UK lands commitment from junior college lineman

 Posted by at 10:25 PM on June 22, 2018  Comments Off on UK lands commitment from junior college lineman
Jun 222018
 

Kentucky landed a commitment Friday night from defensive lineman Taures Payne, a prospect out of Northwest Mississippi Community College.

Payne — a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end originally from Hoover, Ala. — had 33 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 11 junior college games last season. He will have two years to play two seasons when he joins Kentucky’s team for the 2019 class.

He does not have a star ranking from 247Sports or Rivals.com.

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Three-star defensive back commits to Kentucky

 Posted by at 6:51 PM on June 22, 2018  Comments Off on Three-star defensive back commits to Kentucky
Jun 222018
 

Three-star cornerback Jay Ward committed to Kentucky on Friday afternoon, becoming the Wildcats’ ninth commitment for the class of 2019 and the program’s fourth pledge from the state of Georgia for next year.

Ward — a 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect from Moultrie, Ga. — is the No. 82 cornerback in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He is the No. 98 overall recruit in Georgia, according to those rankings.

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Wiseman remains No. 1 in new ESPN player rankings

 Posted by at 3:08 PM on June 22, 2018  Comments Off on Wiseman remains No. 1 in new ESPN player rankings
Jun 222018
 

Wiseman

Top UK recruiting target James Wiseman is still the No. 1 overall basketball prospect in the class of 2019, according to the latest rankings update from ESPN.com Friday.

Wiseman — a 7-footer from Memphis East High School — is expected to choose either Kentucky or Memphis, where his former coach Penny Hardaway is now the head coach. Wiseman was the first player in the 2019 class to earn a UK scholarship offer.

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National analyst makes prediction on top UK target

 Posted by at 10:46 AM on June 7, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst makes prediction on top UK target
Jun 072018
 

Matthew Hurt

National recruiting analyst Andrew Slater has logged a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Kansas for five-star power forward Matthew Hurt, one of UK’s top targets in the class of 2019.

Hurt — a 6-foot-9 prospect from Rochester, Minn. — was recently announced as part of the 12-player USA Basketball U18 team after taking part in that squad’s training camp in Colorado over the past week. Kansas Coach Bill Self is coaching the U18 team — meaning he’ll get plenty of time with Hurt — and the Jayhawks were seen by many as the favorites in his recruitment even before the U18 tryouts.

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Tyrese Maxey makes USA Basketball U18 team

 Posted by at 4:25 PM on June 5, 2018  Comments Off on Tyrese Maxey makes USA Basketball U18 team
Jun 052018
 

Maxey

UK commitment Tyrese Maxey has made it past the final round of cuts and will be part of the USA Basketball U18 team that travels to Canada later this week to play for a FIBA gold medal.

Maxey — a 6-foot-3 point guard — was one of 12 players selected for the squad, which is being coached by Kansas’ Bill Self and will start international play Sunday night. The future Kentucky Wildcat — a member of the class of 2019 — has been in Colorado Springs since last week as part of the U18 training camp.

Other UK targets joining Maxey on the U18 team are Cole Anthony and Matthew Hurt. Both of those uncommitted 2019 prospects are also being recruited by Self.

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Maxey among finalists for USA Basketball U18 team

 Posted by at 10:32 AM on June 3, 2018  Comments Off on Maxey among finalists for USA Basketball U18 team
Jun 032018
 

Tyrese Maxey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — UK commitment Tyrese Maxey made it through the first cuts for the USA Basketball U18 national team Sunday morning, making him one of 18 players still competing for 12 spots on the squad.

Maxey was one of 33 prospects invited to the U18 training camp, which started Thursday evening and is being run by Kansas Coach Bill Self. Three other players with UK scholarship offers for 2019 — Keion Brooks, Matthew Hurt and Jalen Lecque — also made the cut, as did probable UK target Cole Anthony.

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USA Basketball measurements for top UK targets

 Posted by at 11:35 AM on June 2, 2018  Comments Off on USA Basketball measurements for top UK targets
Jun 022018
 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Basketball released official measurements Saturday morning for players participating in this month’s U18 training camp. The USA measurements are typically the most accurate for high school recruits.

Here’s a look at how some UK targets and recruits of interest measured out:

Official measurements from Team USA
Player Status Height (w/shoes) Weight Wingspan Standing reach
Cole Anthony Target 6-3 184 6-5 7-11
Bryan Antoine UK offer 6-4.5 167.5 6-8 8-5
Keion Brooks UK offer 6-6.5 186 6-9
Matthew Hurt UK offer 6-9 214.5 6-9 8-10
Jalen Lecque UK offer 6-3.5 189 6-8 8-3
Kira Lewis Target 6-2 161.5 6-5 8-3
Scottie Lewis UK offer 6-5 184 6-11 8-8
Tyrese Maxey UK commit 6-2.5 187.5 6-6 8-3.5

 

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Calipari in Colorado to see top basketball recruits

 Posted by at 11:18 AM on June 2, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari in Colorado to see top basketball recruits
Jun 022018
 

Maxey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — UK Coach John Calipari arrived at the U.S. Olympic training complex here Saturday morning to see several of the Wildcats’ top recruiting targets.

It was the third day of training camp for the USA Basketball U18 hopefuls Saturday, the first day that college coaches were permitted to attend the event. Coaches will also be allowed back into the camp Sunday.

The camp roster is loaded with UK recruits, including five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey, who has already committed to the Wildcats for the 2019 class. Other 2019 recruits with UK scholarship offers in attendance are Bryan Antoine, Keion Brooks, Matthew Hurt, Jalen Lecque and Scottie Lewis.

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UK visit date set for in-state recruit Dontaie Allen

 Posted by at 10:46 PM on June 1, 2018  Comments Off on UK visit date set for in-state recruit Dontaie Allen
Jun 012018
 

Dontaie Allen | Photo by Matt Goins

Pendleton County basketball star Dontaie Allen will take his unofficial visit to Kentucky on June 10, his AAU team announced Friday night.

Allen — a 6-foot-7 forward — has had a tremendous spring with M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs, picking up scholarship offers from West Virginia, Purdue, Virginia Tech and Dayton this week, with other recent offers from Xavier, Nevada and Western Kentucky, among others.

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More offers for in-state UK basketball target Allen

 Posted by at 10:07 AM on May 30, 2018  Comments Off on More offers for in-state UK basketball target Allen
May 302018
 

Dontaie Allen | Photo by Matt Goins

It’s already been a busy week for Pendleton County basketball star Dontaie Allen, who has received two new scholarship offers over the past couple of days and could have more on the way.

Allen — a 6-foot-7 wing in the class of 2019 — announced a new offer from Dayton on Tuesday and an offer from West Virginia on Wednesday. He’s also expected to visit Purdue on Wednesday, and the Boilermakers could come though with an offer on that trip. Update: Allen did indeed earn a scholarship offer from Purdue on Wednesday, and he also picked up a new offer from Virginia Tech, bringing his total to four new offers in the past two days.

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