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January 28th, 2015

Wednesday Night News and Views

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Hey there, Cats fans. Drew here, doing the News and Views thing before wasting a few more bedtime hours on Friday Night Lights. I really wish I had never started that show. It won’t end and I hate how old all of the “high schoolers” look. And how none of the quarterbacks can throw a football. Or pretend to know how to throw a football. Or hold a football. Seriously, where did they find so many guys with zero football experience? That Saracen kid couldn’t start for Ryan Lemond’s pee-wee team, yet he leads the team to state as QB1? Dumb. And Tyra’s like 36 and she’s been in high school for three seasons. So dumb. I can’t wait to get in bed and watch it until 4:00 am and then complain tomorrow morning about how tired I am.

But anyway, your boy up there in the photo is standing in front of the Roman Colosseum and he’s doing three-goggles so he gets some KSR love tonight before we hit the day’s news.

And my apologies for the Friday Night Lights rant. That came out of nowhere.

 

Kentucky to face Missouri tomorrow night, again.

It’s another late start Thursday night when the Cats travel to Missouri for a rematch of the January 13th contest in Rupp Arena. Kentucky won that first meeting, 86-37, but the Tigers were without the team’s second leading scorer, Montaque Gill-Caeser, in that one. Of course, it’ll take more than the addition of Gill-Caesar to make up 49 points, but the road game will be a much bigger challenge for Kentucky than the first meeting.

That being said, Kentucky covers this…

UK opened as an 18-point favorite over Mizzou.

The line shifted a half-point to 18.5 on Wednesday. Put me down for a bill on the Cats.

Isaiah Briscoe named a McDonald’s All-American.

John Calipari has only one 2015 McDonald’s All-American, for now, but is in talks with eight others. Below you’ll find the rosters for the two teams with the the names of current UK targets italicized.

EAST TEAM

  • Dwayne Bacon, SG, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) – Florida State
  • Antonio Blakeney, SG, Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) – LSU
  • Isaiah Briscoe, PG, Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.) – Kentucky
  • Jaylen Brown, SF, Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) – Undecided
  • Thomas Bryant, C, Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) – Undecided
  • Cheick Diallo, PF, Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.) – Undecided
  • Henry Ellenson, PF, Rice Lake (Rice Lake, Wis.) – Marquette
  • Jawun Evans, PG, Justin F. Kimball (Dallas) – Oklahoma State
  • Luke Kennard, SG, Franklin (Franklin, Ohio) – Duke
  • Dedric Lawson, PF, Hamilton (Memphis, Tenn.) – Memphis
  • Ben Simmons, F, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) – LSU
  • Diamond Stone, C, Dominican (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) – Undecided

WEST TEAM

  • Carlton Bragg, PF, Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland, Ohio) – Kansas
  • Jalen Brunson, PG, Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.) – Villanova
  • Deyonta Davis, PF, Muskegon (Muskegon, Mich.) – Michigan St.
  • P.J. Dozier Jr., PG, Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.) – South Carolina
  • Brandon Ingram, SF, Kinston (Kinston, N.C.) – Undecided
  • Chase Jeter, C, Bishop Gorman, (Las Vegas) – Duke
  • Malik Newman, SG, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) – Undecided
  • Ivan Rabb, C, Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) – Undecided
  • Malachi Richardson, SF, Trenton Catholic Academy (Trenton, N.J.) – Syracuse
  • Caleb Swanigan, C, Homestead (Fort Wayne, Ind.) – Undecided
  • Allonzo Trier, SG, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) – Arizona
  • Stephen Zimmerman, C, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) – Undecided

The eight uncommitted players are the last remaining players on Cal’s board, so Briscoe can expect some company in Chicago before it’s all said and done.

Matthew Mitchell also has a McDonald’s All-American in UK Hoops signee Taylor Murray. It’s the sixth consecutive year UK Hoops has a representative in the game.

I have a new favorite Doron Lamb tweet.

I’m not sure this one will be topped. Ever.

Coach K really likes his 1,000 wins.

Duke led Notre Dame by as many as 10 in the second half before Coach K called off the dogs to keep #CoachK1K alive for a few more days. The Blue Devils will travel to Virginia on Saturday, so the 1K party may continue on into next week.

Tonight’s loss gave Duke its worst start in the ACC since the 1995-96 season.

We’re one week away from National Signing Day.

Scroll down to see how the 15-man class stands as of now. The staff has lots of work to do between now and next Wednesday but there are still some big names with UK in the mix. It’ll go down to the wire with the potential of some flips toward UK and last-minute additions.

