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August 3rd, 2015

Three football players got baptized yesterday

Yesterday was a big day for three big Kentucky football players. Sophomore tackle Kyle Meadows, freshman guard “Big George” Asafo-Adjei, and senior defensive end Farrington Huguenin were baptized by Aaron Hogue, and Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow were in attendance.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Nico Firios, former Cat Max Godby, and high-performance coach Erik Korem were also there, and shared these pictures:

Congrats to all three.


Three big football recruits are wrapping up visits today

You’re looking at 4-star ATH Joshua Paschal, 4-star RB Mohamed Ibrahim, and 3-star OLB/WR Ayinde Eley. All three 2017 recruits play for Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland, and all three are wrapping up visits to Kentucky today.

Yesterday, the three players arrived and spent the evening taking about a million pictures in the UK locker room, trying on the various uniform combinations. It looks like they enjoyed themselves:

Nice sock game, Josh.

In 247 Sports’ 2017 Composite rankings, Ibrahim’s considered the 18th best running back, Paschal the 27th best athlete, and Eley the 71st best wide receiver. Hopefully redshirt freshman linebacker Kobie Walker, a fellow Good Counsel alum, showed them a good time.

Keep an eye on Paschal today in particular. He’s the brother of former Cat TraVaughn Paschal, so this isn’t his first trip to Lexington. By all accounts, it may not be his last, either.


KSR is at Chaney’s Dairy Barn in Bowling Green (Monday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Monday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from Chaney’s Dairy Barn in Bowling Green. People have been lined up outside since 7 a.m. CT for today’s show, which promises to be a great one. Tune in to hear Matt and Ryan recap Fancy Farm, Aussie big man Isaac Humphries, a potentially big day in football recruiting, and much more.

If you’re in the area, come on out for the chance to win tickets from GuyOnTheCornerTickets.com and to see Ryan and Shannon face off in a milking contest after the show. If you’re there, please take pictures and videos to share with the rest of us.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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Here’s an updated list of tour stops:

August 3: Bowling Green – Chaney’s Dairy Barn
August 4: McKee – Old Courthouse Community Room
August 5: Glasgow – Papa John’s
August 6: Jamestown – Lawless-Smith True Value and Appliance Center (Russell Springs)
August 7: Monticello – Conley Bottom Resort

August 10: Frankfort – Governor’s Mansion
August 11: Maysville – Laurel Oaks Golf Course
August 12: Danville – Sun Tropic Outdoors
August 13: Lexington – All Sports at Fayette Mall
August 14: Louisville

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GuyOnTheCornerTickets.com is giving away UK basketball and football tickets at every tour stop this summer. That’s 33 chances to win, and all you have to do is come out to listen to your favorite radio show. That’s so easy even Ryan Lemond could do it!


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: 2016 Football Roster As It Stands Now

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I know many of you are going to look at this post and immediately say “WHY THE HELL ARE YOU LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT SEASON BTI!!!”.  Quite honestly, I look ahead to next season because that is what we do with basketball and that is what elite programs in both sports should do.  You are always planning for your present but also with an eye on the future.  So excuse me for doing what we do with basketball year-round.

Here is where the 2016 UK football scholarship roster currently stands with those players committed.  For the 2015 incoming freshman, I assumed all will be redshirted unless they are on the 2-deep depth chart released at the beginning of the month.

Those in RED would be projected as returning starters in 2016
Those in BLUE are Class of 2016 commits

QUARTERBACK (4)
Seniors: Patrick Towles (RS)
Juniors: Reese Phillips (RS)
Sophomores: Drew Barker (RS)
Freshmen: Gunnar Hoak

RUNNING BACK (6)
Seniors: JoJo Kemp
Juniors: Boom Williams, Mikel Horton
Freshmen: Sihiem King (RS), Asim Rose, Benny Snell

WIDE RECEIVER (14)
Seniors: Ryan Timmons
Juniors: Garrett Johnson, Dorian Baker, Blake Bone, T.V. Williams, Alex Montgomery (RS), Jeff Badet (RS), Kayaune Ross
Sophomores: Thaddeus Snodgrass (RS)
Freshmen: Tavin Richardson (RS), Therrell Gosier (RS), Jabari Greenwood (RS), Dakota Holtzclaw, Za’Aire Hughes

TIGHT END (4)
Junior: Greg Hart (RS)
Sophomores: C.J. Conrad, Darryl Long (RS)
Freshmen: Justin Rigg

