Good news, bad news for UK in basketball Crystal Ball

 Posted by at 11:05 PM on May 15, 2019  Comments Off on Good news, bad news for UK in basketball Crystal Ball
May 152019
 

Boston

There was a flurry of Crystal Ball activity related to top recruits in the 2020 class Wednesday, and it contained both good and bad news for Kentucky.

First, the good: national recruiting experts Jerry Meyer and Andrew Slater both logged predictions in favor of the Wildcats for five-star shooting guard Brandon Boston, one of the best perimeter prospects in the country and the No. 8 overall player in the 247Sports composite rankings for the class of 2020.

Boston — a 6-foot-6 recruit from the Atlanta area — visited Kentucky for a home game a few months ago and recently told the Herald-Leader that he was impressed by that trip.

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Duke getting more buzz for top UK basketball target

 Posted by at 10:24 PM on May 14, 2019  Comments Off on Duke getting more buzz for top UK basketball target
May 142019
 

Johnson

Five-star basketball prospect Jalen Johnson recently narrowed his recruitment to four schools, and he’s been saying that a college decision is getting near.

Johnson — a 6-foot-8 forward from Wisconsin — told the Herald-Leader and others last month that he could be ready to make his college announcement by July, and he has cut his list to UK, Duke, Arizona and Wisconsin. Though he recently said that Kentucky was his “dream school” growing up, there’s been a sense in recruiting circles that Duke is the team to beat.

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Calipari travels to see another five-star recruit

 Posted by at 9:24 AM on April 12, 2019  Comments Off on Calipari travels to see another five-star recruit
Apr 122019
 

Johnson

John Calipari was in Wisconsin on Thursday to visit with Jalen Johnson, one of the top basketball recruits in the class of 2020.

Johnson — a 6-foot-8 small forward — is the No. 3 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He has visited UK for Big Blue Madness each of the past two seasons and was one of the first players in his class to land a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

Duke has also made Johnson a priority, however, and the Blue Devils are the early leader — albeit with a small sample size — on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page. As a junior this past season, Johnson averaged 19.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, earned Wisconsin player of the year honors, and led his team to its first state championship.

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A new Duke prediction for top UK basketball target

 Posted by at 11:02 AM on January 2, 2019  Comments Off on A new Duke prediction for top UK basketball target
Jan 022019
 

Johnson

Wisconsin recruiting insider Evan Flood has logged a new prediction in favor of Duke on the 247Sports Crystal Ball page of Jalen Johnson, one of UK’s top basketball targets in the class of 2020.

Johnson — a 6-foot-8 small forward from Milwaukee — has visited Lexington for each of UK’s past two Big Blue Madness events, and he was one of the first prospects from the 2020 class to land a scholarship offer from the Wildcats. Johnson, who played this past summer on the Nike circuit, averaged 18.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game as a high school sophomore and has been one of the most impressive juniors in the country this season.

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Class of 2020 basketball recruit lands offer from UK

 Posted by at 6:48 PM on September 25, 2018  Comments Off on Class of 2020 basketball recruit lands offer from UK
Sep 252018
 

Johnson

Five-star small forward Jalen Johnson picked up a scholarship offer from Kentucky during an in-home visit with Coach John Calipari on Tuesday evening.

Johnson — a 6-foot-8 prospect from Milwaukee — visited UK last fall for Big Blue Madness and has been on the Wildcats’ recruiting radar for well over a year. He joins Scottie Barnes and N’Faly Dante as the third player from the 2020 class with a confirmed offer from Kentucky.

Duke, Kansas, Arizona and home-state Wisconsin are among the many other major programs that have extended scholarship offers to Johnson, who is the No. 5 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He averaged 18.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore last season.

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National analysts predict top-10 basketball recruits

 Posted by at 11:36 AM on September 14, 2018  Comments Off on National analysts predict top-10 basketball recruits
Sep 142018
 

Jalen Green

It’s still early, but some interesting Crystal Ball predictions popped up Thursday for two players that are likely to be major UK targets in the 2020 basketball recruiting cycle.

National recruiting expert Andrew Slater is predicting that California guard Jalen Green — the No. 2 player in the 247Sports composite rankings — will end up at Memphis, which is hosting him for an official visit this weekend. Top UK target James Wiseman and 2020 target RJ Hampton are also visiting Penny Hardaway’s program this weekend.

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Duke offers 2020 star who visited Big Blue Madness

 Posted by at 12:49 PM on July 21, 2018  Comments Off on Duke offers 2020 star who visited Big Blue Madness
Jul 212018
 

Johnson

Five-star basketball recruit Jalen Johnson landed a scholarship offer from Duke on Friday.

Johnson — a 6-foot-7 small forward from Wisconsin — is the No. 6 overall prospect in the class of 2020, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Though he does not yet have a scholarship offer from Kentucky, the Cats are very interested in his recruitment and hosted him for a visit to Big Blue Madness last fall.

Members of UK’s coaching staff have also been watching Johnson this week. Home-state Wisconsin is considered another serious player in his recruitment.

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