Calipari hitting the recruiting trail this weekend

 Posted by at 7:53 PM on November 24, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari hitting the recruiting trail this weekend
Nov 242018
 

Maxey

UK Coach John Calipari plans to see several top recruiting targets this weekend, the Herald-Leader has learned.

Calipari will be watching UK signee Tyrese Maxey as well as three five-star players in the 2020 class: highly touted guards RJ Hampton and Jalen Green, and star center N’Faly Dante. All three of the younger players already have scholarship offers from Kentucky, and all three have been mentioned in recruiting circles as possibilities to move to the 2019 class.

Green — a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from California — is the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Hampton — a 6-4 combo guard from Texas — is the No. 5 player in those rankings. Dante — a 6-11 prospect from Mali, now playing for a high school in Kansas — is the No. 9 overall player in the class.

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National analyst makes prediction for UK basketball

 Posted by at 12:52 PM on November 15, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst makes prediction for UK basketball
Nov 152018
 

CJ Walker

National recruiting expert Andrew Slater logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of Kentucky for four-star power forward CJ Walker on Thursday morning, a day after the class of 2019 prospect announced he was ready to make his college decision.

Walker — a 6-9 player at Oak Ridge High School in Florida — revealed Wednesday that he will announce his college decision on Nov. 21, the final day of the early signing period. The twist here is that Walker has long been down to three schools — Louisiana State, Miami and Oregon — and those were the only three programs included in his video previewing the college announcement Wednesday.

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Top recruit Maxey officially signs with Kentucky

 Posted by at 11:10 AM on November 14, 2018  Comments Off on Top recruit Maxey officially signs with Kentucky
Nov 142018
 

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Five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey became the first recruit in the class of 2019 to officially sign with Kentucky on Wednesday, the first day of the national early signing period.

Maxey — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Texas — signed with the Cats during a special ceremony at his high school. He was also UK’s first commitment for the 2019 class, giving his pledge in early May. Maxey is the No. 10 overall player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

UK confirmed the signing Wednesday afternoon.

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More visits coming up for top UK basketball targets

 Posted by at 11:01 AM on November 9, 2018  Comments Off on More visits coming up for top UK basketball targets
Nov 092018
 

Carey

Five-star basketball prospect Jaden McDaniels will be in Lexington this weekend for his official visit to UK, but he won’t be the only major UK target on the recruiting trail in the coming weeks.

Vernon Carey is scheduled to take the final major visit of his recruitment to Michigan State, a school he already saw on an official visit earlier this year. Carey has visited UK, Duke, Miami and North Carolina in recent weeks and is expected to choose one of his five finalists sometime before the end of the calendar year.

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Kahlil Whitney projected as top-10 NBA Draft pick

 Posted by at 10:10 AM on October 12, 2018  Comments Off on Kahlil Whitney projected as top-10 NBA Draft pick
Oct 122018
 

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ESPN revealed its first NBA mock draft for 2020 on Friday morning, and the top end of those projections includes several UK recruits.

Class of 2019 commitment Kahlil Whitney comes in as the No. 7 overall pick, and he’s joined in the top 10 by UK recruiting targets James Wiseman (No. 1), Cole Anthony (No. 2), Jaden McDaniels (No. 3) and Isaiah Stewart (No. 6). Other UK targets included in ESPN’s mock draft include Matthew Hurt (No. 16), Vernon Carey (No. 22) and current class of 2020 recruit N’Faly Dante (No. 37).

Tyrese Maxey, another UK commitment, is No. 22 on ESPN’s list, which also includes current Wildcats Ashton Hagans (No. 36) and Nick Richards (No. 46).

ESPN’s most recent mock draft for 2019 included Keldon Johnson and PJ Washington as first-round picks.

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A few UK basketball recruiting notes and predictions

 Posted by at 12:18 PM on October 4, 2018  Comments Off on A few UK basketball recruiting notes and predictions
Oct 042018
 

McDaniels

A few notes from this week …

* Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans reported Wednesday that five-star forward Jaden McDaniels is expected to take the first official visit of his recruitment next weekend to San Diego State, where his older brother, Jalen, is currently a standout player. McDaniels — a 6-foot-10 prospect from Seattle — is the No. 4 overall player in the 2019 class and is also considering Kentucky, Texas, UCLA and Washington. His recruitment is considered wide open at this time.

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Some interesting Crystal Ball picks for 2019 recruits

 Posted by at 1:06 PM on September 9, 2018  Comments Off on Some interesting Crystal Ball picks for 2019 recruits
Sep 092018
 

DJ Jeffries

The fall recruiting period begins Sunday, when college coaches will start traveling around the country to meet with their top targets in the 2019 class and beyond.

Heading into that fall recruiting period, there have been a few interesting Crystal Ball predictions related to some of the top prospects in the nation.

Perhaps the most intriguing development regards former UK commitment DJ Jeffries, who was viewed as a near-lock to Memphis in the immediate aftermath of his decommitment from the Wildcats earlier this summer.

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Two UK commitments in top 10 of new ESPN rankings

 Posted by at 11:59 AM on August 27, 2018  Comments Off on Two UK commitments in top 10 of new ESPN rankings
Aug 272018
 

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UK basketball commitments Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney were both included in the top 10 of ESPN’s new rankings for the class of 2019 on Monday morning, and Dontaie Allen has moved into the top 100.

ESPN ranks Maxey as the No. 7 overall recruit in the class, Whitney at No. 9 and Allen at No. 91. Those three players will be eligible to officially sign with the Cats in November.

Uncommitted UK targets in the new ESPN rankings include James Wiseman at No. 1, Cole Anthony at No. 2, Vernon Carey at No. 3, Matthew Hurt at No. 6, Bryan Antoine at No. 12, Scottie Lewis at No. 13, Oscar Tshiebwe at No. 32 and Keion Brooks at No. 33.

Former UK commitment DJ Jeffries is at No. 21 in the new rankings.

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UK’s Kahlil Whitney rises in 2019 basketball rankings

 Posted by at 11:18 AM on August 22, 2018  Comments Off on UK’s Kahlil Whitney rises in 2019 basketball rankings
Aug 222018
 

Kahlil Whitney

UK’s two five-star commitments for the class of 2019 both moved up in the latest basketball recruiting rankings from 247Sports released Wednesday morning.

Kahlil Whitney — a 6-foot-7 wing from Chicago — jumped eight spots all the way to No. 6 overall in the new rankings. Point guard Tyrese Maxey, who committed to the Cats during the spring, moved up three spots to No. 10 overall.

UK’s in-state commitment, Pendleton County wing Dontaie Allen, stayed relatively put at No. 84 overall, just one spot down from the previous update. All three of those players will be eligible to officially sign with UK in November.

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Measurements of UK recruits at major Nike camp

 Posted by at 3:48 PM on August 9, 2018  Comments Off on Measurements of UK recruits at major Nike camp
Aug 092018
 

Kahlil Whitney

Several of UK’s top basketball recruiting targets are in Los Angeles this week for the Nike Skills Academy, an event loaded with talent from the 2019 and 2020 classes.

National recruiting analyst Andrew Slater tweeted a copy of the measurements from the Academy on Thursday, and it includes some impressive numbers.

UK’s newest commitment — Chicago wing Kahlil Whitney — has often been listed at 6-6, but he measured at 6-7.5 with a 6-10.5 wingspan, big numbers for a perimeter player. UK point guard commitment Tyrese Maxey is also at the Nike Skills Academy and measured at 6.2-5 with a 6.5.5 wingspan.

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