Over the past few weeks, the Cats going to the pros have been circling the →
By Drew Franklin on ©April 27th, 2015 @ 8:00pm
It’s CATSPYs night in Lexington for UK Athletics and some of your favorite Wildcats are looking very dapper at the annual awards show.
Below you’ll find some of the #CATSPYs photos on social media tonight because getting all dressed up is a complete waste without putting in on the internet these days.
E.J. Floreal has the hat of the night.
A photo posted by Devin Booker (@dbook2) on
— Landon Foster (@BigBlueKick12) April 27, 2015
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— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) April 27, 2015
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By Drew Franklin on ©April 27th, 2015 @ 7:18pm
Mychal Mulder will announce his decision tomorrow at 3:30 in a ceremony from the Vincennes University gym. The four-star JUCO guard has offers from Kentucky, Wichita State and Creighton, among others. He will sign his paperwork after the official announcement.
Mulder wrapped up a three-day visit to Lexington earlier this evening.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 27th, 2015 @ 7:00pm
Here’s some good news in the ongoing quest to “fix college basketball”: according to ESPN’s Andy Katz, the NCAA will “likely” shorten the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30 seconds. Here’s what Belmont head coach Rick Byrd, chair of the NCAA rules committee, had to say:
“Now there’s a real decent chance,” Byrd said. “It’s pretty evident a lot more coaches are leaning that way. The opinion of coaches on the shot clock have moved significantly to reducing it from 35 to 30. And all indicators are pointing toward that.”
The rules committee will meet in Indianapolis May 12-15 and can vote to change the rule. Do it!
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 27th, 2015 @ 6:14pm
To no one’s surprise, 6’8″ wing Brandon Ingram picked Duke over North Carolina State, North Carolina, Kansas, UCLA and Kentucky. Duke and UNC were favorites from beginning for Ingram, a Kinston, NC native, and with him on board, the Blue Devils now have the #1 recruiting class in the country.
Where do the Cats go from here? Jaylen Brown and Cheick Diallo are still on the table, with Diallo’s decision expected in the next 48 hours. Additionally, Calipari is still waiting to hear if Jamal Murray will reclassify and JuCo sharpshooter Mychal Mulder finished up his visit to campus this afternoon. Wouldn’t it be great if he gave us some good news soon?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 27th, 2015 @ 6:00pm
Hello, friends. Another day, another recruiting announcement to cover. Unfortunately, it’s another one in which Kentucky isn’t the favorite, but nonetheless, we are here to bring you all the latest on Brandon Ingram, the 6’8″ small forward from Kinston, North Carolina.
Scroll down for my updates.
6:09 p.m.: Aaaand, it’s Duke:
On to the next…
6:06 p.m.: The newscast hasn’t switched over yet, but until they do, here’s another stream of the announcement. Ingram is wearing a tux:
6:05 p.m.: One last look at Ingram’s Crystal Ball, which is 82% Duke:
6:02 p.m.: The best Ingram-related rumor I saw today? That he must be headed to Duke because he got the same haircut that most of the Duke starting five had this past season:
Brandon Ingram got that Duke starting 5 haircut. It must mean something 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/gRleq74Fdr
— #DukeNation (@TheDukeNation) April 26, 2015
Here’s the Duke starting five:
Coincidence? We’ll see…
6:00 p.m.: The table is set:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 27th, 2015 @ 5:47pm
Of the few uncommitted elite recruits left, Jaylen Brown is definitely the wildcard. In a telling sign of how wide open his recruitment still is, Brown just trimmed his list from eight to five: Cal, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan, and North Carolina. Georgia, Georgia Tech, and UCLA were eliminated.
There’s a rumor floating around that John Calipari snuck in an in-home visit last week after Brown said he wasn’t hosting any more coaches. Cal was in Alpharetta, Georgia to visit Kobi Simmons on Tuesday…maybe he dropped by nearby Marietta to see Jaylen? Hmm…
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 27th, 2015 @ 5:00pm
Three-star 2016 quarterback Gunnar Hoak committed to UK a little over a week ago, and this past weekend, participated in the Rivals Quarterback Challenge in Cincinnati. Rivals’ Josh Helmholdt interviewed Hoak, a Dublin, Ohio native, about his decision to commit to Kentucky and what he likes about the Cats.
“It was a great choice, I thought, it was a great situation to get into knowing how many quarterbacks they have on their roster right now and how they didn’t take a quarterback in the class of 2015, I think I can get there and see myself playing early. I didn’t want to pass that opportunity up.”
Hoak is particularly a big fan of Shannon Dawson, Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator.
“I really love the offense, I can definitely see myself playing in that,” Hoak said. “They throw it around a lot. I know Coach Dawson, he set records at other schools throwing it 89, 90 times a game, so I like that, definitely.”
To see the entire interview, in which Hoak also discusses what he wants to improve on in his senior season, head on over to Rivals.com.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 27th, 2015 @ 4:30pm
Yesterday, we shared the unfortunate news of former Kentucky center Mike Phillips’ passing. The details were vague, but according to Jerry Tipton on Twitter this afternoon, Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield says Phillips died after falling down a flight of stairs at his house and there was no foul play. No one else was home when it happened.
Phillips was one of the “Twin Towers” in UK’s 1978 National Championship season alongside Rick Robey, and finished his UK career 25th on the program’s all-time scoring list. A visitation will be held Thursday from 5-8 p.m. CT at Victory Church in Madisonville, and the funeral service is set for Friday at 11 a.m. CT, also at Victory Church.
