ESPN analyst favors Kentucky for Keion Brooks

 Posted by at 10:06 AM on October 20, 2018  Comments Off on ESPN analyst favors Kentucky for Keion Brooks
Oct 202018
 

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ESPN recruiting insider Jeff Borzello is now predicting that Kentucky is in the best position to land highly touted forward Keion Brooks, who is taking his official visit to Lexington this weekend.

In Borzello’s latest “Hot Board” post chronicling the top official visits of the week, he predicted UK would ultimately land the 6-foot-7 prospect from Fort Wayne, Ind., though he put his confidence level on that pick at 35 percent in what has been a tough-to-read recruitment.

Brooks has already taken official visits to UCLA and Indiana, and he’ll take official visits to North Carolina and Michigan State next month. Purdue is also among his finalists. ESPN ranks Brooks as the No. 33 overall player in the class of 2019, and he was one of the first recruits from that group to land a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

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Kahlil Whitney projected as top-10 NBA Draft pick

 Posted by at 10:10 AM on October 12, 2018  Comments Off on Kahlil Whitney projected as top-10 NBA Draft pick
Oct 122018
 

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ESPN revealed its first NBA mock draft for 2020 on Friday morning, and the top end of those projections includes several UK recruits.

Class of 2019 commitment Kahlil Whitney comes in as the No. 7 overall pick, and he’s joined in the top 10 by UK recruiting targets James Wiseman (No. 1), Cole Anthony (No. 2), Jaden McDaniels (No. 3) and Isaiah Stewart (No. 6). Other UK targets included in ESPN’s mock draft include Matthew Hurt (No. 16), Vernon Carey (No. 22) and current class of 2020 recruit N’Faly Dante (No. 37).

Tyrese Maxey, another UK commitment, is No. 22 on ESPN’s list, which also includes current Wildcats Ashton Hagans (No. 36) and Nick Richards (No. 46).

ESPN’s most recent mock draft for 2019 included Keldon Johnson and PJ Washington as first-round picks.

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Tshiebwe sets a date for his college announcement

 Posted by at 11:35 AM on October 10, 2018  Comments Off on Tshiebwe sets a date for his college announcement
Oct 102018
 

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Five-star center Oscar Tshiebwe announced on his Instagram page Wednesday that he will reveal his college decision on Oct. 21.

Tshiebwe — a 6-foot-9 prospect from Congo, now living in Pennsylvania — has narrowed his college choices to Kentucky, West Virginia, Baylor and Illinois, and he’s already taken official visits to all four schools. His recruitment is widely expected to come down to UK and West Virginia.

UK Coach John Calipari has visited with Tshiebwe multiple times this fall and hosted him for an official visit late last month. Tshiebwe is the No. 19 overall player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports rankings.

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Isaiah Stewart’s Crystal Ball page takes another turn

 Posted by at 4:28 PM on October 9, 2018  Comments Off on Isaiah Stewart’s Crystal Ball page takes another turn
Oct 092018
 

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After a brief flurry of pro-UK predictions surrounding his official visit to Lexington late last month, five-star center Isaiah Stewart’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page is in a bit of disarray.

National analyst Evan Daniels changed his pick on Stewart from Kentucky to “foggy” last week, and some other recruiting analysts who had been predicting Kentucky followed that lead.

Two more picks from national analysts came in Tuesday morning, and they went in different directions. First, 247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer logged a prediction for Michigan State. And then, 247Sports national analyst Brian Snow, who is listed as the “lead expert” on Stewart’s player page, logged a prediction in favor of Washington.

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Another 2020 basketball prediction goes UK’s way

 Posted by at 12:18 PM on October 7, 2018  Comments Off on Another 2020 basketball prediction goes UK’s way
Oct 072018
 

Basketball recruiting analyst Dain Ervin is currently ranked as the No. 1 prognosticator for prospects in the class of 2019, and he’s predicting quite the haul for Kentucky in the class of 2020.

His latest prediction, made Sunday morning, is that the Cats will ultimately land five-star point guard Sharife Cooper, who recently visited Lexington and picked up a UK scholarship offer on that trip.

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Aidan Igiehon’s Crystal Ball now unanimous for U of L

 Posted by at 10:56 AM on October 6, 2018  Comments Off on Aidan Igiehon’s Crystal Ball now unanimous for U of L
Oct 062018
 

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Louisville now holds 100 percent of the Crystal Ball predictions on the page of Aidan Igiehon, a top-50 post player in the class of 2019.

Igiehon — a native of Ireland who now plays for a high school in New York — recently narrowed his list of schools to U of L, Kentucky, Oregon and St. John’s. He’s already taken official visits to Louisville and Oregon, and he postponed a trip to St. John’s that was scheduled for his weekend.

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Oscar Tshiebwe takes final official visit this weekend

 Posted by at 11:35 AM on October 5, 2018  Comments Off on Oscar Tshiebwe takes final official visit this weekend
Oct 052018
 

The recruitment of five-star center Oscar Tshiebwe is reaching its final stages, and the Congo native will be at West Virginia this weekend for his fourth and final official visit.

Tshiebwe — a 6-foot-9, 250-pound prospect now living in Pennsylvania — has narrowed his list to West Virginia, Kentucky, Baylor and Illinois, and he’s already taken official visits to the latter three schools in recent weeks. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 19 overall player in the 2019 class.

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A few UK basketball recruiting notes and predictions

 Posted by at 12:18 PM on October 4, 2018  Comments Off on A few UK basketball recruiting notes and predictions
Oct 042018
 

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A few notes from this week …

* Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans reported Wednesday that five-star forward Jaden McDaniels is expected to take the first official visit of his recruitment next weekend to San Diego State, where his older brother, Jalen, is currently a standout player. McDaniels — a 6-foot-10 prospect from Seattle — is the No. 4 overall player in the 2019 class and is also considering Kentucky, Texas, UCLA and Washington. His recruitment is considered wide open at this time.

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Another class of 2020 star lands an offer from Calipari

 Posted by at 5:31 PM on October 2, 2018  Comments Off on Another class of 2020 star lands an offer from Calipari
Oct 022018
 

RJ Hampton

Five-star guard RJ Hampton landed a scholarship offer from Kentucky on Tuesday, becoming the seventh player in the 2020 class to confirm such an offer from the Wildcats.

This one wasn’t a surprise. Hampton has long been one of the top stars in the 2020 class and was actually the first prospect from that group to have an in-home visit with John Calipari last month, meeting with the UK coach just a few days into the fall recruiting period.

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Scottie Lewis hosts UK coaches for another visit

 Posted by at 12:13 PM on October 2, 2018  Comments Off on Scottie Lewis hosts UK coaches for another visit
Oct 022018
 

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UK coaches were in New Jersey on Tuesday for another meeting with Scottie Lewis, one of the Cats’ top recruiting targets and a player who could be on the verge of a college decision.

Jake Weingarten of Stock Risers was first to report the UK visit.

Lewis — a 6-foot-5 wing — has already taken official visits to Kentucky and Florida and is expected to make a decision between those two schools sometime soon. The Gators remain the favorite on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page. Lewis is the No. 11 overall player in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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