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Sports Illustrated rates Trey Lyles as top five player, intriguing point-forward for Kentucky

By LARRY VAUGHT First came the DraftExpress.com speculation that Kentucky signee Karl Towns Jr. could possibly develop into the top pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Now this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated lists what it considers the top five recruits for the next college basketball season. Towns is not one the list, but Indiana …

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Coach says “Kentucky fans are in for a treat when they see” Tyler Ulis

By LARRY VAUGHT Marian Catholic (Chicago) coach Mike Taylor thought everything about Tyler Ulis’ commitment ceremony to Kentucky Friday went well — including the school he picked over Michigan State and Iowa. “I think he will work out great at Kentucky,” said Taylor Sunday. “Once he gets to campus, players are going to love to …

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Losing Mudiay will not mean end to Calipari’s recruiting success at Kentucky

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky coach John Calipari has indicated he wants to sign six players in 2014 because of expected early defections to the NBA again. Despite the loss over the weekend of point guard Emmanuel Mudiay to SMU, he’s already got a good start with 7-foot Karl Towns of New Jersey, a consensus top …

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Prospects not picking UK actually shows how strong Calipari’s next recruiting class could be

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky has only one verbal commitment in its 2014 recruiting class — New Jersey power forward/center Karl Towns. Yet perhaps the best indicator that Kentucky coach John Calipari is convinced he can put together an elite recruiting class again is looking at who is not coming to UK, especially since several sources …

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Chicago center Jahlil Okafor, top player in 2014 class, sets official visit to UK

By LARRY VAUGHT Chicago center Jahlil Okafor, the consensus No. 1 player in the 2014 recruiting class, now plans tol take an official visit to Kentucky on Sept. 9, the same time UK will host a bevvy of NBA players for what has turned into an annual alumni charity game. The 6-11 Okafor has UK, …

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Calipari target Cliff Alexander playing at both Marshall County and McCracken County this season

By LARRY  VAUGHT One of the top prospects in John Calipari’s 2014 recruiting class, center Cliff Alexander of Chicago, will play twice in Kentucky this season. His Curie Metropolitan High School team will return to the Marshall County Hoopfest in Benton Dec. 6-7 and again for the Jan. 10-11 McCracken County Hoopfest. The 6-9, 230-pound …

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Dick “Hoops” Weiss on Stanley Johnson, possible UK 2014 recruiting targets

By LARRY VAUGHT One player Kentucky coach John Calipari paid particular attention to at the Peach Jam was California small forward Stanley Johnson, who will visit UK for Big Blue Madness. He’s ranked the No. 8 player in the 2014 class by Scout.com and Rivals.com. Johnson led all scorers at the Peach Jam with a 25.6 …

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UK commit Karl Towns looking forward to playing in front of home crowd in Louisville Saturday

By LARRY VAUGHT New Jersey prep standout Karl Towns Jr. got a feel for what Kentucky basketball was like when he was part of the Dominican national team last summer that trained at UK and was coached by John Calipari. However, he knows he’ll get an even better feel for the UK fans Saturday when he …

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