Can’t stress enough how much the Dowell twins’ decommitment really hurt the class. What a dagger.

Joker Phillips is now a Cleveland Brown.

Our former head football coach will oversee the wide receivers in Cleveland under Mike Pettine. It’ll be Joker’s first coaching job in the NFL and he has the impossible task of getting Josh Gordon’s head on straight.

Early prediction: He goes after Randall Cobb.

Early prediction 2: Cobb ain’t going to Cleveland.

John Feinstein will be a guest on Kentucky Sports Radio tomorrow.

The guys tried on Tuesday and couldn’t get ahold of Feinstein but they’ve locked him down for a phone interview on tomorrow’s show. The Duke grad will join Matt and Ryan on air to explain why he put Virginia over the Cats in the AP… and why Duke lost tonight.

Go Cats.


Anthony Davis helped to the locker room with a leg injury

@ScootWWL

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

*** UPDATE ***

He walked back out and checked in the game minutes later.

As you were.


“We Ask You Wednesdays” Vol. 31

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The season is well under way, but the folks here at KSR love getting your input on things… relevant and bizarre. We have to get a little creative around here sometimes.Earlier this summer I started a weekly series called “We Ask You Wednesdays,” that brought in some great responses from many readers via Twitter.

Each week, the question will change and we will hit on a variety of topics, mostly UK-related… but you never know. Each week the best responses will make it on to the website.  This week’s twenty ninth volume of the “We Ask You Wednesday” allowed Kentucky fans to answer the following question via Twitter in 140 characters or less:  IF YOU COULD PICK ONE TEAM TO AVOID IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

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A lot of people chose Louisville for a variety of reasons…… Unless they somehow become a team with offensive ability, I am not too concerned.

…. But I do agree that there is NO JOY in the lead up to playing them in the NCAA tournament… especially when we have everything to lose. 

They are due to hit a 3 pointer, but I don’t think they are due to beat us. 

Now this one, I can get behind. 

I honestly just don’t want to look at Frank Kaminsky for 40 minutes. 

Our. Kryptonite. 

I wouldn’t love this match-up either. 

I don’t really want any part of Jahlil OKafor. But I do think we are the better team. 

I want to play Virginia and beat them by double digits just to shut everyone up. 

Although I do admit that I would be slightly nervous. 

I turned on their game the other day assuming they had to be overrated. They are better than I thought but I’m not scared of the turtleneck. 

Sooooooooo how is that gonna work exactly?

Retweet. 

 

The second most popular answer of the week

Somehow we are actually still 3 inches taller than them and every NBA team except for one… if you hadn’t heard that stat yet. The Trailblazers I believe. 

The most popular answer of the week…

 

He is just upset that you spelled his name wrong. 

He is the worst. 

I like the confidence. 

I think you just wanted to get on KSR….

BEST ANSWER OF THE WEEK:


Duke lost.


Don Tupset is back with more of the “Ballad of the BBN”

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In case the first version wasn’t enough for you, Don Tupset is back with more “Ballad of the BBN” from the Shepherdsville racquetball courts.

“It’s a work in progress,” he explains.

Yeah, an AWESOME work in progress.

Sing it, Don…


A Look At Kentucky’s 15 Current Commits (And Those Who Bailed)

We are one week away from National Signing Day 2015 and the Kentucky football staff has a lot of work to do before they’re anywhere near confident in how things will play out. As we’ve learned, especially in the past few days, it’s never over until it’s over. Kids flip and it will often come at the worst time — see Dowell twins — and when it’s least expected. It happens. It’s part of the game. And it can leave coaches scrambling in the final moments to build the class, as is the case for Kentucky right now. (The off-the-field ordeal isn’t making things any easier, either.)

Tonight on KSR, we’ll take a look at the names UK has on its board with a week remaining, as well as some of the names that were on the board and bailed. Mark Stoops’ staff currently has 15 hard commits in its 2015 class, ranked 42nd overall by 247Sports.com.

Take a look…

 

COMMITED


Linebacker

ELI BROWN
Outside Linebacker
Bowling Green, KY
6-2 | 185

Ranking: 
247Composite: 20 OLB | 275
247Sports: 18 OLB
Rivals: 23 OLB
ESPN: 15 OLB | 244
Scout: 24 OLB

Committed: April 21, 2014

Other Offers: Ohio State, USC, Ole Miss, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky

Additional Note: Originally a Vanderbilt commit, Brown reopened his recruitment in October shortly after an unofficial visit to Ohio State, UK’s biggest competitor for Brown at the time.

