Analysts make predictions on UK basketball targets

 Posted by at 12:04 PM on April 16, 2019  Comments Off on Analysts make predictions on UK basketball targets
Apr 162019
 

RJ Hampton

Rivals.com national analysts Eric Bossi and Corey Evans have logged new predictions on a couple of major UK basketball targets over the past few days, and both picks have gone against the Wildcats.

Bossi has put in a prediction in favor of Duke for five-star forward Matthew Hurt, who is expected to choose among the Blue Devils, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina on Friday afternoon. Duke has emerged as the major favorite in Hurt’s recruitment over the past few weeks, and several national analysts are predicting the Blue Devils will land his commitment going into Friday’s announcement.

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UK’s Calipari and Payne visit with recruit Sunday

 Posted by at 10:03 PM on April 14, 2019  Comments Off on UK’s Calipari and Payne visit with recruit Sunday
Apr 142019
 

Originally scheduled to visit with five-star recruit Matthew Hurt on Sunday, UK coaches John Calipari and Kenny Payne instead had an in-home visit with Makur Maker, a fast-rising prospect in the 2020 class.

Maker — a 7-foot prospect — is the cousin of NBA player and former five-star recruit Thon Maker, and UK started expressing interest in the high school junior earlier this season. Rivals.com ranks Maker, who attends high school in California, as the No. 15 overall prospect in the 2020 class.

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New predictions for top 2019 basketball recruits

 Posted by at 12:12 PM on April 13, 2019  Comments Off on New predictions for top 2019 basketball recruits
Apr 132019
 

McDaniels

Several notable predictions were made recently on the Crystal Ball pages of some of the highest-ranked uncommitted basketball recruits in the 2019 class.

D1 Circuit’s Alec Kinsky, who helps oversee media operations on the Nike EYBL travel circuit, logged new predictions for Jaden McDaniels (Washington), Matthew Hurt (Duke), Trendon Watford (Memphis), Precious Achiuwa (UConn) and Lester Quinones (Memphis).

McDaniels, Hurt, Watford and Achiuwa were all McDonald’s All-Americans this year, and Quinones is a top-50 national prospect and one of the best backcourt scorers in the 2019 class. McDaniels and Watford both played on the Nike circuit last summer.

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Tyrese Maxey, UK targets to play in Hoop Summit

 Posted by at 4:21 PM on April 11, 2019  Comments Off on Tyrese Maxey, UK targets to play in Hoop Summit
Apr 112019
 

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UK basketball signee Tyrese Maxey and a couple of five-star Wildcats recruiting targets will be on national television Friday night as part of the annual Nike Hoop Summit all-star game.

Maxey and highly touted forward Matthew Hurt — one of UK’s top remaining targets in the 2019 class — will represent USA Basketball at the event. The American roster also features Memphis signee James Wiseman, Florida signee Scottie Lewis and several other top high school seniors.

Five-star center N’Faly Dante — a Mali native and the second player in the 2020 class to land a UK scholarship offer — will represent the World Team, which also features former UK target Oscar Tshiebwe, a West Virginia signee. Dante is considering a move to the 2019 class, which would allow him to play college basketball next season, and Kentucky remains a legitimate player in his recruitment.

The Nike Hoop Summit will be played in Portland, Ore., and televised live at 10 p.m. Friday on ESPN2.

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UK set to visit with Matthew Hurt one more time

 Posted by at 11:20 PM on April 10, 2019  Comments Off on UK set to visit with Matthew Hurt one more time
Apr 102019
 

Hurt

National recruiting analyst Andrew Slater reported Wednesday night that coaches from Kentucky and Kansas are scheduled to visit with five-star forward Matthew Hurt in his native Minnesota on Sunday, five days before he reveals his college decision.

Hurt — a 6-foot-9 prospect — has narrowed his recruitment to UK, Kansas, Duke and North Carolina, and the Blue Devils have emerged as a popular pick in recent weeks. He will play in the Nike Hoop Summit on Friday night and is scheduled to announce his college decision April 19.

Hurt is the No. 8 overall player in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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Another Crystal Ball prediction for Matthew Hurt

 Posted by at 10:00 AM on March 19, 2019  Comments Off on Another Crystal Ball prediction for Matthew Hurt
Mar 192019
 

Hurt

Another 247Sports analyst is predicting that top UK basketball recruiting target Matthew Hurt will ultimately end up at Duke.

247Sports expert Brian Snow, who has followed Hurt’s recruitment closely and specializes in Midwest prospects, logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of the Blue Devils on Tuesday morning. Duke has a majority of picks on Hurt’s Crystal Ball page. UK, Kansas and North Carolina have also hosted him for official visits, and the Jayhawks had previously been seen as the favorite in his recruitment.

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Another national analyst picks Duke for Matthew Hurt

 Posted by at 11:21 AM on March 10, 2019  Comments Off on Another national analyst picks Duke for Matthew Hurt
Mar 102019
 

Matthew Hurt

Add 247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer to the list of recruiting experts now predicting that five-star basketball prospect Matthew Hurt will ultimately end up at Duke.

Meyer logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of the Blue Devils on Hurt’s page Saturday morning, joining fellow 247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels and several other recruiting observers who have recently put in predictions for Duke.

Hurt is the No. 8 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings for the 2019 class, and he’s one of Kentucky’s top remaining targets in that group. He has also taken official visits to Kansas and North Carolina.

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Calipari will be out on the recruiting trail Wednesday

 Posted by at 10:25 PM on March 5, 2019  Comments Off on Calipari will be out on the recruiting trail Wednesday
Mar 052019
 

Matthew Hurt

John Calipari is expected to travel to Minnesota to do a little recruiting Wednesday.

First, the UK head coach will see 2020 prospect Jalen Suggs, a two-sport standout who is a five-star basketball recruit in addition to being a top quarterback. Suggs — a 6-foot-5 combo guard — is the No. 10 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Minnesota recruiting analyst Ryan James was the first to report that UK would be visiting him Wednesday.

Calipari is also expected to watch five-star recruit Matthew Hurt play Wednesday night, according to Minneapolis reporter Darren Wolfson. Hurt, of course, is one of the Cats’ top remaining targets in the 2019 class and one of the top high school seniors in the country. He’s already taken official visits to UK, Duke, Kansas and North Carolina, and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is also expected to see him play Wednesday.

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National analyst picking Duke for Matthew Hurt

 Posted by at 11:23 AM on February 25, 2019  Comments Off on National analyst picking Duke for Matthew Hurt
Feb 252019
 

Matthew Hurt

247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels has a logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Duke in the recruitment of Matthew Hurt, one of UK’s top remaining targets in the class of 2019.

Hurt — a 6-foot-9 forward from Minnesota — has taken official visits to Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and North Carolina, and he’s the No. 8 player nationally in the senior class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. There is no timetable for his college decision.

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Updated predictions for UK basketball targets in 2019

 Posted by at 10:43 PM on February 6, 2019  Comments Off on Updated predictions for UK basketball targets in 2019
Feb 062019
 

Edwards

There have been a few new predictions of note over the past week on the Rivals.com FutureCast pages — that recruiting service’s counterpart to the 247Sports Crystal Ball — relating to some of UK’s remaining targets in the 2019 class.

Georgia now has 100 percent of the predictions for five-star shooting guard Anthony Edwards, who will announce his college decision Monday morning. Kentucky and Florida State are the other two finalists for Edwards — an Atlanta area prospect — but Rivals.com analysts Eric Bossi, Corey Evans and Dan McDonald are among those predicting he will pick the Bulldogs.

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