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Ashton Hagans Highlights

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You all don’t need me to tell you, but Ashton Hagans is good. Really good. And he’s still (currently) a junior in high school.

You will want to watch this video of him balling out early in the spring AAU circuit.

One thing to remember when watching the 6-foot-4, 190-pound point guard from Georgia is that he’s obviously more comfortable with the ball in his hands. How will that work with Quade Green, Immanuel Quickley, Tyler Herro and Jemarl Baker? Well, it may not be a bad thing.

We know Green can play off the ball, and Quickley, too, if you watched him play for Calipari last summer on the Team USA U19 team. Herro and Baker are shooting guards that were brought to UK to play off the ball, so that’s not a concern. Assuming Hagans moves to the class of 2018 he may be the “true point guard” while others wait for him to dish.


KSR’s 2018 Summer Calendar

KSR’s 2018 Summer Calendar

With the Derby now over, it may seem like we’re about to enter a dry spell of Kentucky sports news; however, when you look at the calendar and all of the pieces still in the air concerning next year’s basketball team, there’s actually a ton of stuff happening over the next few months.

Here’s what you can look forward to this summer.

May

 May 9: Tyrese Maxey’s announcement

It seems all but certain that Maxey will be a Kentucky Wildcat — maybe as soon as this fall — but we’ll know for sure Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT.

May 9: SEC Softball Tournament begins

Kentucky, the No. 10 seed, will face the 7-seed Arkansas Razorbacks in the opening round of the SEC Softball Tournament, which takes place in Columbia, Missouri. First pitch is at 1:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.

May 9: KSR Bowling League begins

There’s still time to sign up for the KSR Bowling League, which will take place each Wednesday night this summer at Southland Lanes in Lexington. To register, visit KSRBowling.com.

May 11-13: Last weekend at The Cliff

The UK Baseball team will play its final series at The Cliff this weekend vs. Mississippi State, Nick Mingione’s old squad. UK has several giveaways planned to commemorate the occasion, including stadium prints, jersey koozies, trading cards, and the ceremonial last pitch ball. For Friday night’s game, they’ll also have fireworks. The series will air on ESPNU (Friday) and SEC Network (Saturday and Sunday).

May 19: The Preakness

Is Justify really a super horse? We’ll find out in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

May 16-20: NBA Draft Combine

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox, PJ Washington, Hamidou Diallo, and Jarred Vanderbilt will attend the NBA Draft Combine May 16-20 in Chicago. PJ has the most to gain from the Combine; a good performance could give him the incentive he needs to stay in the draft, while a bad performance will make it plain as day he needs to return to school. Meanwhile, the question of whether or not Vanderbilt will be able to participate still remains; if he can’t do any of the testing due to his injury, why bother going?

May 22-27: SEC Baseball Tournament

Mingione and the Cats will head to Hoover, Alabama for the 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament later this month before awaiting their NCAA Tournament draw.

May 30: NCAA early-entry withdrawal deadline

PJ, Jarred, and Wenyen have until May 30 (10 days after the Combine) to withdraw their name from the NBA Draft if they want to retain their college eligibility. There is no bigger “finish line” in sight.

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June

TBD: The KSR Summer Tour

The details of this year’s summer tour are still being worked out, but the guys plan to visit towns they haven’t been to across the state three days a week for eight weeks. Once the schedule is final, we will post it on the site ad nauseam.

First week: Basketball players return to campus

It’s now customary for the players to return to campus early in the summer to start summer classes and offseason workouts. Since the NCAA’s withdrawal deadline will have passed, the players who decided to come back to school will be back in Lexington with the rest of the team, including incoming freshmen. The only players we won’t see in early June are probably those still attempting to reclassify. Ashton Hagans reportedly won’t know his situation until late July. Tyrese Maxey — should he commit to Kentucky — could know much sooner.

