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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Another 2020 basketball prediction goes UK’s way

 Posted by at 12:18 PM on October 7, 2018  Comments Off on Another 2020 basketball prediction goes UK’s way
Oct 072018
 

Basketball recruiting analyst Dain Ervin is currently ranked as the No. 1 prognosticator for prospects in the class of 2019, and he’s predicting quite the haul for Kentucky in the class of 2020.

His latest prediction, made Sunday morning, is that the Cats will ultimately land five-star point guard Sharife Cooper, who recently visited Lexington and picked up a UK scholarship offer on that trip.

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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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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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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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UK targets make the USA Basketball U17 squad

 Posted by at 11:25 AM on June 21, 2018  Comments Off on UK targets make the USA Basketball U17 squad
Jun 212018
 

Carey

Class of 2019 basketball star and major UK recruiting target Vernon Carey was one of 12 players named to the USA Basketball U17 squad Thursday morning.

Carey will be joined on the team by fellow UK targets Scottie Barnes, R.J. Hampton, Jeremy Roach, Jalen Green and Jalen Suggs — all recruits in the 2020 class.

James Wiseman — the Cats’ top remaining target for the class of 2019 — was invited to U17 training camp but was unable to participate in the tryouts due to an injury. Marshall County guard Zion Harmon — a possible UK target currently in the 2021 class — did not make the final cut Thursday.

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LexCath QB will attend UK’s ‘junior day’ this weekend

 Posted by at 10:00 AM on February 24, 2017  Comments Off on LexCath QB will attend UK’s ‘junior day’ this weekend
Feb 242017
 

Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen

In addition to several highly touted, older high school recruits, Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen will be among the prospects attending UK’s latest “junior day” event this weekend.

Allen — a class of 2020 recruit — wrapped up his freshman season at LexCath last fall, passing for 1,155 yards with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions while starting six games for the Knights. He is the son of former UK quarterback Bill Allen, who played for the Wildcats from 1985-1988.

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Huntington Prep basketball players visit Kentucky

 Posted by at 10:56 AM on October 8, 2016  Comments Off on Huntington Prep basketball players visit Kentucky
Oct 082016
 
Johnson

Johnson

Huntington (W.Va.) Prep basketball players Jaemyn Brakefield, Keldon Johnson, Elias King and Chris Smith are all taking unofficial visits to Kentucky on Saturday.

Johnson — a 6-foot-5 wing player from Virginia — is the No. 19 overall prospect in the class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He has scholarship offers from Georgetown, Indiana and Louisville, among others, and expressed interest in UK’s program over the summer.

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Top freshman basketball recruits already like UK

 Posted by at 8:19 PM on July 5, 2016  Comments Off on Top freshman basketball recruits already like UK
Jul 052016
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

It doesn’t appear that John Calipari’s UK program is going to lose its appeal with top basketball recruits any time soon.

The annual Fab Frosh camp for rising high school freshmen was held in Atlanta recently, and it featured many of the players expected to be among the top-ranked recruits in the class of 2020.

ESPN covered the event and picked five standouts to highlight in an online post Tuesday that included an evaluation for each player and a short list of each prospect’s “favorite” colleges.

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