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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Jul 102014
 
Harry Giles

Harry Giles

UK Coach John Calipari arrived in Chicago on Thursday afternoon after spending the first couple of sessions of the July recruiting period at a Reebook event in Philadelphia.

Chicago is hosting the Adidas Unrivaled showcase that includes UK targets Jaylen Brown, Carlton Bragg, Brandon Ingram, Kobi Simmons and Eron Gordon. Brown and Bragg are two of UK’s top targets for the class of 2015. New UK assistant coach Barry Rohrssen accompanied Calipari to Chicago.

Meanwhile, UK assistant John Robic was at the ScoutsFocus Elite Camp in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday to see power forward Harry Giles, who was considered the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2016 until suffering a serious knee injury last summer.

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Jul 092014
 
Skal Labissiere

Labissiere

As expected, UK Coach John Calipari made the Reebok Breakout Classic in Philadelphia his first stop during the July recruiting period, which started Wednesday evening.

Calipari watched class of 2015 post players Skal Labissiere and Diamond Stone, and 2016 guards Derryck Thornton and Tyus Battle in his first game at the Reebok event. He saw 2015 wing Derrick Jones later in the night.

Other coaches in Philadelphia on Wednesday included Louisville’s Rick Pitino, UConn’s Kevin Ollie, Michigan’s John Beilein, Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan and Memphis’ Josh Pastner, among many others.

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Jul 092014
 
Calipari

Calipari

UK Coach John Calipari will be in Philadelphia to start the July recruiting period, which begins Wednesday evening.

Philadelphia is hosting the Reebok Breakout Classic, a recruiting showcase that features 120 of the best players in the classes of 2015 and 2016.

The prospects with UK scholarship offers who are expected to be at the event include 2015′s Skal Labissiere and Derrick Jones, and 2016′s Derryck Thornton and Tyus Battle.

Others in attendance will be 2015 center Diamond Stone, 2015 guard P.J. Dozier and 2015 wing Dwayne Bacon, who told the Herald-Leader last month that UK was planning to see him play in Philadelphia. The Cats have already expressed interest in Stone and Dozier.

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Jun 302014
 
Matthews

Matthews

The Next Cats page devoted to tracking Kentucky’s top basketball recruits in the class of 2015 was updated Monday with brand new videos, rankings, school lists and bio information for each player.

The Charles Matthews player page was also updated and includes new video and the latest rankings for UK’s only commitment for 2015.

The new 2015 page now features 15 prospects — eight with UK scholarship offers — to keep an eye on in the coming months. South Carolina standout P.J. Dozier has also been added to the page.

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Jun 272014
 
Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons

Another major recruiting service has ranked Louisiana State commitment Ben Simmons as the No. 1 basketball prospect in the class of 2015.

Rivals.com put Simmons in the top spot Friday, one day after 247Sports did the same.

Simmons — a 6-foot-8 power forward from Australia — is entering his senior season at Montverde Academy in Florida. He will be eligible to sign with LSU in November.

Four players with UK scholarship offers followed Simmons in the rankings.

Mississippi guard Malik Newman is now No. 2, Georgia wing Jaylen Brown is No. 3, California forward Ivan Rabb is No. 4 and New York power forward Cheick Diallo rounded out the top five.

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