How the experts are tracking UK target Keion Brooks

 Posted by at 11:46 AM on February 18, 2019  Comments Off on How the experts are tracking UK target Keion Brooks
Feb 182019
 

Brooks

The momentum in the recruitment of five-star basketball prospect Keion Brooks appears to be shifting away from longtime favorite Indiana, and UK could be in line to take over that frontrunner status in the very near future.

Brooks, of course, visited Kentucky over the weekend and was sitting directly behind the UK bench — right next to Wildcats signee Dontaie Allen — for the team’s dismantling of No. 1 Tennessee in front of the best Rupp Arena crowd of the year Saturday night.

Indiana, meanwhile, has lost 10 of 11 games and sits near the bottom of the Big Ten standings in Archie Miller’s second season as head coach. Brooks also cancelled a visit to Michigan State that was set for Sunday, unable to make the trip to the early afternoon game in East Lansing after watching the Cats play late Saturday night.

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Major prediction goes UK’s way for five-star recruit

 Posted by at 11:20 AM on February 14, 2019  Comments Off on Major prediction goes UK’s way for five-star recruit
Feb 142019
 

Todd

247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels logged a prediction in UK’s favor Thursday morning for five-star power forward Isaiah Todd, one of the top post players in the 2020 class.

Todd — a 6-foot-10 prospect from Richmond, Va., now playing for a high school in North Carolina — is the No. 13 overall prospect in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. There’s a possibility he could ultimately move to the 2019 class, and UK is still searching for more post players for next season’s roster after missing out on previous five-star targets James Wiseman, Vernon Carey, Isaiah Stewart and Oscar Tshiebwe.

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Updated predictions for UK basketball targets in 2019

 Posted by at 10:43 PM on February 6, 2019  Comments Off on Updated predictions for UK basketball targets in 2019
Feb 062019
 

Edwards

There have been a few new predictions of note over the past week on the Rivals.com FutureCast pages — that recruiting service’s counterpart to the 247Sports Crystal Ball — relating to some of UK’s remaining targets in the 2019 class.

Georgia now has 100 percent of the predictions for five-star shooting guard Anthony Edwards, who will announce his college decision Monday morning. Kentucky and Florida State are the other two finalists for Edwards — an Atlanta area prospect — but Rivals.com analysts Eric Bossi, Corey Evans and Dan McDonald are among those predicting he will pick the Bulldogs.

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Where UK targets landed in new recruiting rankings

 Posted by at 1:38 PM on January 30, 2019  Comments Off on Where UK targets landed in new recruiting rankings
Jan 302019
 

Jalen Green

Rivals.com’s basketball rankings week continued Wednesday with an updated list for the class of 2020, and there’s a new name at the top.

California post player Evan Mobley has taken over the No. 1 spot in Rivals’ 2020 rankings, but he is not a UK recruiting target. Mobley is the son of Southern Cal assistant coach Eric Mobley and the younger brother of USC signee Isaiah Mobley, and — though Evan hasn’t committed to the Trojans just yet — the assumption is he will ultimately join his family at USC.

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Not much change for UK recruits in new rankings

 Posted by at 12:55 PM on January 28, 2019  Comments Off on Not much change for UK recruits in new rankings
Jan 282019
 

Whitney

Rivals.com rolled out its new basketball rankings for the class of 2019 on Monday, and there wasn’t much movement among UK recruits on the updated list.

Kentucky commitment Kahlil Whitney stayed put at No. 8 overall, while Tyrese Maxey moved up one spot to No. 9 and Dontaie Allen dropped one spot to No. 55. Maxey and Allen have both signed with UK.

The Wildcats have four scholarship offers out to uncommitted players in the 2019 class: shooting guard Anthony Edwards, who moved up one spot to No. 2 overall behind Duke commitment Vernon Carey; forward Jaden McDaniels, who dropped one spot to No. 6; forward Matthew Hurt, who stayed put at No. 7; and forward Keion Brooks, who stayed put at No. 27.

