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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UK still interested in five-star guard Jalen Lecque

 Posted by at 11:00 AM on April 17, 2018  Comments Off on UK still interested in five-star guard Jalen Lecque
Apr 172018
 

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Five-star combo guard Jalen Lecque is still on UK’s recruiting radar.

The New York native — now playing for Christ School in North Carolina — had an in-home visit with the Wildcats over the weekend, according to national recruiting analyst Andrew Slater.

Duke assistant coach Nate James is expected to visit Lecque on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4 prospect has been on Kentucky’s radar for months, and the Herald-Leader has been told in the past that Lecque could reclassify to 2018 if he were to land a scholarship offer from a blueblood program like UK or Duke.

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Herro limited to 7 minutes in Nike Hoop Summit

 Posted by at 12:20 PM on April 14, 2018  Comments Off on Herro limited to 7 minutes in Nike Hoop Summit
Apr 142018
 

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UK signee Tyler Herro logged two points and one assist in the Nike Hoop Summit on Friday night, going 1-for-3 from the floor in USA Basketball’s 89-76 loss to the World Select Team, which was led by Duke signee R.J. Barrett.

Herro played 7 minutes and 18 seconds off the bench, the lowest amount of playing time on the 10-player USA squad. Kansas-bound shooting guard Quentin Grimes played 34 minutes for Team USA.

UK signee Keldon Johnson was also selected for the Hoop Summit — and made the trip to Portland, Ore. — but he was sidelined for the game itself with a sprained ankle suffered earlier this month.

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UK, North Carolina visit five-star basketball target

 Posted by at 6:45 PM on January 31, 2018  Comments Off on UK, North Carolina visit five-star basketball target
Jan 312018
 

A UK assistant coach and North Carolina head coach Roy Williams were in Georgia on Wednesday visiting the high school of five-star post player E.J. Montgomery, one of the top uncommitted recruits in the class of 2018.

Montgomery — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Marietta, Ga. — has a list that still includes Kentucky, Duke, UNC, UCLA and several other schools. He’s expected to cut that list to five programs in the next few days.

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Crystal Ball: A Duke prediction for E.J. Montgomery

 Posted by at 11:36 AM on January 26, 2018  Comments Off on Crystal Ball: A Duke prediction for E.J. Montgomery
Jan 262018
 

Less than a week after five-star post player E.J. Montgomery emerged as a realistic UK recruiting target for the class of 2018, national analyst Andrew Slater has logged a prediction in favor of the Duke Blue Devils.

Montgomery — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Marietta, Ga. — decommitted from Auburn last fall and is still looking at several schools, including UK and Duke. The player’s father told 247Sports on Friday that Montgomery plans to cut his list to five schools soon, and Duke will be one of the first to get a visit.

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Zion Williamson says UK has met with him recently

 Posted by at 11:15 PM on January 13, 2018  Comments Off on Zion Williamson says UK has met with him recently
Jan 132018
 

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Five-star basketball prospect Zion Williamson scored 36 points at the Hoophall Classic in Massachusetts on Saturday night, then briefly discussed his recruitment with reporters at the event.

Williamson said his Jan. 20 announcement date is also his mother’s birthday, and he mentioned Clemson, South Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina as the six schools still in the mix. He took recruiting visits to all six of those schools during the fall.

The 6-foot-6 forward from Spartanburg, S.C., also said that coaches from UK, UNC and South Carolina have been by to see him in the past week or so. Clemson has emerged in recent weeks as the team to beat in Williamson’s recruitment.

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Crystal Ball: Clemson gets picks for Zion Williamson

 Posted by at 10:24 AM on November 15, 2017  Comments Off on Crystal Ball: Clemson gets picks for Zion Williamson
Nov 152017
 

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Update: Zion Williamson will not sign during the early period.

Clemson has been talked about as a school to watch in Zion Williamson’s recruitment for weeks, and the Tigers are finally getting some momentum on the top prospect’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

Several pro-Clemson predictions have been logged on Williamson’s page this week, including a big one from national recruiting insider Andrew Slater on Wednesday. Slater is the top-ranked recruiting analyst in the Crystal Ball standings for the class of 2018. He also covered Williamson’s season opener in South Carolina on Tuesday night.

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Busy week of visits for top UK target Zion Williamson

 Posted by at 12:03 PM on November 1, 2017  Comments Off on Busy week of visits for top UK target Zion Williamson
Nov 012017
 

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As reported earlier this week, UK assistant coach Joel Justus was in South Carolina on Tuesday to visit five-star recruit Zion Williamson, who is arguably the Wildcats’ top target in the 2018 class.

Justus won’t be the only coach seeing Williamson this week.

Clemson was also in to see the in-state target Tuesday, and coaches from Duke, Kansas and North Carolina are all expected to see Williamson on Wednesday. Though the 6-foot-6 small forward has not set a date for his college announcement, there is a chance he could sign with a school during the early period, which ends Nov. 15.

Kentucky is currently the leader on Williamson’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

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UK coach planning to see Zion Williamson on Tuesday

 Posted by at 5:30 PM on October 30, 2017  Comments Off on UK coach planning to see Zion Williamson on Tuesday
Oct 302017
 

Williamson

A UK assistant coach is expected to be in South Carolina on Tuesday to see top recruit Zion Williamson, the Herald-Leader has learned.

Williamson — a 6-foot-6 small forward from Spartanburg, S.C. — is the No. 1 overall player in the 247Sports rankings for the class of 2018, and he’s the No. 2 player nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings. He’s arguably UK’s top remaining target for next year’s recruiting class.

Duke is expected to visit Williamson on Wednesday.

Williamson has narrowed his recruiting list to Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Clemson and South Carolina, and he has taken visits to all six of those schools this fall. He could make a college decision in time for the fall signing period, which ends Nov. 15.

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