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By Drew Franklin on ©11:15 am
Eric Lindsey over at CoachCal.com attended UK’s 90-minute practice yesterday and he has a lengthy report for you on the website this morning. Lindsey has several notes and observations, almost all positive, including individual specifics on all of the guys.
Have a small taste in this exciting excerpt about Alex Poythress:
The last guy I expected to lead off with just because he’s been around for two years is Alex Poythress, but I think his effort and his improvement merit that. We all know how athletic he is and the type of plays he can make, but he looked lighter on his feet than I’ve ever seen him. He seemed to glide through the air on Monday, a fascinating thing to watch for someone with his body frame. I have no idea how that will translate on to the court in October and November because, as I just said, we’ve seen bits and pieces of that in his first two years, but I do see a more confident player than the one I’ve seen the last two seasons. He’s never going to be a vocal guy, but when I saw him, on one particular play, race from the top of the key, sky over Karl-Anthony Towns and Marcus Lee in the paint, grab the offensive rebound, and bank the ball back in the basket in traffic, it gave me the feeling that we’re going to see a much-improved Alex Poythress this year.
Other notable impressions from Lindsey:
– Tyler Ulis will be a fan favorite
– The twins and Dakari are in better shape
– Devin Booker is doing just fine
– Cal is still preaching, “Play fast, think slow.”
Read the entire practice report here.
By Drew Franklin on ©10:30 am
UK needs your help picking a song for kickoff in the football season opener and you can do your part in the selection process by voting in the first matchup of the music bracket this morning. It’s Bud Dupree versus Steven Borden in the first showdown of the Kickoff Playoff and it’s up to you to decide whose song of choice will advance to the next round.
Dupree nominated Crime Mob’s “Knuck If You Buck,” a timeless classic that encourages listeners to knuck, if they are indeed buck. Borden, on the other hand, would like to hear Skrillex’s “Scatta.”
Head over to the BBNFirst website to hear the songs and place your vote. Mine goes to Bud in this one because that Scatta song makes my head hurt.
By Drew Franklin on ©9:55 am
Morning, KSR readers and listeners. Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond are on the road again today, this time hitting the mean streets of Morganfield. The guys are at Verlies Restaurant at 101 W. Main Street and they’d love to see you. Stop by to hear the show and enter your name in the drawing for UK basketball tickets or a shot at the trip to the Bahamas.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©9:30 am
Drew Barker is one of three quarterbacks competing for the starting job, and last night, he and freshman wide receiver Dorian Baker posted this video of some red zone work they’ve been doing lately.
Looks like Baker got both feet in on that one-handed catch. Not too bad…
By Bryan the Intern on ©9:00 am
What’s funny when trying to evaluate what is most important for this Kentucky football team is which position units have to perform for this season to be an improvement. On the offensive side of the ball, Kentucky has some positives and potential. But there are also some big question marks as well. I breakdown the pros and cons for each of the 4 units on offense and I want to know which unit you think is the most key this season:
Pros: Kentucky has 3 legitimate options it seems at this position, which usually can make or break a team. So if you are a Kentucky fan, you might feel good about the fact that if 1 guy isn’t getting it done, you can easily go to another. It seems that the 3 guys, as told by Neal Brown, have different styles and strengths. So there is a little flexibility here.
Cons: Having multiple QB’s doesn’t always mean good things. It often means none of them are great or one would be the sure fire starter. Nonetheless, UK is very inexperienced at QB this year, with only Patrick Towles having played in a game. And the problem is if Kentucky doesn’t get consistent play at this position, it allows opposing defenses to target the running game.
Pros: On paper, this is probably UK’s best offensive unit. Braylon Heard and Jo Jo Kemp are legitimate SEC backs. Kemp got tons of experience last year and Heard is a Nebraska transfer. But even beyond them, UK has Josh Clemons there coming off injury after a successful freshman season in 2012.
Cons: You have to think early in the season defenses will attempt to stop the UK running attack above all else and test the QB’s. So either through gameplan or talent, these backs will have a lot of pressure to perform when defenses are after them. Also, we really don’t know what Heard is going to give just yet and Kemp hasn’t yet been given the ball 20 times in a game so there is a question on if he can handle that kind of load?
