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July 6th, 2015

Dakari and Teague Struggle in Summer League Today

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It wasn’t a great day for former Cats in the Orlando Summer League despite the Oklahoma City Thunder getting the 73-65 win over the Orlando Magic Blue team. Dakair Johnson did get the start at center for OKC but only contributed four points and six rebounds in over 21 minutes of action. Johnson wasn’t in foul trouble, having just three total fouls, but just never seemed to establish a presence on the court, getting just three shots from the field.

Marquis Teague on the other hand had the dreaded DNP-Coach’s Decision. It looks like it will be an uphill battle for Teague to make his way back in the NBA and a DNP-CD doesn’t help.

The Thunder play against the Clippers tomorrow at 5:00.


Who is Calipari’s Biggest Draft Day Win?

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Over at 247Sports, Chris Fisher took a look at his 10 biggest draft day wins for John Calipari. Fisher categorizes the draft day wins as guys who flew under the radar to have success on the last Thursday in June, so that ruled out immediately John Wall and Anthony Davis who were sure-fire No. 1 overall picks. It’s hard to argue with the top of his list with Willie Cauley-Stein and Devin Booker coming in as the two biggest draft day wins.

For me though the third biggest win should have been DeAndre Liggins, who was considered nothing but a guy who didn’t listen to his coaches, couldn’t stay out of the doghouse and almost a waste of talent before his junior year when he earned Cal’s trust. The run to the Final Four with Liggins as the defensive stopper and a decent enough shooter made him the No. 53 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

The improvement of Liggins allows Calipari to talk to those guys who might have some baggage or trouble in their past and say ‘look what I did for DeAndre.’

The rest of Fisher’s list was – in order – Eric Bledsoe, Karl-Anthony Towns, Josh Harrellson, Patrick Patterson, Darius Miller, Trey Lyles, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Daniel Orton.

Who do you think was the biggest draft day win?


Marlana VanHoose sang the national anthem on “Fox & Friends”

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I realize it’s now July 6th, but last night’s Women’s World Cup victory still has me feeling patriotic. The good USA vibes continued this afternoon when I saw this clip of Marlana VanHoose singing the national anthem on “Fox & Friends.”

If you read this site regularly, you know Marlana’s story by now, but if you don’t, she was born blind, suffers from cerebral palsy and probably has the most beautiful voice you’ve ever heard. The Denver, Ky. native started singing national anthems at local events, becoming a regular at UK Hoops games, and recently shot to stardom when she did the honors at the NBA Finals. Little Marlana found some time a few weeks ago to stop in and see the gang at the Paintsville tour stop, and will make all of us proud when she sings the anthem at the Home Run Derby at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on July 13.


The limestone at the new Commonwealth Stadium looks great

I continue to be impressed by the pictures coming out of the new Commonwealth Stadium, and the latest one is no exception. Check out the new ticket windows at the stadium, a nice peek at the limestone facade. Beautiful.

Meanwhile, steel work has begun at the training center:

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Not long now.


Dakari Johnson and Marquis Teague are about to tip off on NBA TV

Looking for something to do this afternoon? Dakari Johnson, Marquis Teague, and the Oklahoma City Thunders are getting ready to tip off against the Orlando Magic Blue Team in the NBA Summer League on NBA TV.

On Saturday, Dakari Johnson put up seven points, eleven rebounds, one assist and one steal in his OKC Summer League debut, and afterwards, admitted there were some first-game jitters.

“The first couple minutes, I was a little winded because it was the first time, so I was a little nervous, but as the game went on it went really well,” Dakari told reporters. “We’ve been practicing for a week together, so we were prepared and we tried to get better on the defensive end too.”

Marquis Teague is also on the OKC roster but didn’t see any game action on Saturday. Hopefully he’ll get some minutes today.


Madison at the Morganfield tour stop wants today’s podcast

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There was a great crowd at today’s tour stop at the Southern States in Morganfield and it included one of our favorite regular callers: Madison. I’m sharing this picture of Madison with you because I had to see it to believe that he’s not a grizzled old man as his voice would suggest.

Madison and his dad were in the audience to hear Matt and Drew talk about Kash Daniel’s commitment, how Dakari, Andrew, and Aaron did in the Summer League games this weekend, and why they hate fireworks. How could anyone possibly hate fireworks, you ask? Hear their reasoning in today’s podcast.

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The Kentucky Horse Park will no longer have white fences

It’s a bit of a slow news day, so forgive me for digressing from UK sports news for a minute. Nothing makes me feel more at home than driving into Lexington from the Bluegrass Parkway and seeing the iconic white fences at Calumet. The fences are as part of the region as bluegrass, bourbon, and basketball.

