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July 7th, 2015

Lexington attorney wants UK games off “conservative” radio stations

Richard F. Dawahare wants University of Kentucky games pulled from WLAP, the home of all things Wildcats and KSR’s radio shows (morning, pregame and postgame) in Lexington.

Dawahare, an attorney, writes, “It is no secret that these stations are exclusive provinces of conservative ideology. They spew propaganda with a breathtaking lack of regard for truth and with a pervasive tone of contempt and ridicule for those with a different perspective.”

Dawahare missed one important fact here: Matt Jones isn’t spewing conservative ideology, and I’m not sure anyone is on WLAP more than Matt Jones during basketball and football seasons. Not to mention, Ryan Lemond, who may be second to Matt in hours logged on WLAP’s airwaves, would rather take another rabid dog bite than talk politics.

But Dawahare insists the games must be removed from our favorite Lexington radio station. He wants them pulled from WHAS in Louisville, too.

We cannot continue to allow our beloved Cats and Cards to be part of any entity that perpetuates this culture,” he wrote in the Herald-Leader. “When enough of us insist that we use our schools to further their foundational ideals — the pursuit of truth and the betterment of our world — change will come.”

It appears Dawahare adopted our “Facts are optional” mantra here.

[Get our college games off hate-filled radio networks]

Andrew Harrison on NBA TV at 1:00 pm

Andrew Harrison will soon play his third NBA Summer League game with the Memphis Grizzlies. The former Kentucky point guard and his fellow NBA hopefuls will tip off with Orlando’s Blue squad on NBA TV at 1:00 pm. The game can also be seen online through the NBA Summer League Live streaming service.

Harrison needs a strong showing after two mediocre performances over the weekend. He went 5-for-13 from the field in two games, drawing criticism from Memphis basketball columnist Tom Firme:

Josh Riddell explained in his DraftExpress scouting report that Harrison doesn’t finish well, isn’t explosive enough to beat pro opponents off the dribble and settles for difficult shots.

The 20-year-old didn’t show any change in his first two summer league games. He shot 5-of-13 from the field, taking poor jumpers and struggling to finish in tight space.

Without considerable shooting progress, Harrison would need to make his presence felt in areas besides scoring. [Bleacher Report]

Today he will be going up against a backcourt that includes Peyton Siva and 2015 NBA All-Rookie First Team selection Elfrid Payton. Aaron Gordon and “Super” Mario Hezonja, the fifth overall pick in the draft, will also be playing for the Magic.

Tune in.

Josh Forrest named to Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List

Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Forrest is one of 80 players named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced this morning. The Chuck Bednarik Award is given annually to the nation’s top defensive player, regardless of position.

Forrest led Kentucky in tackles last season as a junior, recording 110 tackles with one sack, two interceptions and a forced fumble. The in-state product racked up a career-high 20 tackles against Tennessee, in addition to four other games with double-digit tackles.

Phil Steele named Forrest a 2014 third-team All-SEC selection.

60 days ’till kickoff…

Rawle Alkins heard from John Calipari this morning

Five-star shooting guard Rawle Alkins will compete in the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale with the New York Renaissance this weekend in Atlanta. His first game is tomorrow night against Brookwood Elite of Canada.

But before he travels to the Peach State with his AAU teammates, Alkins had a talk with John Calipari. Alkins tweeted about their chat this morning:

Kentucky currently leads Alkins’ Crystal Ball projections at 50 percent, ahead of Villanova, Indiana, Kansas and Texas. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 4 shooting guard in the 2016 class.

He picked up an offer from Kentucky in May after Calipari watched him a couple of times in April.

Definitive proof that UK owns UofL in sports

Eric Crawford of WDRB Sports did the University of Kentucky a favor this morning in its ongoing rivalry with the University of Louisville. Crawford shared this graphic that shows the two schools’ rankings in the Directors’ Cup all-sport standings over the past 22 years. The Cats finished ahead of the Cards in all but four of those:

Even better, Crawford shared a quote from UofL athletic director Tom Jurich, his acceptance of Louisville’s title as little brother: “My ultimate goal is that I want little brother to be 6-4 and 285. And that’s what we’ve been able to do.”

Read more from Crawford on the UK-UofL rivalry here.

Simply the best radio show from Simply The Best (Tuesday Show Thread)

Ryan Lemond is back from vacation and back with Kentucky Sports Radio for this morning’s stop in Grayson, Ky. The guys will be broadcasting live from Simply The Best Sports Bar and Grill to discuss NBA summer league action and John Calipari’s recruiting manifesto.

Stop by to hear the show and enter to win tickets!

