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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Four Kentucky players in new NBA mock draft

 Posted by at 11:01 AM on December 5, 2017  Comments Off on Four Kentucky players in new NBA mock draft
Dec 052017
 

Kevin Knox

ESPN draft insider Jonathan Givony has a new NBA mock draft up for 2018, and four Kentucky Wildcats are projected as selections.

Freshman forward Kevin Knox is the top Cat listed — going No. 10 overall to the Los Angeles Clippers. He’s followed by fellow freshmen Hamidou Diallo (No. 20), Nick Richards (No. 26) and PJ Washington (No. 37). There are 30 picks in the first round of the NBA Draft.

In that scenario, UK would return seven scholarship players next season: juniors Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Tai Wynyard, and sophomores Jemarl Baker, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Quade Green and Jarred Vanderbilt. Baker and Vanderbilt have yet to play this season due to injuries.

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Five-star combo guard Quentin Grimes picks Kansas

 Posted by at 7:51 PM on November 15, 2017  Comments Off on Five-star combo guard Quentin Grimes picks Kansas
Nov 152017
 

Grimes

Five-star basketball recruit Quentin Grimes announced his commitment to Kansas on Wednesday night, the final day of the early signing period.

Grimes — a 6-foot-5 combo guard from the Houston area — picked the Jayhawks over fellow finalists Kentucky, Marquette and Texas. The Longhorns were thought to be Kansas’ top competition going into the fall signing period. Grimes is the No. 16 overall recruit in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Kansas now has the No. 1-ranked class in the country, according to 247Sports. Duke is No. 2, and Kentucky is ranked No. 3. Grimes joins a group of future Jayhawks that already included Top 50 recruits Devon Dotson, Silvio De Sousa and David McCormack.

Kentucky has already signed highly touted backcourt players Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro for its 2018 class.

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UK favored to land basketball recruit Tyler Herro

 Posted by at 9:56 PM on November 13, 2017  Comments Off on UK favored to land basketball recruit Tyler Herro
Nov 132017
 

Tyler Herro

Kentucky is expected to get its third basketball commitment for the class of 2018 on Tuesday.

Four-star shooting guard Tyler Herro — a 6-foot-5 prospect from Milwaukee — is scheduled to announce his college decision at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the day before the end of the early signing period.

Herro wrapped up his official visit to Lexington on Sunday, and UK is the only school that he will see before making his college announcement. Kansas, Oregon, Villanova and Butler have all been recruiting Herro since he decommitted from Wisconsin last month, but he hasn’t taken trips to any of those schools.

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UK basketball target Grimes sets decision date

 Posted by at 1:40 PM on November 13, 2017  Comments Off on UK basketball target Grimes sets decision date
Nov 132017
 

Grimes

Five-star combo guard Quentin Grimes will announce his college decision Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the finalists are Kentucky, Kansas, Marquette and Texas.

Grimes has taken official visits to all four schools, but head coaches from Kansas and Texas have both met with him in recent days, and those are the two favorites heading into Wednesday’s announcement.

Grimes is the No. 16 overall prospect in the class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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Top point guard Garland announces decision Monday

 Posted by at 10:01 PM on November 12, 2017  Comments Off on Top point guard Garland announces decision Monday
Nov 122017
 

Garland

Five-star point guard Darius Garland will announce his college decision Monday at 3:45 p.m. from his Nashville-area high school.

Garland — a 6-foot-1 prospect — has narrowed his college choices to Indiana, Kentucky, UCLA and hometown Vanderbilt. He has taken official visits to all four of those schools this fall, including a trip to UK’s Big Blue Madness last month.

Vanderbilt has taken over as the favorite on Garland’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page in recent weeks, and Indiana has been seen as the Commodores’ top competition heading into Monday’s announcement.

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Tyler Herro ready to make a college decision

 Posted by at 9:09 PM on November 12, 2017  Comments Off on Tyler Herro ready to make a college decision
Nov 122017
 

Herro

Four-star shooting guard Tyler Herro said Sunday night that he will announce his college decision Tuesday, one day before the end of the early signing period and just a couple of days after wrapping up his official visit to Kentucky.

UK has emerged as the major favorite in the recruitment of Herro, a 6-foot-5 prospect from Milwaukee who backed out of a commitment to Wisconsin last month. He took his first official visit to UK over the weekend, and he will not be visiting any other schools between now and his college announcement.

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UK Crystal Ball pick for five-star basketball recruit

 Posted by at 7:14 PM on November 5, 2017  Comments Off on UK Crystal Ball pick for five-star basketball recruit
Nov 052017
 

Brown

Five-star center Moses Brown hosted UK Coach John Calipari for a visit Sunday, and the top-ranked recruiting analyst on the 247Sports Crystal Ball page is predicting he’ll ultimately become a Wildcat.

Brown — a 7-footer from New York — visited with Calipari and UK assistant coach Tony Barbee on Sunday. Brown is the No. 15 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

National recruiting analyst Andrew Slater also logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of Kentucky for Brown on Sunday. Until Slater’s prediction, Brown’s Crystal Ball page was 100 percent Maryland picks, while UCLA had also been mentioned as a possible landing spot in recent weeks.

UPDATE: Brown’s father talks to us about Calipari’s Sunday visit.

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