Tennessee close to more basketball recruiting wins?

 Posted by at 2:19 PM on September 3, 2020  Comments Off on Tennessee close to more basketball recruiting wins?
Sep 032020
 

Mutombo

After snagging arguably the best point guard in the 2021 class and one year removed from a nationally ranked recruiting haul, Tennessee appears on the verge of more good fortune.

Predictions in favor of the Volunteers for two high-profile basketball prospects in the class of 2021 have been coming in over the past week.

Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi and Corey Evans have both put in recent pro-Tennessee picks for Ryan Mutombo, the No. 87 overall player in the 2021 class and one of the most intriguing big men in that group. Evans switched from his previous pick of Georgetown, which is the alma mater of Mutombo’s father, NBA great Dikembe Mutombo.

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Crystal Ball favoring UK basketball for Bryce Hopkins

 Posted by at 10:54 AM on August 25, 2020  Comments Off on Crystal Ball favoring UK basketball for Bryce Hopkins
Aug 252020
 

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Kentucky’s recruitment of four-star small forward Bryce Hopkins is proceeding quickly, and national recruiting experts are starting to line up their predictions in favor of the Wildcats.

247Sports analysts Jerry Meyer, Travis Branham and Brian Snow have all logged Crystal Ball picks in Kentucky’s favor on Hopkins’ page over the past few days. The Herald-Leader was told last week that a UK commitment from Hopkins could be coming as soon as the next couple of weeks.

Kentucky Coach John Calipari extended a scholarship offer to Hopkins during a video call with the 6-foot-6 prospect and his family Friday night. The Chicago-area standout had been committed to Louisville for nine months before backing out of that pledge earlier this month.

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National analyst picks Kentucky for 2021 point guard

 Posted by at 10:53 AM on August 22, 2020  Comments Off on National analyst picks Kentucky for 2021 point guard
Aug 222020
 

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Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans put in a prediction in favor of Kentucky for four-star point guard Nolan Hickman on Friday night.

Hickman — a 6-foot-1 prospect from the Seattle area — is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 76 overall prospect in the 2021 class, though 247Sports pegs him as the No. 30 overall recruit and third-best point guard in the class. Evans previously had a prediction in favor of Kansas, and there are currently zero predictions on Hickman’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

Kansas, Arizona, UCLA, Washington and Oklahoma are among the many programs that have already extended scholarship offers to Hickman, who will play his senior season at Wasatch Academy in Utah.

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National analyst picks Kentucky for recruit Skyy Clark

 Posted by at 10:00 AM on August 6, 2020  Comments Off on National analyst picks Kentucky for recruit Skyy Clark
Aug 062020
 

Skyy Clark

Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi has logged a Future Cast prediction in favor of Kentucky for five-star combo guard Skyy Clark, the most recent recipient of a Wildcats’ scholarship offer.

Clark — a 6-foot-3 prospect in the 2022 class — moved from Los Angeles to Nashville earlier this year and has been on UK’s recruiting radar for more than a year. He traveled from California to Lexington for a UK visit in late February, and Kentucky Coach John Calipari extended a Wildcats’ offer a few weeks ago, making Clark the only recruit to land one since the coronavirus pandemic led to an NCAA shutdown for in-person recruiting.

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Crystal Ball run for Tennessee and Kennedy Chandler

 Posted by at 11:24 AM on July 15, 2020  Comments Off on Crystal Ball run for Tennessee and Kennedy Chandler
Jul 152020
 

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There’s a clear consensus forming over the most likely destination for star point guard Kennedy Chandler.

This past weekend, Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans told the Herald-Leader that Tennessee is “in a very, very, very good spot right now” to land Chandler’s commitment. Evans also put in a Future Cast prediction for the Vols last week. Chandler’s four other finalists are Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and Memphis, the hometown school.

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New predictions on Jonathan Kuminga and Skyy Clark

 Posted by at 8:43 PM on June 16, 2020  Comments Off on New predictions on Jonathan Kuminga and Skyy Clark
Jun 162020
 

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247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer logged two new Crystal Ball predictions related to Kentucky basketball recruiting targets Tuesday, and one went in favor of the Wildcats.