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

Listen to Kentucky Sports Radio

Here’s an updated list of tour stops. We’re still finalizing a few, so be sure to check back as the week goes on.

July 7: Grayson – Simply The Best Bar & Grill
July 8: Pikeville – Bank 253
July 9: Williamson – Appalachian Wireless at South Side Mall
July 10: KY Speedway

July 13: Cynthiana – Cynthiana County Club
July 14: Whitley City – McCreary County Public Library
July 15: London – Sleep Outfitters
July 16-17: TBD

July 20: Whitesburg – Pine Mountain Grill
July 21: Manchester – Clay County Middle School
July 22: Somerset – Sleep Outfitters
July 23: Harlan – Core Fitness
July 24: Fort Wright – Dickmann’s Sports Bar

July 27: Campbellsville – Mr. Gatti’s
July 28: Owensboro – Don Moore GM Center
July 29: Benton – Kennedy’s Fan Shop
July 30: Paducah – Buffalo Wild Wings
July 31: Fancy Farm

August 3: Bowling Green – Chaney’s Dairy Barn
August 4: McKee – Old Courthouse Community Room
August 5: Glasgow – Papa John’s
August 6: Jamestown – Lawless-Smith True Value and Appliance Center (Russell Springs)
August 7: Monticello – Conley Bottom Resort

August 10: Frankfort – Governor’s Mansion
August 11: Maysville – Laurel Oaks Golf Course
August 12: Danville – Sun Tropic Outdoors
August 13: Lexington – All Sports at Fayette Mall
August 14: Louisville

gotc-ksr is giving away UK basketball and football tickets at every tour stop this summer. That’s 33 chances to win, and all you have to do is come out to listen to your favorite radio show. That’s so easy even Ryan Lemond could do it!

Walter McCarty’s Beard’s Tuesday Morning Wakeup


Walter McCarty is an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics and he showed off a long, grey beard during the Celtics’ summer league game on NBA TV last night. I don’t know what look Walt is trying to pull off here, but it may be time he gets his hands on a Harry’s razor.

Also from last night’s game: James Young and his new 20 pounds of muscle scored 12 points in 30 minutes, 11 of those points coming in the second half. A lot of the talk of Young’s game was his hustle. Teammate Marcus Smart said, “We didn’t see much of that last year from James, so that’s real big on his part.”

Terry Rozier added seven points, for the few of you who care.


More NBA Summer League today

Six former Wildcats could possibly see action in five summer league games today. The schedule is as follows:

Orlando Summer League:

1:00 pm: Andrew Harrison (MEM) vs. Orlando Magic Blue
3:00 pm: Aaron Harrison (CHA) vs. Brooklyn Nets
5:00 pm: Dakari Johnson/Marquis Teague (OKC) vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Utah Summer League:

5:00 pm: James Young (BOS) vs. Philadelphia 76ers
7:00 pm: Trey Lyles (UTAH) vs. San Antonio Spurs

Lyles did not play last night as he and his new organization continue contract negotiations. Hopefully a deal is inked today so we can see him in action tonight.

Malik Monk will trim his list to five schools after this weekend.

Monk will compete with his Arkansas AAU team at the Nike Peach Jam, then narrow his list of schools to five. The University of Kentucky will almost certainly make the cut, as will his home state Razorbacks. The two SEC schools make up Monk’s entire Crystal Ball predictions, with Arkansas leading at 71 percent.

We will have more Peach Jam talk later today and throughout the rest of the week.

I loved this quote from John Calipari’s recruiting manifesto yesterday…

“We could have the best backcourt, and maybe the best frontcourt in the country.”

Scroll down if you missed it.

Ballers may be the worst show HBO has ever done.

And I had high hopes for it, too. However, The Brink has been a pleasant surprise so far. Judgment is still out on True Detective. I’m an episode behind.

Ryan returns to KSR in Grayson this morning.

I’m tagging Ryan back in for the co-hosting duties on the KSR tour across the state. He will be in Grayson today with Matt at Simply The Best Sports Bar and Grill, assuming he survived vacation.

With a name like Simply The Best, Simply The Best better be the best. The guys are excited to find out.


July 6th, 2015

Calipari to recruits: Who wants to be next?

We’ve reached that time in the summer when John Calipari uses his website to release his annual recruiting manifesto. This year, rather than sharing another long-winded sales pitch, Calipari simply asked: Who wants to be next?

Every year I come out and shed some light on what I’m doing in recruiting and give an anecdote about how we, as a staff, go about it and what philosophies we believe in. I call it my annual recruiting manifesto.

