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
 

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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
 

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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
 

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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
 

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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
 

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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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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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Calipari makes first stop in live recruiting period

 Posted by at 2:41 PM on April 5, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari makes first stop in live recruiting period
Apr 052018
 

John Calipari was in Texas on Thursday afternoon to see class of 2019 recruit Tyrese Maxey, the first point guard in his class to receive a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

Maxey — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Garland, Texas — is the No. 13 overall player in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He’s also the No. 2 point guard on that list behind fellow UK target Ashton Hagans, who is considering a move to the class of 2018.

Calipari has visited with Maxey four times in the past six months, and Maxey has also been on UK’s campus for a recruiting trip during that time. His father is on staff at Southern Methodist — the leader on his Crystal Ball page — but the Herald-Leader has been told over the last few months that UK is in a great spot in his recruitment.

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USA Today: Barbee a candidate for Memphis job

 Posted by at 2:41 PM on March 18, 2018  Comments Off on USA Today: Barbee a candidate for Memphis job
Mar 182018
 

According to Dan Wolken of USA Today, one of the candidates to join Penny Hardaway’s coaching staff at Memphis is UK assistant Tony Barbee.

Barbee was an assistant at Memphis under John Calipari before embarking on his own head coaching career, then returning to Calipari’s staff at Kentucky. Barbee is also the lead recruiter on D.J. Jeffries, who committed to UK for the class of 2019 last week and played for Hardaway’s Team Penny squad on the Nike circuit last summer. Barbee is not recruiting any of UK’s 2018 signees or any of the Cats’ remaining targets from that class.

Memphis fired Tubby Smith last week and is expected to name Hardaway its next head coach.

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Calipari checks in on recruit from the class of 2019

 Posted by at 9:26 PM on March 6, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari checks in on recruit from the class of 2019
Mar 062018
 

UK Coach John Calipari was in Mississippi on Tuesday night to see class of 2019 star D.J. Jeffries, according to recruiting analyst Garrett Tucker.

Jeffries — a 6-foot-7 small forward from the Memphis area — was one of the first basketball prospects in the 2019 class to earn a scholarship offer from Kentucky, and Calipari has now seen him three times over the past three months, including once at the Marshall County Hoop Fest in December.

UK is the early favorite on Jeffries’ 247Sports Crystal Ball page. Jeffries is the No. 26 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247 composite rankings.

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