2016 Forward T.J. Leaf to Announce Next Friday

T.J. Leaf, a 6-foot-9 2016 face-up forward from El Cajon (CA) Foothills Christian, will announce his college choice next Friday, Nov. 21, his father confirmed to SNY.tv.

“We’re going to do it at noon on Friday West Coast time,” Brad Leaf said by phone after it was first reported by Scout.com.

“We’re just going to get it done. T.J.’s not all about this and he wants to be done with it.

The No. 3 power forward in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports composite rankings, Leaf is down to a final six of UCLA, Arizona, Duke, Michigan, Florida and San Diego. To read more of this story, click here

Kentucky Now Has ESPN’s No. 1 Recruiting Class; Updated Recruiting Board

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With the additions Thursday of Isaiah Briscoe and Skal Labissiere, Kentucky now has the No. 1 recruiting class for 2015, according to ESPN.com.

The Wildcats are followed by No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 Syracuse and No. 5 Marquette.

The Wildcats are also No. 1 in the preseason polls.

Not a bad life.

Kentucky remains in the mix for many top prospects, almost all of whom will sign in the spring, including ESPN’s No. 2 Jaylen Brown, No. 3 Malik Newman, No. 5 Ivan Rabb, No. 7 Cheick Diallo, No. 8 Caleb Swanigan, No. 10 Stephen Zimmerman, No. 12 Brandon Ingram, No. 14 Antonio Blakeney and No. 18 Carlton Bragg.

Also, keep in mind that after landing New Jersey’s No. 1 player in the Class of 2015, Kentucky is also squarely in the mix for the No. 1 player in 2016 in Tyus Battle. Watch his story here.

And here’s an updated look at their Recruiting Board. To read more of this story, click here

Seven of ESPN’s Top 10 Players, 11 of Top 20 Still Uncommitted

Thursday was a huge day in recruiting as Isaiah Briscoe and Skal Labissiere both picked Kentucky, Derrick Jones declared for UNLV and Tevin Mack picked VCU.

Still, seven of the Top 10 players in the ESPN 100 — and 11 of the top 20 — remain undeclared. Many of them except for Diamond Stone (pictured) and Brandon Ingram are expected to commit in the spring.

1. Ben Simmons, PF, LSU
2. Jaylen Brown, SF, Undeclared
3. Malik Newman, SG, Undeclared
4. Henry Ellenson, PF, MARQUETTE
5. Ivan Rabb, PF, Undeclared To read more of this story, click here

Brandon Sampson Cuts to 5, Will Sign Late

Brandon Sampson 5Brandon Sampson, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound shooting guard from Baton Rouge (LA) Madison, has cut his list to five schools, he confirmed to SNY.tv.

Sampson, who averaged 24.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season, is down to UCLA, USC, Cal, St. John’s and LSU.

He said he plans to commit late.

“I chose not to sign this week because I want to take a step back and look at the five situations and see where I’m most comfortable,” Sampson told NOLA.com.

“I wasn’t sure with everything, so I want to get a better feel for all the colleges I’m looking at so I know what I’m getting into when I do sign.” To read more of this story, click here

Kentucky’s Slice Says It’s ‘Nice’ to Recruit When You’re No. 1

It’s “nice” to recruit when you’re ranked No. 1 in the country.

That was the message Kentucky assistant Barry “Slice” Rohrssen had when speaking to reporters Friday.

“In recruiting these guys, they’ve been very receptive [to the platoon system],” Rohrssen said in advance of Kentucky’s exhibition Sunday against Georgetown College. “It’s nice when you’re ranked No. 1 in the polls. It’s a nice way to have a conversation going into somebody’s home.”

Those comments seems especially relevant given that Rohrssen has been heavily recruiting Roselle (N.J.) Catholic point guard Isaiah Briscoe in recent days, weeks and months.  To read more of this story, click here

Jaylen Brown Enjoys UCLA, Will Take Officials to Michigan, North Carolina

2014 adidas NationsJaylen Brown, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2015, enjoyed his weekend official visit to UCLA and has several more visits planned before likely committing in the spring.

“I liked the location, the coaches are nice, down to earth, [and] my mom liked it,” the 6-foot-6 Brown out of Marietta (GA) Wheeler said by phone from the airport after his UCLA visit. “The campus was beautiful. It’s like a resort.”

Head coach Steve Alford and assistant David Grace have made Brown a top priority in the Class of 2015.

“They said I’m the No. 1 priority and I would be like the man,” Brown said. “They don’t have a guy like me. They would play me at multiple positions, the 1, 2 and 3 and make it hard for the other team to guard me. They’re not looking to recruit a lot. They want two bigs for sure and they want me. If they don’t get me, they said they want a replacement, so that’s what they’re looking for.” To read more of this story, click here

Ivan Rabb Enjoys Kentucky; Tentative Kansas, Arizona Visits Set

Ivan RabbIvan Rabb, the 6-foot-10 2015 big man from Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd and the Oakland Soldiers, enjoyed his official visit to Kentucky and has tentative visits set to Kansas and Arizona.

“I talked to him once while he was there and he was hanging out with Marcus Lee and he said he had a good time, his high school coach Lou Richie told SNY.tv. “His parents seemed to like it, and he seemed to like it.

“We really have not debriefed about it. It’s just been such a hectic week with the Giants [winning the World Series] and Halloween and everything.” To read more of this story, click here