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Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

UK basketball signees Skal Labissiere and Maci Morris will both play within about an hour’s drive of Lexington this weekend.

The two future Wildcats — and several other highly touted recruits — are set to appear in the Legacy Nissan Classic at North Laurel High School in London. The three-day event begins Friday night.

Morris and the Bell County girls team will start things off against host North Laurel on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Morris signed with UK last month and is considered the No. 44 national prospect in the class of 2015, according to the All-Star Girls Report recruiting service. She is widely regarded as the No. 1 senior in the state.

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UK women will host several recruits for Madness

 Posted by at 7:39 PM on October 16, 2014  No Responses »
Oct 162014
Photo: Amy Wallot/For the Herald-Leader

Photo: Amy Wallot/For the Herald-Leader

UK women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell has another impressive list of guests lined up for Friday night’s Big Blue Madness. Here’s a rundown (with a few quotes courtesy of All-Star Girls Report analyst Bret McCormick):

Maci Morris — The Bell County standout committed to Kentucky last September and is regarded as the No. 1 senior in the state of Kentucky. Morris — a versatile 6-foot guard — is ranked by All-Star Girls Report as the nation’s No. 44 overall prospect in the class of 2015. She’s also in the Top 100 nationally according to (32nd) and ESPN (62nd).
“She does a little bit of everything,” McCormick said when Morris committed. “And she just kind of has that basketball gene. … She has a high basketball IQ.”

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Women’s basketball: Erin Boley picks Notre Dame

 Posted by at 8:17 PM on September 16, 2014  No Responses »
Sep 162014

Elizabethtown High School junior Erin Boley — considered the best girls’ basketball player in the state — announced her commitment to Notre Dame on Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-2 forward is ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in the class of 2016 by All-Star Girls Report. She is No. 9 overall in the ESPN HoopGurlz rankings.

Boley had scholarship offers from just about every major program in the country, including Kentucky and Louisville. Earlier this summer, she cut her list to seven schools: UK, U of L, UConn, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Elizabethtown High — led by Boley — advanced to the Sweet Sixteen championship game in March, losing to Butler. Boley averaged 20.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

Aug 262014
Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

All four of UK women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell’s commitments for the class of 2015 were mentioned in the latest player rankings from

Mitchell’s latest acquisition — Maryland point guard Taylor Murray — is the Cats’ top-rated commitment at No. 21 overall. Murray, who committed to UK earlier this month, is considered the No. 6 point guard in the class.

Next comes New York City standout Batouly Camara, who is listed as the No. 30 overall prospect and No. 6 post player for 2015. The 6-foot-3 recruit committed to UK earlier this summer.

In-state star Maci Morris of Bell County is ranked by Prospects Nation as the No. 32 overall player and No. 7 wing in the class. The accompanying article with the new rankings compares Morris to former Scott County star Rebecca Gray, who played for both UK and North Carolina.

Allen County-Scottsville’s Morgan Rich is considered the No. 119 overall player and No. 27 point guard in the class. Rich is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in February.


UK women land commitment from top point guard

 Posted by at 4:19 PM on August 13, 2014  No Responses »
Aug 132014

UK women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell added another highly touted player to his recruiting class of 2015 on Tuesday night.

Taylor Murray — a 5-foot-6 point guard from Maryland — announced her commitment to the Wildcats.

All-Star Girls Report ranks Murray as the No. 30 overall player in the class.

“She’s quick and she’s a good athlete, but probably her strongest suit is that she has a good feel for the game,” recruiting analyst Bret McCormick told the Herald-Leader. “She really understands the game and has a good basketball IQ. She’s a top-notch point guard. She knows how to run a team and get others involved.”

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No. 30 player in 2016 commits to UK women

 Posted by at 10:05 PM on May 14, 2014  No Responses »
May 142014

Kentucky women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell picked up another commitment from Indiana on Wednesday night.

Sydney Shelton became the second player from the Hoosier State this week to announce her pledge to the Wildcats for 2016. Shelton, a 5-foot-8 prospect from Fortville, Ind., joins Lindsey Corsaro in UK’s class. Corsaro committed to Kentucky on Monday.

Kentucky Premier Coach David Tapley confirmed Shelton’s commitment to the Herald-Leader and said that she had received scholarship offers from Arkansas, Butler, Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue, St. John’s, Texas Christian and several others.

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Apr 162014

UK women’s basketball signee Alyssa Rice has been named a third-team All-American by USA Today.

Rice — a 6-foot-3 post player from Reynoldsburg, Ohio — averaged 19.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game during her senior season. She also represented UK at the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago earlier this month.

USA Today named Notre Dame signee Brianna Turner its national player of the year.

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Two UK women’s signees receive national honors

 Posted by at 11:55 AM on February 26, 2014  No Responses »
Feb 262014

UK women’s basketball signees Alexis Jennings and Alyssa Rice were honored Wednesday by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Jennings was one of 10 players to be named to the WBCA high school All-America team. The 6-foot-2 prospect from Harvest, Ala., is considered the ninth-best forward in the 2014 class by ESPN. She chose UK over Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Florida State.

Rice was one of 20 players to receive an WBCA All-America honorable mention designation. The Reynoldsburg, Ohio, native is UK’s top-rated signee in the four-player class of 2014. ESPN ranks the 6-3 recruit as the No. 3 post player and No. 20 overall prospect in the class. Rice will also represent UK in the McDonald’s All-American Game in April.

UK’s class, which also includes Tennessee guard Jaycee Coe and 6-6 junior-college center Ivana Jakubcova, is ranked No. 17 in the nation by ESPN.

Dec 162013
Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

The UK women’s basketball program has the No. 16 recruiting class in the country for 2014, according to the latest update from the All-Star Girls Report.

The recruiting service updated its team rankings Sunday, putting the Cats’ four-player class at 16th in the nation and fourth in the SEC.

Power forward Alexis Jennings is UK’s highest-rated recruit at No. 35 overall. Center Alyssa Rice is next at No. 44 overall, followed by wing forward Jaycee Coe at No. 195. Ivana Jakubcova — a 6-foot-6 center from Slovakia — is considered the No. 15 junior-college player in the class.

All-Star Girls Report analyst Bret McCormick had the following comments on UK’s class: “Jennings is a versatile player who is coming off a very good summer. She can rebound, score inside and face up out to the three-point arc. Rice is a very skilled player with great footwork and the ability to finish with either hand. Rice has tremendous potential. Coe can put the ball on the floor, but she made her mark as a long range shooter. Jakubcova can score inside with her size, but she also has the skills to face up and put the ball on the floor.”

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Matthew Mitchell comments on four UK signees

 Posted by at 11:26 AM on November 26, 2013  No Responses »
Nov 262013

UK women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell has signed four players to his recruiting class of 2014.

The program officially announced the signings of guard Jaycee Coe, forwards Alexis Jennings and Alyssa Rice and junior college center Ivana Jakubcova on Tuesday morning. UK’s class is currently ranked No. 17 in the country by ESPN and No. 19 by All-Star Girls Report.

“We are very excited to welcome four new members to the UK Hoops family,” Mitchell said in a press release. “We are looking for young women who possess high character and the ability to play championship basketball. Kentucky is a unique place and we need people who appreciate our uniqueness. We need people who value character, principles, preparation and sacrifice; the Kentucky way of doing things. We found four exceptional people who are committed to the Kentucky way both on and off the court.”

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