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Apr 042014
 

Montaque Gill-Caesar and Huntington Prep will be back at Madison Square Garden on Friday for the semifinals of the Dick’s Sporting Goods national high school basketball tournament.

Gill-Caesar — a possible UK recruit for the class of 2014 — scored 20 points in Thursday’s victory over La Lumiere School (Ind.).

Huntington Prep plays top-seeded and defending national champion Montverde Academy (Fla.) on Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET in a game that will be shown on ESPN2. UK underclassmen targets Thomas Bryant and Miles Bridges also play for Huntington Prep. Montverde’s roster includes Louisville native D’Angelo Russell — an Ohio State signee — and 2015 star Ben Simmons, who has committed to Louisiana State.

The other semifinal pits Findlay Prep (Nev.) against Oak Hill Academy (Va.) at 2:30 p.m., also on ESPN2. UK has been evaluating Findlay sophomore Derryck Thornton, though he sat out Thursday’s game with an injury. Former UK recruits Rashad Vaughn, Kelly Oubre and Craig Victor also play for Findlay.

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Mar 262014
 
Gary Middendorf | Sun-Times Media

Gary Middendorf | Sun-Times Media

Rivals.com has ranked UK commitment Charles Matthews at No. 15 on its updated list of the top 150 basketball prospects in the class of 2015, which was released Wednesday.

Matthews — UK’s lone commitment for 2015 — was ranked No. 11 in the previous update. The Chicago guard will be eligible to sign with the Wildcats in November.

Top UK recruiting target Malik Newman remains the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to Rivals. Newman — a 6-foot-4 guard from Mississippi — is also ranked No. 1 by 247Sports. ESPN and Scout.com have him No. 2 in the class.

Newman is followed by UK targets Ivan Rabb, Diamond Stone and Stephen Zimmerman. Louisiana State commitment Ben Simmons — at No. 5 — is the highest ranked 2015 prospect who has already committed to a school.

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Mar 252014
 
Devin Booker

Devin Booker

Kentucky missed out Monday night on Luke Kennard, who announced his commitment to Duke for the class of 2015.

Still, the Cats should boast one of the most talented backcourts in the country when the 2015-16 season rolls around.

UK already has a commitment from Chicago star Charles Matthews, a versatile 6-foot-5 prospect who has the tools to be one of John Calipari’s top perimeter defenders as a freshman.

Three scholarship guards will likely be returning players on that 2015-16 roster. Dominique Hawkins will be a junior by then, and current signees Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker will be sophomores. Neither Ulis nor Booker is expected to be a “one-and-done” player.

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Mar 212014
 
Trey Lyles

Trey Lyles

Several University of Kentucky basketball recruits were honored with Gatorade state player of the year awards Friday.

UK men’s signees Trey Lyles (Indiana) and Karl Towns Jr. (New Jersey) were chosen as the best boys’ basketball players in their state for the 2013-14 season. The award is based on “athletic achievement, academic excellence and exemplary character.” UK women’s signee Alexis Jennings was the girls’ winner for the state of Alabama.

Lyles is averaging 23.9 points and 13.0 rebounds for Arsenal Tech, which plays in the state semifinals Saturday night with a chance to advance to next week’s state title game. Towns is averaging 21.5 points, 13.7 rebounds and 6.4 blocks per game and will play for the New Jersey Tournament of Champions next week. Both future Wildcats have near a 3.7 grade-point average, according to the release from Gatorade.

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Tweet watch: Several basketball and football notes

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Feb 122014
 
Damien Harris

Damien Harris

Some quick notes from Tuesday night …

Madison Southern running back Damien Harris attended the Ohio State-Michigan basketball game in Columbus and sat with OSU Coach Urban Meyer. Harris — the No. 1 running back in the Class of 2015 — backed out of his commitment to Michigan last month and is considering both Big Ten rivals, as well as Kentucky and several other programs.

UCLA Coach Steve Alford was at Las Vegas forward Stephen Zimmerman’s game. Zimmerman is one of UK’s top targets in the Class of 2015. John Calipari watched him play last month in West Virginia.

