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April 21st, 2015

Kentucky Joe serenaded Willie Cauley-Stein tonight

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And it went just about as you’d imagine. Watch the clip, courtesy of Doug Hammond:


Softball Team in Kentucky Stole over $100,000 Worth of Bourbon

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Chances are you probably heard about the infamous “Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Heist” last year, in which a number of barrels of Pappy mysteriously disappeared from the legendary bourbon distillery. Well rest easy my friends because it looks as if the crime has been solved. Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton held a news conference on Tuesday in which he said nine people have been indicted for stealing over $100,000 worth of bourbon over the course of the last seven years. The nine individuals included three that worked inside bourbon distilleries (one at Wild Turkey and two at Buffalo Trace) and together they hatched a plan that involved exploiting each bourbon’s security weaknesses in order to take massive amounts of the product. According to the sheriff, all nine met while playing on a local softball team, where they hatched the plan and formed a “criminal syndicate” to engage in the illegal trafficking of bourbon. Over the course of the seven years, they were able to steal bottles and a number of barrels, the conspicuous nature of the latter of which helped bring them to justice. As the sheriff noted, “how many people do you know that have bourbon barrels at their house?”

Because of the nature of the crime, most of the bourbon is ruined as security requires all the bourbon to be emptied from the barrels and only the unopened bottles could be salvaged. You can read more about the story below and the lesson from it is clear…the next time you are playing church league softball, check and make sure the opposing team is not hatching a plan to steal massive amounts of alcohol in between innings.

Softball Team Caught in the Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon heist


The 2014-2015 Kentucky Basketball season in emojis

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The BBN went through a LOT of emotions this season: happiness, giddiness, anxiety, and heartbreak just to name a few. In the social media/smartphone age, sometimes the best way to express these emotions is through emojis, or those little graphics in texts we all hated until we finally figured out how to use them, used them ironically, and now just use.

You know emojis are mainstream when your mother starts using them (a photoshopped blue cardinal in a UK jersey with 😝😝next to it, nonetheless), so in that spirit, here is my take on this season in emoji form.

🌴🏀 The Bahamas
😎 Basketball in August
👣 When Calipari saw footprints in the sand
😝 When Calipari tweeted that it reminded him of the poem “Footprints in the Sand”
🎉 Big Blue Madness
👋🎤 When Calipari dropped the mic
🍦🙌 The first Rupp ice cream of the season
😀 The Kansas game
😢 Alex’s injury
😁 The first half of the UCLA game
😍 The Louisville game
💬 The Ole Miss and Texas A&M scares
👍 SEC routs
👎 9 p.m. tip-offs
😂 The photobombs
💤  Waiting for all the trolls to chime in
💩 Oh wait, there’s Jeff Goodman
🔥👌 Devin Booker
👬 Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker
😉 The Arkansas game
🎯 Target on our backs
👆 31-0
👤👤 BBN before 31-0
👥👥👥 BBN after 31-0
👯 When Kentucky is on every channel
🍺🍷🍸🍹🍻 SEC Tournament
😏 When Arkansas talked trash before the SEC Championship
🎊 34-0
😕 Win over Hampton
😳 Hampton’s cheerleaders
😌 Win over Cincinnati
😜 “To me, they don’t play hard. To me, they don’t play as hard as we play.” – Daxter Miles, West Virginia
💃 37-0
😰 Whoa, Notre Dame
🍒 Aaron’s three
😈 38-0
😟 Where is Willie?
😠 No, really, where is he?
👿 Three straight shot clock violations
😳 Sam Dekker’s step back three
😱 Aaron’s airball
💀 38-1
💔 38-1
😭 38-1
😞 38-1
😑 38-1
🐸🍵 When Louisville fans troll you but they finished 27-9
😩 When all seven stood up
😌 When you heard Cal told Tyler he’s building the team around him
🌷 Oh hey, it’s spring outside
🏇 Keeneland therapy
🎧😄 Listening to the player interviews on KSR
😢 Remembering those players are gone
😂 Hearing Devin Booker say someone licked his car
😝 Seeing pictures of girls licking Devin Booker’s car
😡 Trying to figure out the 2015 class
😬 Waiting for Cheick Diallo and Malik Newman to announce
😐 Realizing you already care about basketball again.


