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Dontaie Allen to trim list, take all five official visits

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With a Sunday scholarship offer from the University of Louisville, Dontaie Allen’s offer sheet is up to 22 schools, many of which joined the list over the weekend while Allen shined at the Under Armour Challenge. But Kentucky still isn’t among the schools to have extended an offer, and Allen plans to consider all options, even if John Calipari calls with good news in the near future.

In speaking with Allen’s AAU coach, Steve Quattrocchi, KSR learned Allen plans to narrow his list next month. If Kentucky offers within that time frame, the Cats will almost certainly make the cut. But don’t expect an immediate commitment, as some have insinuated.

Allen plans to use up all five of his official visits to make the best decision for him. He considers his recruitment wide open at this point and he has been very impressed by some of his unofficial visits to schools outside of the Bluegrass. He hopes to get the coveted UK offer soon, but he won’t rush into a commitment if and when it comes.

John Calipari saw Allen play for the first time last Thursday in a game Allen led in scoring with 30 points. UK assistants Joel Justus and Tony Barbee were also around to see the Pendleton County star light up the scoreboard with 26 points per game throughout the event. With Allen expected to shoot up the rankings and Cal finally getting to see him in person, now is the time for the Cats to offer him a spot.


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Wiseman joins new AAU team with more Memphis ties

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James Wiseman has a new AAU team for the month of July. Unfortunately for Kentucky, it has strong Memphis ties.

Wiseman will play for Memphis-based Hoop City Basketball Club for two upcoming Adidas events in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Wiseman had been a member of the Bluff City Legends (formerly Team Penny), most recently at this past weekend’s Nike Peach Jam, where he averaged 16 points per game down in South Carolina.

But now Wiseman will play for Hoop City, the program previously owned by and named for retired NBA player Mike Miller. Miller’s M33M team transitioned to Hoop City after Miller was hired on as an assistant coach at Memphis back in April.

Joining Wiseman with Hoop City are Trendon Watford and Chandler Lawson, two highly-rated prospects being recruited by Memphis. Watford is high on Memphis, and his Crystal Ball timeline has eight consecutive picks for the Tigers this summer. Lawson is also one of Penny Hardway’s top targets with mutual interest in the program.

So as speculation picks up that Memphis could steal Wiseman away from Kentucky, it’s not comforting to hear he will be traveling across the country with other players who may pick Memphis too. It also doesn’t help that Hoop City is run by Ernie Kuyper, the cousin of Memphis assistant Miller.

Ideally, Wiseman would transfer out of Tennessee for grad school next year to get away from the Tigers’ push. His latest move is the opposite of that.


Dontaie Allen picks up offer from Louisville

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The scholarship offers keep rolling in for Dontaie Allen, the rising star out of Pendleton County. This time, it is Kentucky’s archrival.

The University of Louisville is the latest school to add its name to Allen’s offer sheet. The Cards offered Allen after he led all players in scoring at the Under Armour Challenge down in Georgia.

The offer is Allen’s eighth in a matter of days. He also heard from Oklahoma, Saint Louis, Pittsburgh, Iowa State, Illinois, Florida and Auburn.

I think he’ll get the call from Kentucky very soon now that John Calipari has seen him play. If not soon, then when?


James Wiseman says Kentucky and Memphis are “most definitely” favorites in his recruitment

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The No. 1 recruit in the class of 2019 has been in the headlines quite a bit over the last few months. James Wiseman, a 7-foot big man out of Memphis, TN, has been dominating at the high school level, his recruitment has sparked a mini coaching rivalry, and there have been talks he may reclassify to the class of 2018.

In an interview with ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein this afternoon, Wiseman confirmed what many of us already assumed: it’s a two-horse race in his recruitment.

“Memphis and Kentucky are most definitely my top two schools right now,” Wiseman said.

Yesterday afternoon, Rivals’ Krysten Peek reported that whispers are out there that the elite center is still contemplating a move to 2018.

And if Wiseman does make the jump, it likely wouldn’t be good news for Kentucky fans.

“There have been some rumors that Wiseman could possibly still reclassify to the 2018 class by the end of the summer. If that’s the case, Penny Hardaway and Memphis have a real shot in landing one of the top forwards in the class. I know Hardaway is close with Wiseman and although Kentucky is still in the race, if the reclassification rumors are true, Memphis could come out on top,” Peek said.

When asked about his recruitment this week, Wiseman said he plans on taking all five official visits this fall.

Wiseman has denied the jump on several occasions, though some felt it may have just been a way to participate at Peach Jam this week, similar to Marvin Bagley III last season. If he had announced a move to 2018 several months ago, he would have been ineligible to play in the popular event, and he has always felt his team had a legitimate shot to win.

Now that his AAU basketball season is coming to a close, we may be hearing a definitive decision either way sooner rather than later.

