Another class of 2020 star lands an offer from Calipari

 Posted by at 5:31 PM on October 2, 2018  Comments Off on Another class of 2020 star lands an offer from Calipari
Oct 022018
 

RJ Hampton

Five-star guard RJ Hampton landed a scholarship offer from Kentucky on Tuesday, becoming the seventh player in the 2020 class to confirm such an offer from the Wildcats.

This one wasn’t a surprise. Hampton has long been one of the top stars in the 2020 class and was actually the first prospect from that group to have an in-home visit with John Calipari last month, meeting with the UK coach just a few days into the fall recruiting period.

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Another 2020 recruit lands UK basketball offer

 Posted by at 10:24 PM on October 1, 2018  Comments Off on Another 2020 recruit lands UK basketball offer
Oct 012018
 

Jalen Green

Five-star guard Jalen Green — one of the top prospects in the class of 2020 — is the latest basketball recruit to land a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

Green — a 6-foot-5 player from Fresno, Calif. — hosted UK coaches for a visit last week and is the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2020, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He took an official visit to Memphis last month and also has early scholarship offers from Kansas, Villanova, UCLA, Arizona and several other top programs.

MaxPreps.com named Green the national sophomore of the year following last season, when he averaged 27.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game at the high school level.

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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
 

James Wiseman

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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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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Some interesting Crystal Ball picks for 2019 recruits

 Posted by at 1:06 PM on September 9, 2018  Comments Off on Some interesting Crystal Ball picks for 2019 recruits
Sep 092018
 

DJ Jeffries

The fall recruiting period begins Sunday, when college coaches will start traveling around the country to meet with their top targets in the 2019 class and beyond.

Heading into that fall recruiting period, there have been a few interesting Crystal Ball predictions related to some of the top prospects in the nation.

Perhaps the most intriguing development regards former UK commitment DJ Jeffries, who was viewed as a near-lock to Memphis in the immediate aftermath of his decommitment from the Wildcats earlier this summer.

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Top basketball recruit says he will not reclassify

 Posted by at 11:07 AM on August 31, 2018  Comments Off on Top basketball recruit says he will not reclassify
Aug 312018
 

RJ Hampton

Five-star guard RJ Hampton announced on social media Friday that he intends to stay in the class of 2020, following months of speculation that he would move to the 2019 class in an attempt to play college basketball next season.

Hampton — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Little Elm, Texas — was one of the top stars on the Under Armour circuit this past summer and is considered to be the No. 4 overall recruit in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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National analyst picks Mississippi State for DJ Jeffries

 Posted by at 11:19 AM on August 16, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst picks Mississippi State for DJ Jeffries
Aug 162018
 

DJ Jeffries

When highly touted forward DJ Jeffries backed off of his commitment to Kentucky late last month, it was immediately assumed that he would ultimately end up at Memphis, where his former Nike league coach, Penny Hardaway, is now the head coach.

In the days after that decommitment, however, some national analysts raised the possibility that Memphis might not be the clear favorite in Jeffries’ new recruitment. On Thursday morning, national recruiting expert Andrew Slater logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of Mississippi State, which has repeatedly been mentioned as a possible darkhorse candidate to land Jeffries’ commitment.

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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
 

Wiseman

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
 

Wiseman

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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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
 

Wiseman

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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