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July 4th, 2015

How much have Cal’s players made in the NBA?

(Photo: John Wall, USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo: John Wall, USA TODAY Sports)

On this Independence Day, it has been a time to celebrate some of the strengths of our beautiful country. Sure, not everything about America’s great; the media likes to remind to us every day. But when all is said and done, we still live in a place where you can become a millionaire if you’re good at putting a ball through a hoop. That’s something worth celebrating, at least.

John Calipari is the best in the game at turning college basketball players into millionaires. In his six years at Kentucky, he’s put 25 players in the NBA. According to the Courier-Journal, the total worth of their future contracts is around $726 million. Not too shabby. But how much money have his players ALREADY put in their pockets? According to spotrac.com, here are the total cash earnings of each of Kentucky’s NBA players that Cal has coached:

John Wall $37,717,125
Demarcus Cousins: $29,838,286
Enes Kanter: $25,567,009
Anthony Davis: $23,198,010
Eric Bledsoe: $20,104,069
Brandon Knight: $15,880,357
Patrick Patterson: $14,434,196
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: $14,429,520
Nerlens Noel: $6,487,440
Terrence Jones: $4,655,520
Marquis Teague: $3,052,640
Julius Randle: $3,064,800
Archie Goodwin: $2,176,680
James Young: $1,674,480
Darius Miller: $1,662,476
Daniel Orton: $883,370
Deandre Liggins: $381,193
Josh Harrellson: $381,193

Total Earned: $205,588,364

So far, Cal’s Cats have already earned around $206 million – a total greater than the GDP of three different countries. And this isn’t even considering money earned from endorsements and overseas’ play. With the money guaranteed on their upcoming contracts, it’s clear that the total money earned by John Calipari’s players will soon be exceeding $1 billion.

You listening, recruits?


Watch Kentucky down the Cards all over again.

We have been talking about Kentucky’s takeover of the SEC Network for a week now, but if you don’t feel like going out to celebrate our great nation’s independence and watch some fireworks, you can celebrate in another way. At 10 o’clock tonight, the SEC network will be showing the 2014 Louisville vs. UK game, and you know what they say, when UofL loses, America wins. 

Here’s the highlights to hold you over until game-time.

 


There’s nothing more special than soldiers coming home.

(H/T UK Athletics)

(H/T UK Athletics)

While it isn’t Memorial Day or Veteran’s Day, it’s important to remember what we are celebrating on this Saturday afternoon. We definitely wouldn’t have the freedom to kick back with a hot dog and a nice, cold drink and watch fireworks with our families if it wasn’t for the thousands of brave men and women who put their lives on the line for us every single day and gave their “last full measure of devotion.”
It brings a tear to my eye every single time I watch a serviceman or woman come home to their family. In case you have forgotten, Kentucky’s own Air Force Senior Master Sergeant James A. Allegrezza surprised his family at the UK vs. Buffalo game this past season. I was at the game and there wasn’t a dry eye around.

On behalf of all of us at KSR, I want to thank all the servicemen and women who are out there fighting for the freedoms we so easily take for granted. Happy Fourth of July everyone!


Updated Cats in the NFL list

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With little over two months until the NFL season begins, let’s take a look at an updated list of all the teams that our former football Cats play on. The first game of the NFL season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 10 with the Pittsburgh Steelers (Bud Dupree) and the reigning Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots.

Randall Cobb: Green Bay Packers

— First game: @ Chicago at 1:00

John Conner: Buffalo Bills

— First game: vs. Colts  at 1:00

Bud Dupree: Pittsburgh Steelers

— First game: Thursday game @ New England at 8:30

Winston Guy: Indianapolis Colts

— First game: @ Buffalo at 1:00

Stevie Johnson: San Diego Charges

— First game: vs. Detroit Lions at 4:05

Ricky Lumpkin: Oakland Raiders

— First game: vs. Bengals at 4:25

Tim Masthay: Green Bay Packers

— First game: @ Chicago at 1:00

Chris Matthews: Seattle Seahawks

— First game: @ St. Louis at 1:00

Corey Peters: Arizona Cardinals

— First game: vs. New Orleans at 4:05

Za’Darius Smith: Baltimore Ravens

— First game: @ Denver at 4:25

Jacob Tamme: Atlanta Falcons

— First game: Monday night vs. Philadelphia at 7:10

Danny Trevathan: Denver Broncos

— First game: vs. Baltimore at 4:25

Larry Warford: Detroit Lions

— First game: @ San Diego at 4:25

Avery Williamson: Tennessee Titans

Wesley Woodyard: Tennessee Titans

— First game: @ Tampa Bay at 4:25

 