As for one current (and possibly future) teammate, DJ Jeffries hopes Wiseman stays in the class of 2019 to play with him at Kentucky. And if he joins, along with star center Vernon Carey Jr., the UK commit believes that has championship written all over it.

Another 2019 Kentucky commit, Tyrese Maxey, also hopes he sticks with his original class and joins him in Lexington.

Check out Wiseman’s highlights from the EYBL season this year:

Come on down, big fella.


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Today on KSR: Peach Jam wraps up today

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Good morning! Today brings us the last day of one of the top high school basketball recruiting events of the entire year. Our own, TJ Walker, has been in Augusta, SC for the annual Peach Jam. In case you have missed anything, he has been posting seemingly nonstop over the past  few days with any and all recruiting news that you could possibly need.

I would sit here and link each story that I think are the most important for you to see as the event wraps up, but I think each and every one is worth a read. To visit TJ’s page and get caught up, click here.

Now onto to the rest of the news you need to know to start your day…

Great Article on Josh Allen from the Herald-Leader

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Our friends over at the Lexington Herald-Leader wrote a fantastic article about one of Kentucky football’s top players entering next season. Fans know Josh Allen as an electric player who very well could be a first round pick in next year’s NFL Draft. What most fans don’t know is the struggles that he has had to go through to get to this point.

Trust me, it is well worth the time to sit down and read and learn more about a guy that will definitely be playing on Sundays in 2019. You can find that article by clicking here.

Two former Cats continued Summer League play yesterday

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The NBA Summer League in Las Vegas continued yesterday for two former Cats. Marquis Teague, playing for the Toronto Raptors, scored 10 points, while also dishing out 2 assists and pulling down a pair of rebounds.

While Marcus Lee might have transferred, I still consider him as a Kentucky player in the NBA and yesterday he got the start for the Cleveland Cavaliers and scored eight points and had six rebounds.

There is nothing that will make me happier than seeing these two players play in the NBA next season. Each one was their own fire plug to each team that they were on.

Saturday Down South makes bold UK Football predictions

That time of the year is finally here. It is “bold prediction” time for all of the major football writers/websites. While I take most of these with a grain of salt, I do like reading in to what an outsiders opinion of Kentucky football this year is.

The commonality I usually see is that people don’t really know what we are going to see. If the quarterback position turns out to not be an issue, we could be in for a pretty good season. On the other hand, if the position struggles, six wins may become harder and harder to get.

Saturday Down South seems to believe that the latter will happen this season. In more positive news, they also think that Kentucky will win 10 games in 2020. Yes, you read that correctly. Kentucky football will win ten games in 2020. Please don’t pinch me.

For the explanation of why they believe what they do, click here.

Martin Truex Jr. wins Quaker State 400

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Martin Truex Jr. became the first driver to win the Quaker State 400 back to back years with his performance in last night’s race. While I did not attend the race, I was driving south on I-71 when race traffic was getting out and it seemed that traffic was moving fairly efficiently.

I will say that if you have never been to a race of Kentucky Speedway, you really should consider it one year. It is a lot of fun and will give you a lot of respect for what these drivers have to do week in and week out.

This also gives me a chance to post this video again. It is definitely worth a watch, but if anything the screenshot for the video is fantastic. Personally, I think it could be caption contest worthy.

That is the news you need to start your day. I hope you have a great Sunday. Go Cats!


2019 5-Star Forward Matthew Hurt talks UK and UofL

Kansas may have an edge at the moment in his recruitment, but 247’s no. 6 overall 2019 prospect Matthew Hurt is still in the thick of AAU season. There is plenty of time left for the tides to change, and what two other schools are looking to land his services? Kentucky and Louisville.

The Courier Journal’s Jeff Greer got a few words in with the big fella:

Not much to be read into yet, but interesting perspective nonetheless. John Calipari and Chris Mack both watched Hurt on Friday, and if you were wondering just what they see in the big man…

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Isaiah Stewart open to listening to Kentucky, but he won’t wait for long

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Isaiah Stewart is one of the top prospects and a consensus top-3 center in the class of 2019. He has offers from just about every school in America, including Duke, Michigan State, Texas, Villanova, and 36 others.

But not Kentucky, for now at least.

According to several reports, the UK coaching staff has reached out to Stewart recently, and the interest is mutual.

In an interview with Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader, Stewart says he’s open to the Cats if they extend an offer soon, though he doesn’t know just how interested they truly are.

“To be honest, I really don’t know,” he said of UK’s interest level. “I’m not sure if an offer is going to come from Kentucky or not. But I keep hearing their name jumping in the mix, talking to my coaches about me. So I’m not sure.”

Enough to include them on his final list? It’s certainly possible.

“I mean, yeah. I’ll definitely start to look into that,” he said. “But as of right now I’m just focused on the schools that I’m focused on.”

He has already cut his list to ten, and he’s hoping to cut his list even further after this summer. He’s not in a rush to make a decision, but he understands the process has to move forward at some point, with or without Kentucky.