So, when I heard that the white fences at the Kentucky Horse Park were getting a paint job, I was honestly a little bummed. The park is painting the fences black because apparently the white fence paint costs about three times as much as the black fence paint and requires painting twice as often. They expect to save $50,000 by making the change.

I’m all about saving some money, but that will take some getting used to.

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Jonathan Isaac commits to Florida State

It’s going to be a big week for 2016 recruiting, and things aren’t exactly off to a great start for John Calipari and the Cats. Five-star small forward Jonathan Isaac just committed to Florida State over Kentucky and a slew of other schools.

247 Sports considers Isaac the best small forward in the class, and he was a big target for the Cats, who will now turn their sights to Jayson Tatum, considered a Duke lean, and Miles Bridges at small forward. Both will play at the Peach Jam later this week.


EKU players involved in bar brawl have been reinstated

Here’s some news that will spice up the EKU/UK game in October: EKU officials just announced they have reinstated Colton Scurry and Patrick Graffree, the two football players involved in the Richmond bar fight with Drew Barker, Dorian Baker, and Tymere Dubose. Here’s the release from EKU:

After allowing the legal process and the Eastern Kentucky University student judicial process to run their course, student-athletes Colton Scurry and Patrick Graffree have been fully reinstated to the football team. Scurry and Graffree have met all university, athletic department and team requirements.

Scurry and Graffree were suspended back in April and during their investigation, police determined Scurry was the “primary aggressor” in the bar fight. If you’ve seen the surveillance tape of Graffree sucker punching Drew Barker, I think you will agree he was the primary aggressor in that incident as well.

Surely this news has made it to the UK locker room. October 3 will be fun.

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Kentucky leads the nation in total attendance

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Photo by Barry Westerman | UK Athletics

Did you attend a UK basketball game in Rupp Arena this year? If so, pat yourself on the back, because you helped the Cats win another total home attendance title. 447,874 fans went to UK’s games at Rupp this past season, the most of any program in the country. Syracuse had the second most, at 429,378, followed by Louisville, with 406,338.

Kentucky led the nation in overall attendance as well, with 845,594 fans watching the Cats play at home, on the road, and in neutral sites. Because of course.

Syracuse actually edged Kentucky in average home attendance 23,854 to 23,572, but we’ll overlook that because the total attendance numbers are way more impressive, right?

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Boom Williams named to the Paul Hornung list

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Ready for some good news on a Monday morning? Sophomore running back Boom Williams is one of 44 players on the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the most versatile player in college football.

Last season, Boom did it all for the Cats, leading the team in rushing at 486 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 17 catches for 162 yards and one touchdown receiving. He also led the team in kick returns with 19 for 511 yards, an average of 26.9 yards per return.

Here’s the entire watch list:

  • Ishmael Adams, UCLA
  • Budda Baker, Washington
  • V’Angelo Bentley, Illinois
  • Rashon Ceaser, Louisiana Monroe
  • Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
  • Trevor Davis, California
  • Matt Dayes, N.C. State
  • Cameron Echols-Luper, TCU
  • DeVon Edwards, Duke
  • Tyler Ervin, San Jose State
  • Leonard Fournette, LSU
  • Autrey Golden, UTEP
  • Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech
  • Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech
  • Janarion Grant, Rutgers
  • Carlos Harris, North Texas
  • Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech
  • Myles Jack, UCLA
  • Adoree’ Jackson, USC
  • Corey Jones, Toledo
  • Isaiah Jones, East Carolina
  • William Likely, Maryland
  • T.J. Logan, North Carolina
  • Byron Marshall, Oregon
  • Jalin Marshall, Ohio State
  • Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
  • Elijah McGuire, Louisiana Lafayette
  • Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia
  • Ronnie Moore, Bowling Green
  • Teldrick Morgan, New Mexico State
  • Charles Nelson, Oregon
  • Speedy Noil, Texas A&M
  • Daz’Mond Patterson, Ohio
  • De’Mornay Pierson-El, Nebraska
  • James Quick, Louisville
  • Alex Ross, Oklahoma
  • R.J. Shelton, Michigan State
  • Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
  • Jahad Thomas, Temple
  • Jaylen Walton, Ole Miss
  • Shane Williams- Rhodes, Boise State
  • Stanley Williams, Kentucky
  • Myles Willis, Boston College
  • Dontre Wilson, Ohio State

And some Boom highlights for good measure:


Aaron Harrison “sure looks like a keeper” after impressive weekend

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If we learned anything about Aaron Harrison during his career at Kentucky, it was not to count him out. Aaron was the only Kentucky player who declared for the draft to not hear his name called a few weeks back, but he’s already making teams regret passing on him, turning in a pair of impressive performances for the Charlotte Hornets this weekend. Aaron scored 10 and 16 points on Saturday and Sunday respectively and nearly brought the Hornets back from a 19-point deficit against his brother Andrew and the Memphis Grizzlies. It was enough to make Hornets beat writer Rick Bonnell call Aaron a keeper:

Aaron Harrison sure looks like a keeper based on what he has done so far at the Orlando summer league.

