UK coaches plan visit with top recruit Matthew Hurt

 Posted by at 5:13 PM on August 29, 2018  Comments Off on UK coaches plan visit with top recruit Matthew Hurt
Aug 292018
 

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Kentucky will be one of the first schools to get a meeting with top-10 national basketball prospect Matthew Hurt when the fall recruiting period starts next weekend.

Coaches from UK, Duke and Kansas are scheduled to meet with the Minnesota native on Sept. 9, according to Stockrisers.com recruiting analyst Jake Weingarten. That is the first day of the fall recruiting period, when college coaches are permitted to be on the road for in-home and in-school visits with recruiting targets.

Hurt — a 6-foot-9 prospect from Rochester, Minn. — is the No. 6 overall player in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He is also considering North Carolina, UCLA, Indiana, Memphis and Minnesota.

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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
 

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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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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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Another 2020 basketball star lands offer from UK

 Posted by at 11:35 AM on April 28, 2018  Comments Off on Another 2020 basketball star lands offer from UK
Apr 282018
 

INDIANAPOLIS — A day after UK’s scholarship offer to Scottie Barnes became public, another talented basketball prospect in the class of 2020 has landed one.

N’Faly Dante is the second recruit from the current sophomore to class to get an offer from Kentucky, according to national recruiting analyst Andrew Slater.

Dante, like Barnes, plays on the Nike circuit. The 6-foot-11 center from Mali now plays for Sunrise Christian in Kansas and has been one of the most buzzed about prospects on the spring basketball circuit. He played for the victorious World Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit earlier this month and is averaging 16.8 points and 9.0 rebounds through five games of Nike EYBL play.

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Calipari makes a side trip on weekend recruiting trail

 Posted by at 11:58 AM on April 22, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari makes a side trip on weekend recruiting trail
Apr 222018
 

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UK Coach John Calipari spent the first two days of this weekend’s live recruiting period in Texas, primarily watching the Wildcats’ top targets on the Nike and Under Armour circuits.

Calipari popped up Sunday morning in the Indianapolis area, however, to check out five-star power forward Matthew Hurt, one of the top players in the class of 2019 and a marquee name on the Adidas circuit this summer.

Hurt — a 6-foot-10 prospect from Minnesota — is the No. 4 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports rankings. Calipari has hosted him for an unofficial visit to Lexington and extended a scholarship offer in January.

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National analyst logs prediction for Matthew Hurt

 Posted by at 10:32 AM on February 8, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst logs prediction for Matthew Hurt
Feb 082018
 

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247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer logged a Crystal Ball prediction Wednesday in favor of Kansas for five-star basketball recruit Matthew Hurt, one of the handful of prospects from the class of 2019 with an early scholarship offer from Kentucky.

Hurt — a 6-foot-10 forward from Minnesota — plays on the Adidas circuit and is one of the top post scorers in the country. The versatile junior is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 4 overall player in the 2019 class.

UK Coach John Calipari visited Hurt in December and extended a UK scholarship offer then. Hurt was also in Lexington last fall for an unofficial visit to UK’s campus.

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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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Five-star combo guard Quentin Grimes picks Kansas

 Posted by at 7:51 PM on November 15, 2017  Comments Off on Five-star combo guard Quentin Grimes picks Kansas
Nov 152017
 

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Five-star basketball recruit Quentin Grimes announced his commitment to Kansas on Wednesday night, the final day of the early signing period.

Grimes — a 6-foot-5 combo guard from the Houston area — picked the Jayhawks over fellow finalists Kentucky, Marquette and Texas. The Longhorns were thought to be Kansas’ top competition going into the fall signing period. Grimes is the No. 16 overall recruit in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Kansas now has the No. 1-ranked class in the country, according to 247Sports. Duke is No. 2, and Kentucky is ranked No. 3. Grimes joins a group of future Jayhawks that already included Top 50 recruits Devon Dotson, Silvio De Sousa and David McCormack.

Kentucky has already signed highly touted backcourt players Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro for its 2018 class.

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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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Quentin Grimes will announce decision Wednesday

 Posted by at 10:57 PM on November 14, 2017  Comments Off on Quentin Grimes will announce decision Wednesday
Nov 142017
 

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Five-star combo guard Quentin Grimes will announce his college decision at 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, and the finalists are Kentucky, Kansas, Marquette and Texas.

Grimes — a 6-foot-5 prospect from the Houston area — emerged this fall as a major UK recruiting target. In fact, he was the first prospect to get a visit from UK Coach John Calipari during the fall recruiting period that began in September.

Kansas and Texas go into Wednesday night’s announcement as the two favorites in Grimes’ recruitment, however, and the Jayhawks have a majority of the predictions on Grimes’ 247Sports Crystal Ball page. Kansas’ Bill Self and Texas’ Shaka Smart have both visited Grimes in recent days.

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