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April 19th, 2018

Remaining player decisions a reckoning for Calipari’s system

It’s been nine years since John Calipari took the job at Kentucky, and for first time, fans have a legitimate reason to question his system. Oddly enough, the concerns don’t center around one-and-dones, but rather the players who aren’t successful enough to get drafted after one year and feel the need to leave Lexington anyways. For a fanbase that bought in to Calipari’s methods even thought it meant saying goodbye to its biggest and brightest stars so soon, having to watch guys leave that should stay is a very tough pill to swallow.

This reckoning lies in the balance of four players’ decisions: Quade Green, PJ Washington, Wenyen Gabriel, and Jarred Vanderbilt. Let’s start with Quade, who is reportedly considering transferring after losing his starting spot to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander this past season. Yesterday, Calipari met with Quade to encourage him to stay at Kentucky and assure him he’s not being pushed out, but you can see how Quade might think that. Not only did Quade get moved to the two guard midseason — not his natural spot — Calipari suddenly started going after a bunch of five-star guards who could reclassify to join an already guard-heavy roster this fall. It’s only natural that Quade would be concerned; in fact, a good segment of the fanbase has been blasting Cal for pushing him out. Fortunately, as Calipari told Quade yesterday, that doesn’t seem to be the case, but for a coach who is incredibly loyal to his players (remember how loyal he was to the Harrison Twins during the platoon year?), it required some damage control.

The decision that faces Quade is a big one: stay at Kentucky, fight for playing time, and likely end up playing the two guard if Ashton Haggans and/or Tyrese Maxey reclassifies, or transfer, sit out a year, and get a fresh start somewhere else. To a lesser extent, Sacha Killeya-Jones faced the same dilemma and decided to cut bait. Kentucky needs a veteran guard next year (we saw how much it hurt not to have one this year); Quade can fill that void, but could very well decide not to, making this a crucial crossroads for the program.

Similarly, there are rumblings that PJ Washington is leaning towards staying in the draft in lieu of a sophomore year, which would be a mistake. Right now, Washington is a second round pick — maybe first round with a monster performance at the combine — but with another year at Kentucky, he could be a first round pick, especially in what will be a weak draft. Washington and his family know that, but the dream of the NBA is hard to pass up, especially when three of your teammates are on their way. If PJ really is leaning towards staying in the draft, it only furthers my concerns that guys who don’t get drafted after one year feel like failures, which sometimes leads to poor decisions. If PJ comes back, he would be an integral piece to what could be a national championship contending roster. No one else brings to the table what he does in terms of bullying his way to the basket, and his competitive nature and toughness could be the backbone the team needs to make a run. Hopefully, Washington will take the advice he gets at the combine to heart. Knowing him and his family, I believe he will.

Wenyen Gabriel also declared for the draft, and the fact that he hasn’t signed with an agent yet was the best news we could get yesterday. Unlike PJ, Wenyen wouldn’t be drafted this year, but is prepared to explore a pro career in the G-League or overseas regardless. Like PJ, Kentucky would be much better if Wenyen was the roster. Not only do you have a rare contributing junior, you have an experienced energy guy to come off the bench and pick up the freshmen when they inevitably revert. The question for Wenyen is, how much better could he get with one more year at Kentucky? Calipari obviously feels he can help Wenyen’s game more, but is it worth risking injury and being able to immediately help your family? Basically, can Calipari get Wenyen drafted if he stays one more year?

The mystery piece in all of this is Jarred Vanderbilt, who is set to have surgery for the foot/ankle injury that held him out at the end of the season. Because of that surgery, Vanderbilt wouldn’t be able to participate in the combine, making his chances of getting drafted even slimmer. Because of that, he will likely be back, but we haven’t heard anything from Vanderbilt or Kentucky about it, not even whispers. Maybe he and his family don’t even feel the need to confirm he’s coming back, but given the unsettled landscape, it’s natural to worry.

