Former UK Target and Potential No. 1 Pick James Wiseman Has Been Ruled Ineligible

For over two years, Kentucky recruited heavily for the No. 1 overall player in the 2019 class, center, James Wiseman.

For the majority of his recruitment, Kentucky was seen as the heavy favorite and Wiseman was assumed to be a write-in Kentucky commit. That all changed when for NBA All-Star, and Wiseman’s AAU coach, Penny Hardaway was hired at his alma-mater Memphis in March of 2018.

Soon after, Memphis began stealing Kentucky’s momentum and Wiseman committed to play for his AAU coach in November of 2018.

At the time, Kentucky lost it’s best chance at a big for 2019. Now it looks like it may have been a good thing Wiseman didn’t become a Wildcat.

NBA Insider and “Know All”, Adrian Wojnarowski, reported that Wiseman has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA per his lawyers.

A Memphis sports reporter says that Hardaway helped Wiseman and his family move back in high school.

While we as fans don’t ever see losing players as a good thing, it looks like it was a blessing in disguise.

In recent years, it seems like Cal knows when to walk away and there have been several recruits that Kentucky walked away or pulled back from that have rumored to have taken money or other benefits such as Bol Bol, Zion Williamson, and now James Wiseman.

It Looks Like Kentucky Finished Second for Five-Star Cade Cunningham

Coach Calipari and Company are putting together one of the best recruiting classes in his tenure at UK for 2020.

With Terrence Clarke, BJ Boston, Lance Ware, Cam’Ron Fletcher, and 2021 potential reclassification Devin Askew, the Cats are in good shape before the Spring recruiting period has even started.

Before the Champions Classic on Tuesday, 2020 No. 2 overall recruit and UK Target, Cade Cunningham, announced he was committing to Oklahoma State and would join his brother who was hired as an assistant coach.

Prior to Cunningham’s decision, all the momentum was with Kentucky, even with recruiting guru, Evan Daniels, logging a prediction for the Cats back in October. This now making him 56/57 on his 2020 predictions. 

Now, it looks like Kentucky was right there and Cunningham was extremely close to being a Wildcat.

Tipton Edits, a popular social media account, creates the edits for nearly every top recruit when they commit.

Meaning, he definitely has some inside information as he communicates with the recruits prior to their commitment and he posted this.

It looks like he is very confident in saying Kentucky was right there for landing Cunningham’s services.

Even without Cunningham, Kentucky is good shape with five-star guards Devin Askew and BJ Boston.

In recent years, Kentucky has finished second on several elite of the elite recruits including James Wiseman and Jaden McDaniels among others. While some of these recruits have committed due to special connection such as having family on the staff or their high school coach becoming a head coach.

While Kentucky is not struggling for recruits and we are spoiled as fans with the No. 2 ranked class, I want to regain that spot at the top and have the top recruiting class once again, and to do that we need to close the deal on the elite of the elite recruits.

UK Five-Star Target, Isaiah Jackson, Making Decision in Two Weeks

There’s more buzz in the recruiting world today and once again it involves Kentucky.

According Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com, 2020 five-star forward Isaiah Jackson will announce his college decision in two weeks. He is reportedly deciding between Kentucky, Alabama, and Syracuse.

Jackson told Weingarten that he will be deciding on either Nov. 15 or 16 and will have the time and location confirmed this weekend.

The five-star forward is 6-9, 200 pounds, and attends Waterford Mott High School in Waterford Township, Michigan.

He is ranked as the 25th best prospect in the 2020 class, third among power-forwards, and the best prospect in Michigan, according to 247Sports.

Jackson holds offers from Kentucky, Alabama, Syracuse, Connecticut, and Creighton. According 24/7 Sports’ Crystal Ball, Michigan State and Alabama are the leaders, with UK having an 11% chance.

Check out some highlights of Jackson:

Wenyen Gabriel Clears the Air About Instagram Message Sent to Former UK Recruit

We all know the recruiting world is wild and there is a lot of stuff that happens behind the scenes. Most of those things don’t get released to the public or the stories are never told. Well, here is something that found its way into the public eye.

