Kahlil Whitney projected as top-10 NBA Draft pick

 Posted by at 10:10 AM on October 12, 2018  Comments Off on Kahlil Whitney projected as top-10 NBA Draft pick
Oct 122018
 

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ESPN revealed its first NBA mock draft for 2020 on Friday morning, and the top end of those projections includes several UK recruits.

Class of 2019 commitment Kahlil Whitney comes in as the No. 7 overall pick, and he’s joined in the top 10 by UK recruiting targets James Wiseman (No. 1), Cole Anthony (No. 2), Jaden McDaniels (No. 3) and Isaiah Stewart (No. 6). Other UK targets included in ESPN’s mock draft include Matthew Hurt (No. 16), Vernon Carey (No. 22) and current class of 2020 recruit N’Faly Dante (No. 37).

Tyrese Maxey, another UK commitment, is No. 22 on ESPN’s list, which also includes current Wildcats Ashton Hagans (No. 36) and Nick Richards (No. 46).

ESPN’s most recent mock draft for 2019 included Keldon Johnson and PJ Washington as first-round picks.

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Calipari makes another trip to see Jaden McDaniels

 Posted by at 11:46 AM on October 10, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari makes another trip to see Jaden McDaniels
Oct 102018
 

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John Calipari was in the Seattle area again this week to see five-star forward Jaden McDaniels, who is regarded as one of the top five players in the class of 2019.

McDaniels — a 6-foot-10 prospect — has narrowed his list to Kentucky, San Diego State, Texas, UCLA and Washington. His older brother, Jalen, is a standout player at San Diego State.

Calipari also visited McDaniels in Seattle last month and closely monitored his games on the Nike circuit this past spring and summer. He was named the breakout performer of the year in that league after finishing among the leaders in scoring and rebounding, and 247Sports now ranks him as the No. 4 overall player in the class of 2019.

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Tshiebwe sets a date for his college announcement

 Posted by at 11:35 AM on October 10, 2018  Comments Off on Tshiebwe sets a date for his college announcement
Oct 102018
 

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Five-star center Oscar Tshiebwe announced on his Instagram page Wednesday that he will reveal his college decision on Oct. 21.

Tshiebwe — a 6-foot-9 prospect from Congo, now living in Pennsylvania — has narrowed his college choices to Kentucky, West Virginia, Baylor and Illinois, and he’s already taken official visits to all four schools. His recruitment is widely expected to come down to UK and West Virginia.

UK Coach John Calipari has visited with Tshiebwe multiple times this fall and hosted him for an official visit late last month. Tshiebwe is the No. 19 overall player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports rankings.

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Another class of 2020 star lands an offer from Calipari

 Posted by at 5:31 PM on October 2, 2018  Comments Off on Another class of 2020 star lands an offer from Calipari
Oct 022018
 

RJ Hampton

Five-star guard RJ Hampton landed a scholarship offer from Kentucky on Tuesday, becoming the seventh player in the 2020 class to confirm such an offer from the Wildcats.

This one wasn’t a surprise. Hampton has long been one of the top stars in the 2020 class and was actually the first prospect from that group to have an in-home visit with John Calipari last month, meeting with the UK coach just a few days into the fall recruiting period.

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Basketball recruit Zeke Nnaji trims list to five schools

 Posted by at 12:15 AM on October 1, 2018  Comments Off on Basketball recruit Zeke Nnaji trims list to five schools
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Four-star forward Zeke Nnaji cut his recruiting list to five schools Sunday, and Kentucky is no longer in contention.

Nnaji — a 6-foot-10 prospect from Hopkins, Minn. — listed Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, Purdue and UCLA as his final five schools. He was the first prospect that UK Coach John Calipari visited to start the fall recruiting period earlier this month, and Nnaji received a Wildcats scholarship offer during that meeting. He’s the No. 34 overall player in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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Sharife Cooper lands scholarship offer from Calipari

 Posted by at 9:28 PM on September 28, 2018  Comments Off on Sharife Cooper lands scholarship offer from Calipari
Sep 282018
 

Class of 2020 point guard Sharife Cooper picked up a UK scholarship offer during his unofficial visit to Lexington on Friday night.

Cooper — a 6-foot prospect from Marietta, Ga. — already had scholarship offers from Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, UCLA and several other top programs. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 19 overall player and No. 2 point guard in the 2020 class.

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Point guard recruit planning to visit UK this weekend

 Posted by at 10:46 AM on September 28, 2018  Comments Off on Point guard recruit planning to visit UK this weekend
Sep 282018
 

In addition to class of 2019 big men Isaiah Stewart and Oscar Tshiebwe, the Kentucky Wildcats are expected to host class of 2020 point guard Sharife Cooper for a visit in Lexington this weekend.

Cooper — a 6-foot prospect from Marietta, Ga. — met with UK’s coaches earlier this week and already has scholarship offers from Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, UCLA and several other top programs. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 19 overall player and No. 2 point guard in the 2020 class.

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Memphis will get an official visit from James Wiseman

 Posted by at 4:55 PM on September 27, 2018  Comments Off on Memphis will get an official visit from James Wiseman
Sep 272018
 

James Wiseman

Top-ranked basketball recruit James Wiseman will take an official visit to Memphis, after all.

ESPN’s Paul Biancardi reported Thursday that Wiseman has set an official visit to Memphis for the weekend of Oct. 19, locking in the fifth and final official visit of his recruitment. Wiseman has already taken his official visit to Kentucky and has other trips set for Kansas (this weekend), Vanderbilt (Oct. 12) and Florida State (Oct. 26).

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New Crystal Ball prediction in favor of UK basketball

 Posted by at 2:52 PM on September 26, 2018  Comments Off on New Crystal Ball prediction in favor of UK basketball
Sep 262018
 

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A new Crystal Ball prediction has been logged in favor of Kentucky for five-star point guard Jeremy Roach, one of the top basketball prospects in the class of 2020.

Dain Ervin of Basketball Illustrated Reports logged the pick for UK on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, it was confirmed that Roach has a UK scholarship offer. Ervin is currently the No. 1-ranked Crystal Ball prognosticator for recruits in the 2019 class.

Roach — a 6-foot-2 point guard from Leesburg, Va. — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 11 overall player and No. 1 point guard in the 2020 class. UK is also actively recruiting RJ Hampton, the No. 1 combo guard in that class.

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National recruiting expert picks Isaiah Stewart to UK

 Posted by at 11:39 PM on September 24, 2018  Comments Off on National recruiting expert picks Isaiah Stewart to UK
Sep 242018
 

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Around the time that five-star post player Isaiah Stewart announced that he would take an official visit to Kentucky this weekend, national recruiting expert Brian Snow logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of the Wildcats.

Snow, who is listed as the “lead expert” on Stewart’s 247Sports page, is the first national analyst to pick the Cats for the 6-foot-9 prospect from Rochester, N.Y., but more pro-UK predictions are likely to follow soon. Duke, Michigan State and Villanova had been viewed as the main contenders for Stewart until John Calipari jumped into his recruitment earlier this month.

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