ESPN updates all basketball recruiting rankings

 Posted by at 3:33 PM on June 24, 2019  Comments Off on ESPN updates all basketball recruiting rankings
Jun 242019
 

Jalen Green

ESPN updated its basketball recruiting rankings for the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 on Monday, and likely Southern Cal commitment Evan Mobley is the top prospect in the next senior class.

Mobley — a post player from California — has not committed to the Trojans yet, but his father is an assistant coach at USC and his older brother, five-star recruit Isaiah Mobley, will be a freshman there this season.

Rivals.com and 247Sports also rank Evan Mobley as the top player in 2020.

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UK is No. 3 in updated KenPom ratings for 2016-17

 Posted by at 10:45 PM on May 25, 2016  Comments Off on UK is No. 3 in updated KenPom ratings for 2016-17
May 252016
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

Noted college basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy posted his updated Top 10 rankings for the 2016-17 season Wednesday, following the stay-or-go NBA Draft announcements of several prominent players.

Kentucky, which retained Isaiah Briscoe but lost Marcus Lee after Wednesday’s announcements, is No. 3 in Pomeroy’s ratings.

Duke took the No. 1 spot, as expected. The Blue Devils will bring in the No. 1 recruiting class in the country to go along with a group of talented returning players, such as Grayson Allen, Amile Jefferson Luke Kennard, Chase Jeter and Matt Jones.

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Apr 072015
 
Tyler Ulis

Tyler Ulis

Less than an hour after Duke defeated Wisconsin to win the national championship Monday night, several national media outlets had already posted early Top 25 rankings for the 2015-16 season.

One takeaway: There will be huge expectations for Kentucky again next season, even though we still don’t know which Wildcats will return for another run or which recruits (if any) will jump aboard.

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Sophomore leads new ‘ultimate’ basketball rankings; Skal Labissiere is top Kentucky signee at No. 7

 Posted by at 11:44 AM on February 16, 2015  Comments Off on Sophomore leads new ‘ultimate’ basketball rankings; Skal Labissiere is top Kentucky signee at No. 7
Feb 162015
 
DeAndre Ayton | Photo: California Supreme

DeAndre Ayton | Photo: California Supreme

There was a surprise at the top of Scout.com’s new Ultimate 100 basketball rankings, which were released Monday and ranked the nation’s top recruits regardless of class.

California sophomore center DeAndre Ayton is the No. 1 prospect in all of high school basketball, and the Scout.com recruiting team called his selection “an easy, unanimous choice.”

“For those that just casually follow recruiting, seeing a sophomore at the top of this type of list may surprise you, but for the hardcore recruiting fans, Ayton is well known,” said the Scout.com team. “He’s been a widely discussed name since before he was in high school. This past summer he played against North Carolina in an exhibition game and scored 17 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. A 6-foot-11 center, Ayton has scoring moves, is a very good rim protector and is an impressive all-around athlete.”

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High expectations for Kentucky again next season

 Posted by at 1:16 PM on April 8, 2014  Comments Off on High expectations for Kentucky again next season
Apr 082014
 
Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kentucky is expected to lose several star players to the NBA Draft over the next few weeks, but that won’t temper outside expectations for next season.

In the hours following Monday night’s national title game loss to UConn, many national media outlets unveiled early rankings for the 2014-15 college basketball season.

Most of those rankings outright acknowledged that UK is likely to lose sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein and freshmen Julius Randle, James Young, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison to the NBA. Still, all of those rankings pegged the Cats as a top-10 team for next season.

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Feb 262014
 

Chicago shooting guard Charles Matthews became UK’s first commitment for the Class of 2015 on Wednesday morning. He is also the 18th player ranked in the top 15 by Scout.com to choose the Wildcats since John Calipari was hired in 2009.

