As we dive into the summer recruiting season, it’s time to brush up on Kentucky’s →
By Ryan Clark on ©May 30th, 2015 @ 5:46pm
The Reds are already tanking. There’s no UK in the NCAAs. Clearly we need another baseball team to root for.
How about Ben Ancheff and the NAIA St. Thomas University Bobcats? Generously listed at 6-2, 300 pounds, Ancheff went viral this weekend due to an appearance on national TV after pitching in the NAIA championship.
A Twitter post yesterday from pitcher Jeff Dally fueled the flames. That led to LostLetterman.com to post the story, calling the pitcher the “Jared Lorenzen” of baseball.
The guy is talented, too. Originally, he played for Georgia before landing at St. Thomas, and this weekend he pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed just one run in the title game before leaving with an arm injury. Unfortunately, Lewis-Clark State rallied from a 7-3 deficit in the sixth inning to win the NAIA title, 10-7.
As LostLetterman put it, Ancheff was the true winner, though. Of course, he has a Twitter page, too, which is sure to improve on its meager 73 followers due to this attention.
Especially now, since Nick Schwartz of USA Today has the story.
Stay with us – more basketball and football news to come!
Go Big Blue!
By Ryan Clark on ©May 30th, 2015 @ 4:30pm
Some draft news …
As per normal, it looks like Karl Anthony Towns will not be working out for any team before the draft. Of course, if I was a virtual lock to be one of the top two picks, I doubt I would work out for anyone, either. And most of the time, the guys thought to go at the top of the draft do exactly that.
ZagsBlog does say Towns will interview with the Twolves and Lakers, which is suposedly more important at this stage of the game, anyway. The teams have seen KAT play the entire season. What they have not done is talk to him at length. In my opinion, that will probably make teams love Towns even more.
Who couldn’t love these kids?
And a Willie update …
Derek Bodner, in a video for USAToday Sports, broke down what he considered to be the top three “safest” picks in the upcoming draft. *Spoiler alert!* Let’s just say the writer is a Willie Cauley-Stein man. Bodner chose Willie, Stanley Johnson of Arizona and Bobby Portis of Arkansas as the “safest” picks in this year’s draft.
Why did he choose them, exactly? And what does that title mean? You’ll have to read and listen to his video for those answers.
I will say this, though – his most recent mock draft had Okafor going No. 1 to Minnesota. So, there’s that.
More Big Blue news throughout the day, including some football stories . . . AND a story on the “Jared Lorenzen” of college baseball.
Go Big Blue!
By BrandonRamsey on ©May 30th, 2015 @ 3:00pm
Kash Daniel burst onto the scene a couple of months ago and has become a national recruit after 247Sports recently gave him a 4th star. The Paintsville, KY native is ranked as the 9th best Inside-Linebacker in the 2016 class and the 226th best player overall. As reported a week or so ago here on KSR, Kash will cut his list to four relatively soon before making a final decision in August. So, what is going on with the big-time recruit?
Kash helped lead Paintsville to a very good baseball season that just ended with a loss to state-bound Lawrence County. The 6’3” 215 pound Daniel hit .374 while driving in 35 runs. He also was very good on the mound, finishing with a 2-3 record and 3.22 ERA. He struck out 44 batters and walked just 16 in 37 innings.
In the weight room Kash just squatted 475 pounds. Video or it didn’t happen? Check out this video on his Instagram.
Off the field, Kash continues to enjoy nearly everyday now that school is out based on the tweets and pictures on his Twitter account.
This is a recruit that Kentucky football fans probably are, and definitely should be, following closely. He continues to shoot up the national rankings and has been making a splash at every camp he attends. Kash has the size and strength to play in the SEC and the matching speed to help him make an instant impact. On top of all of that, he is a Kentucky kid from Paintsville that Mark Stoops and his staff has honed in on as a guy they can’t let leave the state. Currently, his 247 Crystal Ball is 100% UK.
By BrandonRamsey on ©May 30th, 2015 @ 2:00pm
Alexis Johnson is considered one of the best defensive tackles in the country. He is also strongly considering joining Coach Stoops and the Wildcats as part of the Class of 2016. The 6’4” 295 pound Johnson got his first scholarship offer from the ‘Cats awhile back and has since seen his recruiting blow up. His most recent offer came yesterday from Tennessee and he also holds offers from Cincinnati, Baylor, NC State, Louisville, Boise State, Houston, Iowa State, and Kansas.
In an article, on JCfootball.com Johnson said “I talk to to Kentucky a little more than everyone else, we talk about everyday.” He went on to talk about how much he likes UK assistant coach Jimmy Brumbaugh and stated that Brumbaugh visited him at the end of April.