Brown is already on campus as an early enrollee.

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JORDAN JONES
Outside Linebacker
Youngstown, OH
6-2 | 203

Ranking: 
247Composite: 34 OLB | 410
247Sports: 51 OLB
Rivals: 41 OLB
ESPN: 36 OLB
Scout: 19 OLB

Committed: May 8, 2014

Other Offers: Oklahoma, Nebraska, Michigan State, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana

Additional Note: Jones attended Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio, alma mater of Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow. Stoops said, “Jordan is a player I’ve watched grow up. He has the size and speed you’re looking for in a linebacker.”

Jones is already on campus as an early enrollee.

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Defensive Line

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KENGERA DANIEL
Defensive End
Raleigh, NC
6-6 | 250

Ranking: 
247Composite: 33 WDE | 699
247Sports: 37 WDE
Rivals: 39 SDE
ESPN: 37 DE
Scout: 95 DE

Committed: October 22, 2014

Other Offers: Alabama, Clemson, East Carolina, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, NC State, Tennessee, Virginia

Additional Note: Daniel is already on campus as an early enrollee. He will wear Bud Dupree’s No. 2 jersey on the defensive line.

*****

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TYRONE RILEY
Defensive End
Savannah, GA
6-6 | 230

Ranking: 
247Composite: 39 WDE | 775
247Sports: 41 WDE
Rivals: 27 WDE
ESPN: 51 OLB
Scout: 124 DE

Committed: November 18, 2014

Other Offers: Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, NC State, Purdue, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky, Wisconsin

Additional Note: Riley, one of Craig Naivar’s recruits, visited NC State two weekends ago. He followed that with his official visit to Kentucky last weekend.

*****

JASON STROWBRIDGE
Defensive End
Deerfield Beach, FL
6-4 | 247

Ranking: 
247Composite: 26 SDE | 496
247Sports: 47 SDE
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 29 DE (****)
Scout: 24 DE (****)

Committed: September 20, 2014

Other Offers: Florida, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina NC State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Purdue, West Virginia

Additional Note: Like Riley, Strowbridge visited NC State two weeks ago, despite being committed to Kentucky. He checked out Central Florida last weekend and plans to make a final decision on Signing Day. Word is he’s down to flipping to North Carolina or sticking with UK.

*****

JAVON PROVITT
Defensive Tackle
Warren, OH
6-3 | 305

Ranking: 
247Composite: 76 DT | 1139
247Sports: 79 DT
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 62 DT
Scout: NR

Committed: January 25, 2015

Other Offers: Cincinnati, Purdue, West Virginia, Ohio

Additional Note: Provitt is the latest commitment in the class, believed to be a replacement for DaVon Hamilton, who decommitted after visiting Ohio State over the weekend.

*****

Secondary

4_1075475MARCUS WALKER
Safety
Lake Wales, FL
6-0.5 | 176

Ranking: 
247Composite: 25 S | 433
247Sports: 27 S
Rivals: 31 S
ESPN: 15 S | 214
Scout: 90 S

Committed: July 18, 2014

Other Offers: Arkansas, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Michigan State, Mississippi State, NC State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, UVA

Additional Note: Walker first committed to Kentucky last January, but decommitted in April. After picking up offers from Arkansas, Michigan State, Tennessee and others, Walker decided to recommit to Kentucky, in part because the staff kept in contact with him even after he reopened his recruitment.

*****

4_2930064KEI BECKHAM
Cornerback
Dayton, OH
6-0 | 173

Ranking: 
247Composite: 57 CB | 580
247Sports: 53 CB
Rivals: 44 CB
ESPN: 70 CB
Scout: 81 S

Committed: July 18, 2014

Other Offers: Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Minnesota, Purdue

Additional Note: Beckham had nine interceptions in his senior season. He returned five of those for touchdowns. That’ll play.

*****

4_2930064CHRIS WESTRY
Cornerback
Orange Park, FL
6-4 | 180

Ranking: 
247Composite: 88 CB | 947
247Sports: 125 CB
Rivals: 74 CB
ESPN: 55 S
Scout: 102 S

Committed: January 20, 2015

Other Offers: Florida, Auburn, Arkansas, South Florida, Central Florida, Ohio

Additional Note: Originally an Auburn commit, Westry flipped his commitment to Kentucky last week.

