National analyst makes prediction for UK basketball

 Posted by at 12:52 PM on November 15, 2018  Comments Off on National analyst makes prediction for UK basketball
Nov 152018
 

CJ Walker

National recruiting expert Andrew Slater logged a Crystal Ball pick in favor of Kentucky for four-star power forward CJ Walker on Thursday morning, a day after the class of 2019 prospect announced he was ready to make his college decision.

Walker — a 6-9 player at Oak Ridge High School in Florida — revealed Wednesday that he will announce his college decision on Nov. 21, the final day of the early signing period. The twist here is that Walker has long been down to three schools — Louisiana State, Miami and Oregon — and those were the only three programs included in his video previewing the college announcement Wednesday.

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More visits coming up for top UK basketball targets

 Posted by at 11:01 AM on November 9, 2018  Comments Off on More visits coming up for top UK basketball targets
Nov 092018
 

Carey

Five-star basketball prospect Jaden McDaniels will be in Lexington this weekend for his official visit to UK, but he won’t be the only major UK target on the recruiting trail in the coming weeks.

Vernon Carey is scheduled to take the final major visit of his recruitment to Michigan State, a school he already saw on an official visit earlier this year. Carey has visited UK, Duke, Miami and North Carolina in recent weeks and is expected to choose one of his five finalists sometime before the end of the calendar year.

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Calipari watches battle of two top Kentucky targets

 Posted by at 10:17 PM on July 11, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari watches battle of two top Kentucky targets
Jul 112018
 

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Wiseman

John Calipari and Penny Hardaway were both courtside to watch the consensus No. 1 overall player in the 2019 class, James Wiseman, on Wednesday night in the opening game of the Nike Peach Jam event in Augusta, Ga.

Wiseman is expected to choose either UK or Memphis. His team pulled out a 70-69 victory over a squad led by Vernon Carey, the No. 1 player in the Rivals.com rankings and another major Kentucky target. Carey is also considering Duke, Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina.

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New basketball rankings for the class of 2019

 Posted by at 1:37 PM on July 2, 2018  Comments Off on New basketball rankings for the class of 2019
Jul 022018
 

Carey

Rivals.com unveiled its new basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2019 on Monday, and UK target Vernon Carey remains on the top of the list at No. 1.

Carey — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — has narrowed his choices to UK, Duke, Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina. He is expected to take an official visit to UK this fall. Rivals.com broke down his recruitment and made a case for his No. 1 ranking in a separate post Monday.

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UK targets make the USA Basketball U17 squad

 Posted by at 11:25 AM on June 21, 2018  Comments Off on UK targets make the USA Basketball U17 squad
Jun 212018
 

Carey

Class of 2019 basketball star and major UK recruiting target Vernon Carey was one of 12 players named to the USA Basketball U17 squad Thursday morning.

Carey will be joined on the team by fellow UK targets Scottie Barnes, R.J. Hampton, Jeremy Roach, Jalen Green and Jalen Suggs — all recruits in the 2020 class.

James Wiseman — the Cats’ top remaining target for the class of 2019 — was invited to U17 training camp but was unable to participate in the tryouts due to an injury. Marshall County guard Zion Harmon — a possible UK target currently in the 2021 class — did not make the final cut Thursday.

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UK commitments near top of new basketball rankings

 Posted by at 3:06 PM on May 17, 2018  Comments Off on UK commitments near top of new basketball rankings
May 172018
 

Hagans

Top UK basketball target James Wiseman remains the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the newly released player rankings from 247Sports.

The recruiting website posted its updated rankings Thursday, keeping Wiseman — a 6-foot-11 power forward from Memphis — in the top spot. Wiseman is expected to choose either Kentucky or Memphis.

Point guard Cole Anthony moved from No. 7 to No. 2 in the new rankings. Anthony — a 6-2 prospect from New York and the son of former NBA player Greg Anthony — has been quiet about his recruitment, though UK has been monitoring him for months.

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No. 1 basketball recruit cuts list to five schools

 Posted by at 7:52 PM on May 16, 2018  Comments Off on No. 1 basketball recruit cuts list to five schools
May 162018
 

Carey

Vernon Carey — the No. 1 overall basketball prospect in the class of 2019, according to Rivals.com — has narrowed his recruitment to five schools.

Carey — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — is now considering Kentucky, Duke, Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina. He cut Kansas, UCLA and Florida from his previous list.

There were no surprises in Carey’s final five. Michigan State is the only school he’s been to for an official visit. Kentucky hosted him for an unofficial visit more than a year ago, and he told the Herald-Leader last month that he’s been in contact with Bam Adebayo about possibly playing for the Cats. Duke and UNC have been recruiting him hard for more than a year, and his father is a former football standout at Miami.

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Carey tops Wiseman in latest Rivals rankings for 2019

 Posted by at 11:39 AM on April 20, 2018  Comments Off on Carey tops Wiseman in latest Rivals rankings for 2019
Apr 202018
 

Carey

There’s a clear two-way battle for the top spot in the basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2019.

Rivals.com’s latest rankings, released Thursday, kept Vernon Carey with the No. 1 ranking, edging out fellow high school big man James Wiseman.

Carey — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — is ranked No. 2 behind Wiseman in the most recent 247Sports and ESPN rankings for the 2019 class, but Rivals.com has had him in the top spot for a while.

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Calipari not meeting with Vernon Carey on Monday

 Posted by at 11:23 AM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on Calipari not meeting with Vernon Carey on Monday
Apr 162018
 

Carey

John Calipari will not meet with top basketball recruit Vernon Carey on Monday, as had been previously reported, according to college basketball analyst Adam Zagoria.

Calipari did meet with Carey — a 6-foot-10 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — last week, and Kentucky remains one of the schools on his list. Carey is the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Other schools on his list include Duke, Miami and Michigan State. Carey averaged 26.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while leading his team to a state title this past season.

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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
 

Carey

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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