June 1-4: NCAA Regional

Kentucky hosted a regional last year and beat Ohio, Indiana, and NC State to advance to their first ever Super Regional. The Bat Cats have a chance at hosting again, but will need to finish the season strong.

June 8: KSR Lexington Golf Scramble

There is only one spot remaining for this year’s golf scramble in Lexington, so if you’re interested, hurry on over to WLAP.com to register.

June 8-11: NCAA Super Regional

June 9: Belmont Stakes

June 12-17: NBA Top 100 Camp

One of the premiere events of the year for evaluating talent. TJ Walker’s boots will be on the ground in Charlottesville, Virginia.

June 16-27: NCAA College World Series

June 21: NBA Draft

Graduation Day. All 21 of John Calipari’s one-and-dones at Kentucky have been drafted in the first round. Will that streak snap this year?

July

July 6-17: NBA Summer League

The summer league is bigger than ever, with all 30 NBA teams set to compete in the Las Vegas league. Another league will be held in Utah and, reportedly, Sacramento. Expect to see plenty of former Cats in the mix.

July 11-15: Peach Jam, Adidas Gauntlet Finale

One of the biggest recruiting weekends of the year. Top prospects will be split between the Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina and the adidas Gauntlet Finale in New York City. TJ Walker will once again have us covered.

July 16-19: SEC Media Days

Fresh off his honeymoon, Nick Roush will travel to Atlanta, Georgia for the annual circus known as SEC Media Days. Sadly, Freddie’s new job means he can’t cover the event for us anymore, but Roush will bring you everything you need to know as we head into year six of the Mark Stoops era.

Late July: Football Media Day

Talking season continues a few weeks later as the local media gets their turn to grill Mark Stoops, Eddie Gran, Matt House, Vince Marrow, and the players.

August

Early August: Football Fan Day, Fall Camp begins

Prepare yourself for practice reports. Will Stoops pick a quarterback before the season begins?

August 6-13: Bahamas Trip, Calipari Fantasy Camp

The oasis we’ll all be waiting for! Kentucky basketball and Calipari’s annual fantasy camp will move to the Bahamas for one blissful week, which will include four games vs. professional opponents:

  • August 8 – vs. Bahamas national team (Made up of several Bahamian players competing for the World Cup Qualifying Team)
  • August 9 – vs. San Lorenzo de Almagro (FIBA Liga de las Americas champions based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • August 11 – vs. Mega Bemax (Serbian team coined the “European Kentucky” for its ability to put players in the NBA)
  • August 12 – vs. Team Toronto (Group of top select Canadian players put together by head coach Roy Rana, who led the 2019 U19 Canadian team to the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships)

KSR will make the trek as well. Join us in paradise, won’t you?

August 24: KSR Louisville Golf Scramble

TBD: KSBar and Grille opens

In our humble opinion, the event of the summer. Soon, you’ll be able to come party at our place, where we’ll serve bourbonade, free popcorn, and sandwiches I won’t make.

September

September 1: Kentucky vs. Central Michigan

Football will be here before you know it.


Highlights: Kentucky’s own KyKy Tandy blowing up on Under Armour circuit

Highlights: Kentucky’s own KyKy Tandy blowing up on Under Armour circuit

Hopkinsville’s Dekeyvan “KyKy” Tandy is making a name for himself on the hardwood as he enters the summer before his senior year at University Heights Academy, and with that comes YouTube fame in the form of a mixtape.

Courtside Films released a new mixtape showcasing Tandy’s skills on Monday, which highlights his top plays with Team Thad of the Under Armour Association circuit.

Tandy currently holds offers from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kansas State, Ole Miss and Tennessee. He’s also been in touch with Kentucky and Louisville, although neither program has extended a scholarship offer just yet.

His father recently turned heads when he said, “He’s not no bench player. And that’s what they think he is: He’ll just come in and play four years. No, no.”

KyKy Tandy’s father: “He’s not going to Kentucky with 3 or 4 point guards there.“

I can’t imagine John Calipari loved that.