Harrison, a 6-6 guard out of Kentucky, went undrafted last month. The Charlotte Hornets added him to their summer-league roster and based on his performance in the first two games, plenty of teams missed by not selecting Harrison among the draft’s 60 picks.

Teammate Frank Kaminsky told Bonnell he’s already a fan.

“He’s been able to get to the rim, get some shots off ball screens or kick it back to me,” Kaminsky said. “I like playing with people who like playing off screens. He’s definitely one of them.”

Aaron and the Hornets will be back in action Tuesday and Wednesday in the Summer League. Hopefully he’ll give us more reasons to post articles like this one.

[Undrafted Aaron Harrison making an impression with Charlotte Hornets]


KSR is at the Southern States in Morganfield (Monday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Monday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt and Drew are at the Southern States in Morganfield (2746 Us Hwy 60 East) to recap a busy July 4th weekend, which included a commitment from Kash Daniel, the US Women’s National Team’s thrilling win over Japan, Dakari and the Harrison Twins in the Summer League, and 2016 recruits in the FIBA World Cup. Also, probably some July 4th shenanigans.

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Here’s an updated list of tour stops. We’re still finalizing a few, so be sure to check back as the week goes on.

 

July 6: Morganfield – Southern States
July 7: Grayson – Simply The Best Bar & Grill
July 8: Pikeville – Bank 253
July 9: Williamson – Appalachian Wireless at South Side Mall
July 10: KY Speedway

July 13: Cynthiana – Cynthiana County Club
July 14: Whitley City – McCreary County Public Library
July 15: London – Sleep Outfitters
July 16-17: TBD

July 20: Whitesburg – Pine Mountain Grill
July 21: Manchester – Clay County Middle School
July 22: Somerset – Sleep Outfitters
July 23: Harlan – Core Fitness
July 24: Fort Wright – Dickmann’s Sports Bar

July 27: Campbellsville – Mr. Gatti’s
July 28: Owensboro – Don Moore GM Center
July 29: Benton – Kennedy’s Fan Shop
July 30: Paducah – Buffalo Wild Wings
July 31: Fancy Farm

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: Your Completely Ridiculous, Hypothetical SEC East Champion Scenario

Every year before the football season begins, no matter how bad the UK team appears to be, I come up with a scenario where UK can win their first ever SEC East Championship and advance to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game.  Most years it’s truly insane stuff.  This year though, I get this weird feeling that the scenario below is not that far-fetched.  It would only require UK to win TWO SEC road games, one of which is Vanderbilt.  It allows them losses to South Carolina, Auburn, and Mississippi State.  It basically boils down to if they can pull off a huge upset AT GEORGIA.  But considering over the last decade it seems UK plays better against Georgia than anybody else in the SEC, I tend to think that is not a crazy thought.  So below is the 2015 SEC East Champions Hypothetical Situation:

Week 2
Kentucky loses at South Carolina
Georgia wins at Vanderbilt

Week 3
Kentucky beats Florida
Georgia beats South Carolina

Week 4
Kentucky beats Missouri
Florida beats Tennessee
Ole Miss beats Vanderbilt

Week 5
Ole Miss wins at Florida
Alabama wins at Georgia
Missouri beats South Carolina
Tennessee beats Arkansas

Week 6
Missouri beats Florida
LSU wins at South Carolina
Tennessee beats Georgia

Week 7
Auburn wins at Kentucky
Georgia beats Missouri
LSU beats Florida
South Carolina beats Vanderbilt

Week 8
Mississippi State beat Kentucky
Alabama beats Tennessee
Vanderbilt beats Missouri

Week 9
Kentucky beats Tennessee
Texas A&M beats South Carolina
Georgia beats Florida

Week 10
Kentucky wins at Georgia
Missouri beats Mississippi State
Florida beats Vanderbilt
South Carolina wins at Tennessee

Week 11
Kentucky wins at Vanderbilt
Auburn beats Georgia
South Carolina beats Florida

Week 12
Missouri beats Tennessee
Texas A&M wins at Vanderbilt

Week 13
Arkansas beats Missouri
Tennessee beats Vanderbilt

FINAL SEC EAST STANDINGS
Kentucky: 5-3
Georgia: 4-4
Missouri: 4-4
South Carolina: 4-4
Tennessee: 3-5
Florida: 2-6
Vanderbilt: 1-7