Our thoughts go out to his family in this difficult time.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 27th, 2015 @ 4:00pm
I know there’s a strong Reds following on this blog, Matt included, so for you guys, here’s a laugh. During yesterday’s game against the Cubs, Cincinnati mascot Mr. Redlegs almost took out a Chicago Cubs third baseman during the Mascot Race in the 5th inning at Great American Ballpark:
The Reds went on to lose the game, 5-2. As Patrick Towles said earlier, being a Cincinnati sports fan is the most unforgiving thing in the world.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 27th, 2015 @ 3:00pm
The latest guessing game on Twitter is predicting when Cheick Diallo will announce his decision. Adam Zagoria’s sources are telling him that Diallo will announce at the earliest tomorrow and latest on Wednesday, while Evan Daniels agrees it could happen as early as tomorrow and Kentucky, Kansas, and St. John’s are all “in good shape.”
Interestingly, Diallo posted this picture of Skal Labissiere on Instagram last night with a shoutout to the future Cat, then deleted it:
Hmmm…come on down and join your French-speaking brother, Cheick?
By Trey Huntsman on ©April 27th, 2015 @ 2:20pm
Kentucky starter Zack Brown was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week following his seven shutout innings against Florida on Friday. Brown improved to 4-4 on the season and extended his scoreless inning streak to 15.1 innings by defeating the #5 Gators in Gainesville. Following 7.1 shutout innings against Tennessee, Brown struck out six and allowed five hits against the Gators in a 3-0 Kentucky win. The sophomore righty has developed into one of the best weekend starters in the SEC over the course of conference play. With wins over Mississippi State, Tennessee and Florida, Brown has solidified his place among the top starters in the SEC. Brown will look to continue this dominant streak when he goes up against the defending National Champions, Vanderbilt, this Friday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) April 25, 2015
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 27th, 2015 @ 2:00pm
The SEC Network’s Greg McElroy visited Lexington last week to get a tour of the UK Football facilities and catch up with the Cats after spring practice. McElroy hung out with Patrick Towles and chatted about growing up as a Bengals/Reds fan, how much he loves basketball, and what it means to represent his home state as the starting quarterback. I think a lot of you all will identify with what Patrick had to say about being a Cincinnati sports fan.
“As a Cincinnati sports fan, it’s the most unforgiving thing in the world,” Patrick said. “Great regular season, always blow it in the playoffs.”
Towles also gave McElroy a pretty awesome sales pitch on why recruits should come to Kentucky.
“This place is wonderful, you’ve got to love the city of Lexington, you’ve got to love all it has to offer,” Patrick said. “The coaching staff has done everything they possibly can to get this program on its feet. The new renovations on the stadium over there, we’re getting a whole new facility. It’s really a huge swing of momentum. Kentucky is here and we’re here to stay. We’re here to play with the big guys and beat the big guys.”
Most interesting to me were his remarks about how much it means to him to represent his state. Patrick said when he found out he was going to be the starter last year, he broke down in tears.
“I love it. I love it. It’s such a part of me. It’s something I dreamed of my entire life is to play here, for this school,” Patrick said, mentioning past home state heroes like Jared Lorenzen and Tim Couch. “When I got the call last year I was going to be starting quarterback, I cried for a while. It’s a wonderful thing. I love it and I never take a day for granted because it’s not going to last forever.”
While it hasn’t been officially announced, the odds are very good that Patrick will once again be UK’s starting QB this season, a job he has truly earned. Check out that graphic above, and the entire interview below.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 27th, 2015 @ 1:00pm
I’m a huge fan of Draft Express’ latest mock draft. Why? It has all seven Cats getting picked. Here’s the order:
1. Karl Towns (Minnesota)
6. Willie Cauley-Stein (Sacramento)
15. Devin Booker (Brooklyn)
17. Trey Lyles (Milwaukee)
34. Dakari Johnson (LA Lakers)
47. Andrew Harrison (New Orleans to Philadelphia)
60. Aaron Harrison (Golden State to Philadelphia)
The projected teams are kind of useless until the Draft Lottery on May 20, but this is one of two major mocks that has all seven Cats getting drafted. Here’s a roundup of the rest:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 27th, 2015 @ 12:22pm
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 27th, 2015 @ 12:00pm
Yesterday, someone sent me a Snapchat of what appears to be Pat Forde’s inaugural column as the President of the US Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) in “Basketball Times.”
As you may remember, the USBWA named Tony Bennett their Coach of the Year, the only major coaching award John Calipari didn’t receive. In this column, Forde mentions the “less than ideal” timing of the coaching awards, which led to “considerable backlash from one particular fan base that believed its coach was more deserving,” a clear shot at the Big Blue Nation. Here’s the paragraph in full:
Timing of our coach and player awards. As you may know, the release of our 2015 Hank Iba Coach of the Year award was less than ideal–Virginia’s Tony Bennett was honored two days after the Cavaliers were upset in the NCAA Tournament round of 32. This led to considerable backlash from one particular fan base that believed its coach was more deserving, and a fair amount of external media criticism of our organization. We have begun discussions about changing the release date of our award winners so that the announcements more closely coincide with the end of the voting period. Delaying the release two weeks does not seem to help anyone.
Even if the vote was held two weeks before its release–so, March 9 instead of March 23–I still don’t understand how you could have picked Bennett over Calipari. Kentucky had just capped off an undefeated regular season while Virginia was coming off a loss to Louisville. There was a reason the decision was panned by every media member brave enough to speak up. Regardless, leave it to Forde to sneak in a shot at the BBN from the bully pulpit.