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By Drew Franklin on ©9:30 pm
Fort Wayne’s Caleb Swanigan is the latest high school senior to receive the ultimate prize: a scholarship offer to play basketball at the University of Kentucky. A top 25 player in the class, Swanigan shined at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam last weekend in front of the UK coaching staff, earning him the offer from John Calipari on Sunday.
An unofficial count makes Swanigan the 13th member of the 2015 class to receive an offer from UK. We know the others, so now it’s time we get to know a little more about Caleb in tonight’s ‘Meet The New Guy’ feature.
6’8″, 265 lbs.
Fort Wayne, Indiana (Homestead)
Top247: No. 29 overall, No. 5 C
247 Composite: No. 17 overall, No. 3 C
Rivals: No. 20 overall, No. 5 C
ESPN: No. 17 overall, No. 5 C
Scout: No. 12 overall, No. 7 C
Other offers include: Michigan State, Louisville, Indiana, Arizona, Kansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Georgetown
247Sports Crystal Ball prediction: Michigan State, 94%; Louisville 6%
He reclassified to the 2015 class in May.
Swanigan was a sophomore in high school last season as a member of the 2016 class but made the jump to 2015 to start the summer. He will turn 18 before graduating next May.
Slice Rohrssen told him to “go to work” at the Peach Jam.
Swanigan told Chris Fisher, “He texted me and said, ‘go to work at Peach Jam and do what you do.’”
Slice was on Swanigan early, back when he was an assistant back at Pittsburgh. Swanigan called him a good guy that is easy to relate to.
He went to work at the Peach Jam.
After posting 20 and 17 in his first game in North Augusta, Swanigan stole the show from Cheick Diallo and Thomas Bryant in the Thursday evening session. He went for 20 points and nine rebounds against the two top 20 players inside, adding a three-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to force overtime, followed by a three-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to force another. Both shots came off long inbound passes with only a few seconds remaining, leading Rick Pitino to make a Christian Laettner reference to Matt Jones.
Swanigan went for 15 and 15 in his next game on the second day of the tournament and that’s all we needed to see.
He thinks he would fit in at UK because he plays hard.
In the aforementioned conversation with Chris Fisher, he noted how hard kids play for John Calipari in Lexington. He said he believes he would fit in because he also plays hard.
He was invited to football camp at Alabama.
Before putting all of his focus on the hardwood, Swanigan was making a name for himself on the football field, too. He was getting some serious looks from several high major programs as an offensive tackle.
He’s lost almost 100 pounds since the 8th grade.
Once football became an afterthought, it was time to shed the weight and take basketball seriously.
He’s on Vine.
He played AAU ball with Trey Lyles and James Blackmon Jr.
Swanigan was a young contributor on last summer’s Spiece Indy Heat team that featured UK freshman Trey Lyles and Indiana freshman James Blackmon Jr. This year he did his best to step in and fill the starring role they left behind.
He’s a big fan of Kobe Bryant.
Maybe Julius Randle can have Mamba give him a call?
He begins USA Basketball U17 training tomorrow.
Swanigan is one of 36 players invited to take part in training for the FIBA U17 World Championships, beginning tomorrow in Colorado Springs. Several other UK targets will also compete for a spot on the team that will play in Dubai early next month.
And that, my friends, is Caleb Swanigan.
The off-season tends to get a little dull sometimes around the KSR compound, especially as the news ever so slowly trickles in during the months of June and July. We have to get a little creative around here sometimes. I’m going to start a weekly series called “We Ask You Wednesdays,” that can hopefully get some of you all involved via Twitter.
Most of you all, All of you all, Everyone but my Mom and Dad,Some of you all will probably hate it, but it’s either this or I’ll post another Trey Lyles mix tape.
