UK target Lance Ware gets boost in new rankings

 Posted by at 11:45 AM on August 19, 2019  Comments Off on UK target Lance Ware gets boost in new rankings
Aug 192019
 

Ware

The recent decisions by N’Faly Dante and Addison Patterson to commit to Oregon and reclassify from 2020 to 2019 led to a minor shakeup in the Rivals.com rankings for 2020 on Monday, when the website adjusted a few other players before its next major rankings update in September.

One of the players affected was New Jersey forward Lance Ware, who landed a UK scholarship offer last month and has emerged as possibly the most likely player to commit to the Wildcats next.

Ware moved from No. 52 to No. 34 in the Rivals.com rankings.

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Cam’Ron Fletcher includes Kentucky among final five

 Posted by at 10:49 PM on July 16, 2019  Comments Off on Cam’Ron Fletcher includes Kentucky among final five
Jul 162019
 

Fletcher

Highly touted basketball recruit Cam’Ron Fletcher released his final five schools Tuesday night, and Kentucky is among the programs still in contention for his commitment.

Fletcher — a 6-foot-6, 180-pound wing from the St. Louis area — has narrowed his list to UK, Alabama, Michigan State, Missouri and North Carolina. He told Tipton Edits earlier this month that he plans to announce his college decision in late August or early September, and he’s expected to take official visits to all five of his finalists.

Kentucky extended a scholarship offer to Fletcher last month while the class of 2020 prospect was in Lexington for an official visit. Kenny Payne has been the point man on his recruitment, and the Wildcats have had the highly athletic recruit on their radar for a while.

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ESPN updates all basketball recruiting rankings

 Posted by at 3:33 PM on June 24, 2019  Comments Off on ESPN updates all basketball recruiting rankings
Jun 242019
 

Jalen Green

ESPN updated its basketball recruiting rankings for the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 on Monday, and likely Southern Cal commitment Evan Mobley is the top prospect in the next senior class.

Mobley — a post player from California — has not committed to the Trojans yet, but his father is an assistant coach at USC and his older brother, five-star recruit Isaiah Mobley, will be a freshman there this season.

Rivals.com and 247Sports also rank Evan Mobley as the top player in 2020.

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Where UK recruits landed in final Rivals.com rankings

 Posted by at 1:08 PM on May 7, 2019  Comments Off on Where UK recruits landed in final Rivals.com rankings
May 072019
 

Maxey

Five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey is the No. 10 overall prospect in the class of 2019 — and the Cats’ only incoming top-10 prospect — according to the final Rivals.com rankings for that group, which were released in full Tuesday.

Maxey dropped one spot from the previous ranking. Other UK commitments in the new rankings are Kahlil Whitney at No. 14 (down six spots), Keion Brooks at No. 28 (down one spot) and Dontaie Allen at No. 67 (down 12 spots). Allen missed almost all of his senior season with a major knee injury.

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National expert has new pick for five-star point guard

 Posted by at 10:25 AM on May 3, 2019  Comments Off on National expert has new pick for five-star point guard
May 032019
 

Roach

National recruiting expert Andrew Slater has logged a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Duke for five-star point guard Jeremy Roach, the first player at his position to land a UK scholarship offer for the class of 2020.

Roach — a 6-foot-2 prospect from Fairfax, Va. — is still recovering from a torn ACL that forced him to miss his entire junior season. He has narrowed his recruiting list to UK, Duke, North Carolina and Villanova, and Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans wrote earlier this week that his recruitment is looking like a two-team race between Duke and Villanova.

Mike Krzyzewski visited Roach earlier this week.

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Where UK targets landed in new recruiting rankings

 Posted by at 1:38 PM on January 30, 2019  Comments Off on Where UK targets landed in new recruiting rankings
Jan 302019
 

Jalen Green

Rivals.com’s basketball rankings week continued Wednesday with an updated list for the class of 2020, and there’s a new name at the top.