*****

Offensive Line

LEVON LIVINGSTON
Offensive Tackle
Washington, DC
6-7 | 232

Ranking: 
247Composite: 84 OT | 789
247Sports: 48 OT
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 86 OT
Scout: 130 OT

Committed: April 5, 2014

Other Offers: West Virginia, NC State

Additional Note: Livingston played both sides of the line of scrimmage in high school and insists he can play either in college, however, the plan is to use him on the offensive line at Kentucky.

*****

LOGAN STENBERG
Offensive Tackle
Madison, AL
6-6 | 327

Ranking: 
247Composite: 74 OT | 675
247Sports: 59 OT
Rivals: 59 OT
ESPN: 134 OT
Scout: 129 OT

Committed: April 5, 2014

Other Offers: UAB

Additional Note: Stenberg committed to UK on the same day as fellow offensive linemen Levon Livingston and Larry Wells, who would later decommit.

*****

MASON WOLFE
Offensive Lineman
Henderson, KY
6-7 | 280

Ranking: 
247Composite: 97 OG
247Sports: 130 OG
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 132 OG
Scout: 58 OT

Committed: April 7, 2014

Additional Note: Wolfe became the fourth offensive lineman commit in three days when he committed during an unofficial visit to UK in April. A in-state product, he said he had been interested in Kentucky since the very beginning.

*****

4_2929835GEORGE ASAFO-ADJEI
Offensive Lineman
West Chester, OH
6-4 | 295

Ranking: 
247Composite: 47 OT | 449
247Sports: 22 OT | 199
Rivals: 27 OG
ESPN: 58 OG
Scout: 28 OG

Committed: June 23, 2014

Other Offers: Akron, Cincinnati, UConn, Florida, Illinois, Louisville, Miami (OH), Minnesota, Syracuse, Toledo, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan

Additional Note: Asafo-Adjei is a former teammate of current UK players Kyle Meadows and Mikel Horton, and said he felt comfortable with UK’s players, coaches, and facilities.

He is already on campus as an early enrollee.

*****

Tight End

CJ CONRAD
Tight End
LaGrange, OH
6-5 | 225

Ranking: 
247Composite: 11 TE | 288
247Sports: 9 TE
Rivals: 8 TE
ESPN: 11 TE
Scout: 9 TE

Committed: May 9, 2014

Other Offers: Arkansas, Illinois, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Additional Note: Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame were picking up interest, but Conrad chose the Cats before they could close in. Vince Marrow was the lead recruiter, of course, and Conrad liked how UK was on him early. Indiana was the other finalist with Kentucky.

He is already on campus as an early enrollee.

*****

Wide Receiver

4_1299074JABARI GREENWOOD
Wide Receiver
Washington, DC
6-4 | 193

Ranking: 
247Composite: 58 WR | 515
247Sports: 59 WR
Rivals: 51 WR
ESPN: 61 WR
Scout: 78 WR

Committed: June 28, 2014

Other Offers: Boston College, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa, Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, NC State, Pitt, Rutgers, UVA, Wake Forest, Washington State

Additional Note: Greenwood picked Kentucky over Michigan State, Virginia, and Maryland. At 6-4, 193 pounds, he has the size to compete in the SEC, and more importantly, looks like a playmaker. Greenwood said WR coach Tommy Mainord played a huge factor in his decision, and his commitment was a big win for Mainord, who is the primary recruiter in the DMV area.

*****

DECOMMITTED


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DARIUS FULLWOOD
Defensive End
Olney, MD
6-4 | 240

Ranking: 
247Composite: 21 WDE | 484
247Sports: 30 WDE
Rivals: 22 SDE
ESPN: 43 DE
Scout: 55 DE

Committed: June 28, 2014

Flipped to: Virginia Tech (9/24/14)

***** 

ALEX STUMP
Wide Receiver
Lakewood, OH
6-3 | 190

Ranking: 
247Composite: 37 WR | 300
247Sports: 31 WR
Rivals: 44 WR
ESPN: 84 WR
Scout: 24 WR (****)

Committed: May 3, 2014

Flipped to: Ohio State (10/12/14)

*****

ANDREW DOWELL
Running Back
Lakewood, OH
6-1 | 211

Ranking: 
247Composite: 28 RB | 343
247Sports: 41 RB
Rivals: 15 RB
ESPN: 107 RB
Scout: 26 RB

