Charting college debuts of the nation’s top freshmen

 Posted by at 2:21 AM on November 14, 2015  Comments Off on Charting college debuts of the nation’s top freshmen
Nov 142015
 
Jamal Murray throws down a dunk for two of his 18 points in Friday's victory over Albany. Mark Cornelison | Herald-Leader

UK freshman Jamal Murray throws down a dunk for two of his 19 points in Friday’s victory over Albany.
Mark Cornelison | Herald-Leader

Many of the top basketball recruits in the class of 2015 made their college debuts Friday night. Here’s a statistical rundown of how those players (and other freshmen of interest) performed in their first regular-season games:

Skal Labissiere (Kentucky): 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks in 78-65 victory over Albany. (30 minutes)

Jamal Murray (Kentucky): 19 points, 8 assists, 3 steals in 78-65 victory over Albany. (32 minutes)

Isaiah Briscoe (Kentucky): Did not play vs. Albany (bruised knee).

Charles Matthews (Kentucky): 4 points, 2 rebounds in 78-65 victory over Albany. (15 minutes)

Isaac Humphries (Kentucky): 4 points, 2 rebounds in 78-65 victory over Albany. (7 minutes)

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Freshmen fill the stat sheet in UK’s exhibition opener

 Posted by at 10:02 PM on November 2, 2015  Comments Off on Freshmen fill the stat sheet in UK’s exhibition opener
Nov 022015
 
Photo: Mark Cornelison | Herald-Leader

Photo: Mark Cornelison | Herald-Leader

Jamal Murray missed a triple-double by just one assist, and the rest of his fellow UK newcomers also had their moments in the Cats’ 117-58 exhibition victory over Ottawa on Monday night at Rupp Arena.

Here’s a quick stat rundown of those newcomers:

Jamal Murray: The freshman from Canada finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and three steals in 29 minutes. He was 4-for-8 on three-point attempts and made both of his free throws. Murray showed off his exceptional feel and basketball IQ throughout the game. He remains the early favorite to lead the Cats in scoring this season.

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Jersey numbers posted for UK basketball newcomers

 Posted by at 3:54 PM on August 28, 2015  Comments Off on Jersey numbers posted for UK basketball newcomers
Aug 282015
 
Briscoe

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The University of Kentucky released the official men’s basketball roster for the 2015-16 season Friday afternoon, meaning we now know for certain which numbers all of the incoming Wildcats will be wearing.

Here’s the jersey number designation (along with official height and weight) for each UK newcomer:

1-Skal Labissiere (6-11, 225 pounds)
4-Charles Matthews (6-6, 189 pounds)
10-Jonny David (6-2, 175 pounds)
11-Mychal Mulder (6-4, 185 pounds)
13-Isaiah Brisoce (6-3, 202 pounds)
15-Isaac Humphries (7-0, 260 pounds)
23-Jamal Murray (6-4, 207 pounds)
32-Dillon Pullium (6-3, 180 pounds)

Check out the entire roster at UKAthletics.com

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UK basketball team’s projected roster for 2015-16

 Posted by at 3:12 PM on August 20, 2015  Comments Off on UK basketball team’s projected roster for 2015-16
Aug 202015
 

Four-star post player Isaac Humphries has committed to Kentucky and will move to the class of 2015, giving the Wildcats another talented late addition for the upcoming season. Here’s what UK’s roster looks like right now for 2015-16 (and note that there’s still a possibility that New Zealand post player Tai Wynyard will enroll at UK in December and play the second half of the season with the Cats):

Probable UK basketball roster for 2015-16
Player Class Pos Ht 2014-15 stats/Other notes
Alex Poythress Senior F 6-8 5.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 20.3 mpg (8 games)
E.J. Floreal Junior G 6-4 0.1 ppg, 0.1 rpg, 1.5 mpg
Dominique Hawkins Junior G 6-0 1.3 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 7.1 mpg
Marcus Lee Junior F 6-9 2.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 10.9 mpg
Mychal Mulder Junior G 6-4 15.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 46% threes (juco)
Derek Willis Junior F 6-9 1.3 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 3.9 mpg
Tyler Ulis Sophomore G 5-9 5.6 ppg, 3.6 apg, 23.8 mpg
Isaiah Briscoe Freshman G 6-3 No. 12 recruit in 247Sports composite rankings
Jonny David Freshman G 6-2 Walk-on who had interest from D-I schools
Isaac Humphries Freshman C 7-0 No. 49 recruit in 247Sports composite rankings
Skal Labissiere Freshman F 7-0 No. 1 overall recruit in Rivals.com and Scout.com rankings
Charles Matthews Freshman G 6-5 No. 57 recruit in 247Sports composite rankings
Jamal Murray Freshman G 6-5 No. 10 recruit in 247Sports composite rankings