California post player Evan Mobley has taken over the No. 1 spot in Rivals’ 2020 rankings, but he is not a UK recruiting target. Mobley is the son of Southern Cal assistant coach Eric Mobley and the younger brother of USC signee Isaiah Mobley, and — though Evan hasn’t committed to the Trojans just yet — the assumption is he will ultimately join his family at USC.

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Not much change for UK recruits in new rankings

 Posted by at 12:55 PM on January 28, 2019  Comments Off on Not much change for UK recruits in new rankings
Jan 282019
 

Whitney

Rivals.com rolled out its new basketball rankings for the class of 2019 on Monday, and there wasn’t much movement among UK recruits on the updated list.

Kentucky commitment Kahlil Whitney stayed put at No. 8 overall, while Tyrese Maxey moved up one spot to No. 9 and Dontaie Allen dropped one spot to No. 55. Maxey and Allen have both signed with UK.

The Wildcats have four scholarship offers out to uncommitted players in the 2019 class: shooting guard Anthony Edwards, who moved up one spot to No. 2 overall behind Duke commitment Vernon Carey; forward Jaden McDaniels, who dropped one spot to No. 6; forward Matthew Hurt, who stayed put at No. 7; and forward Keion Brooks, who stayed put at No. 27.

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Wiseman holds on to No. 1 spot in ESPN rankings

 Posted by at 11:04 AM on January 23, 2019  Comments Off on Wiseman holds on to No. 1 spot in ESPN rankings
Jan 232019
 

Wiseman

Former UK target James Wiseman remains the No. 1 overall player in the 2019 class, according to ESPN’s updated rankings for high school seniors.

Wiseman — a 7-footer from Tennessee — committed to Memphis in November after a lengthy recruitment. He was the first player in the 2019 class to land a UK scholarship offer.

Two UK commitments made the ESPN top 100: Chicago wing Kahlil Whitney at No. 9 and Texas point guard Tyrese Maxey at No. 11. Pendleton County wing Dontaie Allen, the Cats’ other commitment for the 2019 class, was not included on ESPN’s top 100 list.

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Where UK players landed in new NBA Draft rankings

 Posted by at 11:34 AM on January 17, 2019  Comments Off on Where UK players landed in new NBA Draft rankings
Jan 172019
 

Washington

ESPN’s list of the top NBA Draft prospects for 2019 was updated Thursday morning, and it now includes four Kentucky Wildcats among the top 50 players.

UK freshman Keldon Johnson remains the top Cat on the board at No. 10 overall, and he’s followed by sophomore forward PJ Washington at No. 20, well within first-round territory.

Further down the list are UK freshmen guards Tyler Herro (No. 40 overall) and Ashton Hagans (No. 43), both in positions that would put them in the middle of the second round of this year’s draft. No other UK players made the list, including post players EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards, two Wildcats who could be very important to the team’s 2019-20 roster if they decide to stick around for another season.

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UK has one signee in ESPN’s new national rankings

 Posted by at 11:38 AM on January 15, 2019  Comments Off on UK has one signee in ESPN’s new national rankings
Jan 152019
 

Tisdale

Future UK running back Travis Tisdale is the only UK signee in the new ESPN 300 national rankings, which were released this week.

Tisdale — a 5-foot-9 prospect from Valdosta, Ga. — is the No. 290 overall prospect nationally in the class of 2019, according to the new ESPN rankings. He officially signed with the Wildcats last month and could factor in to UK’s offensive plans immediately this coming season.

There were six Kentucky high school players in the new ESPN rankings, but none of those recruits signed with in-state schools. They are: South Warren defensive tackle Jacob Lacey (Notre Dame), Trinity defensive end Stephen Herron (Stanford), Glasgow offensive lineman Tanner Bowles (Alabama), Western Hills wide receiver Wandale Robinson (Nebraska), Scott County offensive lineman Bryan Hudson (Virginia Tech) and Louisville Christian wide receiver Milton Wright (Purdue).

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