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 ninth volume of the “We Ask You Wednesday” allowed Kentucky fans to answer the following question via Twitter in 140 characters or less: CREATE YOUR OWN Start-Up NBA team in Louisville, Kentucky. Come up with a name for the team, a coach for the team, and a roster. Here’s the catch… your roster must abide by the following rules:
— 9 players total (5 starters, 4 reserves) —- 4 current Kentucky NBA players **BUT you can only use 1 player from each draft class*** (So for example: you couldn’t use DeMarcus Cousins AND John Wall) —- 1 current Louisville NBA player —- 1 NBA All-Star from any team —- 2 NBA Rookies from the 2014 NBA Draft (1 Lottery Pick & 1 Second Round pick) —- 1 current Kentucky basketball player
Vote for which team you think is the best in the comment section:
BEST ANSWERS OF THE WEEK:
Feel free to play along with your own start-up NBA team roster in Louisville in the comment section…. For what it’s worth, here’s my team:
PG- John Wall
SG- Jodie Meeks
SF- LeBron James
PF- Anthony Davis
C- Nerlens Noel
Reserves: Gorgui Dieng, Jordan McRae, Andrew Wiggins, Karl Towns
By Drew Franklin on ©8:00 pm
If you see a cloud of smoke over Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium every afternoon during the first week of practice, it is because the Louisville football team has invited its fans to come out everyday at 4:20 pm. I’m 100 percent serious with this. The school announced today that August 5-9 practices are open to the public and the afternoon sessions with the veterans will begin at 4:20 pm.
Bobby Petrino sure does know how to send a message out to his targeted recruits and loyal fan base. He picked their favorite time of day to get everyone together in one
hot box spot.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©7:00 pm
With little over a month until college football season kicks off, sportsbook Bovada has released their over/under win totals for the season. The oddsmakers put Kentucky’s win total at 3.5, the lowest in the SEC:
- Alabama: 10.5
- Georgia: 9.5
- South Carolina: 9.5
- Auburn: 9
- LSU: 9
- Florida: 7.5
- Mississippi State: 7.5
- Missouri: 7.5
- Ole Miss: 7.5
- Texas A&M: 7
- Vanderbilt: 6
- Tennessee: 5.5
- Arkansas: 4.5
- Kentucky: 3.5
Years of Kentucky football fandom have taught me to be a realist, but a recent surge of optimism has me thinking over is a pretty good bet. Let’s go through the schedule (with color coding!):
8/30 - UT Martin: Easy win
9/6: Ohio - Easy win
9/13 – at Florida: Toss-up considering Florida’s problems, but given UK’s history against Florida, not likely, especially in the Swamp
9/27 – Vanderbilt: Best chance for an SEC win
10/4 - South Carolina: Very likely loss
10/11 - Louisiana-Monroe: Easy win
10/18 - at LSU: LOL, I wish. Death Valley worth the road trip though
10/25 - Mississippi State: Many fans think UK has a good shot at here, but I’m not so sure. Mississippi State is returning most of their team and will be better than most realize. However, we’ve always been competitive with them, and this one’s at Commonwealth. I’ll call it a likely loss, but I love to be proved wrong.
11/1 – at Missouri: Likely loss
11/8 – Georgia: Very likely loss
11/15 - at Tennessee: Likely loss
11/29: at Louisville: Likely loss—ah hell, toss-up. Yes, the game is at Louisville, but coming off a bye week, the Cats have a decent shot, especially if they’re not banged up too badly.
So there are my predictions. I’m going with 4 wins, with potential for six if the ball bounces UK’s way a few times.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©6:00 pm
Throughout the summer, we’ve seen glimpses of UK basketball’s summer conditioning program, which has included underwater treadmills and hot yoga. Now, CoachCal.com’s Chad Hobson is taking us behind-the-scenes of Rock Oliver’s strength and conditioning program, and the video is really awesome. We can’t embed it here, but click the pic or this link to check it out.
Oliver describes the workouts the players are doing, and why they don’t do plyometrics or any skill-specific work. “We don’t do anything [skill-specific]. Our guys love to play. What’s more specific than playing the game?” Rock says. “I’ve got pros on my team. They’re doing plyometics every time they play.”