Typically, these are pretty lengthy. That’s not the case this year.

Last year was truly amazing. I grew as a coach, I learned from the players and I’m absolutely humbled by how they came together and how they sacrificed. Our team benefitted from all the records they set, but individual players benefitted more, and that’s the way I want this. Whatever the team accomplishes, I want the players to benefit more.

Moving forward, when a normal program loses seven players to the NBA it’s devastating for the next three or four years. Some never recover. That’s not Kentucky.

I’m so excited about our team this year. We could have the best backcourt, and maybe the best frontcourt in the country. I think we will have depth, athleticism and shooting. I couldn’t be more excited about the challenge. Then I asked our guys coming back: Why not? Why not do something crazy like last year?

As far as recruiting, if you watch our teams – not only last year, but the other years also – you’ll notice players have improved. Nobody is left behind. We’ve had 40 scholarship-recruited players, 25 have been drafted by the NBA and another handful are in Europe, the D-League or still here on campus. I think that tells the story.

Now I’ll say this to all the recruits and their families: Who wants to be next? []

You see that, 2016 recruits?

Get in here.

Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day


This summer enjoy Wendy’s® new Baconator Fries. Applewood-smoked bacon cooked fresh in our kitchens every day, and melty cheddar cheese, on top of our signature natural-cut fries. Now at a Wendy’s near you.
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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 Justin Sizemore

Totally worth $12 to but them. Please do.








#9 Max Godby









#8 brandon lutsch

Not sure Drew wants male snapchat love.








#7 Ed DeRosa

Same. It’s hard to accept.







#6 christopher williams

Chris. Meet up with Justin and you two can just burn your stuff together. Better yet. Let’s schedule a big BBN bonfire.








#5 Curtis Burch

Best day ever.








#4 DeMarcus Cousins

I have never judged DeMarcus more than this moment.








#3 Chad Anderson

Tomorrow should be fun.








#2 T.J. Beisner

So true. I’m sure he misses those days.








#1 EJ Floreal

EJ has no chill.
(ICYMI: Last year when Karl posted “Happy Fourth” EJ responded with “Get your own holiday.”)


Kentucky Ranks Second In Attendance For The Second Straight Year

Via Wikimedia

The NCAA released attendance numbers for the 2014-2015 season earlier today and for only the third time in the past twenty years Kentucky was not on top. Here’s how the top five shook out:

1. Syracuse (23,854)

2. Kentucky (23,572)

3. Louisville (21,386)

4. North Carolina (19,582)

5. Wisconsin (17,279)

When you consider the official capacity for Rupp Arena is only 23,500 then that means Cawoods Court averaged over a sell-out for the entire season. Contrast that with Syracuse’s Carrier Dome which holds over 35,000 and their higher average attendance is a little less impressive.

The Cats also led the way in total attendance as they pursued a perfect season. Total peoples with eyes on Karl Towns for home, road and neutral games was 845,594. Runner-up Wisconsin brought in a distant 711,115.

We are college basketball.

The Current State of UK’s 2016 Football Recruiting Class

While you were devouring hot dogs and firing whistlin’ bungholes, spleen splitters, whisker biscuits, honkey lighters, hoosker doos, hoosker don’ts, cherry bombs and nipsy daisers at the lake over the weekend, Kash Daniel became Mark Stoops’ 19th commitment in the 2016 recruiting class. Daniel’s pledge bumped Kentucky up to 16th in 247Sports’ team rankings and sixth in the Southeastern Conference. The four-star linebacker became the fifth in-state commit in the class, six shy of Ohio’s 11 prospects with hard commitments to UK.

Tonight, as we recover from the long and exhausting weekend, let’s take a quick look at the 19 young men who make up the current state of Kentucky’s 2016 recruiting class. Some may leave before National Signing Day, but with quality leadership at the top of the class, it’s not crazy to think it will stay intact while adding more top talent.


Hard Commitments:


By State:

Ohio: 11
Kentucky: 5
Alabama: 1
Arizona: 1
Georgia: 1

By Position:

Offensive Line: 3
Defensive Line: 3
Defensive Back: 3
Athlete: 2
Linebacker: 2
Tight End: 2
Punter: 1
Running Back: 1
Quarterback: 1
Wide Receiver: 1

The Commits:

Landon Young
Offensive Tackle
6-7, 270 lbs.
Lexington, KY (Lafayette)

Top247: 99 | 13 OT
247 Sports Composite: 121 | 14 OT
Rivals: 149 | 13 OT
ESPN: 150 | 17 OT
Scout: 202 | 18 OT


Drake Jackson
6-2, 288 lbs.
Versailles, KY (Woodford County)

