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Major recruiting analyst predicts Isaiah Todd to Kentucky

Major recruiting analyst predicts Isaiah Todd to Kentucky

Photo: Kelly Kline/Under Armour

If you take the word of at least one major recruiting analyst, Kentucky is expected to land one of the most talented prospects in the class of 2020, five-star forward Isaiah Todd.

Image result for isaiah todd Isaiah Todd (2020)
Power Forward | 6-10 | 195 lbs.Richmond, VA| Trinity Academy Of Raleigh

AAU: Team Loaded VA

ESPN No. 8 | 4 PF Top247 No. 18 | 3 PF
Rivals No. 15 | 2 C 247 Comp. No. 13 | 2 PF

Evan Daniels of 247 Sports, one of the most connected recruiting insiders in the game, made a Crystal Ball pick for Todd in favor of the Cats.

Corey Evans of Rivals.com also listed Kentucky among the four main competitors for Todd’s services should he decide to make the jump to 2019.

He does, however, believe North Carolina is the team to beat as of today.

“By making such a move, the four programs that stand the best chance with him consist of Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma State and UNC,” he said. “UK has yet to offer, but there is a chance that he could visit Lexington before the college season wraps up. Until then, the Tar Heels may be the program to beat. He has visited the campus a handful of times this winter and the assets that he possesses are the exact traits that the Tar Heels are looking for with the potential losses of Nassir Little, Cam Johnson and Luke Maye in mind.”

Sources have told KSR over the last several weeks that Todd was leaning toward reclassifying to the class of 2019, with Kentucky being a prime candidate for his commitment if that jump were to happen. With Kentucky’s options dwindling down in the class of 2019, I’m told Todd would be one of their top targets to close out this recruiting class.

As mentioned in the Monday Insider Notes, we’ll learn more about Todd’s recruitment and his reclassification status when his season ends next week (at the latest).

Until then, you can watch his highlights here:

Come on down, big fella.


LIVE: Watch Anthony Edwards’ announcement

Photo: USA Today

Watch Anthony Edwards’ decision live via the stream below.

The YouTube account is UGASports, which isn’t a good omen, but we’ll see.

Or you can watch it on CBSSports.com here.


Today On KSR: It’s Anthony Edwards Decision Day

Photo: Alyssa Trofort/Under Armour

One of the top-ranked high school basketball players in America, Anthony Edwards, is moments away from announcing his decision to the world. Edwards is all set to choose between Kentucky, Georgia and Florida State, and though most of the buzz has been around Georgia, Kentucky is still very much in the hunt. In fact, Edwards even shouted “Kentucky commit” during a late Sunday night live video on Instagram.

So will it be Kentucky or was he trolling Big Blue Nation? We’ll find out very soon.

 

John Calipari will speak to the media later today.

Fresh off a hard-fought victory down at Mississippi State, John Calipari will hold a press conference prior to Kentucky’s Monday afternoon practice in the Joe Craft Center to look back on the win and ahead to tomorrow night’s game against LSU.

We will have the live stream here on KSR at 2 p.m. followed by a recap of his comments.

Kentucky will likely stay put in this week’s rankings.

Despite pulling off a win at almost-ranked Mississippi State, Kentucky will likely remain at No. 5 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls when they’re released later today. It’d be nice to jump fourth-ranked Gonzaga, but with the Zags’ wins over San Francisco and Saint Mary’s by a combined 74 points, the leap will probably have to wait another week.

Did you see the new edition of The Journey? It came out last night.

Chapter 23 of your favorite web series is here.

Three brief observations:

1. During halftime, Calipari accurately predicted Mississippi State’s two second-half runs.

2. Tyler Herro’s three-pointer looks even better in slow-mo. What a shot.

3. In the locker room after the game, Coach Cal immediately called out PJ Washington for having only three rebounds, rather than celebrating the victory. It’s clear he is going to push and push Washington and then push some more to make sure he is getting the best out of who he believes is the best player in the country.

If The Journey wasn’t enough behind-the-scenes Kentucky for you…

The Cats will be featured on SEC Inside.

Monday night’s episode of SEC Inside will follow Kentucky basketball in (I believe) the events surrounding last week’s game against South Carolina.

The show will air twice tonight: once at 9 p.m. and again at 11 p.m. on the SEC Network.

No Matt Jones on today’s show.