Rock singled out Dakari Johnson for how hard he’s working on his conditioning and nutrition, and said he’s dropped from 271 lbs. to 255 lbs. so far.
Also new to the regimen: pool running, which Marcus Lee says is “the hardest thing I’ve ever done”; and hot yoga, which Randall Cobb suggested to Rock. As someone who has sweated buckets in hot yoga before, I can say I have a new admiration for the team now.
The video is fascinating, so stop what you’re doing and go watch.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©5:30 pm
It looks like the construction on Commonwealth Stadium will continue throughout the upcoming season.
UK Athletics project manager Russ Pear tells the Herald-Leader that construction crews will work until Thursday on game weeks before cleaning up the construction area and setting up temporary fencing by Saturday morning. The goal is to have the $110 million renovation done by the start of the 2015 season. UK spokesman Tony Neely says seating capacity will be down about 6,000 from 2013 this season because of construction in the south upper deck.
The Herald-Leader also has a photo gallery and video of the construction if you’re curious.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©5:00 pm
You’re looking at the Urban Dictionary definition of “Kentucky Wildcats.” My favorite part? We actually did win the National Championship in 2012. Take that, tangytoes.
Just gonna leave this link right here.
UPDATE: And now, the definition for “Kentucky Wildcats” has been removed. I’d call that a success.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©4:00 pm
For many of us, Craig Yeast was a UK football hero growing up. “Couch to Yeast” was a familiar refrain at Commonwealth Stadium in the mid- to late 90′s, and the fact that both players were from Kentucky made UK fans even prouder. In fact, Yeast was one of the best wide receivers to ever play at Kentucky, his career so impressive that 247 Sports included him in their Top 5 SEC East wide receivers since 1992 (the year the conference split into two divisions):
5. Craig Yeast, Kentucky, 1995-98: Catching passes from Tim Couch helped Yeast put up some amazing numbers in Lexington. When he ended his career, he was the SEC’s all-time reception leader and was second in career receiving yards. He has fallen off a bit, but his 208 catches are third in league history, his 2,899 yards are good for seventh in SEC history and his 28 receiving touchdowns are good for No. 6 on the SEC career list. As a senior he had 85 catches for 1,311 yards receiving and 14 TD receptions in 11 games. He also had 1,256 career return yards and returned four kicks for touchdowns.
The other four on the list? 1. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, 2010-13; 2. Terrence Edwards, Georgia, 1999-2002; 3. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, 2009-11; and 4. A.J. Green, Georgia, 2008-10.
Craig’s son, Russ, is carrying on the Yeast football tradition. Russ is in the class of 2017, and is already drawing high praise for his size (5’11″, 170), speed, and tremendous upside. Russ impressed the UK staff so much at a camp in June that Vince Marrow offered him a scholarship. Judging by his Twitter feed, he’ll probably accept it one day:
Kentucky gonna be good in about 2 years #BBN
— Russ Yeast (@russ_yeast03) July 21, 2014
Here’s some footage from his freshman year:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©3:00 pm
It was a packed house at Hudson Toyota in Madisonville for today’s show, and Matt and Drew entertained the crowd by talking about the latest practice report, 2015 recruiting, and their most embarrassing moments as Kentucky fans. The latter topic took over the show, with callers sharing their most cringe-worthy moments in UK blue, ranging from a woman falling on her face in front of Derek Abney after a big loss to someone asking Bernadette Locke-Mattox if she was a UK cheerleader.
Mine may be back in college, when Kentucky’s own Nappy Roots performed at Davidson. In the middle of UNC/Duke country, I felt the need to connect with my fellow Kentuckians, and wore UK gear to the concert, and afterwards, slyly took off with one of the rappers’ UK hats. Not a proud moment, but how many of those do we really get in college?