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Maxey introduced to the crowd at UK-Kansas game

 Posted by at 9:40 PM on January 26, 2019  Comments Off on Maxey introduced to the crowd at UK-Kansas game
Jan 262019
 

Maxey

UK basketball signee Tyrese Maxey was in Lexington for the Cats’ 71-63 victory over Kansas on Saturday, and he got an introduction to the Rupp Arena fans early in the evening.

During the first TV timeout of the first half, former UK guard and gameday emcee Ravi Moss introduced Maxey to the Rupp crowd, which greeted him with loud cheers and applause as he smiled widely and a graphic honoring the five-star point guard’s selection to the McDonald’s All-American Game was displayed on the arena’s video screens.

Maxey — a 6-foot-2 recruit from Texas — was selected Thursday for the McDonald’s Game, which will be played March 27 in Atlanta. He committed to the Cats in May and officially signed with Kentucky in November.

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Trio of five-star recruits visiting for UK-Kansas game

 Posted by at 1:17 PM on January 26, 2019  Comments Off on Trio of five-star recruits visiting for UK-Kansas game
Jan 262019
 

Dickinson

A trio of five-star basketball recruits are expected in Rupp Arena on Saturday night for Kentucky’s game against Kansas, the Herald-Leader was told.

UK will host class of 2019 signee Tyrese Maxey, elite 2020 center Hunter Dickinson, and class of 2021 shooting guard Randy Brady.

Dickinson — a 7-foot-2 center from high school basketball powerhouse DeMatha (Md.) — is the No. 19 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He took official visits to Notre Dame and Purdue in the fall and is also getting recruiting attention from Duke, Michigan and several other top schools.

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National analyst has new prediction for top UK target

 Posted by at 9:53 PM on January 24, 2019  Comments Off on National analyst has new prediction for top UK target
Jan 242019
 

McDaniels

247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer has logged a new Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Washington for five-star forward Jaden McDaniels, one of UK’s top remaining basketball targets in the class of 2019.

McDaniels — a 6-foot-10 prospect from Seattle — has narrowed his list to UK, San Diego State, Texas, UCLA and Washington, the hometown school. Earlier this week, five-star center Isaiah Stewart — a friend of McDaniels’ — announced his commitment to the Huskies and immediately said that he would start recruiting McDaniels to join him.

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Calipari visits five-star point guard Sharife Cooper

 Posted by at 7:09 PM on January 23, 2019  Comments Off on Calipari visits five-star point guard Sharife Cooper
Jan 232019
 

Cooper

UK Coach John Calipari was in Georgia on Wednesday to visit with five-star point guard Sharife Cooper, according to USA Today recruiting reporter Jason Jordan.

Cooper — a 6-foot-1 prospect in the class of 2020 — was the second point guard from that group to land a UK scholarship offer, joining Virginia native Jeremy Roach, who is sidelined for his junior season with a torn ACL.

Kentucky is scheduled to host Cooper for a recruiting visit next month coinciding with its home game against Auburn, which is currently the leader on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page. Cooper is the No. 21 overall prospect in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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Wiseman holds on to No. 1 spot in ESPN rankings

 Posted by at 11:04 AM on January 23, 2019  Comments Off on Wiseman holds on to No. 1 spot in ESPN rankings
Jan 232019
 

Wiseman

Former UK target James Wiseman remains the No. 1 overall player in the 2019 class, according to ESPN’s updated rankings for high school seniors.

Wiseman — a 7-footer from Tennessee — committed to Memphis in November after a lengthy recruitment. He was the first player in the 2019 class to land a UK scholarship offer.

Two UK commitments made the ESPN top 100: Chicago wing Kahlil Whitney at No. 9 and Texas point guard Tyrese Maxey at No. 11. Pendleton County wing Dontaie Allen, the Cats’ other commitment for the 2019 class, was not included on ESPN’s top 100 list.

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