National analyst picking Kentucky for Johnny Juzang

 Posted by at 11:29 PM on April 24, 2019  Comments Off on National analyst picking Kentucky for Johnny Juzang
Apr 242019
 

Johnny Juzang

247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of Kentucky for five-star recruit Johnny Juzang on Wednesday evening, right around the time that Juzang announced he will reclassify to 2019.

Juzang — a 6-foot-6 perimeter player from California — earned a UK scholarship offer last week, and Daniels broke the news Tuesday that Juzang will take an official visit to Kentucky early next week. Juzang said in his reclassification announcement Wednesday that he’s expecting to announce a college decision soon. Virginia, Kansas, Villanova, UCLA and Southern Cal are among the other schools recruiting him, though UK is looking like the favorite.

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UK basketball coaches staying busy on recruiting trail

 Posted by at 11:20 PM on April 23, 2019  Comments Off on UK basketball coaches staying busy on recruiting trail
Apr 232019
 

RJ Hampton

UK Coach John Calipari is due in Texas on Wednesday for a visit with five-star guard RJ Hampton, according to a report from Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans on Tuesday night.

Hampton — one of the top guards in high school basketball — is the No. 5 overall prospect in the 2020 class, but he is widely expected to reclassify to 2019 and play college ball next season. He has narrowed his recruitment to Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and Memphis.

Evans is predicting Hampton ends up at Kansas, with Memphis as the top competition, though Calipari’s planned visit is evidence that Kentucky will not be giving up on his recruitment despite the roster presence of five-star point guards Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley for next season.

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Calipari visits with family of Kerry Blackshear Jr.

 Posted by at 7:41 PM on April 22, 2019  Comments Off on Calipari visits with family of Kerry Blackshear Jr.
Apr 222019
 

Blackshear

John Calipari visited with the parents of Kerry Blackshear Jr. on Monday night, according to Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans.

Blackshear — a 6-foot-10, 250-pound power forward — was recently ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 available graduate transfer this offseason. The Orlando native averaged 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds as a junior at Virginia Tech this past season.

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Calipari visiting five-star recruit on the West Coast

 Posted by at 10:53 AM on April 19, 2019  Comments Off on Calipari visiting five-star recruit on the West Coast
Apr 192019
 

UK Coach John Calipari visited with five-star wing Johnny Juzang on Friday, and the Calfornia native received a Kentucky scholarship offer during that meeting.

Calipari is out on the West Coast — he attended the Warriors-Clippers game Thursday night — and met Friday with Juzang, a highly touted scorer in the 2020 class who has been mentioned as a possible reclassification candidate to 2019.

247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels reported earlier this week that Juzang was expected to meet with coaches from UK and Villanova, and he’s already taken an official visit to Virginia.

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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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UK coaches visit with one of their top 2020 targets

 Posted by at 10:58 AM on April 14, 2019  Comments Off on UK coaches visit with one of their top 2020 targets
Apr 142019
 

Boston

Kentucky basketball coaches were in Georgia on Saturday to see five-star shooting guard Brandon Boston, one of the Cats’ top recruiting targets in the class of 2020.

Boston — a 6-foot-5 prospect from the Atlanta area — visited UK during the season and received a scholarship offer from the Wildcats on that trip. The Wildcats’ visit this weekend was first reported by Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans.

Rivals.com ranks Boston as the No. 7 overall player in the 2020 class. He is also friends and Nike league teammates with five-star point guard Sharife Cooper, who has emerged as UK’s top target at that position in the 2020 class.

John Calipari is scheduled to meet with five-star 2019 target Matthew Hurt on Sunday. Update: Calipari instead met with Makur Maker on Sunday.

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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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Another basketball recruit in 2020 class gets UK offer

 Posted by at 3:40 PM on April 12, 2019  Comments Off on Another basketball recruit in 2020 class gets UK offer
Apr 122019
 

UK has extended a scholarship offer to four-star center Clifford Omoruyi, according to Rivals.com basketball recruiting analyst Corey Evans.

Omoruyi — a 6-foot-11, 240-pound prospect from Nigeria — was a junior this past season at Roselle Catholic (N.J.), making him a high school teammate of UK commitment Kahlil Whitney, one of the top recruits in the 2019 class. John Calipari was at the school Friday for a basketball camp.

Rivals.com ranks Omoruyi as the No. 56 overall prospect in the 2020 class. Syracuse, Florida, Virginia and UConn are among the schools that have already extended offers to Omoruyi, who will be among the top frontcourt players to watch this summer.

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Calipari travels to see another five-star recruit

 Posted by at 9:24 AM on April 12, 2019  Comments Off on Calipari travels to see another five-star recruit
Apr 122019
 

Johnson

John Calipari was in Wisconsin on Thursday to visit with Jalen Johnson, one of the top basketball recruits in the class of 2020.

Johnson — a 6-foot-8 small forward — is the No. 3 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He has visited UK for Big Blue Madness each of the past two seasons and was one of the first players in his class to land a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

Duke has also made Johnson a priority, however, and the Blue Devils are the early leader — albeit with a small sample size — on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page. As a junior this past season, Johnson averaged 19.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, earned Wisconsin player of the year honors, and led his team to its first state championship.

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