Kira Lewis To Visit Kentucky

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Written by Lori Mills

Kira Lewis, a 6’3” combo guard from Hazel Green, Alabama, will visit Kentucky on June 10th. A rising star, Lewis has turned the heads of major programs this spring. Lewis is currently ranked 99th in the Class of 2019, but is poised for a big jump in the rankings after his impressive spring.

Lewis says he received a call from Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne after the NIKE EYBL event in Dallas and from there Kentucky’s interest soared. Lewis is said to be the fastest guard in the Class of 2019.

“Strong end to the spring today. Not many bettered their standing before beginning til now than Kira Lewis” Recruiting analyst, Corey Evans wrote.

An offer is yet to happen for Lewis from Kentucky but it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he receives one during his visit.

Catching Up With Jared Casey

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Jared Casey is a 6’2” 225 pound man-child out of Louisville, KY. Casey plays middle linebacker for the Ballard Bruins, but has the build of an SEC-ready linebacker already. Casey’s recruiting blew up after a good showing at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp, receiving glowing reviews of a “player with a mean streak”. That’s pretty fitting for a player who models his game after Von Miller. The 4 star ILB currently holds offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Oregon and Purdue among others.

Casey visited Kentucky this past Friday and as KSR reported, he enjoyed it enough to come back again soon. When asked how the visit went and what Kentucky’s biggest pitch was, Casey said: “The visit was great, Coach Marrow was telling me how they develop LB’s and how many of them are in the NFL right now. Marrow was a sticking point in Casey’s review of the visit, saying that his favorite thing about his visit to Lexington was “Spending time with Coach’s Marrow and seeing the facilities.” Marrow has recently taken over as the head man for in-state recruiting.

As for his future plans, Casey says that he’ll be taking official visits to Oregon and Syracuse, but the dates are still in the works. “With offers coming in, it’s hard to make a short list right now, but UK would definitely be on it.” It’s a good sign that there’s definitely no bad blood towards the Cats from Casey, who was raised in a UofL family. Casey plans to commit somewhere sometime mid-season.

 

Pendleton’s Dontaie Allen Sets UK Visit Date

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Dontaie Allen, a rising star from Pendleton County, Kentucky has scheduled an unofficial visit to the University of Kentucky on June 10th.

The 6’7” forward touts offers from Purdue, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Xavier among others. Allen averaged 31 points and 11 rebounds as a junior. He also shot over 40% from behind the arc.

Allen is a 3 star, ranked 154 on 247. He is not ranked by ESPN.

Friday Football Fix

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– 4 star safety target Marvin Grant committed to Purdue via Twitter on Friday. As of 2 weeks ago, Kentucky was still considered the leader for Grant.

– 3 star LB/DE Shawnkel Knight-Goff decommited from Kentucky, feeling that he rushed his decision. While UK still has a shot, UofL is surging for his services.

– Jerod Casey is visiting Kentucky this weekend. KSI will get in touch with him tomorrow or Sunday to follow up on his visit.

– KSI has learned who Kentucky’s “silent commit” is. The news of a silent verbal was first reported by Justin Rowland on Twitter. It cannot be released right now, but Kentucky fans will be ecstatic with the addition.

– 3 star DE Ruke Orhorhoro trimmed his list from 20+ to 4 and Kentucky made the cut. His finalists consist of Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana and Clemson. His visit to Kentucky is the week of June 8th.

– Kentucky OL prospect Zach Carpenter has committed to Michigan.

 

 

Shawnkel-Knight Goff Decommits

Louisville product Shawnkel-Knight Goff has decommitted from the University of Kentucky. The DE/LB prospect was rumored to be considering it a few weeks ago shortly after his commitment. With the recent history of players decommitting from UK, it would be surprising to see the Cats continue to recruit him. He’s talented, but not talented enough to have leverage over Kentucky in this situation.

Knight-Goff has already received one Crystal Ball prediction to UofL over on 247.