OFFENSIVE TACKLE (8)
Juniors: Kyle Meadows (RS), Tate Leavitt
Sophomores: Nick Richardson (RS)
Freshmen: Mason Wolfe (RS), Logan Stenberg (RS), Levon Livingston (RS), Calvin Taylor (RS), Landon Young

OFFENSIVE GUARD (4, Cole Mosier-walk-on)
Juniors: Ramsey Myers (RS), Nick Haynes (RS)
Sophomores: Jarrett LaRubbio (RS), George Asafo-Adjei

CENTER (5)
Seniors: Jon Toth (RS), Zach Myers (RS)
Sophomores: Bunchy Stallings (RS)
Freshman: Luke Fortner, Drake Jackson
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DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE TACKLE (10)
Seniors: Courtney Miggins (RS)
Juniors: Reggie Meant (RS), Matt Elam, Jacob Hyde (RS)
Sophomores: Adrian Middleton (RS), Tymere Dubose (RS)
Freshmen: Javon Provitt (RS), Ja’Quize Cross, Kordell Looney, Kobe Smith

DEFENSIVE END (5)
Seniors: Jason Hatcher, Alvonte Bell
Sophomores: Denzil Ware (RS)
Freshmen: Kenegra Daniel (RS), Jaylen Bannerman

LINEBACKER (9)
Junior: Courtney Love
Sophomores: Nico Firios (RS), Dorian Hendrix (RS), Kobie Walker (RS)
Freshmen: Eli Brown (RS), Jordan Jones (RS), Josh Allen (RS), Kash Daniel, Roland Waller

CORNERBACK (13)
Seniors: Blake McClain, JD Harmon (RS), Jaleel Hytchye
Juniors: Kendall Randolph
Sophomores: Jared Tucker (RS)
Freshmen: Chris Westry (RS), Kei Beckham (RS), Derrick Baity (RS), Will Jackson (RS), Marcus Walker (RS), Tobias Gilliam, Jordan Griffin, Davonte Robinson

SAFETY (4)
Seniors: Marcus McWilson, Zack Blaylock (RS)
Sophomores: Mike Edwards (RS), Darius West (RS)

SPECIAL TEAMS (2)
Austin MacGinnis (RS Junior)
Grant McKinnis (Freshman)

OFFENSIVE SCHOLARSHIPS: 45
DEFENSIVE SCHOLARSHIPS: 41
SPECIAL TEAMS SCHOLARSHIPS: 2


Mitch McConnell’s Monday Morning Wakeup

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I know it’s not sports and the mere mention of politics drives some folks insane in here, but I couldn’t let the experience of this past weekend go by without one mention by me on here. The time as MC of Fancy Farm this weekend was one of the cooler things I have done. It is a scene unlike any other, with people in the crowd amped up about politics and ready to scream their lungs out for their candidates. As a speaker, I must tell you that it was the hardest crowd I have ever been in front of. People are yelling at you and if you say something they don’t like (which is impossible not to do when you are making jokes about the candidates), they yell. However it was very cool and quite an honor to be a part of. The picture above is that of Mitch McConnell as I began telling a few of my jokes about him…he didn’t seem to happy with me and I would think it is likely an audit is coming my way in the relatively near future. I know to some all mention of politics are treason, but for those of us that are a part of this site, we write also about our lives. And Saturday was a very cool day for me…plus Drew is going to mock everything in a post in the next day or two and I have a feeling it will be brilliant.

With that, some thoughts for the morning:

— The big news of the weekend is Isaac Humphries and the possibility of him joining the UK Basketball team this fall. I wrote more about this earlier (just scroll down), but the main thing to remember is this. An addition of Humphries is important for this year but also for the future. Calipari really likes this kid and the UK staff believes he can develop into a player. He will give them minutes this year, but his most important role will be potentially the next season. He still must get eligible however and until that happens, his announcement for the team will not be official.

— The 2016 class as a whole is starting to take more shape for Kentucky. I am starting to hear a lot of buzz about De’Aaron Fox as potentially the next recruit with major Kentucky interest. A couple of national recruiting guys switched their pick to UK this weekend (which matters), but I think much more important is the way the UK staff is moving in on him. He, like some of the other top guys in this class, has risen through the summer and has seen his interest from UK rise accordingly. He can get to the basket and reminds me a bit of Brandon Knight, not so much in look but in style of play. He would be a great get in a class full of very good point guards.

