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
 

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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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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
 

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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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