UK Basketball Begins Recruitment Period With Focus On DJ Wagner

starting on friday, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Recruitment Calendar Transitions from a quiet period to a recruiting period.

A quiet period is defined as “a period of time during which personal recruitment communications are permitted on the campus of the member organization only. No personal communications or assessments may be made on or off campus.”

The recruitment period is defined when “Authorized Athletics Department personnel may conduct in-person contacts and assessments off-campus for recruitment.”

The calendar will mostly stay on draft from Friday through late March, with dead periods in early November and near Christmas in December.

That means the likes of John Calipari, his assistant coaches and other college basketball coaches from across the country on Friday will begin visiting priority recruits for upcoming recruiting lessons.

You can expect to see Calipari and other UK men’s basketball coaching staff across the country in the next few days making in-person and off-campus visits with important recruits they hope to persuade to come to Lexington.

Here’s who and what you need to know as another men’s college basketball recruitment period begins.

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Robert Dillingham is one of the best rangers in the 2023 enlistment class and is committed in the UK. Michael Club mclubb@herald-leader.com

Kentucky’s current obligations

Let’s start by reminding who the Wildcats are already planning for future seasons.

Currently, the UK has three committed high school players, all of whom are in the class of 2023.

They are Robert Dillingham, Justin Edwards and Red Shepherd.

Robert Dillingham (6-2, 165 lbs.) is a five-star goalkeeper who has been ranked the No. 9 player overall in the 2023 class and No. 2 goalkeeper in the class by 247Sports Composite. Former North Carolina commits, Dillingham does not commit from Wolfpack and The UK chose in June.

Justin Edwards (6-7, 180 lbs.) is a five-star junior striker who has been ranked the No. 2 player overall in the 2023 class and No. 1 striker in his class by 247Sports Composite. Edwards is the current focus of the UK Employment Class 2023. After that All hands on deck From the UK coaching staff, Edwards Committed to Kentucky in July.

Red Shepherd (6-3, 170 pounds) is a four-star combo guard who has been rated the 29th player overall in the 2023 class and the class’s 9th combo guard by 247Sports Composite. An old recruit whose mother and father played in the UK, Sheppard – who plays at North Laurel High School in London – committed to cats last november.

Kentucky will want to cement these commitments and ensure that all three players remain in the upcoming 2023 recruitment category, so don’t be shocked to see Calipari and others take the time to visit these players in the coming weeks, despite their commitments.

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Aaron Bradshaw snapped photos in a Kentucky T-shirt during his state visit to Lexington. Twitter

Enlisted in Kentucky in Class 2023

Five players in the 2023 class who have not yet committed to a professional or collegiate basketball track hold a Kentucky Scholarship offer.

Among this group, players are most likely to receive interest from the UK during the start of this recruiting period Aaron Bradshaw, Ron Holland and DJ Wagner.

Aaron Bradshaw (7-0, 210 lbs.) is a five-star center ranked as the No. 6 player overall in the 2023 class and No. 2 in the class by 247Sports Composite. Bradshaw plays in the same high school and Nike EYBL team as Wagner, resulting in many players Linking employment to the college like that. He thought Bradshaw was planning to commit to Kentucky during summer, But this did not happen.

Ron Holland (6-8, 195 lbs.) is a five-star strength striker who has been ranked as the No. 10 player overall in the 2023 class and No. 3 forward in his class by 247Sports Composite. Holland has spent recent months making official visits to some of the top schools involved in his recruitment, including Arkansas and Kentucky In June, Texas last weekend. Arkansas is currently seen as a minor leader in Holland’s recruitment.

DJ Wagner (6-3, 165 lbs.) is a five-star combo guard who was ranked the #1 player overall in the 2023 class by 247Sports Composite. Wagner is a name with a big income, and he is the long-sought scorer like Kentucky and Louisville Both are fighting for, with plenty of family dynamics at play. Wagner – who is in high school and his Nike EYBL teammates with Bradshaw – visited the UK last October and has yet to visit Louisville, where grandfather Milt was a star and where Milt was Currently serving As Director of Player Development and Alumni Relations.

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DJ Wagner is the focus of an ongoing recruitment battle between Kentucky and Louisville. Michael Club mclubb@herald-leader.com

You’ll be visiting Kentucky Bradshaw and Wagner, no doubt about that at all.

The In addition to the training staff in Kentucky This season of KT Turner gave the Cats an assistant coach with strong recruiting ties to Texas, where Holland is a star player at Duncanville High School near Dallas.

Enlisted in Kentucky in the 2024 . class

There are eight players in the 2024 class who have not yet committed to a professional or collegiate basketball track that holds Kentucky offerings. Kentucky has no commitments in the 2024 class.

Some players likely to receive interest from the UK during the start of this recruiting period are Boogie Fland, Ian Jackson, Tre Johnson, Karter Knox and Travis Perry.

Bogey Fland (6-3, 165 pounds) is a five-star goalkeeper who has been rated as the 13th player overall in the 2024 class and the No. 2 goalkeeper in the class by 247Sports Composite. Fland I picked up a show from the UK In July, after helping the US Under-17 team win a FIBA ​​gold medal in Spain, Calipari traveled to see him in person.

Ian Jackson (6-4, 170 pounds) is a five-star shooting guard who has been rated the No. 2 player overall in the 2024 class and No. 1 shooting guard in the class by 247Sports Composite. Jackson is a candidate for reclassification to move into the class of 2023, but Jackson told the Herald Leader last month that he would make the decision to reclassify after the upcoming high school season.

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Kentucky head coach John Calipari is working on a potential No. 1 recruiting class for the 2023 cycle, and is also looking forward to 2024 and beyond. Silas Walker swalker@herald-leader.com

“I don’t want to rush into a situation and then screw everything up, so I feel like if it was a good move for me, I would. If not, I would stay (in the class of 2024),” Jackson said.Hat something I thought of. I’m not sure yet.”

Tree Johnson (6-5, 180 lbs.) is a five-star shooter who has been rated the No. 3 player overall in the 2024 class and No. 2 shooter in the class by 247Sports Composite. Johnson is another Dallas-area producer with ties Former UK goalkeeper Therese Maxi. Johnson’s appointment will test Turner, the UK’s newest assistant coach, against local colleges and blue-blood schools alike.

Travis Perry (6-2, 170 lbs.) is a four-star goalkeeper who has been ranked the 86th player overall in the 2024 class and 14th goalkeeper in the class by 247Sports Composite. Perry is a state enlisted who plays at Lyon County High School in Eddieville. Berry – whose father and mother graduated from the UK – is on his way to becoming All-time top scorer In the history of boys’ basketball at Kentucky High School.

Calipari has thrown a wide net in scholarship offers released for the class of 2024 players, with points guarded Tahad PettfordShoot the guard! Isaiah Elohim And the little attackers Carter Knox (Younger brother of former UK player Kevin Knox) ​​and Prince Ali Also holding UK shows.

Another player associated with Kentucky, but currently without a scholarship offer, is Elliot Cado#1 goalkeeper in the 2024 class.

Calipari showed a trend with the 2024-player class to offer scholarships sooner than usual, Violating a long-term trend.

Knowing which class of 2024 recruits British trainers are visiting in the next few days may crystallize who the serious cats of this class are.

This story was originally published September 8, 2022 12:15 pm.

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Cameron Drummond works as a sports reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader with a focus on recruiting for Kentucky men’s basketball, the UK men’s basketball team, horse racing, football, and other sports in central Kentucky. Drummond is a first-generation American born and raised in Texas, before graduating from Indiana University. He is fluent in Spanish and previously worked as a community news reporter in Austin, Texas.

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