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March 26th, 2019

McDAAG Day One Notes: Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney turn heads at Powerade Jam Fest

McDonald’s All-American Game festivities tipped off yesterday, and future Kentucky Wildcats Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney made sure their presence was known from the jump.

The Wildcat duo, both suiting up for the West squad this week, got things started on Monday morning with their first practice, followed by a brief media opportunity. Yesterday evening, Maxey and Whitney each participated in the Powerade Jam Fest event, where they both turned heads.

Let’s dive right in.

Practice/Media Availability

With over 90 NBA scouts in Atlanta watching the top high school basketball players in America compete, both Wildcats participating this week let those watching know that they are two of the most impressive players in high school basketball.

For Maxey, it was his elite shooting ability and competitive nature that had onlookers fascinated.

Here are just a few of the reactions:

Here is Maxey’s entire highlight tape from this morning, where his ridiculous shooting stroke separated himself from his peers:

As for Whitney, while his athleticism and defensive intensity is always the center of attention, his improved jump shot was also quite impressive.

Here is one look at it:

And another look:

As early as last year, Whitney had a Hamidou Diallo-like hitch in his shot that really hurt his ability to find consistency as a shooter. He has always been able to drive and finish in the paint, but opponents could neutralize him a bit on the floor by sagging off of him and forcing him to work from the outside.

Now that he has tweaked his form and has developed that muscle memory, he has truly become a threat on all three levels of the floor. Every time I watch him play (especially now) I see a more-advanced Jaylen Brown at this stage. Going into college, Brown was a low-30s 3-point shooter, and he followed it up with a “meh” 29.4 percent clip in his lone season at Cal-Berkeley.

In the NBA, though, Brown has shot 36.3 percent from three over the course of his career and has become just enough of a consistent threat to keep defenders.

If he’s even an above-average perimeter shooter at Kentucky, the rest of his game will more than make up for it.

As far as media availability is concerned, we only got about ten minutes or so for quick interviews after practice, so it’s slim-pickings with news (from yesterday, at least).

The biggest updates of the day, though, are as follows:

  • 2019 five-star forward Matthew Hurt will make a decision on April 19, down to Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Memphis, and Minnesota. He’s still working on visits to Memphis and Minnesota, and he claims all six schools are on equal ground.
  • 2019 five-star forward Jaden McDaniels still has no idea where he wants to go and has no timeline for a decision.
  • Kahlil Whitney talked about how excited he is to get pushed to the limit by John Calipari in Lexington, says the elite competition makes him want to get on campus as soon as possible.
  • Tyrese Maxey believes Kentucky is going to win the national title this year, says he thinks his group can make another run next year. Still recruiting a piece or two to close out the 2019 class.

As far as light-hearted content is concerned, Jake Rosen of JakeInThePaint.com sat down with Maxey and asked him about his favorite food, movies, music, and more.

You can check that out here:

With Media Day taking place this afternoon, we’ll have more time to talk with the players, where I’ll be able to ask more Kentucky-specific questions to those in attendance. Be on the lookout for that in a bit.

Powerade Jam Fest

After practice and media opportunities, we packed into buses and drove to Wheeler High School (EJ Montgomery’s former school) in Marietta, GA for the Powerade Jam Fest.

There, Maxey competed in the Legends and Stars Shootout, where he absolutely dominated the event.

After going 1/2 from the 3-point line (both shots looked good, if we’re being honest), the future Wildcat jogged over to the half-court line and drilled it in one attempt.

Take a look:

No one else came close. Maxey ran away with the easy victory in this one.

From there, Kahlil participated in the Slam Dunk Contest, where he unleashed his ridiculous athleticism.

On his first attempt, Superman cape and all, Whitney got Maxey to toss him an alley-oop off the backboard:

On his second attempt, Whitney went with the self-oop back-scratcher, where his entire head was above the rim.

Maxey also helped out future Florida Gator Scottie Lewis in his insane dunk attempt:

This was the contest-winning dunk from Stanford women’s basketball commit Francesca Belibi:

Overall, it was a fun event and the Cats looked impressive in the national spotlight.

