Crystal Ball: Clemson gets picks for Zion Williamson

 Posted by at 10:24 AM on November 15, 2017  Comments Off on Crystal Ball: Clemson gets picks for Zion Williamson
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Update: Zion Williamson will not sign during the early period.

Clemson has been talked about as a school to watch in Zion Williamson’s recruitment for weeks, and the Tigers are finally getting some momentum on the top prospect’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

Several pro-Clemson predictions have been logged on Williamson’s page this week, including a big one from national recruiting insider Andrew Slater on Wednesday. Slater is the top-ranked recruiting analyst in the Crystal Ball standings for the class of 2018. He also covered Williamson’s season opener in South Carolina on Tuesday night.

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Busy week of visits for top UK target Zion Williamson

 Posted by at 12:03 PM on November 1, 2017  Comments Off on Busy week of visits for top UK target Zion Williamson
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As reported earlier this week, UK assistant coach Joel Justus was in South Carolina on Tuesday to visit five-star recruit Zion Williamson, who is arguably the Wildcats’ top target in the 2018 class.

Justus won’t be the only coach seeing Williamson this week.

Clemson was also in to see the in-state target Tuesday, and coaches from Duke, Kansas and North Carolina are all expected to see Williamson on Wednesday. Though the 6-foot-6 small forward has not set a date for his college announcement, there is a chance he could sign with a school during the early period, which ends Nov. 15.

Kentucky is currently the leader on Williamson’s 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

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UK coach planning to see Zion Williamson on Tuesday

 Posted by at 5:30 PM on October 30, 2017  Comments Off on UK coach planning to see Zion Williamson on Tuesday
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A UK assistant coach is expected to be in South Carolina on Tuesday to see top recruit Zion Williamson, the Herald-Leader has learned.

Williamson — a 6-foot-6 small forward from Spartanburg, S.C. — is the No. 1 overall player in the 247Sports rankings for the class of 2018, and he’s the No. 2 player nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings. He’s arguably UK’s top remaining target for next year’s recruiting class.

Duke is expected to visit Williamson on Wednesday.

Williamson has narrowed his recruiting list to Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Clemson and South Carolina, and he has taken visits to all six of those schools this fall. He could make a college decision in time for the fall signing period, which ends Nov. 15.

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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
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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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Quickley projected as No. 6 pick in NBA Draft

 Posted by at 10:14 AM on September 29, 2017  Comments Off on Quickley projected as No. 6 pick in NBA Draft
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If ESPN’s latest NBA Draft projection comes true, UK’s only basketball commitment for the class of 2018 will be in Lexington for only one season.

Immanuel Quickley is the No. 6 pick in ESPN’s new mock draft for 2019, posted by draft analyst Jonathan Givony on Friday morning. Quickley is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 8 overall prospect in the 2018 class and committed to UK last week.

The rest of the mock draft is heavy on UK players and recruiting targets.

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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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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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Zion Williamson’s official visit schedule almost full

 Posted by at 9:57 AM on September 13, 2017  Comments Off on Zion Williamson’s official visit schedule almost full
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With Rivals.com analyst Corey Evans’ report late Tuesday night that Zion Williamson has scheduled official visits for Kentucky and Kansas, the electric five-star recruit from the 2018 class is nearly set in his fall plans.

Williamson — a 6-foot-6 small forward from Spartanburg, S.C. — is now slated to take official visits to Kentucky (Sept. 22), Kansas (Sept. 30), Duke (Oct. 22) and UCLA (Oct. 27).

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Zion Williamson schedules two official visits

 Posted by at 12:18 PM on September 11, 2017  Comments Off on Zion Williamson schedules two official visits
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Zion Williamson — the No. 1 overall recruit in the 247Sports rankings for the class of 2018 — has scheduled two official visits.

Williamson wrote in his USA Today blog Monday that he will visit Duke on the weekend of Oct. 20 and UCLA the weekend of Oct. 27. The 6-foot-6 small forward from Spartanburg, S.C. is expected to use one of his other three official visits on a trip to UK, and the date of Big Blue Madness (Oct. 13) remains open on his calendar.

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New UK basketball targets rise in updated rankings

 Posted by at 10:44 AM on August 23, 2017  Comments Off on New UK basketball targets rise in updated rankings
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The new ESPN 100 basketball rankings for the class of 2018 were released Wednesday morning, and R.J. Barrett has moved past Zion Williamson and into the No. 1 spot.

A couple of players who have moved up on UK’s recruiting radar in recent weeks also received rankings bumps.

Simi Shittu — a 6-9 forward from Canada — is now the No. 6 overall prospect in the 2018 class. Shittu does not yet have an “official” scholarship offer from Kentucky, but John Calipari flew to Canada to watch him play recently and the versatile prospect is expected to land that offer as soon as he visits Lexington, a trip that could happen very soon.

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