The Fort Scott Community College standout is set to graduate in December, after which he plan to set and take his official visits and make his decision. Kentucky was the first school to offer him and appears to be staying in touch the most, so hopefully Coach Stoops, Coach Brumbaugh, and the rest of the staff can reel in the highly sought after Junior College stud.
By BrandonRamsey on ©May 30th, 2015 @ 1:00pm
Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal had the chance to catch up with Clint Trickett, a former quarterback at Florida State and West Virginia, and now a coach at East Mississippi Community College. He is starting his own coaching career and is trying to model himself after his former coach, UK’s Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson. Trickett said “I didn’t realize how much I learned from him about being a coach.”
Trickett is the son of famous offensive line Coach Rick Trickett who worked for the likes of Nick Saban, Bobby Bowden, and Jimbo Fisher, however he said about his coaching style “I’m more modeling it after him (Dawson) than all of these other people that I have been around.” Throughout the Courier-Journal piece Trickett raved about Coach Dawson, including a phone conversation with Mark Stoops before he hired Dawson as the new Offensive Coordinator.
As Kentucky fans I think we are all excited about the Shannon Dawson era. I have yet to hear a negative thing about the guy as either a coach or person. However, it is always nice to read articles like this where a former player has such glowing remarks about the guy we brought in to lead our offense. Here’s to looking forward to the kickoff of football season!
By BrandonRamsey on ©May 30th, 2015 @ 12:00pm
The good folks at Saturday Down South put out a ranking of the Top 5 sophomores in the SEC East and Kentucky’s own Boom Williams came in at the #4 spot. Boom’s big-play ability was the focus of the piece.
We all know about his playmaking ability, three of his five touchdowns this season came from 50+ yards and he averaged an impressive 6.6 yards per carry. However, he failed to reach 500 yards on the season so we are definitely still expecting more from Boom this year. High expectations for the 5’9” 196 pound running back have now extended beyond just Big Blue Nation. Boom has caught the eye of the country and will have a target on his back each time he steps onto the field this coming fall.
To see more of what Saturday Down South had to say about Boom click here.
By BrandonRamsey on ©May 30th, 2015 @ 11:00am
Our favorite son of lumberjacks, New Zealand native Tai Wynyard has been playing great at the USA Basketball U16 Training Camp according to reports. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express tweeted that Wynyard has lost a lot of weight since the Nike Hoop Summit and was looking great.
Wynyard is currently ranked as the #37 overall player in the 247Sports 2016 rankings. A tweet yesterday from Jeff Borzello gave the latest insight into what the 6’10” New Zealander’s college plans are. Wynyard kept the door open to coming to the United States, and potentially joining the ‘Cats in December, but no plans have been made yet.
By BrandonRamsey on ©May 30th, 2015 @ 10:00am
Good morning everyone! The sport’s world is patiently waiting for the NBA Finals to start and with both UK baseball and softball done for the season we are left without a ton of day-to-day news. Let’s just go ahead and jump in the Saturday Morning Links.
The Chicago Bulls parted ways with Tom Thibodeau after 5 years as their head coach. No, John Calipari is not going to the Windy City, but Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg seems to be the most likely candidate to take over for Thibs.
Despite recent controversy regarding corruption in FIFA, Sepp Blatter was named President for a 5th term. Surely you have already seen the viral video of his acceptance speech, but if not please go watch it and make your day. “I am now the President of everybody.”
Check out this Q&A with new UK Assistant Tony Barbee in the Courier-Journal. Lots of interesting conversation in there.
The Orlando Magic introduced Scott Skiles as their new Head Coach. Skiles spent half of his playing career in Orlando and is making his 5th stop in the NBA. He holds a 443-433 record in 10 seasons on the sidelines.
That is it for now. I will be here bringing you UK news all morning and afternoon. Have a great Saturday!
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©May 30th, 2015 @ 9:30am
Summer is finally here, and according to Instagram, the draft Cats are having some fun in the sun in between their pre-draft workouts. Dakari Johnson, Devin Booker, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Trey Lyles all posted Instagram pics from sunny locales yesterday.
Let’s start with Dakari, who posted that classic Dakari pic above and this one from somewhere in Cali a few days back:
Is it just me or is Dakari looking skinny again?
Meanwhile, Willie is shilling some headphones in Malibu:
And Devin is being Devin, posting pics that will make ladies across the Bluegrass swoon:
Looks like Devin’s got a little chin fuzz going. He’s a man now!
