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Wildcats' signing class includes talented shooters, scorers

The three-player class of Madi Conner, Anna Gret Asi and Aaronette Vonleh signed national letters of intent on Nov. 11. Coach Adia Barnes said she may add one more player to the class this spring — and, if recent history…

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Rajon Rondo signs with Hawks, Patrick Patterson returns to Clippers

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ Coming off a championship with the Lakers, Rondo will take his talent to Atlanta while Patterson return to LA. Two former Wildcats have inked new deals in their last 48 hours. The most-recent signing was that of point guard Rajon Rondo, who recently make himself a two-time champion. Coming from the Los Angeles Lakers, Rondo has agreed to a two-year deal with the Trae Young-led Atlanta Hawks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. Free agent guard Rajon Rondo has agreed to a two-year, $15M contract with the Atlanta Hawks, sources tell...

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Washington’s ‘old-school’ run game poses sizable challenge to Arizona’s bulked-up defensive front

The Huskies showed an unwavering commitment to running the ball in their opener; do the Wildcats have what it takes to stop them?

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Ashton Hagans reportedly joining Minnesota Timberwolves

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue Hagans would team up with former Wildcats Karl-Anthony Towns and Jarred Vanderbilt. Former Kentucky Wildcats guard Ashton Hagans did not hear his name called in the 2020 NBA Draft. However, it sounds like he did find an NBA home that same night. According to Jake Weingarten and Shams Charania, the Minnesota Timberwolves are signing Hagans as an undrafted free agent, likely being a two-way deal. He’ll team up with former Wildcats Karl-Anthony Towns and Jarred Vanderbilt. Source to @Stockrisers: The Minnesota Timberwolves will sign...

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ASU Basketball: Sun Devils land commitment from Jamiya Neal

Photo by Kirk Irwin/ 4th of the 2021 class Bobby Hurley and Arizona State added to its 2021 recruiting class on Monday, as the Sun Devils got a commitment from 6-foot-6 small forward Jamiya Neal out of Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix. Originally from Ohio, Neal came out to Arizona in order to gain more interest during his recruiting process. He played in events alongside Hurley’s son in a few tournaments. Hillcrest Prep is the same program that churned out former Arizona Wildcats star center and current Phoenix Sun Deandre Ayton. Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Neal had...

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Arizona adds Baylor transfer OL Davis DiVall

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The Arizona Wildcats have landed Baylor Bears transfer Davis DiVall, who announced his commitment on Monday via Twitter. DiVall is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman from Scottsdale. He redshirted in 2019 and did not rejoin Baylor for the 2020 season. I was gonna say, After a great talk with my family and the coaches and I’m very excited to announce my commitment to The University of Arizona ⬇️ @CoachDeVan @CoachSumlin #BearDown #newhome pic.twitter.com/iIiBM07Edv— Davis DiVall (@BIGD5590) November 16, 2020 DiVall attended Notre Dame Prep in...

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Adia Barnes breaks down Arizona’s 2021 signing class and the changing recruiting landscape

Photo by Joseph Weiser/Icon Sportswire via The Wildcats’ coach breaks down the 2021 class and discusses the changing landscape of recruiting Arizona’s recruiting class might be ranked in ESPN’s top 15, but Adia Barnes had some regrets about the misses in 2021. Such are the heightened expectations of the UA coach as her program rises in national esteem. “I was hoping we had one or two more, but it didn’t work out that way,” she said. “So I’m anticipating to finish up this ‘21 class. I’m anticipating in the spring, possibly, one more. One more person that we kind of...

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Arizona makes top 6 for 4-star guard Carleigh Wenzel

Photo by Ethan Miller/ You win some, you lose some. On Thursday, Arizona target Aaliyah Gayles announced her commitment to Pac-12 foe USC. It wasn’t all bad news for the Wildcats on the recruiting trail, though, as they landed in the top six for fellow 2022 guard Carleigh Wenzel. Blessed to be in the position I’m in today ! @brittxgraham pic.twitter.com/TzsyABXdmF— Carleigh Wenzel (@CarleighRenae_) November 12, 2020 A four-star guard, Wenzel is the No. 37 player overall and No. 7 guard in ESPN’s rankings. As a sophomore at San Antonio’s O’Connor High, she averaged...

