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August 1st, 2015

Jermaine Eskridge is Coming to the Florida Game

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Jermaine Eskridge, the No. 2 receiver in the Class of 2018 will be attending the game against Florida, something he announced on his Twitter account. 

Eskridge, a five-star receiver from Florida committed to the Wildcats just two days ago and getting him on campus for a game is another step in the right direction. Obviously, there’s a long way to go until he’s officially a Wildcat, but the more visits like this the better.

No pressure now, but ending the losing streak to Florida this year would be very beneficial.


Ulis and Murray already bonding

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One thing people point to when referencing the success of last year’s team is how they bonded in the Cats’ Summer trip. This year the entire team wasn’t even together until last night when Jamal Murray made his first appearance at Kentucky as a Wildcat.

No worries, though. It seems like Murray is fitting in just fine if you look at Tyler Ulis’ instagram account.

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Mally Mal #BBN #BeSpecial

Looks like Ulis is letting him know where he stands on his favorite country.  Go Cats!

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Nazr Mohammed Plays in NBA Africa Game

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Kentucky’s own Nazr Mohammed played alongside some of the biggest names, both past and present from the NBA in the inaugural NBA Africa Game. Playing on the Team Africa Team, Mohammed played 16 minutes going 1-for-8 from the field scoring two points and two rebounds.

Joining him on the Team Africa team were legends Dikembe Mutombo and Hakeem Olajuwon along with current NBA stars Serge Ibaka, Boris Diaw, Bismack Biyombo, Al-Farouq Aminu, Nicolas Batum, Luol Deng, Festus Ezeli, Gorgui Dieng and Luc Mbah a Moute.

Team World won 101-97 behind 19 points from Jeff Green.

 

 


Sights from KSR’s Day at Fancy Farm

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Look at our fearless leader at work. Scott Utterback took the picture of Matt and posted it on Twitter, who said what we all expected. Matt took no prisoners during his opening.

Joe Sonka recorded some of the best zingers from Matt during the night. Which obviously included the obligatory Rick Pitino in 15 seconds joke.  He also made sure to include Indiana in a joke, saying “Don’t act like a bunch of Hoosier hooligans,” as the crowd was chanting. It wasn’t all cheers for Matt though, who got booed – and rightfully so – (sorry Matt) when Mark Wilson mentioned Duke Law School.

Here’s the KSR video/interview that was used during the preview show.

Ryan was well, being Ryan. Also, this might be the greatest picture in Fancy Farm history. Please wear this for the next show, Ryan.

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Kentucky football players officially receive offers

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Let’s all take a moment and look at the hats on the table in the above picture. Now, remember Ohio State and Alabama because it’s now official. Drake Jackson got his scholarship offer from Kentucky.

Jackson, who was All-Tournament at The Opening has become a big name this past offseason. You might remember the Woodford County guard also became a big name at The Opening for getting into it with two Alabama commits but held his own against the much bigger guys. He tweeted out the following today, making Kentucky fans feel even better about his commitment.

Please don’t hesitate to contact those players, Drake.

Wait, that’s not it. Landon Young tweeted out something similar you can see here. Kash Daniel did the same and even sounds a bit like Karl-Anthony Towns in his tweet. Take a look for yourself here:


Video of Coach Cal and KAT

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In case you missed it earlier John Calipari and Karl-Anthony Towns spoke together at the ProCamps Press Conference. The two spoke with a lot of happiness next to each other, especially when Cal was talking about the type of kid Towns is along with his teammates.

They touched on plenty of other subjects including the UNC vs UK Alumni Charity Game, with Towns saying he wants to play, but has to see how his rookie season goes.

Towns, was Towns. He talked about how important Kentucky was to him even if it was just one year. Said it was sad because life moves by so fast, but Calipari told him to live in the present. Are we sure he can’t come back for another year?

 


Former Wildcats give back at summer ProCamps

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The past few days some former Kentucky Wildcats have gone back to their college roots and integrated their new pro-status into the long running ProCamps. The Kentucky Basketball Twitter account (@KentuckyMBB) tweeted out several pictures today of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Harrison in action at the Lexington camp. Willie Cauley-Stein has also been volunteering at a ProCamps program in Cincinnati, not far from his old Kentucky home.

Earlier today, Towns had the chance to speak with the media about his time in the NBA thus far while also reminiscing on his time at Kentucky.