I don’t think Trey is with the rest of the gang in Malibu, but he’s definitely somewhere sunny:
By Miss J.C. Ausmus on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 11:00pm
In case you missed it, yesterday was a milestone step in the renovation of Commonwealth Stadium; the construction team at CWS started laying the new artificial turf yesterday and boy do those endzones sure look beautiful. As of today, we are 99 days away from kickoff. UK Students, in case you haven’t checked you email lately, student season tickets go on sale Tuesday (June 2) at 9 am.
Now, onto the news…
Jamal Murray canceled the Oregon Trip.
In what has got to be good news for Kentucky, Chris Fisher of 24/7 reported today that Jamal Murray will not visit Oregon. Last week, Murray said that he could take up to two months to make that decision, but with the Oregon trip scratched, that puts Kentucky within sights of the number one recruiting class. Come on down, Jamal.
Isaiah Briscoe breaks out the type writer for The Players’ Tribune.
Okay, so I doubt he composed his article on a type writer, but still yet, Briscoe’s piece for Derek Jeter’s The Players’ Tribune is pretty impressive. In “Gone in 15 Seconds”, Briscoe talks about growing up in the Instagram generation where people are much too worried about social media and sharing everything with the world. Although he admits he is also guilty of sharing on social media, his goal is to live in the moment. Click over here to read the article.
The SEC has increased the fines for rushing the field.
One of my favorite things about last season was getting the opportunity to rush the field after that huge win against South Carolina. Now, if Kentucky pulls an upset this season, there will be a $50,000 fine for the first offense, $100,000 for the second, and $250,000 for the third.
Welp I hope we got some money saved up https://t.co/tpihwx1BYd
— Patrick Towles (@patty_ice14) May 29, 2015
I like that kind of talk, Pat.
The Joe Craft Center is getting an upgrade.
Coach Cal revealed to the Cats Pause that the Craft Center will undergo some updates.
“We have to do a little re-do in the locker room area at the practice facility,” Calipari said. “It’s going to be beautiful. This stuff is seven years old now and we’re in there 300 days a year.”
The SEC is rolling in dough.
The SEC made a NCAA-record 455.8 million bucks in revenue in the last year, which will be spread throughout the fourteen schools in the conference at $31.2 million each. The conference has also banned incoming transfers who have been disciplined for sexual assault, domestic violence, etc. while enrolled at another school. If the player had the charges dropped, the conference would then review the circumstances and make the call from there.
Ole Miss got commemorative rings for the bowl game they lost.
Yeah, I don’t know what’s wrong with the Rebels either. In a very Hoosier-like move, Ole Miss handed out commemorative rings for the bowl game that they lost by 39 points to TCU.
— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) May 29, 2015
Come on guys, y’all are better than that.
That’s it for me. Brandon and Ryan will be around all day tomorrow to bring you the latest. Have a great weekend, everyone!
By Andrew Cassady on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 9:30pm
Derek Bodner of USA Today has been breaking down some of the best and worst prospects available in this June’s draft and it should come as no surprise that Willie Cauley-Stein is on the list being with positive remarks. Earlier this week it was revealed that the Knicks have been eying WCS with the number 4 pick while the Boston Celtics are considering trading up to acquire him. Larry Bird even called Trill a “100-million dollar player”. Is he worth all of the hype and a top ten selection? Bodner thinks so as he named WCS the safest NBA draft pick available. Here’s a bit of what he had to say:
Cauley-Stein has always been a good shot blocker, having averaged 2.5 per game over his first two seasons at Kentucky. With the arrival of Karl-Anthony Towns this season Cauley-Stein, was pushed out on the perimeter defensively. While doing that caused a drop in his shot blocking numbers, it also helped showcase just how versatile and unique of a defender he really is.
Cauley-Stein’s as quick and athletic as any 7-footer in basketball. He has physical traits which not only allow him to defend perimeter-oriented big men but also allow him to jump out on ball handlers on the pick and roll, slow them down, and recover back to his man. Cauley-Stein even shows an ability to switch out on, and hold his own against, quick guards that would eat slower-footed big men alive.
[USA Today: Top 3 Safest Draft Picks]
With Willie Cauley-Stein NBA GMs should know exactly what they are getting. A freakish athlete that can guard any position and finish at the rim. He’s been doing that for the past 3 years in Lexington and that makes him a pretty safe bet that he won’t end up a bust like a Kelly Oubre could. In today’s NBA slow footed big men are falling to the wayside in favor of guys who can defend against the guard attack strategy teams are using. No wonder WCS could go as high as fourth.