Matt took a long weekend to visit the Big Apple, so it will be Ryan Lemond and I driving the KSR radio show today. We will be joined by Kyle Tucker in the first hour and then Michael Bennett–yes, Michael Bennett–will make his official KSR debut in the second. Tune in as we recap the weekend and talk about stuff.


2020 top-five guard RJ Hampton cuts list to five, includes Kentucky

2020 top-five guard RJ Hampton cuts list to five, includes Kentucky

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To celebrate his 18th birthday, 2020 five-star guard RJ Hampton decided to make the first major step forward in his recruitment by trimming his list down to five.

RJ Hampton (2020)
Combo Guard | 6-5 | 190 lbs.
Little Elm, TX | Little Elm
AAU: Mudiay Elite
ESPN No. 5 | 1 PG Top247 No. 6 | 1 CG
Rivals No. 5 | 1 PG 247 Comp. No. 6 | 1 CG

The final schools in contention? Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Memphis, and TCU.

He announced his final list in a tweet this afternoon:

Those five schools shouldn’t come as a surprise. Kentucky, Kansas, and Memphis are the three schools that have received official visits for the elite guard, while Duke and TCU have also received unofficial visits.

Now that he has focused his recruitment on five schools, things are about to get interesting.

Sources tell KSR that while the narrative out there is that Duke may have a slight lead, all five schools in contention have a shot and Hampton is going to play out this process with an open mind.

When he does dive into the nitty gritty of things, I’m told Kentucky will be right in the thick of things until the end. The entire Hampton family is very fond of John Calipari and his sales pitch, which yes, continues to be the ever-popular “Kentucky isn’t for everyone” mindset. With the elite scoring guard being one of the toughest competitors in all of high school basketball, they embrace the fact that nothing would be handed to him at Kentucky and it won’t be easy.

The next interesting aspect of Hampton’s recruitment is when he’ll actually be playing college basketball. His name has been thrown around in reclassification rumors over the last several months, and while it’s not a certainty by any stretch, sources tell KSR it is in consideration for the elite prospect.

We’ll have more on Hampton’s recruitment on the Monday Insider Notes, and KSR’s Aaron Torres will also be back next week with his own big update on Hampton, so be on the look-out for that.

For now, though, you can watch his most recent highlight tape below:

Come on down, RJ.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 120: Recruiting with Corey Evans + How Many Teams can Actually Win the Title?

It’s a new episode of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, as Aaron welcomes on recruiting guru Corey Evans to discuss the best high school prospects remaining in the 2019 class. Who will commit and to what schools? But first, Aaron talks about the happenings around college basketball, including a wild story at Arizona. Here’s a rundown of the show:

Is Sean Miller about to get fired? On Wednesday night, a wild story came out about MORE controversy at Arizona, this one involving grade changes for Shareef O’Neal. Aaron breaks down what it means, and why he believes this will ultimately end up as the final straw for Sean Miller at Arizona. Also, Aaron transitions away from Arizona and asks a simple question:

How many teams can win the national championship? It isn’t as many as you think.

Recruiting guru Corey Evans joins the show: Rivals.com’s Corey Evans joins the show to talk all things recruiting. Anthony Edwards commits on Monday — is Tom Crean REALLY going to get the No. 1 player in America?

Kentucky Recruiting Updates — What is the latest on Matthew Hurt? Does Kentucky have any chance of getting Jaden McDaniels out of the Pacific Northwest? And finally, who are the players in the class of 2020 who are most likely to reclassify?

Get the podcast delivered directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.  You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  Don’t forget to follow the show on Instagram too.


Anthony Edwards cancels official visit to North Carolina

Evan Daniels of 247Sports is reporting tonight that consensus top 3 overall player in the class of 2019, Anthony Edwards has canceled his official visit to North Carolina. Earlier this week, Edwards cut his list of schools down to Kentucky, Florida State, Georgia, and North Carolina.

It doesn’t appear that there are plans as of right now for Edwards to reschedule his North Carolina visit, which is only good news for the three other teams on his list. Edwards has widely been regarded as a Florida State lean, but recent reports have given analysts feelings that other schools are closing the gap, most notably Georgia. The Kentucky staff really liked how his visit went to Lexington a few weeks back, but the verdict’s still out if a team can overtake the top spot from the Seminoles. I’m sure Jack will have more on his recruiting post later this week, so it will be interesting to hear more details on this development.

If you’re unfamiliar with Edwards, check out some highlights below:

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