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By Drew Franklin on ©May 05th, 2015 @ 6:03pm
And now for a story out of Paducah, where a McCracken County Sheriff’s detective has been put on paid leave after accidentally firing his gun at a wedding.
Detective Cory Golightly was adjusting his jacket, according to WPSD News, when the gun fell out of its holster and shot a woman at the church. But not just any woman; it was Golightly’s own mother. She is in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 05th, 2015 @ 5:15pm
John Wall will suit up and play tonight for Washington in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Wall suffered a wrist injury in Game 1, a Wizards win, and his status was uncertain as of yesterday.
Today, Wall’s wrist is still “badly swollen,” according to reports, but he will give it a go. Wall said he couldn’t open and close his left hand yesterday.
That’s an odd tape job on his hand. Is it to support his wrist or end racism?
By Drew Franklin on ©May 05th, 2015 @ 4:13pm
The masterminds behind Scout.com’s recruiting rankings released the final rankings for the 2015 class today and Skal Labissiere moved up to take the No. 1 spot. He passed LSU’s Ben Simmons, the former No. 1 player in the class, and Ivan Rabb, who fell to No. 5 in the new list. Small forwards Brandon Ingram and Jaylen Brown moved to No. 3 and 4 respectively, behind Labissiere and Simmons.
In “ReSkalibrating the Rankings” — See what he did there? — Rob Harrington wrote, “Labissiere’s measurables are top-notch. At 6-11 and a possessing a standing reach of more than nine feet, he has very impressive length. He’s also reasonably explosive, highly mobile and fluid, and a genuine face-up threat. It’s those factors in combination that have made him a scouts’ darling, even if his current production is spottier than one might expect for the No. 1 prospect.”
Labissiere’s future teammate, Isaiah Briscoe, is No. 12 overall and the No. 2 point guard behind Duke’s Derryck Thornton, formerly of the 2016 class.
Charles Matthews is ranked No. 75 and No. 22 amongst the shooting guards.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 05th, 2015 @ 3:28pm
In addition to the Arizona State game in Rupp Arena next season, Kentucky will play Arizona State in the Bahamas in 2016-17. That game is tentatively scheduled for December of 2016.
Earlier today I asked that the Cats get an away game with the Sun Devils in Tempe. I take that back. Forget I ever said it. This will do. A return trip to the Bahamas will certainly do.
Let’s run it back.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 05th, 2015 @ 3:00pm
We worried we might lose a candidate or two after the Courier-Journal dropped a bomb of a report regarding James Comer late last night. That is not the case, however, as all four GOP candidates confirmed to us today they will still join tomorrow morning’s debate as planned.
Kentucky political reporter Joe Sonka tweeted, “Once again, road to a major political office in Kentucky goes through Kentucky Sports Radio.”
Oscar Combs said, “I despise politics, but I find it hilarious that most newsworthy political debate of year will be on KSR Radio instead of mainstream media.”
It’s all going down tomorrow morning at 10:00 am. Get your popcorn ready.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 05th, 2015 @ 2:00pm
ESPN’s John Gasaway ranked who he believes will be the 25 best players in college basketball next season and one Kentucky Wildcat made the list: Skal Labissiere.
Labissiere ranked ninth on Gasaway’s Top 25, behind No. 1 Ben Simmons (LSU), Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga), Fred VanVleet (Wichita State), Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia), Jaylen Brown (California), Buddy Hield (Oklahoma), Brandon Ingram (Duke) and Yogi Ferrell (Indiana).
Wichita State, Duke, North Carolina and Villanova were the only schools with two players apiece. I believe Kentucky should’ve joined that group with the inclusion of Tyler Ulis in the rankings.
Anyway, here’s what Gasaway said about Labissiere:
9. Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Wildcats
This spring John Calipari “missed” on the likes of Brown and Ingram, so suddenly people are wondering what’s wrong with Kentucky’s recruiting. Then again there’s a chance that come 2016 the first player taken in the NBA draft might be none other than Labissiere. The 7-footer has been memorably termed “so frickin’ skilled” by Jonathan Givony of draftexpress.com, and if technical terms like that leave you confused consider that Labissiere was the first player Calipari targeted in the class of 2015. UK’s freshman-to-be will definitely need to put on weight, but his coach’s track record with freshman big men suggests Labissiere could be very good very soon.
See the entire list here. (ESPN Insiders only)
By Drew Franklin on ©May 05th, 2015 @ 1:12pm
Rapper Bun B, one of the originators of “trill,” caught word of Willie Cauley-Stein’s new middle name and voiced his opinion about it on Twitter. Bun B and the late Pimp C were the first to use the word — which is a combination of “true” and “real” — on their first Underground Kings album, The Southern Way, in 1992. That was before Willie Cauley-Stein was born.
WHO changed his middle name to WHAT?? WOW.
— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) May 5, 2015
I've seen tees, hats, license plates, even tattoos..but legally changing your name? That's a new one on me. No hate though.
— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) May 5, 2015
Everybody wanna be trill. But you don't know the origin of the word or the sacrifices of the creators. Let us be trill. You be yourself. #Pa
— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) May 5, 2015
Bun B’s four solo albums since Pimp C’s death are called Trill, II Trill, Trill OG and Trill OG: The Epilogue.
Another supporter of Trill, the NBA’s Stephen Jackson, also spoke up and he seemed a little angrier about the whole thing than Bun B.
Bak on my BS. If this true I hope he talked to @trillog about this. He ain’t from PA I know. Somebody talk to me. I know west side PA ain’t felling that. We don’t have much. Pimp C RIP @jonathanbabineaux @djcharles25 @trillog and some young stars on the way. @team_kammartin @liltman7 @_adoremia @starrianna but we take pride in the word TRILL. Just saying #godspeed #humblehustler PA.
A photo posted by Stephen Jackson (@stak5ots) on
When Bun B said he has seen TRILL license plates, I wonder if he was referring to DeMarcus Cousins’ “Been Trill” car decal?
A photo posted by DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) on
Trill recognize trill, I suppose.
(By show of hands, how many of you are completely lost after reading all that? It’s okay. Not everyone is trill.)
By Drew Franklin on ©May 05th, 2015 @ 12:30pm
Over on CoachCal.com, your second favorite UK website, Calipari looked back on the 2014-15 season and all of its awesomeness and how he hopes to never have to rotate 10 guys again.
“If you ask me if I’m ever going to platoon again, my answer is NO,” Cal wrote on his site. “Last season was an absolute outlier. It’s just not the way I like to coach. I would rather play seven or eight guys because I believe that gives us the best chance to win. I think we wrote the book on platooning this year, but I hope we stick it on the shelf and never have to use it again.”
He also reminded us that Kentucky is a players first program and it’s the best at developing players for the NBA. You listening, future recruits?
The timing of Cal’s message isn’t a coincidence, after he missed out on his spring targets. This seems to be his way of telling us, “Hey, BBN, don’t worry about our roster; I only like to play seven or eight guys anyway.”
By Drew Franklin on ©May 05th, 2015 @ 11:55am
We may have another non-conference game to add to the schedule soon, according to a KSR source with a bug planted in the UK schedule-making room. Word is, UK is close to finalizing a game with Arizona State in Rupp Arena next season. The date is looking like Saturday, December 12.
That’s great and all, but can we get an away game with Arizona State? I’m a big fan of the scenery on the Tempe campus.
Maybe I’ll fly out to interview some of the students about the game. Those girls at the pool look like they want to talk about Kentucky basketball. Let’s set that up.
What were we talking about again?
By Drew Franklin on ©May 05th, 2015 @ 11:15am
Marvin Bagley of Corona Del Sol in Arizona became the first member of the 2018 class to receive an offer from Kentucky yesterday. The 6-foot-11 power forward, ranked No. 1 in the class, got a call from John Calipari who told Bagley there is a spot on UK’s 2018-19 roster if he wants it.
Bagley already has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, UConn, UCLA and New Mexico, among others. The 15-year-old told AZCentral.com, “”I just want to give God the praise. I also want to thank Coach Calipari and the University of Kentucky.”
We will begin working on our UK 2018 Recruiting Board post here in about two or three years, so be on the lookout for that.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 05th, 2015 @ 10:30am
Former UK wide receiver Javess Blue uploaded a video to Instagram yesterday that shows off just how insanely athletic he is, in case you never noticed. You may remember, when Blue committed to Kentucky two years ago, we shared a video of him doing backflips. Now he’s added a football to the trick:
The Cats’ leader in receiving touchdowns the past two seasons is now with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 05th, 2015 @ 10:02am
Tomorrow’s show will be one of the most-listened-to shows in the history of KSR, so today the guys are getting ready for the big event. Well, they’re doing their best to get ready for the big event. At the very least they will talk about how Ryan is in way over his head and the recent news surrounding one of the candidates takes this thing to a whole new level.
They’ll talk a little basketball recruiting and whatever else comes up, too.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
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We’re kicking up the heat with 5 layers of spice on our new Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken sandwich. It’s our classic spicy chicken breast topped with fresh, diced jalapeños, ghost pepper sauce, Colby pepper jack cheese all on a red jalapeno bun. It’s too hot to last, so try one today! ___________________________________________________________________ You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top Ten Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtopten. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:
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At least it’s accurate, though?