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National Signing Day: Four 2021 Villanova commits send in letters of intent

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports Signed, sealed, delivered. It’s a big day for high school seniors and college athletics across the country, as committed recruits make it official by signing their letter of intent as part of National Signing Day. The Wildcats inked four class of 2021 commits — Trey Patterson (Somerset, N.J./Rutgers Prep), Nnanna Njoku (Hockessin, Del./Sanford School), Jordan Longino (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy), and Angelo Brizzi (Warrenton, Va./Highland). According to 247 sports, this group is another excellent recruiting haul for Jay Wright, coming in...

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For Shane Dezonie, signing with Arizona Wildcats is a dream come true

Shane Dezonie played for Hudson Catholic as a freshman and sophomore, and for West Virginia’s Huntington Prep last season while gaining further attention playing club ball with the New York-based PSA Cardinals.

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UK announces addition of Daimion Collins, Bryce Hopkins & Nolan Hickman

UK Athletics John Calipari and all three signees commented on choosing to rock Kentucky blue. The Kentucky Wildcats wrapped up a successful fall signing period today, as Nolan Hickman, Bryce Hopkins and Daimion Collins all signed national letters of intent with UK. They will join the program for the 2021-22 season. “Our fans have heard me talk a lot about what it means to be ‘Built Different.’ When you talk about this fall class, you’ve got three kids who are built to play here at Kentucky,” UK head coach John Calipari said in a press release. “They wanted to be a part of...

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Nolan Hickman and Bryce Hopkins sign with Kentucky

The Cats land three signatures on the first day of the fall signing period. The Kentucky Wildcats are off to a great start on the 2021 recruiting class, as they already signed five-star center Daimion Collins earlier today. Now, they’ve added signatures from four-star forward Bryce Hopkins and four-star point guard Nolan Hickman. Welcome to the family, @Nolanhickman2 #LaFamilia x #BuiltDifferent pic.twitter.com/hKawH9KmmZ— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) November 11, 2020 Welcome to the family, @brycehopkins#LaFamilia x #BuiltDifferent pic.twitter.com/hYDlxtYpmJ—...

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4-star lineman Rayshaun Benny sets decision date

ALLEN TRIEU/247Sports UK is in the highly coveted defensive lineman’s final four. The Kentucky Wildcats are set to get an answer on four-star lineman Rayshaun Benny in the near future, as the Michigan native has set a November 9 decision date for a commitment that will be streamed on CBS Sports HQ at 3 p.m. EST. Benny is ranked as the 15th-best defensive tackle in the class of 2021 by 247 Sports. He also ranks 188th nationally and sixth in the state of Michigan. His final four schools include Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State. Defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale,...

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4-star guard Shane Nowell commits to Arizona

Photo by Jon Lopez/Nike The Arizona Wildcats have landed their second recruit—and second Shane—in as many weeks after receiving a commitment from 4-star guard Shane Nowell on Saturday. View this post on Instagram A post shared by (@_.shanenowell._) on Oct 31, 2020 at 2:43pm PDT His pledge comes six days after the Wildcats landed fellow 4-star guard Shane Dezonie, quelling any concerns about their ability to recruit after receiving a reportedly severe Notice of Allegations from the NCAA that they intend to fight. Dezonie is the No. 86...

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Arizona introduces social justice campaign, NIL guidance program

Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via The Arizona Wildcats are about to return to competition in several sports, starting with football’s 2020 debut on Nov. 7 and followed not long after by the men’s and women’s basketball teams in late November. But the school’s commitment to its student-athletes goes beyond preparing them for the field of play, as evidenced by a pair of initiatives the athletic department has recently introduced. On Friday the UA unveiled its “Stronger Together” campaign, a student-led effort focused on issues related to social injustice. Earlier in the...

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4-star wing Shane Nowell sets decision date; Arizona the favorite?

