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July 29th, 2014

Aerial footage of the Commonwealth Stadium renovation progress

You’ve briefly seen the work when passing by on Nicholasville Road, now see it from the sky in this video from Bell Engineering. It was recorded a couple of weeks ago so progress is even further along today.


Jon Rothstein on Kentucky’s freshmen and 11th and 12th players

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After sitting in on Kentucky basketball’s Monday practice, CBSSports’ Jon Rothstein was a guest on KSR this morning to elaborate on some of the things he tweeted yesterday about the Cats.

The first order of business was responding to his prediction of Marcus Lee in the starting five, to which he admitted he tends to lean toward returning players over incoming freshmen. “I still think it remains to be seen which bigs can play together for Kentucky,” he said. “The surplus of bigs Kentucky has is unlike any other frontcourt in college basketball this season and probably any other frontcourt college basketball has seen in quite some time.”

Rothstein then went on to rave about Karl Towns, Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker, UK’s three participating freshmen, plus Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins, the projected 11th and 12th guys in the rotation. I transcribed his comments for you below, because I’m a nice guy…

 

Karl Towns

“I gotta tell you, the buzz, I think outside the Kentucky program, isn’t really palpable right now surrounding Karl Towns, but inside Kentucky’s program, the buzz is beyond palpable. And the different thing about Karl Towns versus other big men that have played for Kentucky is he has the ability to extend the defense from the four or the five spot. He’s a skilled big man that’s going to bring the opponent’s four or five away from the basket — like a Frank Kaminsky, like a Walter Pitchford who excelled this past year for Nebraska. So it’s a different type of look for Kentucky and — I tweeted this and I said it because I just made the parallel during practice — he’s a little bit like how Channing Frye was when Channing Frye was at Arizona and how he’s been in the NBA: a nice pick-and-pop threat from the four or the five spot.”

Tyler Ulis

“I was really impressed with Tyler Ulis’ ability to read situations within the defense. He’s different in the sense that he is a table-setter; he is going to be the person that gets people baskets. And one thing I think is really going to stand out for Kentucky fans: Tyler Ulis knows how to read the defense in-between the three-point line and the foul line. He knows where to pick his spots — whether it’s better to use a lob for a big man, whether it’s better to just pull up and take a shot from in-between the foul line and three-point line. His feel and ability to shoot the basketball I think are beyond what people would expect.”

Devin Booker

“I don’t think there is anybody, in the gym yesterday or from what I’ve heard throughout the summer, that is shooting the basketball better than Devin Booker. It’s going to be really tough to keep him off the floor. You know, teams are probably going to try and zone Kentucky this season to slow them down because of their size and athletic ability; you won’t be able to zone Kentucky if Devin Booker is on the floor.”

Derek Willis

“I gotta tell you this, there are probably 50 to 70 BCS programs that Derek Willis would start for right now.”

Dominique Hawkins

“Nik Stauskas was slicing up Kentucky like a side of fries in the regional final last year — he had 18 points in the first half — and John Calipari’s decision to put Dominique Hawkins on Nik Stauskas in the second half changed the game. I don’t think, without Dominique Hawkins, Kentucky goes to the Final Four. And Dominique Hawkins, I can tell you this, is a better offensive player than he was at the end of last season.”

Exciting stuff from Rothstein on the younger Cats. The entire interview will be available a little later on the site when the podcast is uploaded.


James Young warns the 2014-15 Cats about 40-0 talk

James Young is in Lexington for John Calipari’s ProCamp this morning and he took a break from beating kids in Knockout to chat with the local media. He kept his answers short and sweet, as he always does, but Jerry Tipton has some interesting stuff from Young about handling lofty expectations at UK.

Young said he would tell this team to drown out the undefeated hype: “Don’t listen to it. We kind of listened to it last year and it kind of got to us,” he said. “We had an up-and-down season. Leave the media stuff alone and stay focused.”

