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2015 Basketball Recruiting

UK not contacted yet about recruits in UL scandal

Kentucky may have a part to play in the allegations currently plaguing Louisville with former recruits Antonio Blakeney and Montrezl Harrell being named in Breaking Cardinal Rules.

Quickies: Preseason Basketball Audio and Video

The football season has been excting and it is far from over, but we are going to focus on basketball for a minute. I promise we will talk a lot about football. Pinky swear.

John Calipari's Latest Recruiting Manifesto

Who wants to be next?

Jamal Murray Adds Another Dimension to 'Cats

John Calipari will again have the top recruiting class in the nation with the addition of Jamal Murray. He should also have the preseason No. 1 team, and here's why.

Isaiah Briscoe and the Instagram Generation

The newest Kentucky Wildcats point gaurd's skills aren't just limited to the court as John Calipari's newest point gaurd shows his philosophical side.

Tariq Sbiet Talks Jamal Murray with A Sea of Blue

A Canadian recruiting insider gives us a little insight on Jamal Murray.

Jamal Murray Visiting Kentucky Today

Jamal Murray would be the best guard in the 2015 class if he reclassifies and a game changer for John Calipari if he commits to Kentucky.

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Kentucky offers LaGerald Vick

According to multiple sources, Kentucky has offered a scholarship to 6‘5" wing LaGerald Vick. Vick is a late bloomer from Memphis who, after decommitting from SMU, was thought to be headed to prep school to join the 2016 class, but will apparently be eligible for 2015. The Kansas St. Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks, and Kentucky Wildcats are said to be the finalists for his services with Kentucky and Kansas considered to be the favorites. Vick is ranked #137 in 2016 and a 3-star, but Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi says ($$) he would be an unranked 4-star in 2015. 247Sports.com has already ranked him a 4-star. He is a good perimeter shooter and plenty athletic enough to play for any major program including Kentucky. Make no mistake, Vick would be a major addition to Kentucky’s class and might even have a bigger impact offensively than Charles Matthews. He’s that good.

The Curious Case of the 2015 Recruiting Class

Spurning traditional powers for historical medicority was a trend in 2015.

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Caleb Swanigan Is Back On The Market, Can Kentucky Draw His Interest?

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You never know when opportunity might knock this time of year. McDonald’s All-American big man, Caleb Swanigan, has decommitted from Michigan State. It’s pretty rare for Tom Izzo to lose a commitment, and Kentucky was definitely among those vying for Swanigan’s serves before he committed last month to MSU. The thing is though that Kentucky was just one of a number of big-name schools on his list, and he never even took a visit here. He did, however, visit Duke, and Duke was higher on his list than Kentucky by some calculations. Purdue and, believe it or not, California, are considered high on his list. What a recruiting coup it would be if Cuonzo Martin landed him — that would propel Cal past Kentucky in the recruiting rankings. Make no mistake, Swanigan is just the kind of player Kentucky could use. UK currently lacks bulk in the paint, and Swanigan could provide that at 6‘9", 265#. He’s a very good player, and whoever gets him is going to get a major boost.

On The 2015 Recruiting Class And Next Season

Kentucky has sufficient talent to win it all next season, but their margin for error is thin.

Jaylen Brown is a California Golden Bear

The final member of the 2015 McDonald's class surprises everyone and picks Cuonzo Martin's team.

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Mychal Mulder Dunks On James Young Back In 2013

Well, this is kind of a blast from the past. We all know how good James Young was. Here’s a video where Young tried to size up the newest Wildcat commit Mychal Mulder for a block, and got posterized for his trouble. Mulder seems to have just a little bit of game, and is two years older now than he was then. His athleticism is clearly underrated.

Cheick Diallo Picks Kansas

2015 big man Cheick Diallo picked blue, all right, but not Kentucky blue.

Mychal Mulder Is A Wildcat

As expected, Vincennes transfer Mychal Mulder will be coming UK next year.

Ingram Picks Duke

Kentucky loses Brandon Ingram to the Blue Devils, but still have opportunities for 2015.

BREAKING: Malik Newman is a Bulldog

You win some, you lose some.