I am already looking forward to watching Bud and Za’Darius make their NFL debuts! And the great thing about this, each year this list will get longer and longer. #StoopsEffect


Kentucky’s best Canadians

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Even though it is the 4th of July, the most American and patriotic day of the year, I thought we could talk about Canada. Following Jamal Murray’s decision to come to Kentucky, I decided to look back at all the Canadians that have played basketball at Kentucky.

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Jamaal Magloire (Toronto, Ontario)

— Played for Kentucky from 1996-2000, where he averaged 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in four years

— Played in 145 games and scored a total of 1064 points; scored a career-high of 23 points twice against Vanderbilt and South Carolina in 2000

— Spent 12 years in the NBA; played for the Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trailblazers, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors

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Bernard Cote (St. Lambert, Quebec)

— Played for Kentucky from 2002-2004 before transferring to Northwestern following his sophomore season

— In 52 total games played, Cote scored a total of 60 points, averaging 1.1 points per game; scored a career-high of seven points against Vanderbilt in 2004

— In his one season at Northwester, he averaged 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game

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Sheray Thomas (Montreal, Quebec)

— Played for Kentucky from 2003-2007, where he averaged 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in four years

— Played in 117 games and scored a total of 308 points; Thomas scored a career-high of 13 points against Georgia in 2006

— Played in Canadian NBL for the St. John Mill Rats and the Montreal Jazz

The UK men's basketball team participates in photo day at Joe Craft Center on August 22, 2012 in Lexington, KY. Photo by Britney McIntosh | UK Athletics

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Kyle Wiltjer 

— Wiltjer was actually born in Portland, Ore., but has dual citizenship because his father is Canadian and played for the Canadian national team in the 1984 Olympics; Wiltjer has committed to play for Canada at the international level

— Played for Kentucky from 2011-2013 before transferring to Gonzaga following his sophomore season; won a national championship in 2012 and was named SEC Sixth Man of the Year in 2013

— Played in a total of 73 games where he scored a total of 535 points, where he averaged 7.3 points per game in two seasons; scored a career-high of 26 points against Ole Miss in 2013

— After sitting out a season at Gonzaga, Wiltjer averaged 16.8 points per game in his first season with the Bulldogs; Wiltjer returned to Gonzaga for senior season

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UK Athletics

Trey Lyles (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

— In one season at Kentucky, Lyles played in a total of 36 games (started 21 of those games), where he scored 313 points, averaging 8.7 per game

—Scored in double figures in 13 of 36 games, including eight of the season’s final 14 games; recorded two double-doubles on the year

— Was named SEC Freshman of the Week twice and was to the 2015 All-SEC Freshman team; Lyles was selected 12th overall to the Utah Jazz in the 2015 NBA Draft

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Mychal Mulder (Windsor, Ontario)

— A JUCO transfer from Vincennes State chose to play at Kentucky over Indiana, Wichita State and Creighton; will have two years of eligibility left at Kentucky

— Mulder averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during his sophomore season, while shooting 46.3% behind the three-point line

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Jamal Murray (Kitchener, Ontario)

— A five-star shooting guard ranked as the ninth-best prospect by 247 Sports and fifteenth-best by Rivals; reclassified to the 2015 class

— As a member of the Canadian team, Murray scored 30 points against the U.S. at the Nike Hoop Summit it Portland followed by 29 points at the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game

— Draft Express has Murray projected to go 21st overall in a mock 2016 NBA Draft; more than likely his stock will rise following his freshman season at Kentucky

 

 

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Kash Daniel is already taking shots at Louisville.

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That didn’t take long. Not even an hour after making his decision this afternoon, Stoops’ latest gem was already taking shots at the dirty birds.

After Kash’s announcement, Freddie Maggard tweeted out that a whole lot of nastiness that has been missing is coming to Nutter. Can’t say I disagree. Attitude and confidence counts for a lot in any sport, and it’s a good sign that Kash is already showing out.

Eastern Kentuckians (and our accents) for the win, y’all.