Evening Media Opportunity

After the Powerade Jam Fest, Maxey, along with Belibi, five-star recruit Cole Anthony, and Notre Dame women’s basketball signee Samantha Brunelle, each talked to the media about their performance.

Maxey, in particular, talked about his Lewis jumping over him in the Dunk Contest, his favorite dunk from the night, and practicing specifically for the half-court attempt in the Legends and Stars Shootout.

Take a look:

Practice will be from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. this morning followed by Media Day from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

I’ll have several updates with all the footage, interviews, and analysis you could ever need throughout the day.

See you then.


Kentucky to release Midwest Regional Tickets

Need tickets to see the Cats in the Sweet 16?  You’re in luck.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET the UK ticket office is releasing a limited number of tickets for the Midwest Regional in Kansas City.  You can get seats in the UK allotment (sections 211-214) by calling (800) 928-2287 (Option 4).  Tickets to the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight are $250 and can be picked up in Kansas City at will call.

Secure your spot in the Sprint Center by calling as soon as the ticket office opens.  Hurry, they won’t be around for long.


March 25th, 2019

KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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#10 Michael Rains

The trifecta! I love it.

#9 PJ’s Scooter

I love this account, but I hope PJ’s scooter is short lived.

#8 Joe Lay

*GONG*

#7 John Newman

Boom. Roasted.

#6 Jared Young

As am I.

#5 Barrett

It’s only cool when Pantelis does it.

#4 Ahmed/Nav’s Shill

When hip hop culture and sports collide, I am a fan

#3 Isaiah

Power K forever.

#2 Billy Sewell

Better than Shakespeare.

#1 jcolliver

Smart kid.


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Catch up with the Cats on Hey Kentucky!

The Hey Kentucky crew was in the UK locker room after the Cats took down Wofford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  See what Jemarl Baker, Keldon Johnson, Reid Travis and more had to say about the win in Jacksonville.

Click here to see the rest of today’s episode with Matt Jones and Lee Cruse.


UK Hoops Fall to NC State 72-57 in Round of 32

(Photo via Twitter.com/KentuckyWBB | UK Athletics)

The No. 17 and six-seeded Kentucky Wildcats were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by the No. 10 and three-seeded N.C. State Wolfpack by a score of 72-57 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

N.C. State will advance to the Sweet 16 to take on the two-seed Iowa Hawkeyes. We’ll have a full recap up shortly.


SEC Basketball Weekly Roundup: Takeaways from the Tournament Thus Far

The College Basketball season is another week old, and the SEC consistently provides the sport with several talented players and teams. Here are the major storylines surrounding conference teams from the first weekend of NCAA Tournament play. (AP Rankings accurate up until March 25, 2019.)

1. Kentucky Survives First Weekend Without PJ

Sometimes its better to be lucky than good (just ask Duke). Lucky is exactly what Kentucky was on Saturday as they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen by defeating Wofford 62-56.

The Terriers had the all-time leading three-point shooting in NCAA History shoot an abysmal 0-12 from beyond the arc. Did Kentucky play outstanding defense on Fletcher Magee? Of course, the Wildcats did play outstanding defense as Tyler Herro smothered Magee for the majority of the game. However, going 0-12 is just outstandingly bad.

If Magee hits at least 30% of those threes, then the outcome probably is not so great for UK Fans. Good fortune like that in the NCAA Tournament is required no matter how much talent any team may have Besides, Kentucky was due some good luck with the recent injury to PJ Washington.

Now, the Wildcats move forward into the Sweet Sixteen for the eighth time in John Calipari’s Tenure at the school. Out of just ten seasons, that is an incredible stat. Besides a poor shooting performance to Indiana and a terrible Nerlens Noel injury, Calipari has always had the Wildcats make a run in March.

Houston will be next for Kentucky as the college basketball world awaits to see the status of Washington. However, I have better hopes for Houston than I had coming into the Wofford matchup. I think the Cougars are very good, but the Wildcats matchup very well with them. They are a small team that plays with great speed and confidence.

Kentucky should have no problem playing at that kind of a pace. I’m fully expecting an Elite Eight bout with North Carolina. Let’s just hope Washington is back by then.