Pros: A lot of returners in this unit for Kentucky. Javess Blue and Ryan Timmons can be big time playmakers and their could be some production from the incoming freshman too. Drops dipped significantly last year. A bunch of speed at this position too. Depth shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Cons: Can somebody get them the ball in the right place consistently? And if not, can they still make plays because that is what great wideouts do. Who is going to be that deep threat for the Cats this year? Also, if Kentucky begins using multiple QB’s, will there be a different rhythm between each guy and the wideouts.
Pros: You return 4 starters off a line. Those 4 guys started 43 of a possible 48 games last year. Plus the 3 most important starters on the line (2 tackles and center) all return.
Cons: In the SEC, you have to have depth on the line. Mostly because it’s very difficult to get through a season without injury. But even more because you can’t have serious drop-offs on the line when you put the subs in. Kentucky doesn’t have a ton of experience in the reserves so will some guys still up on the 2nd team and provide depth?
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 Ryan Lemond
— Ryan Lemond (@ryanlemond) July 21, 2014
He’s real people.
#9 Mark Stoops
The original ESPN sign. pic.twitter.com/7p0YppTd9V
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) July 21, 2014
But why wasn’t he in Louisville with Petrino!??!! #%(*&^#%
#8 Colby McKee
@MADDAWG_G u ain't never seen nothin like KY girls… COME TO BBN
— colby (@Colby_McKee8) July 22, 2014
So….. every school ever says this right? (yes)
#7 Mrs. Tyler Thompson
You know who’s still excited to talk trash about a game four months in advance? Bobby Petrino!
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) July 21, 2014
Derty dert dert!!
#6 Brad Calipari
“@UKCoachCalipari: Boy is it nice to have returning players. I havent had that in five years. They understand what we're trying to do” 5 lol
— Brad Calipari (@The_bcal25) July 21, 2014
#5 James Poff
— james poff (@jpizzle859) July 22, 2014
Lil Wayne is all over these top tweets.
#4 Brad Jeffries
— Brad Jeffries (@THEDIRTMCGIRT) July 22, 2014
#2 Jordan Bowman
Well with TennesseeSportsRadio going under it makes what @KySportsRadio has been able to build that much more impressive.
— Jordan Bowman (@SOXinTN) July 21, 2014
Compliments are fun.
#1 Aaron Slone
@Damien_D1Harris be a hero and stay at southern for a 5th year
— Ace (@AaronSlone) July 22, 2014
Come be a hero for the Eagles.
By Ally Tucker on ©11:00 pm
I would like to make some amendments to this chart. The biggest challenges on Facebook right now are as follows:
1) The Cold Water Challenge (64%)
2) The “Beautiful” Challenge (29%)
3) The “Grown A** Woman” Challenge (7%)
4) Wanting to punch everyone who participates (100%)
I don’t know if you’ve taken notice of the current “challenge” trend on Facebook, but I sure have. If you’ve read some of the things I’ve written for KSR before, you surely know that I have a Hate/Hate relationship with Facebook. Why do I still have one, you might ask? I ask myself that question every single day. Probably so I can know if your baby is the size of a coconut or a blueberry this week. What would I do without such vital information? Anyway, I digress… Facebook’s latest craze involves people “challenging” their friends to do something. I’ll be honest… I wanted to watch another Cold Water Challenge video about as much as I wanted to watch your Youth Group’s Harlem Shake video, but I bit my tongue because hey… at least that was for a good cause and money was going to charity (or so you say… some of you I don’t trust… I’m looking at you, everyone I went to high school with). But it’s gotten out of control. Now people are challenging each other to “post 5 pictures of yourself that make you feel beautiful.” Just so we are all clear here… people DO understand that there’s really nothing challenging about something like that, right? Posting your favorite selfies where the light happens to hit you and you look way better than normal doesn’t really classify as a challenge. At least not in my books. And if such things are particularly challenging in your mind… let me suggest that you try something a little more difficult. Sudoku? Tying your shoes? Running a mile? Remembering to Instagram all of the food you ate today? Deciphering one of Tom Crean or Frank Martin’s tweets?