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Incoming Kentucky Wildcat Skal Labissier Ranked #1 By Rivals.com

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Skal Labissiere is now reckoned to be the #1 recruit by Rivals.com. Believe it or not, this is only John Calipari’s 2nd #1 Rivals.com recruit, the first being John Wall back in 2009. In retrospect, it’s really hard to believe Anthony Davis was only #2 and not #1. Former #1 Ben Simmons (LSU) is now ranked #2. Kentucky now has the #1 (Labissiere), #10 (Isaiah Briscoe) and #48 (Charles Matthews) ranked recruits in the 2015 class according to Rivals. UK is still involved with a number of highly ranked recruits, most of them in the Rivals.com top ten including Thon Maker (9), Cheik Diallo (5), Brandon Ingram (4) and Jaylen Brown (3).

Everyone Out There in Big Blue Nation: R-E-L-A-X

At first glance, it would appear that the 2015 recruiting class is in danger of coming up dry and leaving BBN with thoughts of a 2013 repeat. Dig a little deeper and you will feel better about it.

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Malik Newman Will Announce His College Choice On Friday. Kentucky, Mississippi St. Favorites

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The dominoes are continuing to fall. Malik Newman has already said that he won’t sign a National Letter of Intent, but he is going to choose between Kentucky, Mississippi State, Kansas, Ole Miss, LSU and North Carolina St. Those are all still listed as his finalists, and as far as I know, that hasn’t changed. I have no idea who he will pick, but the street right now seems to think Ben Howland’s hiring at Mississippi State had made them the favorite. 247 Sorts has Kentucky at 45% to obtain his services with MSU close behind at 36%. Ken Pomeroy’s algorithm ($) says Kentucky is 74% to win his services (note that this hasn’t been updated for a few days). Take that all for what it’s worth, which is not too much. UK could surely use another guard the quality of Newman, and a 3-guard starting lineup would not be out of the question for UK, especially if they don’t get another big man. I like Newman’s athleticism and his skill, and while he does bring some shooting, he tends to be streaky from long range — he either makes them all and drops 30 on you, or he misses most of them and goes 1-8. You can never really tell. Newman’s a menace in transition and off the bounce, and he has blow-by ability with his first step. He can play both with and off the ball, and that versatility is extremely useful. Final thought — UK really hasn’t had a truly guard-heavy team in the Calipari era. It would be really interesting to see what one would look like.

A Snapshot of the 2015/2016 Wildcats

What do the 'Cats have right now and what could they add?

How To Watch the Jordan Brand Classic

The Jordan Brand Classic is tonight. Here's what you need to know.

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Kentucky National Signing Day 2015: Therrell Gosier (WR) Is a Wildcat

Big 6'6" Therrell Gosier recently decommitted from Miami, and is now a Wildcat Rivals page is here, Hudl highlights here.

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Kentucky National Signing Day 2015: Will Jackson (Ath) Is A Wildcat

Jackson is a Rivals.com 2-star who was a bit of a surprise. His Rivals page is here and his Hudl highlights are here.

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Coach Cal Reportedly Interested in Greek Player

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To me, this has a lot of Enes Kanter earmarks, but at least now, we have some idea what the NCAA will and will not allow. This kid does have some skills, and if Calipari is actually interested, that’s all I need to know about how he can play the game. Whether or not he can get past the NCAA eligibility process is another question altogether. Read the article and I think you’ll see why I say that.

2015 Carlton Bragg Picks Kansas

2015 big man Carlton Bragg picked Kansas over Kentucky and Illinois today.

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Blakeney's Decision Day

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This seems ever so slightly overwrought to me. Blakeney is a good player, but I think Calipari is focusing on Malik Newman at this point. If Blakeney picks UK, that's great, but I'm betting on LSU. I don't think Mizzou has enough to offer right now, but you can never tell about these young guys.

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Kentucky Now #1 Class Per ESPN

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Well, that didn't take long.

2015 #1 Point Guard, Isaiah Briscoe, Chooses Cats!

Kentucky takes a big leap in the recruiting rankings by landing the Rivals.com #9 and #4 players back-to-back.

Skal Labissiere is a Wildcat!

Kentucky signs their highest-ranked recruit of the 2015 season, and the second commitment overall.

John Calipari's Important Week in Recruiting

With one commit thus far in the class of 2015, Coach Cal has some work to do. There might not be a more important week than this one.

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Stephen Zimmerman (UK 2015 recruit) shows off his range

Seven-footers that can shoot are so valuable to a basketball team, and Stephen Zimmerman can shoot. Hat tip: NextCats