Football Camp starts this week…and the guys are very excited. There is an excitement about the team by the kids in the program that is really fun to watch. They are all chomping at the bits to get on the field and the momentum of the last few weeks around UK football is enthralling. There are a number of questions on defense but I truly believe the offense is scheduled to absolutely take off this year in every way possible. For me it all comes down to Patrick Towles and everything I hear suggests that he is ready to take control and make a big step up this year. If he does, the Cats will score a lot of points.

— Quick question for everyone…if Kentucky football improves and the schedule can improve accordingly, which major opponent besides Louisville would you want to see on the schedule? It is an interesting question and one that could come into play as the schedule gets made for 2017 and beyond.

The day will continue today with a lot of football news as the players start to get ready for the season…Media Day is Friday so get ready for the football fix to continue. The KSR Tour heads to Bowling Green at Chaney’s Dairy Barn. Ryan is going to milk a cow and we are going to talk about Humphries and behind the scenes at Fancy Farm…should be fun.


August 2nd, 2015

Freddie Maggard shares Hall of Fame career memories

 

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John Henson at the Harlan Daily Enterprise put together a nice piece on former UK quarterback, KSR contributor and recent inductee to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, Freddie Maggard.

The article includes memories of Maggard’s career at Cumberland High School in Harlan County where he garnered 12 varsity letters in three sports and led the Cumberland football team to two state championship game appearances all while garnering All-State honors as a quarterback and defensive back in 1986.

Not content to just be a football star, Maggard was a four-year starter and All-State selection as a pitcher and center fielder for the Cumberland High School baseball team.  He posted a 28-1 record, a .400 career batting average and led Cumberland to three consecutive regional championships.

Maggard talks about his time at UK and the tough decision of choosing between baseball, where he had been drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1986, and football at Kentucky.

“I earned my starting position, but then I had my first shoulder injury and missed baseball, and then it was over. What drove me to UK is that I grew up in Kentucky, the university offered me a free education to play football and it was my obligation to play at the university. Maybe that’s old-fashioned, but that’s what I thought.”

Maggard said his intent with the Hall of Fame was to pay respect to the community and people who had gotten him to that point.

“I felt uncomfortable receiving an individual award for something I thought should have been presented to the community, but it was humbling and a great experience, something I will never forget. It’s an award and honor I will cherish the rest of my life.”

It was an award well-deserved Mr. Maggard.

You can read the full article here.


Isaac Humphries…the Big Man We Have Been Waiting For

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It of course had to happen on Friday night. While I was in the far Western part of Kentucky for Fancy Farm, eating with the KSR crew at Patti’s Settlement (which is really, really good), the news that we have hinted at for a number of weeks finally broke. Kentucky is looking to add big man Isaac Humphries to the 2015 class to join the team this year. Many were surprised by the news, but those that listen to KSR were not. I have been hinting for 6 weeks that it was coming because this has been in the works for UK since the last two big men that UK was interested in for the 2015 class (Caleb Swanigan and Check Diallo) made decisions to go elsewhere. The Cats decided that Humphries, a talented big man that was initially supposed to be in the 2016 class, would be a good addition to this year and pay dividends for next, while not scaring off any top recruits. Plus, there was the added benefit of keeping the news relatively silent for a long time, thus not allowing other schools to come after him once they knew he was interested in reclassifying. It was, and is, a win-win.

Since the announcement, I have seen some UK fans online complaining that they don’t think Humphries is good enough or the signing doesn’t make sense, all the while having never watched him play one game ever. That is of course an idiotic and uninformed opinion. If you haven’t at this point learned to give Calipari a little benefit of the doubt, you never will. Here is the thinking behind adding Humphries from UK’s side…the Australian is a big guy that the Cats see as a meaty body for this year, who can develop into a Jorts-like contributor in the second year. They like the talent that he has and his ability to shoot and rebound. While the 2016 class is loaded with perimeter players and long athletes that can fly, true big men aren’t in high abundance. Calipari knows he will lose Skal and Poythress this year and realizes he could lose Marcus Lee depending on how things go. While Kentucky will likely get Sacha Killeya-Jones and likely one more big man, having Humphries allows a top 50 talent who can develop and be very good over time. That is a win-win. Plus, Isaac is tough and on a team this year that may lack a little toughness (outside of Tyler Ulis), that is a very valuable commodity.