I’m just trying to save the world from being annoying on Facebook. It might be my one mission in life. Don’t do it, people. Don’t succumb to the challenges that aren’t really challenges. And while you’re at it, STILLLLL no one cares to hear about your political views. Rant over, for now…
I challenge you to read tonight’s news and views without being mean in the comment section…
Cal is talking… and we are all listening
As Tyler Thompson likes to say, Swaggy Cal is back. And I think we are all enjoying the juicy tidbits he’s been throwing our way this week. Calipari got our heart rates up on Sunday night when he tweeted out a picture of the team together after finding them playing when he returned from all of his travels. He continues to rave about how much this team enjoys working and playing, and how now they are starting to enjoy working and playing together. Make no mistake about it… Cal is excited. And when Cal is excited… we are excited. Today he threw out another tidbit of information highlighting the luxury of having some veteran players returning for the first time in a long time.
“Boy is it nice to have returning players. I haven’t had that in five years. They understand what we’re trying to do.”
Cal went on to reveal that he will be giving the Big Blue nation a full practice report (the first official one of the summer) on CoachCal.com tomorrow. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. TELL US MORE!
Cal gets the attention of the recruits with his star-studded weekend
One of the top recruits in the class of 2015, 5-star Jaylen Brown, admitted to being impressed by the fact that John Calipari was at the ESPY’s one night, and then immediately hopped on a flight to make it to his early morning game the next day. Hate on the stuff like Calipari hanging out with Drake as much as you want, but these recruits notice this kind of stuff. And they think it’s cool. I could be wrong, but I doubt that Mark Fox and Bill Self are rubbing elbows with big named stars. It’s getting the recruits’ attention. And if you didn’t believe it from Brown’s comments, then Stephen Zimmerman’s comments (another top 2015 recruit) about how he saw Cal on TV at the ESPYs and texted him to see if he would respond should solidify the fact that these guys are taking note of the buzz around Cal. Swaggy Cal is on the loose.
Mark Stoops was literally everywhere today on ESPN
While Calipari spent the weekend on the run back and forth between LA, Lexington and Augusta….Mark Stoops hit the flights today on his way to ESPN for the “carwash” routine. Stoops was a part of a myriad of different shows, taping some segments that aired today and others that will air later in the week. Not all of the SEC coaches went through the car wash, but Stoops has his program buzzing right now with a level of recruiting the SEC hasn’t seen from Kentucky. Keep an eye out for some quotes and stories as the week goes on.
But he will not be at the Governor’s Cup Luncheon….
Stoops was a lot of places today, but he will NOT be attending the Governor’s Cup Luncheon on Wednesday. While the news just hit the mainstream flow today, apparently Stoops let those in charge know of his decision months ago. With the game no longer at the front end of the season, UK’s Tony Neely said it “didn’t add up” to Stoops to attend. Stoops will likely be spending the time working with his team in preparation for the more immediate future. However, Stoops will keep his speaking engagement at the Rotary Club for Thursday in place.
In about 3 days, no one will really care that Mark Stoops didn’t attend this luncheon that is now taking place months and months in advance to the actual big game. But for now, it gives people something to rant about in the summer.
Never trust people with two first names… or Package Deals in college basketball recruiting
A few weeks ago it seemed as if a Malik Newman/Diamond Stone package deal was quite possibly still on the table. Although package deals rarely hold true in the end, the two top recruits in 2015 seemed committed to the idea early. Now, the package deal seems a lot less “certain.” Diamond Stone plans to announce his decision on National Signing Day in November, and according to Newman’s twitter, he won’t be ready to necessarily make that same commitment, and it might not be to the same school. Stone had also hedged his bets on the package deal this weekend. When asked about the deal, he said “50/50.”
Diamond Stone appears to be UCONN’s to lose at this point, and Kentucky seemed to be in more favorable position for Newman when comparing the two. The news could be positive for Kentucky who will likely remain in the picture for Newman regardless of Stone’s decision.
George Brown watch until Friday
Kentucky’s 3-star OL target George Brown had a great visit in Lexington this weekend and seemed well on the verge of pulling the trigger for the Cats when he decides on Friday. Florida jumped in for one last ditch recruiting pitch and got Brown on campus today. It looks like Brown had a good visit with the Gators as well and now will have to make a decision that will likely come down to Kentucky and Florida. Brown is also considering Alabama, Georgia, and LSU but the Cats and Gators look to be the favorites. Hopefully Florida didn’t sway Brown too much, as he seemed almost a surefire bet for Kentucky after this weekend.
