Weekend plans for UK’s top basketball recruits

 Posted by at 11:41 AM on September 26, 2014  No Responses »
Sep 262014
 
Isaiah Briscoe

Isaiah Briscoe

It’ll be another busy weekend of campus visits and in-home meetings with coaches for UK’s top basketball recruits in the class of 2015.

Here’s a rundown of who is doing what:

New Jersey guard Isaiah Briscoe will make his first visit to Lexington starting Sunday. Briscoe — a top-15 player in the class — will first travel to UConn for an official visit. Once that trip wraps up, he’ll head south for an official visit to Kentucky. UK Coach John Calipari had an in-home visit with Briscoe last week and implied that a scholarship offer could be coming his way during the UK trip. The Cats seem to be in a great position if Calipari does indeed offer this weekend.

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Full list of players Calipari has visited this month

 Posted by at 11:22 AM on September 25, 2014  No Responses »
Sep 252014
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

Since the fall recruiting period began Sept. 9, UK Coach John Calipari has been all over the country for in-home visits with his top targets in the class of 2015. Here’s a look at the high school seniors who have met with Calipari:

Sept. 9 — Malik Newman Jackson, Miss.
Sept. 9 — Jaylen Brown Marietta, Ga.
Sept. 10 — Doral Moore Montverde, Fla.
Sept. 11 — Caleb Swanigan Fort Wayne, Ind.
Sept. 11 — Brandon Ingram Kinston, N.C.
Spet. 11 — Henry Ellenson Rice Lake, Wisc.
Sept. 12 — Charles Matthews Chicago, Ill.
Sept. 13 — Stephen Zimmerman Las Vegas, Nev.
Sept. 14 — Ivan Rabb Oakland, Calif.
Sept. 16 — Skal Labissiere Memphis, Tenn.
Sept. 17 — Carlton Bragg Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 18 — Isaiah Briscoe Union, N.J.
Sept. 18 – Cheick Diallo Centereach, N.Y.
Sept. 24 — Antonio Blakeney Orlando, Fla.

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Sep 222014
 
Labissiere

Labissiere

Five-star power forward Skal Labissiere took his official visit to Kentucky over the weekend, as planned.

“It was great!” Labissiere told the Herald-Leader on Monday. “I saw why they are such a great program.”

The 6-foot-10 prospect from the Memphis area had dinner with UK Coach John Calipari on Friday night, took a tour of the UK facilities and met with players and members of the coaching staff.

Labissiere has already taken official visits to Georgetown and North Carolina. He will take two more official visits to Tennessee and Baylor next month, followed by an unofficial visit to nearby Memphis, which is considered the heavy favorite in his recruitment.

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Tweet watch: Damien Harris, others react to UK loss

 Posted by at 11:44 AM on September 14, 2014  No Responses »
Sep 142014
 

Some of UK’s top football recruits for the class of 2015 were keeping tabs on Saturday night’s overtime thriller against Florida, a game the Gators won 36-30 after three extra periods.

Here’s a sample of their tweets:

No. 1 recruit Damien Harris …

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Calipari meeting with Zimmerman on Saturday

 Posted by at 12:09 PM on September 13, 2014  No Responses »
Sep 132014
 
Zimmerman

Zimmerman

In-home visits with top high school basketball prospects have slowed down a bit heading into the weekend, but UK Coach John Calipari is still out on the road.

Calipari heads to Las Vegas on Saturday for his planned in-home visit with Stephen Zimmerman, one of the best post players in the class of 2015.

Zimmerman — a 7-foot center — is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 14 overall prospect in the class. He will be in Lexington next month for an official visit to UK.

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Who is visiting UK basketball recruits Friday?

 Posted by at 1:50 PM on September 12, 2014  No Responses »
Sep 122014
 
Matthews

Matthews

After visiting with three uncommitted players in the class of 2015 on Thursday, UK Coach John Calipari will meet with his only commitment Friday in Chicago.

Four-star combo guard Charles Matthews is hosting Calipari for an in-home visit exactly two months before he will be able to officially sign with the Wildcats. The UK coach has already visited Malik Newman, Jaylen Brown, Doral Moore, Caleb Swanigan, Brandon Ingram and Henry Ellenson since the fall recruiting period started Tuesday. He will travel to Las Vegas to see Stephen Zimmerman on Saturday.

UK has offered scholarships to a total of 12 uncommitted prospects in the class of 2015. Here’s a look at the schools that those players will be hosting Friday:

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Calipari meets with Swanigan, Ingram and Ellenson

 Posted by at 11:33 PM on September 11, 2014  No Responses »
Sep 112014
 
Swanigan

Swanigan

UK Coach John Calipari landed in Chicago late Thursday night after wrapping up a long day of in-home visits with some of his top targets in the class of 2015.

Calipari flew from Florida to Fort Wayne, Ind., on Thursday morning to meet with 6-foot-8 power forward Caleb Swanigan. He was joined at that visit by UK assistants Kenny Payne and Barry Rohrssen.

Rohrssen developed a strong relationship with Swanigan while he was an assistant coach at Pittsburgh last season and stayed in contact with the top-10 prospect after he took a job on the UK staff.

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Who is visiting UK basketball recruits Thursday?

 Posted by at 11:58 AM on September 11, 2014  No Responses »
Sep 112014
 
Ingram

Ingram

It’s Day 3 of the fall recruiting period, and UK’s top basketball targets for the class of 2015 have more visits scheduled.

UK Coach John Calipari has already seen Malik Newman, Jaylen Brown and Doral Moore, and he’s scheduled to meet with three more recruits on Thursday. Calipari has offered scholarships to a total of 12 uncommitted prospects in the class of 2015. Here’s a look at the schools that those players will be hosting Thursday:

Carlton Bragg: Kansas
Jaylen Brown: UCLA
Cheick Diallo: Iowa State (Hat tip: ZagsBlog)
Henry Ellenson: Kentucky
Brandon Ingram: Kentucky
Derrick Jones: UConn
Skal Labissiere: Official visit to Georgetown
Doral Moore: None
Malik Newman: None
Ivan Rabb: None
Caleb Swanigan: Kentucky, N.C. State
Stephen Zimmerman: North Carolina

MORE: Who visited who on Wednesday

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Sep 112014
 
Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown

Top UK basketball recruits Jaylen Brown and Malik Newman are the two best uncommitted players in the class of 2015, according to the new rankings from ESPN released Thursday.

Louisiana State commitment Ben Simmons is the No. 1 overall prospect in the ESPN 100. Simmons — a native of Australia — is also No. 1 in the Rivals.com and 247Sports rankings. The 6-foot-8 forward will sign with LSU in November.

Brown is now No. 2 — up six spots since the most recent ESPN update. The 6-7 wing from Georgia hosted UK Coach John Calipari for an in-home visit Tuesday, the first day of the fall recruiting period. He is also considering Kansas, UCLA, Georgia and Georgia Tech. Brown is also No. 2 in the Rivals and 247Sports rankings. Scout.com has him No. 1.

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Sep 102014
 
Henry Ellenson

Ellenson

UK Coach John Calipari has been on the recruiting trail for the last two days, and he will meet with several more prospects from the class of 2015 on Thursday.

First up is Calipari’s long-planned in-home visit with small forward Brandon Ingram. The Kinston, N.C., native is the No. 25 overall prospect in the Scout.com rankings and has already met with coaches from North Carolina, Kansas and N.C. State. He will have an in-home visit Friday with UCLA Coach Steve Alford.

Duke is also recruiting Ingram — some project the Blue Devils as the leaders — but Coach Mike Krzyzewski is still with Team USA at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

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