ESPN finalizes basketball rankings for class of 2019

 Posted by at 10:44 AM on April 22, 2019  Comments Off on ESPN finalizes basketball rankings for class of 2019
Apr 222019
 

Whitney

Kahlil Whitney is Kentucky’s top incoming basketball recruit for next season, according to the finalized ESPN rankings for the 2019 class released Monday morning.

Whitney finished at No. 11 overall in the class, followed by fellow UK commitment Tyrese Maxey in the No. 12 spot. Keion Brooks, who signed with the Cats last week, is No. 33 overall. Kentucky’s other signee, in-state star Dontaie Allen, was not included in the ESPN Top 100 after missing nearly all of his senior season with a torn ACL.

ESPN ranks UK’s class at No. 5 nationally, a ranking that does not take into account the addition of instant-impact graduate transfer Nate Sestina.

Longtime UK target James Wiseman is the No. 1 player in the ESPN rankings. Wiseman signed with Memphis.

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Is Duke about to land another star basketball recruit?

 Posted by at 10:39 PM on April 11, 2019  Comments Off on Is Duke about to land another star basketball recruit?
Apr 112019
 

Duke could be on the verge of a terrific ending to this 2019 recruiting cycle.

The Blue Devils already have commitments from five-star McDonald’s All-Americans Vernon Carey and Wendell Moore, in addition to a pledge from top-50 recruit Boogie Ellis. Duke is also now considered the frontrunner for top-10 recruit Matthew Hurt, who announces his college decision next week.

Top 30 prospect Cassius Stanley could also be joining that Blue Devils’ class.

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Updated predictions for UK basketball targets in 2019

 Posted by at 10:43 PM on February 6, 2019  Comments Off on Updated predictions for UK basketball targets in 2019
Feb 062019
 

Edwards

There have been a few new predictions of note over the past week on the Rivals.com FutureCast pages — that recruiting service’s counterpart to the 247Sports Crystal Ball — relating to some of UK’s remaining targets in the 2019 class.

Georgia now has 100 percent of the predictions for five-star shooting guard Anthony Edwards, who will announce his college decision Monday morning. Kentucky and Florida State are the other two finalists for Edwards — an Atlanta area prospect — but Rivals.com analysts Eric Bossi, Corey Evans and Dan McDonald are among those predicting he will pick the Bulldogs.

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Not much change for UK recruits in new rankings

 Posted by at 12:55 PM on January 28, 2019  Comments Off on Not much change for UK recruits in new rankings
Jan 282019
 

Whitney

Rivals.com rolled out its new basketball rankings for the class of 2019 on Monday, and there wasn’t much movement among UK recruits on the updated list.

Kentucky commitment Kahlil Whitney stayed put at No. 8 overall, while Tyrese Maxey moved up one spot to No. 9 and Dontaie Allen dropped one spot to No. 55. Maxey and Allen have both signed with UK.

The Wildcats have four scholarship offers out to uncommitted players in the 2019 class: shooting guard Anthony Edwards, who moved up one spot to No. 2 overall behind Duke commitment Vernon Carey; forward Jaden McDaniels, who dropped one spot to No. 6; forward Matthew Hurt, who stayed put at No. 7; and forward Keion Brooks, who stayed put at No. 27.

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Trio of five-star recruits visiting for UK-Kansas game

 Posted by at 1:17 PM on January 26, 2019  Comments Off on Trio of five-star recruits visiting for UK-Kansas game
Jan 262019
 

Dickinson

A trio of five-star basketball recruits are expected in Rupp Arena on Saturday night for Kentucky’s game against Kansas, the Herald-Leader was told.

UK will host class of 2019 signee Tyrese Maxey, elite 2020 center Hunter Dickinson, and class of 2021 shooting guard Randy Brady.

Dickinson — a 7-foot-2 center from high school basketball powerhouse DeMatha (Md.) — is the No. 19 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He took official visits to Notre Dame and Purdue in the fall and is also getting recruiting attention from Duke, Michigan and several other top schools.

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Wiseman holds on to No. 1 spot in ESPN rankings

 Posted by at 11:04 AM on January 23, 2019  Comments Off on Wiseman holds on to No. 1 spot in ESPN rankings
Jan 232019
 

Wiseman

Former UK target James Wiseman remains the No. 1 overall player in the 2019 class, according to ESPN’s updated rankings for high school seniors.

Wiseman — a 7-footer from Tennessee — committed to Memphis in November after a lengthy recruitment. He was the first player in the 2019 class to land a UK scholarship offer.

Two UK commitments made the ESPN top 100: Chicago wing Kahlil Whitney at No. 9 and Texas point guard Tyrese Maxey at No. 11. Pendleton County wing Dontaie Allen, the Cats’ other commitment for the 2019 class, was not included on ESPN’s top 100 list.

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New ESPN mock draft filled with UK players, recruits

 Posted by at 10:44 AM on January 23, 2019  Comments Off on New ESPN mock draft filled with UK players, recruits
Jan 232019
 

McDaniels

ESPN released a new NBA mock draft for 2020 on Wednesday — after its analysts evaluated several top recruits at the Hoophall Classic over the weekend — and the list of possible picks is filled with current and future Kentucky Wildcats.

Top UK target Jaden McDaniels is the projected No. 1 overall pick in the new mock draft. The 6-foot-10 forward from Seattle is one of the highest ranked prospects in the 2019 class and has narrowed his recruiting list to Kentucky, San Diego State, Texas, UCLA and Washington. He is not expected to make a college decision until the spring.

Another UK target, shooting guard Anthony Edwards, is No. 2 on the list. Edwards — a 6-5 prospect from Atlanta — arrived on UK’s campus earlier this week for his official visit and is also considering Florida State, Georgia, Kansas and North Carolina.

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Whitney among UK recruits fans can watch Saturday

 Posted by at 8:36 AM on January 18, 2019  Comments Off on Whitney among UK recruits fans can watch Saturday
Jan 182019
 

Whitney

ESPN Plus subscribers will be treated to a full day of high school basketball programming Saturday, and the slate features top-ranked Kentucky commitment Kahlil Whitney along with a few other Wildcats recruiting targets.

Whitney and Roselle Catholic (N.J.) will face Norcross (Ga.) — a team led by class of 2020 UK target Brandon Boston — at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. (The Kentucky-Auburn game is scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPN). Whitney is the No. 8 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and Boston is a top 10 player in the 2020 class.

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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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