Damien Harris says he will trim to 5 on August 1st, and make his final decision on December 13th
Speaking of top recruits, the #1 running back in the class of 2015 from the state of Kentucky announced via Twitter that he has a more clear cut time table for his decision making process. Harris says he will narrow his list of schools to 5 on August 1st. Kentucky seems all but certain to make the final cut. Harris also said that he will make his final decision on December 13th. Mark your calendars.
By Matt Jones on ©10:22 pm
By Matt Jones on ©10:17 pm
Some good news (from my perspective) on the UK basketball front from Scout.com. The website is reporting that 2015 Big man Caleb Swanigan received an offer from Kentucky today, a big development for the star player. Swanigan had a GREAT Peach Jam and was one of my favorite players during the event. He played against Cheick Diallo and had the better of the matchup and it was that performance that may have pushed Calipari over the top. Michigan State has been the considered leader and Indiana/Louisville are also involved. But with Kentucky in the picture, things may change for a guy with lots of talent and a frame that is ready to compete right away in major college basketball.
By Ally Tucker on ©9:59 pm
Kentucky’s top in-state target in the class of 2015, #1 rated running back Damien Harris, tweeted that he will be making his final decision on December 13th. Before he makes that decision though, Harris will trim his list to 5 on August 1st. Kentucky figures to make the final cut for Harris and he seems to still be very high on the Cats.
Go Cats. Yahtzee? Please?
By Andrew Cassady on ©9:30 pm
Sometimes lost in the shuffle of returning starters like the Harrisons and WCS or exciting newcomers like Karl Towns and Tyler Ulis is Marcus Lee. Lee spent most of his freshman year fighting for playing time as he developed his game but it could be his sophomore year that he breaks out. ESPN agrees and today they named him an under-the-radar sophomore to watch. Here’s what the worldwide leader had to say:
Marcus Lee, forward, Kentucky. Lee showed how effective he could be with his 10-point, eight-rebound performance in just 15 minutes in the Elite Eight game against Michigan. But his toughest competition is arguably the Wildcats’ crowded frontcourt. It’s hard to envision how he’ll get enough playing time to stand out.
Kentucky opponents from Louisville and North Carolina also make the list but I think it’s Marcus Lee who could be the break out star of the list. With Lyle’s summer injury Lee will likely get a lot of playing time in the Bahamas and the early season. Perhaps he can work his way into solid rotation minutes. He certainly looks like he’s been putting on some summer muscle and might be able to hold his own against the physical 4s of the SEC. If he shows up each game like he did against Michigan there’s no way he can stay on the bench.
Relive Marcus’ finest hour with the incredible call by Tom Leach:
By Drew Franklin on ©8:00 pm
KSR’s annual trip down south for wings, more wings and AAU basketball provided the opportunity to see several of the high school juniors and seniors John Calipari is eyeing this summer. We’ve known the names and YouTube clips of UK’s targets for a couple of years now, but the July recruiting period is always our chance to see them play in person, and this year was one of the best.
As you know, Matt, Tomlin and I attended the first day of the AUU Finals in Atlanta on Wednesday, followed by two days of basketball at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam in Augusta. We did our best to watch every UK prospect at least once, catching big names like Diamond Stone, Jaylen Brown, and Stephen Zimmerman. We did not, however, lay eyes on Charles Matthews or Malik Newman, two guys we were hoping to see. Newman made the trip but did not play due to injury.
Now that we’re back home and saw what we needed to see and ate the wings we needed to eat (and the ones we didn’t), I took some time to rank the players based on their performances in the games I attended. I’ll say that again: these rankings are based on the games I attended. So before you disagree with me in the comments section, remember, these rankings are based solely on the games I attended. It’s a very small sample size, just one or two games per player, so don’t put a ton of stock in how I number them below.
1.) Malik Monk
Shooting Guard, 2016
I knew very little about Malik Monk before following John Calipari (fresh off his visit with LeBron) to Court 4 on Friday night, where Monk scored 40 points against eventual Peach Jam champion Team Penny. Monk’s 40-piece came on 14-for-20 shooting from the field, including 6-of-10 from downtown.