In Jarred’s case, we’ll know by Sunday night, the deadline for players to declare for the draft. Assuming he doesn’t, PJ and Wenyen will have until May 30 to decide whether to stay in the draft or return to school, meaning we’ve got another month of speculating and worrying ahead. Quade’s decision could come much sooner, but if Ashton Hagans truly won’t know whether he can reclassify or not until July or August, we may not know until the Bahamas trip who will truly be on this team and who won’t.

John Calipari’s one-and-done system has produced some of the best basketball in Kentucky’s long and storied history; however, if the kids who should stay don’t, it shows its first signs of failure.


Scouting Florida’s Top Players

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The BatCats will have their hands full this weekend when the number one team in the country comes to town. The Florida Gators are tops in the conference and tops in the nation with a 32-6 overall record and a 12-3 record in conference. Kevin Sullivan leads a team that is coming off the school’s first national championship last June. The Gators return a good portion of contributors from last season. UF might have actually improved since last season with a good crop of experienced players off the championship team. Let’s take a closer look at some of the players that have had big seasons for the Gators through the first half of conference play.

Jonathan India

I am not joking with the stats you are about to read. India is hitting .509 in SEC play with six home runs and 14 RBIs. His on-base percentage is .629 and he is slugging 1.000. It goes without saying that India is leading the SEC in well, everything. It has been a meteoric rise for a guy that hit .274 as a sophomore in 2017. India’s bat speed has improved since last season as well as his ability to launch the ball.

 

Don’t let me be the only one to tell you how good India is. Here is SEC Network’s Chris Burke breaking down India’s swing.

Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar

No team in the country has a better one-two punch on the mound than Florida. Singer and Kowar are both projected as top ten picks come June. The duo has dominated to this point in the SEC. Singer has been the projected top pick in June’s Draft for the last year. The junior was a weekend starter last year and pitched well in the College World Series. Singer has held SEC opponents to a .143 average at the plate thanks to a high-90s fastball and a devastating slider. Florida will have Singer on the mound on Thursday and Kowar on Friday. Kowar has been phenomenal in his last four SEC starts. The junior has gone six or more innings and allowed two or fewer runs in his last four times out. The two aces combined to allowed five runs in 13.1 innings in two wins against UK last season.

Michael Byrne

He’s the Trevor Hoffman of college baseball. When Byrne jogs out to the mound in the late innings, the game is essentially over. Byrne has a 0.84 ERA and ten saves this season as Florida’s closer. Byrne has been a weapon for the Gators that no other team in the country has at their disposal. If Byrne comes in for the final three outs of a game, watch out because he will probably slam the door.


Looking Ahead To UK’s Frontcourt In 2018-19

With Kevin Knox going to the NBA draft and two departures-by-transfer in Sacha Killeya-Jones and Tai Wynyard, Kentucky is guaranteed to be down at least three frontcourt players from a year ago. Throw in PJ Washington and Wenyen Gabriel, who are dipping their toes in the NBA waters, and UK could lose as many as five of its seven frontcourt players.

That leaves only two returners: Nick Richards, who started but played only 14 minutes per game; and Jarred Vanderbilt, who played in only 14 games all year and should have FRAGILE stamped across his forehead.

So how concerned should we be about frontcourt depth in 2018-19? Let’s talk about it.

If Washington and Gabriel return, depth will be more than fine. That would give John Calipari his leading rebounder in Washington and a third-year veteran in Gabriel to go alongside second-year Richards and second-year Vanderbilt. True freshman EJ Montgomery, an early-April addition from the 2018 class, would make a fifth player in the fold, assuming he will soon sign to officially join the club. Give John Calipari those five guys, and you have one of the better frontcourts in the country.

But we can’t get too excited about the best case scenario without fretting the worst. Say both Washington and Gabriel remain in the draft, that would leave only Richards, Vanderbilt and Montgomery. That’s not enough, especially if Richards doesn’t make a significant jump from his first year. There is also the concern with Vanderbilt’s durability given his injury-riddled past, and though Montgomery is highly-rated, we don’t know what he’ll be until we see him in action.

