Measurements of UK recruits at major Nike camp

 Posted by at 3:48 PM on August 9, 2018  Comments Off on Measurements of UK recruits at major Nike camp
Aug 092018
 

Kahlil Whitney

Several of UK’s top basketball recruiting targets are in Los Angeles this week for the Nike Skills Academy, an event loaded with talent from the 2019 and 2020 classes.

National recruiting analyst Andrew Slater tweeted a copy of the measurements from the Academy on Thursday, and it includes some impressive numbers.

UK’s newest commitment — Chicago wing Kahlil Whitney — has often been listed at 6-6, but he measured at 6-7.5 with a 6-10.5 wingspan, big numbers for a perimeter player. UK point guard commitment Tyrese Maxey is also at the Nike Skills Academy and measured at 6.2-5 with a 6.5.5 wingspan.

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UNC now trending for possible UK basketball target

 Posted by at 12:05 PM on August 7, 2018  Comments Off on UNC now trending for possible UK basketball target
Aug 072018
 

North Carolina has emerged in recent days as the favorite in the recruitment of Josh Green, a five-star prospect in the class of 2019 that has been tied to Kentucky this summer.

Green — a 6-foot-5 guard from Australia — is entering his senior season at IMG Academy in Florida and was one of the top stars on the Under Armour circuit this summer. He’s ranked as high as No. 8 nationally (by ESPN), and is the No. 11 overall player in the 247Sports composite rankings for the class of 2019.

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Defensive lineman commits to Kentucky for 2019

 Posted by at 4:25 PM on August 3, 2018  Comments Off on Defensive lineman commits to Kentucky for 2019
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Three-star defensive lineman Cavon Butler announced his commitment to Kentucky for the class of 2019 on Friday afternoon.

Butler — a 6-foot-3, 285-pound prospect from Toledo — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 53 defensive tackle nationally in his class. He attended an Alabama camp in late June and said afterward that he had received a scholarship offer from Coach Nick Saban.

Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Cincinnati were among his other offers.

Butler was credited with 9.5 tackles and three forced fumbles as a junior last season. He joins Taures Payne as the second defensive lineman in UK’s 2019 class, which now features 15 commitments.

Moses Douglass is the only other UK commitment from the state of Ohio in this class so far.

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Basketball recruit Bacot down to five schools

 Posted by at 6:40 PM on July 28, 2018  Comments Off on Basketball recruit Bacot down to five schools
Jul 282018
 

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Five-star post player Armando Bacot announced his final five schools Saturday afternoon, but Kentucky did not make the list.

Bacot — a 6-foot-10 prospect from Richmond, Va. — is down to Duke, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma State and hometown school Virginia Commonwealth. UNC holds 100 percent of the predictions on his Crystal Ball page.

UK’s recruiting contact with Bacot had been sporadic over the past year, though he did tell Rivals.com earlier in the week that he had been in touch with Wildcats assistant coach Joel Justus recently. UK, however, never extended a scholarship offer.

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Five-star recruit schedules official visit to Kentucky

 Posted by at 4:31 PM on July 24, 2018  Comments Off on Five-star recruit schedules official visit to Kentucky
Jul 242018
 

Whitney

The UK buzz continues for five-star basketball prospect Kahlil Whitney, who now has an official visit scheduled for Lexington.

ESPN national analyst Paul Biancardi reported Tuesday that Whitney will visit Kentucky on Aug. 3-5 — less that two weeks from now — as momentum continues to go in the Wildcats’ favor. Earlier this week, several national recruiting analysts logged pro-UK predictions on Whitney’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

The 6-foot-6 wing from Chicago is ranked No. 14 overall in the 2019 class.

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UK commitments in new national football rankings

 Posted by at 12:14 PM on July 24, 2018  Comments Off on UK commitments in new national football rankings
Jul 242018
 

UK football commitments Marquez Bembry and Taures Payne are both listed among the top 50 junior college prospects in the class of 2019, according to rankings released by 247Sports on Tuesday.

Bembry — a 6-foot-3 linebacker from Atlanta — is the No. 33 overall juco player in the class, while Payne — a 6-4 defensive end from Alabama — is listed at No. 48 overall. Both can sign with the Wildcats in December

Former UK player Javonte Richardson — once a highly touted high school recruit — is No. 34 in the new rankings. Richardson will play this season at Iowa Western.

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More buzz for basketball recruit Kahlil Whitney to UK

 Posted by at 12:14 AM on July 24, 2018  Comments Off on More buzz for basketball recruit Kahlil Whitney to UK
Jul 242018
 

Whitney

Five-star wing Kahlil Whitney has had a UK scholarship offer for less than a week, but the momentum continues to quickly build in the Wildcats’ favor.

National recruiting analysts Andrew Slater and Jerry Meyer both logged Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the Cats on Whitney’s 247Sports page Monday, and Evan Daniels logged a UK pick Tuesday, joining national analyst Brian Snow, who recorded a UK prediction for Whitney shortly after he picked up the Kentucky offer Friday.

Whitney — a 6-foot-6 wing from Chicago — averaged 21.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game on the Nike circuit during the spring, shooting 38 percent from three-point range. He is expected to visit UK sometime soon.

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UK running back recruit included in national rankings

 Posted by at 12:15 PM on July 20, 2018  Comments Off on UK running back recruit included in national rankings
Jul 202018
 

Tisdale

UK’s running back commitment for the class of 2019 has been included in the latest batch of ESPN national rankings.

Travis Tisdale — a 5-foot-9 prospect from Valdosta, Ga. — is a four-star recruit and the No. 289 overall player in the 2019 class, according to ESPN’s new rankings. He committed to Kentucky last month and is the only Wildcats commitment in the Top 300 national rankings.

Five prospects from the state of Kentucky were included in the new rankings: South Warren defensive lineman Jacob Lacey at No. 118, Trinity defensive lineman Stephen Herron at No. 171, Glasgow offensive lineman Tanner Bowles at No. 225, Scott County offensive lineman Bryan Hudson at No. 255, and Louisville Christian wide receiver Milton Wright at No. 281.

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Calipari watches battle of two top Kentucky targets

 Posted by at 10:17 PM on July 11, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari watches battle of two top Kentucky targets
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Wiseman

John Calipari and Penny Hardaway were both courtside to watch the consensus No. 1 overall player in the 2019 class, James Wiseman, on Wednesday night in the opening game of the Nike Peach Jam event in Augusta, Ga.

Wiseman is expected to choose either UK or Memphis. His team pulled out a 70-69 victory over a squad led by Vernon Carey, the No. 1 player in the Rivals.com rankings and another major Kentucky target. Carey is also considering Duke, Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina.

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Five-star recruit doesn’t include UK on new list

 Posted by at 1:15 PM on July 8, 2018  Comments Off on Five-star recruit doesn’t include UK on new list
Jul 082018
 

James

Five-star basketball prospect Josiah James is now down to nine schools, and Kentucky is not on his new recruiting list.

James — a 6-foot-6 point guard from Charleston, S.C. — did not have a scholarship offer from UK when he cut his list over the weekend, though the Wildcats had been tracking his recruitment in recent weeks.

He told the Herald-Leader last month that he would “definitely” be interested if UK were to get more involved with his recruitment.

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