This past summer, Wenyen Gabriel, a former Kentucky Wildcat and now Sacramento King, sent a Instagram Direct Message to former Kentucky recruit Jaden McDaniel.

We know that while the UK coaching staff was confident in getting McDaniels, he’s now a Washington Husky. Did the message have an effect?

Rumors swirled for forever about the DM being sent and eventually it became fact. But, it was never released. There were rumors about what it said, who it is was sent to, etc.

Recently, the DM was brought back up by Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones. During the show, Jones and his co-host Ryan Lemond were discussing Gabriel being signed by the Kings and Jones asked Lemond if the DM changed what he thought about Gabriel. Lemond claimed he didn’t know about the DM and the two left the topic alone.

Safe to say, this back-and-forth brought some light to the situation again. Well, today, the DM was actually released to the public.

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Picture courtesy of Justin Rowland of CatsIllustrated

The Kentucky Men’s basketball Twitter account posted this video of former Kentucky stars talking about the program:

In the comments, Gabriel cleared the air:

As we all know, there was a lot of hype that surrounded the Kentucky recruitment of Jaden McDaniels. For awhile, it seemed like Kentucky was a lock to get him, then out of nowhere Washington was the favorite and ended up getting him.

It’s hard to think that this message didn’t sway McDaniels’ decision.

In 75 games at Kentucky, Gabriel averaged 5.7 PPG and 5.1 RPG.

On Monday, the Sacramento Kings added Gabriel to their 15-man roster for the 2019-2020 reason.

Cade Cunningham to Kentucky?

In the past 24 hours, the vibe around the recruiting world is that Cade Cunningham is going to Kentucky, mostly because John Calipari made a unplanned trip to Florida to visit the five-star guard.

The trip even being requested by Cunningham’s father.

It’s safe to say John Calipari has never recruited a player like this before. According to Jack Pilgrim of KSR, in the span of six weeks, UK has hosted or visited Cunningham and/or his family six times. Four of them have come in the days leading up to or following his official visits.

Cunningham also visited Big Blue Madness in a last minute change when the original plans were for Kentucky to host him in November.

The top three schools currently are Kentucky, Oklahoma State, and North Carolina.

Oklahoma State hired his brother, Cannen Cunningham, and when asked about the hiring, Cunningham said, “I love my brother forever, but that doesn’t determine my recruitment. He got hired and had to take the job. I wanted him to take it, but I don’t think that sways my recruitment.”

North Carolina is also in the running, but yesterday the Tar Heels landed four-star guard RJ Davis, which brought their 2020 class to four. Cunningham has said that he wants to win a championship, but also that he wants to choose who he plays with. Which most likely means he wants to go somewhere that has an empty class (Oklahoma State) and recruit players there.

That doesn’t bode well for Kentucky either. With Devin Askew’s commitment, that brings their 2020 class to four as well. But, he wants to win a national title, and I don’t think you’d say that and go to Oklahoma State.

However, I like Kentucky’s chances. John Calipari wants Cunningham and his efforts show just that. It does seem like a decision from Cunningham is on the horizon though, so be on the lookout.

Could Kentucky Have 4 Top-10 Picks in the 2021 NBA Draft?

On Monday, Draft Express released its first 2021 NBA Mock Draft on ESPN, and it is looking for Coach Cal and company.

While unlikely, there is a possibility that Kentucky could have another record-setting performance at the 2021 NBA Draft and have four top-10 picks.

The list already includes Kentucky commits Terrence Clarke and B.J. Boston, and Cats are in great position to land fellow five-star recruits Cade Cunningham and Greg Brown.

The 2020 NBA Draft has yet to occur, so let’s not get far ahead of ourselves and get our hopes up.

However, this is a very promising sign.

FYI, UK players Kahlil Whitney (No. 12), Tyrese Maxey (No. 14), and Ashton Hagans (No. 30) are all projected in ESPN’s latest mock 2020 NBA Draft.

Kentucky is No Longer in the Running for Isaiah Todd

We all woke up to some bad news in the recruiting world this morning.

