UK’s Herro, Johnson make Nike Hoop Summit team

 Posted by at 12:23 PM on March 13, 2018  Comments Off on UK’s Herro, Johnson make Nike Hoop Summit team
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UK basketball signees Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson were both named to the Nike Hoop Summit Team on Tuesday, and the two future Wildcats will represent USA Basketball at the event next month.

The game will be played April 13 in Portland, Ore.

Joining Herro and Johnson on the 12-player U.S. team will be Duke commitments Tre Jones, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson, Oregon commitments Bol Bol and Louis King, Kansas commitment David McCormack, Vanderbilt commitment Darius Garland, Syracuse commitment Darius Bazley, and uncommitted five-star recruits Romeo Langford and Anfernee Simons.

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Calipari watching Moses Brown at Hoophall Classic

 Posted by at 3:08 PM on January 14, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari watching Moses Brown at Hoophall Classic
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John Calipari showed up at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., on Sunday afternoon to check out Moses Brown and other basketball recruits in the 2018 and 2019 classes.

Brown — a 7-footer from Bronx, N.Y. — is one of the top centers in the class of 2018, and Calipari also visited him in November and watched him play last month. Other than Zion Williamson, who will announce his college decision Jan. 20, Brown has been the only recruit on Calipari’s 2018 radar in recent months, though he does not yet have a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis — two of UK’s top targets in the class of 2019 — are also scheduled to play at the Hoophall Classic on Sunday. The Monday slate of games includes UK signees Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson, as well as top-ranked 2019 prospect Vernon Carey, who has an early offer from UK.


Quickley, Johnson, Herro in new rankings

 Posted by at 1:09 PM on January 9, 2018  Comments Off on Quickley, Johnson, Herro in new rankings
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The updated basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2018 were posted Tuesday, and Kentucky does not have any commitments in the top 10.

Oak Hill Academy (Va.) wing Keldon Johnson is the top Cat in the new rankings, coming in at No. 14 overall. He’s one spot ahead of point guard Immanuel Quickley, the No. 15 player in the rankings. Tyler Herro is No. 35 on the list. All three players signed with Kentucky in November.

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No UK basketball commits in new top 10 rankings

 Posted by at 3:30 PM on December 14, 2017  Comments Off on No UK basketball commits in new top 10 rankings
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UK has one of the best basketball recruiting classes in the country for the class of 2018, but none of the Cats’ three early signees were included in the top 10 nationally in the new 247Sports player rankings released Thursday.

Immanuel Quickley (No. 14 overall) and Keldon Johnson (No. 15) are both considered five-star recruits by 247Sports, and Tyler Herro (No. 35) is a four-star prospect in those rankings. All three signed with UK last month.

Kentucky has finished with at least one top-10 recruit in the 247Sports rankings in every class under Coach John Calipari.

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A look at official visit schedules for top UK targets

 Posted by at 11:01 AM on September 21, 2017  Comments Off on A look at official visit schedules for top UK targets
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High school basketball players are allowed to take five official visits — where the host college pays for most of the expenses — during the course of their recruitment, and many of UK’s top targets for the class of 2018 have already scheduled the bulk of their trips.

Five-star players R.J. Barrett, Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley have been on UK’s campus for official visits in recent weeks, and another mega 2018 recruit — Zion Williamson — is expected to be in Lexington this weekend.

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UK target is No. 1 in new 2018 basketball rankings

 Posted by at 12:33 PM on August 30, 2017  Comments Off on UK target is No. 1 in new 2018 basketball rankings
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R.J. Barrett is the No. 1 overall prospect in the new basketball player rankings for the recruiting class of 2018, which were updated Wednesday.

Barrett — a 6-foot-7 shooting guard from Ontario — has narrowed his list of schools to UK, Arizona, Duke, Michigan and Oregon. He will take the first official visit of his recruitment — to Kentucky — this weekend, and Barrett is planning to sign with a school in November.

Fellow UK target Zion Williamson is the No. 2 player in the class, followed by UK targets Bol Bol at No. 3 and Cameron Reddish at No. 4.

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New UK basketball targets rise in updated rankings

 Posted by at 10:44 AM on August 23, 2017  Comments Off on New UK basketball targets rise in updated rankings
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The new ESPN 100 basketball rankings for the class of 2018 were released Wednesday morning, and R.J. Barrett has moved past Zion Williamson and into the No. 1 spot.

A couple of players who have moved up on UK’s recruiting radar in recent weeks also received rankings bumps.

Simi Shittu — a 6-9 forward from Canada — is now the No. 6 overall prospect in the 2018 class. Shittu does not yet have an “official” scholarship offer from Kentucky, but John Calipari flew to Canada to watch him play recently and the versatile prospect is expected to land that offer as soon as he visits Lexington, a trip that could happen very soon.

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Quickley, Shittu move up in new rankings

 Posted by at 2:40 PM on August 11, 2017  Comments Off on Quickley, Shittu move up in new rankings
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Quickley updates its class of 2018 player rankings Friday, and several Kentucky recruiting targets are high on the list.

Marvin Bagley remains the No. 1 prospect in the class. The 6-foot-11 power forward from Arizona — now living in California — is still attempting to reclassify to 2017, and he has taken official visits to Duke, UCLA and Southern Cal in recent weeks. Those are the three favorites if he makes the move to 2017, and UK, Kansas and Arizona remain on his list, too.

Class of 2018 newcomer R.J. Barrett moves into the No. 2 spot behind Bagley after reclassifying from the 2019 class last month. UK is expected to be among the favorites in Barrett’s recruitment.

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Several UK basketball recruits on ESPNU Tuesday

 Posted by at 11:32 PM on August 7, 2017  Comments Off on Several UK basketball recruits on ESPNU Tuesday
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The first-ever SC30 Select Showcase — hosted by NBA star Stephen Curry and Under Armour — will be televised live from San Francisco at 9 p.m. Tuesday on ESPNU, and the game is scheduled to include several of UK’s top recruiting targets.

One team — coached by Curry — features Moses Brown, Keldon Johnson and Naz Reid, three five-star players from the 2018 class who don’t yet have UK scholarship offers but have been watched closely by the Cats’ coaches this summer. That squad will also include Scottie Lewis, who likely will be one of UK’s top recruiting targets in the 2019 class.

The other team — coached by Seth Curry — features Bol Bol, Darius Garland and Cameron Reddish, three players with UK offers for the 2018 class. That team also includes Bryan Antoine, another elite prospect from the 2019 class expected to emerge as a major UK target.


UK recruiting notes: Quickley, Zion, Bagley and more

 Posted by at 9:36 PM on July 27, 2017  Comments Off on UK recruiting notes: Quickley, Zion, Bagley and more
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UK Coach John Calipari is out in Las Vegas this week for the third and final recruiting period of July, and he watched two of his top recruiting targets in the class of 2018 on Thursday night.

Calipari was among the coaches in attendance for another matchup between five-star prospects Immanuel Quickley and Zion Williamson on the Adidas circuit. Quickley and Williamson made headlines earlier this month when they said they’ve been having serious discussions about playing for the same team in college. Quickley, a point guard from the Baltimore area, has called UK the favorite in his recruitment several times. Williamson, a small forward from South Carolina, is also strongly considering the Wildcats.

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