Memphis will get an official visit from James Wiseman

 Posted by at 4:55 PM on September 27, 2018  Comments Off on Memphis will get an official visit from James Wiseman
Sep 272018
 

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Top-ranked basketball recruit James Wiseman will take an official visit to Memphis, after all.

ESPN’s Paul Biancardi reported Thursday that Wiseman has set an official visit to Memphis for the weekend of Oct. 19, locking in the fifth and final official visit of his recruitment. Wiseman has already taken his official visit to Kentucky and has other trips set for Kansas (this weekend), Vanderbilt (Oct. 12) and Florida State (Oct. 26).

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UK’s Kahlil Whitney rises in 2019 basketball rankings

 Posted by at 11:18 AM on August 22, 2018  Comments Off on UK’s Kahlil Whitney rises in 2019 basketball rankings
Aug 222018
 

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UK’s two five-star commitments for the class of 2019 both moved up in the latest basketball recruiting rankings from 247Sports released Wednesday morning.

Kahlil Whitney — a 6-foot-7 wing from Chicago — jumped eight spots all the way to No. 6 overall in the new rankings. Point guard Tyrese Maxey, who committed to the Cats during the spring, moved up three spots to No. 10 overall.

UK’s in-state commitment, Pendleton County wing Dontaie Allen, stayed relatively put at No. 84 overall, just one spot down from the previous update. All three of those players will be eligible to officially sign with UK in November.

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Report: Wiseman will stay at Memphis high school

 Posted by at 2:48 PM on August 7, 2018  Comments Off on Report: Wiseman will stay at Memphis high school
Aug 072018
 

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Top UK basketball recruiting target James Wiseman is staying put at Memphis East High School, according to ESPN 92.9’s John Martin.

Wiseman — a 7-footer in the class of 2019 — left his hometown of Nashville last year to play at Memphis East for head coach Penny Hardaway, who had been his Nike league coach the previous summer.

There had been speculation that Wiseman would attend prep school for his senior season now that Hardaway has taken the Memphis coaching job. Wiseman and his mother said throughout the spring and summer that he would return to Memphis East, however. Martin said Wiseman’s mother confirmed to him Tuesday that the top prospect is enrolled at Memphis East.

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Another Memphis Crystal Ball pick for James Wiseman

 Posted by at 11:35 PM on July 27, 2018  Comments Off on Another Memphis Crystal Ball pick for James Wiseman
Jul 272018
 

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The Memphis momentum continues on the 247Sports Crystal Ball page of James Wiseman, the No. 1 recruiting target on Kentucky’s board for the class of 2019.

247Sports reporter Billy Embody is the latest to log a pick in favor of the Tigers, making it 12 straight Memphis predictions on Wiseman’s page, including picks from national recruiting experts Jerry Meyer and Andrew Slater.

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Calipari watches battle of two top Kentucky targets

 Posted by at 10:17 PM on July 11, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari watches battle of two top Kentucky targets
Jul 112018
 

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John Calipari and Penny Hardaway were both courtside to watch the consensus No. 1 overall player in the 2019 class, James Wiseman, on Wednesday night in the opening game of the Nike Peach Jam event in Augusta, Ga.

Wiseman is expected to choose either UK or Memphis. His team pulled out a 70-69 victory over a squad led by Vernon Carey, the No. 1 player in the Rivals.com rankings and another major Kentucky target. Carey is also considering Duke, Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina.

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Wiseman remains No. 1 in new ESPN player rankings

 Posted by at 3:08 PM on June 22, 2018  Comments Off on Wiseman remains No. 1 in new ESPN player rankings
Jun 222018
 

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Top UK recruiting target James Wiseman is still the No. 1 overall basketball prospect in the class of 2019, according to the latest rankings update from ESPN.com Friday.

Wiseman — a 7-footer from Memphis East High School — is expected to choose either Kentucky or Memphis, where his former coach Penny Hardaway is now the head coach. Wiseman was the first player in the 2019 class to earn a UK scholarship offer.

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UK targets make the USA Basketball U17 squad

 Posted by at 11:25 AM on June 21, 2018  Comments Off on UK targets make the USA Basketball U17 squad
Jun 212018
 

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Class of 2019 basketball star and major UK recruiting target Vernon Carey was one of 12 players named to the USA Basketball U17 squad Thursday morning.

Carey will be joined on the team by fellow UK targets Scottie Barnes, R.J. Hampton, Jeremy Roach, Jalen Green and Jalen Suggs — all recruits in the 2020 class.

James Wiseman — the Cats’ top remaining target for the class of 2019 — was invited to U17 training camp but was unable to participate in the tryouts due to an injury. Marshall County guard Zion Harmon — a possible UK target currently in the 2021 class — did not make the final cut Thursday.

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UK commitments near top of new basketball rankings

 Posted by at 3:06 PM on May 17, 2018  Comments Off on UK commitments near top of new basketball rankings
May 172018
 

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Top UK basketball target James Wiseman remains the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the newly released player rankings from 247Sports.

The recruiting website posted its updated rankings Thursday, keeping Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis — in the top spot. Wiseman is expected to choose either Kentucky or Memphis.

Point guard Cole Anthony moved from No. 7 to No. 2 in the new rankings. Anthony — a 6-2 prospect from New York and the son of former NBA player Greg Anthony — has been quiet about his recruitment, though UK has been monitoring him for months.

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All four UK coaches watch James Wiseman in Texas

 Posted by at 9:03 PM on April 20, 2018  Comments Off on All four UK coaches watch James Wiseman in Texas
Apr 202018
 

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There’s not much question who UK’s top recruiting target is in the basketball class of 2019.

John Calipari and all three of his assistant coaches — Kenny Payne, Tony Barbee and Joel Justus — started the first evaluation period on the spring recruiting circuit by watching No. 1 junior James Wiseman at the Nike league stop in Texas on Friday.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis East High School — was the first player from the 2019 class to earn a UK scholarship offer, and his recruitment is expected to come down to UK and Memphis, where his former Nike league and high school coach, Penny Hardaway, is now the head coach.

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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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