So what’s the backup plan?

Calipari definitely has one in mind and it includes Reid Travis, a former standout at Stanford. Travis has entered his name into the NBA draft but will not hire an agent, and should he return, he will seek a transfer to another school with immediate eligibility next fall. Early reports suggest Kentucky and Duke are the front-runners for his services if he does indeed return to college basketball, which, if true, means Calipari and Coach K will be battling for a player they both need.

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More on Travis: He’s a two-time All-Pac-12 player; he ranks seventh in Stanford history with 1,427 points and 10th in Stanford history with 758 rebounds; and he ranked third in the Pac-12 in both scoring (19.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.7 rpg) last season. The No. 5 power forward out of the 2014 class, Travis spent four years at Stanford but was awarded an additional year of eligibility due to an injury early in his sophomore year.

As of now, Travis is not projected to get picked by any of the mock drafts, and is not ranked within the ESPN top 100 prospects. Barring a change in his stock, it seems likely he would come back for another year of college basketball and Kentucky will want him if Washington and Gabriel do not return.

For what it’s worth, my uneducated guess is I think UK will get one of the two back and still pursue Reid if he’s available.


The KSR Football Podcast: Spring Practice Recap

The KSR Football Podcast is back to break down Kentucky’s 2018 spring football season.  Nick, Freddie and Drew share the best things they saw in the spring game, including…

—  Drew’s exclusive insight into Terry Touchdown.

—  The theme of spring practice enabled growth.

—  Terry Wilson has to figure “it” out.  What exactly must he do between now and September?

—  Freddie compares a part of the spring game to Virginia basketball running the dribble-drive.

—  Cole Hahn or Cole Cubelic?

—  Crock pots, Talladega, Derby, This is Us, Barbara Bush and “I keep a 9 on me like Rondo.”

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “KSR Football Podcast” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Lewis, Antoine aiming for fall decisions

David Butler II | USA TODAY Sports

Now that the April live recruiting period has passed, it’s time to catch up with Kentucky’s targets to see how things stand moving forward.

Adam Zagoria did just that when he checked in with someone close to Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine, two top-10 teammates in New Jersey. Their AAU director, Brian Klatsky, told Zagsblog“They will be taking official visits in August/September and hope to have a final decision prior to the start of their senior year of high school basketball in November.”

The duo hosted Kentucky this past weekend, as well as visits from Duke, Florida, St. John’s and Villanova. They have not mentioned any plans to attend the same college, but they each list Kentucky among the schools they are seriously considering.

Scottie Lewis
Small Forward | 6-5 | 177 lbs.
Eatontown, NJ | Ranney School
AAU: Team Rio
ESPN No. 8 | 1 SF Top247 No. 9 | 2 SF
Rivals No. 11 | 2 SG  247 Comp. No. 6 | 1 SF

 

Bryan Antoine
Shooting Guard | 6-5 | 175 lbs.
Eatontown, NJ | Ranney School
AAU: Team Rio
ESPN No. 7 | 1 SG Top247 No. 8 | 1 SG
Rivals No. 8 | 1 SG 247 Comp. No. 7 | 1 SG

Lewis and Antoine will be in action together this weekend with Team Rio in the first Under Armour Association event of the summer. UK is expected to be in attendance when they do.

[Zagsblog]


247Sports finalizes rankings for the 2018 recruiting class

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It’s class ranking season and 247Sports-dot-com is the next up to finalize its 2018 list.

In 247Sports’ version, EJ Montgomery, not Keldon Johnson, is Kentucky’s top-ranked player. Montgomery earned a No. 6 overall ranking and is considered the No. 1 power forward, ahead of Zion Williamson. Let me write that again: ahead of Zion Williamson in the rankings.

Johnson is ranked much lower in the Top247, way down at No. 16 overall, a one-spot drop in the final update. However, the website named Johnson an honorable mention for its “Best Competitor” award in the class, which went to Duke’s RJ Barrett, the top-ranked player.