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Reminder: How to watch our own Matt Jones emcee Fancy Farm

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Here is your friendly reminder that at 3:00 p.m. our very own Matt Jones will be emceeing Fancy Farm live on KET and CSPAN. The preview show begins at 2:30 p.m. so go ahead and turn off your Netflix and engage in your civic duty while also supporting your favorite radio show host.

We’re going to give you a little recap from Tyler Thompson’s rundown this morning to prep you for the main event.

Here’s the speaking order:

Speaking Order                                           Minutes
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Mr. Mark Wilson, Chairman…….…..Welcome/Intros

Bishop William Medley………………Invocation

Ms. Ramsey Carpenter……….……..My Old Ky Home

Ms. Carson McKee…………..………The National Anthem

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Matt Jones – Emcee……………………………..3

Rep. Richard Heath (R)………………………….2

Sen. Stan Humphries (R)…………………..….2

Cong. Ed Whitfield (R)…………………..….….3

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R)…………………..…5

Gov. Steve Beshear (D)…………………………5

*Gov. Cand. Jack Conway (D)…………………5

*Gov. Cand. Matt Bevin (R)…………………….5

Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen (D)…………..…………….2

*Lt. Gov. Cand. Jeanean Hampton (R)…….…4

*Lt. Gov. Cand. Sannie Overly (D)…………….4

Ag. Comm. James Comer (R)…………………2  (pending)

*Ag Comm. Cand. Jean Marie Spann (D)…….4

*Ag. Comm. Cand. Ryan Quarles (R)…..…….4

*Att. Gen. Cand. Andy Beshear (D)…..………4

*Att. Gen. Cand. Whitney Westerfield (R)……4

*Sec. of State Incum. Alison Grimes (D)……..4

*Sec. of State Cand. Steve Knipper (R)…..….4

*Aud. Incum. Adam Edelen (D)……………….4

*Aud. Cand. Mike Harmon (R)…………………4

Treas. Todd Hollenbach (D)………………..…..2

*Treas. Cand. Allison Ball (R)……………….…4

*Treas. Cand. Rick Nelson (D)…………………4

 

And again, if you’re not in the viewing area you can tune in at www.ket.org/fancyfarm.


Five-star shooting guard Rawle Alkins to Visit Big Blue Madness

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Five-star shooting guard, Rawle Alkins, announced following his opening game at the adidas Uprising All-American Camp that he will be making a visit to Kentucky this October for UK’s annual Big Blue Madness. While Drake’s previous appearance at the event was part of the appeal for Alkins’ visit, he says Coach Cal has played a huge role in peaking his interest.

“His resume speaks for itself. I see what he does, he knows what I do and he just gets it done,” Alkins said. “What I like about him is, he knows his job. People want to go to his school. You get an offer from Kentucky, they’re gonna be in your top 5 no matter what, even if you’re not going there.”

The New York native isn’t expected to make a decision until next Spring, which gives Kentucky plenty of time to recruit hard against competitors like St. John’s and Indiana.

More: [Rawle Alkins to Visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness]


Cal and Towns talk upcoming season and alumni charity game

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Coach Calipari and former Wildcat Karl-Anthony Towns spoke with the media today at ProCamps to talk the upcoming season and this year’s alumni game vs. North Carolina.

Towns is happy to be back in Kentucky to help out as a counselor at ProCamps, saying “It’s good to be home.” He made mention of one of Cal’s new Cats, Jamal Murray, calling him a “smooth operator” while Cal noted they’ve got a special player in him. Towns also had the chance to play against UK recruit Skal Labissiere yesterday and complimented his abilities but also noted, “there’s a reason I’m a pro and he’s a rookie.” Coach Calipari joked around with Towns about his pro-status, saying he has to go through Towns’ “people” to get in touch (but anything to chat with Karlito, right?).

Both Cal and Towns skated around the topic of potential UK big man, Isaac Humphries, saying the Cats hope to add one or two more players this year. This leads Cal’s biggest question in the offseason to be not how many people will play, but how they will play as a team, especially with potential new additions.

Calipari was also eager to discuss the upcoming UK Alumni Charity Game vs. North Carolina and the special honor they will be giving to the late Dean Smith. But in classic swaggy Cal form, he didn’t shy away from making stabs at the competition. “You can imagine if it’s North Carolina’s players against our players, one, they’d lose,” he said.


