After waiting on pins and needles since the NBA Combine, the first report on Hamidou →
By Nick Roush on ©May 24th, 2017 @ 11:00am
John Calipari’s NBA players are the best. We know this. Sometimes it takes a little more persuasion to convince outsiders, but numbers do not lie.
In the heart of tobacco road, the Greensboro News & Record took a closer look at one-and-done players from North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky since the collective bargaining agreement in 2008 prohibited high schoolers from jumping straight to the NBA. We all know nobody can compete with Kentucky, but the numbers are even more shocking than you’d think.
North Carolina has sent two players to the NBA after one year, Brandan Wright and as of today, Tony Bradley. Duke has sent seven one-and-done players to the NBA Draft. Kentucky has 18.
If you want to throw a monetary figure in a Dukie’s face, Duke players have earned $114,660,073. That’s impressive, but it’s almost four times less than the $410,565,491 Kentucky’s departing freshmen have earned in the NBA. That’s not counting players like Patrick Patterson, Tyler Ulis, Terrence Jones and Willie Cauley-Stein who played more than one year under Calipari.
To see a breakdown of all 18 UK freshmen to leave for the draft after one year, click here.
By Nick Roush on ©May 24th, 2017 @ 10:21am
The first person to say Hamidou Diallo will return to Kentucky was an Brooklyn Nets beat reporter. Now somebody who follows the Chicago Bulls says Diallo will not enter the NBA Draft.
Just received news Hamidou Diallo Will Pull out of 2017 NBA Draft! The bulls love him but would not commit at 16. #BBN
— KingOfBballNews (@KingOfBballNews) May 24, 2017
But what does it mean? It probably means the Bulls, a team Diallo worked out for, didn’t promise to pick him, but that’s just a guess. What we do know for sure is that Hami follows this account.
Now, back to waiting for Diallo to officially announce his decision.
By Nick Roush on ©May 24th, 2017 @ 9:55am
Hamidou Diallo’s decision cold happen at any moment. As we wait for the results of the reported meeting with his inner circle, let Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond cool your nerves on Kentucky Sports Radio.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
By Nick Roush on ©May 24th, 2017 @ 9:30am
Wenyen Gabriel is hitting the gym this offseason, a different kind of gym.
Spending some time back home in Massachusetts, the Kentucky sophomore-to-be is doing a different kind of training this offseason. On top of his normal basketball regimen, Gabriel is training in the boxing ring.
First off, his length would be terrifying in a boxing match. How could anyone touch him? Second, that does not look like the Wenyen that started 23 games as a freshman. The once scrawny small forward looks twice the size he did a year ago.
As Sacha Killeya-Jones said, don’t sleep on Wenyen.
By Nick Roush on ©May 24th, 2017 @ 9:00am
Congrats, Big Blue Nation. You made it. It’s Hamidou Diallo’s decision date. Tonight at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for early NBA Draft entries to withdraw their name and return to school. The No. 1 ranked shooting guard in the 2017 recruiting class could be a fringe first/second round selection, or complete UK’s backcourt as the eighth five-star recruit on next year’s roster.
The decision could happen at any moment, adding an extraordinary amount of anxiety across the Commonwealth. Or maybe that’s just a blogger who’s worried he’ll miss the Tweet when he decides to make a sandwich. Either way, there’s a lot at stake today. Here’s what we know:
We do not know much. When reporters interviewed NBA scouts a few weeks ago, they were split on where Diallo could potentially land. Yesterday, reporters were split when sharing information from sources.
- 6:15 pm — Bryan Fonseca: Source tells me that Hamidou Diallo is staying in Kentucky for a year. #NBADraft
- 6:25 pm — Adam Zagoria: Source on Hamidou Diallo: “Nothing has been solidified at this point.” Again, deadline is 11:59 PM ET Wednesday.
- 7:26 pm — Zach Braziller: Source close to Hamidou Diallo: Nothing has been decided. No decision yet. Plans to meet with inner circle tomorrow. #bbn
On top of those Tweets, hundreds of smart asses shared something along the lines of, “BREAKING: Diallo will either return to Kentucky or go to the NBA.” Thanks for raising my blood pressure, folks.