Currently the third-ranked shooting guard and sixth overall in 247Sports’ 2016 rankings, Monk made a strong case for being the best player in the class. He is an unstoppable scorer, whether it’s attacking the rim off the dribble or shooting from outside.
Watch the highlights from that 40 point effort below:
2.) Jaylen Brown
Small Forward, 2015
As good as Malik Monk was, it still took some serious thinking to put him above Jaylen Brown. I should call them 1a and 1b in the rankings, because Brown was just as impressive. The 2015 small forward target dunked, dunked, dunked, dunked and then dunked again in the Wednesday evening game in Atlanta. Robic sat against the wall under the goal, smiling from ear to ear with each new explosive highlight reel play.
In a class with longtime UK priority Malik Newman and several elite post players to choose from, Jaylen Brown may be UK’s new biggest target. He is the real deal.
3.) Tyus Battle
Shooting Guard, 2016
A teammate of Cheick Diallo, Tyus Battle was Team SCAN’s consistent offensive weapon all weekend. The class of 2016 target can score in a variety of ways and he showed some hops with a couple of flashy dunks in transition. I think he benefited from Diallo and Thomas Bryant drawing attention inside, but I’ll give him the third spot here anyway. He earned it with one of the dunks.
4.) Caleb Swanigan
Who? Caleb Swanigan. The big guy went up against two top 25 players in Diallo and Bryant and he outplayed them both. His big night in front of the UK coaching staff included a buzzer-beating three to send the game to overtime, followed by another three at the buzzer to force a second overtime. I believe he had 20 and 10 in the game.
UK has been in contact and interest likely picked up after he stole the show at the Peach Jam.
5.) Diamond Stone
The No. 1 center in the class had his hands full in his first game of the Under Armour event. He drew the task of going up against Doral Moore, another highly-touted center with an offer from Kentucky.
Stone played well but not great, showing flashes of what we’ve long heard about his game: that he is a very skilled post player. However, he settled for long jumpers on too many possessions, rather than using his big frame to get inside and put that offensive skill set to work.
He did finish with 18 points and 12 rebounds, the better numbers in the head-to-head matchup with Moore, but Stone was blocked by Moore with a minute left in a tie game that led to the deciding basket on the other end. He turned it over on the final possession with a chance to tie.
Still, I saw the potential and why some are comparing him to a young DeMarcus Cousins.
6.) Cheick Diallo
Power Forward, 2015
I caught two of Diallo’s games, and though he didn’t blow me away offensively, I see why Slice loves him and was courtside for his every move. Diallo is a high-energy guy that is going to go after every rebound and challenge every shot. He took very few plays off, a rarity in an AAU showcase game, and played great defense, also rarely seen at this level.
There is a lot for Diallo to work on offensively, but his motor is second to none. Kid’s a competitor and he’s strong, two things you can’t teach. The offense will come.
7.) Doral Moore
The aforementioned Doral Moore did not post outstanding numbers against Stone — eight points, one rebound — but his length and athleticism was on display in the win against the higher ranked center. Moore blocked a couple of shots and altered several others after opening the game with two midrange jumpers, something I didn’t expect to see in his game.
He has room to improve in several areas and needs to add some muscle, but he has the potential to be a Willie Cauley-Stein clone if he puts in the work. He has that rare athleticism and bounce for a 7-footer.
8.) Stephen Zimmerman
Other than being the tallest guy on the court, Zimmerman didn’t show me a ton of game to back up his high ranking in the two or three games I saw. He has good hands and a soft touch, but most of his points came from gifts down low, right around the basket. Word is he can score from the high post but I didn’t see any of that. Maybe it’s there, but he didn’t use it. I wasn’t overly impressed.
9.) Ivan Rabb
Power Forward, 2015
Rabb, a teammate of Zimmerman, also failed to shine. Like Zimmerman, most of his points came from close range. I thought he could’ve done a better job using his size and strength to grab more rebounds and put himself in position to get more opportunities offensively. He could’ve been more active on both ends, in my opinion.
That being said, he’s big, strong and athletic and will make one college team very happy when he arrives on campus.
