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Confirmed Big Blue Madness visitor list grows to ten

Two more visitors have been added to the confirmed Big Blue Madness visitor list, which now sits at ten total prospects.

Kentucky will now host at least three prospects in each of the upcoming 2020, 2021, and 2022 recruiting classes.

For 2020, the star of the show is No. 2 prospect Cade Cunningham, with UK commitments Terrence Clarke and Lance Ware also confirmed to be in attendance. Four-star forward and Bardstown’s own JJ Traynor will also be in Lexington for the event on an unofficial visit.

Cunningham, Kentucky’s top guard target in the class of 2020, received a visit from John Calipari at his school on Monday, sparking significant UK buzz in his recruitment over the past several days. The 6-foot-7 guard out of Arlington, TX is down to Kentucky, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Florida, and Washington, with the Wildcats, Cowboys, and Tar Heels seen as the current favorites.

Traynor, a 6-foot-8, 180-pound forward out of Bardstown, KY, received a visit from UK assistant Kenny Payne last month and took an unofficial to UK last week. The top-100 prospect and No. 1 recruit in the state of Kentucky has not earned a scholarship from the school at this time, though one is expected in the near future. Traynor has not cut his list, though Kentucky, Louisville, Western Kentucky, and Cincinnati are seen as the top contenders in his recruitment.

Clarke, the No. 4 prospect in the class of 2020, and Ware, the No. 33 recruit in the nation (247Sports), both committed to Kentucky back in September.

As for the class of 2021, top-ten forwards Paolo Banchero (official) and Moussa Cisse (unofficial) lead the way, with four-star forward Trey Kaufman also in attendance on an unofficial.

Banchero, ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation (Rivals) and considered a consensus top-four prospect in the class of 2021, recently trimmed his list down to ten. Those in contention? Kentucky, Washington, Duke, Tennessee, Gonzaga, North Carolina, Michigan, Baylor, Georgetown, and Memphis.

Cisse, the No. 9 prospect in the junior class, received an offer from Kentucky back on September 30 when John Calipari visited him at his school. The 6-foot-9, 200-pound Memphis, TN native holds confirmed offers from Kentucky, Connecticut, Georgia, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, Memphis, and Ole Miss, with the Tigers currently seen as the favorite.

As for Kaufman, he doesn’t currently hold an offer from Kentucky, though UK assistant coach Joel Justus made the trip to Sellersburg, IN to watch the four-star forward at his high school. At 6-foot-8, 210 pounds, Kaufman is listed as the No. 29 overall recruit in the class of 2021 on 247Sports and holds offers from Indiana, Lousiville, Xavier, and Purdue, among others.

Finally, top-15 prospect Brandon Miller and four-star point guard Paul McMillan IV will represent the 2022 class, with Eastern High School (Louisville) prospect James Jewell also making his way to Lexington. All three sophomore recruits will be in town on unofficial visits.

Miller, a 6-foot-6, 175-pound small forward out of Antioch, TN, is considered the No. 11 overall prospect in the class of 2022 in the 247Sports Composite rankings. His lone confirmed offer comes from the Tennessee Volunteers.

McMillan, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard out of Cincinnati, OH, currently holds offers from his hometown Cincinnati Bearcats and Xavier Musketeers. 247Sports lists the four-star prospect as the No. 34 recruit and No. 5 overall point guard in the sophomore class.

To close things out, Jewell, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Louisville, KY, is currently unranked among all recruiting services, though he is considered one of the best up-and-coming prospects in the state and has separated himself as the No. 1 player in Kentucky for 2022.

Known for his elite athleticism, length, and motor, Jewell – who played varsity as a freshman last year – averaged 3.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game as a role player off the bench in 2018-19.

Needless to say, it’ll be a busy weekend for the Kentucky basketball program…


Terrence Clarke joins long list of Big Blue Madness visitors

Terrence Clarke joins long list of Big Blue Madness visitors

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Kentucky’s top basketball commitment for the class of 2020 will be on campus this weekend for Big Blue Madness.

Terrence Clarke, a 6-foot-7 guard out of Boston, MA, will be taking his official visit to Lexington from October 11-13.

The No. 4 prospect in the senior class announced the news on his Instagram story this afternoon.

Why is this significant? Because Kentucky is also set to host several other elite prospects this weekend for Big Blue Madness, with 2020 No. 2 prospect Cade Cunningham being the jackpot prize on campus.

Here is a running list of the confirmed Big Blue Madness visitors:

  • 2020 No. 4 prospect and five-star commitment Terrence Clarke (official)
  • 2020 No. 2 prospect and five-star guard Cade Cunningham (official)
  • 2020 four-star forward and Bardstown, KY product JJ Traynor (unofficial)
  • 2021 top-five prospect and five-star forward Paolo Banchero (official)
  • 2021 top-ten prospect and five-star forward Moussa Cisse (unofficial)
  • 2021 top-30 prospect and four-star forward Trey Kaufman (unofficial)
  • 2022 top-15 prospect and five-star forward Brandon Miller (unofficial)
  • 2022 unranked forward and Louisville, KY product James Jewell

Get ready for a wild recruiting weekend, BBN.


The Sources Say Podcast Ep. 8: Devin Askew visits, UK trends for Cade Cunningham, and more

KSR’s Jack Pilgrim is joined by Travis Graf and David Sisk of Cats Illustrated for episode eight of the Sources Say Podcast.

This week, the trio of recruiting insiders discuss Devin Askew’s official visit to Kentucky, John Calipari visiting Cade Cunningham, whether or not UK is trending for the elite guard, and Isaiah Todd cutting UK from his list, among other topics.

