Junior college defensive lineman commits to UK

 Posted by at 2:28 PM on December 16, 2018  Comments Off on Junior college defensive lineman commits to UK
Dec 162018
 

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Three-star defensive lineman Elijah James committed to Kentucky on Sunday following a weekend visit.

James — a 6-foot-4, 300-pound prospect from Chicago — has played two seasons for Iowa Western Community College, accumulating 8.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and 57 total tackles in 11 games this fall. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 87 junior college prospect in the class of 2018. His other reported scholarship offers were from Southern Miss and Chattanooga.

He’s the Cats’ fourth juco commitment for the 2019 class, joining teammate JaVonte Richardson (a wide receiver), linebacker Marquez Bembry and cornerback Brandin Echols.

James originally signed with Central Michigan out of high school and will have three years to play two seasons at Kentucky, which now has 21 commitments with the early signing period set to start Wednesday.

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Two UK football commitments in new Rivals 250

 Posted by at 12:10 PM on December 5, 2018  Comments Off on Two UK football commitments in new Rivals 250
Dec 052018
 

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The Rivals 250 national rankings for the football class of 2019 were updated Wednesday, and Kentucky commitments Wandale Robinson and Moses Douglass were both included on the list.

Robinson’s place at No. 98 overall in the updated rankings was announced Tuesday, though there has been buzz this week that the Frankfort native could be flipping his commitment to Nebraska in the near future. A decision on that could come as early as Wednesday. (UPDATE: Robinson flipped to Nebraska on Wednesday afternoon).

Douglass — a 6-foot-2 safety from Springfield, Ohio — is the No. 227 overall player in the Rivals.com rankings. He is the son of former UK star Maurice Douglass.

Neither player was included in the previous edition of the Rivals 250 rankings.

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Another big game from UK signee Dontaie Allen

 Posted by at 9:56 PM on December 4, 2018  Comments Off on Another big game from UK signee Dontaie Allen
Dec 042018
 

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Pendleton County basketball star Dontaie Allen had 34 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists in an 82-47 victory over Nicholas County on Tuesday night.

Allen, who signed with UK last month, scored all of his points in the first three quarters of the game, which concluded with a running clock in the fourth quarter. Through four games this season, the 6-foot-6 wing is averaging 41.0 points and 17.0 rebounds.

Pendleton County plays its next game a little closer to Lexington — a road contest at Clark County on Friday night. That game is scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m.

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Another major Crystal Ball pick for Vernon Carey

 Posted by at 11:51 AM on December 4, 2018  Comments Off on Another major Crystal Ball pick for Vernon Carey
Dec 042018
 

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A consensus is forming in the recruitment of Vernon Carey, the elite post player in the 2019 recruiting class who recently cut Kentucky from his list and will announce a college decision Thursday.

247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels logged a Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Duke for Carey on Monday night. That came shortly after national analyst Jerry Meyer did the same, and national recruiting expert Andrew Slater has had a Duke pick recorded for Carey since last fall.

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Matthew Hurt poses in UK uniform during visit

 Posted by at 11:43 AM on December 4, 2018  Comments Off on Matthew Hurt poses in UK uniform during visit
Dec 042018
 

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Five-star forward Matthew Hurt seemingly became the first UK basketball recruiting target to pose in official Wildcats gear during a visit to Lexington over the weekend.

Hurt — a 6-foot-9 forward from Minnesota and one of the top 10 prospects in the 2019 class — posted a photo to Instagram on Monday night of himself dribbling in the UK locker room while wearing a Wildcats uniform.

The practice of dressing recruits up in college gear for photo shoots has become a staple of official visits at many top basketball programs — as well as the Kentucky football program — though UK basketball hasn’t done it until now.

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Dontaie Allen has major double-double at Hoop Fest

 Posted by at 11:53 AM on December 2, 2018  Comments Off on Dontaie Allen has major double-double at Hoop Fest
Dec 022018
 

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UK signee Dontaie Allen had 25 points and 23 rebounds in Pendleton County’s 50-45 victory over Marshall County on Saturday night at the Marshall County Hoop Fest.

Allen, who committed to UK over the summer and officially signed with the Wildcats last month, was 9-for-20 from the field and made one of five three-point attempts at the Hoop Fest, a major showcase which attracts national talent and dates back to 1996.

“Dontaie was a man amongst boys the entire game,” said Pendleton County head coach Keaton Belcher. “Marshall County played a diamond-and-1 junk defense the entire game to slow him down and he still finished with 25 points and (23) rebounds. He truly deserved most valuable player of the game.”

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LaMelo Ball is not being recruited by Kentucky

 Posted by at 6:30 PM on November 30, 2018  Comments Off on LaMelo Ball is not being recruited by Kentucky
Nov 302018
 

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Kentucky is not recruiting LaMelo Ball, the Herald-Leader was told Friday.

Ball, formerly a top recruit in the class of 2019, is now playing with Spire Academy (Ohio) and has expressed interest in attending college next season. The 17-year-old from California is the younger brother of former UCLA players Lonzo and LiAngelo Ball and was considered a five-star recruit — ranked top 10 nationally by ESPN — before leaving the country to play professionally in Lithuania with his brother, LiAngelo.

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UK football target Jared Casey sets decision date

 Posted by at 11:54 AM on November 30, 2018  Comments Off on UK football target Jared Casey sets decision date
Nov 302018
 

Four-star linebacker Jared Casey will announce his college decision Thursday.

Casey — a star football recruit at Ballard High School in Louisville — recently decommitted from Oregon, and Kentucky is now seen as a heavy favorite in his recruitment. Casey would be a major addition to the Wildcats’ 2019 recruiting class and is ranked by Rivals.com and 247Sports as one of the top 20 inside linebackers in the class.

Vince Marrow has been UK’s primary recruiter on Casey in recent months.

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Latest on 2019 basketball recruit Anthony Edwards

 Posted by at 11:35 AM on November 28, 2018  Comments Off on Latest on 2019 basketball recruit Anthony Edwards
Nov 282018
 

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When five-star shooting guard Anthony Edwards revealed last week that he was moving from the class of 2020 to the class of 2019, a list of five schools was attached to his recruitment: Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan State and North Carolina.

247Sports national analyst Evan Daniels reported Tuesday night that three more schools have been added — Duke, Kansas and UCLA — and Edwards will enter the winter focused on those eight schools. Daniels also rescinded his recent Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Florida State, a sign that this recruitment might be a little more open than previously thought.

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Calipari hitting the recruiting trail this weekend

 Posted by at 7:53 PM on November 24, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari hitting the recruiting trail this weekend
Nov 242018
 

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UK Coach John Calipari plans to see several top recruiting targets this weekend, the Herald-Leader has learned.

Calipari will be watching UK signee Tyrese Maxey as well as three five-star players in the 2020 class: highly touted guards RJ Hampton and Jalen Green, and star center N’Faly Dante. All three of the younger players already have scholarship offers from Kentucky, and all three have been mentioned in recruiting circles as possibilities to move to the 2019 class.

Green — a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from California — is the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Hampton — a 6-4 combo guard from Texas — is the No. 5 player in those rankings. Dante — a 6-11 prospect from Mali, now playing for a high school in Kansas — is the No. 9 overall player in the class.

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