This weekend is the unofficial start to summer, which means we’ve only seen the beginning →
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©May 25th, 2015 @ 5:00pm
While the rest of us are waiting for the clouds to part to start up the grill, some of your favorite Cats are spending Memorial Day weekend in a much more spectacular fashion.
Here’s a quick roundup, starting with Patrick Towles, who is in St. Lucia. Before posing for that pic with his boys, he hung out with some of the local kids:
Skal Labissiere took one step closer to his future at UK by graduating from Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis:
As we mentioned earlier, Trey Lyles was in Cleveland for the Cavs/Hawks game, where he hung out with Johnny Football:
UK punter Landon Foster and former offensive lineman Zach West spray painted the UK logo on the John Lennon Wall in Prague:
John Calipari is reading some new books:
And former Cat Kyle Wiltjer hung out with his lady friend in Coeur D Alene, Idaho:
How did you spend the holiday weekend?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©May 25th, 2015 @ 3:30pm
By now you’ve heard all about Kash Daniel, the four-star linebacker from Paintsville who is high on Kentucky’s wish list for 2016; however, there’s another name you need to know: Tate Leavitt.
Leavitt is a 6’6′ 298 lbs. JuCo offensive tackle who visited Kentucky last weekend. The Ohio native has offers from Alabama, Illinois, West Virginia, Louisville and Kentucky. He stopped by UK’s campus on Sunday the 17th at the end of a series of visits to Louisville, Texas Tech, TCU, and Missouri. Leavitt told Scout’s Derek Young that his visit to Lexington, albeit short, went very well and–shocker–he loved the staff’s ties to Ohio:
“Them recruiting Ohio more and more is a big thing,” he shared. “That’s their pitch to me. They have nearly 40 guys from Ohio on their roster. We eat, sleep, and breathe football in Ohio and their staff understands that and can relate to it well. Their coaching staff has a lot of ties to Ohio. I love Coach Stoops and Coach Marrow. There’s a big connection between them and I. They take pride in taking care of Ohio guys.”
Leavitt said he’s also in contact with Courtney Love, the inside linebacker that transferred to UK from Nebraska, and said he thinks UK’s program is “on the rise”:
“Kentucky is definitely on the rise. It isn’t expected, but those that pay attention to college football know that they are. It looks like they’re going to turn things around. It was my best visit, along with Missouri.”
If the look on Vince Marrow’s face isn’t indication enough, we’re hearing Leavitt may be Kentucky’s top priority right now. He plans to take a few more visits to Alabama and West Virginia and release a list in the coming weeks. He’ll graduate from Hutchinson (KS) Community College in December.
Watch him work:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©May 25th, 2015 @ 1:45pm
Are you ready for your daily Jamal Murray update? According to Canadian news site The Globe and Mail, the five-star shooting guard is hoping to make his decision “by June”:
Murray is likely to decide by June. High school players typically decide by the national letter-of-intent deadline, which this year was set for May 20 – but Murray has rushed to complete additional schoolwork so he can play college hoops this fall, instead of the planned 2016. To do so, he would bypass the letter-of-intent deadline and sign a letter of financial aid at some later point.
Murray wrapped up a lengthy visit to Lexington late last week. On Friday, he told Adam Zagoria said he hoped to make a decision within two months, so hopefully the slightly shortened timetable is good news for the Cats. The Globe and Mail reports that Murray has also been contacted by Duke, and over the weekend, his father told Jeff Borzello that Oregon, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, and UConn are also in the mix.
Wouldn’t it be nice if “by June” meant by June 1 and not June 30?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©May 25th, 2015 @ 1:00pm
And now, for some unfortunate news: the NCAA Baseball Tournament field was released a few minutes ago, and Kentucky did not make the cut. The news is expected; Kentucky lost to Auburn in the opening round of the SEC Baseball Tournament last week and only had an outside shot at an at-large bid.
To make matters a little worse, Louisville DID make the field. The Cards will play Morehead State Friday at 6 p.m. Go Eagles.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©May 25th, 2015 @ 11:30am
Last night’s Cavaliers/Hawks was pretty crazy. Lebron James fought through a shooting slump and injuries to score 37 points and push Cleveland to the 114-111 overtime win, and Trey Lyles was there to see it all in person. Check out this picture of Lyles at The Q in what seems to be an excellent seat.
