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
 

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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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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
 

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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 still interested in five-star guard Jalen Lecque

 Posted by at 11:00 AM on April 17, 2018  Comments Off on UK still interested in five-star guard Jalen Lecque
Apr 172018
 

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Five-star combo guard Jalen Lecque is still on UK’s recruiting radar.

The New York native — now playing for Christ School in North Carolina — had an in-home visit with the Wildcats over the weekend, according to national recruiting analyst Andrew Slater.

Duke assistant coach Nate James is expected to visit Lecque on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4 prospect has been on Kentucky’s radar for months, and the Herald-Leader has been told in the past that Lecque could reclassify to 2018 if he were to land a scholarship offer from a blueblood program like UK or Duke.

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James Wiseman posts photo from visit with Calipari

 Posted by at 11:04 PM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on James Wiseman posts photo from visit with Calipari
Apr 162018
 

UK Coach John Calipari showed up in Tennessee on Monday, as expected, for his in-home recruiting visit with top Wildcats target James Wiseman.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 prospect from Nashville, now living in Memphis — is the No. 1 player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Monday’s meeting with Calipari and UK assistant coach Joel Justus was Wiseman’s first in-home recruiting visit of the spring. Memphis is UK’s top competition in the recruitment.

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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
 

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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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Calipari not meeting with Vernon Carey on Monday

 Posted by at 11:23 AM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari not meeting with Vernon Carey on Monday
Apr 162018
 

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John Calipari will not meet with top basketball recruit Vernon Carey on Monday, as had been previously reported, according to college basketball analyst Adam Zagoria.

Calipari did meet with Carey — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — last week, and Kentucky remains one of the schools on his list. Carey is the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Other schools on his list include Duke, Miami and Michigan State. Carey averaged 26.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while leading his team to a state title this past season.

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Calipari will meet with James Wiseman on Monday

 Posted by at 6:15 PM on April 15, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari will meet with James Wiseman on Monday
Apr 152018
 

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John Calipari will have an in-home visit with top basketball prospect James Wiseman on Monday, the latest in a string of recruiting visits for the UK head coach over the past few days.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis, Tenn. — is the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was the first prospect in the 2019 class to earn a scholarship offer from UK, and he visited Lexington for Big Blue Madness last fall.

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Herro limited to 7 minutes in Nike Hoop Summit

 Posted by at 12:20 PM on April 14, 2018  Comments Off on Herro limited to 7 minutes in Nike Hoop Summit
Apr 142018
 

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UK signee Tyler Herro logged two points and one assist in the Nike Hoop Summit on Friday night, going 1-for-3 from the floor in USA Basketball’s 89-76 loss to the World Select Team, which was led by Duke signee R.J. Barrett.

Herro played 7 minutes and 18 seconds off the bench, the lowest amount of playing time on the 10-player USA squad. Kansas-bound shooting guard Quentin Grimes played 34 minutes for Team USA.

UK signee Keldon Johnson was also selected for the Hoop Summit — and made the trip to Portland, Ore. — but he was sidelined for the game itself with a sprained ankle suffered earlier this month.

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New prediction for Kentucky QB target in 2019

 Posted by at 9:45 AM on April 13, 2018  Comments Off on New prediction for Kentucky QB target in 2019
Apr 132018
 

247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong logged a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Kentucky for class of 2019 quarterback Connor Bazelak on Friday morning.

Bazelak — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Dayton, Ohio — is the No. 15 pro-style QB in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports rankings. Wiltfong’s prediction is the first pick on his Crystal Ball page.

West Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Vanderbilt are among the other schools that have offered.

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Calipari will meet with James Wiseman next week

 Posted by at 7:30 PM on April 12, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari will meet with James Wiseman next week
Apr 122018
 

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UK Coach John Calipari will have an in-home visit with James Wiseman — the Wildcats’ top recruiting target in the class of 2019 — on Monday, according to recruiting analyst Pat Lawless.

Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward — is the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He is from Nashville but played this past season at Memphis East for Penny Hardaway, who was also Wiseman’s coach on the Nike circuit and is now head coach of the Memphis Tigers.

Wiseman’s recruitment is expected to come down to UK and Memphis.

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