Gilgeous-Alexander makes big move in final rankings

 Posted by at 11:17 AM on April 19, 2017  Comments Off on Gilgeous-Alexander makes big move in final rankings
Apr 192017
 

Gilgeous-Alexander

UK basketball signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander jumped 23 spots in the final class of 2017 rankings from 247Sports on Wednesday, putting him in the No. 19 overall position to close the class.

Gilgeous-Alexander — a 6-foot-5 guard from Hamilton, Ont. — turned in an MVP performance at last weekend’s Derby Festival Classic in Louisville, scoring 29 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists. He was No. 42 in the previous 247Sports rankings.

Fellow UK signee Jarred Vanderbilt also made a move in the final rankings, going from No. 17 to 8th overall, which makes him the Wildcats’ highest-ranked commitment for next season, for now.

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Vanderbilt, Green move up in final Scout rankings

 Posted by at 10:42 AM on April 19, 2017  Comments Off on Vanderbilt, Green move up in final Scout rankings
Apr 192017
 

Quade Green

Scout.com released its final prospect rankings for the recruiting class of 2017 on Wednesday, and there was little movement among future UK players on the list.

Among the five-star recruits in UK’s 2017 class, Jarred Vanderbilt made the biggest move — going from No. 14 in the previous update to No. 11 in the final rankings. The 6-foot-9 forward from Texas had a great showing on the postseason all-star circuit — before being injured in the final minute of last week’s Jordan Brand Classic — and officially signed with the Wildcats on Monday.

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ESPN releases final recruiting rankings for 2017 class

 Posted by at 9:42 AM on April 18, 2017  Comments Off on ESPN releases final recruiting rankings for 2017 class
Apr 182017
 

Washington

PJ Washington is UK’s top-ranked commitment in the class of 2017, for now, according to ESPN, which updated its Top 100 rankings for the final time Tuesday morning.

ESPN now ranks Washington as the No. 11 overall prospect in the 2017 class. He’s followed by Nick Richards (No. 16), Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 18), Quade Green (No. 23), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (No. 33) and Jemarl Baker (No. 63).

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Mo Bamba moves up in final Rivals rankings for 2017

 Posted by at 12:19 PM on April 12, 2017  Comments Off on Mo Bamba moves up in final Rivals rankings for 2017
Apr 122017
 

Mohamed Bamba | Nike

Top UK recruiting target Mohamed Bamba moved up two spots to the No. 2 overall position in the final class of 2017 rankings released by Rivals.com on Wednesday.

Bamba — a 7-footer from Harlem, N.Y. — has narrowed his school list to UK, Duke, Michigan and Texas, and he is expected to make a college decision sometime in the next few weeks. Only Missouri commitment Michael Porter Jr., who held on to the top spot in 2017, is ranked ahead of him on the Rivals.com board.

UK has six commitments in the final 2017 rankings from Rivals.com: Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 13), PJ Washington (No. 14), Nick Richards (No. 16), Quade Green (No. 21), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (No. 31) and Jemarl Baker (No. 78).

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ESPN has Jarred Vanderbilt among top 10 NBA picks

 Posted by at 1:15 PM on April 10, 2017  Comments Off on ESPN has Jarred Vanderbilt among top 10 NBA picks
Apr 102017
 

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ESPN analyst Chad Ford spoke with NBA scouts who watched some of the top players from the class of 2017 over the past two weeks — at the McDonald’s All-American Game and Nike Hoop Summit — and some future Kentucky Wildcats apparently impressed in those settings.

Ford provided a sneak peek Monday — “based on the evaluations of NBA scouts” — of what his “Big Board” for the 2018 draft might look like when it’s released in June.

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UK basketball recruits will be on TV on Thursday

 Posted by at 10:48 PM on March 29, 2017  Comments Off on UK basketball recruits will be on TV on Thursday
Mar 292017
 

Washington

UK basketball signee PJ Washington and top class of 2019 target RJ Barrett will play on national television Thursday as part of the annual Dick’s Sporting Goods national tournament.

Washington, who competed in the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago on Wednesday night, will have a quick turnaround, as his Findlay Prep (Nev.) squad is scheduled to play Oak Hill (Va.) at 2 p.m. Thursday in New York.

Barrett, the No. 1 player in the 2019 class, will lead his Montverde Academy (Fla.) squad against Shadow Mountain (Ariz.) at noon Thursday. Barrett’s father recently spoke to the Herald-Leader about his son’s young basketball career.

Both games Thursday will be on ESPNU.

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Calipari still looking at guards in the class of 2017

 Posted by at 1:12 AM on March 29, 2017  Comments Off on Calipari still looking at guards in the class of 2017
Mar 292017
 

John Calipari

Kentucky likely will need to add at least one backcourt player to its incoming recruiting class, and the UK coaches are still putting out feelers for available guards in the class of 2017.

Two such targets that have emerged over the past 24 hours are Illinois Mr. Basketball Mark Smith and former California commitment Jemarl Baker.

Smith — a 6-foot-5 combo guard from Edwardsville, Ill. — is a late-blooming prospect who really came on as a senior this past season, averaging 21.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game and earning his state’s top individual honor. UK assistant coach Kenny Payne reached out to Smith on Monday.

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National analyst breaks down UK’s five-star recruits

 Posted by at 2:17 PM on March 28, 2017  Comments Off on National analyst breaks down UK’s five-star recruits
Mar 282017
 

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CHICAGO — Two days of McDonald’s All-American Game practices with reporters and NBA scouts watching are in the books, and UK’s four representatives at this year’s showcase were impressive when they were in the court.

PJ Washington twisted his ankle early in Tuesday’s practice and was sidelines for most of the session, though he told the Herald-Leader afterward that he will be good to go for Wednesday night’s McDonald’s Game (7 p.m. ET on ESPN).

Other than that, it was a good showing for the future Wildcats.

Here’s what Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader about the performances this week of UK’s four commitments, plus top remaining targets Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox:

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Two UK commitments selected for Iverson showcase

 Posted by at 10:44 AM on March 17, 2017  Comments Off on Two UK commitments selected for Iverson showcase
Mar 172017
 

Vanderbilt

UK basketball commitments Jarred Vanderbilt and PJ Washington will play in the first Allen Iverson Roundball Classic next month, according to a press release Thursday.

The event will include a three-point shootout and slam dunk contest at Iverson’s alma mater, Bethel High School in Hampton Roads, Va., on April 19. The former NBA star will host an awards banquet and give out a national player of the year honor in his name on April 20, and the actual all-star game will be held April 21 at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.

Other star recruits selected for the game include Duke signee Gary Trent Jr., Oklahoma commitment Trae Young, UCLA commitment Kris Wilkes and North Carolina signee Jalek Felton.

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Missouri could be on the verge of two big commits

 Posted by at 5:57 PM on March 16, 2017  Comments Off on Missouri could be on the verge of two big commits
Mar 162017
 

Michael Porter Jr.

There’s a possibility that the coaching carousel will result in two top-30 players from the class of 2017 ending up at Missouri, which hired Cuonzo Martin earlier this week.

Michael Porter Sr. — father of elite recruit Michael Porter Jr. — is expected to be officially named an assistant coach on Martin’s staff soon. As a result, Porter Jr. is expected to flip his commitment from Washington, which fired Coach Lorenzo Romar this week, to Mizzou.

But that’s not all for the Tigers

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