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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Where UK basketball targets landed in new rankings

 Posted by at 1:16 PM on July 3, 2018  Comments Off on Where UK basketball targets landed in new rankings
Jul 032018
 

DJ Jeffries

Rivals.com updated its full Top 150 rankings for the basketball recruiting class of 2019 on Tuesday. Here’s where UK’s top recruits in that group landed:

First off, UK commitment Tyrese Maxey is the top committed recruit in the class at No. 7 overall. Fellow UK commitment DJ Jeffries is ranked No. 45 overall by Rivals, moving up eight spots from the previous update.

The 2019 prospects with confirmed UK scholarship offers are Vernon Carey (No. 1), James Wiseman (No. 3), Matthew Hurt (No. 5), Bryan Antoine (No. 12), Scottie Lewis (No. 13), Keion Brooks (No. 15) and Jalen Lecque (No. 18).

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New basketball rankings for the class of 2019

 Posted by at 1:37 PM on July 2, 2018  Comments Off on New basketball rankings for the class of 2019
Jul 022018
 

Carey

Rivals.com unveiled its new basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2019 on Monday, and UK target Vernon Carey remains on the top of the list at No. 1.

Carey — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — has narrowed his choices to UK, Duke, Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina. He is expected to take an official visit to UK this fall. Rivals.com broke down his recruitment and made a case for his No. 1 ranking in a separate post Monday.

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Wiseman remains No. 1 in new ESPN player rankings

 Posted by at 3:08 PM on June 22, 2018  Comments Off on Wiseman remains No. 1 in new ESPN player rankings
Jun 222018
 

Wiseman

Top UK recruiting target James Wiseman is still the No. 1 overall basketball prospect in the class of 2019, according to the latest rankings update from ESPN.com Friday.

Wiseman — a 7-footer from Memphis East High School — is expected to choose either Kentucky or Memphis, where his former coach Penny Hardaway is now the head coach. Wiseman was the first player in the 2019 class to earn a UK scholarship offer.

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Tyrese Maxey makes USA Basketball U18 team

 Posted by at 4:25 PM on June 5, 2018  Comments Off on Tyrese Maxey makes USA Basketball U18 team
Jun 052018
 

Maxey

UK commitment Tyrese Maxey has made it past the final round of cuts and will be part of the USA Basketball U18 team that travels to Canada later this week to play for a FIBA gold medal.

Maxey — a 6-foot-3 point guard — was one of 12 players selected for the squad, which is being coached by Kansas’ Bill Self and will start international play Sunday night. The future Kentucky Wildcat — a member of the class of 2019 — has been in Colorado Springs since last week as part of the U18 training camp.

Other UK targets joining Maxey on the U18 team are Cole Anthony and Matthew Hurt. Both of those uncommitted 2019 prospects are also being recruited by Self.

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Maxey among finalists for USA Basketball U18 team

 Posted by at 10:32 AM on June 3, 2018  Comments Off on Maxey among finalists for USA Basketball U18 team
Jun 032018
 

Tyrese Maxey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — UK commitment Tyrese Maxey made it through the first cuts for the USA Basketball U18 national team Sunday morning, making him one of 18 players still competing for 12 spots on the squad.

Maxey was one of 33 prospects invited to the U18 training camp, which started Thursday evening and is being run by Kansas Coach Bill Self. Three other players with UK scholarship offers for 2019 — Keion Brooks, Matthew Hurt and Jalen Lecque — also made the cut, as did probable UK target Cole Anthony.

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USA Basketball measurements for top UK targets

 Posted by at 11:35 AM on June 2, 2018  Comments Off on USA Basketball measurements for top UK targets
Jun 022018
 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Basketball released official measurements Saturday morning for players participating in this month’s U18 training camp. The USA measurements are typically the most accurate for high school recruits.

Here’s a look at how some UK targets and recruits of interest measured out:

Official measurements from Team USA
Player Status Height (w/shoes) Weight Wingspan Standing reach
Cole Anthony Target 6-3 184 6-5 7-11
Bryan Antoine UK offer 6-4.5 167.5 6-8 8-5
Keion Brooks UK offer 6-6.5 186 6-9
Matthew Hurt UK offer 6-9 214.5 6-9 8-10
Jalen Lecque UK offer 6-3.5 189 6-8 8-3
Kira Lewis Target 6-2 161.5 6-5 8-3
Scottie Lewis UK offer 6-5 184 6-11 8-8
Tyrese Maxey UK commit 6-2.5 187.5 6-6 8-3.5

 

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Calipari in Colorado to see top basketball recruits

 Posted by at 11:18 AM on June 2, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari in Colorado to see top basketball recruits
Jun 022018
 

Maxey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — UK Coach John Calipari arrived at the U.S. Olympic training complex here Saturday morning to see several of the Wildcats’ top recruiting targets.

It was the third day of training camp for the USA Basketball U18 hopefuls Saturday, the first day that college coaches were permitted to attend the event. Coaches will also be allowed back into the camp Sunday.

The camp roster is loaded with UK recruits, including five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey, who has already committed to the Wildcats for the 2019 class. Other 2019 recruits with UK scholarship offers in attendance are Bryan Antoine, Keion Brooks, Matthew Hurt, Jalen Lecque and Scottie Lewis.

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UK commitments near top of new basketball rankings

 Posted by at 3:06 PM on May 17, 2018  Comments Off on UK commitments near top of new basketball rankings
May 172018
 

Hagans

Top UK basketball target James Wiseman remains the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the newly released player rankings from 247Sports.

The recruiting website posted its updated rankings Thursday, keeping Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis — in the top spot. Wiseman is expected to choose either Kentucky or Memphis.

Point guard Cole Anthony moved from No. 7 to No. 2 in the new rankings. Anthony — a 6-2 prospect from New York and the son of former NBA player Greg Anthony — has been quiet about his recruitment, though UK has been monitoring him for months.

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Carey tops Wiseman in latest Rivals rankings for 2019

 Posted by at 11:39 AM on April 20, 2018  Comments Off on Carey tops Wiseman in latest Rivals rankings for 2019
Apr 202018
 

Carey

There’s a clear two-way battle for the top spot in the basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2019.

Rivals.com’s latest rankings, released Thursday, kept Vernon Carey with the No. 1 ranking, edging out fellow high school big man James Wiseman.

Carey — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — is ranked No. 2 behind Wiseman in the most recent 247Sports and ESPN rankings for the 2019 class, but Rivals.com has had him in the top spot for a while.

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