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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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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Skal Labissiere is No. 2 in updated 247Sports rankings

 Posted by at 2:19 PM on April 23, 2015  Comments Off on Skal Labissiere is No. 2 in updated 247Sports rankings
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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