It is important to note however that Humphries is not yet eligible to play at Kentucky this year. Since the decision to reclassify was made late, he has had to take a number of classes to get eligible for next year and that process has not been completed. It will not be done for the next 2 weeks or so and that is partially why the news had not been leaked. It came out this weekend after he visited while camps were in town and because he was with Jamal Murray a great deal (they are friends from various international events). Before everyone assumes he is on the team, this process has to finish and he has to actually get eligible.

I see the addition of Humphries as a great one for UK…he provides a big body for this year and has a chance to develop into a very good player. Calipari isn’t out for charity cases…this is a Top 50 talent who is VERY big while also being skilled. It is another late grab for Kentucky from Calipari and one that I think will be big both this year, and in the future.


A Moment of Zen: How Matt Jones’ Jon Stewart Turn Brought Fresh Air to the Hot Air of Fancy Farm

While the first Saturday in May presents Kentucky to the world in its most luxuriously resplendent garb, the first Saturday in August casts a truer light on our Commonwealth and what our politics has come to be.

Fancy Farm weekend, named after the tiny, far-western Kentucky hamlet in which St. Jerome’s Catholic Church hosts the “world’s largest one-day barbecue,” represents politics at its very best, or at least the way we’d like to remember it.  While the picnic is the main feature, for the past few decades, a full weekend’s worth of satellite activities have sprouted up all over the Jackson Purchase: meet and greets, watermelon smashes, bean suppers, country ham and egg breakfasts, even skeet-shooting competitions. There’s plenty of hand shaking and baby kissing and bear hugging and back slapping and tall-tale telling. Most importantly, it’s the only weekend of the year that the state’s most remote region receives the full attention of the big-city slickers, power-wielding politicos and hangers-on, as well the budget-depleted Frankfort press corps.

Unfortunately, when the main speaking event begins on Saturday at 2 p.m., we sometimes see politics at its very worst.  Many years, Fancy Farm becomes a hyper-partisan, name-calling screaming match, a microcosm of everything Americans hate about politics.  During key election cycles, even before the headlining speakers clear their throats, the furious chanting, the blindly acid-laced yelling begins in full force, unleashing vocal abuse on partisan enemies. As an eight-time veteran of that stage, I can witness that the noise is so intense that it becomes nearly impossible to hear yourself speak. (Check out this 2003 clip in which this soft-spoken Jewish pischer was transformed into Elmer Gantry.)

This year’s version did not veer far from the script, although it seemed a bit tamer than usual, perhaps because the speechifying was so predictable.  Every Democrat called out GOP gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin for his mendaciousness, usually culling quotes from Senator Mitch McConnell’s 2014 campaign against him. (“East Coast con man” and “pathological liar” headlined the party’s talking points.) Meanwhile, every Republican made sure to mention President Barack Obama’s name at least in every third sentence when describing the policies of the Democrats’ standard bearer, Attorney General Jack Conway, or the rest of his ticket.

But for a ten minute oasis at the top of the program — usually reserved for patriotic platitudes and bland historical remembrances — Fancy Farm was actually fun.  The jokes were actually funny.  And Kentucky’s favorite sports broadcaster — previously termed a motley amalgam of Bill Simmons, Keith Olberman and Howard Stern — morphed into a Bluegrass version of Jon Stewart.

Not all of Fancy Farm host Matt Jones’ jokes succeeded. (His standard bit about Rick Pitino lasting for 15 seconds was a bit too blue for the family-friendly church grounds.)  But his incisive satire, softened by good-natured humor and near-perfect comedic timing, was often both cleverly thought-provoking and LOL funny.  Jones landed jabs against the state’s leading Republicans, teasing McConnell for his discomfort with Bevin, Bevin for his resume fabrication, and Senator Rand Paul for his absence, peculiarly in light of his flailing presidential bid. Democrats too felt his friendly wrath: Conway for his 2009 Fancy Farm outburst, Governor Steve Beshear for his un-Democratic-like record, and Secretary of State Alison Lundgeran Grimes for her continued unwillingness to admit that she voted for Obama.  As usual, Jones’ jokes revolved around a familiar theme: that politics has become a game a verbal dodgeball; as campaigners blow hot air while avoiding the tough questions, the people lose. (Watch the whole thing here.)