Right behind Johnson, you’ll find Immanuel Quickley at No. 17. Quickley is the third-ranked point guard among his peers.

Tyler Herro rounds out the group at No. 36 overall with a four-star rating.

See the entire Top247 here.

Kentucky sits in second place behind Duke in the team rankings, but John Calipari might not be done.


Calipari told Quade Green he wants him back next season

Rumors are flying about a potential transfer for Quade Green, but his head coach wants him back at Kentucky for a sophomore season.

A source close to the truth told KSR that John Calipari met with Green to encourage him to stick around for a second year.

To fans on the outside looking in, it has seemed like Calipari is pushing Green away by recruiting more and more guards to join the backcourt, but that assumption is far from the case. Coach Cal wants Green to return to be the leader of the Wildcats in 2018-19, and that’s exactly what he pitched to him during their offseason meeting.

This news is much better than that silly report that was passed around yesterday.


Lexington’s CentrePointe is actually going to be called City Center

Last weekend I was in downtown Lexington enjoying all the city’s nightlife has to offer, and I noticed some serious construction work going on where the infamous pit was once located. Turns out, the massive CentrePointe project is actually happening, albeit a little behind schedule, and they’ve made some significant progress on the development in recent months.

But there’s a new plot twist in the process: the CentrePointe development (as it’s been known since it was first introduced like 50 years ago) will now be called “City Center.” The new name will be formally introduced a little later today, but I’m telling you now so you can tell your friends and they’ll think you’re in the know. Big time street cred there.

With the name change comes other name changes: the Marriott hotel that will take up a large chunk of the property will be called “Lexington Marriott City Center” and the office building will be known as “One City Center.”

I would tell you when it’s scheduled to be completed but we all know it’ll be another decade or seven before the doors open on that new Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse and all the other places we’ve heard about it. At least it’s got a fancy new name and it’s not a big hole in the ground anymore, though. That’s good.


“Is Ryan Smarter Than A Fifth-Grader?” and more (Thursday Show Thread)

Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond are back in studio with Shannon The Dude on the ones and twos. I don’t know what they’ll be talking about (truth be told, I never know before the show starts) but I do know they’ll be playing “Is Ryan Smarter Than A Fifth-Grader?” because we didn’t get to it yesterday.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (859) 300-3264.

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Today on KSR: Another Domino Falls

Yesterday the KSR meow returned to reveal that Wenyen Gabriel will declare for the NBA Draft.  He will not hire an agent, leaving the door open for a possible return to the team for the 2018-19 season.  The expected move was the right one for right now, but what happens next is anyone’s guess.

There are now just two Wildcats who have yet to state their status publicly, Jarred Vanderbilt and Quade Green.  Vanderbilt’s injury makes it a complicated mystery, something Kentucky fans have grown accustomed to over the last year.  On the other hand, Green is in the center of speculation.  None of the transfer rumors have come from the point guard’s camp, but last night a NBC Sports Boston reporter said he’s likely heading to La Salle.  Huh?

REPORT: Quade Green could transfer from Kentucky, La Salle would be top option

There’s still very little information from either camp.  All we can do is continue to play the waiting game as next year’s roster remains fluid.

It’s a Photoshoot

I’m not posting this video because I wanted to make a dated Gucci Mane reference.  I am posting this video because somebody asked about Dorian Baker on yesterday’s KSR.

The answer: Dorian is healthy enough to jump on C.J. Conrad’s back (who is healthy enough to support him).  If the caller wants to know more about Baker’s road to recovery, read this and know that he’ll be back in time for the season to start.

New Football Flex Packs Available 

Miss your chance to get season tickets?  Don’t worry, you can still get inside Kroger Field this fall with UK’s three-game flex pack from $107 to $175.

  • South Carolina or Georgia
  • Mississippi State or Vanderbilt
  • Central Michigan, Murray State or Middle Tennessee

If that’s not enough, you can get a four-game package from $172 to $248 that will get you a seat to watch the Cats play Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi State and the season-oopener, Central Michigan.  You can also now buy tickets in UK’s allotment for the 2018 road games.  Click here to get in on the action.

