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Okafor officially cuts Kentucky from consideration

 Posted by at 11:53 AM on November 13, 2013  7 Responses »
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What had been clear for weeks became official Wednesday. Jahlil Okafor is no longer considering Kentucky.

The 7-footer from Chicago will announce his college decision Friday during ESPNU’s recruiting special, which begins at 4 p.m. An ESPN press release Wednesday said that Okafor will choose either Duke or Kansas, meaning he has officially cut UK and Baylor from consideration.

Okafor will also announce “simultaneously” with five-star point guard Tyus Jones, who has also narrowed his list to Duke and Kansas. The two players are close friends and have long said they plan to play at the same school.

ESPN, Scout and Rivals all rank Okafor as the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2014.

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Okafor and Jones will announce Friday afternoon

 Posted by at 11:20 PM on November 11, 2013  No Responses »
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Top-five prospects Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones have announced that they will reveal their college decisions Friday afternoon.

Okafor and Jones said Monday night that they will announce their college destinations Friday at 4 p.m. ET from their respective high schools. Both players were recruited by Kentucky, but Jones dropped UK from his list following the commitment of point guard Tyler Ulis. Okafor had UK in his final four, but he has long planned to attend the same school as Jones and has seemingly cut the Wildcats from consideration.

The three schools still remaining on both players’ lists are Duke, Kansas and Baylor. Okafor and Jones accompanied each other for official visits to all three campuses. Duke and Kansas are considered the leaders.

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Oct 312013
 
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John Calipari added one highly touted shooting guard to his recruiting class of 2014 on Thursday, and he missed out on another.

So what’s next for the Wildcats?

UK currently has a three-man class consisting of Devin Booker, Karl Towns Jr. and Tyler Ulis. The Cats will likely need at least a couple of other newcomers to take the place of the expected departures from this season’s star-studded team.

The four uncommitted seniors who UK has been targeting are Stanley Johnson, Trey Lyles, Jahlil Okafor and Myles Turner.

Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels offered some insight on what UK fans should expect next.

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Kentucky no longer an option for Jahlil Okafor?

 Posted by at 11:57 AM on October 31, 2013  1 Response »
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Top high school basketball prospect Jahlil Okafor has never said that UK is completely off his list, but few if any recruiting observers are predicting that the Chicago big man will be a Wildcat.

Okafor’s official finalists are UK, Duke, Kansas and Baylor. But he’s also maintained definite plans to attend the same school as point guard Tyus Jones, who is no longer considering UK but does list the other three schools.

On Thursday morning, Okafor’s father tweeted, “What school will this child choose? Great problem to have.” The tweet was immediately followed by a picture of three T-shirts: Duke, Kansas and Baylor. There was no mention of Kentucky.

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Does Kansas lead for Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones?

 Posted by at 11:02 PM on October 29, 2013  4 Responses »
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If Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones are indeed a package deal — and it appears they are — that would rule Kentucky out as a destination.

Jones is no longer considering UK after the commitment of fellow point guard Tyler Ulis, and few, if any, are predicting Okafor to Lexington.

The long-held belief is that the pair of 2014 standouts will end up at Duke.

Not so fast, says Joe Davis of the North Carolina-based ScoutsFocus.com.

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Jahlil Okafor took an official visit to UK last month for the school's Alumni Game. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune

Jahlil Okafor took an official visit to UK last month for the school’s Alumni Game.
Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune

Big Blue Madness was a big draw for elite prospects again this year, but it wasn’t the only destination for UK’s top recruiting targets.

Devin Booker, Jahlil Okafor, Myles Turner and Charles Matthews all took visits to other schools over the weekend.

Booker — one of the top shooting guards in the senior class — was at Missouri for the fourth and final official visit of his recruitment. The 6-foot-5 prospect watched the Mizzou football team stay undefeated with an upset victory over Florida. A fan brought a sign to the game that read, “Welcome to the Zou, Devin.” Missouri is the alma mater of Booker’s father, who starred for the Tigers in the early 1990s.

Booker had already taken official visits to his other three finalists: Kentucky, Michigan and Michigan State. His high school coach told the Herald-Leader earlier this month that Booker is planning to reveal his college decision Oct. 31 during a ceremony at the school, but that date has not been officially announced.

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Oct 052013
 
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The No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2014 has narrowed his list to four schools, and Kentucky is still in contention.

Jahlil Okafor told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels that he has cut his list to UK, Kansas, Duke and Baylor. The 6-foot-11 center from Chicago is considered the No. 1 prospect in the senior class by Scout, Rivals and ESPN. He had previously been considering Arizona, Michigan State, Illinois and Ohio State.

Okafor has already taken official visits to Kentucky and Baylor. He’s scheduled to see Kansas on Oct. 18 and Duke on Oct. 25.

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Sep 102013
 
Devin Booker posted this photo Tuesday of he and Jahlil Okafor during their official visits to UK.

Devin Booker posted a photo Tuesday of he and fellow 2014 prospect Jahlil Okafor visiting Rupp Arena.

Jahlil Okafor, Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis are back home after taking official visits to Kentucky over the weekend.

So where do the Wildcats stand with the trio of 2014 prospects?

According to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, UK is considered the favorite for both Booker and Ulis. The Cats remain a long shot for Okafor.

Ulis – a 5-foot-8 point guard from the Chicago area — is expected to make his college decision in the next few days. Of the 36 recruiting observers who have logged predictions, 86 percent say Ulis will commit to the Wildcats. The other 14 percent are picking Michigan State, though no one has predicted the Spartans since Ulis received an offer from UK last month. Iowa is his other finalist, but no one is predicting the Hawkeyes.

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Aug 062013
 
Class of 2014 center Jahlil Okafor will visit Kentucky next month. Photo: USA Basketball

Class of 2014 center Jahlil Okafor will visit Kentucky next month.
Photo: USA Basketball

Jahlil Okafor announced Tuesday that he will take an official visit to Kentucky on Sept. 9.

Okafor — the No. 1 center in the class of 2014 — has previously said he would like to make a college decision before the start of his senior season. The 6-foot-11 native of Chicago has narrowed his list to UK, Baylor, Arizona, Michigan State, Ohio State, Kansas, Illinois and Duke.

Sept. 9 is the same date as the UK Alumni Charity Game, which will be played in Rupp Arena and will feature players from UK’s teams in 2010 and 2012.

The trip to Kentucky will be Okafor’s second official visit. He is scheduled to visit Baylor later this month with Tyus Jones, who many analysts consider the No. 1 point guard in the class. The two players have spoken often about attending the same school and plan to take multiple official visits together.

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Jul 122013
 
Anthony Davis was a McDonald's All-American in 2011. Now he's going to be coaching some future college stars. Photo: Associated Press

Anthony Davis was a McDonald’s All-American in 2011. Now he’s going to be coaching some future college stars.
Photo: Associated Press

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis is one of several NBA stars who will coach some of the top high school basketball players in the country at an event in Las Vegas later this month.

On Friday, Position Sports announce the The8 tournament, which will feature eight of the nation’s best AAU teams. The event is scheduled for July 26-28 and will be played during an open recruiting period, which means college coaches may attend.

Davis will coach Mean Streets, his former AAU squad based in Chicago. Class of 2015 guard Charles Matthews is one of the team’s top players. He also was one of the first players from his class to receive a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

Mac Irvin Fire, also based in Chicago, is among the other teams scheduled to play in the event. UK targets Cliff Alexander and Jahlil Okafor play for the Fire, along with recent Louisville commitment JaQuan Lyle.

Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Kenny Smith are among the other coaches.

For more info and a full schedule of games, click here.

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