 


Kentucky’s best fireworks shows

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The 4th of July cannot be celebrated correctly without seeing some kind of firework show. In the spirit of the holiday, I found a list created by onlyinourstate.com of Kentucky’s 12 Amazing Fourth of July Firework Shows.

 

12. Sate Dock 4th Celebration (Lake Cumberland Sate Dock Marina)

11. Wildcat Fireworks (Downtown Lexington)

10. Citizens First Thunderfest Independence Day Celebration (Corvette Museum in Bowling Green)

9. Barren Lake 4th of July (Barren River Lake Resort Park

8. Sparks Along the River (Ventura River Family Water Park)

7. Taylorsville Independence Day Fireworks (Taylorsville State Park)

6. Freedom Bash and Fireworks (Diamond Lake State Resort in Owensboro)

5. Rumble on the Rough (Rough River Dam Resort Park)

4. Freedom Fest with Briggs and Stratton Fireworks (Murray)

3. Fourth of July Celebration (Memorial Park in Independence)

2. Thunder over Eddy Bays (Eddy Creek Marina Resort)

1. Old Fashioned Crescent Hill 4th of July (Peter Dumesnil House in Louisville)

 

 

So Big Blue Nation, is this list accurate or not? Are any of you going to one of these show tonight? Let’s hear your opinions and thoughts! As always the people of KSR wish you a safe, fun and happy 4th of July!

 


Coach Calipari: “Don’t be afraid to be different”

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It might be a holiday, but we all know Cal never stops. Coach Calipari took some time out of his busy holiday (and the SEC takeover) to send some words of wisdom to his fans.

 

“Two things come to mind for me as I walk this boardwalk: One, don’t be afraid to be different, don’t be afraid to look different, dress different, or think different, but also allow others to do the same. You have that freedom in this country and it is protected.”

 

Cal goes on to say this helps you create a shield against ‘all attacks and naysayers’. Basically this is what he was trying to say:

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Read the rest of what Cal has to say in the article here. 

 

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From the KSR vault: How Kash Daniel went from Eastern Kentucky boy to red-hot recruit

**Ed note: I wrote this profile of Kash two months ago. Now that he’s a Cat, it seems appropriate to share again.**

The past ten days have been the craziest of Kash Daniel’s life. Two weeks ago, the 6’3″ 230 lbs. linebacker from Paintsville only held offers from Austin Peay, Ball State, Charlotte, Marshall, and Troy. After a breakout performance at the Rivals Camp in Charlotte in which he was ranked the sixth best defensive performer, major offers began pouring in, starting with Kentucky on April 27.

“Being a kid from Kentucky, it felt really good,” Kash said of receiving a scholarship offer from Mark Stoops. “You grew up watching Kentucky football, and to get an offer from Coach Stoops and that staff really means a lot. From the way that the program’s headed, it’s such a really high honor for me.”

The next day, Louisville offered. A few days after that, South Carolina and Purdue. Tomorrow, Ohio State is coming to town to watch him practice. That’s pretty huge for Paintsville, a small town nestled in the foothills of Eastern Kentucky.

“The whole community knows about it because it’s pretty exciting. It’s not every day you get the defending National Champions coming to a small town like Paintsville,” Kash said. Kash works at a car wash during the summer, and said his old boss texted him when he heard the news.

“He randomly texted me the other day and said, ‘I heard Ohio State’s coming to practice.’ If he knows about it, the entire town of Paintsville knows about it, and if the entire town of Paintsville knows about it, then all of Eastern Kentucky knows about it.”

“Being from Eastern Kentucky, you kind of get looked down on because of where you’re from.”

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Eastern Kentucky isn’t just where Kash is from, it’s who he is, and one of the first things he mentioned when we spoke. Kash doesn’t just want to be a football player, he wants to be a trailblazer for his region, which is why Stoops’ focus on in-state talent hits home.

“It shows there are kids in Kentucky that can play as well. I’m the only kid from Eastern Kentucky that’s got a Division I offer. I’m the only kid in Eastern Kentucky that’s been ranked by Rivals. Being from Eastern Kentucky, you kind of get looked down on because of where you’re from. The big thing for me is to show people it doesn’t matter where you come from, what school you go to, if you can play, they’ll find you.”

Kash claims he wasn’t really a fan of any team growing up, but went to a few UK games every year with his family. Although Kash also speaks highly of Louisville, the fact that Kentucky was the first major program to give him an offer is not lost on him.