The Fanciest Saturday Morning Links

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-Our own Matt Jones is emceeing this year’s Fancy Farm festivities and the IdahoStatesman.com is predicting Jones will turn up the volume this year. The man talks about Kentucky sports for a living, how could he not get the crowd going?

-Karl-Anthony Towns showed off his playful side that is oh so familiar to Kentucky fans (hint: Karlito) while visiting Louisville for the Big Blue ProCamp at Hoops Friday. A towering force in the front court and a child at heart, Towns is eager to transition to the NBA and make the BBN proud.

-University of Kentucky offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson is dishing on what he looks for in a quarterback. Accuracy seems to be the key for Dawson, and is what will hopefully propel Kentucky forward this season.

-Yesterday another female entered into the big leagues as Hall of Famer, Nancy Lieberman, was hired as the new assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings. She joins Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs as another female assistant coach in the NBA. One small step for woman, one giant leap for womankind.


Report: Australian forward Isaac Humphries expected to enroll at Kentucky for the upcoming season

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We told you last night about big man Isaac Humphries being on campus along with Jamal Murray. Well we learned this morning that the Australian native, is expected to enroll at Kentucky in time to play for Coach Cal and his Cats this season, a source told cbssports.com. The 7-foot forward in the 2016 class who attends school in Indiana, is currently on a visit to Kentucky, but would reclassify to 2015 in order to play for the Cats this season. Humphries averaged 18.9 points and 11.6 rebounds in last year’s FIBA under-17 championships. Stay tuned to KSR for more info regarding Humphries’ official announcement.


Fancy Farm’s Saturday Morning Wakeup

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I am not a political person, but I do feel a little bit of pride this morning as we get ready for the Fancy Farm Picnic, Kentucky’s political event of the year. Why? Our own Matt Jones is the emcee and he, Ryan Lemond, and Drew Franklin will be on stage while pundits, political nuts, and, yes, KSR fans, tune in to watch the drama unfold at 3 p.m. ET on KET.

There will be headlines — Matt Bevin vs. Jack Conway, Mitch because he’s Mitch — but I’m much more interested in how much BBQ Ryan eats and watching him and Drew try not to mess anything up or knock something over on television. If you’re in the KET viewing area, tune in at 2:30 p.m. ET. (There’s apparently a thirty-minute pregame show before the speeches begin.) If you’re not in the viewing area, don’t worry. There will also be a live stream at www.ket.org/fancyfarm.

Here’s the speaking order:

Speaking Order                                           Minutes
______________________________________________

Mr. Mark Wilson, Chairman…….…..Welcome/Intros

Bishop William Medley………………Invocation

Ms. Ramsey Carpenter……….……..My Old Ky Home

Ms. Carson McKee…………..………The National Anthem

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Matt Jones – Emcee……………………………..3

Rep. Richard Heath (R)………………………….2

Sen. Stan Humphries (R)…………………..….2

Cong. Ed Whitfield (R)…………………..….….3

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R)…………………..…5

Gov. Steve Beshear (D)…………………………5

*Gov. Cand. Jack Conway (D)…………………5

*Gov. Cand. Matt Bevin (R)…………………….5

Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen (D)…………..…………….2

*Lt. Gov. Cand. Jeanean Hampton (R)…….…4

*Lt. Gov. Cand. Sannie Overly (D)…………….4

Ag. Comm. James Comer (R)…………………2  (pending)

*Ag Comm. Cand. Jean Marie Spann (D)…….4

*Ag. Comm. Cand. Ryan Quarles (R)…..…….4

*Att. Gen. Cand. Andy Beshear (D)…..………4

*Att. Gen. Cand. Whitney Westerfield (R)……4

*Sec. of State Incum. Alison Grimes (D)……..4

*Sec. of State Cand. Steve Knipper (R)…..….4

*Aud. Incum. Adam Edelen (D)……………….4

*Aud. Cand. Mike Harmon (R)…………………4

Treas. Todd Hollenbach (D)………………..…..2

*Treas. Cand. Allison Ball (R)……………….…4

*Treas. Cand. Rick Nelson (D)…………………4

And, the rest of the day’s news…

Jamal Murray and Aussie big man Isaac Humphries are on campus

Late last night, word trickled out of Lexington that Jamal Murray and Isaac Humphries are in town for a visit. We still don’t know if Murray will participate in the Canadian National Team training camp for the FIBA Americas Championship, but having him on campus is a good sign. Meanwhile, the 7-foot Humphries is in the class of 2016 and has been playing at La Lumiere School in Indiana. He’s considered the 4th best center in the 2016 class, and could reclassify to join next year’s team. Will he? Stay tuned to KSR this weekend for updates.