Monday Recruiting Thoughts on Maxey, Payne and my Honeymoon

Monday Recruiting Thoughts on Maxey, Payne and my Honeymoon

I’m not sure there’s ever a great time to checkout when it comes to UK basketball recruiting, but it appears I missed a lot after getting married on April 21st.

The normal Monday Insider Notes will need another week because I haven’t been behind the scenes working the phones since getting married. Today was my first day back doing radio and the first I’ve really reached back into the recruiting scene. So, allow this post to provide updates on my thoughts and analysis on some of the latest news in the world of UK basketball recruiting.

Supposedly it’s frowned upon to doing recruiting work on your honeymoon. Happy wife, happy life, so I’ve heard.

Tyrese Maxey: This is easily the biggest news I missed while in Hawaii. UK is going to land Tyrese Maxey on Wednesday and that is a major deal. I haven’t been shy about saying Maxey is my favorite guard in the class of 2019. Since watching Maxey at Peach Jam last summer I’ve known that he’s a special player and eventually UK would come around in his recruitment. It didn’t take too much time after his dominating performance last season.

Had Maxey stayed in 2019 and committed to UK I would say he would have a chance to be John Calipari’s best point guard. That’s how highly I think of the 6-foot-4, 185-pound point guard from Texas. I know outlets don’t even have him as the best point guard in the class of 2019, but he has all the potential to be an absolute stud. He has the athleticism and speed that Calipari loves, but unlike some other Calipari point guards Maxey is a great outside scorer.

And Maxey likely reclassifying to 2018 is a major surprise to me (EDIT: Maybe he’s staying 2018, again I’ve been out of the loop). Maxey seems like a great student but it’s not something he has spoken about with media, but when the opportunity presented itself it does seem to make sense for him personally. Obviously UK doesn’t need to add anymore guards for the 2018-2019 season, but you certainly wouldn’t turn away Maxey and it gives Calipari more weapons and options.

Ranking the guards: Let’s just assume Maxey picks UK on Wednesday because any other decision would be a shock and moves to 2018 (which isn’t a guarantee). Here’s how I would rank UK’s guards for the 2018-2019 season (as of today):

  1. Quade Green: Gilgeous-Alexander was the better option but I do think Green was overshadowed a bit. He was one of UK’s best outside shooters last season and he will only improve from deep. At times he tried to do too much last year but he will settle in better for a sophomore season and his experience pushes him over the top.
  2. Tyrese Maxey: Again, I may be a little biased on Maxey because I think he will be an absolute star at UK. He is the total package when it comes to shooting, defending and attacking the rim. It will also be great that UK will be able to be patient with Maxey’s development. He won’t be asked to be the guy from day one.
  3. Ashton Hagans: Hagans gets a slight nod over the other guards below because of his tenacity on defense. He’s not the best shooter but he can get to the rim with ease. He should live at the line with his ability to draw fouls.
  4. Immanuel Quickley: Quickley is close to being the No. 1 player on this list, that’s how close these guards are, but Quickley is a little behind the others because he’s not great at one thing. Quickley may be the most balanced guard on the list. He’s a selfless passer, a solid defender, he can get in the paint and he’s an underrated shooter, but I’m not sure he’s the best on the team at any one of those categories.
  5. Tyler Herro: Herro doesn’t want to be known as just a shooter, and for good reason because he’s solid off the dribble, but right now Herro’s shooting will be his ticket to playing time. He is behind defensively but if he lives up to his billing as a shooter he will play.
  6. Jemarl Baker: This may not be fair to Baker but we just don’t know what to expect from Baker after sitting out last season. Some close to the team say he will easily be the best shooter next season, but what does he bring to the table defensively? How are his handles? Can he run off screens? We need those questions answered before ranking him higher.

Regardless of my meaningless rankings, Calipari has options and a versatile group of guards. It’s the deepest backcourt he’s ever had in his coaching career.