“It was just so big for everybody; it was just everywhere,” he added.

Speaking of, did you see where Hooter’s Casino in Las Vegas has UK at 50/1 to go undefeated?

@BlairTMiller

@BlairTMiller

I’m holding out for better odds.


Alfonso Smith signs with the 49ers

Alfonso Smith

When Alfonso Smith played his final down for the Kentucky football team in 2009, very few people, if any, had any idea he had a realistic future in the NFL. But here we are, four and a half years later, and Alfonso Smith is the newest member of the San Francisco 49ers.

The product of Louisville’s Waggener High School announced his signing with the Super Bowl contender on Instagram last night. He spent his first four seasons in the league with the Arizona Cardinals, where he rushed for two touchdowns.

At Kentucky, Smith’s single season high in rushing was 313 yards. He played a secondary role behind Derrick Locke in the UK field during his junior and senior seasons.

Smith joins fellow Wildcat and San Francisco newcomer Stevie Johnson in the 49ers offense.


KSR visits Northern Kentucky, finally! (Tuesday Show Thread)

KSR listeners were lined up early outside of Dickmann’s in Northern Kentucky for this morning’s tour stop, the only stop where we do not have a radio affiliate. (Hopefully that will soon change.)

Matt and Ryan are now on the stage with their microphones and ready to kick off Tuesday’s show in front of a rowdy crowd of Cats fans. Stop by if you’re in the area for a shot at UK basketball tickets or a spot in the drawing for the Bahamas.

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

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KSR Affiliate List

WBGN (1340am): Bowling Green
WAIN (93.9fm): Columbia
WHIR (1230am): Danville
WCLU (1490am): Glasgow
WGOH (1370am): Grayson
WHOP (95.3fm): Hopkinsville
WJKY (1060am): Jamestown
WLAP (630am): Lexington
WFTG (1400am): London
WKJK (1080am): Louisville
WFMW (730am): Madisonville
WWXL (1450am): Manchester
WFTM (1240am): Maysville
WKYM (101.7fm): Monticello
WMSK (1550am): Morganfield
WLME (102.7fm):Owensboro
WKYH (600am): Paintsville
WLSI (900am) Pikeville
WPRT (960am): Prestonsburg
WSFC (1240am): Somerset
WTCW (920am): Whitesburg
WBTH (1400am): Williamson

On Delay (ALL TIMES LISTED EASTERN)…

WVHI (1330am): Evansville, IN, 5-7pm
WMTL (870am): Leitchfield, 11am-1pm
WLBQ (1570am): Morgantown, 3-5pm
WRIL (106.3fm): Middlesboro, Thur 8-10pm
WPAD (1560am): Paducah, 11-1pm
WHAY (98.3fm): Whitley City, 2-4pm


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Non-Conference Scheduling in the SEC

The SEC hasn’t always gotten the best reputation over the year for taking chances during non-conference play.  This used to be the case 10-15 years ago while other conferences would take on more ambitious scheduling.  But as college football has moved on, most of the major conference teams might play another BCS school for 1 of their non-c0nference opponents but the rest is pretty weak.  That doesn’t mean that some SEC teams don’t take this pathetic scheduling too far.  Look at the 14 SEC teams and who they have scheduled for their 4 non-conference games this year.  Those in bold are teams who made a bowl last year and the record for each team last year is listed.