Isaiah Todd, a five-star power-forward in the 2020 class, cut his list to two schools, and Kentucky isn’t one of them.

The two schools Todd listed were Kansas and Michigan, in a Avengers themed post on Instagram:

Kentucky was seen as a heavy favorite for a long time, and there were rumors that Todd might even reclassify to the 2019 class. He ultimately decided to stay in the 2020 class and took several visits to North Carolina, Kansas, and Michigan.

Over the past few weeks, there were rumors that Kentucky had taken themselves out of the race completely.

This morning, in the comments of the Instagram post above, Todd claimed UK “wouldn’t let” him take an official visit to Lexington.

There are a lot of potential reasons as to why Todd wasn’t allowed to make a visit, but who knows.

The recruiting world is wild, and this proves that point even more.

John Calipari to visit five-star point guard Kennedy Chandler

Good afternoon, Big Blue Nation.

We are now a whole day removed from the miserable game we watched on Saturday. For my sake and yours, I will not talk about it.

Here’s some good news: Today, John Calipari is meeting with five-star point guard Kennedy Chandler.

Chandler is in the class of 2021 and currently attends Briarcrest Christian High School in Memphis, Tennessee.

Chandler has offers from Tennessee, Kansas, Memphis, Arizona, and a host of other schools.

The five-star guard currently doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky, so don’t be surprised if the end result of this visit is an offer.

He is currently the 19th ranked prospect in the class of 2021 and the second-ranked PG, according to 24/7 Sports.

Here are some highlights of the Memphis Star:

Even With Terry Wilson Out, Positivity is Surrounding Lexington

This weekend the Kentucky football team will take on the No. 9 Florida Gators at Kroger Field.

After last year’s victory over Florida in Gainesville and a 10-win season, Coach Stoops and company confirmed this is no longer the Kentucky Football of the past, and the Cats are ready to compete with Florida and Georgia in the SEC East.

Now without Terry Wilson, beating Florida and starting a streak of our own seems a little more daunting but it can be done and there is a buzz in Lexington and some big news

Xavier Peters Has Been CLEARED To Play

The NCAA has a heart and has made the right decision as they cleared linebacker, Xavier Peters.

Peters, a former high school All-American, transferred from Florida State in the Spring in an effort to be closer to his family and his one-year-old son in Cincinnati.

With so much depth at the linebacker position, Peters is unlikely to start until he is able to get his game feet under him. With that being said, Peters definitely has the talent and potential to make an impact this season.

Two More UK Basketball Commitments this Week?

The fall recruiting period just began on Monday and the Cats are poised to get two more commitments to add to next year’s class, which could be one of Cal’s best at UK.

Lance Ware, a four-star recruit, is described as a “finesse forward”. After being visited on Tuesday, Ware is set to make a decision this Thursday. All signs are pointing towards the Cats.

Terrence Clark, a top-five recruit in the 2021 class, is widely expected to reclassify to the 2020 class barring any academic hurdles. At 6-7, Clark is an elite athlete with elite scoring ability.

Clark is set to announce his college decision on Thursday, and his Crystal Ball is currently 100% Kentucky. If Clark does commit to Kentucky, he will the highest-ranked commit since Skal Labissiere in 2016.

As Lynn Bowden says, lets have a fun weekend and “come see about it”.

Does Wikipedia Know Something that Big Blue Nation Doesn’t?

Either Wikipedia or a joking fan (most likely) is trying to tell the Big Blue Nation something. That something, 2019 five-star, Jaden McDaniels, is a Kentucky Wildcat.

Wikipedia is well known for its ability to allow users to change information, which is most likely the case here. Nonetheless, Kentucky is widely considered the favorite to the land the 6-9, 185 pound, forward amongst recruiting insiders.

Recruiting guru, Evan Daniels, notably made his prediction for Kentucky as the Wildcats lead the Crystal Ball rankings at 85%.

Sources have reported that McDaniels hopes to decide within the next two weeks. Hopefully soon, Jaden McDaniels will accurately be a part of the Kentucky Wildcats and their Wikipedia page.