Payne: Last week Kenny Payne’s son, Zan Payne, announced he will walk-on at Kentucky. This is a big deal, but maybe not as big of a deal as you initially thought.

Outside of Calipari, Payne is the most important piece of the UK basketball program, so him coaching his son is important, but if a great opportunity presents itself Payne will still leave. Payne has been patient when it comes to his coaching options, and that’s smart, but bigger schools remained interested and will continue to consider Payne moving forward.

He will get his chance at some point and whether it’s next year or in four years Payne will be a head coach. It won’t be hard for him to take his son with him if it’s over the course of the next four years. But, with Payne being patient and passing on mediocre jobs that certainly won’t change with Zan joining the fray at UK.

Zan Payne is actually a nice player that if he stays all four years at UK he will find himself playing meaningful minutes at some point. It won’t be next year, and probably not the year after that, but at some point Payne will get his chance on the floor at UK and could be a nice role player.

Calipari and (Kenny) Payne want to win every game they coach. Duh. Just like every other coach in America. But you better believe the two want to win with their kids on the team. Payne and Calipari are as hungry as ever to win another national championship and they know they have a two-year window to do it. That’s another reason why Calipari is bringing in any and everyone. He’s loading up for an exciting two year run.

Decisions: I haven’t looked into the latest with P.J. Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel, but I don’t think too much will change until after the NBA Draft Combine. Washington and Vanderbilt were invited, but Gabriel was left off the list. Here are a few thoughts.

Washington: It seems like he is looking for a reason to leave and if he has a nice NBA Draft Combine it may be all he needs to go. I lean slightly to Washington leaving but my guess is as good as yours.

Vanderbilt: Will he be healthy enough to participate in the NBA Draft Combine? If the answer is no, then Vanderbilt should return. If he’s able to give it a go I’m sure his athleticism will give him a promise from an NBA team. That may be all Vanderbilt needs.

Gabriel: It’s a bummer he wasn’t invited, but I’m not sure that will drastically change anything for Gabriel. He was hoping to play his way into the Draft conversation by doing the combine, but his camp knows being drafted is a long shot. It’s not strictly about the NBA for Gabriel. It’s about starting to give some money back for his family. My guess is that Gabriel is weighing oversea options and if there’s a solid payday he will leave, but if the money isn’t right he will return. Shocking, right?

 

Hawaii:

Unbelievable vacation to Kauai for four days and then we went to Maui. I’m well rested and ready to get back in the swing of things. I won’t bore you with honeymoon details, but if you’re interested about Hawaii shoot me a tweet. Just know that if UK ever plays in Hawaii or the Maui Invitational, you should save up your cash to go. Let’s chat about it. @TJWalkerKSR


Stanford’s Reid Travis NOT invited to NBA Combine

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Yesterday afternoon, Yahoo! Sports released the list of seventy-three players invited to the NBA Combine later this month. Five Kentucky players received invites, including Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, and Jarred Vanderbilt.

Not included on the list? Stanford’s Reid Travis.

Travis is a 6-foot-8, 245-pound hoss who put his name in the draft without an agent back in April. As a redshirt junior, Travis was third in the Pac-12 in both scoring (19.5 PPG) and rebounding (8.7 RPG), earning All-Pac-12 in the process. In his career, he ranks seventh in school history with 1,427 points and 10th with 758 rebounds.

And he’s eligible to transfer wherever he wants for one final season as a graduate transfer.

Back when the season ended, Kyle Tucker of SEC Country confirmed Travis was “on the short list” for Kentucky if they see unexpected departures in the NBA Draft from any of Washington, Vanderbilt, and Wenyen Gabriel.

In fact, Tucker reports Kentucky may go after the talented forward transfer even if they lose just one of the three draft entries, and that battle will likely come down to the Cats and Duke.

With Travis not earning an NBA Combine invite, odds are good he returns to school and opts to transfer to a blue-blood school to compete for a national championship.