1. TENNESSEE (36-16 combined)
Utah State (9-5)
Arkansas State (8-5)
at Oklahoma (11-2)
Chattanooga (8-4)

2. SOUTH CAROLINA (35-17 combined)
East Carolina (10-3)
Furman (8-6)
South Alabama (6-6)
at Clemson (11-2)

3. GEORGIA (34-17 combined)
Clemson (11-2)
Troy (6-6)
Charleston Southern (10-3)
Georgia Tech (7-6)

4. KENTUCKY (32-18 combined)
UT-Martin (7-5)
Ohio (7-6)
La-Monroe (6-6)
at Louisville (12-1)

5. MISSOURI (33-18 combined) 
South Dakota State (9-5)
at Toledo (7-5)
Central Florida (12-1)
Indiana (5-7)

6. ARKANSAS (27-25 combined)
Nicholls State (4-8)
at Texas Tech (8-5)
Northern Illinois (12-2)
UAB (2-10)

7. LSU (26-25 combined)
(in Houston) Wisconsin (9-4)
Sam Houston State (9-5)
La-Monroe (6-6)
New Mexico State (2-10)

8. AUBURN (26-24 combined)
San Jose State (6-6)
at Kansas State (8-5)
Louisiana Tech (4-8)
Samford (8-5)

9. OLE MISS (23-26 combined)
(in Atlanta) Boise State (8-5)
La-Lafayette (9-4)
Memphis (3-9)
Presbyterian (3-8)

10. FLORIDA (23-27 combined)
Idaho (1-11)
Eastern Michigan (2-10)
Eastern Kentucky (6-6)
at Florida State (14-0)

11. TEXAS A&M (26-24 combined)
Lamar (5-7)
Rice (10-4)
at SMU (5-7)
La-Monroe (6-6)

12. VANDERBILT (21-28 combined)
Temple (2-10)
UMASS (1-11)
Charleston Southern (10-3)
Old Dominion (8-4)

13. ALABAMA (13-35 combined)
(in Atlanta) West Virginia (4-8)
Florida Atlantic (6-6)
Southern Miss (1-11)
Western Carolina (2-10)

14. MISSISSIPPI STATE (16-32 combined)
Southern Miss (1-11)
UAB (2-10)
at South Alabama (6-6)
UT-Martin (7-5)

The only thing that is a little disappointing for the SEC is how few times they will wander away from their home fields.  In all, SEC teams will play 56 non-conference games this year and only 9 of those will be away from home, with another 2 on neutral fields.  That means 45 of 56 games will be played at home.  I understand that is a revenue grab by most teams, but it also leads to a smaller amount of really good matchups and more boring non-conference games.

 

 

 

 


KSR’s Top Ten Tweets of the Day

USAB selfie @boogiecousins

USAB selfie @boogiecousins

We will focus most of our attention on relevant Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as per usual, there are no limits to our madness. You, the KSR fans, can also participate in our top-10 tweet countdown by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTopTen, or by tweeting @KySportsRadio.

 

#10 Jon Bois

Is there a market for that?

 

 

#9 Josh Hicks

Matt’s voice is therapeutic during a long workday.

 

 

#8 Chris Bailey

DAD!!!

 

 

#7 Adam Himmelsbach

The company name–PooPrints (no joke).

 

 

#6 Ira Combs

Taco Bell or bust.

 

 

#5 John Broussard

These emojis r 2 kewt, but how is that a Seminole?

 

 

#4 Lost Lettermen

14 acts before the SEC takes the stage.

 

 

#3 T.J. Walker

That’s why you always take an outfit Snapchat before walking out that door.

 

 

#2 Patrick Barker

Haven’t we all?

 

 

#1 Jason Burnett

Drive SLOWLY to NKY Ryan.

 

@BrennanKSR + Funkhouser


Soulja Boy Wants News and Views

Without Soulja Boy, the world would have never learned how to crank that superman.

Without Soulja Boy, the world would have never learned how to crank that superman.

There have been many dances that have defined eras in music over time.  The best dances have been the most embarrassing, from the hustle to the macarena to the electric slide.  In 2007, the entire world learned how to “Crank That,” Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em style.  At only 16 years old, Soulja Boy had the biggest song in the country, with kids Supermanning in schools around America (sadly, I was one of them).  Seven years later on his 24th birthday, Soulja has long surpassed his Limewire and Myspace fame but will never return to the level of stardom he once had.  Soulja Boy was never the same after he kissed his girl through the phone, but there will always be a place in America’s heart for the colorfully-clothed Soulja.