Tomorrow’s show is going to be BIG

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You’re going to want to hear both hours of Kentucky Sports Radio radio in the morning because the guys have two huge guests joining them in studio for the show.

First, in the 10:00 to 11:00 hour, Willie Cauley-Stein will make his Kentucky Sports Radio radio debut to discuss all things Willie Cauley-Stein. Kentucky’s 25th consensus All-American will look back on his three years at UK and what he expects from the future when he joins the NBA.

Then in the second hour, focus will switch to football as Mark Stoops makes an appearance. Stoops will spend the final hour recapping the spring and looking ahead to his third season in Commonwealth Stadium.

Don’t miss it.


Diallo will announce early next week

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Moments ago on ESPNU’s College Basketball Signing Day Special, Paul Biancardi said he spoke to Cheick Diallo last night and Diallo told him he will announce his decision early next week.

Biancardi predicts Diallo will stay home to play for St. John’s, but he is “confused” and “a little bit frustrated” with the whole process.

“He really doesn’t know where he wants to go, but if I’m a betting man, I say he stays home,” Biancardi said.

No one knows anything about Diallo right now. That’s what we do know.


The Harrison twins discussed NBA futures in radio interview today

Andrew and Aaron Harrison were guests on Jerry Eaves Sports Radio earlier today to discuss the road ahead to the NBA. Eaves, a former star at Louisville, asked the twins what they’re working to improve to ensure they’re drafted in the first round.

Aaron told him, “I need to improve the consistency on my jump shot. I want to show that I can be a consistent shooter and I want to attack and I want to show how athletic I am.”

Andrew said, “I’m just ready to get out there and show what I can do. I’m looking forward to playing more in the open court and stuff like that. I’m excited.”

When asked if they have a preference on landing spots, both guys said they’ll be excited to join whatever team takes them, but they admitted to being long time fans of the Rockets.

You can listen to their interview about a third of the way through Eaves’ podcast.


7-footer sure to make waves for Kentucky….baseball

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Don’t worry, y’all. I found Kentucky’s missing link for next year’s team while searching through today’s news articles.  This 7-foot senior from the Twin Cities is sure to match-up well with Skal Labissiere next season. In fact, Sean Hjelle has already committed to play for the Cats.

The only problem is that commitment is to the baseball team as a pitcher. Weird, right? It’s not every day you see a person who emulates the body of a basketball player take the mound.

Hjelle is a good player on the basketball court as well (something obvious with his body type). However, in a world where money often trumps passion, it was refreshing to see his reasoning:

“Not a lot of people my size play baseball, I always tell people that, though I love basketball, baseball is really my passion. It’s my life.”

Although we probably won’t see him on the basketball court at Kentucky any time soon, it does have the feel of an old LSU walk-on Andrew Del Piero, who first went to the school to play the sousaphone.

Here are some videos of Hjelle at practice so you can see what a 7-footer looks like outside of basketball:

 

(h/t USA Today)

 

 


Thon Maker down to four, looking to enroll in the spring

Throw Arizona State into the equation for Thon Maker, joining Kentucky, Kansas and Indiana on Maker’s short list of schools. New Arizona State assistant coach Brian Merritt, a friend of Maker’s mentor, Ed Smith, has the Sun Devils in play with the three longtime contenders.

“We are going to look at them some,” Smith told Evan Daniels.

It’s now looking like Maker will play college basketball, though not as soon as he would like. Smith said the core classes are out of the way but there is still a lot of work to be done before Maker can reclassify.

It’s shaping up like it’s going to be mid-year,” said Smith. ““If we can get a mid-year situation that’s good for him and he can walk in then we’ll go with a mid-year situation.”

“Just to clarify, the Europe and pro route is not something we are considering.”

[Scout.com: Makers adds ASU, overseas not an option]


OH NO CHEICK DIALLO FOLLOWED PERRY ELLIS ON TWITTER!

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If you’re one of the many fans who read into a recruit’s Twitter activity, Cheick Diallo’s most recent follow is upsetting. Kentucky’s top frontcourt target began following Perry Ellis, the ninth-year senior forward at Kansas. (Yeah, you know, the bald one. Him.)