“I’m the first kid from Paintsville High School to hold an offer from Kentucky since 1987. The last guy to do that was by the name of Joey Couch, and he ended up being an all-SEC lineman. It’s a really high honor for me,” Kash said.

Kash’s latest visit to Kentucky came during spring practice, and although he didn’t express any preference between the Cats and the Cards right now, he left Lexington impressed.

“I was really exciting to watch because they were all fired up. Even thought it was spring practice, it was like they were getting ready to play someone like Alabama or something. Really high intensity, they were really excited to play. Even thought it was just a practice scrimmage, you could feel the excitement that was there. That’s good to know the players were excited about it. It was a really good experience.”

Middle school ties with in-state guys

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Kash Daniel, Drake Jackson (6th, 7th from the left) and the rest of the Kentucky All-Star team in eighth grade

A lot of the buzz around the Kentucky program stems from a strong 2016 recruiting class, which includes top in-state prospects Drake Jackson, the top center in the country from Woodford County; Zy’Aire Hughes, a three-star athlete from McCracken County; Landon Young, a four-star offensive tackle from Lafayette; and Davonte Robinson, a three-star cornerback from Henry Clay. Kash is very familiar with the first two, going back to when they played on an all-star team back in eighth grade. Kash calls Drake, the leader of the 2016 recruiting class, his “old buddy.”

“I’ve known him since we were in middle school, played on some all-star teams together. Drake’s a great player and Zy’Aire Hughes, I’ve played with him too, Landon Young, I’ve gotten to know him over the years on recruiting trips and stuff like that,” Kash said. “I’m pretty close to all of them. Most of those guys are in-state guys, and most of the in-state guys I’ve played with, so we’ve got a really good relationship.”

In fact, Kash said he talks to Drake probably three times a week now. “Ever since Kentucky offered, he’s been calling me, you know, texting me, trying to get me to commit as early as possible,” Kash said. “He’s like, “man, it’s gonna be just like eighth grade on the all-star team. You, me, Zy’Aire, add Landon in to the mix, we’ve got a chance to do something special here.”

Drake Jackson’s sales pitch

I talked to Drake about Kash, and he couldn’t hide the excitement in his voice. “Kash is my boy. I like that guy a lot.” Drake’s sales pitch has four key points:

  1. The chance to represent your state;
  2. Stoops’ record of developing defensive talent;
  3. Erik Korem’s high-performance training program; and
  4. The chance to play in the SEC in your own backyard.

“For Kash, he’s an in-state kid. I know his mom is a big UK fan. What I say to Kash, I say ‘Kash, listen. You and I, we’ve played together, we know what it’s like to play in Kentucky, represent the state of Kentucky. You want to go play where you’re going to be known. You play at Kentucky, you’re the hometown hero,” Drake said. “You know what it’s like to represent the state, there’s nothing better. I’m not even playing there yet and I feel like I’m representing the state. You’re not that far away, you can come back home after a game, say hi to your mom and dad, you can come home every now and then and watch your old high school team play.”

Drake is already pointing to the 2015 NFL Draft as proof Stoops can develop defensive talent. “You want to look at this past draft, Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith. Now, they’re different players than Kash is, but Bud was a projected linebacker, so is Kash, so you’ve got to look at how Coach Stoops and Coach Eliot have been able to develop these type of players, especially guys who are in the front seven. That’s big for Kash. Kash is a linebacker. Coach Stoops is really good with defensive backs and linebackers, as is Coach Eliot. That’s a big pitch.”

Erik Korem’s high-performance training program is another major selling point. “Kash is huge, he’s like a freak athlete. When he gets to UK, the weight program they have is so good. Kash will be freaking jumping over buildings by then,” Drake said. “I told Kash ‘you’re strong, but they’re going to take you to a whole other level.'”

Finally, Drake circled back to the point that’s already pulled in several in-state prospects. “You’re such a stud you’ll get immediate playing time here for sure,” Drake told Kash. “You’re playing on a big stage but you’re doing it at home. You get to play in the SEC in your backyard. There’s no comparison to that.”

Taking his time to do it right

Kash admitted that the past two weeks have been “overwhelming,” and if Ohio State likes what they see tomorrow, it’s going to get even crazier. “I think if Ohio State offers me, that would be a really high honor for me, and this thing will bust wide open. If a great program like Ohio State believes in you, then everyone in the SEC, ACC, they’ll be like, ‘okay who is this kid?'”