And I’m ready for yet another Coach Cal vs. Coach K battle.

This was his most recent NBA workout:

And highlights of his 29-point outing this season against USC:

Obviously the best-case scenario would be for all three Wildcats to return to school, but if we see a surprise, I don’t think Kentucky fans would mind the addition of Reid Travis in the slightest.


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Zan Payne, son of Kenny Payne, will play at Kentucky

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Ready for some excellent news? KSR has learned that Zan Payne, son of UK associate head coach Kenny Payne, will play for Kentucky next fall.

Payne, a 6’4″ 200 lbs. forward from Lexington Catholic, will presumably walk on for the Wildcats, which is huge news not only because Zan’s a solid player, but because it increases the chances that his dad will be in Lexington for a few more years. Kenny Payne is the reason many recruits, especially big guys, come to Kentucky, so having his son in the program could provide stability on the recruiting front.

News that Zan was considering walking on at Kentucky first broke late last year, but his father reportedly wanted his son to earn a Division I scholarship elsewhere. He was recently named Third Team All-State by the Courier-Journal after averaging 19.3 points his senior season. Back in December, he put up 22 points and 11 rebounds in front of his dad and Calipari at the Marshall County Hoops Fest, of which he was named Most Valuable Player.

Great, great news on several fronts. Congrats, Zan. We’re glad you’re staying in the family.

UPDATE: Josh Moore of the Herald-Leader interviewed Zan, who said he made the decision to come to Kentucky after suffering a season-ending knee injury in February.

“After I got hurt I decided that it’d be the best decision for me,” said Payne, the son of UK associate head coach Kenny Payne. “UK is gonna help me recover, and when I’m done recovering then I should be good to be on the court.”

Best wishes in your continued recovery, Zan.


Analysts make predictions on Tyrese Maxey, and it looks good for the Cats

2019 five-star guard Tyrese Maxey will be making his college decision on Wednesday afternoon, with Kentucky, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Texas rounding out his final five schools. We’ll also likely find out whether or not he will be making the jump to 2018.

Recruiting analysts are starting to release their predictions on Maxey’s much-anticipated decision, and it’s looking pretty darn good for the Cats.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports says with certainty that not only will Maxey end up at Kentucky, he’ll be with the team in 2018.

College basketball insider Andrew Slater says not so fast on all of the reclassification talk, putting his bet on Maxey sticking with the class of 2019.

Rivals’ Corey Evans seems to agree with Slater.

Regardless, like Rothstein, Slater says it’s a foregone conclusion the elite scorer will be a Kentucky Wildcat.

In an interview with Pat Lawless of PrepCircuit.com, Maxey said Kentucky stands out from the pack because of John Calipari’s continued success with elite point guards.

“Of course Kentucky will always be a great program under Coach John Calipari,” he said. “The history behind it says a lot. Coach Calipari is really good with point guards and he has a good tradition of getting them to the NBA and helping them reach their dreams. That’s one thing that’s very intriguing about Kentucky.”

As for a potential reclassification, Maxey says there are postitives to both leaving high school early and sticking around for his senior season.

“The positives of going 2018 is possibly reaching your dreams faster and getting to go against the best competition in the world,” said Maxey. “The pros of going 2019 is finishing out my senior year with my friends at school and try and win a state championship for that last ride. Also to do all the fun things you do your senior year with your friends.”

Who will win out and when will he join that team? We’ll find out on Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET.

In the meantime, check out his highlight reel below:

Come on down.


Need to Know: Tyrese Maxey

Need to Know: Tyrese Maxey

Earlier tonight, we found out that Tyrese Maxey will announce his college decision next Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what you need to know about the five-star point guard, who is currently still in the 2019 class.