Diallo is Not Alone
There were a handful of important decisions made in the last two days that will make college basketball better next season. Rawle Alkins will return to Arizona, Trevon Blueitt will return to Xavier, Aaron Holiday and Thomas “Feathers” Welsh will return to UCLA and Andrew Jones will return to Texas. Here are a few important names who must decide today:
- Mo Wagner, Michigan
- D.J. Wilson, Michigan
- Tony Bradley, North Carolina
- Tacko Fall, UCF
- Omer Yurtseven, N.C. State
- Johnathan Williams, Gonzaga
- Sri from Kansas (I’m not going to try to spell his name)
- Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
If you thought UK fans had it bad waiting for Diallo, Purdue fans are sweating out Swanigan’s decision, who will spend his final day working out for the Knicks.
The SEC Baseball Tournament Begins at a Later Time
Originally scheduled to play today at 10:30, rain delays and extra innings pushed UK’s SEC Tournament opener back until 2:00-2:30. The game will begin on the SEC Network 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Georgia/Mississippi State game.
The third-seeded Cats will take on South Carolina, who upset Vanderbilt 7-4 in 11 innings. Fatigue might have played a roll, but the delay will mitigate any advantage the Cats had over the Cocks.
To prepare for the tournament, a bit of advice: listen to the latest KSR Baseball Podcast. Although I must admit, my favorite part wasn’t the SEC Tournament preview, it was hearing Coach Madison tell old recruiting stories, featuring appearances from Don Mattingly, Scott Rolen, Shane Boyd, Billy Donavan and Rick Pitino.
Pompey, Mingione Preview the Tourney on the SEC Network
That was great and all, but it wasn’t as great as Coach Nick Mingione’s appearance on Kentucky Sports Radio.
Matt is Back on Finebaum
Yesterday was an eventful start to his two-day soiree as the fill-in host for the Paul Finebaum Show. Jay Bilas and Kaylee Hartung joined the program, along with an interesting cast of characters. Hear the Best of Finebaum here.
Nice Dunk, LeBron
— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) May 24, 2017
LeBron may have missed the dunk, got in foul trouble and played poor by his standards, but the Cavs still beat the Celtics to take a 3-1 lead thanks to Kyrie Irving’s 42 points.
The Return of the Depth Chart Podcast
After taking a week off, Freddie is putting the headphones back on with two special guests. I can’t reveal their names, but I can say you will not be disappointed, especially if you’re fans of guys who fill the Kentucky football record books. Look for it to drop a little earlier than normal this afternoon.
R.I.P Roger Moore
I didn’t grow up watching Roger Moore’s Bond films, but he was the first Bond I remember liking (My older cousins made sure I grew up hating Pierce Brosnan). He gets trashed as the “worst Bond ever,” but that’s just because people forget Timothy Dalton. If you need to be convinced that Roger Moore was awesome, read this.
I don’t know who Mookie Wilson is but I do know this a fantastic quote that the entire world needs to know.
KSR is Back
Matt and Ryan weren’t planning on spending the day on Kentucky Sports Radio, but the postponement of the baseball game has opened up the airwaves for them to prepare you for Hamidou Diallo’s decision, starting in one hour.
By Nick Roush on ©May 23rd, 2017 @ 11:00pm
After waiting on pins and needles since the NBA Combine, the first report on Hamidou Diallo’s NBA Draft decision revealed he will return to Kentucky. While we wait for that to be confirmed by Diallo and UK, here’s what is potentially in play for next year’s team with Diallo in the starting lineup.
The Cats have Their Best Player
You can debate on who is the best player on the team. The 247 Composite ranks Diallo as the No. 9 player in the 2018 class, one spot ahead of Kevin Knox and two spots ahead of Jarred Vanderbilt. I give the tie to the guy who has a one semester head-start on his peers.
For those people who love rankings, with the addition of Diallo John Calipari will be working with nine Top 50 players, eight five-star recruits and six McDonald’s All-Americans.
Kentucky will be an Elite Defensive Team
You will hear basketball bennies use the term “lengthy” incessantly when describing this team. Jarred Vanderbilt and Kevin Knox look like your traditional, lengthy small forward that can guard multiple positions, but Diallo’s wingspan still might be longer. At 6’11,” opposing guards will not be able to shoot over him on the perimeter.
Combine those three with P.J. Washington, Nick Richards, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Wenyen Gabriel, you will have four guys in the starting lineup with wingspans that are close to seven feet long. Try passing around that.
A Highlight-Making Penetrator
Prepare to see opponents get dunked on. Diallo can hit threes, but he makes his money driving and creating while attacking the rim. His length and athleticism make him the perfect player for John Calipari’s dribble-drive offense. If you’re looking for a former UK player comparison, Archie Goodwin is a poor-man’s Hami.