Although an offer from the defending National Champions would be hard to turn down, Kash said he’s determined to take his time to go through the entire recruiting process.

“I’ve got five official visits and I talked to my dad about this, every school wants me to commit as soon as possible, but it’s pretty overwhelming as a 17-year-old to make the decision right on the spot, so I’m going to take time with me and my family to take those five official visits to make my decision. Once those visits are over, I’ll have and idea of where I want to be.”

If there’s anyone who knows what Kash is going through right now, it’s Drake. “Kash is going to get big offers, and if he’s smart, he’s going to take his time and make sure he makes the right decision. That’s what I did. I probably could have committed to UK when they offer me right after my sophomore football season, but you’ve gotta be smart. If you have an opportunity to get offers like Ohio State and all those other schools, you only get recruited once,” Drake said.

That being said, don’t think for one second that Drake’s throwing in the white towel. “I said, ‘listen Kash, I want you in blue now, but I totally respect you going out taking visits because you want to. You want offers from South Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, all these big schools. I want Kash in blue, but I also want him to have fun with the rest of the recruiting process.”

Trading cartoons for wind sprints

Kash and his father

Kash and his father

For now, Kash is just grateful to see all of his hard work coming to fruition. “You can tell the community of Painstville, they’re really proud of me and what I’ve done,” Kash said. “They all know how hard I’ve worked over the years, the hard work and stuff I’ve put in outside of practice. I’ll be on the floor doing 200, 300 pushups a night during TV commercials.”

That work ethic goes back to his childhood. “When I was a little kid, my dad’s was really hard on me. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing because I know what he’s trying to do now, he just wanted me to have the best opportunity to be the best player I can be. So at twelve years old, when kids are waking up at 10 a.m. on a Saturday and watching cartoons and having breakfast made for them, I got up at 7 a.m. and started running wind sprints with my dad and having to make my own breakfast and after that, we’d watch college football.”

Kash’s father was a professional bass fisherman but gave up the job when Kash was born so he wouldn’t have to be on the road so much. As you might imagine, he’s a pretty proud man right now. “He really is,” Kash said. “It’s more of a pride thing for him because he’s put a lot of work too for this to happen for me. I can’t thank him enough.”


Kash is a Cat

 

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On Saturday, Kentucky beat out South Carolina to secure Kash Daniel’s verbal pledge. I’m not so certain that UK was always his first choice, but regardless, the Paintsville native will be a Cat. If last year taught us anything, it’s not over until the LOI is faxed to the Nutter Center. Don’t panic, the likelihood of an in-state player flipping is slim to none.

So what does Kash Daniel to UK mean? He is a welcomed and necessary addition to the linebacker corps. Going into 2015, inside linebacker starters will be seniors Josh Forrest and Ryan Flannigan. Senior Khalid Henderson joins redshirt freshmen Nico Firios and Dorian Hendrix as reserves. I’m not fully convinced that the back-up trio can provide quality depth. Hendrix and Firios will have one year to persuade DJ Eliot that they are long term solutions. Jordan Jones impressed in high school but his limited body of college work prevents analysis. Courtney Love is a proven entity. But when will he be able to contribute? With several linebacker question marks, Kash Daniel’s commitment was imperative.

Disclosure, I played mountain, Class A football. I don’t buy the theory that competition level should factor in the decision to offer or not to offer a scholarship. Either a kid can play or he can’t. I think Daniel can play. However, due to the schedule Kash will face, projecting his immediate college impact will be difficult. From what I’ve watched on film, and by having a working knowledge of his geographical lineage, I wouldn’t bet against Kash Daniel.


Mark Stoops welcomes Kash Daniel to BBN

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Mark Stoops is excited to add Kash Daniel to his 2016 recruiting class. Moments after Daniel announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky, Stoops took a break from his 4th of July festivities for a YAHTZEE tweet:

Go Cats.


Kash Daniel commits to KENTUCKY

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Paintsville’s Kash Daniel picked Kentucky this afternoon in a ceremony at his school. He is Mark Stoops’ third All-American commitment from the state in the 2016 class.

YAHTZEE!!!!


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Drake Jackson will be in Paintsville

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This has to be a good sign, right? Right.

 

 

Join us at 1 for the announcement.

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