Here are a few of the best you guys submitted via Twitter:
— Ashleigh Bailey (@abaybay00) July 23, 2014
This isn’t really embarrassing, just funny:
— Andi (@AOintheRO) July 23, 2014
— Eric J Redmon (@eredmon19) July 23, 2014
Share yours in the comments.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©2:00 pm
Yesterday, UK started the Kickoff Playoff bracket to help choose the song to be played right before kickoff on August 30. Eight UK players submitted their picks, and over the next week, fans will vote for their favorite. Yesterday, Bud Dupree’s pick “Knuck if you Buck” went up against Steven Bordon’s pick “Scatta,” and this morning, UK announced the results of the poll. “Knuck if you Buck” has advanced. Sorry, Steven.
Today, it’s time to vote between Braylon Heard’s pick, “Who Run It” and Mike Douglas’ pick, “Head Bussa.” Listen to the two below and head on over to UK’s BBN First site to vote.
“WHO RUN IT” Three 6 Mafia: Braylon Heard
“HEAD BUSSA” Lil Scrappy: Mike Douglas
It’s close, but I’m going with Mike Douglas and “Head Bussa” on this one.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©1:30 pm
Here’s some news that won’t be surprising to us: in a recent study, Louisville was named the third unhappiest city in America. The US National Bureau of Economic Research surveyed people who live in cities with a population of more than 1 million as of 2010 about their satisfaction with life, and Louisville came in third, behind New York and Pittsburgh. Here’s the top ten:
1. New York, NY
2. Pittsburgh, PA
3. Louisville, KY
4. Milwaukee, WI
5. Detroit, MI
6. Indianapolis, IN
7. St. Louis, MO
8. Las Vegas, NV
9. Buffalo, NY
10. Philadelphia, PA
Finally, proof that it’s depressing living in Calipari’s shadow. Maybe that explains all the Crown Royal.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©1:00 pm
For the second season in a row, UK Basketball was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for team academic excellence. UK was one of eight BCS programs with a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.0 or better for the 2013-2014 season. The Cats posted a 3.11 cumulative GPA, making it six out of seven semesters UK’s team has had a GPA of 3.0 or better.
Tod Lanter, Sam Malone and Jarrod Polson were named to the NABC Honors Court, and Malone was the recipient of the Elite 89 award at the 2014 Final Four, which honors the student athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating in the Final Four. Nine Cats made various SEC honor rolls this season, including Dominique Hawkins, Dakari Johnson, Lanter, Marcus Lee, Brian Long, Malone, Polson, Alex Poythress and Derek Willis.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©12:00 pm
Is a football series with the University of Cincinnati in the works? According to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati is discussing future football games with Louisville, Kentucky, and Pittsburgh. Groeschen also announced that Cincinnati will play a home-home series with Indiana starting in 2021.
Kentucky hasn’t played Cincinnati in football since 1996, and the (Wild)Cats hold a 21-9-3 lead on the Bearcats in the series.
Are you in favor of renewing the series with the Bearcats?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©11:30 am
Soon, you may be able to major in beer at UK. Legitimately, like in a classroom. According to the Herald Leader’s Janet Patton, UK is working on adding a brewers certification program, which means I really need to go back to college.
On a side note, shoutout to Country Boy Brewing in Lexington. A few of their beers are now on tap here in Nashville and they are delicious.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©11:00 am
2016 shooting guard Malik Monk turned a lot of heads at last week’s Peach Jam. In fact, Monk was so impressive that John Calipari flew back to North Augusta Friday night after hanging out with LeBron James just to see him play. Monk, who picked up an offer from UK late last month, told the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts that Cal leaving LeBron to see him play shows him he wants him pretty badly: “He says that he wants me real bad,” Monk said. “And I can tell that he does.”
Monk responded, putting up 40 points, including some dunks that impressed even the most cynical of pundits. Monk says that since he picked up the offer from UK last month, he’s been talking to Calipari once a week. In fact, he said he’s already a UK fan, telling Roberts he watches all of UK’s games and is friends with former Cat and fellow Arkansan Archie Goodwin. Right now, the home state Razorbacks are a favorite in his recruitment, but probably not for long if Cal keeps up the full-court press.
Read more quotes from Monk at the Herald-Leader, and watch him work below: