Top analyst’s prediction for UK target Scottie Lewis

 Posted by at 2:15 PM on April 22, 2018  Comments Off on Top analyst’s prediction for UK target Scottie Lewis
Apr 222018
 

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National recruiting analyst Andrew Slater logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Villanova for five-star wing Scottie Lewis on Sunday morning.

Lewis — a 6-foot-5 prospect in the class of 2019 — is one of UK’s top recruiting targets, and John Calipari and Tony Barbee have visited with him several times in the past few months. Lewis is also high school and Under Armour league teammates with five-star guard Bryan Antoine, another top UK recruiting target.

UK is currently favored on Lewis’ 247Sports Crystal Ball page, but Slater was ranked as the best predictor for recruitments during the 2018 cycle.

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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
 

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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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Carey tops Wiseman in latest Rivals rankings for 2019

 Posted by at 11:39 AM on April 20, 2018  Comments Off on Carey tops Wiseman in latest Rivals rankings for 2019
Apr 202018
 

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There’s a clear two-way battle for the top spot in the basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2019.

Rivals.com’s latest rankings, released Thursday, kept Vernon Carey with the No. 1 ranking, edging out fellow high school big man James Wiseman.

Carey — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — is ranked No. 2 behind Wiseman in the most recent 247Sports and ESPN rankings for the 2019 class, but Rivals.com has had him in the top spot for a while.

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ESPN analyst predicts James Wiseman to Kentucky

 Posted by at 7:52 PM on April 17, 2018  Comments Off on ESPN analyst predicts James Wiseman to Kentucky
Apr 172018
 

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Add ESPN national recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi to those predicting that No. 1 prospect James Wiseman will ultimately pick Kentucky.

Biancardi took questions from readers via Twitter on Tuesday, and one asked the longtime recruiting analyst and former college coach where he thought Wiseman would end up.

“If I had a crystal ball, I would say Kentucky,” Biancardi responded.

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New prediction for Kentucky QB target in 2019

 Posted by at 9:45 AM on April 13, 2018  Comments Off on New prediction for Kentucky QB target in 2019
Apr 132018
 

247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong logged a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Kentucky for class of 2019 quarterback Connor Bazelak on Friday morning.

Bazelak — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Dayton, Ohio — is the No. 15 pro-style QB in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports rankings. Wiltfong’s prediction is the first pick on his Crystal Ball page.

West Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Vanderbilt are among the other schools that have offered.

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Some bad Crystal Ball news for Kentucky football

 Posted by at 2:59 PM on March 24, 2018  Comments Off on Some bad Crystal Ball news for Kentucky football
Mar 242018
 

247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong logged a Crystal Ball prediction Friday in favor of Miami for four-star defensive back Keontra Smith, who was Kentucky’s first commitment for the class of 2019.

Smith — a Hollywood, Fla., native who committed to UK last June — received a scholarship offer from Miami last month and was on the Hurricanes’ campus Saturday for the program’s junior day event.

247Sports ranks him as the No. 12 safety in the 2019 class and the No. 198 overall prospect nationally in that group.

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Recruiting analyst predicting 2019 QB to Kentucky

 Posted by at 11:25 AM on March 18, 2018  Comments Off on Recruiting analyst predicting 2019 QB to Kentucky
Mar 182018
 

There’s a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Kentucky for one of the Wildcats’ top quarterback targets in the class of 2019.

247Sports recruiting analyst Andrew Ivins — a Miami insider — has logged a Crystal Ball pick sending 2019 QB Nik Scalzo to UK, which extended an offer to Scalzo last month and has hosted him for multiple recruiting visits to Lexington. This is the first prediction on Scalzo’s Crystal Ball page since he received the UK offer.

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National analyst picking UK for Ashton Hagans

 Posted by at 11:20 AM on March 16, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst picking UK for Ashton Hagans
Mar 162018
 

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National recruiting analyst Andrew Slater logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Kentucky for five-star guard Ashton Hagans on Thursday night.

Hagans — a 6-foot-4 point guard from Covington, Ga. — is currently one of the top players in the class of 2019, though there has been talk of a possible move to the 2018 class, which would allow him to play college basketball next season. 247Sports director of recruiting Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader last week that he expects Hagans to ultimately make that move to 2018.

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More picks for Memphis in Wiseman’s Crystal Ball

 Posted by at 9:52 AM on March 15, 2018  Comments Off on More picks for Memphis in Wiseman’s Crystal Ball
Mar 152018
 

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The news Wednesday that Tubby Smith would not be the head coach at Memphis next season led to a few more predictions in favor of the Tigers on the 247Sports Crystal Ball page of James Wiseman, the No. 1 recruit in the 2019 class.

The assumption is that former Memphis star Penny Hardaway, the head coach of Memphis East High School and leader of Team Penny on the Nike circuit, will be the next coach of the Memphis Tigers.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward, originally from Nashville — plays for both of the teams that Hardaway coaches. Until the Hardaway-to-Memphis rumors started heating up recently, Kentucky was the unanimous choice on Wiseman’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page. He was the first player from the 2019 class to earn a scholarship offer from John Calipari and has clearly emerged as UK’s No. 1 target in the class.

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National analyst predicting UK for D.J. Jeffries

 Posted by at 11:01 AM on March 12, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst predicting UK for D.J. Jeffries
Mar 122018
 

There’s a new prediction on the day of highly touted basketball recruit D.J. Jeffries’ college announcement, and it’s good news for Kentucky.

247Sports director of recruiting Evan Daniels logged a pick in favor of the Wildcats on Jeffries’ Crystal Ball page Monday morning. The timing of Jeffries’ announcement — Monday at 8 p.m. — caught many in recruiting circles off guard when he revealed the decision date Sunday night in the aftermath of the NCAA Tournament bracket reveal.

Jeffries — the No. 26 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings — wrapped up his junior season with a Mississippi state title Saturday night, and now he’s ready to reveal his college choice. The three finalists are UK, Alabama and Mississippi State, and Wildcats Coach John Calipari has seen him three times over the past three months.

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