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UK has had no new contact with Ryan Skovranko

 Posted by at 2:03 PM on November 1, 2013  No Responses »
Nov 012013
 
Photo: Christoper Horner/Tribune-Review

Photo: Christoper Horner/Tribune-Review

UK’s known pool of uncommitted recruiting targets in down to four players for the Class of 2014 — Stanley Johnson, Trey Lyles, Jahlil Okafor and Myles Turner.

With so few prospects and seemingly so many available scholarships for next season, the Cats might have to get creative to fill some of those spots.

Pittsburgh-area wing Ryan Skovranko is a player that John Calipari has shown interest in in the past, but he no longer appears to be part of UK’s future plans.

Lincoln Park Coach Mike Bariski told the Herald-Leader late last week that he hasn’t heard from Calipari “in a while” and wasn’t sure if the UK coach was still interested in his star player.

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Mar 182013
 
Pittsburgh-area prospect Ryan Skovranko tweeted this picture from UK's practice at Robert Morris on Monday.

2014 prospect Ryan Skovranko tweeted this picture from UK’s practice at Robert Morris on Monday.

There’s at least one person excited about Kentucky’s trip to the NIT.

Pittsburgh-area prospect Ryan Skovranko and three of his teammates were invited by John Calipari to see the Cats practice Monday in advance of Tuesday night’s NIT opener against Robert Morris.

Skovranko tweeted a picture of the practice and added the “BBN” hashtag. The 6-foot-7 junior wing has said in the past that Kentucky is his favorite school.

Calipari made a trip to western Pennsylvania last month to see Skovranko practice. The under-the-radar recruit plays for Lincoln Park Charter in Midland, Pa., which is just a few miles from where Calipari grew up.

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Feb 252013
 
2014 guard Ryan Skovranko got a visit from UK Coach John Calipari on Sunday. Photo: Tribune-Review

2014 guard Ryan Skovranko got a visit from UK Coach John Calipari on Sunday.
Photo: Tribune-Review

UK Coach John Calipari traveled back home to western Pennsylvania on Sunday to check out under-the-radar 2014 guard Ryan Skovranko.

Calipari was scheduled to see Skovranko earlier this month, but that visit was postponed in the aftermath of Nerlens Noel’s season-ending knee injury.

Skovranko, a 6-foot-7 junior, plays for Lincoln Park Charter in Midland, Pa., which is just a few miles from where Calipari grew up and started his basketball career.

Lincoln Park Coach Mike Bariski said Calipari showed up 30 minutes before the afternoon practice wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers shirt and stayed for the entire two-hour workout.

“It was the best kept secret in Western Pennsylvania,” Bariski said. “We didn’t want a circus.”

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