An Experienced Perimeter Player
We’ve learned throughout John Calipari’s tenure at Kentucky that experience is overrated, but it always helps to have an important player who’s been there before. In his one semester he learned some important lessons from some of the best:
- How to practice. All of the initial growing pains are out of the way.
- How to compete every single day. Most of these guys have been able to skate by throughout their careers, but as you saw in the 30 for 30, Coach Cal doesn’t put up with you if you aren’t constantly playing at 100 percent.
- How to balance basketball with everything else. From the fans to the classroom, he’s been there and can help his new teammates ease into the difficult transition into college basketball.
- How to guard GREAT guards. Diallo spent a semester dueling against De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe and Dominique Hawkins; three McDonald’s All-Americans, two Top Ten draft picks and a Sweet 16 MVP. That experience is invaluable.
That list is an abbreviated guess. I’m sure the lessons Hami learned from semester one in Lexington are countless.
Cam Johnson is (Probably) Out of the Picture
It doesn’t put the nail in the coffin of the graduate transfer’s recruitment, but it might as well. Diallo will give UK four guards on the roster to play with small forwards who excel on the wing. Johnson’s options elsewhere probably look much better than the crowded court in Kentucky.
Diallo’s decision to return is arguably the biggest draft decision since the Harrison Twins followed in Willie Cauley-Stein’s footsteps and decided to return to UK after appearing in the 2014 National Championship (giving raise to my favorite line ever uttered on KSR: “Before they split defenders, they split a zygote. The Harrison Twins return.”). We all remember what happened the following year. I’m not saying, I’m just saying.
If this report turns out to be malarkey, the Cats will be just fine, but the addition of an excellent shooting guard bumps Kentucky from a Top 15/Elite Eight team to a Top Five/National Championship contender.
By Haley Simpson on ©May 23rd, 2017 @ 10:30pm
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— Kristen Swords (@Kristen_Swords) May 23, 2017
You went to a different Starkville apparently.
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— Bucky Small Hooves (@BuckyHooves) May 23, 2017
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— BlueBourbonKY (@BlueBourbonKY) May 23, 2017
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#6 Bryan David Downs
— Bryan David Downs (@bryandalyon98) May 23, 2017
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By KSR on ©May 23rd, 2017 @ 10:00pm
Tomorrow the UK Baseball team will open SEC Tournament play in Hoover, Alabama against South Carolina. Before making the trip to Hoover, Trey Huntsman and Coach Keith Madison discuss everything you need to know about the tournament, what’s at stake and much more, including:
— UK’s impressive postseason award-winners and who got snubbed.
— The most critical game of the series and Nick Mingione’s important gamble.
— What a potential Super Regional between UK and UofL would mean for the state.
— How Rick Pitino and Billy Donavan almost got Scott Rolen to play baseball at UK.
— The challenge of playing early games and a tactic Coach Madison used to wake up his players.
— How to prepare pitchers ahead of a long weekend of tournament baseball.
You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
By Nick Roush on ©May 23rd, 2017 @ 9:15pm
The first day at the SEC Baseball Tournament got off to a slow start in Hoover. The first game went 11 innings and the second game was interrupted by a lengthy rain delay. The backlog has caused SEC officials to rearrange the tournament schedule.
Instead of playing at 10:30 ET, Kentucky will play South Carolina between 2:00-2:30, 30 minutes after the first game of the day ends between Mississippi State and Georgia. The change in the schedule is good news for two reasons:
1. The team will not have to be ready to play at 9:30 a.m. local time, a rare start time baseball teams are not accustomed to.
2. The game will no longer interfere with KSR, which means you’ll get to hear Matt and Ryan as usual from 10:00-noon.
We’ll have coverage from Hoover on KSR, just a little later in the day.
By Nick Roush on ©May 23rd, 2017 @ 9:00pm
Matt and Drew play a game of Fill in the Blank on today’s Hey Kentucky! The dynamic duo uses a word or phrase to describe stories from throughout the region. They touch on Governor Bevin’s statement on gun violence, Deng Adel’s return to Louisville and a man who was reportedly passed out on the back of a car for over ten miles.
Watch today’s episode with Matt and Drew after the jump.
By Nick Roush on ©May 23rd, 2017 @ 8:20pm
Matt Jones spent his afternoon occupying the host’s chair on The Paul Finebaum Show. Drew and Freddie got in a few words during the four-hour long discussion that featured appearances from Jay Bilas, Kaylee Hartung and a few unusual callers, like I-Man, Phyillis and Jim from Dothan.
