Regardless of what some may think, John Calipari has not lost his recruiting touch and Kentucky will be just fine next season. LEXINGTON – When five-star forward Jaden McDaniels picked Washington over Kentucky earlier this week, the Wildcats lost their final target in the 2019 recruiting class. That does not mean coach John Calipari is finished adding to the 2019-20 roster though. While he waits for Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery to make their NBA draft decisions, Calipari continues to monitor the graduate transfer market as well as current Class of 2020 recruits who might be in position to graduate a year early this summer and reclassify to 2019. Here's a look at where things currently stand
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Grant Williams has defied the odds his entire basketball career. Why should that stop now? Williams is nothing short of a legend in Knoxville. The former six-foot-five, three-star power forward recruit turned into a back to back SEC player of the year. He was the main catalyst in Tennessee's return to the national stage in college basketball. Grant isn't your typical star athlete, either. A self-proclaimed nerd, Williams was a nationally ranked chess player before his basketball stardom. He could be constantly seen playing the board game 'Settlers of Catan' on the team plane before games. His mother, who works for NASA, calls him a renaissance man. Whatever you want to call him, he's just a dude
Arizona Basketball signee Terry Armstrong is not going anywhere, but down the I-10 to Tucson and through the McKale Center doors For most fans of Arizona Basketball the thought of the Wildcats potentially losing one of its top recruits brought back nightmares. These thoughts and emotions are still raw as a fan base still trying to collect themselves from the damage done by a false report released by ESPN. This time, the uneasiness was in regards to one of Arizona's top recruits, Terry Armstrong. The only difference being, that Armstrong is not taking his talents elsewhere. It is amazing how speculation can spread through social media so quickly and create a stir among so many. All it took was
A look back at the history of Juwan Howard, the former Michigan basketball star, on the national stage. Michigan's replacement for John Beilein needs no introduction to the in-state intensity of the rivalry with Michigan State. Of course, Juwan Howard might not recognize Breslin Center with the new logo at center court. The old block "S" has long since been replaced by a Spartan helmet since his former Wolverines teammate Jalen Rose pretended to defile it after a U-M win. But Rose's self-admitted “toilet seat wipe” — often recalled by MSU fans — came after disgusting racial slurs reportedly were spewed at Howard throughout that Feb. 2, 1993, game in East Lansing. There also was a crass sign
For the first time since 2011, the Virginia Cavalier Men's Lacrosse team is in the NCAA tournament semifinals. The Hoos would go on to win it all that season, beating Maryland 9-7 on Memorial Day to bring home the title. This year, Virginia downed Maryland in the NCAA quarterfinals in one of the most exciting and dramatic games of the season (if not the past few seasons), and will face another very familiar foe in the Duke Blue Devils. Virginia will have to overcome some personal demons against the Blue Devils in Saturday's game. To say the series has been uneven over the last decade and a half is an huge understatement as Duke has won 19 of the last 20 meetings and 11 straight. The last win
Whitt will be a graduate transfer, making him immediately eligible. Whitt, who averaged a team-high 35 minutes per game this season, was a major contributor for the Mustangs and SMU's leader at the point. Whitt averaged 12.3 points per game, and team-highs in rebounds per game (6.4) and assists per game (4). He became well-know for being the American Athletic Conference's top zone-buster, utilizing a wonky-looking but deadly accurate mid-range shot to keep SMU in ballgames. SMU lost its other point guard option -- Jahmal McMurray -- this offseason (graduation). JUCO transfer Tyson Jolly or Cal transfer Darius McNeill could eventually fill the Mustangs' need for backcourt scoring.
Arizona basketball made another offer this time to Class of 2021 five-star point guard Devin Askew. Another offer! Arizona basketball recruiting has been putting in work of late. Their latest offer goes to Class of 2021 five-star point guard Devin Askew out of Mater Dei High School. He joins two other Class of 2021 five-star recruits in Nathan Bittle and Jaden Hardy that have received offers from Arizona. See a trend here? Hint, five-star. Arizona basketball has been making a lot of offers recently to five star and also four-star recruits. Shows the mindset and direction Coach Sean Miller wants his program to take over the next couple of season, to be the best! To do that requires putting together
Jamie Dixon bolsters backcourt with UTA transfer. But when will he be eligible? TCU basketball boosted its backcourt depth on Thursday. The Frogs signed UT-Arlington graduate transfer Edric Dennis to their incoming 2019-20 class. Dennis played one season at UTA, averaging 14.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists. The DeSoto High School product started 19 games. TCU will be Dennis' fourth school since he high school. He played at Hill College as a freshman, and then went to Jackson State for a season before heading to UTA. Dennis will be eligibility to play next season, his last in college basketball. He joins Kevin Easley Jr., Francisco Farabello, PJ Fuller, Jaedon LeDee, Mickey Pearson Jr.
Kansas 2020 recruit R.J. Hampton watches from behind the bench during the second half, Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse. Five-star prospect R.J. Hampton, the No. 6-ranked player in Rivals.com's 2019 rankings and a top Kansas target, announced on Twitter on Friday afternoon that he had picked a date to reveal his college decision. “The time has come,” Hampton Tweeted. “Watch Get Up ESPN on Tuesday, May 28. I have an announcement to make.” This news on the same day that Kansas learned that Silvio De Sousa had won his appeal and would be eligible for the 2019-20 season, sent the Kansas fan base into a frenzy. But until Hampton actually announces there no doubt will still be some uncertainty
One of the following is not true about the Pac-12's new non-conference scheduling standards: * The process took almost four years to complete. * The head coaches were strongly in favor of tougher schedules. * The change will solve all of the conference's problems. All three nuggets might be cause for pause, but the correct answer involves the non-solution: The recovery process for men's basketball starts on campus — with sound recruiting and effective coaching, with smart hires and investment in resources — not with conference policy. The new scheduling standards and the move to a 20-game conference rotation are vital complementary pieces. “It should not be perceived as a magic pill,'' said Pac-12
Happy Friday Nova Nation! I'm running behind today because sometimes you just gotta live that dad life. But that doesn't mean there isn't big news for future and former Villanova Basketball players. In today's “news”, USA Basketball invites three Villanova freshman to try out for the U19 team, Kyle Lowry becomes the Raptors all-time leading playoff scorer, and Josh Hart ends up on the wrong side of some sound bites. Enjoy! USA Basketball Thirty-Four Athletes to Take Part in Training Camp for USA Basketball Men's U19 World Cup Team | USAB The USA Men's U19 World Cup Team training camp is expected to feature 34 athletes from June 15-18 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs,
Oshae Brissett swung his elbow and grazed Ty Jerome's face attempting to get low-post position against Virginia. Play did not stop. If it did it, it would have drawn more attention to another game of frustration and struggles for Brissett. Jay Williams tried his best at halftime, undertaking one of two rants against the Syracuse Orange in March. Brissett finished 2-for-8 with six points after the Cavaliers trounced SU 47-19 in the second half. He — like Syracuse — fell short of massive expectations in 2018-19. The easy reflection became the game's lost significance for Tyus Battle, who shot 5-for-19, facing suffocating De'Andre Hunter defense. He did not need to confirm it would be his last game