Tyrese Maxey
Guard | 6-3 | 185 lbs.
Garland, Tx. | South Garland
AAU: RM5 Elite
ESPN No. 14 | 3 SG Top247 No. 17 | 2 PG
Rivals No. 14 | 3 SG 247 Comp. No. 13 | 2 PG

He’s only a few classes away from being able to reclassify

Maxey told reporters on the EYBL circuit he only needs to finish up a few classes to reclassify and he’s in great academic shape on both. He said the decision on whether or not to make the jump would come in the next week or so, at which time he could also announce his college choice.

You can put two and two together.

Kentucky is the overwhelming favorite

The Cats own 92% of the picks in Maxey’s Crystal Ball, including that of recruiting guru Evan Daniels, who cemented his pick for Kentucky back on April 21 after Maxey hosted Cal on two in-home visits and raved about the possibility of sharing a backcourt with UK commit Ashton Hagans.

“I talked to Ashton a little bit. I hit him and told him good luck this weekend,” Maxey said, via Chris Fisher. “We both like to play defense and compete which would make us better in practice if we go at each other. But him being a really good passer and me being a good shooter and playing off each other, it could be special.”

A week later, he liked the idea of playing with Hagans so much…

He’s already calling himself and Hagans a “duo”

On the next stop of the EYBL circuit, Maxey pretty much let the cat out of the bag to Kyle Tucker.

“We call ourselves The Duo,” he said, pausing a beat before correction himself: “A possible duo. I’m sorry. Trying not to laugh.”

What did Hagans make of Maxey’s tweet earlier?

Calipari thinks he’s a combination of Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray

Cal likened 2019 guard Jalen Lecque to John Wall, but sees a mixture of Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray in Maxey for his ability to play on or off the ball. That versatility will help Maxey adapt what could be a ridiculously guard-heavy roster next year.

He’s not scared of competition

All of those guards would scare off some five-stars, but not Maxey.

“Challenge is really good for competition,” Maxey said, via Chris Fisher. “That’s why we play basketball.”

That alone makes me like him.

James Wiseman wants to play with him

The coveted big man was asked which players he wants to team up with at the next level and Maxey and Hagans were the two he named. It seems like Maxey and Hagans are both making the jump to 2018, but if they’re not, Wiseman could very well get his wish.

He follows a ton of UK Twitter accounts

Maxey is tapped into the BBN on social media, following all of the basketball coaches, players, commits, reporters, and fan accounts, including…

He hit this impressive game-winner last weekend

Why does Calipari want Maxey? Check out how he cooly clears the lane to go at the rim, and, after seeing the double-team, pulls up and sinks the game-winning jumper with a hand in his face.

Is it Wednesday yet?


Tyrese Maxey sets announcement date

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We thought five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey would announce his college decision this week, but it looks like we’re going to have to wait just a little while longer. Maxey just tweeted that he will announce on Wednesday, May 9, which is presumably also when he’ll let us know if he’s moving up to the 2018 class. He’s down to Kentucky, Michigan State, Texas, Michigan, and Oklahoma State.

Maxey is one of several guards in the 2019 class that’s considering reclassifying along with current UK commit Ashton Hagans and Jalen Lecque. Kentucky’s the big favorite after a strong push from John Calipari in recent weeks, and Maxey all but let the cat out of the bag when he said he and Hagans already call themselves “the duo.” Hagans’ reclassification status is still up in the air (we should know in July), but Maxey says he’s prepared to make the jump to play college ball this fall.

Come on down and join the party, Tyrese. Also, thank you for not announcing on Derby Day.

Tyrese Maxey
Guard | 6-3 | 185 lbs.
Garland, Tx. | South Garland
AAU: RM5 Elite
ESPN No. 14 | 3 SG Top247 No. 17 | 2 PG
Rivals No. 14 | 3 SG 247 Comp. No. 13 | 2 PG

No. 1 recruit in class of 2020 says he will go straight to the NBA, if allowed

PHOTO: TieBreakerTimes.com

We officially have our recruit to announce he would enter the NBA Draft out of high school if the one-and-done rule is changed.