US Women’s National Team’s Monday Morning Wakeup

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On this 4th of July weekend most of the country was captivated by the US Women’s National Team, who destroyed Japan 5-2 to take the World Cup title and bring it back to the good old USA for the first time since 1999. The Women’s Team dominated the Cup defensively and had the offense kick in just in time in the Finals to make the victory a rather easy one and allow for celebration all over the United States. There aren’t enough times in our country when women’s sports are highlighted, but when they do and people can rally around them, it is always a great moment. The 1999 team’s World Cup victory may have been one of the signature moments ever in women’s sports and while this one didn’t seem to quite be on that level in terms of cultural significance, it was nevertheless a huge that garnered big ratings throughout the country. Congrats to the team and I hope everyone celebrated winning it all on our nation’s birthday weekend. What could be more patriotic…:

What to look for in the day ahead:

2016 Recruiting Heats Up

This week marks the start of the key stretch of summer recruiting for high school basketball stars as the July period hits its massive crescendo. The Peach Jam strikes at the end of the week and for John Calipari, his massive travel schedule all around the nation begins. UK is looking at an odd situation in 2016. The class is absolutely loaded, with a ton of top talent but the elite of the elite don’t necessarily have Kentucky as their top choice. The three best players in my view (Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and Josh Jackson) all played this week for Team USA in the Under-19 World Championships and they were a force to watch. They were the leaders (along with Jalen Brunson who will play this year at Villanova) for the team winning the Gold and they showcased why the could end up one day being all top 5 Draft picks. Unfortunately, Giles will probably stay in his home state (North Carolina with Duke or UNC), Tatum seems to favor Duke and Jackson likes Kansas/Arizona. UK is on all three, but none seem to be favoring the Cats and thus Calipari will have to strike with others in the deep class. He has offered 12-15 kids so far and over the next two weeks, we should get some more indications of just who out of that group will be the most likely future Wildcats to come to Lexington.

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If you don’t yet have the KSR iPhone App, get it, because it is probably the best thing we have done. We send out alerts on it to your phone (only for big things) and the app allows you to visit the site in ways you never have seen. We have more features coming this fall, and you can already listen to all the Podcasts by one click of the button. So just do it…download it and if you have an Android phone, trade it in for an iPhone…its worth it.

Kash Daniel picks the Cats

So Kentucky straight Kash homie on Saturday in the shortest Signing ceremony in the history of recruiting. It was over in 4 minutes and Kash picked UK and we were all happy. He also talked a little UL trash right after it (which I loved) and cemented his place with the Wildcats in what should be one of the best classes we have seen in our lifetimes. The class is ranked 13 on Rivals and if they get JUCO OL Tate Leavitt, could move into the Top 10. Either way, there are so many players committed that if they are kept together, the staff will only have a few small holes to fill, a great spot to be in this early in the process. Kudos to Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow, the Coordinators and Assistants for a job well done.

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The news late Friday of Aetna’s purchase of Humana made me slightly nervous. As you can see from the chart above, Humana is our biggest company in the state and the worry about the 12,000 jobs leaving the city of Louisville is one that has been discussed throughout the city over the weekend. Early indications are that some of the business will stay and government officials say they are cautiously optimistic…but one thing that is obvious in such situations is that you never know at this stage how things will go when a new company takes over. We just have to hope that one of our state’s best corporate citizens can still remain a key part of the community.

NBA Summer League

I wrote last night about watching Andrew, Aaron and Dakari this weekend in their first NBA Summer League games so I won’t go over that ground again (just scroll down and take a look), but all those guys are back in action over the next two days. They each are playing big minutes for their team and in Aaron’s case, he moved aside the starting PG and is now at that position for the Charlotte Hornets. Even though the other UK guys (and Julius Randle and James Young) will take the court later in the week, the three players with the most at stake are playing crucial games right now…they may be some of the most important they will have and I am hoping they continue the solid level of performance we have seen thus far.

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Before you get your week off to a start, check out these two articles on KSR done by the Hopkinsville paper and writer Chris Jung. The first is a good description of the KSR Tour stop in Hopkinsville and goes into some detail about what you could expect if you came to one…and the other is a Q and A with me in which the writer asked me my thoughts on Rick Pitino, Pat Forde, Kyle Tucker and a ton more. Both are worth checking out if you are a KSR fan.

Anatomy of a KSR Tour Stop

Q and A with Matt Jones

We go this week to these 5 places with the KSR Radio Tour. Come see us:

Monday: Morganfield Southern States
Tuesday: Grayson Simply the Best Restaurant
Wednesday: Pikeville Bank 523
Thursday: Williamson Appalachian Wireless in the Williamson Mall
Friday: Kentucky Speedway