Stream the best parts from the four-hour show on the “Best of” one hour podcast here.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 23rd, 2017 @ 6:30pm
I don’t know Bryan Fonseca from Brian Boitano but he says he has sources and those sources tell him Hamidou Diallo will stay at Kentucky for a true freshman season:
Source tells me that Hamidou Diallo is staying in Kentucky for a year. #NBADraft
— Bryan Fonseca (@BryanFonsecaNY) May 23, 2017
Fonseca’s bio says he is an NYPA Award nominee and an insider with Nets Daily, so he seems legit.
IS THIS HAPPENING
UK spokesman cannot confirm the report.
UPDATE No. 2
Another New York reporter contradicts the first report.
Source close to Hamidou Diallo: Nothing has been decided. No decision yet. Plans to meet with inner circle tomorrow. #bbn
— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) May 23, 2017
By Drew Franklin on ©May 23rd, 2017 @ 6:00pm
Tomorrow’s a big day for Big Blue Nation, but it’ll throw you off your normal morning routine if you’re not prepared.
The first two things on your mind when you wake up should be: (a) I need to brush my teeth because no one likes morning breath; and (b) I need to make sure that, wherever I am, I have eyes on the SEC Network at 10:30 am for the Wildcats’ first game of the SEC tournament. Those are thoughts one and two when you wake up from your slumber. Now about that game…
No. 3 seed Kentucky will play No. 11 South Carolina in the second round of the tourney after the Cocks’ upset of Vanderbilt in Tuesday’s opening round. As I said, that game will air on the SEC Network at 10:30 am. Tune in.
BUT, you should know that the game trumps your normal KSR morning listening on the radio airwaves. We have been bumped for the call of the game, which is fine. We get it.
So there you go. Wake up, brush your teeth and then find a way to catch the game at 10:30 am. No KSR radio. You got this.
By Barrett Lindsey on ©May 23rd, 2017 @ 5:30pm
This week’s stop on Barry Slice’s Golf Trail lies amidst the knobs of central Kentucky at Lincoln Trail Golf Course. Very different from the courses covered in previous weeks, Lincoln Trail is a whole other test of golf. It is a course that demands strategic thinking and plenty of patience. If you aren’t accurate at this place, you may be in for a long day.
Lincoln Trail is built into the hills of Hardin County so naturally there’s a ton of elevation changes and uphill approach shots. It has Zoysia grass tees and fairways that lead to approaches into bent grass greens. Every time I’ve played the course the greens have rolled true and absolutely lightning fast. Putting is a challenge at Lincoln Trail because in addition to having quick surfaces the greens slope with the hills the course was built on. Keeping the ball below the hole is crucial.
Measuring only 6,500 yards from the tips, it isn’t a long course but man, it is quirky. In addition to challenging greens, the course’s tee shots require meticulous shot making and accuracy. I counted nearly 12 holes that feature doglegs with tree lined fairways, so being in position off the tee is the most important thing if you’re looking to shoot a low score. Iron off the tee is the smart play on multiple holes. If you enjoy bombing driver off the tee, Lincoln Trail is not for you.
There is a driving range on property, along with a practice green, so you can warm up before your round. Lincoln Trail is a semi-private course, so it is open to the public but memberships are available. You can book tee times online for $30.00 during the week and $35.00 on the weekends plus cart fee if you choose to ride. It’s central location makes for a reasonable trip from almost anywhere in the state.
I recommend Lincoln Trail if you are down for a test of accuracy and course management. If possible, try to play with at least one person who has played the course before, going into this course blind could lead to a long day of high scores. The courses old style layout is a nice change of a pace and can be a joy for golfers who enjoy the strategic aspect of the game.
Walker Friendly: C
By Drew Franklin on ©May 23rd, 2017 @ 4:17pm
Kudos are in order for the University of Kentucky’s former director of athletics, C.M. Newton, as he has been named to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame.
Newton will be honored on June 14 during a luncheon at the annual NACDA Convention down in sunny Orlando.
As you well know, Newton was UK’s athletics director from 1989 to 2000. The official press release from the university notes that his term was “marked by the addition of three sports – men’s and women’s soccer and softball – expansion of facilities and growth in revenues in response to the increasing financial pressures of college athletics.”
Newton is the second UK AD to be named to the NACDA Hall of Fame. Bernie Shively, who served as AD at Kentucky from 1938-67, was inducted in 1972.
Congrats to C.M. and we look forward to watching some football on his new “grounds” this fall.