In case you forgot…

Now that we’ve all “YOOOOOUUUUUUUU’D”, on to the news from Monday.

Practice for the Big Blue Bahamas is in full force.  

With less than two weeks until Kentucky tips off against Puerto Rico in the Bahamas, Coach Cal is turning up the heat up in practice.  Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports and KSR guest hosting fame was Tweeting live from practice today, giving the world some interesting insight on the team’s improvement.  The most revealing tidbit?  Rothstein believed Marcus Lee should be the starter at power forward (the 4 spot).  The BBN didn’t get the chance to see much of Marcus until he let his colors shine in the NCAA Tournament after Willie Cauley-Stein injured his ankle.  Maintaining momentum from last year’s run is exactly what Coach Cal is looking for.

Rothstein also said Cal will have a day next week solely dedicated to working on a zone defense.  Will see if the zone d’s arch nemesis changes his mind about the zone with his lengthy team.

Antonio Blakeney trims his list; includes the Cats and Cards.

After competing in AAU Super Showcase in Louisville last week, Antonio Blakeney cut his list to Kentucky, Louisville, Mizzou, Florida State, Oregon, LSU, and USC.  According to the 247 Crystal Ball, Kentucky holds a slight advantage over Louisville (38% to UL’s 33%) but there is still plenty of time before the 3rd ranked shooting guard in the class of 2015 decides his future.

Get your tickets to the 2014 Alumni Game. 

Coach Cal’s annual fantasy camp will once again come to a close with a game in Rupp Arena featuring Cats in the Pros vs. Non-UK Pros.  You can purchase tickets for the August 24th game (6:00 PM tip-off) at the Rupp Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster Outlet or by phone at 1-800-745-3000

There isn’t another place in the country that can do this every year, let’s make it a huge success once again.

Go away 40-0.  

@BlairTMiller

@BlairTMiller 

Neal Brown spoke with KSR this morning.

Entering the final week of the offseason, Neal Brown talked about the past and how the Cats are moving forward into 2014 on KSR this morning.  Brown is excited to see the development of Javess Blue and Ryan Timmons after a rough year with the receivers in 2013, calling it the worst he’s ever had to work with in football.  No offense to those guys, but they were young and there weren’t enough of them.

You can listen to the entire interview here.  Try to not get excited for football season, I dare you.

Don’t forget to vote for a Finalist in UK’s Kickoff Playoff.

The players are relying on you to choose the song that gets them pumped before kickoff.  You still have time to vote for either Bud Dupree’s “Knuck if you Buck” or Braylon Heard’s “Who Run It.”

I’m still knuckin’ and buckin’, but it’s difficult for me to ever disagree with Bud Dupree.

Cordia High School, coached by former Wildcat Rod Rhodes, received one of the worst penalties ever levied by the KHSAA.  

The day ended with some bad news.  After taking over Cordia’s basketball program in 2011, Rod Rhodes’ Cordia program was sanctioned by the KHSAA after uncovering a number of infractions.  Many of the infractions revolved around transfer students Rhodes brought in, receiving illegal housing benefits and falsifying records.

You can the read the entire report here, which Commissioner Julian Tackett described the situation as, “the most wanton and blatant disregard for Association rules in its 97 year history.”

Before I go, here’s a reminder of why Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place. 

From Gainesway Farm in Paris, KY.

From Gainesway Farm in Paris, KY.

 


Remembering Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones

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By now you’ve heard about the passing of Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones, the most accomplished athlete in the history of athletics at the University of Kentucky. Earlier today, UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart issued a statement, saying, “The word ‘legend’ is used frequently in our society but it is truly fitting when considering Wah Wah Jones. Wah Wah holds a legendary place in the athletic history of our state.”