Committed: October 5, 2014

Flipped to: Michigan State (1/27/15)

*****

DAVID DOWELL
Safety/Wide Receiver
Lakewood, OH
6-1 | 180

Ranking: 
247Composite: 18 S | 319
247Sports: 25 S
Rivals: 30 CB
ESPN: 33 ATH
Scout: 35 WR | 158

Committed: October 5, 2014

Flipped to: Michigan State (1/27/15)

*****

DAVON HAMILTON
Defensive Tackle
Pickerington, OH
6-3 | 285

Ranking: 
247Composite: 90 DT | 1408
247Sports: 42 DT
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 69 DT
Scout: 54 DT

Committed: December 4, 2014

Flipped to: Ohio State (1/26/15)

*****

LUKE HIERS
Center
Lake Wales, FL
6-3 | 295

Ranking: 
247Composite: 12 C | 644
247Sports: 14 C
Rivals: 8 C
ESPN: 7 C
Scout: 16 C

Committed: May 1, 2014

Flipped to: Central Florida (9/28/14)

*****

MONTRELL CUSTIS
Cornerback
Hampton, GA
6-0 | 175

Ranking: 
247Composite: 72 CB | 771
247Sports: 63 CB
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 34 CB
Scout: 28 S (****)

Committed: November 10, 2013

Flipped to: Alabama (4/14/14)

Custis visited Kentucky earlier this month and could flip back to UK on Signing Day.


[All images and star-ratings via 247Sports.com]


What is John Calipari’s pet peeve?

Something tells me Marcus Lee has heard this a time or two before.


A well-reasoned argument for Kentucky being #1 over Virginia

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

We’ve heard several arguments as to why Kentucky is better than Virginia, but Grantland’s Mark Titus’s is the best yet. Titus argues that Kentucky is the superior team for three reasons:

1. Kentucky advanced further than Virginia in last year’s NCAA tournament.
2. Kentucky is deeper than Virginia.
3. The source of Kentucky’s success is more reliable than the source of Virginia’s success.

Titus argues that Virginia is good because of the system they run, not their physical ability, whereas the complete opposite is true of Kentucky:

If college basketball were an egg that teams were trying to crack, then Virginia would be an elaborate machine that uses a laser to cut the egg so precisely that its contents remain uncontaminated and the shell stays so intact that it could be shoved back up a hen’s butthole and then laid again. Kentucky, on the other hand, would be a sledgehammer. Somewhere, somebody’s got the manual that explains how to shut down Virginia’s machine. There is no way to turn off a sledgehammer. You just have to close your eyes, stick your chest out, and pray you survive the blow.

I’ll take the sledgehammer any day.

[Grantland]


Isaiah Briscoe named a McDonald’s All-American

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Congratulations to UK signee Isaiah Briscoe, who was named a McDonald’s All-American a few minutes ago. Briscoe is the only UK signee to make the roster over Charles Matthews and Skal Labissiere, who wasn’t considered due to his ineligibility under the TSSAA guidelines.

However, several UK targets made the roster, including Jaylen Brown, Thomas Bryant, Cheick Diallo, Brandon Ingram, Malik Newman, Ivan Rabb, Caleb Swanigan, and Stephen Zimmerman. Come late spring, UK will surely pull in a few more burger boys.

Here are the complete rosters:

EAST TEAM

  • Dwayne Bacon, SG, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) – Florida State
  • Antonio Blakeney, SG, Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) – LSU
  • Isaiah Briscoe, PG, Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.) – Kentucky
  • Jaylen Brown, SF, Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) – Undecided
  • Thomas Bryant, C, Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) – Undecided
  • Cheick Diallo, PF, Our Savior New American (Centereach, N.Y.) – Undecided
  • Henry Ellenson, PF, Rice Lake (Rice Lake, Wis.) – Marquette
  • Jawun Evans, PG, Justin F. Kimball (Dallas) – Oklahoma State
  • Luke Kennard, SG, Franklin (Franklin, Ohio) – Duke
  • Dedric Lawson, PF, Hamilton (Memphis, Tenn.) – Memphis
  • Ben Simmons, F, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) – LSU
  • Diamond Stone, C, Dominican (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) – Undecided

