All four UK coaches watch James Wiseman in Texas

 Posted by at 9:03 PM on April 20, 2018  Comments Off on All four UK coaches watch James Wiseman in Texas
Apr 202018
 

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There’s not much question who UK’s top recruiting target is in the basketball class of 2019.

John Calipari and all three of his assistant coaches — Kenny Payne, Tony Barbee and Joel Justus — started the first evaluation period on the spring recruiting circuit by watching No. 1 junior James Wiseman at the Nike league stop in Texas on Friday.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis East High School — was the first player from the 2019 class to earn a UK scholarship offer, and his recruitment is expected to come down to UK and Memphis, where his former Nike league and high school coach, Penny Hardaway, is now the head coach.

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Wiseman hosts Penny Hardaway for in-home visit

 Posted by at 2:39 PM on April 18, 2018  Comments Off on Wiseman hosts Penny Hardaway for in-home visit
Apr 182018
 

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Top UK basketball recruiting target James Wiseman had an in-home visit with Memphis Coach Penny Hardaway and new Tigers assistant coach Mike Miller on Wednesday.

Hardaway was Wiseman’s coach with Team Penny on the Nike circuit last summer, and the 6-foot-11 power forward from Nashville then transferred to Memphis East High School to play for Hardaway this past season.

Wiseman hosted UK Coach John Calipari and assistant coach Joel Justus for an in-home recruiting visit Monday, and he was the first player from the class of 2019 to earn a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

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ESPN analyst predicts James Wiseman to Kentucky

 Posted by at 7:52 PM on April 17, 2018  Comments Off on ESPN analyst predicts James Wiseman to Kentucky
Apr 172018
 

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Add ESPN national recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi to those predicting that No. 1 prospect James Wiseman will ultimately pick Kentucky.

Biancardi took questions from readers via Twitter on Tuesday, and one asked the longtime recruiting analyst and former college coach where he thought Wiseman would end up.

“If I had a crystal ball, I would say Kentucky,” Biancardi responded.

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James Wiseman posts photo from visit with Calipari

 Posted by at 11:04 PM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on James Wiseman posts photo from visit with Calipari
Apr 162018
 

UK Coach John Calipari showed up in Tennessee on Monday, as expected, for his in-home recruiting visit with top Wildcats target James Wiseman.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 prospect from Nashville, now living in Memphis — is the No. 1 player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Monday’s meeting with Calipari and UK assistant coach Joel Justus was Wiseman’s first in-home recruiting visit of the spring. Memphis is UK’s top competition in the recruitment.

First In-Home Visit was a Success. #BBN🔵⚪️

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Calipari will meet with James Wiseman on Monday

 Posted by at 6:15 PM on April 15, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari will meet with James Wiseman on Monday
Apr 152018
 

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John Calipari will have an in-home visit with top basketball prospect James Wiseman on Monday, the latest in a string of recruiting visits for the UK head coach over the past few days.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis, Tenn. — is the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was the first prospect in the 2019 class to earn a scholarship offer from UK, and he visited Lexington for Big Blue Madness last fall.

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Calipari will meet with James Wiseman next week

 Posted by at 7:30 PM on April 12, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari will meet with James Wiseman next week
Apr 122018
 

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UK Coach John Calipari will have an in-home visit with James Wiseman — the Wildcats’ top recruiting target in the class of 2019 — on Monday, according to recruiting analyst Pat Lawless.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward — is the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He is from Nashville but played this past season at Memphis East for Penny Hardaway, who was also Wiseman’s coach on the Nike circuit and is now head coach of the Memphis Tigers.

Wiseman’s recruitment is expected to come down to UK and Memphis.

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More picks for Memphis in Wiseman’s Crystal Ball

 Posted by at 9:52 AM on March 15, 2018  Comments Off on More picks for Memphis in Wiseman’s Crystal Ball
Mar 152018
 

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The news Wednesday that Tubby Smith would not be the head coach at Memphis next season led to a few more predictions in favor of the Tigers on the 247Sports Crystal Ball page of James Wiseman, the No. 1 recruit in the 2019 class.

The assumption is that former Memphis star Penny Hardaway, the head coach of Memphis East High School and leader of Team Penny on the Nike circuit, will be the next coach of the Memphis Tigers.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward, originally from Nashville — plays for both of the teams that Hardaway coaches. Until the Hardaway-to-Memphis rumors started heating up recently, Kentucky was the unanimous choice on Wiseman’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page. He was the first player from the 2019 class to earn a scholarship offer from John Calipari and has clearly emerged as UK’s No. 1 target in the class.

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Another Memphis prediction for James Wiseman

 Posted by at 10:13 AM on March 8, 2018  Comments Off on Another Memphis prediction for James Wiseman
Mar 082018
 

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As the Penny Hardaway-to-Memphis talk continues to heat up, expect similar talk around No. 1 recruit James Wiseman and the Tigers.

247Sports recruiting reporter Adam Rowe — a Duke insider — is the latest to log a pro-Memphis prediction on Wiseman’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page. National recruiting analyst Andrew Slater was the first to make such a pick last month, when rumors that Hardaway might replace Tubby Smith at his alma mater began heating up.

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Wiseman is new No. 1 in 247Sports rankings for 2019

 Posted by at 1:55 PM on January 25, 2018  Comments Off on Wiseman is new No. 1 in 247Sports rankings for 2019
Jan 252018
 

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Five-star UK basketball target James Wiseman is the new No. 1 recruit in the updated class of 2019 rankings from 247Sports, which released its latest list Thursday.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis — was the first player in the junior class to receive a scholarship offer from Kentucky. The Wildcats are also seen as major favorites in his recruitment — UK has all of the picks on his Crystal Ball page — and a commitment down the road from Wiseman would snap a UK skid of missing out on a top-five recruit in three consecutive classes.

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Barbee in Florida to see UK target James Wiseman

 Posted by at 6:01 PM on December 19, 2017  Comments Off on Barbee in Florida to see UK target James Wiseman
Dec 192017
 

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UK assistant coach Tony Barbee was back at the City of Palms Classic on Tuesday evening to check out James Wiseman, arguably the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2019.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis — is ranked No. 1 in the junior class by Scout.com and ESPN, and Kentucky is the early favorite in his recruitment. He struck down rumors earlier this month that he might reclassify to 2018 and play college basketball next season.

Barbee watched top 2019 prospects Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis at the Florida-based showcase Monday night.

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