 

Meet And Watch Reid Travis

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Within the past 24 hours, rumors have been swirling that link Reid Travis to Kentucky. Truth is, this transfer has been in the works behind the scenes for quite a while. Despite Kentucky being the heavy favorite to land the Stanford grad-transfer, Villanova is also a very real possibility for his services.

Yesterday, Kentucky lost sophomore Wenyen Gabriel and freshman Jarred Vanderbilt to the draft. While this could be the final piece to the Reid Travis puzzle, Villanova also has plenty of available playing time now with freshman forward Omari Spellman staying in the draft. Spellman was a pivotal part of the Wildcats’ championship run in 2018, averaging 11 ppg and 8 rpg. Despite the available playing time that Jay Wright has to offer, one has to think that Calipari’s track record of big men will win out in the end.

Let’s meet Reid.

Reid Travis was a 4 star recruit out of Minnesota in 2014, ranked #44 in the country according to Rivals. He chose to attend Stanford over Duke, Gonzaga, Minnesota and Notre Dame, all of which received official visits.

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As a freshman, Travis averaged 6 points and 6 rebounds for the Cardinal, followed by 13 points and 8 rebounds in 8 games as a sophomore. He received a medical redshirt for his sophomore campaign after being sidelined in December with a stress reaction in his left leg.

Travis really started to pick his game up in his redshirt sophomore season in 2016-2017, averaging 17 points and 9 rebounds per game for Stanford. In his last hoorah for the Cardinal in 2017-2018, the Junior Travis received 1st Team All-Pac 12 honors after averaging just under 20 points and 9 rebounds per contest.

SCOUTING REPORT:

Pros:

– Outstanding rebounded with a strong base.

– Lead the country in and-one’s last season, displaying great ability to finish through contact.

– Passing out of the post for a shot or reposting his man.

– Keeps the defense honest with respectable 3 point shooting. (30%)

– Good at staying on the floor. (Averaged 2.6 fouls in 34 MPG last season)

Cons:

– Below the rim type of player. Average athlete.

– Not good at blocking shots. (Averages 0.2 blocks per game for his career)

– Below average FT shooter. (61%)

 

Enjoy some highlights of the Kentucky forward target!

 

PJ Washington: A Man Of His Word

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It was of no surprise that PJ Washington, along with Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel, tested the NBA waters last month. With the new rule in place allowing players to enter once without an agent, it’s a no-brainer for kids to use the opportunity to get evaluated by NBA scouts. Washington was viewed as a late 2nd round pick and wasn’t thought of as being a serious candidate to actually leave.

PJ really helped his stock at the combine, raising NBA GM’s eyebrows with his performance in the scrimmages. Washington has 14 points and 13 rebounds in one game and displayed a nice pick-and-pop game in another. NBA personnel were impressed with his mid-range consistency and rebounding, to go along with his ability to guard the 4 & 5 spots and switch onto wing players. He was considered one of the 10 players who helped their stock the most in May, but was only still considered a mid-second round pick.

Early in the process, PJ’s father said that his son would only stay in the draft if he was guaranteed a first round pick. A couple weeks after that statement, things changed to where he would stay in if he was guaranteed a first or early second round pick. As they always do, tensions grew high in Lexington about who would return and who would bolt. Some people were already beginning to bash PJ for the thought that he might be gone.

It’s May 30th, the day that PJ’s family said he would decide. PJ is coming back after not being guaranteed a first round selection. The Washington family has kept their word from every statement they’ve made and everyone should be thankful for that. Kentucky is returning a player who was hitting his stride the last half of the season, and a kid who was loyal to the fan base the whole time. To reiterate what Jeff Drummond said earlier, the Kentucky fan base needs to have PJ’s back through all of the ups and downs next season.

Washington, who averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds as a freshman, was the key component of Kentucky’s team next year. His return makes the Wildcats’ squad the title favorite as of today. His production is going to increase quite a bit with another offseason under Coach Cal and Kenny Payne, and a bruising big man is just what the doctor ordered to go along with Kentucky’s incoming freshmen next season.