New Podcasts Everywhere

For the first time in more than six months, KSR’s fearless leader has recorded a podcast.  The Matt Jones Podcast made its triumphant return with a wonderful conversation with Rex Chapman.  His relationship with the Wildcats provides unique insight into the 2018 basketball team you won’t hear anywhere else.

But wait, THERE’S MORE!  The Funkhouser crew is getting today to recreate the situation, while Aaron Torres brings some heat on the podcast airwaves with NBA draft expert Sam Vecenie.

Tonight’s NBA Playoff Schedule

  • 7:00 — Heat (1-1) vs. Sixers on TNT
  • 9:00 — Pelicans (2-0 lead) vs. Portland on NBATV
  • 9:30 — Spurs vs. Warriors (2-0 lead) on TNT

April 18th, 2018

Tracking Calipari: Cal’s schedule during April recruiting period

Today marks the end of college basketball’s early recruiting period. Sad, I know.

But no one is more sad than John Calipari, who will now have to find new things to do to occupy his time, because the rules restrict him from visiting high school prospects for a while. (Although he’ll soon be traveling to watch them play AAU ball throughout the summer.)

It was a busy April for Calipari, though; maybe his most grueling to date. You see, since losing Zion Williamson to Duke and falling behind Coach K in recruiting in the eyes of the college basketball public, Coach Cal has been on a mission to reclaim his throne as the best in the business. He was very active over the 10-day recruiting period — which began at noon on April 5, had a short intermission of dead time April 9-12, and ends today — and it didn’t take long at all for him to produce results. He landed two commitments only days into the session, and put Kentucky in great position to land several others, at least one of whom could decide soon.

Calipari checked in with several of the top-rated players in the Class of 2019, and though there is still a lot of work to be done, it seems to have been a successful April. Lord knows how much jet fuel he burned in the process, too.

Here’s what we do know about his travels:

 

Thursday, April 5

The first day of the live recruiting period saw a double-header of visits for Calipari. One of those visits was to Covington, Ga., to see Ashton Hagans, a five-star guard in the 2019 class. You should know Hagans’ name and story by now because he committed to Calipari on the spot, and then announced his commitment publicly the following Tuesday.

Ashton Hagans
Point Guard| 6-4 | 185 lbs.
Covington, GA | Newton
AAU: Georgia Stars
ESPN No. 18 | 3 PG Top247 No. 6 | 1 PG
Rivals No. 6 | 2 PG 247 Comp.  No. 8 | 1 PG

Calipari also saw another five-star point guard on opening day when he traveled to Garland, Tx., to see Tyrese Maxey.

Tyrese Maxey
Guard | 6-3 | 185 lbs.
Garland, Tx. | South Garland
AAU: RM5 Elite
ESPN No. 14 | 3 SG Top247 No. 17 | 2 PG
Rivals No. 11 | 3 SG 247 Comp. No. 13 | 2 PG

His pitch to both prospects was the same: commit to Kentucky, reclassify to play college basketball next fall, and be a part of something special in Lexington.

Hagans did the first part, and is expected to eventually do the other two. Maxey may also join him.

Friday, April 6

Day 2 of the recruiting period sent Calipari to Rochester, Mn., where he visited Matthew Hurt, and to Fort Wayne, Ind., where he met with Keion Brooks.

Matthew Hurt
Power Forward | 6-9 | 200 lbs.
Rochester, MN | John Marshall
AAU: D1 Minnesota
ESPN No. 5 | 2 PF Top247 No. 4 | 2 PF
Rivals No. 5 | 3 PF 247 Comp. No. 4 | 2 PF

He told Hurt he will only recruit shooters in the future, which is a change in strategy from his emphasis on athletes who can drive but may not be great shooters. Hurt fits the mold.