Jon Lopez/Nike Looks like the Arizona Wildcats could pick up their second 2021 commitment in as many weekends, despite recently receiving a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA. Four-star wing Shane Nowell will announce his decision this weekend per StockRisers.com and the Wildcats are the favorite, according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, as all five predictions have him picking Arizona. The 6-foot-5 Washington native also holds offers from Kansas, Washington State, Oklahoma, Montana, Montana State and Washington, where his older brother Jaylen played for two seasons before being...

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Twitter reactions to Bryce Hopkins picking Kentucky

Moore Edits Hopkins becomes the second 2021 prospect to commit to Kentucky. Bryce Hopkins becomes the second commitment for the Kentucky Wildcats for the class of 2021, and he’s the second pledge in less than a week to pledge his future services to the Wildcats, following 2022 guard Skyy Clark’s announcement last week. Hopkins, a former Louisville Cardinals commit, is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 30 overall prospect in the nation by 247 Sports. Hopkins chose the Wildcats over the likes of home-state Illinois, Texas, Michigan, Iowa State, Indiana, California, Providence...

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Rams sign former UK kicker Austin MacGinnis to practice squad

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue MacGinnis is back in the NFL. The Los Angeles Rams are signing former Kentucky Wildcats kicker Austin MacGinnis to the practice squad, according to NFL reporter Mike Garafolo. MacGinnis actually signed with the Rams this past offseason to compete for the kicker job, which he ultimately lost to Sam Sloman before being waived during final cuts. However, Sloman has struggled this season and was just cut by the Rams, who also signed veteran kicker Kai Forbath last week. Forbath will likely be the primary kicker with MacGinnis waiting in the wings on the practice...

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Former Arizona star Nick Johnson re-signs with Türk Telekom

Photo by Mehmet Ali Ozcan/Anadolu Agency via Former Arizona Wildcats star Nick Johnson is continuing his pro career in Turkey, re-signing with Türk Telekom on Tuesday. Türk Telekom competes in the Basketball Super League, the top league in Turkey. They are based in Ankara, the capital of Turkey and the second-largest city in the country behind Istanbul. Yine yeniden bizimle Ailemize tekrardan hoşgeldin Nick Johnson pic.twitter.com/Mmg8kZxFI3— Türk Telekom SK (@TurkTelekom_SK) October 27, 2020 Johnson appeared in 41 games with the club last season, starting in 25 games and...

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Bryce Hopkins commits to Kentucky: Highlights and Breakdown

Jon Lopez/Nike Kentucky lands the talented forward and former Louisville commitment. The Kentucky Wildcats have struck again in the Class of 2021. On Monday, power forward Bryce Hopkins committed to Kentucky, according to Jake Weingarten. Hopkins becomes the second pledge for Kentucky in 2021, joining four-star point guard Nolan Hickman. You can see Hopkins’ commitment video on Instagram. Hopkins is a four-star forward from Oak Park (IL) who just a scholarship offer from the Wildcats over the summer. It was pretty evident early in Kentucky’s pursuit of him that this was a school...

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Who will Daimion Collins commit to?

Edits Recruiting Kentucky is now viewed as the favorite in this recruitment. The Kentucky Wildcats are looking to bring in another top recruiting class in 2021. So far, they have a commitment from four-star point guard Nolan Hickman who is ranked No. 52 overall, according to Rivals. It is now starting to look like they could be adding a top-10 player to the class very soon. Daimion Collins is currently ranked as the No. 10 player in the class and is the No. 5 overall power forward and could be a Wildcat very soon. Collins was being recruited to Texas by Jai Lucas before John Calipari...

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Monday Quickies: Bryce Hopkins Decision Edition

YoungBallerz TV Hopkins is set to make his college choice. Today provides an opportunity for Kentucky basketball head coach John Calipari and his staff to go two for two in recruiting over the past week. Last Thursday, 2022 No. 19 recruit Skyy Clark announced his commitment to the Kentucky program. Tonight at 7:30 PM EST, No. 30 recruit Bryce Hopkins will announce his decision. See y’all on Monday at 6:30pm CT‼️ #thecommitment— Bryce Hopkins (@BryceHopkins) October 23, 2020 According to 247 Sports, the 6-7 power forward is heavily favored to also land with the Wildcats....