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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UK basketball recruits drop in final ESPN rankings

 Posted by at 11:21 PM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on UK basketball recruits drop in final ESPN rankings
Apr 162018
 

Keldon Johnson

Keldon Johnson remained a top-10 national prospect in ESPN’s new rankings for the class of 2018, but he was one of three future Kentucky Wildcats that dropped in the website’s final update for this recruiting cycle.

Johnson fell one spot to No. 7 overall in the final rankings released Tuesday. Also dropping in the ESPN rankings were UK signees Immanuel Quickley (from No. 17 to No. 23 overall) and Tyler Herro (from No. 25 to No. 28 overall).

Before the final update, ESPN was the only major recruiting service that pegged Herro as a five-star recruit. He is now a four-star player on ESPN’s list.

New UK commitment EJ Montgomery jumped two spots to No. 14 overall.

Duke’s trio of R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cameron Reddish finished 1-2-3, respectively, in the final ESPN rankings.

MORE: Rivals.com released its final 2018 rankings Monday.

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James Wiseman remains No. 1 in the ESPN rankings

 Posted by at 10:43 AM on January 24, 2018  Comments Off on James Wiseman remains No. 1 in the ESPN rankings
Jan 242018
 

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Top UK recruiting target James Wiseman remains the No. 1 overall player in the ESPN class of 2019 rankings, which were updated Wednesday morning.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 prospect from Memphis — was the first player from the 2019 class to earn a UK scholarship offer, and the Wildcats are heavy favorites on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

Kentucky has extended scholarship offers to seven other prospects in the 2019 rankings: power forward Vernon Carey (No. 2), power forward Matthew Hurt (No. 5), combo guard Bryan Antoine (No. 7), shooting guard Scottie Lewis (No. 8), point guard Tyrese Maxey (No. 14), small forward D.J. Jeffries (No. 17) and small forward Keion Brooks (No. 30).

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Two UK basketball signees play Monday on ESPNU

 Posted by at 10:37 PM on January 14, 2018  Comments Off on Two UK basketball signees play Monday on ESPNU
Jan 142018
 

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Five-star Kentucky basketball recruits Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson will play in games on ESPNU on Monday, part of the network’s coverage of the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

Quickley — a 6-foot-3 point guard — leads John Carroll (Md.) against Hudson Catholic (N.J.) at 11 a.m. Monday. Johnson — a 6-6 wing — leads Oak Hill Academy (Va.) against University School (Fla.) at 3 p.m.

The University School squad also features Vernon Carey, the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2019 and an early recipient of a UK scholarship offer.

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Zion Williamson plays in ESPN game Saturday night

 Posted by at 12:07 PM on January 13, 2018  Comments Off on Zion Williamson plays in ESPN game Saturday night
Jan 132018
 

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A reminder that top UK basketball target Zion Williamson will lead Spartanburg (S.C.) Day against Chino Hills (Calif.) at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., on Saturday night in a game that will air live at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Williamson — the No. 3 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings — took visits to six schools in the fall: Kentucky, Clemson, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and South Carolina. Clemson has emerged as a major favorite in his recruitment in recent weeks — passing previous favorite UK — and Williamson is scheduled to announce his college decision Jan. 20.

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello interviewed Williamson on Friday, and the 6-foot-6 forward said that he had narrowed his list to three or four schools, though he didn’t specify which schools those were. He did say Clemson and South Carolina are on that list.

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Top UK basketball target plays ESPN2 game Thursday

 Posted by at 12:02 PM on December 14, 2017  Comments Off on Top UK basketball target plays ESPN2 game Thursday
Dec 142017
 

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James Wiseman — arguably UK’s top basketball target for the class of 2019 — will lead Memphis East (Tenn.) against Webster Groves (Mo.) on Thursday night in a game that will be televised live on ESPN2 starting at 7 p.m.

Wiseman is the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the Scout.com and ESPN rankings. He visited UK for Big Blue Madness in October and was the first player from the junior class to receive a scholarship offer from he Wildcats.

His Memphis East team is ranked No. 1 nationally, and Webster Groves features multiple high-major college prospects.

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Six Kentucky players among Top 100 draft prospects

 Posted by at 10:33 AM on November 6, 2017  Comments Off on Six Kentucky players among Top 100 draft prospects
Nov 062017
 

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Five UK freshmen and one sophomore were included Monday on ESPN’s new list of the Top 100 prospects for next year’s NBA Draft.

Kevin Knox is the top Cat at No. 14 on the list, and the 6-9 small forward is the No. 10-ranked freshman eligible for next year’s draft, according to ESPN. He was followed by fellow freshmen Hamidou Diallo (No. 18), Nick Richards (No. 22), PJ Washington (No. 32) and the injured Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 35).

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New UK basketball targets rise in updated rankings

 Posted by at 10:44 AM on August 23, 2017  Comments Off on New UK basketball targets rise in updated rankings
Aug 232017
 

Shittu

The new ESPN 100 basketball rankings for the class of 2018 were released Wednesday morning, and R.J. Barrett has moved past Zion Williamson and into the No. 1 spot.

A couple of players who have moved up on UK’s recruiting radar in recent weeks also received rankings bumps.

Simi Shittu — a 6-9 forward from Canada — is now the No. 6 overall prospect in the 2018 class. Shittu does not yet have an “official” scholarship offer from Kentucky, but John Calipari flew to Canada to watch him play recently and the versatile prospect is expected to land that offer as soon as he visits Lexington, a trip that could happen very soon.

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