 

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Three UK basketball signees in top 50 of RSCI rankings for class of 2015; Murray could move up

 Posted by at 10:22 AM on June 29, 2015  Comments Off on Three UK basketball signees in top 50 of RSCI rankings for class of 2015; Murray could move up
Jun 292015
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

University of Kentucky basketball signee Skal Labissiere is the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to the newly released Recruiting Services Consensus Index (RSCI) rankings.

The annual composite ranking uses six major recruiting services to come up with one master ranking.

Louisiana State signee Ben Simmons is ranked No. 1 overall. Simmons and Labissiere both earned the top spot from three recruiting services, but Simmons edged out Labissiere by one point in the final tally.

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May 052015
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

UK signee Skal Labissiere earned the No. 1 spot in Scout.com’s final class of 2015 player rankings, which were released Tuesday.

Labissiere — a 7-footer from Haiti — jumped up from No. 3 after a spectacular showing on the post-season all-star circuit last month. He was not allowed to play for his Memphis high school this past season because of Tennessee transfer rules.

Scout.com director of recruiting Evan Daniels wrote Tuesday that Labissiere has proven himself to be “the best long-term prospect” in the class of 2015.

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May 042015
 

Kentucky was among the many schools that contacted Tennessee shooting guard LaGerald Vick on Monday, the day after he backed out of his commitment to Southern Methodist.

Vick — a 6-foot-5 prospect from Memphis — is considering a move to the class of 2015, which would make him eligible to play college basketball next season.

UK has missed out on top recruits Jaylen Brown and Malik Newman, among others, in recent weeks and could be looking to bolster its roster. Vick had committed to SMU last October.

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May 012015
 

Five-star small forward Jaylen Brown is no longer an option for Kentucky following his commitment to California on Friday night. Here’s what UK’s roster looks like next season, pending the possible reclassification decisions of recruiting targets Thon Maker and Jamal Murray (and keeping in mind that UK commitment Tai Wynyard is likely to stay in the class of 2016):

Probable UK basketball roster for 2015-16
Player Class Pos Ht 2014-15 stats/Other notes
Alex Poythress Senior F 6-8 5.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 20.3 mpg (8 games)
E.J. Floreal Junior G 6-4 0.1 ppg, 0.1 rpg, 1.5 mpg
Dominique Hawkins Junior G 6-0 1.3 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 7.1 mpg
Marcus Lee Junior F 6-9 2.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 10.9 mpg
Mychal Mulder Junior G 6-4 15.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 46% threes (juco)
Derek Willis Junior F 6-9 1.3 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 3.9 mpg
Tyler Ulis Sophomore G 5-9 5.6 ppg, 3.6 apg, 23.8 mpg
Isaiah Briscoe Freshman G 6-3 No. 1 ranked point guard in 2015 class
Jonny David Freshman G 6-2 Walk-on who had interest from D-I schools
Skal Labissiere Freshman F 7-0 No. 1 overall recruit in Rivals.com rankings
Charles Matthews Freshman G 6-5 Top 50 recruit in 2015 class

 

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Apr 272015
 

Scout.com’s Evan Daniels is reporting that No. 1 recruit Jaylen Brown has trimmed his list to UK, Kansas, Michigan, California and North Carolina, which means UCLA and home-state Georgia and Georgia Tech are out.

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Apr 232015
 
Alex Poythress

Alex Poythress

UK forward Alex Poythress tweeted Thursday that he is ready to be part of “something special” next season and added a #BBN hashtag at the end. A UK spokesman confirmed to the Herald-Leader that the tweet can be considered Poythress’ “official announcement” that he is returning to Lexington next season.

Poythress requested NBA feedback earlier this month and had until Sunday to declare for this year’s draft.

John Calipari said Thursday that he anticipates adding “one or two more” players for next season. The Cats are still in the mix for McDonald’s All-Americans Jaylen Brown, Cheick Diallo, Brandon Ingram and Malik Newman, but UK is not considered the favorite for any of those players.

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