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
 

Vanderbilt

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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Two more UK signees added to Nike Hoop Summit

 Posted by at 12:21 PM on March 15, 2017  Comments Off on Two more UK signees added to Nike Hoop Summit
Mar 152017
 

Nick Richards | Nike

UK signees Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Nick Richards have been chosen to play for the World Select Team in next month’s Nike Hoop Summit, joining future teammates Quade Green and Jarred Vanderbilt, who had already been selected for the U.S. squad.

Gilgeous-Alexander (Canada) and Richards (Jamaica) are part of a 12-player team of foreign-born prospects who are 19 years old or younger. The squad will also include class of 2019 prospect RJ Barrett, the No. 1 recruit in that group and a Canada native.

UK targets Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox are also on the U.S. team. The Nike Hoop Summit game will be played April 7 in Portland, Ore.

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Two UK basketball commitments make Hoop Summit

 Posted by at 12:08 PM on February 28, 2017  Comments Off on Two UK basketball commitments make Hoop Summit
Feb 282017
 

Quade Green

UK basketball commitments Quade Green and Jarred Vanderbilt have been named to the 12-player USA Junior National select team that will compete at this year’s Nike Hoop Summit.

Five-star prospects Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox — UK’s top two remaining recruiting targets in the class of 2017 — were also named to the team. The Nike Hoop Summit will be played April 7 in Portland, Ore.

The other eight players selected for the USA team were Troy Brown (Oregon), Wendell Carter (Duke), Jaren Jackson (Michigan State), Michael Porter Jr. (Washington), Collin Sexton (Alabama), Gary Trent Jr. (Duke) and uncommitted guards Trevon Duval and M.J. Walker.

The USA national team will play against the World Select team, which is expected to be announced in March.

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Crystal Ball picks for top remaining basketball targets

 Posted by at 10:56 PM on February 26, 2017  Comments Off on Crystal Ball picks for top remaining basketball targets
Feb 262017
 

Mohamed Bamba | Nike

The basketball recruiting cycle of 2017 is drawing to a close, and only six players in the Top 50 of the 247Sports composite rankings for that group remain uncommitted.

Here’s a quick look at the latest in each player’s recruitment, along with Crystal Ball leaders and national analyst Jerry Meyer‘s current prediction:

Mohamed Bamba (No. 3 overall)
: The 7-footer from Harlem, N.Y., will be at Duke this week for the final official visit of his recruitment. He’s also listing UK, Michigan and Texas, and he’s already taken visits to all three of those schools. He is not expected to make a college decision until April.
Crystal Ball leader: Kentucky (63 percent)
Jerry Meyer’s pick: Kentucky

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National analyst: UK, Duke ‘at the top’ for Bamba

 Posted by at 12:40 PM on February 12, 2017  Comments Off on National analyst: UK, Duke ‘at the top’ for Bamba
Feb 122017
 

Bamba

Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels fielded questions on a Facebook Live session earlier this weekend, and Kentucky was naturally one of the most-discussed topics.

Mohamed Bamba is Scout.com’s No. 2-ranked prospect in the class of 2017, and he has already taken official visits to UK, Michigan and Texas, with his fourth and final official visit set for Duke later this month.

Daniels said he doesn’t expect the 7-footer from Harlem, N.Y., to make a college decision any time soon.

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Mitchell Robinson to play in Kentucky this weekend

 Posted by at 11:04 AM on February 10, 2017  Comments Off on Mitchell Robinson to play in Kentucky this weekend
Feb 102017
 

Five-star basketball recruit Mitchell Robinson — a Western Kentucky signee — will play a game in the Wes Strader Schoolboy Classic at Bowling Green High School on Saturday afternoon.

Robinson — a 7-footer from Louisiana — leads Chalmatte (La.) against Ballard, one of the top teams in the state of Kentucky, at 2:30 p.m. CT. The tripleheader also includes Doss vs. Owensboro Catholic at 11:30 a.m. and Bowling Green vs. Male at 1 p.m. Tickets are $6 at the door.

247Sports ranks Robinson as the No. 1 center and No. 4 overall prospect nationally in the class of 2017, making him Western Kentucky’s highest-rated recruit ever. He signed with the Hilltoppers in November.

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No UK commitments on Naismith high school list

 Posted by at 12:13 PM on February 7, 2017  Comments Off on No UK commitments on Naismith high school list
Feb 072017
 

Bamba

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the 10 semifinalists for the Naismith high school boys’ player of the year award Tuesday morning, and no University of Kentucky basketball commitments made the list.

The 10 players still in the running for the annual award are Arizona signee DeAndre Ayton, Duke signees Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr., Washington signee Michael Porter Jr. and Alabama signee Collin Sexton, along with uncommitted recruits Mohamed Bamba, Brian Bowen, Trevon Duval, Kevin Knox and Trae Young.

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