First, the bad — but not unexpected — news for UK: Meyer is predicting that No. 1-ranked prospect Jonathan Kuminga will turn pro straight out of high school instead of playing one season of college basketball. Kuminga — a 6-foot-8 forward from Congo — graduated from his New Jersey high school earlier this month and is expected to formally announce that he is reclassifying to 2020 sometime soon. Kuminga has narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Auburn, Duke, Texas Tech and the G League, and he’s widely expected to choose the professional path. 247Sports recruiting expert Evan Daniels is also predicting that Kuminga will pick the G League.

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National analyst Evan Daniels picks LSU for Cisse

 Posted by at 11:18 AM on May 28, 2020  Comments Off on National analyst Evan Daniels picks LSU for Cisse
May 282020
 

Cisse

247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels has added a prediction to the Crystal Ball page of five-star center Moussa Cisse, and it’s another pick in favor of Louisiana State.

Daniels’ prediction — made Thursday morning — joins a flurry of pro-LSU picks in the 24 hours since Cisse announced he was reclassifying to 2020 and would announce a college decision next week. National recruiting experts Eric Bossi and Brian Snow put in picks for LSU shortly after Cisse’s announcement Wednesday, and Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans said this week that he was sticking with his LSU prediction, which was made last fall.

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More predictions for basketball recruit Moussa Cisse

 Posted by at 11:21 AM on May 27, 2020  Comments Off on More predictions for basketball recruit Moussa Cisse
May 272020
 

Cisse

The confirmation Wednesday morning that five-star center Moussa Cisse is reclassifying to 2020 and making his college decision next week has brought more predictions from national recruiting analysts.

Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi put in a Future Cast prediction and 247Sports recruiting insider Brian Snow logged a Crystal Ball pick — both in favor of Louisiana State — on Cisse’s pages Wednesday morning, more good news for the Tigers in their pursuit of Cisse, who is also considering Kentucky, Florida State, Georgetown, Georgia and Memphis.

Snow put a confidence level of “7” (out of 10) on his Cisse pick, and two insiders for the 247Sports LSU affiliate also logged predictions in favor of the Tigers on Wednesday morning. Last fall, Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans put in a prediction for LSU, and he’s sticking with that pick in Cisse’s recruitment.

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Another Indiana prediction for UK basketball target

 Posted by at 11:36 AM on May 22, 2020  Comments Off on Another Indiana prediction for UK basketball target
May 222020
 

Kaufman

There’s more momentum for Indiana in the recruitment of Trey Kaufman, a talented forward who has been on UK’s recruiting radar since last year.

Mike Pegram — the Indiana insider for the 247Sports’ Hoosiers site — logged a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of IU, which already had public predictions going their way from national recruiting experts Corey Evans and Andrew Slater.

Kaufman — a 6-foot-8 forward from Sellersburg, Ind. — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 41 overall player in the 2021 class. Indiana, Louisville, Purdue and Xavier have generally been seen as a top four in his recruitment, but several other schools are keeping tabs on him, and he was expected to be one of the main players on Kentucky’s watch list had the April evaluation periods gone on as planned last month.

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National analyst predicting Mutombo to Georgetown

 Posted by at 4:10 PM on May 16, 2020  Comments Off on National analyst predicting Mutombo to Georgetown
May 162020
 

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Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans has logged a Future Cast prediction in favor of Georgetown for highly touted center Ryan Mutombo, the son of former NBA great Dikembe Mutombo.

Mutombo — a still-growing, 6-foot-11 prospect in the class of 2021 — is currently ranked No. 83 in that class by Rivals.com, but he’s been rocketing up the recruiting lists lately and is expected to continue his rise in the near future. 247Sports’ recently updated rankings pegged Mutombo as the No. 43 player in the class.

The Herald-Leader spoke to Mutombo’s high school coach, Mike Harner, in Atlanta late last month, and he said that they were still hoping to hear from Kentucky, which, as of late April, had not yet reached out.

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