Okafor and Jones will announce Friday afternoon

 Posted by at 11:20 PM on November 11, 2013  No Responses »
Nov 112013
 
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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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Nov 072013
 
Tyler Ulis

Tyler Ulis

Thursday’s announcement that the Champions Classic will be renewed for three more years was certainly welcome news to college basketball fans.

The renewal means that Kentucky will play Kansas (2014), Duke (2015) and Michigan State (2016) over the next three seasons. It could also mean a rematch of one of the most exciting games of this past summer’s AAU schedule.

Few Kentucky fans had ever heard of Tyler Ulis when he hit the floor against top point guard Tyus Jones in a Peach Jam pool play game July 12. With John Calipari watching, Ulis finished with 22 points and 17 assists. His team lost the game in overtime, but the 5-foot-9 point guard got a phone call from Calipari a few days later and ultimately committed to the Wildcats a couple of months after that.

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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 »
Oct 292013
 
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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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Tyus Jones won’t take official visit to Kentucky

 Posted by at 5:16 PM on September 26, 2013  2 Responses »
Sep 262013
 
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Tyus Jones will not take an official visit to Kentucky this weekend as previously planned, his mother told the Herald-Leader on Thursday.

The five-star point guard has already taken an official visit to Baylor and is scheduled to take official trips to Kansas and Duke next month. Debbie Jones did not say whether her son is still considering the Wildcats.

Tyus Jones is considered one of the top-five overall prospects in the Class of 2014.

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Tweet watch: UK sets in-home visit with Tyus Jones

 Posted by at 10:18 PM on September 8, 2013  No Responses »
Sep 082013
 
Tyus Jones will take an official visit to Kentucky on Sept. 27. Photo: Pioneer Press

Tyus Jones will take an official visit to Kentucky on Sept. 27.
Photo: Pioneer Press

One day after entertaining one of his top point guard recruits, John Calipari will apparently fly to Minnesota to meet with another.

Kentucky has set an in-home visit with five-star prospect Tyus Jones for Tuesday, according to Minnesota-based reporter Ryan James. Chicago-area point guard Tyler Ulis will be on UK’s campus for his official visit Monday night.

Jones and Ulis are the only two point guards from the Class of 2014 with scholarship offers from Kentucky.

James also reported that Duke will have an in-home visit with Jones on Monday, Minnesota on Tuesday, Kansas on Wednesday and Baylor sometime later this week. The 6-foot-1 recruit took an official visit to Baylor last weekend and has already scheduled official visits with UK, Duke and Kansas.

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Tweet watch: Duke offers Tyus Jones’ teammate

 Posted by at 11:09 PM on September 4, 2013  1 Response »
Sep 042013
 
Tyus Jones will take an official visit to Kentucky on Sept. 27. Photo: Pioneer Press

Tyus Jones will take an official visit to Kentucky on Sept. 27.
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The Tyus Jones recruitment took an interesting turn Wednesday night.

Rivals.com’s Ryan James tweeted that Duke has offered Reid Travis, who is one of Jones’ AAU teammates and a top-50 prospect in the Class of 2014. Michigan State, Minnesota, Gonzaga and Stanford were among the favorites in Travis’ recruitment before the Duke offer.

Travis — a 6-foot-7 power forward from Minneapolis — is considered the No. 40 overall prospect in the Class of 2014 by Rivals.com. He and Jones were teammates with the Howard Pulley Panthers.

Duke is considered the favorite for Jones, who took an official visit to Baylor last week and has upcoming official visits scheduled for UK, Duke and Kansas.

Jones and Chicago center Jahlil Okafor talk often about their intention to attend the same college. Okafor — widely considered the No. 1 overall prospect in 2014 — will take an official visit to UK this weekend.

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Aug 132013
 
Tyus Jones will take an official visit to Kentucky on Sept. 27. Photo: Pioneer Press

Tyus Jones will take an official visit to Kentucky on Sept. 27.
Photo: Pioneer Press

One of the top players in the country will be on Kentucky’s campus for an official visit next month.