A few talking points:

  • Why Kentucky is seen as the runaway favorite to land Askew following his official visit
  • Are the rumors of a silent commitment for Askew true?
  • John Calipari visits Cade Cunningham less than a week before his official visit to Lexington. What does it mean?
  • Is Kentucky trending for Cunningham?
  • Would Askew and Cunningham work together in the same backcourt?
  • Isaiah Todd cuts Kentucky from his list, or was it the other way around?
  • Where does UK go from here in the frontcourt?

Then, Pilgrim, Graf, and Sisk open the mailbag and answer a few fan questions before signing off.

Among the topics:

  • What are the chances Kentucky lands both Cunningham and Askew?
  • Who will join Lance Ware in the UK frontcourt?
  • Is Duke no longer an option for Jonathan Kuminga?
  • Will Paolo Banchero reclassify to 2020, and if so, is Kentucky a serious option?

You can subscribe to the official Sources Say Podcast feed to get the show sent directly to your phone weekly on iTunes right here. Not on iTunes listener? You can also subscribe to the show on Spotify.


SOURCE: John Calipari will visit 2020 No. 2 prospect Cade Cunningham today

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Kentucky head coach John Calipari will be in to see his top guard target in the class of 2020.

Sources told KSR this morning that Calipari will visit 2020 No. 2 prospect Cade Cunningham today, with the 6-foot-7, 215-pound confirming the news to KSR not long after.

Cunningham, the consensus No. 2 prospect in the nation and top overall guard, is scheduled to take his official visit to Lexington this weekend for Big Blue Madness.

This morning in my Pilgrim’s Insider Notes post, I wrote that immediately following 2021 five-star guard Devin Askew’s official visit this past weekend, the UK coaching staff turned its attention to preparing for Cunningham’s upcoming trip to Lexington.

Sources tell KSR that Kentucky is recruiting both Cunningham and Askew for the class of 2020, and there is a puncher’s chance of that scenario coming to fruition. I am told that as soon as Askew’s official visit wrapped up in Lexington, the staff’s recruiting focus shifted entirely to Cunningham’s official visit scheduled for this weekend.

“Next week is the big one,” one source close to the situation told KSR. “[They are] not playing around, going for the kill.”

Cunningham has taken three official visits thus far to Oklahoma State, North Carolina, and Florida, with a trip to Washington also scheduled for Oct. 18 after the five-star guard wraps up his visit to Lexington.

Oklahoma State has long been seen as the runaway favorite to land the Arlington, TX native, though North Carolina and Kentucky have picked up serious momentum in recent weeks.

Check out some of his most recent Nike EYBL highlights below:


Isaiah Todd cuts Kentucky from final list, says school ‘didn’t let him’ take an official

Isaiah Todd cuts Kentucky from final list, says school ‘didn’t let him’ take an official

Another top frontcourt option is off the table for the Kentucky basketball program.

This morning, 2020 five-star forward Isaiah Todd cut his list down to two schools – Michigan and Kansas – excluding the Wildcats, along with North Carolina and Memphis from further consideration.

Todd, a consensus top-15 prospect originally out of Baltimore, MD, also announced that he would be deciding between the schools on October 17.

“I liked all of the schools, but Michigan and Kansas are the two schools that have really been standing out for me,” Todd said in an interview with Jason Jordan of USA Today. “I’ve gotten close with Coach (Bill) Self and Coach (Juwan) Howard, and I know that they can really help me take my game to the next level.”

Kentucky was seen as the heavy favorite this past winter and into the spring, with major speculation coming out at the conclusion of his junior high school season that he would reclassify to the class of 2019 and sign with UK.

After opting to remain in 2020, momentum shifted this summer, with overseas rumblings soon growing louder and louder around Peach Jam. North Carolina wiggled its way into contention – he took several unofficial visits to the school – as did Michigan and Kansas in the last several weeks.

After making one visit to Todd’s school in North Carolina once the fall recruiting period opened up, Kentucky’s public contact died out in a major way, with some speculation coming out over the last week or two that the Wildcats had pulled out of the race completely.

In fact, after cutting his list this morning, Todd took to his Instagram page to tell fans that Kentucky “wouldn’t let” him take an official visit to Lexington.

Was it due to confidence in the frontcourt elsewhere? The program feeling Todd would likely end up overseas, even after making a college commitment?

Either way, the Wildcats will now look elsewhere in the frontcourt for 2020.


Lance Ware will take his official visit to Kentucky this weekend, joins Devin Askew

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Kentucky point guard target Devin Askew will be joined by Kentucky forward commit Lance Ware on his official visit this weekend.

According to Pat Lawless of Prep Circuit, the 2020 four-star prospect out of Camden, NJ will take his official visit to Lexington starting tomorrow.

Ware, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward, chose the Wildcats back on September 12 over offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Miami, Providence, Georgetown, Louisville, and Oregon, among others.

“I want to thank my family, my friends, all the coaches that have helped me grow as a person and as a player,” he said during an announcement ceremony at his school. “This has been a tough decision, going to all these schools and meeting all of these coaches, building the relationships with all the coaches and assistant coaches. After spending time talking with my family and everybody that I trust and that is important to me, I’ve decided that I want to go to the University of Kentucky.”

Ranked as high as No. 31 (Rivals) and as low as No. 42 (ESPN) in his class, 247Sports gives him a Composite ranking of No. 32 overall.

As for Askew, a five-star point guard in the class of 2021, his father tells KSR that he will be taking his official visit to Kentucky starting tomorrow, as well.

In an interview with The Cats Pause, 247Sports recruiting insider Evan Daniels said he believes Kentucky has separated itself as the leader for the 6-foot-3 guard out of Santa Ana, CA.

“I think Kentucky is the leader,” he said. “Louisville has done a good job recruiting him, Arizona and Memphis will get him on campus and I think we’ll have a decision in the next six weeks or so, but I think Kentucky is in great position.”

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