There’s some buzz on the internet that Kansas has overtaken St. John’s in the race with Kentucky for Diallo. That rumor and his new Twitter friendship with Ellis are enough for a minor Tuesday afternoon freak out for some of you.

Can we get Kylie Jenner to slide in those DMs?

 

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Ashley Judd has an urgent spiritual message for Duke fans

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Over on Ashley Judd’s Facebook page, she shared a video from a bookstore in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where she spent Monday afternoon gazing at wildflowers and going to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, probably. Ashley felt the need to upload the urgent message when she found a book called “Daily Devotionals For Die Hard Fans: Duke Blue Devils.” The message couldn’t wait, apparently.

An urgent spiritual message for Duke fans.

Posted by Ashley Judd on Monday, April 20, 2015

Up next for Ashley: Dollywood!


Karl Towns is No. 1 in Chad Ford’s new mock draft

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Chad Ford released a new mock draft today and Karl Towns is his No. 1 pick, going to the Minnesota Timberwolves to team with Andrew Wiggins and several other young talents.

Ford is among the many draft experts who have Towns over Okafor in the draft, which would be Kentucky’s third top pick under John Calipari. UK had zero No. 1 picks prior to Cal’s arrival in Lexington; three will tie Duke for the record for most by a school.

Shortly after Towns hears his name called, Ford predicts Willie Cauley-Stein will go sixth overall to the Sacramento Kings. Boogie and Willie in one frontcourt? Yes please. (Assuming Boogie sticks around.)

On down, Ford projects Trey Lyles and Devin Booker to go No. 16 to Boston and 17 to Milwaukee, respectively, before Dakari Johnson becomes the fifth Wildcat in the first round at No. 27 to the Lakers, joining former UK classmate Julius Randle.

Check out the entire ESPN mock draft here.


Derryck Thornton commits to Duke, reclassifies to 2015

One-time Kentucky target Derryck Thornton will be a Duke Blue Devil and he will skip his senior year of high school to speed up that process. Thornton committed to Duke today and will jump to the 2015 class, where Scout.com ranks him as the No. 1 point guard. ESPN has him as the No. 3 point guard and No. 17 player overall.

Duke is also in the lead for five-star small forward Brandon Ingram, another UK target, and Coach K already has signatures from five-star center Chase Jeter and five-star shooting guard Luke Kennard. Needless to say, Kryswkeskwiski has gone full Calipari.

We’ll see them in Chicago on November 17.


Video of the Commonwealth Stadium grass removal

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Crews began removing the Bermuda grass from Commonwealth Stadium yesterday to replace it with a new synthetic turf for the upcoming season and the Kentucky Wildcats TV crew stopped by with a camera this morning for a closer look at the removal process.

Check it out as bulldozers dig up the old grass to make way for the new surface in the new CWS:


Newman’s Friday announcement will stream live online

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Malik Newman will announce his college decision this Friday at 1:00 pm in a closed press conference from somewhere (not his high school) in Mississippi. The Clarion-Ledger has an invite to attend and will exclusively stream the announcement on its website. We will have a running diary and a link to the stream here on KSR, so make sure you’re free that afternoon.

247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer predicts Mississippi State for the five-star guard. I’m not sure Newman could make a worse decision if that’s the case, but whatever. His life, not mine.

Please pick Kentucky.


ESPN Recruiting predicts the future for Brown, Diallo, Ingram and Newman

As basketball recruiting winds down for the 2015 high school class, the experts at ESPN RecruitingNation predicted the future for the four uncommitted top ten prospects. Of those four — Jaylen Brown, Cheick Diallo, Brandon Ingram and Malik Newman — ESPN predicts one, Malik Newman, will end up at Kentucky.

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Newman will not take a single official visit before making his decision, but it seems that Kentucky and Mississippi State are the leaders. Newman could go to Lexington and get plenty of minutes, but Mississippi State is his father’s alma mater and new head coach Ben Howland knows how important it is to close the deal. [ESPN]

ESPN predicts Cheick Diallo will follow Slice Rohrrsen and Matt Abdelmassih to St. John’s. UK will also lose out on Ingram and Brown.

One of four? We’ll take it.