The Herald-Leader asked national basketball recruiting analysts from 247Sports, Rivals.com, ESPN and The Athletic to weigh in on the recruitments of James Wiseman, Jaden McDaniels and other UK targets for 2019.
UK football assistant Vince Marrow recently took on a larger role in the program’s in-state recruiting efforts, and the Cats are now among the finalists for Wandale Robinson and several stars from Louisville.
Among the many intriguing freshmen on Kentucky’s football team, incoming tight ends Brenden Bates and Keaton Upshaw could play right away for the Wildcats, says ace recruiter and position coach Vince Marrow.
When Pendleton County star Dontaie Allen signs to play men’s basketball at Kentucky in November, he will be the 13th recruited scholarship player to choose UK in the 21st century. The track record of the 12 who have gone before is mixed at best.
Pendleton County wing Dontaie Allen committed to UK for the 2019 class less than 24 hours after taking a recruiting visit to Lexington and following a big summer with his M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs basketball team.
The decommitment of DJ Jeffries this week was seen as a positive development for Memphis and a blow to UK’s chances with top basketball recruit James Wiseman, but that might not be the case, says Evan Daniels.
The recruitments of most of the top 25 basketball players in the 2019 class are likely to be settled over the next several weeks. Kentucky, Duke, Memphis, Indiana and Kansas are all in the mix for many of them.
Western Hills football star Wandale Robinson received his official scholarship offers from all six of the schools on his final list — Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Purdue — on Wednesday.
The July recruiting period for college basketball is finished, and the next few weeks will be filled with official visits, trimmed-down lists, Crystal Ball predictions and more for UK and other top schools.
DJ Jeffries, one of the top basketball recruits in the 2019 class, announced Monday that he is no longer committed to Kentucky. Jeffries played for Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway on the Nike circuit.
Pendleton County basketball star Dontaie Allen, who has emerged as a serious UK recruiting target with his play for M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs this summer, will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky on Wednesday.