10.) Derrick Jones
Small Forward, 2015
Jones is super athletic which makes his performance in the game we saw super disappointing. He didn’t do a lot of scoring, in part because his teammates weren’t giving him the ball, and all of the high-flying dunks we had heard about were absent. I’m chalking this one up to a bad afternoon, although his skinny frame is also cause for concern. He’s all bones right now.
So there ya go. That’s a rundown of what I saw on the KSR scouting trip. Now let’s go out and get Jaylen Brown immediately.
By BrandonRamsey on ©7:00 pm
For NBA basketball junkies like myself, the Summer League is an awesome 15 days of action. When the games are in Orlando from July 5-11 fans can only watch on NBA TV, but the “awesomeness” goes to a whole other level in Las Vegas when fans are able to watch up to 8 games a day for just $25.
This was my second straight summer coming out to Vegas and catching a little Summer League action. I was in the gym on Friday and had the opportunity to see the three former UK players who were still active. One of the neatest parts of attending NBA Summer League in Las Vegas is how close to the action you can get and how all of the coaches, scouts, front office guys, and even the players just walk the hallways right along with the fans. Having the ability to interact with some of them is a really neat opportunity that you really can’t get, especially for just $25, anywhere but Summer League.
Nerlens Noel: 2 games, 13 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2 bpg
Nerlens played in just a couple of Las Vegas Summer League games because the 76ers also were a part of the Orlando Summer League; they had him playing every other game for the most part. Overall, Nerlens showcased why he was a top pick last season despite having to sit out the entire year. He is so bouncy around the basket and simply has a knack for making things happen. I think he can give you 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks a game from day 1.
Archie Goodwin: 5 games, 12.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 spg
Archie showed off some serious aggression offensively this summer. He really attacked the basket and did a good job of getting to the foul line. One thing that always stands out to me when I see Archie in person is how big he is. He is a legit 6’5′ but seems taller because of his long arms. I think he has a chance to have a good season off the bench for the Suns.
In the game that I watched on Friday Julius struggled, but he put up good numbers in his few games with the Lakers out in Vegas. He is strong and athletic, even compared to veteran NBA players, and plays very, very hard. He will go through some growing pains and some of the issues that drove UK fans crazy sometimes (I am talking about you, spin move) will similarly annoy Lakers fans. However, at #7, I think Julius could be one of the best value picks in the 2014 draft.
DeAndre Liggins: 5 games, 7.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.2 spg
The Summer League is more important for DeAndre than any of the former ‘Cats outlined above. He is playing for more than just some extra minutes, he is playing to earn a roster spot and prove he belongs in the league. In my opinion, he did just that. DeAndre is a very good perimeter defender capable of containing some of the very best players in the league for stretches. Also, he plays so hard and can contribute in a variety of ways. I see him developing in to an important bench player on a championship contender in the coming years.
John Calipari is a happy man right now. Cal is back from his big recruiting trip and working with his team. He posted this update on social media a little bit ago:
“Boy is it nice to have returning players. I haven’t had that in five years. They understand what we’re trying to do.”
Cal says he’ll have a practice report up on CoachCal.com later today or tomorrow. Boy is it nice to have Swaggy Cal back.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©6:00 pm
Stephen Zimmerman was one of the prospects Cal watched over the weekend at the Peach Jam, and according to Rivals’ TJ Walker, Zimmerman gave Cal a little test on Wednesday night. If you recall, Cal was at the ESPYS that night, and once Zimmerman saw him on TV, he texted Cal to see if Cal would check his phone during the show. He did.
“I saw him at the ESPYs last night and I texted him to see if he would reply to me and he did, so that was pretty cool,” Zimmerman said. “I wanted to see him pick up his phone on TV because I saw him sitting behind a couple people. I was too slow though, but he replied to me, so that was pretty cool.”
Cal flew in to watch Zimmerman and other top prospects the next morning, which the 2015 big man said was “big” considering he was in LA the night before (according to Matt, Jaylen Brown was also impressed with Cal’s jet-setting recruiting style).
Zimmerman just cut Louisville from his list, and plans to visit Kentucky on October 17 for Big Blue Madness. He’s also taking official visits to North Carolina on October 3 and Kansas on October 10. Head on over to Rivals to read more of his quotes about the Cats.