Calipari watches two five-star recruits play Friday

 Posted by at 10:36 PM on November 24, 2017  Comments Off on Calipari watches two five-star recruits play Friday
Nov 242017
 

John Calipari

UK Coach John Calipari made recruiting stops in Mississippi and Texas on Friday to see two of UK’s top targets in the class of 2019.

Calipari watched five-star small forward D.J. Jeffries at the Lighthouse Classic in Mississippi, then saw Texas point guard Tyrese Maxey at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest in the Dallas area.

Jeffries — a 6-foot-7 prospect from Olive Branch, Miss. — is the No. 15 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Maxey — a 6-3 point guard from Garland, Texas — is the No. 12 player in those rankings.

Both recruits already have scholarship offers from Kentucky.

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Top-10 recruit planning to visit Kentucky this week

 Posted by at 11:07 AM on October 16, 2017  Comments Off on Top-10 recruit planning to visit Kentucky this week
Oct 162017
 

Jalen Lecque — a 6-4 combo guard in the class of 2019 — is planning to visit Kentucky on Friday with a couple of high school teammates.

Lecque, class of 2020 power forward Justice Ajogbor and class of 2020 guard Norance Berry — all of The Christ School (N.C.) — will be in Lexington on the same day as UK’s Blue-White Game, set for a 7 p.m. tip in Rupp Arena.

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Major UK target now ranked No. 1 by Scout.com

 Posted by at 12:00 PM on September 19, 2017  Comments Off on Major UK target now ranked No. 1 by Scout.com
Sep 192017
 

Wiseman

James Wiseman — the first basketball recruit in the class of 2019 to earn a scholarship offer from Kentucky — is now the No. 1 junior in the country, according to the new Scout.com rankings.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward who recently moved from Nashville to Memphis — landed an offer from Coach John Calipari last week, and he was UK assistant coach Joel Justus’ first visit at the start of the fall recruiting period earlier this month.

Kentucky is viewed as the possible early favorite in Wiseman’s recruitment. ESPN also recently moved Wiseman to the No. 1 spot in the 2019 rankings.

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Calipari expected to visit No. 1 recruit this week

 Posted by at 5:10 PM on September 18, 2017  Comments Off on Calipari expected to visit No. 1 recruit this week
Sep 182017
 

Carey

UK Coach John Calipari is expected to be in Florida on Wednesday to visit with Vernon Carey, the No. 1 player in the composite rankings for the class of 2019.

Carey — a 6-foot-10, 240-pound post player — is the No. 1 recruit in the Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports rankings for the junior class. ESPN has him at No. 2 behind James Wiseman, who landed a UK scholarship offer last week. Carey averaged 22 points and eight rebounds per game as a high school sophomore last season and the was team MVP during USA Basketball’s U16 gold medal run in Argentina over the summer.

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State’s top basketball recruit commits to Louisville

 Posted by at 8:11 PM on September 15, 2017  Comments Off on State’s top basketball recruit commits to Louisville
Sep 152017
 

Johnson

Louisville Trinity guard David Johnson — the most highly touted basketball recruit in the state of Kentucky — announced his commitment to the hometown U of L Cardinals on Friday night.

Johnson — a 6-foot-4 combo guard — is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 29 recruit nationally in the class of 2019. He visited UK as an underclassmen but received an early scholarship offer from the Cardinals and has been one of their top targets in the 2019 class.

Indiana, Ohio State and Xavier were among the many other schools showing interest.

Johnson is Louisville’s first commitment for the class of 2019.

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3 Kentucky players make 2019 basketball rankings

 Posted by at 2:13 PM on August 31, 2017  Comments Off on 3 Kentucky players make 2019 basketball rankings
Aug 312017
 

Johnson

The new Rivals.com basketball rankings for the recruiting class of 2019 were released Thursday, and the list includes three prospects who will be playing their high school ball in Kentucky this season.

Aspire Academy’s Charles Bassey is No. 3 on the list. Bassey — a 6-foot-10 center from Nigeria — transferred to DeSales High School in Louisville earlier this month but will play for Aspire Academy, a prep team that moved from Arizona to Louisville this year. UK is expected to monitor Bassey’s recruitment, and U of L and Western Kentucky have also expressed interest.

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No. 1 basketball recruit in ESPN rankings likes UK

 Posted by at 11:00 AM on August 24, 2017  Comments Off on No. 1 basketball recruit in ESPN rankings likes UK
Aug 242017
 

Wiseman

UK recruiting target James Wiseman is the new No. 1 overall player in the class of 2019, according to the updated ESPN rankings released Thursday.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 prospect from Nashville — replaces fellow UK target Vernon Carey in the No. 1 spot. Wiseman told the Herald-Leader and other media outlets last month that Kentucky was one of his top schools early in the recruiting process, mentioning Duke and Kansas as two others he’d like to take official visits to down the road.

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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
Aug 072017
 

Reddish

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.

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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
Jul 272017
 

Williamson

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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Calipari watching recruits at Under Armour camp

 Posted by at 6:21 PM on July 19, 2017  Comments Off on Calipari watching recruits at Under Armour camp
Jul 192017
 

Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

The second live recruiting period of July started Wednesday evening, and John Calipari and Tony Barbee were in Philadelphia for the first night of the Under Armour All-America Camp.

Recruits expected to attend the event included class of 2018 post players Moses Brown and Naz Reid — who are both still hoping for UK scholarship offers — as well as class of 2019 teammates Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis, two of the top rising juniors in the country.

Calipari spent last week watching recruits on the Nike and Adidas circuits (all eight of the 2018 prospects with UK scholarship offers play in those leagues). Barbee was in Atlanta last week to watch Under Armour players.

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