By Nick Roush on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 8:00pm
– It’s a little disheartening to hear South Campus’ Kirwin and Blanding Towers will be left vacant next year, but it’s probably for the best. For one semester I I roamed the 21st floor of K-Tower, and it was a hell that I will always think of fondly. We ordered $6 “Student Specials” from Papa John’s, played Super Smash Bros, and played laser tag on the 23rd floor. I can’t even mention what went on during the B-Tower floor parties. Most importantly, broken elevators gave me an excuse to start a habit of showing up to class casually late.
Here’s to you Towers, don’t crumble too quickly.
– The SEC made some serious doll hairs this year, $455 million to be exact. Each school will get a piece of that pie, $31.07 to be exact.
– KSR’s Fearless Leader, Matthew Harper Jones, will emcee this year’s Fancy Farm picnic to kick-off the Fall political season. I’m sure the not-so-subtle jabs thrown around between the politicians will make fighting off the heat worth your while.
– This week a fan named their newborn “Cauley-Malone Clark.” I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and place this in “The Good” category, but this poor baby girl is gonna have it rough in middle school. They couldn’t at least name her “Sammie-Cauley” or do the three first names question, “Will-Sam Clark?”
– Mrs. and Mr. Tyler Thomspon celebrated three years of marriage this week, a feat that should not be celebrated likely. Cheers to many, many more.
– The New Commonwealth Stadium Turf is coming together, piece by piece.
– Two words: Sepp. Blatter. FIFA (which is technically an abbreviation, not a word).
– The Bulls fired their head coach, Tom Thibodeau, despite having one of the best winning percentages in the league. The Calipari rumors are inevitable, so strap on your seatbelts and prepare for the BS. Cal did have a pretty timely response to The Cats Pause, “For me to leave something like this, you’re going to have to uproot me.”
– You can now get a ticket in the New York City subways for “man spreading” – spreading your legs to take up two seats. The city that never sleeps is now searching for perps late at night that just can’t keep it together. Regardless of your disposition, you should probably just stay away from New York City subways.
– The people from CBS must be insane to open the college football season with Louisvillle. Seriously, who wants to watch that?
– A member of John Wall’s crew got him kicked off a flight home from Vegas. As a person that just started watching Entourage, I can understand someone pulling a “Johnny Drama golf club road rage incident,” but it’s the type of bad pub that makes Colin Cowherd’s mouth run wild. But hey, it could have been much, much worse.
– Ladies’ lingerie in Lexington and Louisville is in danger. The parade of panty stealing perpetrators has scoured through local Victoria’s Secrets, leaving some employees to worry for their lives. As a fellow panty raider, I understand the thrilling nature of swiping undershorts, but there are succinct differences: my motive was fraternal, whereas there’s are sinister. This type of practice is no laughing matter and I urge the panty parade to reconsider their insidious actions.
– It’s been a couple of days, but I’m still finding it difficult to fathom how you can stab someone in the eye with a fork over the last rib at a barbecue. As an unofficial expert in deliciousness from the grill – especially when it comes to marinading chicken – I understand what it’s like to put the pork on a pedestal. I’ve fought to be in the front of lines, I’ve pushed and shoved fat people out of the way, but never EVER have I considered stabbing someone.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 7:00pm
Hey, everybody! We have good recruiting news for Kentucky! I think?
Jamal Murray canceled his plans to visit Oregon this weekend, his father told Chris Fisher over at The Cats Pause. Following his trip to Lexington, Murray said he will take other visits before making any kind of a decision, and Oregon was to be the first stop. Now that trip is at least on hold for another date, or hopefully called off for good.
Get in here, Jamal.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 6:00pm
Should we worry about John Wall? Yesterday we learned he was removed from an American Airlines flight after someone in his entourage got into an altercation with another passenger; and today he shares a video of his new tattoo: the Joker’s clown mask from The Dark Knight’s bank robbery scene.
Wall can tattoo anything he wants on his body — it’s his body and he’s a G.A.M. — but that’s a very bizarre choice. I guess people will say that about me when I finally get that arm sleeve of my favorite scenes from Forrest Gump.
Do you, John. (But maybe dial it down with the entourage plane fights.)
A video posted by johnwall (@johnwall) on
While we’re on the subject of Wall, Colin Cowherd went on another Wall rant today on his show.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 5:00pm
Any chance of Louisville joining the SEC one day is completely out the window now that the conference has banned incoming transfers with “serious misconduct” issues. That’s any player who was disciplined for sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence while enrolled at another school. In the case the player had the charges dropped, the league will review the circumstances and make a ruling.
When asked about the new rule, Bobby Petrino said, “MORE FOR ME!”