Here’s a list of those players and where they were ranked by Scout:

UK’s Top 15 Commitments, 2009-14
Rank Player Hometown Class
1 Anthony Davis Chicago, Ill. 2011
1 Nerlens Noel Everett, Mass. 2012
2 Julis Randle Plano, Texas 2013
2 John Wall Raleigh, N.C. 2009
3 DeMarcus Cousins Mobile, Ala. 2009
3 Enes Kanter Istanbul, Turkey 2010
5 Andrew Harrison Richmond, Texas 2013
6 Aaron Harrison Richmond, Texas 2013
6 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Elizabeth, N.J. 2011
6 Brandon Knight Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 2010
7 Alex Poythress Clarksville, Tenn. 2012
8 Terrence Jones Portland, Ore. 2010
8 Marquis Teague Indianapolis, Ind. 2011
8 Trey Lyles Indianapolis, Ind. 2014
11 Karl Towns Jr. Metuchen, N.J. 2014
11 James Young Rochester, Mich. 2013
14 Archie Goodwin Little Rock, Ark. 2012
15 Charles Matthews Chicago, Ill. 2015

 

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Jan 132014
 
Calipari

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UK Coach John Calipari and Arizona Coach Sean Miller were both hired by their respective schools in 2009. Since then, they’ve established themselves as arguably the two greatest recruiters of top-flight talent currently working in college basketball.

Calipari, of course, seems to get just about every five-star prospect that he seriously pursues. Miller has made Arizona the destination program for the best high school players on the West Coast.

Miller landed another five-star recruit — 2015 guard Tyler Dorsey — over the weekend. Dorsey, from California, joins Stanley Johnson, Aaron Gordon and Brandon Ashley as the latest highly touted player to leave the Golden State for Tuscon.

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Looking at UK-Michigan State by recruiting rankings

 Posted by at 6:40 PM on November 11, 2013  Comments Off on Looking at UK-Michigan State by recruiting rankings
Nov 112013
 
Photo: Jonathan Palmer

Photo: Jonathan Palmer

Tuesday night’s game between UK and Michigan State will feature 17 players who were ranked among the Top 100 recruits in their respective coming out of high school. Twelve of those players were ranked in the Top 50.

The Champions Classic as a whole — counting Duke and Kansas — will feature 38 players who were Top 100 recruits, and 27 who were ranked in the Top 50.

Here’s a look at the UK-Michigan State matchup, with a full list of all four teams’ top players and their recruiting rankings below:

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Top 10 success: Lyles is 14th to pick UK since ’09

 Posted by at 2:12 PM on November 5, 2013  Comments Off on Top 10 success: Lyles is 14th to pick UK since ’09
Nov 052013
 

Trey Lyles is the 14th player ranked in Scout.com’s top 10 to commit to Kentucky since John Calipari arrived in 2009. The full list is below, and that doesn’t include UK commits Karl Towns Jr. and James Young, who have been ranked No. 11 overall in the past two classes.

UK’s Top-10 Commitments 2009-14
Rank Player Hometown Class
1 Anthony Davis Chicago 2011
1 Nerlens Noel Everett, Mass. 2012
2 Julis Randle Plano, Texas 2013
2 John Wall Raleigh, N.C. 2009
3 DeMarcus Cousins Mobile, Ala. 2009
3 Enes Kanter Istanbul, Turkey 2010
5 Andrew Harrison Richmond, Texas 2013
6 Aaron Harrison Richmond, Texas 2013
6 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Elizabeth, N.J. 2011
6 Brandon Knight Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 2010
7 Alex Poythress Clarksville, Tenn. 2012
8 Terrence Jones Portland, Ore. 2010
8 Trey Lyles Indianapolis, Ind. 2014
8 Marquis Teague Indianapolis, Ind. 2011

 

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Okafor, Giles top Scout.com’s ‘Ultimate 100’ list

 Posted by at 12:56 PM on October 28, 2013  Comments Off on Okafor, Giles top Scout.com’s ‘Ultimate 100’ list
Oct 282013
 
Jahlil Okafor took an official visit to UK for the school

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

UK recruits Jahlil Okafor and Harry Giles are the top two prospects in all of high school basketball, according to Scout.com.

The recruiting service unveiled its “Ultimate 100” list Monday, which ranks the best high school basketball players regardless of class.

Okafor — the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2014 — came in at No. 1. Giles — 2016’s top player — was No. 2 on the list. They were followed by 2014 stars Myles Turner, Emmanuel Mudiay and Tyus Jones.

Giles still has three years of high school remaining, but he’s already thinking about his recruitment. The 6-foot-10 post player took an unofficial visit to UK earlier this month for Big Blue Madness. The North Carolina native also has early offers from Duke and UNC.

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