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Kentucky is set to visit 2020 five-star guard Johnny Juzang

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As the 2019-20 roster is starting to take shape, the Kentucky coaching staff is slowly ramping up its recruiting efforts for the class of 2020.

After visiting several big-name five-star prospects over the last few weeks, Kentucky is now set to visit with 2020 five-star guard Johnny Juzang over the next few days, per Evan Daniels of 247 Sports.

Juzang, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard out of Studio City, CA, is considered a consensus top-25 prospect in the class of 2020. ESPN lists him as the No. 19 overall prospect in the class, while Rivals has him at No. 22 and 247 Sports lists him at No. 24 overall.

While Kentucky has not extended a scholarship offer yet, Juzang holds offers from Kansas, Virginia, UCLA, and USC, among several others.

247 Sports’ scouting analysis likes what the 6-foot-7 prospect has to offer, highlighting his length and shooting ability.

“Scoring wing with good size and long arms,” the report says. “Shoot-first but much improved efficiency. Big time threat off the dribble as a shooter from both midrange and three. Can knock down threes in bunches from perimeter and also has a strong one- and two-dribble pull-up game. Can get to the basket but is most comfortable scoring with his jumper. Size, length and athleticism give him upside as versatile defender. Can improve shot selection and handle. Projects as productive high major wing with NBA upside due to his shot making ability at his size.”

Kentucky has offered ten prospects in 2020, with each of them ranked by their respective positions below:

PG: Jeremy Roach, Sharife Cooper

SG: Jalen Green, BJ Boston

CG: RJ Hampton

SF: Jalen Johnson, Scottie Barnes

PF: Isaiah Todd

C: Cliff Omoruyi, N’Faly Dante

Check out Juzang’s highlights below:

Episode one of his MarsReel documentary released yesterday afternoon, as well:


Kentucky to visit five-star forward Matthew Hurt today

Jake Weingarten, of Stockrisers, is reporting that head coach John Calipari will have an in-home visit today with five star prospect Matthew Hurt.

Hurt is a 6’8 forward from Rochester, Minnesota. The almost 19 year old is a consensus top ten player in the class of 2019 and is rated as the #2 PF.

It is widely speculated that the decision is down to either Duke, Kentucky or Kansas. Currently, his Crystal Ball has Duke as the favorite with 64% of the guesses.

When on KSR earlier this week, Evan Daniels said that his pick of Duke was not because he had heard something that “guaranteed” it to happen and was strictly a guess. Most experts seem to be taking the same mentality with the Minnesota native.

If Kentucky is the choice when he makes his college decision in a few days, the Cats will pick up only the second player in program history from the state of Minnesota. Obviously the first is Reid Travis, but who knew the state of Minnesota was turning into a feeding ground of college basketball stars.

Hurt would fill a massive need on next season’s team. While the guard play has a potential to be really good, the front court is not as deep and will rely heavily on the advancement in the game of both EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards.

You can watch Hurt work below:

Be sure to follow KSR’s recruiting expert Jack Pilgrim on Twitter. He has been following this recruitment closely and routinely will post both site and social media updates.

@GormleyKSR


2020 five-star guard BJ Boston hosts Kentucky for in-home visit

Photo Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Where in the world is Kentucky head coach John Calipari today?

We have our answer.

According to Corey Evans of Rivals.com, 2020 five-star shooting guard BJ Boston hosted Calipari on an in-home visit in Norcross, GA.

Boston, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard and a consensus top-10 junior, is one of just ten prospects in the class of 2020 with an offer from Kentucky.

Calipari also offered four-star center Cliff Omoruyi while in New Jersey yesterday afternoon.

Outside of UK, the Norcross native also holds scholarships from Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Auburn, Alabama, Florida, and Memphis, among others.

As of today, Duke holds the lead on his Crystal Ball on 247 Sports with all four picks, including predictions from recruiting insiders Jerry Meyer and Andrew Slater.

247 Sports’ official prospect analysis lists Boston as a “long” athlete with “good athleticism and a natural feel for the game.”

“A long athlete who is still growing,” the analysis says. “Has good athleticism and a natural feel for the game. Lack of strength needs to improve, especially to be effective long term on the defensive end. Terrific scorer who is effective at all three levels. Has a nose for the ball and the length to be a dangerous rebounder. Has tremendous upside, which makes him a potential lottery pick.”

Here are just a few of Boston’s most recent highlights:


Photo via McCracken County Sheriff's Office

AAU coach arrested for knocking referee unconscious in Paducah

Photo via McCracken County Sheriff’s Office

Things got real at the Paducah Sports Plex Saturday night, where a basketball coach was arrested for knocking a referee unconscious at an AAU event.

It all started when Kenyon Menifield, a 40-year-old AAU coach from Flint, Michigan, got into a disagreement with Kenny Culp, a 60-year-old referee. According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, when Culp turned to walk away, Menifield allegedly punched him, knocking him unconscious. Menifield then fled the area and was taken into custody at a nearby hotel. He was charged with assault of a sports official, a Class A misdemeanor.

According to one of Culp’s friends, Amy Childers Cardwell, Culp made $20 for officiating the game, which he planned to use to help pay his family’s medical bills. Michael Bone, another friend of Culp’s, posted pictures of the injuries on Facebook:

Asking for all to pray for my friend Kenny. He and I officiate basketball together. Kenny was working a AAU game and was…

Posted by Michael Bone on Sunday, April 7, 2019

Nation of Blue shared a Facebook post by Menifield, who has since made his profile private, in which he claimed Culp used a racial slur but apologized for his actions.

How that’s only a misdemeanor is beyond me.