Keion Brooks
Forward | 6-8 | 185 lbs.
Fort Wayne, IN | North Side
AAU: Spiece Indy Heat
ESPN No. 30 | 9 PF Top247 No. 16 | 5 SF
Rivals No. 36 | 13 PF 247 Comp. No. 22 | 6 SF

Brooks, though not ranked as high as many of the other prospects on UK’s board, has been a target for a long time and Cal’s trip to see him early in the spring is a sign that he is still a priority.

Saturday, April 7

While many of you were enjoying the Blue Grass Stakes Race during the first weekend of Keeneland, as was I, Calipari was pulling his third straight two-a-day on the recruiting trail.

He traveled to just outside of Memphis, Tn., to visit his first commitment in the 2019 class, DJ Jeffries, to check in on things since the hiring of Penny Hardaway.

DJ Jeffries
Forward| 6-7 | 185 lbs.
Olive Branch, MS | Olive Branch
AAU: Team Penny
ESPN No. 17 | 4 SF Top247 No. 27 | 8 SF
Rivals No. 47 | 16 PF 247 Comp.  No. 26 | 8 SF

He also paid a visit to the No. 2 player in the class, Vernon Carey, despite heavy speculation Carey prefers Duke.

Vernon Carey
Power Forward/Center | 6-10 | 245 lbs.
Fort Lauderdale, FL | University School
AAU: Nike Team Florida
ESPN No. 2 | 1 C Top247 No. 2 | 1 PF
Rivals No. 1 | 1 PF 247 Comp. No. 2 | 1 PF

Carey lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fl., and is the son of the former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman of the same name. He’s considered to be just as good as James Wiseman; Rivals.com even has him ranked ahead of Wiseman.

Sunday, April 8

Sunday was a big day for Calipari because it earned him a commitment for the current class. He stopped by Marietta, Ga., to see EJ Montgomery, who announced his commitment to Big Blue Nation the very next morning.

EJ Montgomery
Power Forward | 6-10 | 215 lbs.
Marietta, Ga. | Wheeler HS
AAU: Atlanta Celtics
ESPN No. 16 | 5 PF Top247 No. 6 | 2 PF
Rivals No. 11 | 2 PF 247 Comp. No. 12 | 3 PF

EJ Montgomery was also considering Duke.

It was Calipari’s last stop of the weekend before an intermission in the visits.

Monday, April 9

DEAD PERIOD

Tuesday, April 10

DEAD PERIOD

Wednesday, April 11

DEAD PERIOD

Thursday, April 12

DEAD PERIOD

Friday, April 13

When the action picked back up for a second weekend, Calipari was spotted drinking coffee and making phone calls in New York City.

If there were ever a person to actually Run On Dunkin’, it’s Cal. He loves that stuff.

I have no idea what he did with the rest of his time in the Big Apple.

Saturday, April 14

He visited a pair of New Jersey teammates, Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine, on Saturday. Unrelated: I think it’s unfair two top-10 players are on the same high school team.

Scottie Lewis
Small Forward | 6-5 | 177 lbs.
Eatontown, NJ | Ranney School
AAU: Team Rio
ESPN No. 8 | 1 SF Top247 No. 9 | 2 SF
Rivals No. 9 | 2 SG  247 Comp. No. 6 | 1 SF
Bryan Antoine
Shooting Guard | 6-5 | 175 lbs.
Eatontown, NJ | Ranney School
AAU: Team Rio
ESPN No. 7 | 1 SG Top247 No. 8 | 1 SG
Rivals No. 7 | 1 SG 247 Comp. No. 7 | 1 SG

He also met with Jalen Lecque, a New York product who is playing his high school ball in North Carolina.

Jalen Lecque
Guard | 6-4 | 175 lbs.
Bronx, NY | Christ School (NC)
AAU: Southern Stampede
ESPN No. 10 | 2 PG Top247 No. 10 | 2 CG
Rivals No. 13 | 2 PG 247 Comp. No. 12 | 2 CG

Lecque is a five-star point guard in the class and he too is hearing the same reclassify pitch as Hagans and Maxey.