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Rabb replaces Newman at top of Scout’s rankings

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Feb 112014
 
Ivan Rabb | Photo: USA Basketball

Ivan Rabb | Photo: USA Basketball

California power forward Ivan Rabb is the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2015, according to Tuesday’s update to the Scout.com rankings.

Rabb — a 6-foot-10 prospect — received a UK scholarship offer last fall. His mother recently told Scout.com that she has spoken to UK Coach John Calipari several times over the past few months. Rabb plays for Bishop O’ Dowd High School and the Oakland Soldiers summer program. Recent Soldiers standouts have included Stanley Johnson, Aaron Gordon and Brandon Ashley. All three of those players signed with Arizona. Former UK forward Kyle Wiltjer also played for the Soldiers.

Earlier this month, Rabb announced a list of 12 schools that he is primarily considering. That group includes UK, Arizona, California, Duke, UCLA, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State and Southern Cal.

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Feb 072014
 
Jackson Davis

Jackson Davis

Some of the best high school basketball prospects in the state will be playing in and around Lexington this weekend.

Saturday’s Jock Sutherland Classic at Lafayette High School will feature Knott Central’s Camron Justice, Lafayette’s Jackson Davis, Trinity’s Ray Spalding and Scott County’s Raekwon Long.

Justice, who backed out of his commitment to Tennessee last weekend, will lead Knott Central against Peyton Woods and Wayne County, the only undefeated team in the state. Spalding and Long — two of the top big men in Kentucky — play each other in a battle of two of the state’s top teams. Davis will face in-city rival Lexington Catholic in the finale.

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Reminder: Kennard vs. Goodin at KoB Showcase

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Jan 312014
 
Kennard

Kennard

The two-day King of the Bluegrass Showcase tips off Friday night, and the second day of the event will feature a matchup of two underclassmen on UK’s recruiting radar.

Luke Kennard and Quentin Goodin are set to face off Saturday at Fairdale High School in Louisville. Kennard, who plays for Franklin (Ohio), is a five-star shooting guard in the Class of 2015 and already has a scholarship offer from UK. Goodin — a sophomore guard at Taylor County — is a highly touted prospect in the Class of 2016. John Calipari, John Robic and Orlando Antigua watched one of his games earlier this month.

The event will also feature Louisville signee Quentin Snider and Butler signee Kelan Martin (both of Ballard), as well as Tennessee commitment Camron Justice (Knott Central). Class of 2016 prospect Braxton Blackwell (Christ Presbyterian) is also a possible UK recruit.

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UK recruits Rabb, Newman lead new ESPN rankings

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Jan 292014
 
Ivan Rabb | Photo: USA Basketball

Ivan Rabb | Photo: USA Basketball

California post player Ivan Rabb is the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2015, according to the latest rankings from ESPN.

Rabb — a 6-foot-9 power forward — has offers from UK, Duke, Arizona, North Carolina, UCLA and several others. John Calipari visited him at his high school recently, and he’s also a top target for Arizona’s Sean Miller, who has had a lot of recent success recruiting players from Rabb’s Oakland Soldiers summer program.

Mississippi guard Malik Newman fell from No. 1 to No. 2 in the ESPN rankings, which were released Wednesday. The 6-3 prospect had been ranked No. 1 in the class by every major recruiting service. He is arguably UK’s top target for the Class of 2015 and also has offers from Duke, Kansas and a host of others.

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Joe B. Hall Classic postponed due to weather

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Jan 242014
 

UPDATE: Holmes Coach Jason Booher tweeted Saturday that the re-scheduled game between Holmes and Trinity has been cancelled.

The Joe B. Hall Prep Classic scheduled for Saturday at Montgomery County has been postponed due to weather, according to the Herald-Leader’s Mike Fields.

A new date for the event will be announced next week.

This year’s Prep Classic includes five games, featuring nine of the top 25 teams in the state and seven of the top 15 players in Kentucky.

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