
Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown

Three UK basketball recruiting targets — and one UK football signee — will play in next month’s Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament, which will crown one national champion from the high school ranks.

Wheeler (Ga.) small forward Jaylen Brown and Huntington Prep (W.Va.) post player Thomas Bryant have UK scholarship offers for the class of 2015, and Findlay Prep (Nev.) point guard Derryck Thornton has a UK offer for the class of 2016.

All three of those teams were chosen for his year’s tournament, along with Oak Hill (Va.), Montverde (Fla.), Blanche Ely (Fla.), Greensboro Day (N.C.) and Wings Academy (N.Y.).

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Mar 182015
 
Zimmerman

Zimmerman

Newman

Newman

Brown

Brown

The NCAA Tournament kicks into full gear Thursday, which means there probably won’t be many major developments in the recruiting world over the next couple of weeks.

Kentucky has three signees for 2015 — and the No. 1 class in the country, according to ESPN — and nine other uncommitted seniors hold scholarship offers from the Wildcats. It’s likely that the majority of those players will wait until after the season to announce their college commitments. How many more recruits join UK’s class will depend largely on how many current players opt for the NBA Draft, but it’s likely that the Cats will add at least a couple of more prospects.

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Mar 162015
 
Bryant

Bryant

Ingram

Ingram

UK recruiting targets Thomas Bryant and Brandon Ingram highlight another loaded group of players for the Derby Festival Basketball Classic, which will be played April 11 in Freedom Hall.

The rosters were released Monday morning, and this year’s game will also include all four University of Louisville commitments — Deng Adel, Ryan McMahon, Donovan Mitchell and Raymond Spalding.

Other notables in the game are five-star Arizona signee Justin Simon, five-star Memphis signee Dedric Lawson, five-star UConn signee Jalen Adams and several other top-50 prospects.

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Mar 112015
 
Labissiere

Labissiere

The World Select roster for the Nike Hoop Summit was officially announced Wednesday, and UK commitments Skal Labissiere and Tai Wynyard will play in the game, as expected.

Labissiere — a Haiti native now living in Tennessee — has signed with the Wildcats for the class of 2015. Wynyard — a native of New Zealand — is UK’s lone commitment for the class of 2016, though there is still a chance he joins the Cats midway through the 2015-16 season.

UK recruiting targets Cheick Diallo and Thon Maker were also named to the World Select Team. Full details here.

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Feb 022015
 
Isaiah Briscoe

Isaiah Briscoe

UK basketball signee Isaiah Briscoe was named Monday to the 11-player Nike Hoop Summit team that will compete against a squad of international prospects in April.

USA Basketball officially announced the team, which will also include UK recruiting targets Jaylen Brown, Malik Newman, Ivan Rabb, Caleb Swanigan and Stephen Zimmerman.

The game will be played April 11 in Portland, Ore., and the international team could include UK signee Skal Labissiere, who was born in Haiti and attends high school in Memphis. Another UK target — Mali native Cheick Diallo — is also a likely candidate for the international roster, which is expected to be announced in March.

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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

 Posted by at 11:32 AM on January 21, 2015  No Responses »
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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