Most impressively, Jones owned the Fancy Farm stage — more than any of the powerful and prominent figures that I’ve seen take that mike.  With his imposing frame, booming voice, and celebrity countenance, he was able to quiet the raucous chanters dexterously with clever quips or smiling pleas.  He elicited a rare, moving, bi-partisan moment when he elegantly introduced the GOP’s Lieutenant Governor nominee Jenean Hampton as history’s first woman of color to address the picnic.  And while some may have blanched when he all-too-familiarily referred to a presidential candidate as “Rand” and the second most powerful pol in the country as “Mitch,” I found it a refreshingly populist note amidst a crowd that often takes itself far too seriously.

Make no mistake: Matt Jones is my friend, and he pays me to write this column. (Although he never edits me or tells me what to write.)  But the very reason that I step out of my comfort zone on a weekly basis to share my pointy-headed thoughts to a rowdy KSR nation was on display yesterday afternoon in Graves County.  By stepping out of his comfort zone to discuss  politics instead of sports, Jones is not just simply opening up the public square to a new generation of Kentuckians who have eschewed our mainstream political media.  More significantly, Jones’ persistent scolding of pols to answer his questions — to quit the spin, to cut the crap — is injecting a desperately needed virtue back into our political dialogue: honesty.  And he’s doing it at a time when many Americans are so ravenous for pols to tell it like it is that they’re either falling for false prophets like Donald Trump, or abandoning politics all together.

Matt Jones calls himself an entertainer, not a journalist, and he’s the first to concede his biases. (He may be the only person ever to admit to voting for Barack Obama from the Fancy Farm stage.)  But as he dips his toes into the political waters, he’s providing a unique platform where Kentuckians can actually have an unfiltered, brutally honest, and often engaging discussion about the issues that really matter.  And that really does represent politics at its very best.


American Pharoah wins Haskell

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The horse that gained fame as the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years has one his eighth race in a row. During his first time out since winning the Triple Crown, American Pharoah easily glided past competitors Keen Ice and Upstart to win the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth in New Jersey.

American Pharoah won by three-lengths in one minute and 47.8 seconds, but analysts say it could’ve been more had jockey Victor Espinoza not reigned the eager Pharoah in.

After American Pharoah’s win today, owner Ahmed Zayat addressed the cheering fans of the horse saying, “So grateful for all of you; it’s your horse.”

Trainer Bob Baffert said they haven’t decided if American Pharoah will race again and that they will evaluate the horse after today’s win.

If they do decide to race the champion, it will be lucrative.

The New York Racing Association announced Saturday that it would raise the purse for its Travers Stakes to $1.6 million if American Pharoah joined the race on August 29.

American Pharoah has earned more than $5.5 million so far in his career including today’s purse of $1.05 million.

Way to make Kentucky proud, American Pharoah!

 


The burn is strong with Matt Jones

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In case you missed it, Matt Jones was on fire yesterday at Fancy Farm.

Being the generous guy he is, Matt left no one out in his speech at Fancy Farm. He took no prisoners: including Mitch McConnell, guberanatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Jack Conway, Rand Paul, Richie Farmer, Rick Pitino, Allison Lundergan-Grimes, and even the Governor himself. With his signature hand moves, he delivered burn after burn.

Matt had numerous jokes for his #1 fan McConnell, including my personal favorite around the 9-minute mark:

“I hear that after Mitch speaks he leaves. So when he leaves, you might have 99 problems, but a Mitch ain’t one.” 

Be sure to pause at the 3:22 mark for McConnell’s death ray stare at Matt.

KSR posted it earlier, but here is the video of Matt’s interview with KET before the event. Matt talks about why he doesn’t consider himself a journalist, the need to discourage long-winded callers and not making his mom mad during his speech.

Great job, Matt! I can’t wait for the gubernatorial debate on KSR, hopefully their will be more jokes about Conway’s perfect coif and Bevin’s educational pursuits.

 


Dawson ready to bring the speed

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Fall camp begins for Kentucky football later this week and there is one word on UK Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson’s mind: Speed.

“I can get that fast stuff taught in the fall very easily,” Dawson said. “We’re going to go fast. There’s no doubt about it.”

Dawson told the Lexington Herald-Leader he will be ratcheting up the tempo on the offensive end, by implementing the quick attack he had in place at his previous schools. Dawson’s Mountaineer offense was one of the quickest in the nation and he hopes to bring that speed to Commonwealth Stadium.

