National analyst makes prediction on top UK target

 Posted by at 10:46 AM on June 7, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst makes prediction on top UK target
Jun 072018
 

Matthew Hurt

National recruiting analyst Andrew Slater has logged a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Kansas for five-star power forward Matthew Hurt, one of UK’s top targets in the class of 2019.

Hurt — a 6-foot-9 prospect from Rochester, Minn. — was recently announced as part of the 12-player USA Basketball U18 team after taking part in that squad’s training camp in Colorado over the past week. Kansas Coach Bill Self is coaching the U18 team — meaning he’ll get plenty of time with Hurt — and the Jayhawks were seen by many as the favorites in his recruitment even before the U18 tryouts.

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No. 1 basketball recruit cuts list to five schools

 Posted by at 7:52 PM on May 16, 2018  Comments Off on No. 1 basketball recruit cuts list to five schools
May 162018
 

Carey

Vernon Carey — the No. 1 overall basketball prospect in the class of 2019, according to Rivals.com — has narrowed his recruitment to five schools.

Carey — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — is now considering Kentucky, Duke, Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina. He cut Kansas, UCLA and Florida from his previous list.

There were no surprises in Carey’s final five. Michigan State is the only school he’s been to for an official visit. Kentucky hosted him for an unofficial visit more than a year ago, and he told the Herald-Leader last month that he’s been in contact with Bam Adebayo about possibly playing for the Cats. Duke and UNC have been recruiting him hard for more than a year, and his father is a former football standout at Miami.

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Bryan Antoine cuts his college list to five schools

 Posted by at 6:53 PM on May 10, 2018  Comments Off on Bryan Antoine cuts his college list to five schools
May 102018
 

Five-star basketball recruit Bryan Antoine narrowed his list to five schools Thursday, and Kentucky is still in the mix.

Antoine — a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from New Jersey — is the No. 7 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was one of the first players from that class to land a scholarship offer from UK.

His final five schools are Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky and Villanova.

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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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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
 

Carey

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
 

Lecque

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
 

Herro

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
 

Williamson

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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