Minnesota point guard Tyus Jones tweeted Tuesday that he has set up four official visits, including one to UK starting Sept. 27. He’ll also visit Baylor (August 30), Kansas (Oct. 18) and Duke (Oct. 25). He was on an unofficial visit to Minnesota on Tuesday.

High school prospect are allowed to take five official visits.

Jones — considered by many analysts to be the No. 1 point guard in the country — is still planning to play at the same college as Chicago big man Jahlil Okafor, who is the consensus No. 1 overall player in the class of 2014. Jones and Okafor will take their official visits to Baylor, Kansas and Duke at the same time. Okafor is using his official visit to Kentucky on Sept. 9. He’s also planned an official visit to Arizona for Oct. 11.

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Jul 232013
 
Tyus Jones will play an AAU game Wednesday night that will be televised on ESPNU. Photo: Pioneer Press

Tyus Jones will play an AAU game Wednesday night that will be televised on ESPNU.
Photo: Pioneer Press

A trio of high school prospects with UK scholarship offers will play on national television this week.

On Wednesday, top point guard Tyus Jones and the Howard Pulley Panthers face Massachusetts-based BABC at the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando, Fla. That game will be shown at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

On Thursday, UK targets Justise Winslow and Kelly Oubre will lead Houston Hoops against Nike EYBL champion Each 1 Teach 1 in another game from the Super Showcase. That contest will also be shown at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

Winslow and Oubre — both class of 2014 forwards — received offers from John Calipari after last week’s Peach Jam. Jones is considered by some analysts to be the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2014.

Thursday night’s game will also feature four other highly touted players from the class of 2014 who have already committed to colleges. Each 1 Teach 1′s roster includes Louisville native D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State), Joel Berry (North Carolina) and Grayson Allen (Duke). UNC commitment Justin Jackson plays for Houston Hoops.

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Mar 252013
 
2013 forward Aaron Gordon is considering Kentucky, Arizona, Oregon and Washington. Photo: Associated Press

2013 forward Aaron Gordon is considering Kentucky, Arizona, Oregon and Washington.
Photo: Associated Press

Some recruiting stories you might have missed amid the recent Madness …

Aaron Gordon played his final high school game Saturday night. The undecided 2013 prospect and his Archbishop Mitty squad fell to Mater Dei 50-45 in the California state finals. Gordon had 22 points and 20 rebounds in his last game with Mitty. The top-10 recruit will choose among UK, Arizona, Washington and Oregon during next week’s McDonald’s All-American Game. The consensus in recruiting circles is that Gordon, a San Jose native, will stay out West and pick one of the three finalists other than Kentucky. Mater Dei was led by 2014 forward Stanley Johnson, who scored 26 points in the title game and already has a scholarship offer from UK. Gordon and Johnson were teammates last year with the Oakland Soldiers, who won the Peach Jam finals over the summer.

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Mar 212013
 
Madison Central guard Dominique Hawkins has been named Kentucky's Gatorade Player of the Year. Photo: Tim Webb

Madison Central guard Dominique Hawkins has been named Kentucky’s Gatorade Player of the Year.
Photo: Tim Webb

The selections for Gatorade Player of the Year honors for all 50 states and Washington, D.C., were released Thursday, and several familiar names were on the list.

Starting close to home, Madison Central star Dominique Hawkins was named Kentucky’s Gatorade Player of the Year after leading the Indians to their first Sweet Sixteen championship in school history. Hawkins is now being recruited by Kentucky, which is waiting to see how its scholarship situation for next season works out before extending an offer.

Hawkins already has offers from South Carolina, Murray State, Morehead State and Western Kentucky, among others. He has said in recent weeks that he’s willing to wait on Kentucky.

In neighboring West Virginia, Andrew Wiggins of Huntington Prep took Gatorade state honors. Wiggins, who has narrowed his list to UK, Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas, accepted his Naismith Player of the Year award earlier this week. He’s regarded as the No. 1 overall player in all of high school basketball.

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