Barnhart is exactly right, too. Wah Wah Jones is a true legend, and tonight we’ll explore his accomplishments on the court, on the field, and in life in general. The man did it all…

*****

He was born in Harlan, Kentucky.

Born in 1926, Wallace was one of Hugh and Fay Jones’ five children, along with Dukie, Evelyn, Hugh, Jr. and Jacqueline. The Joneses owned Hugh Jones Cafe, a popular restaurant in Harlan, located on Main Street next door to where BB&T Bank is today.

He went by “Wah Wah” early, because his younger sister couldn’t pronounce his name.

His baby sister Jackie could only say ‘Wah Wah’ when trying to pronounce ‘Wallace,’ thus the nickname was born. It stuck with him since childhood.

He played for Adolph Rupp and Bear Bryant.

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Kentucky football made its first bowl appearance in 1947, Jones’ junior season and Bryant’s second year as coach. Jones followed that up with the NCAA basketball championship that season, the first of Rupp’s four.

He was the last surviving member of the “Fabulous Five.”

Oscar Combs tweeted, “With Wah’s passing, the end of UK’s Fabulous Five era is now in the history books.”

The Fabulous Five, consisting of Ralph Beard, Alex Groza, Cliff Barker, Kenny Rollins and Jones, won 36 of 39 games in 1947-48, including the national championship.

He is the only Wildcat with a retired number in basketball and football.

That is a feat that will never be duplicated.

He also played baseball.

When he wasn’t playing basketball and football for Kentucky, he also pitched for the baseball team, lettering three years on the diamond.

And he was on the track team.

Why stop with basketball, football and baseball? Shot put was another of Jones’ athletic gifts.

He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Phi Delt was kicked off campus earlier this year until Fall 2016 for behavior Wah Wah would not approve of.

He had a summer job at Keeneland.

He worked in horse sales during what little free time he had away from sports.

He almost signed with the University of Tennessee.

From an interview for Wildcat Memories:

Were it not for the man who went on to become my father-inlaw—Alva Ball of Middlesboro, Kentucky (I married his daughter, Edna)—I might have ended up playing basketball for the University of Tennessee instead of for UK. In the summer of 1945 Mr. Ball overheard that I was considering signing with Tennessee. I don’t know who he called at UK, but the next day a driver arrived in Harlan to transport me to Lexington to meet with Coach Adolph Rupp. After meeting with him I decided to sign at UK.

Thank you, Alva Ball. You’re a great American.

He won a gold medal in the 1948 Olympics.

Jones, Coach Rupp and the other members of the Fabulous Five brought home the gold from London in 1948. Another Wildcat won basketball gold in London, 64 years later…

He was selected eighth overall in the 1949 NBA Draft.

He fell to the Washington Capitols at No. 8, six spots behind Alex Groza, a fellow Wildcat and second overall pick that year. Ralph Beard came off the board four picks later.

He played three seasons for the Indianapolis Olympians.

Washington dealt him to Indianapolis after the draft where he averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest in three seasons.

He was a seventh-round choice by the Chicago Bears in the 1949 NFL Draft.

The NFL was an option, too.

He was invited to try out for the Boston Braves.

As was Major League Baseball.

He was a 5-handicap golfer.

There were very few things he couldn’t do in sports, if any.

He published a Lexington TV guide.

The “Wah Wah Jones Publication” was delivered to every house in Lexington with an antenna, back when televisions weren’t so common. Jones went on to sell the subscription to TV Guide.

He was elected sheriff of Fayette County.

He served from 1954 through 1958. “I was the first Republican sheriff in this county since the Civil War – and the last one,” he told the Courier-Journal in 2003.

He was a Republican nominee for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District.

He lost to John Watts, a veteran Congressman, in Jones’ only run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1956.

He started Blue Grass Tours.

Lexington’s oldest horse farm tour company (with the blue buses we’ve all seen) began in 1978 under Jones, its founder. Today, Blue Grass is the official charter of the Kentucky basketball team. The Cats use a custom-made $700,000 sleeper coach, designed specifically for John Calipari and his team. The bus’ horn plays the UK fight song.

