Top Kentucky target Jonathan Kuminga cuts his list

 Posted by at 9:59 PM on November 6, 2019  Comments Off on Top Kentucky target Jonathan Kuminga cuts his list
Nov 062019
 

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Five-star forward Jonathan Kuminga — the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2021 class — narrowed his recruitment to 10 schools Wednesday, and there was a notable omission.

Kuminga did not list Louisiana State among his many choices, a surprise given that the Tigers had been seen as a possible favorite by recruiting insiders in recent weeks. The 10 schools that did make Kuminga’s latest list were Kentucky, Auburn, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Memphis, Michigan, Texas Tech and Washington.

UK Coach John Calipari has made several trips to New Jersey this fall to visit Kuminga at The Patrick School — which is also Nick Richards’ alma mater — and the Wildcats are clearly making the 6-foot-8 forward from Congo a major recruiting priority.

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National analyst offers prediction on Sharife Cooper

 Posted by at 11:19 AM on June 7, 2019  Comments Off on National analyst offers prediction on Sharife Cooper
Jun 072019
 

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Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi logged a Future Cast prediction this week for five-star point guard Sharife Cooper, who received a UK scholarship offer last fall.

Bossi joins several other national recruiting experts in picking Auburn to land Cooper, a 5-foot-11 prospect from the Atlanta area that has been strongly linked to the Tigers over the past several months. Fellow Rivals analyst Corey Evans is also picking Auburn for Cooper, and the Tigers have a huge lead on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

Cooper is the No. 15 overall player in the Rivals.com rankings for the 2020 class, and he’s No. 17 nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings. Earlier this year, he became the first non-senior to earn national high school player of the year honors from MaxPreps.com after averaging 28.6 points, 8.6 assists and 4.1 steals per game while leading his team to an undefeated season.

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Analysts make predictions on UK basketball targets

 Posted by at 12:04 PM on April 16, 2019  Comments Off on Analysts make predictions on UK basketball targets
Apr 162019
 

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Rivals.com national analysts Eric Bossi and Corey Evans have logged new predictions on a couple of major UK basketball targets over the past few days, and both picks have gone against the Wildcats.

Bossi has put in a prediction in favor of Duke for five-star forward Matthew Hurt, who is expected to choose among the Blue Devils, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina on Friday afternoon. Duke has emerged as the major favorite in Hurt’s recruitment over the past few weeks, and several national analysts are predicting the Blue Devils will land his commitment going into Friday’s announcement.

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Calipari will be out on the recruiting trail Wednesday

 Posted by at 10:25 PM on March 5, 2019  Comments Off on Calipari will be out on the recruiting trail Wednesday
Mar 052019
 

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John Calipari is expected to travel to Minnesota to do a little recruiting Wednesday.

First, the UK head coach will see 2020 prospect Jalen Suggs, a two-sport standout who is a five-star basketball recruit in addition to being a top quarterback. Suggs — a 6-foot-5 combo guard — is the No. 10 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Minnesota recruiting analyst Ryan James was the first to report that UK would be visiting him Wednesday.

Calipari is also expected to watch five-star recruit Matthew Hurt play Wednesday night, according to Minneapolis reporter Darren Wolfson. Hurt, of course, is one of the Cats’ top remaining targets in the 2019 class and one of the top high school seniors in the country. He’s already taken official visits to UK, Duke, Kansas and North Carolina, and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is also expected to see him play Wednesday.

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Tyler Herro moving up the NBA Draft boards

 Posted by at 11:06 AM on March 1, 2019  Comments Off on Tyler Herro moving up the NBA Draft boards
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ESPN has once again updated its Top 100 player rankings for this year’s NBA Draft, and UK freshman Tyler Herro keeps moving in the right direction.

Herro is now the No. 27 overall player on ESPN’s board — placing him in late-first round territory. He has moved up five spots since ESPN’s most recent mock draft a little more than two weeks ago. Herro was No. 40 overall the last time the Top 100 rankings were updated in mid-January.

The other UK player with the most interesting postseason decision to make will be freshman guard Ashton Hagans, who is No. 40 in ESPN’s new rankings. That’s 10 spots outside of the first round, though there’s obviously plenty of time for Hagans to keep moving toward that draft range.

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UK coach watches top point guard in 2020 class

 Posted by at 10:22 PM on February 27, 2019  Comments Off on UK coach watches top point guard in 2020 class
Feb 272019
 

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UK Coach John Calipari was in Georgia on Wednesday night to watch Sharife Cooper, one of UK’s top 2020 recruiting targets and an elite point guard in the junior class.

Cooper — a 6-foot prospect from the Atlanta area — has been arguably the top player in all of high school basketball this season. He received a UK scholarship offer prior to the season and was one of the standouts on the Nike circuit this past summer. Cooper is the No. 18 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Auburn is seen as another possible frontrunner in the early stages Cooper’s recruitment. His father talked to the Herald-Leader about the five-star point guard earlier this month. You can read that story here.

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Calipari offers first scholarship to a 2021 recruit

 Posted by at 10:15 PM on February 27, 2019  Comments Off on Calipari offers first scholarship to a 2021 recruit
Feb 272019
 

Jonathan Kuminga
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Five-star sophomore Jonathan Kuminga landed a scholarship offer from Kentucky following his visit for Tuesday night’s game.

Kuminga — a 6-foot-8 small forward at Our Savior New American (N.Y.) — is the first player from he 2021 class to receive a UK offer. He is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 3 overall player in the class, and his Kentucky offer was first reported by 247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels.

Originally from the Congo, Kuminga averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and made 13 of 26 three-point shots in five Peach Jam games over the summer. He previously played at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep.

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Another national analyst picking Todd to Kentucky

 Posted by at 10:41 AM on February 26, 2019  Comments Off on Another national analyst picking Todd to Kentucky
Feb 262019
 

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Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi has logged a prediction in favor of Kentucky for five-star basketball recruit Isaiah Todd, one of the top prospects in the class of 2020.

Todd — a 6-foot-9 power forward at Trinity Academy (N.C.) — landed a UK scholarship offer after a visit with John Calipari last week and is now widely expected to reclassify to 2019 and play college basketball next season. He will play this spring and summer with Team Melo on the Nike circuit.

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Top five recruit expected to visit UK on Tuesday night

 Posted by at 10:34 AM on February 26, 2019  Comments Off on Top five recruit expected to visit UK on Tuesday night
Feb 262019
 

Jonathan Kuminga
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Five-star recruit Jonathan Kuminga is expected to be in Lexington on Tuesday night for UK’s home game against Arkansas.

Kuminga — a 6-foot-8 small forward at Our Savior New American (N.Y.) — is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 3 overall player in the 2021 class. His expected visit to Kentucky was first reported by 247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels last week.

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National analyst picking Duke for Matthew Hurt

 Posted by at 11:23 AM on February 25, 2019  Comments Off on National analyst picking Duke for Matthew Hurt
Feb 252019
 

Matthew Hurt

247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels has a logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Duke in the recruitment of Matthew Hurt, one of UK’s top remaining targets in the class of 2019.

Hurt — a 6-foot-9 forward from Minnesota — has taken official visits to Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and North Carolina, and he’s the No. 8 player nationally in the senior class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. There is no timetable for his college decision.

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