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Muhammad, Noel To Announce On ESPNU

Forward Shabazz Muhammad and center Nerlens Noel will announce their college decisions live on the ESPNU Signing Day Special on Wednesday night.

Noel is ranked No. 1 in the ESPNU 100 for 2012. He’s considering Kentucky, Georgetown and Syracuse. Muhammad, who’s considered the nation’s second-best prospect by ESPNU, will choose among Kentucky, Duke and UCLA.

Undecided SEC prospects Anthony Bennett and Tony Parker will make appearances on the show, according to a release from ESPN. The show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 eastern time.

Parker’s coach at Miller Grove High School in Atlanta said Monday that Parker is unlikely to sign with a school on Wednesday. Georgia is the only SEC school on Parker’s list, which also includes Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Ohio State and UCLA.

“I don’t think he’s just quite ready (to choose a school),” coach Sharman White. “He’s trying to figure out the last intricate parts of this decision … so he can make the best choice.”

Bennett, whose list of schools includes Florida, Kentucky, Oregon, UNLV and Washington, is expected to wait until May to make his choice.

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Calipari Looks To Land Nation’s Top Class

Kentucky coach John Calipari began his recruiting pitch shortly after the Wildcats wrapped up their national championship on Monday night.

“I’ve got to go recruiting Friday,” Calipari said.

That’s because he could be on the verge of losing his top six players from this year’s title squad. Calipari went so far as to say he hopes he has six players drafted in this summer’s NBA draft. That means Kentucky needs to reload before the 2012-13 season begins.

Kentucky signed three prospects in the fall: guard Archie Goodwin, forward Alex Poythress and center Willie Cauley. Point guard transfer Ryan Harrow from North Carolina State will be eligible to play in the fall.

Calipari’s spring recruiting is focused on three highly-touted prospects: forwards Anthony Bennett and Shabazz Muhammad and center Nerlens Noel.

There are many predictions on where those players will land. Evan Daniels of Scout.com/FOXSports shared his thoughts on Wednesday afternoon.

Daniels also wrote on twitter that he would be surprised if Kentucky doesn’t land two of those three prospects. He added that “these races are tighter than people think.”

Daniels cited three different sources who believe Noel will choose Georgetown. Daniels made sure to point out that’s the prediction of others, not him.

Muhammad’s recruitment has brought on split opinions. Many have considered Muhammad to be a lean to Kentucky, but Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com offered a different outcome on Wednesday.

Calipari will also have to battle rumors of his departure from Kentucky for the NBA.

Calipari, of course, denies any interest in leaving for the NBA.

“I’ve got the best job in basketball,” Calipari told Sporting News on Wednesday. “I’ve got more money than I’m ever going to spend, so I don’t have to make a decision based on finances … People that I don’t know, that I wouldn’t know if they walked into my office, have an opinion of me? Fine. You’re not stealing my joy, my team’s joy. I’ve got a great job. I’m going out recruiting this weekend.”

And don’t be surprised if Calipari brings home the nation’s top recruiting class when he’s done.

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Kentucky Signees Shine In All-American Game

Kentucky basketball signees Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress both looked impressive in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago.

Poythress scored 19 points for the East team, which beat the West squad 106-102, while Goodwin added 14 points. The game’s MVP award went to forward Shabazz Muhammad, who’s undecided but still considering Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, UCLA and UNLV.

“It is going to be a blessing to play with Alex and hopefully Shabazz in the future,” Goodwin told ESPN.com. “Like I said in my (earlier) interviews, it will be another repeat of what they are going to do this year.”

Kentucky’s recruiting for the 2012 class is far from over. Along with Muhammad, the Wildcats are recruiting McDonald’s All-Americans Anthony Bennett and Devonta Pollard as well as center Nerlens Noel, who is considered to be one of the nation’s top prospects.

“There’s a lot of recruiting going on still,” Goodwin said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “The big one (Muhammad)? We’re waiting on one more and I don’t have to even say his name. That’s the one everybody else is waiting on. Hopefully he picks the Big Blue.”

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Archie Goodwin Impresses In Chicago

The nation’s top high school basketball seniors will be in action on Wednesday during the annual McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago.

Kentucky will have two signees participating in the game: guard Archie Goodwin and forward Alex Poythress. Goodwin is the more highly-rated player of the two, and he’s shown this week why Rivals considers him the nation’s 12th-best prospect for the class of 2012.

Muhammad is another Kentucky target, although many believe UCLA leads for the forward from Las Vegas. He’s expected to announce his college decision on April 10.

Kentucky will be the only SEC school with signed or committed players in Wednesday’s game. That could change with a few players, including center Tony Parker and forward Devonta Pollard, undecided on their college decisions.

Click here to see the rosters for Wednesday’s All-American game.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 3/1/12

1. The NCAA has warned schools to be wary of recruiting star basketball player Shabazz Muhammad. Kentucky is in the mix.

2. Muhammad, by the way, is scheduled to visit Duke this weekend.

3. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher believes the Seminoles can play and recruit against the SEC.

4. Kelvin Taylor isn’t the only Florida legacy being recruited by the Gators for 2013.

5. Athlon Sports analyzes Tennessee’s class of 2012.

6. Defensive end Carl Lawson from Alpharetta, Ga., has already received more than 30 offers.

7. Brian McLaughlin of Sporting News takes a look at some of the nation’s top quarterback prospects.

8. Several basketball recruiting questions are answered by the experts at 247Sports.

Here’s a look at why so many basketball teams covet Shabazz Muhammad.

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Kentucky Adds Poythress To 2012 Basketball Class

Forward Alex Poythress from Northeast High School in Clarksville, Tenn., has chosen to sign with Kentucky.

Poythress picked Kentucky over Florida, Vanderbilt and Memphis. Poythress is considered the nation’s fourth-best small forward and 17th-best overall prospect by ESPN.com.

“He’s an extremely gifted athlete that can run like a gazelle,” Northeast coach Al Cooper told ESPN. “He has a huge wingspan and the best fit for him was someone who allows him to face the basket and attack.”

Poythress joins a Kentucky class that will once again rank among the nation’s elite. Center Willie Cauley and guard Archie Goodwin have already joined the class.

Kentucky is still recruiting several other highly-touted prospects, including forwards Shabazz Muhammad, Anthony Bennett and Devonta Pollard.

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