Watch his introduction at Big Blue Madness in 2012.


Rodrick Rhodes and Cordia basketball in a lot of trouble

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The basketball program at Cordia High School is in a world of trouble with the KHSAA and has been suspended from play in the 2014-15 season, on top of having to forfeit every game from last year’s 23-win season. Coached by former Wildcat Rodrick Rhodes, the Cordia boys basketball team committed several violations, resulting in the harshest penalites the KHSAA has ever handed down.

“This series of events may well represent the most wanton and blatant disregard for Association rules in its 97 year history,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said in the release.

The infractions also earned Cordia’s interscholastic athletic program probation through the 2018-19 season, plus a $25,980 fine.

Violations include:

– Falsifying records for transfer student-athletes

– Providing housing to the families of student-athletes

– Providing plane tickets for a student-athlete to travel out of state

– Providing money and clothes for a student-athlete

– Allowing ineligible players to practice and compete

– Conducting tryouts for non-enrolled students

– Requiring players to practice before the official start date of preseason practice

– Much, much more

Read the entire release with all penalties and violations here. This likely marks the end of Rhodes’ run at Cordia, two months after he told KSR he loves his job and living in Eastern Kentucky.


If you could host a college hoops dinner, who would you invite?

Dana O’Neil over at ESPN.com tossed out a fun scenario for college basketball fans this morning: If you could host a hoops-centric dinner, which five people, living or dead, would you invite?

ESPN personalities will take turns answering all week, leading off with O’Neil today. She went with John Chaney, Al McGuire, Bill Walton, and Richard “The Fixer” Perry (only four, for some reason) at St. Elmo’s in Indianpolis. The menu will include steak, crab and veggies.

Now it’s my turn…


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Location:

STK in Las Vegas, my favorite place to eat in America. (Sorry, Taco Bell.)

World Wide Wes 

I’ve sat at a dinner table with World Wide Wes, and that night at Nick & Sam’s is exactly why he is No. 1 on the guest list at my imaginary hoops dinner. That night, not only did he order enough shots of Patron for everyone in the room, but he had the manager plug his iPod into the restaurant’s sound system so guests could listen to his favorite songs over dinner, replacing the traditional classical music usually played in that setting. The neighboring tables weren’t amused, but that didn’t stop Wes from blaring Jay Z’s “Magna Carter Holy Grail” album on repeat. The night ended with Wes testing my Jay Z trivia (which won KSR backstage access in Vegas) before he donated his iPod to the restaurant so the music could continue after he left.

Adolph Rupp

It is unlikely he will like Wes’ music, or Wes, but Adolph Rupp would be the second college hoops personality to receive an invite to my dinner. It’s the obvious selection, so it needs little explanation. I want to hear Rupp’s stories from his reign in Lexington and, above all else, a selfie with Adolph Rupp would get all of the Instagram likes.

Andy Enfield’s Wife, Amanda

USC head coach Andy Enfield (that guy with the gap in his teeth who led Florida Gulf Coast to the 2013 Sweet Sixteen) is married to a former supermodel and no one on Earth knows how he did it. It’s arguably the biggest out-kicking of coverage in sports history. I mean, she’s a total smoke show and he looks like this. So with her poor taste in men in mind, Amanda Enfield gets a seat at my table and the server better make damn sure her wine glass stays full. (I call dibs, Adolph.)

Charles Barkley

Just in case Wes isn’t in the mood for tequila, Charles Barkley will be around to keep the party going. Chuck’s generosity at the bar is well-documented and I saw it firsthand at the SEC Tournament this year..

He gets an invite and we’re going out afterward, with or without the others.

Bill Keightley

Like Rupp, Keightley’s seat at the table doesn’t need an explanation. I want him around for his best behind the scenes UK basketball stories, because he’s seen it all.