Jalen Green, the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2020, said he “would want to go pro,” skipping college and going straight to the NBA.

“I would take that if they were to change it,” Green told 247Sports this past weekend. “I would want to go pro.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last week the NBA had discussed a rule change, with 2020 being the first year the new system would be implemented.

Condoleezza Rice also announced that the Commission on College Basketball is recommending the NBA and NCAA figure out a way to end the one-and-done rule so players could go straight to the league.

Dwight Howard was the last high school player to enter the NBA out of high school in 2004, so Green would mark the first recruit in 16 years to make the jump. And like Howard, there’s a good chance Green hears his name called first when that day comes.

The next question at hand: How will John Calipari recruit with elite players entering the draft out of high school?


Photo: USA Basketball

USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team training camp roster revealed

Photo: USA Basketball

The training camp roster for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team was released Wednesday and it features some young high school stars who could one day become Wildcats.

James Wiseman, Coach Cal’s top target in the 2019 class, is the most notable name of the bunch. Vernon Carey is another elite UK target, as is Scottie Barnes, a high school sophomore who just recently earned his scholarship offer from Kentucky. Bowling Green’s Zion Harmon is another name of note.

As for the group as a whole, it includes all 12 members of the gold-medal winning 2017 USA U16 national team, as well as 10 players with experience from at least one prior USA Basketball training camp and two players new to USA Basketball.

2017 USA U16 National Team
Vernon Carey Jr.
(University School/Southwest Ranches, Fla.)
Scottie Barnes (University School/West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Jalen Green (San Joaquin Memorial H.S./Fresno, Calif.)
R.J. Hampton (Frisco Liberty /Little Elm, Texas)
De’Vion Harmon (Guyer H.S./Corinth, Texas)
Zion Harmon (Bowling Green H.S./Bowling Green, Ky.)
Wendell Moore Jr. (Cox Mill H.S./Charlotte, N.C.)
Jeremy Roach (Paul VI Catholic H.S./Leesburg, Va.)
Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy/Minneapolis, Minn.)
Isaiah Todd (John Marshall H.S./Richmond, Va.)
Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./New Haven, Mich.)
James Wiseman (East H.S./Nashville, Tenn.).

Experience from past training camps
Joshua Christopher (Mayfair H.S./Lakewood, Calif.)
Eric Dixon (Abington H.S./Willow Grove, Pa.)
Anthony Edwards (Holy Spirit Prep School/Atlanta, Ga.)
Jalen Johnson (Sun Prairie H.S./Sun Prairie, Wis.)
Justin Lewis (Poly Tech H.S./Baltimore, Md.)
Nico Mannion (Pinnacle H.S./Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Ethan Morton (Butler H.S./Butler, Pa.)
Isaac Okoro (McEachern H.S./Powder Springs, Ga.)
Isaiah Stewart (La Lumiere School, Ind./Rochester, N.Y.)
Julian Strawther (Liberty H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.).

New members
Evan Mobley (Rancho Cucamonga H.S./Temecula, Calif.)
Jahmius Ramsey (IMG Academy, Fla./Mansfield, Texas)

Training camp will be conducted June 15-18 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado, where the 12-member roster for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team will be decided.

The 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup will be played June 26-July 8 in Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina.


The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast E42: Kent Sterling on Romeo Langford and the IU-UK Series