“Yeah, I mean, you guys know I’m about to move along and cut my list down, so it is what it is,” Stewart said. “If they jump in, they do. And if not, it doesn’t matter.”

Evan Daniels of 247 Sports loves Stewart’s game, as he’s a bully down low that “looks to dunk everything inside.”

“I love his mentality when he hits the court,” Daniels said. “This is a strong, burly, physical, bruising post player with good athletic ability. He rebounds in and out of his area. He looks to dunk everything inside. And he’s a guy that’s just starting to scratch the surface with his offensive ability. He’s got good hands. He can score some around the basket. He’s made some adjustments to his shot mechanics, and his jump shot from mid-range out to three is looking better. It’s not consistent by any means, at this point, but I think it’s something that he’s going to be able to get to down the road.”

For more on Roberts’ interview with Stewart at Peach Jam, take a look here.


“It’s Now or Never” For Cal to Offer Dontaie Allen

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This time of year almost all of basketball recruiting focuses on Nike’s Peach Jam. But, this time around a certain Kentucky native is getting some of the spotlight.

Pendleton County’s Dontaie Allen has been stealing the show at the Under Armour Challenge. Allen leads the Under Armour challenge in scoring with 26.4 points per game, dropping 21 points on Wednesday and 33 points on Thursday in front of Kentucky assistant coach Tony Barbee.

Cal had gotten word of Allen’s play, and by Thursday afternoon he was in Cartersville, GA to get an up-close look at the 6’6 wing. The next day Allen did this:


Allen has been on the rise especially after this week. Just this week Allen received offers from Florida, Auburn, Illinois, Oklahoma, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Iowa State.

Some other notable offers are West Virginia, Western Kentucky, and Nevada.

Kentucky has yet to offer him, but he’s definitely on the Wildcats radar, and that was evident from Cal making a special trip to watch him play.

Joel Justus visited Allen’s high school in a junior season in which Allen averaged 31.8 points per game on 59.1 percent from the field and 39.6 from behind the arc. Allen also had 11.4 rebounds.

Rivals.com’s Corey Evans told the Herald-Leader, “The way that he’s playing right now, it’s either now or never. I don’t know what else he would want from him.” Although Allen wasn’t in Rivals.com’s top 150 players nationally, Evans said, “If he’s not a top-50 — or fringe top-50 prospect — I don’t know what is. He has size. He has versatility. He has scoring. He has shooting. He has what seems like strong intangibles and character.”

The reason Allen hasn’t been so highly touted is the fact his team, M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs, are not affiliated with Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour, so coaches must go out of their way to get eyes on him.

After Allen’s performance this week, he will almost undoubtedly climb the ranks very soon and very fast.

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James Wiseman reclassification rumors heat up again

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Just when you thought the 2018 recruiting class was complete and the staff was moving on to 2019, we have more reclassification rumors heating up again.

And they’re centered around a very familiar face.

The No. 1 recruit in the class of 2019, James Wiseman, has been adamant about staying in his original class and being just a kid for one more year. But according to Rivals’ Krysten Peek, whispers are still out there that the 7-footer is contemplating a move to 2018.

And it likely wouldn’t be good news for Kentucky fans.

“There have been some rumors that Wiseman could possibly still reclassify to the 2018 class by the end of the summer. If that’s the case, Penny Hardaway and Memphis have a real shot in landing one of the top forwards in the class. I know Hardaway is close with Wiseman and although Kentucky is still in the race, if the reclassification rumors are true, Memphis could come out on top,” Peek said.

With Reid Travis, PJ Washington, EJ Montgomery, and Nick Richards in the fold, Wiseman’s addition this offseason isn’t necessary for Kentucky anymore. He’d have to stay two years due to his age, and he’d obviously be the star of the show in the frontcourt next season, but the opportunity to play immediately for his former high school coach would likely be more appealing.

According to Peek, a final decision could come at the end of summer.

“Wiseman has done a good job keeping his recruitment under wraps this spring. There will be a lot of attention on him at Peach Jam this weekend and I’m sure we’ll get a better idea of where he stands after this weekend. My guess is he’ll make his choice either by the end of the summer or the start of his senior year if he decides to stay in the 2019 class,” she said.

If you ask Wiseman, however, he’s planning on taking official visits in the fall. And though Kentucky and Memphis are seen as 1A and 1B in his recruitment, the elite big man says other schools have a shot, too.

“Schools still have a chance to get me. It’s not just Kentucky and Memphis. Other schools still have a chance,” Wiseman said.

“During the fall I am going to take five official visits to schools I am interested in,” said Wiseman. “I’ll be looking at the relationship with the coach and teammates, the atmosphere, can I fit into the environment.”

If you’re a Kentucky fan, you hope Wiseman stays in 2019, where there’s a legitimate shot he becomes the anchor of the Wildcat frontcourt and possibly the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2020.