2. The State of Mississippi Disappoints

Without a doubt, the greatest disappointment of the Tournament for the SEC has been the play of teams from the state of Mississippi. Both Miss. State and Ole Miss lost to mediocre teams (Liberty and Oklahoma) who did not even make the Sweet Sixteen.

Both losses were indeed very different. The Bulldogs lost a very close matchup against Liberty 80-76. Simply put, the Flames just hit more threes than Miss. State did as they had a 12-8 advantage in that area. Stars Quinndary Weatherspoon and Lamar Peters combined to score 48 points, but it just wasn’t enough to avoid the ole’ 12-5 upset.

On the other hand, Ole Miss was completely embarrassed by Oklahoma. The Sooners blew out the Rebels 95-72 in one of the more embarrassing first round results. However, this one wasn’t entirely Ole Miss’s fault.

The Sooners shot the ball incredibly well despite the fact that the Rebels actually made 11 three-point shots. This happens to good teams sometimes in the tournament. Sometimes a lesser squad will come out on fire and put you away early. Ole Miss has nothing to hang their heads about, however. Making the tournament when you were originally picked to finish last in the SEC is quite the accomplishment.

3. Tennessee Finds Ways to Win

One cannot say that reaching the Sweet Sixteen is a disappointment for any team, but wow did Tennessee have a suspiciously bad weekend in the first and second rounds.

First, they were given a great game by #15 seed Colgate University. This had no business being a close game, but the Volunteers had a terrible time guarding the three-point line. Colgate hit an outstanding 15 three-point shots to get the game within three points with just two minutes remaining.

But, Admiral Schofield hit a couple of clutch threes and the Volunteers easily pulled away down the stretch. Things did not get much better in the next round as Tennessee gave up a 25-point lead to Iowa. The Hawkeyes somehow managed to force overtime despite shooting a very poor 39% from the field.

Overall, the Volunteers had an “even” assist-turnover ratio in the first weekend which a huge cause for worry. I find it extremely startling that against Iowa and Colgate, Tennessee did not have more assists than turnovers.

Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield are legitimate superstars in the sport, but there are too many isolation plays being drawn up for them. The Volunteers have not found a natural flow yet against two below average teams. What’s going to happen if they can’t find that flow over a red-hot Purdue team or a stifling Virginia club? If something does not change soon for Tennessee, then they will not be making it to the Final Four.

4. LSU Finds March Magic Without Head Coach

I’ve been hyping up this LSU team all season long as a team that should advance deep into the tournament. Of course, recent events have made me question my initial thoughts. With their Head Coach Will Wade still suspended, I was not sure what to make of the Tigers’ tournament chances.

Its clear to the nation now that LSU’s talent overcame its off-the-court problems. They annihilated Yale in the first round, and then Tremont Waters hit the shot of the tournament so far to push the Tigers into the Sweet Sixteen.

Now, the only question is if LSU can actually knockoff Michigan State and Tom Izzo without their head coach. To be completely honest, I expect them to do so. The Tigers matchup relatively well with the Spartans. They shoot the three ball very well, and they have the big guys to compete with MSU’s size.

But it does not really matter if they beat Michigan State or not. The fact that LSU actually reached the Sweet Sixteen despite all of the drama speaks to the character of those student-athletes. They are playing like they have nothing to lose, because…well….these wins are probably going to be vacated anyways. They are the Bad News Bears of College Basketball.

5. The SEC Proves Its Strength

Overall, the SEC proved a lot of people wrong this weekend. The conference went a very successful 9-3 in the first weekend of the tournament. Only the ACC had a better record at 10-2.

This is only the third time history that the SEC has four teams (UK, LSU, Auburn, Tennessee) all in the Sweet Sixteen. In those other two tournaments (1986 and 1996) a team from the state of Kentucky ended up winning the National Championship.

This was a conference that many considered overrated throughout the season. Well, its safe to say that we can put those criticisms to rest now. Unless the SEC completely falls apart in the Sweet Sixteen, I think we should at least see two of those teams make the Elite Eight.

There is no question that this conference is, at the very worst, the second-best in college basketball. The ACC still has the right to be called the best for now until the SEC can successfully win a National Title for the first time since 2012. And who knows, with a little bit of that Duke-type of luck, I really like the SEC’s chances at doing so.