Calipari watches Dontaie Allen again Friday night

 Posted by at 11:25 PM on July 27, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari watches Dontaie Allen again Friday night
Jul 272018
 

Dontaie Allen | Photo by Matt Goins

UK Coach John Calipari was on the recruiting trail Friday night to see Pendleton County star Dontaie Allen play in the Louisville Jam Fest, his final recruiting event of the July evaluation period.

Allen — a 6-foot-6 wing — is set to visit UK on Wednesday, and he could receive a scholarship offer from the Wildcats during that trip. He’ll be one of the frontrunners for Mr. Basketball honors as a senior this season. Rivals.com and 247Sports have both elevated him to Top 100 status in the 2019 class this month, and he’s picked up recent offers from Louisville, Florida, Xavier and several other top programs.

Calipari watched Allen play for the first time a couple of weeks ago at the Under Armour Challenge. The UK coach called Allen a few days later to set up next week’s campus visit.

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Maxey returns to court in USA’s gold-medal victory

 Posted by at 10:13 PM on June 16, 2018  Comments Off on Maxey returns to court in USA’s gold-medal victory
Jun 162018
 

Tyrese Maxey

UK commitment Tyrese Maxey returned to the court Saturday night after missing time with a sprained ankle and helped the USA Basketball U18 team defeat Canada, 113-74, to win a gold medal in the FIBA Americas U18 tournament.

Maxey, who suffered a sprained ankle in the team’s final pool game earlier this week, scored two points in 12 minutes against Canada. He started in all three of Team USA’s pool games, averaging 11.0 points in 20.0 minutes, before missing the quarterfinal and semifinal games with the ankle injury.

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Calipari in Colorado to see top basketball recruits

 Posted by at 11:18 AM on June 2, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari in Colorado to see top basketball recruits
Jun 022018
 

Maxey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — UK Coach John Calipari arrived at the U.S. Olympic training complex here Saturday morning to see several of the Wildcats’ top recruiting targets.

It was the third day of training camp for the USA Basketball U18 hopefuls Saturday, the first day that college coaches were permitted to attend the event. Coaches will also be allowed back into the camp Sunday.

The camp roster is loaded with UK recruits, including five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey, who has already committed to the Wildcats for the 2019 class. Other 2019 recruits with UK scholarship offers in attendance are Bryan Antoine, Keion Brooks, Matthew Hurt, Jalen Lecque and Scottie Lewis.

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National analyst picks UK for top basketball recruit

 Posted by at 11:51 AM on April 22, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst picks UK for top basketball recruit
Apr 222018
 

Maxey

247Sports national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Kentucky for five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey on Saturday night.

Maxey — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Garland, Texas — has hosted John Calipari and UK assistant coach Tony Barbee twice for in-home visits over the past couple of weeks, and the national perception of his recruitment has swung heavily in the Wildcats’ favor over the past few days. UK now has nearly 90 percent of the picks on Maxey’s Crystal Ball page.

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All four UK coaches watch James Wiseman in Texas

 Posted by at 9:03 PM on April 20, 2018  Comments Off on All four UK coaches watch James Wiseman in Texas
Apr 202018
 

Wiseman

There’s not much question who UK’s top recruiting target is in the basketball class of 2019.

John Calipari and all three of his assistant coaches — Kenny Payne, Tony Barbee and Joel Justus — started the first evaluation period on the spring recruiting circuit by watching No. 1 junior James Wiseman at the Nike league stop in Texas on Friday.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis East High School — was the first player from the 2019 class to earn a UK scholarship offer, and his recruitment is expected to come down to UK and Memphis, where his former Nike league and high school coach, Penny Hardaway, is now the head coach.

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John Calipari checks in on recruit near Pittsburgh

 Posted by at 11:50 PM on April 17, 2018  Comments Off on John Calipari checks in on recruit near Pittsburgh
Apr 172018
 

Morton

UK Coach John Calipari visited with 2020 recruit Ethan Morton on Tuesday, according to Rivals.com analyst Corey Evans.

Morton — a 6-foot-4 guard — is ranked by Rivals as the No. 50 prospect in the 2020 class. He’s the No. 59 overall recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings.

He plays for Butler (Pa.) Area High School, which is located less than an hour from Pittsburgh. Calipari is originally from the area and often checks in on local recruits when he’s visiting. Those trips don’t always lead to a sustained recruitment, but Morton — still just a sophomore — does have recent scholarship offers from Virginia and Pittsburgh, as well as interest from some other top programs.

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James Wiseman posts photo from visit with Calipari

 Posted by at 11:04 PM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on James Wiseman posts photo from visit with Calipari
Apr 162018
 

UK Coach John Calipari showed up in Tennessee on Monday, as expected, for his in-home recruiting visit with top Wildcats target James Wiseman.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 prospect from Nashville, now living in Memphis — is the No. 1 player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Monday’s meeting with Calipari and UK assistant coach Joel Justus was Wiseman’s first in-home recruiting visit of the spring. Memphis is UK’s top competition in the recruitment.

First In-Home Visit was a Success. #BBN🔵⚪️

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Calipari not meeting with Vernon Carey on Monday

 Posted by at 11:23 AM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari not meeting with Vernon Carey on Monday
Apr 162018
 

Carey

John Calipari will not meet with top basketball recruit Vernon Carey on Monday, as had been previously reported, according to college basketball analyst Adam Zagoria.

Calipari did meet with Carey — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — last week, and Kentucky remains one of the schools on his list. Carey is the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Other schools on his list include Duke, Miami and Michigan State. Carey averaged 26.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while leading his team to a state title this past season.

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Calipari will meet with James Wiseman on Monday

 Posted by at 6:15 PM on April 15, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari will meet with James Wiseman on Monday
Apr 152018
 

Wiseman

John Calipari will have an in-home visit with top basketball prospect James Wiseman on Monday, the latest in a string of recruiting visits for the UK head coach over the past few days.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis, Tenn. — is the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was the first prospect in the 2019 class to earn a scholarship offer from UK, and he visited Lexington for Big Blue Madness last fall.

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Calipari will meet with James Wiseman next week

 Posted by at 7:30 PM on April 12, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari will meet with James Wiseman next week
Apr 122018
 

Wiseman

UK Coach John Calipari will have an in-home visit with James Wiseman — the Wildcats’ top recruiting target in the class of 2019 — on Monday, according to recruiting analyst Pat Lawless.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward — is the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He is from Nashville but played this past season at Memphis East for Penny Hardaway, who was also Wiseman’s coach on the Nike circuit and is now head coach of the Memphis Tigers.

Wiseman’s recruitment is expected to come down to UK and Memphis.

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