Top247: 71 | 1 C
247 Sports Composite: 149 | 2 C
Rivals: 244 | 2 C
ESPN: 271 | 4 C
Scout: 102 | 1 C


Kash Daniel
Inside Linebacker
6-1, 235 lbs.
Paintsville, KY (Paintsville)

Top247: 96 | 2 ILB
247 Sports Composite: 484 | 16 ILB
Rivals: — | 15 ILB
Scout:  | 21 ILB


Jordan Griffin
6-1, 170 lbs.
Jonesboro, GA (Jonesboro)

Top247: 285 | 29 CB
247 Sports Composite: 477 | 42 CB
Rivals: — | 38 CB
ESPN: — | 23 CB
Scout: — | 82 CB


Dakota Holtzclaw
Tight End
6-7, 215 lbs.
Columbus, OH (Worthington Kilbourne)

Top247: 931 | 43 TE
247 Sports Composite: 730 | 34 TE
Rivals: —
ESPN: — | 20 TE
Scout: — | 29 TE


Tobias Gilliam
6-0, 185 lbs.
Dayton, OH (Wayne)

Top247: 921 | 87 CB
247 Sports Composite: 858 | 85 CB
Rivals: — | 44 CB
ESPN: — | 44 CB
Scout: — | 84 CB


Jaylin Bannerman
Defensive End
6-6, 215 lbs.
Pickerington, OH (Pickerington Central)

Top247: 922 | 52 WDE
247 Sports Composite: 866 | 52 WDE
Rivals: —
ESPN: — | 73 DE
Scout: — | 54 DE


Gunnar Hoak
Pro-Style Quarterback
6-4, 190 lbs.
Dublin, OH (Dublin Coffman)

Top247: 1070 | 51 PS-QB
247 Sports Composite: 868 | 38 PS-QB
Rivals: —
ESPN: — | 15 PS-QB (****)
Scout: — | 35 QB


Ben Snell
Running Back
5-11, 200 lbs.
Westerville, OH (Westerville Central)

Top247: 640 | 45 RB
247 Sports Composite: 874 | 60 RB
Rivals: —
Scout: — | 49 RB


Roland Walder
6-3, 230 lbs.
Dayton, OH (Trotwood-Madison)

Top247: 760 | 27 ILB
247 Sports Composite: 898 | 34 ILB
Rivals: — | 39 OLB
Scout: —


Zy’Aire Hughes
6-1, 180 lbs.
Paducah, KY (McCracken County)

Top247: 892 | 65 ATH
247 Sports Composite: 902 | 64 ATH
Rivals: —
ESPN: — | 56 ATH
Scout: — | 45 ATH


Kordell Looney
Defensive Tackle
6-4, 285 lbs.
Springfield, OH (Springfield)

Top247: 1062 | 66 DT
247 Sports Composite: 925 | 62 DT
Rivals: — | 46 DT
ESPN: — | 50 DT
Scout: — | 32 DT


Davonte Robinson
6-1, 165 lbs.
Lexington, KY (Henry Clay)

Top247: 899 | 85 CB
247 Sports Composite: 1097 | 106 CB
Rivals: —
Scout: — | 36 CB


Asim (A.J.) Rose
6-2, 185 lbs.
Cleveland, OH (Garfield Heights)

Top247: 773 | 56 ATH
247 Sports Composite: 1074 | 76 ATH
Rivals: — | 26 RB
ESPN: — | 48 ATH
Scout: —


Luke Fortner
Offensive Line
6-5, 278 lbs.
Sylvania, OH (Sylvania Northview)

Top247: 776 | 67 OT
247 Sports Composite: 1370 | 112 OT
Rivals: — | 5 C
Scout: —


Justin Rigg
Tight End
6-6, 240 lbs.
Springboro, OH (Springboro)

Top247: 923 | 41 TE
247 Sports Composite: 1403 | 58 TE
Rivals: —
Scout: —


Ja’Quize Cross
Defensive Tackle
6-3, 292 lbs.
New Market, AL (Buckhorn)

Top247: 1165 | 70 DT
247 Sports Composite: 1472 | 87 DT
Rivals: —
Scout: — | 82 DT


Grant KcKinniss
6-1, 190 lbs.
Findlay, OH (Findlay)

Top247: 1821 | 4 P
247 Sports Composite: 2232 | 4 P
Rivals: —
Scout: —


Kayaune Ross
Wide Receiver (JUCO)
6-4, 220 lbs.
Phoenix, AZ (Phoenix C.C.)