On the latest edition of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, Aaron welcomes on Indianapolis radio host Kent Sterling to the show, to discuss the impact of Romeo Langford’s commitment to Indiana, and the future of the IU-Kentucky rivalry. But first, Aaron is joined by his old buddy Nick Coffey, to whip around the world of college hoops.
The fellas discuss a number of topics, including:
The Langford Commitment: How big was it and what does it mean for Indiana? Also, is it possible that this could be the start of Indiana once again being mentioned among programs like Kentucky, North Carolina and others among the “elite” in college basketball?
Louisville has a CommitmentNick tells fans everything they need to know about Christen Cunningham, the first player to commit to Chris Mack at Louisville. Also, is Mack going to struggle recruiting more than fans expected?
NBA Combine Invites are OutThe guys discuss the latest with NBA Draft combine invites. With invites in the mail, will we start seeing more players announce they’re returning?
Next up, Aaron welcomes in Kent Sterling, host of the “Kent Sterling Show” on CBS Radio in Indianapolis. The pair discuss:
More on the Langford CommitmentKent was in the building on Monday night for Langford’s commitment. He explains why this was so big for Archie Miller and the future of IU basketball. Also, what kind of impact can Langford actually have in his one season at Indiana?
Tom Crean at Georgia: Kent lived through the Crean years at Indiana, and explains why he believes Crean is destined to fail at Georgia.
The Future of Indiana-Kentucky: Kent discusses what he believes needs to happen for Indiana and Kentucky to play again in basketball. Also, Kent has a STRONG message for John Calipari and his refusal to play at Assembly Hall.

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Skip Bayless tweeting Romeo Langford great example of what NOT to do

Skip Bayless tweeting Romeo Langford great example of what NOT to do

Hey guys, Skip Bayless did something dumb again.

After Romeo Langford picked Indiana over Vanderbilt and Kansas last night, the outspoken Fox Sports personality did what every person on the internet SHOULDN’T do: he tweeted a recruit.

Oh, where do I even start? Bayless is a Vandy alum, which explains why he was upset with Langford’s decision; however, like many Vandy alums, he made it all about himself and blasted an 18-year-old to his nearly 3 million followers. Also, I know Vandy’s got a great class coming in with five-stars Simi Shittu and Darius Garland, but national championship contender? Slow down, buddy. Focus on getting above .500 first.

If Bayless handled the situation like an actual adult, he would have ended the tweet after the first sentence. But, he’s Skip Bayless, so we shouldn’t even be surprised.


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WATCH: James Wiseman is dominating the EYBL circuit

Photo by 247 Sports

Despite John Calipari’s flurry of interest in guards, James Wiseman remains his most coveted recruit in the 2019 class. Calipari and Memphis’ Penny Hardaway are going toe-to-toe for the talented big man, who has been dominating the EYBL circuit thus far.

Why all the buzz around Wiseman? As this new highlight reel will show you, he really can do it all. From blocking shots to slamming it home, creating for others, and the occasional outside shot, Wiseman’s length and skills makes him the ideal Calipari big.

ICYMI, Vernon Carey, another talented 2019 big man, mentioned the possibility of teaming up with Wiseman at the next level:

Vernon Carey Jr. on James Wiseman: I wouldn’t be surprised if we go to school together”

Yes, please.


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Kentucky offers another 2019 guard that could reclassify

Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike, 247Sports

You know what Kentucky needs? Another 2019 guard that could reclassify. According to Andrew Slater, John Calipari and Kentucky have extended a scholarship offer to 2019 combo guard Jalen Lecque, who is considering making the jump to the 2018 class.

The five-star Lecque is one of the top guards in 2019 along with Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey. Hagans is the only UK commit so far, but Maxey is expected to join him in that pledge this week. All three guards are considering reclassifying, with Lecque telling USA Today’s Jason Jordan he’s 50/50 on making the move.

“I want to go into a situation where I’ll be playing a lot as a freshman because I want to potentially be a one-and-done,” Lecque told USA Today. “If I don’t have that situation, I have no problem staying in my class.”

If Lecque is interested in Kentucky, that means he’s likely staying put in 2019; however, with Calipari collecting guards like Thanos did infinity stones, you never know.

Jalen Lecque
Guard | 6-4 | 175 lbs.
Bronx, NY | Christ School (NC)
AAU: Southern Stampede
ESPN No. 10 | 2 PG Top247 No. 10 | 2 CG
Rivals No. 13 | 2 PG 247 Comp. No. 12 | 2 CG