The Yahtzee Dice get a breather before Monday

It was a busy week for Mark Stoops and company, but it looks like they’ll get a brief break from rolling the dice. 2017 four-star running back Mohamed Ibrahim will visit Kentucky on Monday, and we’re hearing it’s likely he’ll commit. The 5’9″ 178 lbs. Ibrahim is considered the 18th best running back in the 2017 class and the 9th best player in the state of Maryland, and will bring his teammate, four-star athlete Joshua Paschal, with him. The 6’4″ 255 lbs. Paschal is the brother of former Cat TraVaughn Paschal, considered the 27th best athlete in the 2017 class, and also seems high on the Cats.

All that being said, you never know. Keep the dice on standby just to be safe.

John Calipari’s ProCamps continue

Karl Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, and the Harrison Twins are all in town for John Calipari’s ProCamps, which mean two things:

  • More pictures of the former Cats with fans, which will make you miss them
  • More videos of Booker on that scooter

Hopefully he remembers how to use his legs when training camp starts in September.

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Nazr Mohammed plays in the NBA in Africa game

Starting in about an hour, there’s an NBA exhibition game in Johannesburg, South Africa between “Team Africa,” which includes former Cat Nazr Mohammed, former UofL star Gorgui Dieng, and former Vandy star Festus Ezeli; and “Team World,” which includes former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried, Chris Paul, former Florida star Bradley Beal, Pau and Marc Gasol, and others.

It’s a pretty cool event that will support several charity groups in South Africa. You can watch on ESPN starting at 9 a.m. ET.

You’ll laugh at this PSA starring Coach Taylor

It’s not the same as “Friday Night Lights” being back on TV, but it still made my day.

I’ll spend the day the pool

That is, if the security code at my brother’s old condo complex still works. Nashville needs more public pools, y’all.

Enjoy your Saturday.


July 31st, 2015

Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

#10 bostonceltics


I’m sure she doesn’t even know you’re gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9 Reese Phillips


Wow. That was fast. Welcome back!

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8 Tod Lanter


I hope this actually is not a thing. Please tell me it is not a thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#7 Ray J. Vaske


The Reds would NEVER do that. It’s too good of a program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#6 Chris from Paducah


Math is hard. Is that counting inflation, or?

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Michael Kinney


Apparently geography is hard, too.

 

 

 

 

 

#4 Jason Huber


It’s okay to wear a man purse if it’s a Yeti, right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Rodney Lipps


He will probably have to go to therapy for that one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 J.D. Shelburne


Dear God. I am going to have nightmares.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1 Jeff Archer


Tulane once ruled the SEC. Let that one sink in.

 

 

@Hessler_KSR


Jamal Murray and big man Issac Humphries are on campus

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Photo by @gwayne_11

Jamal Murray has been the story of college basketball this summer with his stellar play in the Pan American games for Team Canada. In fact, Murray’s performances in the Pan Am Games were good enough to put him in contention for the Canadian National Team that will compete in the FIBA Americas Championship from August 31-September 12. Yesterday, we informed you that John Calipari had spoken to The Sporting News‘ Mike DeCourcy and that he’s given Canadian Basketball officials a “drop-dead” date in which Murray has to be on UK’s campus. Well how about this piece of news for your Friday evening? Jamal Murray is currently on campus along with big man, Issac Humphries, for a weekend visit.

Humphries is a class of 2016 7-foot Australian center who has been playing at La Lumiere School in La Porta, Indiana. He currently holds offers from Kansas, Arizona and Illinois. According to 247 sports, he is ranked 52nd nationally and is the No. 4 center in the 2016 class. Humpries is reportedly thinking about reclassifying and possibly joining Kentucky this fall. As our own Matt Jones said on twitter, “Big men like Isaac Humphries are a true mystery and can be a big addition IF they join the program.”

This is not the first time that John Calipari has seen Humphries either, since he watched him play in Indiana in January. Stay tuned to KSR for more on Murray and Humphries.