Crystal Ball: UK is clear favorite for Keldon Johnson

 Posted by at 10:58 PM on November 10, 2017  Comments Off on Crystal Ball: UK is clear favorite for Keldon Johnson
Nov 102017
 

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Kentucky missed out on No. 1 recruit R.J. Barrett on Friday, but the Wildcats look to be in a good spot to land five-star prospect Keldon Johnson on Saturday night.

Johnson — a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Oak Hill Academy (Va.) — is set to announce his college decision at 6 p.m. Saturday, and the finalists are Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina State and Texas. He’ll reveal his college choice a day after Barrett — a 6-7 shooting guard from Canada — committed to Duke over UK.

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UK Crystal Ball pick for five-star basketball recruit

 Posted by at 7:14 PM on November 5, 2017  Comments Off on UK Crystal Ball pick for five-star basketball recruit
Nov 052017
 

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Five-star center Moses Brown hosted UK Coach John Calipari for a visit Sunday, and the top-ranked recruiting analyst on the 247Sports Crystal Ball page is predicting he’ll ultimately become a Wildcat.

Brown — a 7-footer from New York — visited with Calipari and UK assistant coach Tony Barbee on Sunday. Brown is the No. 15 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

National recruiting analyst Andrew Slater also logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of Kentucky for Brown on Sunday. Until Slater’s prediction, Brown’s Crystal Ball page was 100 percent Maryland picks, while UCLA had also been mentioned as a possible landing spot in recent weeks.

UPDATE: Brown’s father talks to us about Calipari’s Sunday visit.

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Herro lands a scholarship offer from John Calipari

 Posted by at 6:46 PM on October 31, 2017  Comments Off on Herro lands a scholarship offer from John Calipari
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Four-star shooting guard Tyler Herro received a scholarship offer from John Calipari during the UK coach’s visit to Milwaukee on Tuesday, according to Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans.

Herro — a 6-foot-5 prospect in the 2018 class — backed off of a commitment to Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago, and UK was one of the first schools to show interest in his new recruitment. He’s also considering Kansas, Oregon, Villanova and Butler, and he’s not expected to make a college decision in time for next week’s early signing period.

Kentucky is also in the mix for five-star combo guard Quentin Grimes and five-star shooting guard Keldon Johnson, who are both expected to make early college decisions. The Cats are finalists for five-star shooting guard R.J. Barrett — the No. 1 player in the 2018 rankings — but UK is seen as a long shot in that recruitment.

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Top analyst backs off Zion Williamson/Kansas pick

 Posted by at 10:41 PM on October 23, 2017  Comments Off on Top analyst backs off Zion Williamson/Kansas pick
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National recruiting analyst Andrew Slater switched his 247Sports Crystal Ball pick for Zion Williamson from Kansas to “foggy” on Monday.

Williamson — a 6-foot-6 small forward from Spartanburg, S.C. — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 1 overall player in the 2018 class. He’s No. 2 overall in the 247Sports composite rankings.

Slater is the No. 1-ranked analyst in the 247Sports Crystal Ball standings. He changed his pick for Williamson to “foggy,” a designation that means there isn’t enough credible information on a recruitment to predict a specific team.

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Crystal Ball: UK is the new leader for Zion Williamson

 Posted by at 10:13 AM on October 17, 2017  Comments Off on Crystal Ball: UK is the new leader for Zion Williamson
Oct 172017
 

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Following several weeks of positive buzz in the Kentucky Wildcats’ favor, UK is finally now the favorite on Zion Williamson’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

Kentucky jumped over Kansas this week as the new leader on Williamson’s page. The 6-foot-6 small forward from Spartanburg, S.C., has already taken official visits to both of those schools. He’s the No. 1 overall player in the 247Sports rankings and the No. 2 overall player in the 247Sports composite rankings.

Williamson is also considering Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina and UCLA. He has not yet set a date for his college announcement, but a decision in time for the early signing period next month remains a possibility.

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No. 1 basketball recruit includes UK on new list

 Posted by at 8:10 PM on October 16, 2017  Comments Off on No. 1 basketball recruit includes UK on new list
Oct 162017
 

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Top-ranked basketball recruit Vernon Carey narrowed his list to eight schools Monday night, and Kentucky is still under consideration.

Carey — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — is now listing UK, Duke, Florida, Kansas, Miami, Michigan State, North Carolina and UCLA. Rivals.com and 247Sports rank Carey as the No. 1 overall player in the 2019 class. He’s No. 2 overall on the Scout.com and ESPN lists.

UK extended a scholarship offer to Carey last month.

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Top-10 recruit planning to visit Kentucky this week

 Posted by at 11:07 AM on October 16, 2017  Comments Off on Top-10 recruit planning to visit Kentucky this week
Oct 162017
 

Jalen Lecque — a 6-4 combo guard in the class of 2019 — is planning to visit Kentucky on Friday with a couple of high school teammates.

Lecque, class of 2020 power forward Justice Ajogbor and class of 2020 guard Norance Berry — all of The Christ School (N.C.) — will be in Lexington on the same day as UK’s Blue-White Game, set for a 7 p.m. tip in Rupp Arena.

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Jarren Williams did not visit UK over the weekend

 Posted by at 10:48 AM on September 25, 2017  Comments Off on Jarren Williams did not visit UK over the weekend
Sep 252017
 

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Four-star quarterback Jarren Williams did not visit Kentucky as he had planned for Saturday night’s game, he told the Herald-Leader on Monday morning.

Williams, who has committed to the Wildcats for the class of 2018, was unable to make the trip for UK’s prime-time game against Florida, though he told the Herald-Leader that he does still plan to take his official visit on the weekend of the UK-Missouri game next month.

Williams received his Army All-American Bowl jersey Monday morning and is off to a great start to his senior season of high school.

He is expected to enroll early at UK and join the team for spring practice.

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Vandy hosting UK basketball targets this weekend

 Posted by at 11:57 AM on September 21, 2017  Comments Off on Vandy hosting UK basketball targets this weekend
Sep 212017
 

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The Vanderbilt basketball program is in for a very big recruiting weekend, with three five-star players expected to be on campus for the Commodores’ football game against No. 1-ranked Alabama.

Romeo Langford, one of the top five prospects in the 2018 recruiting class, will take his first official visit this weekend and Nashville is the destination, his father told the Herald-Leader earlier this week. Langford — a 6-foot-5 player from New Albany, Ind. — includes the Dores on his list of seven schools.

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A look at official visit schedules for top UK targets

 Posted by at 11:01 AM on September 21, 2017  Comments Off on A look at official visit schedules for top UK targets
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Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

High school basketball players are allowed to take five official visits — where the host college pays for most of the expenses — during the course of their recruitment, and many of UK’s top targets for the class of 2018 have already scheduled the bulk of their trips.

Five-star players R.J. Barrett, Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley have been on UK’s campus for official visits in recent weeks, and another mega 2018 recruit — Zion Williamson — is expected to be in Lexington this weekend.

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