Five in-state players make ESPN football rankings

 Posted by at 10:56 AM on April 23, 2018  Comments Off on Five in-state players make ESPN football rankings
Apr 232018
 

Bryan Hudson

ESPN released its first expanded football recruiting rankings for the class of 2019 on Monday morning, and five players from the state of Kentucky made the list.

South Warren defensive lineman Jacob Lacey is No. 116 overall, Trinity defensive end Stephen Herron is No. 137 overall, Glasgow offensive lineman Tanner Bowles is No. 217 overall, Scott County offensive lineman Bryan Hudson is No. 250 overall, and Louisville Christian wide receiver Milton Wright is No. 274 overall.

It’s an extraordinarily talented class of in-state football players, but it doesn’t appear that UK will land any of those five prospects.

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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
 

Carey

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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EJ Montgomery officially signs with Kentucky

 Posted by at 7:27 PM on April 19, 2018  Comments Off on EJ Montgomery officially signs with Kentucky
Apr 192018
 

Montgomery

Five-star power forward EJ Montgomery officially signed with the University of Kentucky on Thursday, a little more than a week after committing to the Wildcats.

Montgomery — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Marietta, Ga. — picked UK over scholarship offers from Duke, North Carolina and several other top schools. Earlier Thursday, 247Sports placed Montgomery as the No. 6 overall recruit in its final class of 2018 rankings. That’s the highest that any of the major recruiting services ranked any of UK’s commitments in this cycle.

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UK basketball recruits drop in final ESPN rankings

 Posted by at 11:21 PM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on UK basketball recruits drop in final ESPN rankings
Apr 162018
 

Keldon Johnson

Keldon Johnson remained a top-10 national prospect in ESPN’s new rankings for the class of 2018, but he was one of three future Kentucky Wildcats that dropped in the website’s final update for this recruiting cycle.

Johnson fell one spot to No. 7 overall in the final rankings released Tuesday. Also dropping in the ESPN rankings were UK signees Immanuel Quickley (from No. 17 to No. 23 overall) and Tyler Herro (from No. 25 to No. 28 overall).

Before the final update, ESPN was the only major recruiting service that pegged Herro as a five-star recruit. He is now a four-star player on ESPN’s list.

New UK commitment EJ Montgomery jumped two spots to No. 14 overall.

Duke’s trio of R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cameron Reddish finished 1-2-3, respectively, in the final ESPN rankings.

MORE: Rivals.com released its final 2018 rankings Monday.

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Where UK basketball recruits landed in final rankings

 Posted by at 12:06 PM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on Where UK basketball recruits landed in final rankings
Apr 162018
 

Montgomery

Rivals.com finalized its basketball recruiting rankings for players in the class of 2018 on Monday, and Duke signee R.J. Barrett remains the No. 1 prospect for next season’s freshman class.

The Blue Devils no longer have a sweep of the top three players in 2018, however.

North Carolina signee Nassir Little jumped from No. 5 to No. 2 in the final rankings, leapfrogging Duke commitments Cameron Reddish, who fell one spot to No. 3, and Zion Williamson, who dropped two spots to No. 5. Oregon signee Bol Bol is No. 4 overall in the final rankings.

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Wiseman is new No. 1 in 247Sports rankings for 2019

 Posted by at 1:55 PM on January 25, 2018  Comments Off on Wiseman is new No. 1 in 247Sports rankings for 2019
Jan 252018
 

Wiseman

Five-star UK basketball target James Wiseman is the new No. 1 recruit in the updated class of 2019 rankings from 247Sports, which released its latest list Thursday.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis — was the first player in the junior class to receive a scholarship offer from Kentucky. The Wildcats are also seen as major favorites in his recruitment — UK has all of the picks on his Crystal Ball page — and a commitment down the road from Wiseman would snap a UK skid of missing out on a top-five recruit in three consecutive classes.

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James Wiseman remains No. 1 in the ESPN rankings

 Posted by at 10:43 AM on January 24, 2018  Comments Off on James Wiseman remains No. 1 in the ESPN rankings
Jan 242018
 

Wiseman

Top UK recruiting target James Wiseman remains the No. 1 overall player in the ESPN class of 2019 rankings, which were updated Wednesday morning.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 prospect from Memphis — was the first player from the 2019 class to earn a UK scholarship offer, and the Wildcats are heavy favorites on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

Kentucky has extended scholarship offers to seven other prospects in the 2019 rankings: power forward Vernon Carey (No. 2), power forward Matthew Hurt (No. 5), combo guard Bryan Antoine (No. 7), shooting guard Scottie Lewis (No. 8), point guard Tyrese Maxey (No. 14), small forward D.J. Jeffries (No. 17) and small forward Keion Brooks (No. 30).

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No UK basketball commits in new top 10 rankings

 Posted by at 3:30 PM on December 14, 2017  Comments Off on No UK basketball commits in new top 10 rankings
Dec 142017
 

Quickley

UK has one of the best basketball recruiting classes in the country for the class of 2018, but none of the Cats’ three early signees were included in the top 10 nationally in the new 247Sports player rankings released Thursday.

Immanuel Quickley (No. 14 overall) and Keldon Johnson (No. 15) are both considered five-star recruits by 247Sports, and Tyler Herro (No. 35) is a four-star prospect in those rankings. All three signed with UK last month.

Kentucky has finished with at least one top-10 recruit in the 247Sports rankings in every class under Coach John Calipari.

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Major UK target now ranked No. 1 by Scout.com

 Posted by at 12:00 PM on September 19, 2017  Comments Off on Major UK target now ranked No. 1 by Scout.com
Sep 192017
 

Wiseman

James Wiseman — the first basketball recruit in the class of 2019 to earn a scholarship offer from Kentucky — is now the No. 1 junior in the country, according to the new Scout.com rankings.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward who recently moved from Nashville to Memphis — landed an offer from Coach John Calipari last week, and he was UK assistant coach Joel Justus’ first visit at the start of the fall recruiting period earlier this month.

Kentucky is viewed as the possible early favorite in Wiseman’s recruitment. ESPN also recently moved Wiseman to the No. 1 spot in the 2019 rankings.

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New UK basketball targets rise in updated rankings

 Posted by at 10:44 AM on August 23, 2017  Comments Off on New UK basketball targets rise in updated rankings
Aug 232017
 

Shittu

The new ESPN 100 basketball rankings for the class of 2018 were released Wednesday morning, and R.J. Barrett has moved past Zion Williamson and into the No. 1 spot.

A couple of players who have moved up on UK’s recruiting radar in recent weeks also received rankings bumps.

Simi Shittu — a 6-9 forward from Canada — is now the No. 6 overall prospect in the 2018 class. Shittu does not yet have an “official” scholarship offer from Kentucky, but John Calipari flew to Canada to watch him play recently and the versatile prospect is expected to land that offer as soon as he visits Lexington, a trip that could happen very soon.

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