Sunday, April 15

Maxey received another visit, his second in April, when Calipari returned to Texas for more.

Tyrese Maxey
Guard | 6-3 | 185 lbs.
Garland, Tx. | South Garland
AAU: RM5 Elite
ESPN No. 14 | 3 SG Top247 No. 17 | 2 PG
Rivals No. 11 | 3 SG 247 Comp. No. 13 | 2 PG

It’s clear Calipari really wants him.

Monday, April 16

Cal finally made it to Memphis to see his top target of them all, James Wiseman, on Monday. Wiseman is the No. 1 overall prospect in the class and, until the hiring of Penny Hardaway at Memphis, was heavily favoring Kentucky.

James Wiseman
Power Forward/Center | 6-11 | 210 lbs.
Memphis, TN | Memphis East
AAU: Team Penny
ESPN No. 1 | 1 PF Top247 No. 1 | 1 C
Rivals No. 2 | 2 PF 247 Comp.  No. 1 | 1 C

Wiseman is still favoring Kentucky, but it will be a fight now that his AAU coach is the head coach of the Tigers, and he is staying put in the Class of 2019.

Wiseman shared this photo from the visit:

First In-Home Visit was a Success. #BBN???

A post shared by James Wiseman (@bigticket_j13) on

Tuesday, April 17

Calipari visited a 2020 prospect on Tuesday when he saw Ethan Morton, the No. 59 overall high school sophomore, just outside of Pittsburgh. It’s likely the case that Calipari was in the area for other reasons and took a moment to check in on Morton, although his interest in the 6-4 shooting guard is legitimate.

Wednesday, April 18

Relaxing somewhere secret.


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But it’s so cute.

#5 Danny Palmer


Well re-subscribe!

#4 Dwayne Craig


Yes please.

#3 Adam Saalwaechter


One of my favorites!

#2 Joanna


BBNBA

#1 Derek Petrey


We love you Wenyen!!!


WATCH: Matt Jones moderates Hey Kentucky Democratic Primary Debate

Tonight, Hey Kentucky hosted the Sixth District Democratic Primary Debate at the Carrick Theater at Transylvania University.

Matt Jones moderated the event, where he asked Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, retired Lieutenant Colonel Amy McGrath, and State Representative Reggie Thomas some hard-hitting questions about their thoughts on several different issues in the state.

You can check out the entire debate below:

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Louisville Wide Receiver, UK Target, Decommits from the Cards

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One Kentucky kid has made it known that he’s available, and looking.

Louisville Butler wide receiver Demontae “TaeTae” Crumes announced on Twitter that he has reopened his recruitment.  “I just want to make sure I’m making the right decision for me,” Crumes said.

The 6’1″ senior-to-be committed to Louisville on February 19.  It just so happens that Mark Stoops’ staff extended a scholarship offer to Crumes five days later.  Coincidence?  I think not.

A three-star prospect, he was an All-State Honorable Mention after catching 30 passes for 770 yards and 14 touchdowns.  I watched him catch a couple of those you’ll see in the highlight below.  His spectacular playmaking ability almost single-handedly defeated my alma mater.  Crumes has got jaw-dropping juice, and that’s exactly why Kentucky is heavily pursuing him.


The Matt Jones Podcast E65: Rex Chapman

After an extended hiatus, Matt Jones has picked back up the podcast microphone.  The 65th edition of The Matt Jones Podcast is an extended conversation with former Kentucky Wildcat and current UK Sports Network broadcaster, Rex Chapman.  They touch on a variety of topics, like…

—  Is Rex worried that UK has developed a culture of failure if you stay in school?

—  Why Rex believes Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the most NBA-ready Wildcat.

—  Will P.J. and Wenyen stay in the NBA Draft?

—  Rex had to convince Rondo not to leave UK, on more than one occasion.

—  His relationship with Cal…and his infamous National Championship pregame Tweet.

—  How his opioid addiction started and what makes it different.

—  The rehab process and Rex’s message to those who are fighting addiction.

You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay or check it out on the Stitcher app.

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