Category: Recruiting

Quade Green gives Kentucky 4th commitment in 10 days

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From no commitments, to four commitments, head coach John Calipari and UK basketball have had quite a good 10-day stretch on the recruiting front capped off by the commitment of Quade Green.

Green, a five-star point guard according to 247Sports, announced his commitment to the program on Saturday night joining Nick Richards, P.J. Washington and Shai Alexander in the Cats’ 2017 recruiting class.

 A Philadelphia native, Green is listed at 6’1” and is rated as the 24th best player in his class as well as the fourth best point guard in the 2017 class.

Green was said to have signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday, the final day of the fall signing period, but announced where he had signed Saturday night and picked UK over Syracuse and Villanova.

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Kentucky expected to land first commitments for the 2017 class on Thursday

John Calipari - photo by Walter Cornett
John Calipari – photo by Walter Cornett

Three high school basketball prospects who have been on Kentucky’s priority list for months will announce their college decisions Thursday, and the Wildcats look to be in good shape with at least two of them.

Nick Richards — a 6-foot-11 center from Queens, N.Y. — will go first, scheduled to announce his college choice at 2 p.m., at his high school, The Patrick School in New Jersey.

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De’Aaron Fox

Kentucky recruit De’Aaron Fox invited UK fan to his in-home visit with John Calipari

Last night John Calipari was in Houston, visiting De’Aaron Fox, who may just be the best lead guard in a class overloaded with talented floor generals. Cal’s visit is a story in and of itself, but what happened during the visit is much more interesting that the visit itself.

You see, Fox invited a classmate of his to the visit, a student named Seth Barnett. Barnett is a diehard Kentucky fan, his family relocating to Texas when Seth’s dad got a job there.

De’Aaron Fox
De’Aaron Fox
Isaac Humphries

7-footer Isaac Humphries to enroll at Kentucky for 2015-2016 season

Isaac Humphries
Isaac Humphries

Australian 7-footer Isaac Humphries will reclass and enroll at Kentucky for the 2015-16 season, former La Lumiere (IN) associate head coach Brad Johnstin confirmed to SNY.tv.

Scout.com reported Humphries will be on campus this weekend and will move in on Sunday.

The addition of Humphries marks the second huge late recruiting coup for head coach John Calipari, who previously got Canadian point guard Jamal Murray to reclass to 2015 and commit to the Wildcats.

“He’ll be an impact guy from Day 1,” one Australian source who has followed Humphries for quite some time told SNY.tv. “He’ll surprise some people.”

The source added: “Isaac is a 2-year guy at Kentucky. More than likely he declares in 2017.”

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Sacha Killeya-Jones

2016 forward Sacha Killeya-Jones commits to Kentucky and John Calipari

Sacha Killeya-Jones
Sacha Killeya-Jones

Kentucky has landed their second commitment for the Class of 2016, as four-star forward Sacha Killeya-Jones has announced that he will be a Wildcat in college.

“I know going to play for Coach Cal at Kentucky means I will be playing against great players in practice,” he told ESPN.com. “That’s what I was looking for, because it will help me develop as a player and prepare me for the games. I know I have to earn my playing time.”

Killeya-Jones, who goes to high school in southern Virginia, originally committed to Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers but reopened his recruitment in early June. He had some impressive performances at camps that month, and his recruitment really took off in July.

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The nation’s top player in the nation for 2016 will attend Big Blue Madness

Harry Giles - photo from Phenomhoopreport.com
Harry Giles – photo from Phenomhoopreport.com

Two more top sophomore basketball prospects – the nation’s top player and the state’s top player in 2016 –  are on the list of recruiting visitors for the University of Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness for Friday night.

North Carolina power forward Harry Giles, who is ranked No. 1 by Scout.com and 247Sports.com, tweeted on Thursday evening that he’d attend Madness – making him arguably the most highly regarded prospect on the entire star-studded visitors list. Giles, who didn’t play this past summer while recovering from a knee injury, is one of just three sophomores to hold a UK scholarship offer. In-state powers North Carolina and Duke shape up as some of Kentucky’s strongest competition in Giles’ recruitment.

The other new addition to the Madness guest list is four-star Taylor County guard Quentin Goodin, who tweeted on Friday morning that he’ll visit.

It’ll be Goodin’s second visit to UK in the past month. The nation’s No. 42 prospect by 247Sports.com, Goodin doesn’t have a scholarship offer from UK. He does hold offers from Indiana, Western Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, UAB, Northern Kentucky, Oklahoma State and Samford.

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Canadian guard Jamal Murray headed to Kentucky

Jamal Murray - Getty Images
Jamal Murray – Getty Images

After a few kicks to the gut, Kentucky basketball’s 2015 recruiting class finally got a shot in the arm.

Five-star guard Jamal Murray of Kitchener — a late reclassification from the Class of 2016 — on Wednesday picked the Wildcats over Oregon, rounding out UK’s 2015 class and setting up a strong backcourt for 2015-16.

Jamal Murray gives Kentucky another playmaker in a loaded backcourt.

“Murray is a scoring guard who can play either on the point or off the ball,”Rivals National Recruiting Analyst Eric Bossi said. “He shoots it well from deep, has a good build that allows him to finish through contact and he’s got a reasonable feel as a passer and decision maker.”

Murray announced his decision on TSN’s SportsCentre, similar to ESPN’s American SportsCenter.

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Jamal Murray

National analyst predicting major recruiting catch for Kentucky

Jamal Murray
Jamal Murray

Things often change fast in the world of basketball recruiting, and the latest shakeup could be a huge plus for Kentucky.

247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer had predicted Oregon as the most likely destination for Canadian combo guard Jamal Murray for months. On Monday night, it was reported that Murray was on an official visit to Kentucky, and Meyer subsequently changed his “Crystal Ball” pick to UK.

Murray is considered the No. 9 overall prospect in the class of 2016 by 247Sports, but he is contemplating a move to 2015 that would allow him to play college basketball next season.

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Kentucky recruits nominated for McDonald’s All-American Game

Mcdonalds All American LogoThe Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball programs are well represented in the newly released nominations for the McDonald’s All-American Game, but one of the Cats’ biggest signees will not be at this year’s event.

Men’s signees Isaiah Briscoe and Charles Matthews both made the list of preliminary nominations, which includes hundreds of high school seniors. Briscoe is likely to make the final roster, and Matthews, a Chicago native, is making a case to play in his hometown showcase with his recent performances on the court.

As expected, five-star UK signee Skal Labissiere was not among the players nominated. Labissiere is playing his senior season with Reach Your Dream Prep (Tenn.) after a transfer flap last summer.

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