UK basketball target might move to the 2018 class

 Posted by at 12:11 PM on July 27, 2018  Comments Off on UK basketball target might move to the 2018 class
Jul 272018
 

Lewis

Highly touted combo guard Kira Lewis told reporters at an event in Las Vegas late Thursday night that he is considering reclassifying to 2018.

Lewis, currently the No. 30 overall player in the 247Sports composite rankings for 2019, has been getting looks from Kentucky’s coaches all summer, though he has not yet received a scholarship offer from the Wildcats. He visited UK in June.

Whether he stays in 2019 or makes the move to 2018, Alabama is looking like a major favorite in Lewis’ recruitment. National recruiting insider Andrew Slater reported Thursday night that Lewis will make a final decision on reclassification in early August.

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UK extends new offer to 2019 basketball recruit

 Posted by at 10:34 PM on April 30, 2018  Comments Off on UK extends new offer to 2019 basketball recruit
Apr 302018
 

Lecque

Jalen Lecque has received a UK basketball scholarship offer, according to national recruiting analyst Andrew Slater.

Lecque — a 6-foot-4 combo guard from New York, now playing for a high school in North Carolina — is the No. 9 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He has talked about possibly moving to 2018 — his original class — but there’s been no final decision on that, and UK is already expected to have several talented backcourt players for next season.

If Lecque stays in the 2019 class, he’ll be among UK’s top targets at the position. He averaged 20.1 points, 9.3 assists and 9.1 rebounds per game this past season, and he’s now playing with the New York Rens — the former team of Hamidou Diallo — on the Nike circuit.

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EJ Montgomery officially signs with Kentucky

 Posted by at 7:27 PM on April 19, 2018  Comments Off on EJ Montgomery officially signs with Kentucky
Apr 192018
 

Montgomery

Five-star power forward EJ Montgomery officially signed with the University of Kentucky on Thursday, a little more than a week after committing to the Wildcats.

Montgomery — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Marietta, Ga. — picked UK over scholarship offers from Duke, North Carolina and several other top schools. Earlier Thursday, 247Sports placed Montgomery as the No. 6 overall recruit in its final class of 2018 rankings. That’s the highest that any of the major recruiting services ranked any of UK’s commitments in this cycle.

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UK still interested in five-star guard Jalen Lecque

 Posted by at 11:00 AM on April 17, 2018  Comments Off on UK still interested in five-star guard Jalen Lecque
Apr 172018
 

Lecque

Five-star combo guard Jalen Lecque is still on UK’s recruiting radar.

The New York native — now playing for Christ School in North Carolina — had an in-home visit with the Wildcats over the weekend, according to national recruiting analyst Andrew Slater.

Duke assistant coach Nate James is expected to visit Lecque on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4 prospect has been on Kentucky’s radar for months, and the Herald-Leader has been told in the past that Lecque could reclassify to 2018 if he were to land a scholarship offer from a blueblood program like UK or Duke.

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UK basketball recruits drop in final ESPN rankings

 Posted by at 11:21 PM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on UK basketball recruits drop in final ESPN rankings
Apr 162018
 

Keldon Johnson

Keldon Johnson remained a top-10 national prospect in ESPN’s new rankings for the class of 2018, but he was one of three future Kentucky Wildcats that dropped in the website’s final update for this recruiting cycle.

Johnson fell one spot to No. 7 overall in the final rankings released Tuesday. Also dropping in the ESPN rankings were UK signees Immanuel Quickley (from No. 17 to No. 23 overall) and Tyler Herro (from No. 25 to No. 28 overall).

Before the final update, ESPN was the only major recruiting service that pegged Herro as a five-star recruit. He is now a four-star player on ESPN’s list.

New UK commitment EJ Montgomery jumped two spots to No. 14 overall.

Duke’s trio of R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cameron Reddish finished 1-2-3, respectively, in the final ESPN rankings.

MORE: Rivals.com released its final 2018 rankings Monday.

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Where UK basketball recruits landed in final rankings

 Posted by at 12:06 PM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on Where UK basketball recruits landed in final rankings
Apr 162018
 

Montgomery

Rivals.com finalized its basketball recruiting rankings for players in the class of 2018 on Monday, and Duke signee R.J. Barrett remains the No. 1 prospect for next season’s freshman class.

The Blue Devils no longer have a sweep of the top three players in 2018, however.

North Carolina signee Nassir Little jumped from No. 5 to No. 2 in the final rankings, leapfrogging Duke commitments Cameron Reddish, who fell one spot to No. 3, and Zion Williamson, who dropped two spots to No. 5. Oregon signee Bol Bol is No. 4 overall in the final rankings.

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Calipari scheduled to meet with Maxey this weekend

 Posted by at 9:34 PM on April 11, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari scheduled to meet with Maxey this weekend
Apr 112018
 

Five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey is expected to host several top college coaches for in-home recruiting visits this weekend, according to Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans.

Maxey — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Garland, Texas — is scheduled to meet with UK’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Michigan’s John Beilein and Texas’ Shaka Smart. The final recruiting period of the spring where in-home visits are permitted begins Friday and ends April 18.

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NBA mock draft includes no UK players in first round

 Posted by at 9:57 AM on February 12, 2018  Comments Off on NBA mock draft includes no UK players in first round
Feb 122018
 

Vanderbilt

The new ESPN NBA mock draft for 2019 includes zero UK players in the first round. That would be a first for the Wildcats under Coach John Calipari.

ESPN’s updated 2019 draft has three Duke commitments at the very top — R.J. Barrett, Cameron Reddish and Zion Williamson, in that order — only eight one-and-done players total and zero Wildcats in the first round. Jarred Vanderbilt, who would be a sophomore next season, is the top UK player at No. 31 overall, and Nick Richards, who would also be a sophomore next season, is the only other Wildcat on the list at No. 50 overall.

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Calipari to visit possible 2018 target later this week

 Posted by at 3:55 PM on February 6, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari to visit possible 2018 target later this week
Feb 062018
 

John Calipari

UK coaches John Calipari and Kenny Payne are expected to visit five-star guard Jalen Lecque in North Carolina on Wednesday, according to national recruiting analyst Andrew Slater.

Lecque — a 6-foot-4 prospect at Christ School (N.C.) — is currently the No. 12 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was originally in the 2018 class before moving back a grade to 2019, though he has publicly acknowledged in recent weeks that he’s considering reclassifying back to 2018, which would allow him to play college basketball next season.

Kentucky has only three signees so far for the 2018 class, and the Cats could have a spot for Lecque in that group.

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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
 

Wiseman

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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