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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Apr 232015
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

UK Coach John Calipari spoke briefly about immediate recruiting needs Thursday, and it doesn’t sound like the Wildcats’ class of 2015 is going to get that much bigger.

Calipari accepted the Adolph Rupp Coach of the Year trophy, then took a few questions.

When asked about the possibility of adding players for next season, the UK coach said, “We’re good. Just one or two more guys, and we’ll be fine.”

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Apr 232015
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

UK signee Skal Labissiere is the No. 2 overall recruit in the class of 2015, according to the updated 247Sports player rankings released Thursday.

247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer likened Labissiere’s skill set to Chicago Bulls star Pau Gasol in his write-up on the new rankings. Rivals.com ranked Labissiere at No. 1 in its final Top 150 on Wednesday, and ESPN pegged Labissiere as the No. 2 overall prospect in its final rankings earlier this week.

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Apr 222015
 
Cheick Diallo

Cheick Diallo

Scout.com recruiting director Evan Daniels spoke with the Herald-Leader on Tuesday night about some of the remaining basketball prospects on UK’s radar, and he said the Cats have the best shot with one player in particular.

“I think if they’re going to get somebody, it’s going to be Cheick Diallo,” Daniels said. “And I’m not saying they’re getting him, but of these elite guys left,” he’s the most likely to choose UK.

Daniels reiterated that “all the buzz” around Malik Newman’s recruitment points toward him committing to Mississippi State on Friday afternoon. He did say, however, that UK Coach John Calipari is hoping to have one last in-home visit with Newman before his announcement.

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Apr 212015
 
Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown

ESPN didn’t have any five-star recruits announce their college decisions on the network’s basketball recruiting special Tuesday, but analyst Paul Biancardi did make some predictions on where some of those players would end up.

UK is in the mix for McDonald’s All-Americans Jaylen Brown, Cheick Diallo, Brandon Ingram and Malik Newman. Biancardi covered three of those prospects on Tuesday’s show, and none of it sounded good for Kentucky.

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Apr 212015
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

UK Coach John Calipari will get to stay close to home this weekend with the Nike circuit in Lexington, the Under Armour circuit in Louisville and the Adidas circuit in Indianapolis.

Calipari is more than making up for that with his travel schedule over the past few days.

The UK coach had an in-home visit with class of 2016 point guard Kobi Simmons on Tuesday night near Atlanta, a little more than a week after extending a scholarship offer to Simmons. Earlier in the day, Derryck Thornton — UK’s other top point guard target for 2016 — announced that he was reclassifying to 2015 and committing to Duke.

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Apr 212015
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

UK signee Skal Labissiere moved up to No. 2 in the final ESPN Top 100 for the class of 2015, but he couldn’t get past Louisiana State signee Ben Simmons for the top spot.

Simmons and Labissiere are listed 1-2 in the final rankings, which were posted on ESPN’s website Tuesday morning. Labissiere was No. 3 in the previous rankings.

Top UK targets Brandon Ingram and Jaylen Brown are Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, and Marquette signee Henry Ellenson rounded out the top five.

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Apr 202015
 
Malik Newman | McDonald's photo

Malik Newman | McDonald’s photo

ESPNU will televise its one-hour College Basketball Signing Day Special on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

As of Monday afternoon, none of the high-profile recruits in the class of 2015 were scheduled to announce their college decisions on the show. UK is still actively recruiting Jaylen Brown, Cheick Diallo, Brandon Ingram and Malik Newman.

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Apr 182015
 
Malik Newman

Malik Newman

Kansas Coach Bill Self scheduled meetings with three of UK’s top remaining high school targets in the immediate aftermath of Friday night’s Jordan Brand Classic, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels.

Self met late Friday night with Malik Newman and Cheick Diallo, who both played in the Jordan game in Brooklyn. The Kansas coach was then scheduled to meet with North Carolina native Brandon Ingram, who told the Herald-Leader on Friday that he has several in-home visits set up.

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Apr 182015
 
Isaiah Briscoe | McDonald's photo

Isaiah Briscoe | McDonald’s photo

Below is a stat breakdown for UK signees and recruiting targets in Friday night’s Jordan Brand Classic, which was won by the West team, 118-116. Of the players listed, only Malik Newman played for the West. Top UK target Jaylen Brown did not play due to injury.

Isaiah Briscoe: 22 points (6/17 FGs), 6 rebounds, 6 assists in 23 minutes. (7/8 FTs).

Skal Labissiere: 11 points (5/10 FGs), 12 rebounds and 2 blocks in 19 minutes.

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