Top247: 40 | 11 WR (JC)
247 Sports Composite: 71 | 16 WR (JC)
Rivals: —
Scout: —

Where Are They Now: Micah Johnson


Kentucky’s Mr. Football in 2005 chose to stay home and attend the University of Kentucky as one of the top linebackers in the nation.

As a true freshman in 2006, Micah Johnson recorded 29 tackles and later was selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team. Johnson made a surprise appearance at running back in the Music City Bowl, scoring a Kentucky’s first touchdown of the game from the one-yard line in the win over Clemson.

In his sophomore season, Johnson recorded 58 tackles and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. As a junior, Johnson finished second on the team in tackles with 93, the best season of his career. Received multiple All-SEC honors, including first team by the SEC coaches, second team by and honorable mentions by the Associated Press. In his final season at Kentucky, Johnson recorded a career-high and team-leading 105 tackles and one sack. Johnson played in a total of 49 games as a Wildcat, finishing with a total of 285 tackles, 23.5 for a loss and 3.5 sacks.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Manuel Johnson (15) runs for yardage against the Miami Dolphins linebacker Micah Johnson (57) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

AP Photo/Mike Fuentes

The New York Giants signed Johnson as an underrated free agent following the 2010 NFL Draft. Johnson was waived on June 21, 2010. The Miami Dolphins signed Johnson in August, where he played in one game and recorded one special teams tackle. Johnson was later waived and was signed to the practice squad of the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson also spent time on the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers’ practice squads.

After an unsuccessful NFL career, the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League signed Johnson as a free agent on May 27, 2013. Johnson played in 12 games in at defensive tackle in his first season. He recorded a total of 16 tackles, two sacks and an interception in Johnson started six games in second season in Calgary, totaling 19 tackles and three sacks. After injuring himself in Game 7, he was placed on the six-game injury list, where he currently stands for the 2015 season.


Johnson plays along other notable Kentucky football alumni, including DeQuin Evans and Garry Williams. The Stampeders are 1-1 in the 2015 season.




Dakari and Teague Struggle in Summer League Today


It wasn’t a great day for former Cats in the Orlando Summer League despite the Oklahoma City Thunder getting the 73-65 win over the Orlando Magic Blue team. Dakair Johnson did get the start at center for OKC but only contributed four points and six rebounds in over 21 minutes of action. Johnson wasn’t in foul trouble, having just three total fouls, but just never seemed to establish a presence on the court, getting just three shots from the field.

Marquis Teague on the other hand had the dreaded DNP-Coach’s Decision. It looks like it will be an uphill battle for Teague to make his way back in the NBA and a DNP-CD doesn’t help.

The Thunder play against the Clippers tomorrow at 5:00.

Who is Calipari’s Biggest Draft Day Win?


Over at 247Sports, Chris Fisher took a look at his 10 biggest draft day wins for John Calipari. Fisher categorizes the draft day wins as guys who flew under the radar to have success on the last Thursday in June, so that ruled out immediately John Wall and Anthony Davis who were sure-fire No. 1 overall picks. It’s hard to argue with the top of his list with Willie Cauley-Stein and Devin Booker coming in as the two biggest draft day wins.

For me though the third biggest win should have been DeAndre Liggins, who was considered nothing but a guy who didn’t listen to his coaches, couldn’t stay out of the doghouse and almost a waste of talent before his junior year when he earned Cal’s trust. The run to the Final Four with Liggins as the defensive stopper and a decent enough shooter made him the No. 53 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

The improvement of Liggins allows Calipari to talk to those guys who might have some baggage or trouble in their past and say ‘look what I did for DeAndre.’

The rest of Fisher’s list was – in order – Eric Bledsoe, Karl-Anthony Towns, Josh Harrellson, Patrick Patterson, Darius Miller, Trey Lyles, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Daniel Orton.

Who do you think was the biggest draft day win?

Marlana VanHoose sang the national anthem on “Fox & Friends”

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I realize it’s now July 6th, but last night’s Women’s World Cup victory still has me feeling patriotic. The good USA vibes continued this afternoon when I saw this clip of Marlana VanHoose singing the national anthem on “Fox & Friends.”

If you read this site regularly, you know Marlana’s story by now, but if you don’t, she was born blind, suffers from cerebral palsy and probably has the most beautiful voice you’ve ever heard. The Denver, Ky. native started singing national anthems at local events, becoming a regular at UK Hoops games, and recently shot to stardom when she did the honors at the NBA Finals. Little Marlana found some time a few weeks ago to stop in and hang out with the gang at the Paintsville tour stop, and will make all of us proud when she sings the anthem at the Home Run Derby at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on July 13.