Dawson’s offenses have averaged 76.7 plays per game, which is nearly two more plays per game than Neal Brown’s ideal pace of 75 plays per game. Dawson says he is shooting for 85 plays per game.

Which might sound like a stretch, after all, Kentucky’s average last season was 70.8 plays per game, but Dawson has come close before. The offensive coordinator was able to get West Virginia up to 84.4 plays per game last season.

Couple that information with reports of QB’s Patrick Towles and Drew Barker fairly smooth transition from Brown to Dawson, and the Kentucky offense may have a few more tricks up their sleeves this season.

Are you ready for the fast lane?


Two Juco players to enroll at UK this fall

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Kentucky’s defensive line will be getting a needed upgrade this week. According to 247Sports, defensive end Alvonte Bell and defensive tackle Courtney Miggins from Pearl River Community college plan to enroll at UK in the coming days.

Bell originally signed with the Cats out of high school, but a broken leg forced him to the junior college ranks. He reportedly turned down offers from Florida State, Washington, and Arizona to join Kentucky this year. Miggins held offers Mississippi State and NC State.

The two add some necessary depth to Kentucky’s front line. Good to have ya, fellas.


Recruiting update: De’Aaron Fox

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As next year’s roster finally starts to solidify, it’s time to start looking at the class of 2016. While Kentucky currently has no commitments (save Tai Wynyard, who might suit up this year) Calipari certainly feels good about the prospects. Earlier this week, he said that next year’s class could be his “best ever.”

A scary thought, indeed.

Along with the likes Rawle Alkins, Miles Bridges, Harry Giles, and Kobi Simmons – one name to watch is De’Aaron Fox. Rumor has it that Kentucky has been gaining a lot of momentum in his recruitment lately, and might be the current leader.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at De’Aaron and his recuitment.

Things to Know

Hometown: Katy, Texas
School: Cypress Lakes High School
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 170 lbs
247 Sports’ Rank: 4th overall, 1st PG
Also Considering: Kansas, Texas, Arizona, and Louisville
2014-15 Stats: 23.8 PPG, 3.5 APG, 6.1 RPG

Playing Style

De’Aaron’s had a killer summer and is considered by many to be the best pure point guard in his class. While his frame’s a little thin at the moment, he’s an excellent finisher in traffic. He takes a lot of pride in his defensive abilities, and oh yeah, he’s also lightning quick. See for yourself.

Recruitment

Back in April, Fox had glowing things to say about UK. He referred to Kentucky as every kid’s “dream school” and is familiar with all of the guards that have played for Calipari – his favorite being Brandon Knight. He also isn’t scared of the limited minutes that could come with UK’s highly-talented rosters:

“Guys like that, averaging like 8 points, and still going to be an NBA Draft pick — that’s how you want it,” Fox said. “You don’t want to have to go into college trying to score 30 points to try to win a game.

While other schools have been considered his leader thus far, De’Aaron picked up an offer from UK last weekend and looks to be seriously considering the Cats.

All in all, he would be a GREAT get.

Come on down?


Rawle Alkins cuts list to 10

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5-star shooting guard Rawle Alkins listed his top 10 schools yesterday on Twitter, and Kentucky was among them. The Class of 2016 recruit also named North Carolina, Texas, Kansas, St. Johns, Louisville, NC State, UNLV, Maryland, and Indiana as potential destinations.

Yeah. That’s a lot of options. But Kentucky looks to be the frontrunners in this crowded field; 247Sports currently has Alkins as a 67% percent UK lean.  Rawle is scheduled to attend Big Blue Madness on October 16th.

I hope he likes Drake.


Bud Dupree impressing at training camp

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Bud Dupree left Kentucky this year as the most exciting NFL prospect since Randall Cobb. Judging by the reports coming in from the Steeler’s training camp, he has a good chance to make a similar impact as a pro.

Here’s what a writer in Pittsburgh had to say about Bud’s performance thus far:

A note that didn’t make it in the Day 5 report but should have is the impact rookie Bud Dupree is making. His play on the field is one thing, but he’s adding well to the volume of practices each time he lowers his shoulder.

There’s a distinct sound when Dupree smashes into one of the tight ends he’s constantly covering so far. He’s not looking to take their heads off, but he is letting them know he’s there.

The Steelers drafted Dupree with the 22nd overall pick this summer. While he didn’t experience a lot of wins at UK, it’s great to see a guy who contributed so much to the program do well at the next level.

Go get em, Bud.