On The Menu

We’ll start with oysters on the half shell, king crab, and lobster cocktail before tackling the bone-in filet with sweet corn pudding, lobster mac and cheese, parmesan truffle fries, and creamed spinach. We’ll top that off with a box of moon pies, Bill Keightley’s favorite.

And now I’m starving.

Give us your location, guest list and menu in the comments section.


Kentucky is 50-1 to go 40-0

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@BlairTMiller

Let the anger in the comments section commence…


Picking The Two Bahamas Teams

The 2014-15 Kentucky Wildcats began the first of ten practices today in order to get ready for their trip to the Bahamas. According to our own Matt Jones “The plan in the Bahamas, at least for the first couple of games, is likely to be to play two separate five man teams an equal amount of the game. That may change for the latter games, but this will give all ten of the main players a chance to get full work and showcase themselves.”

So if that’s the case just how will Coach Cal go about splitting up the ten available players? Only those inside practice can know for sure. If I was calling the shots though this is how I’d divide the teams:

Lineup 1:

PG- Andrew Harrison

SG- Dominique Hawkins

SF- Devin Booker

PF- Alex Poythress

C- Karl-Anthony Towns

In this lineup you’ve got your starting point guard, a defensive stopper, an outside threat, some inside/outside muscle on the block, and perhaps the team’s best weapon in KAT. The line-up is a bit undersized in comparison to lineup 2 as they’ll give up several inches at the 2 & 3 spots and some guys will have to play out of the position they may occupy this season. With three potential starters in the lineup they have more than enough firepower to make up for any perceived disadvantages.

Lineup 2:

PG- Tyler Ulis

SG- Aaron Harrison

SF- Derek Willis

PF- Marcus Lee

C- Dakari Johnson

Want to see a lineup that can put up points in a hurry? Seek no further. Opposing teams would have to contend with Tyler Ulis’ ability to drive and pass all while Mr. Big Shot, Aaron Harrison, waits on the wing. Willis has the opportunity to turn this trip into major playing time during the season if he showcases what he can do and in this lineup he’ll have no shortage of looks. Same for Lee who will be poised to throw home alley-oops from young Mr. Ulis. Dakari? He’s a scoring machine down low. This lineup looks fun on paper but may not have the acumen to dethrone Lineup 1. Still a solid group from top to bottom.

 

Those are the players I’d pick for my two lineups, so how about you? Divide the 10 players into two teams in the comment section below or just pick the better team of my choices.


Jon Rothstein attended UK basketball practice and his Twitter report is exciting

CBS college basketball analyst and former KSR guest host Jon Rothstein attended a Kentucky basketball practice today and he has a series of tweets reporting what he saw from the Cats. If we’re to believe Rothstein’s account, the guys have put in a lot of work and they’re already looking good heading into the Bahamas trip next month.

The most interesting note from Rothstein’s report is his projected starting five for Kentucky. He admits it’s not easy to project, but his early prediction is Andrew and Aaron Harrison in the backcourt with Alex Poythress at small forward, Willie Cauley-Stein at center and at power forward, Marcus LeeNot many people have Marcus Lee in their projected starting lineup for the Cats, but only a few people have seen Lee since last season. (Of course, Trey Lyles is still sidelined with that mysterious leg injury.)

Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis also drew praise from Rothstein; he said both Hawkins and Willis would play major minutes at any other program. He called them “two guys who can play that NO ONE talks about.”

Devin Booker will also push for major minutes as a true freshman, and Karl Towns, he is Channing Frye: “Accurate from deep and extends defenses from the five spot. Major, major talent.”

Rothstein wraps it up by saying Arizona still has the best starting five in college basketball, but “no program has a better 12 than Kentucky. And it’s not even close.”

Check out Rothstein’s timeline for all of the tweets here. Lots of good stuff.


James Young can’t decide on a hairstyle

@Tom_Grace7

He’s bald now.

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