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
 

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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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UK expected to see 2019 point guard on Wednesday

 Posted by at 12:13 PM on January 23, 2018  Comments Off on UK expected to see 2019 point guard on Wednesday
Jan 232018
 

UK assistant coach Joel Justus is expected to be in North Carolina on Wednesday for a visit with Jalen Lecque, one of the top prospects in the class of 2019.

Lecque — a 6-foot-4 point guard — is the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. UK’s latest visit was first reported by recruiting analyst Justin Byerly, and the Cats have been monitoring his recruitment for a few months now.

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6-foot-9 offensive lineman commits to Kentucky

 Posted by at 7:27 PM on January 22, 2018  Comments Off on 6-foot-9 offensive lineman commits to Kentucky
Jan 222018
 

Three-star offensive lineman Nick Lewis announced Monday night that he has flipped his commitment from Washington State to Kentucky and joined the Wildcats’ recruiting class of 2018.

Lewis — a 6-foot-9, 350 pound prospect from Jacksonville, Fla. — took an official visit to UK over the weekend. Vince Marrow had taken over recruiting duties for Lewis recently, and the high-upside offensive tackle joins Darian Kinnard, Quintin Wilson, Kenneth Horsey and Marquan McCall as the fifth O-lineman in UK’s 2018 class. Lewis can sign with the Cats on Feb. 7.

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Wide receiver joins UK’s recruiting class of 2018

 Posted by at 6:59 PM on January 21, 2018  Comments Off on Wide receiver joins UK’s recruiting class of 2018
Jan 212018
 

Three-star wide receiver LiAllen Dailey announced on Twitter on Sunday evening that he committed to Kentucky while in Lexington this weekend for an official visit.

Dailey — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Pinson, Ala. — is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 94 wide receiver nationally in the 2018 class. He joins fellow wide receivers Marvin Alexander, Akeem Hayes and Bryce Oliver, all three-star prospects from Florida who signed with the Wildcats last month.

The regular signing day is set for Feb. 7.

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ESPN analyst predicts Zion Williamson to Gamecocks

 Posted by at 10:32 AM on January 16, 2018  Comments Off on ESPN analyst predicts Zion Williamson to Gamecocks
Jan 162018
 

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Pretty much every recruiting analyst in the country is predicting that five-star basketball prospect Zion Williamson will commit to Clemson when he makes his college announcement Saturday.

ESPN national recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi had a different pick Monday, predicting during the network’s coverage of the Hoophall Classic that Williamson would choose South Carolina.

“I think it’s a closer race between Clemson and South Carolina than most people think,” Biancardi said. “It’s going to be one of those two schools. I’m picking South Carolina. I’m going for the upset.”

Williamson — a 6-foot-6 forward from Spartanburg, S.C. — is the No. 3 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings for the class of 2018 and the only remaining uncommitted player in that group with a Kentucky scholarship offer.

His finalists are UK, Clemson, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and South Carolina.

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Calipari watching Moses Brown at Hoophall Classic

 Posted by at 3:08 PM on January 14, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari watching Moses Brown at Hoophall Classic
Jan 142018
 

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John Calipari showed up at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., on Sunday afternoon to check out Moses Brown and other basketball recruits in the 2018 and 2019 classes.

Brown — a 7-footer from Bronx, N.Y. — is one of the top centers in the class of 2018, and Calipari also visited him in November and watched him play last month. Other than Zion Williamson, who will announce his college decision Jan. 20, Brown has been the only recruit on Calipari’s 2018 radar in recent months, though he does not yet have a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis — two of UK’s top targets in the class of 2019 — are also scheduled to play at the Hoophall Classic on Sunday. The Monday slate of games includes UK signees Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson, as well as top-ranked 2019 prospect Vernon Carey, who has an early offer from UK.

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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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Barbee in Florida to see UK target James Wiseman

 Posted by at 6:01 PM on December 19, 2017  Comments Off on Barbee in Florida to see UK target James Wiseman
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UK assistant coach Tony Barbee was back at the City of Palms Classic on Tuesday evening to check out James Wiseman, arguably the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2019.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis — is ranked No. 1 in the junior class by Scout.com and ESPN, and Kentucky is the early favorite in his recruitment. He struck down rumors earlier this month that he might reclassify to 2018 and play college basketball next season.

Barbee watched top 2019 prospects Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis at the Florida-based showcase Monday night.

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UK basketball coach watches dynamic duo of recruits

 Posted by at 9:00 PM on December 18, 2017  Comments Off on UK basketball coach watches dynamic duo of recruits
Dec 182017
 

UK assistant coach Tony Barbee was at the City of Palms Classic in Florida on Monday night to check out five-star teammates Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis, two of the first players in the 2019 class to land scholarship offers from Kentucky.

Lewis and Antoine — ranked No. 6 and 7 nationally, respectively, according to the 247Sports composite rankings — visited Lexington in May and are two the Cats’ top targets for the class of 2019.

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Top Canadian prospect visiting UK on Saturday

 Posted by at 12:33 PM on December 15, 2017  Comments Off on Top Canadian prospect visiting UK on Saturday
Dec 152017
 

Elite Canadian basketball recruit AJ Lawson will be in Lexington for an unofficial Saturday, when Kentucky will host Virginia Tech at Rupp Arena.

Lawson — a 6-foot-7 small forward in the 2019 class — is ranked by North Pole Hoops as the No. 1 junior prospect in Canada. North Pole Hoops was also the first to report this weekend’s visit, and Lawson will get to watch fellow Canadians Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Nickeil Alexander-Walker face off on the trip.

Oregon and Southern Methodist have both already offered Lawson, who played on the Nike circuit this past summer.

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