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By Drew Franklin on ©May 04th, 2015 @ 11:00pm
April is finally behind us after being one of the worst months ever for Kentucky basketball. It all began with the loss to Wisconsin in the Final Four — still hurts to write that — followed by Calipari’s first strikeout on the spring recruiting trail. We also said goodbye to seven of our all-time favorite Wildcats and the best-dressed assistant coach in all of sports. April was so terrible, you guys. It really sucked. We need a time machine so we can go back and try it all over again.
So here’s to May, Big Blue Nation. We’re four days in and things are looking up for us, simply because it can’t get any worse. Derby weekend was a blast and tomorrow we get to eat burritos and drink margaritas for Cinco De Mayo. Life is finally on the right track again.
Now let’s do this News and Views thing…
Calipari is still looking to add one more player.
He was in contact with LaGerald Vick, who recently decommitted from SMU. Vick is a member of the 2016 high school class but UK reached out to him about reclassifying to 2015, according to Rivals.com. He’s also heard from several other schools, including Kansas and Louisville.
At 6-foot-5, Vick’s build is very similar to that of Charles Matthews and Mychal Mulder. He is the No. 17 shooting guard in 247Sports composite rankings.
We’ll have more on him tomorrow morning.
Willie Cauley-Stein changed his middle name to Trill.
For the first 21 years of his life, Willie Cauley-Stein’s legal name was Willie Durmond Cauley. But after a trip to the courthouse on Monday, he is now Willie Trill Cauley-Stein, officially.
The former UK big man went to Fayette District Court to legally change his last name to Cauley-Stein, what we’ve been calling him for years. The inclusion of Stein in his last name is for his mother, Marlene Stein. But while filling out the paperwork or doing whatever it is people do when changing a name, he decided he would change his middle name, too. Now he is Willie “Trill” Cauley-Stein.
Wright State and Illinois State will come to Rupp Arena in late November.
Two more non-conference games were revealed on Monday when The Cats Pause learned Kentucky will host Wright State and Illinois State next basketball season. Wright State will travel to Rupp on November 20, while Illinois State will get a shot at Kentucky on November 30.
Here’s an early and unofficial look at the 2015-16 non-conference schedule as it stands today:
- November 17: vs. Duke in Chicago
- November 20: vs. Wright State
- November 27: vs. South Florida in Miami
- November 30: vs. Illinois State
- December 3: at UCLA
- December 9: vs. EKU
- December 19: vs. Ohio State in Brooklyn
- Late December: vs. Louisville
- January 31: SEC-Big XII challenge game (away)
Bud Dupree visited his new city for the first time.
The new Steeler made his first trip to Pittsburgh and Steelers.com followed him around for the day with a camera.
Watch the video here.
Derek Anderson apologized to John Calipari, Dakari Johnson and Big Blue Nation, kind of.
Over the weekend, Anderson penned a letter to Coach Cal, Dakari Johnson and UK fans and shared it on Cameron Mills’ website:
An Open Letter To Coach Calipari, Dakari Johnson & Big Blue Nation
First let me apologize to Dakari Johnson if he felt offended by my example of what I meant for players to stay in school is more important than rushing to the NBA. I want the best for EVERY player and person on this earth so my intent was to hopefully bring the awareness of what could happen. I want to apologize to Coach Cal if I offended him as my comments where my opinion in which ALL UK fans and people have made in which they where not meant to be taken personal like some people chose to do.
I Love UK to the bone and have been there thru the bad and good times because we are a family. When Noel got hurt, I came! When Alex got hurt, I came! Coach ask me to speak to team, I came! I was speaking my opinion about why “I” thought we lost the last two seasons and it came out harsh in which I apologize for that. But for people to attack my character is not something I take lightly as I am human and make mistakes. This message is to those that love UK like me, I was wrong and I’m moving on by supporting BBN as always. But if you have a problem with me, then don’t expect me to be kind to you in return. This is a sport and not a place to defame a man’s character in which I never once disrespected anyone’s character.
When coach yells at his players and tells them they played bad in front of BBN, I did the same and again, it wasn’t the right thing to do on my part. But NEVER will I allow others to attack me as a Man!
I am truly greatful for all the love and support from the University of Kentucky, BBN, and alumni.
I am True Blue always!!! #BBN4Life
I’m over this whole thing, personally. My only beef with Derek Anderson is he was unable to play in the 1997 title game and he’s constantly sharing photos of cars, houses and private jets that clearly aren’t his. Other than that, we’re all good.
Anthony Davis finished fifth in NBA MVP voting.
The award went to Stephen Curry in a landslide. I will now use this opportunity to share Chef Curry’s top plays of the season because he is so fun to watch.
This one should’ve been included:
Next year is your year, A.D.
All eyes will be on Wednesday’s Kentucky Sports Radio governor debate.
Ish just got really real for the debate and for the G.O.P. primary. I did my best to preview the race earlier tonight and then some big news leaked online moments later. Wednesday is going to be big and there’s no better place for it than KSR.