Kentucky’s redesigned staff take the recruiting route


For the first time since the NCAA recruiting deadlines ended on June 1, Kentucky’s refurbished basketball staff took to the recruiting trail over the weekend.

June 1 marked the end of the NCAA’s one-year recruiting deadlock that had been in effect since March 2020, giving way to campus recruiting and in-person assessment for the first time in over d ‘a year.

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– Kentucky Head Coach Jean Calipari watched Bellefonte (Pa.) Westtown School center 5 stars Dereck Lively in the Mid-Atlantic Shootout at Blair Academy in New Jersey on Friday.

Just days after welcoming Lively on an official visit, during which he offered a scholarship to the 5-star center, it was the first time Calipari had sought an in-person recruit since his flight to Seattle to see Paolo Banchero in February 2020.

Lively, who narrowed his list to seven schools on Thursday, including Duke, Florida State, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State and USC, has made official visits to North Carolina and Kentucky and is expected to see Duke at the end of the month. He also made an unofficial visit to Penn State.

– Kentucky Assistant Jai Lucas was on hand at the TABC Showcase in Duncanville, TX to watch Lewisville (Tex.) iSchool’s Top Shooter Georges keyonte.

George (6-4, 185), who is ranked No.6 overall, recently reduced his list to five: Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State and Texas. All except the UK had head coaches in attendance for George, who made official visits to Texas, Baylor and Kansas. He will be visiting the state of Oklahoma next weekend and is still in the process of arranging a visit to Lexington.

– British assistant Chin coleman, meanwhile, was back in his hometown of Chicago at the Ridgewood Shootout to see the 5-star wing of the Kenwood Academy Jj taylor.

Taylor (6-8, 185), who is ranked No.7 overall by industry average 247Sports Composite, became the first prospect in the 2023 class to receive an offer from the Wildcats on June 15.

On the first day of the contact period, Taylor added offers from Nebraska, LSU, Florida, Kentucky, Gonzaga, Maryland, Michigan State, Michigan, Duke, Arizona and from Kansas. He plays for Illinois-based Mac Irvin Fire of the Nike EYBL, where Coleman began his coaching career.

Taylor was named co-MVP of the Top 30 Game and was among the personalities of Eric Bossi, sports director of basketball recruiting, at the recent Pangos All-American camp in Las Vegas.

– Assistant Wildcats Orlando Antigua was also expected at the NYC CHSAA June Camp at Iona Prep in New Rochelle, NY to watch White Plains (NY) Archbishop Stepinac 2024 combo guard Johnuel ‘Boogie’ Fland.

Just a rising sophomore, Fland already holds the first offerings from the state of Kansas, Maryland, Miami, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, TCU and UCLA.

Like Antigua, Fland is originally from the Dominican Republic.

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