WEST TEAM

  • Carlton Bragg, PF, Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland, Ohio) – Kansas
  • Jalen Brunson, PG, Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.) – Villanova
  • Deyonta Davis, PF, Muskegon (Muskegon, Mich.) – Michigan St.
  • P.J. Dozier Jr., PG, Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.) – South Carolina
  • Brandon Ingram, SF, Kinston (Kinston, N.C.) – Undecided
  • Chase Jeter, C, Bishop Gorman, (Las Vegas) – Duke
  • Malik Newman, SG, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) – Undecided
  • Ivan Rabb, C, Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) – Undecided
  • Malachi Richardson, SF, Trenton Catholic Academy (Trenton, N.J.) – Syracuse
  • Caleb Swanigan, C, Homestead (Fort Wayne, Ind.) – Undecided
  • Allonzo Trier, SG, Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) – Arizona
  • Stephen Zimmerman, C, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) – Undecided

UK will have behind-the-scenes live stream of Signing Day

Like it or not, Signing Day is one week away, and UK and KSR are teaming up again for wall-to-wall coverage. Starting at 8 a.m., KyWildcatsTV will produce a live webcast from the Nutter Training Facility that will let fans in on the behind-the-scenes action. The webcast will be broadcast live on UKAthletics.com and SEC Network+.

Here are some more details from UK about the telecast, which will include our own Matt Jones:

The live stream will feature exclusive access to Stoops and his coaching staff. Assistant coaches will join Jeff Piecoro in a special “Xs and Os Room” to break down film of the signees and show why the newest Wildcats project as the future stars of UK football.

Joining Piecoro on the coverage will be Tom Leach, former UK quarterback Freddie Maggard, Dick Gabriel and Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones. UK’s four early high-school enrollees and two Nebraska transfers Courtney Love and Greg Hart will be spotlighted in special features to introduce them to fans.

KSR will also broadcast live from the Nutter Training Center from 10 a.m. to noon to give you even more coverage.

Someone prepare my caffeine drip, please.


Chad Ford on the Devin Booker/Klay Thompson comparisons

Chet White | UK Athletics

Chet White | UK Athletics

Devin Booker’s recent hot streak has led many fans and pundits to draw comparisons between him and Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson. This season, Booker is shooting 50% from three-point land, and 66% (22-33) over the past nine games. Chad Ford was asked if the comparisons between Booker and Thompson were that outlandish during his weekly chat today. Here’s his response.

“I would have said yes in July or October and maybe even in late November. Now? No, not outlandish. He’s been great for Kentucky. He might be their most important player right now. And when you watch what Steph Curry and Thompson are doing. Or if you watch Kyle Korver’s historic season in Atlanta — you look at Booker and see that potential to be an elite shooter. He’s steadily moved up the board all year, sits at No. 14 right now and I still think he has room to keep moving up.

Happy for Booker’s success, but ugh; however, this gives me an excuse to share this NBA Jam: On Fire edition of Thompson’s historic 37-point quarter the other night:

[ESPN]


John Feinstein will call into KSR tomorrow

John Feinstein is the only AP voter that still thinks Virginia should be the #1 team in America instead of Kentucky. KSR has finally contacted Feinstein and he will be a guest on tomorrow’s show. 

After reading his defense to Rick Bozich, this should be fun. Leave your questions for Feinstein below. That will also be fun.


Nerlens Noel will play in the Rising Stars Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend

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Congrats to Nerlens Noel, who has been selected to play in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on February 13 as part of NBA All-Star Weekend. So far this season, Noel is averaging 8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. It will air at 9 p.m. on TNT.

Last Thursday, John Wall and Anthony Davis were named All-Star Game starters, and DeMarcus Cousins and Brandon Knight still have a chance at making the reserves, which will be announced tomorrow night. John Wall will also face off against Stephen Curry in a game of H-O-R-S-E on February 14. That means you’ll be able to watch former Cats play Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night of All-Star Weekend.

Keep making us proud, boys.


Kentucky opens as an 18-point favorite at Missouri

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Basketball! Remember that glorious thing that we’re really good at? Tomorrow night, the Cats head to Columbia to take on Missouri, a team that Kentucky beat by 49 points a few weeks ago. Vegas has spoken and Kentucky opened as an 18-point favorite.

Cover. Cover all day long.


ESPN reporting Joker Phillips will join the Cleveland Browns’ staff

ESPN’s Adam Caplan is reporting that former UK head coach Joker Phillips will join the Cleveland Browns’ coaching staff as wide receivers coach. Joker spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons at Florida before resigning for “personal reasons” amid concerns that he may have committed a recruiting violation. This will be his first NFL coaching job.

Congratulations and best of luck, Joker.