Lyles is currently projected to go anywhere from 9th to 20th in the latest mock drafts, and is getting pretty creative with his predraft workouts. A few weeks back, we shared a video of him doing hot yoga with Montrezl Harrell, and last week, the Bleacher Report posted a video of him boxing. Unfortunately, we can’t embed it here, but click the pic or the link below to check it out:
Keep it up, Trey.
Good morning, friends, and happy Memorial Day. Let’s take this opportunity to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The great Jon Scott compiled this list of UK basketball players who were killed in the line of duty: Howard Kinne, James King, James Goforth, Melvin Brewer, Kenneth England, and Walter Johnson. Check out his site for a complete listing of Kentucky players who have served in the military.
Appropriately, the Kentucky National Guard will unveil the monument above today in Frankfort, a labor of love seven years in the making. Shoutout to our own Freddie Maggard for his hard work on the project.
Because of the holiday, there is no new show this morning, but if you still need a KSR fix, we’ve got a great rerun lined up for you. Have no fear; Matt and Ryan will be back tomorrow.
And don’t worry: I’ll be here all day to bring you the latest UK sports news. It’ll be a slow day, but let’s have some fun with it, okay?
By Miss J.C. Ausmus on ©May 25th, 2015 @ 8:30am
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:
#10 Lil Joe B. Hall
Notice of Allegations Mixtape pic.twitter.com/ZwB9Zs26Nh
— Lil Joe B. Hall (@LilJoeBHall) May 22, 2015
Maybe I shouldn’t laugh at this, but I did.
#9 Jake Clemons
— Jake Clemons (@Jake__Clemons) May 23, 2015
That’s an excellent way to start a flight.
#8 Kentucky Josh
— Kentucky Josh (@joshnwhithayes) May 23, 2015
This happens to me all the time.
#7 Emily Brown
The person behind me at Starbucks paid for my order and the barista said it was because of the UK sticker on my car 😭 #BBN
— Emily Brown (@emilysoriginal) May 23, 2015
The kindness of the #BBN never fails
#6 Sammy Stickler
— Sammy Stickler (@SSG_Stickman83) May 23, 2015
Speaking of Woo…
#5 Lukasz Obrzut
Lady: "so, 'they' brought you over here to play basketball?" Me: "yes, 'they' shipped me over in a box." #drunkgranny
— Łukasz Obrzut (@lukasz_obrzut) May 24, 2015
That had to be a really big box.
There's nothing more fun than seeing a fellow Kentucky fan when you're on vacation and sharing a "Go Cats!" The #BBN is like a big family ☺️
— Megan (@mpl619) May 24, 2015
That’s always the best.
#3 Not Jerry Tipton
Both Karl Towns & Trey Lyles had at ~3.9 GPAs this Spring. Impressive, considering they didn't even go to class. pic.twitter.com/rXpj754iat
— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) May 24, 2015
It must be magic.
#2 Matt Watson
— Matt Watson (@m4ttwatson) May 23, 2015
#1 Creany Tom
Drove all the way to the lake to go boating today and then realized I forgot my boat.
— Creany Tom (@CreanyTom) May 24, 2015
But I bet you brought some scissors to cut some nets, right Tom?
By Kelsey Mattingly on ©May 24th, 2015 @ 9:30pm
Dan Duangdao of Lakers Nation has some good news for the Lakers and great news for Kentucky fans. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said this morning on Bleacher Report Radio, that “it looks like Julis Randle has recovered completely.” From here, Randle will participate in the Summer League in Las Vegas to improve his game and prepare for the upcoming season.
Mitch Kupchak tells us that “it looks like Julius Randle has recovered completely.” @BR_Radio
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) May 24, 2015
By Caleb Epley on ©May 24th, 2015 @ 8:00pm
According to Rick Bozich of WDRB in Louisville, a former oddsmaker is giving Kentucky a one point edge in their November 28th matchup against Louisville. Chris Andrews, of AgainstTheNumber.com, also projected the line for the rest of Kentucky’s games this season. He lists the Cats as favorites in five contests (Louisville, Louisiana, Vanderbilt, Eastern Kentucky, and Charlotte) and predicts that UK should win 5.9 games.
A lot will change in the six months between now and the game, but it’s cool to see where things stand at the present moment. 104 days.
By Caleb Epley on ©May 24th, 2015 @ 7:30pm
If there’s one thing that we learned about the Harrisons during their stay at Kentucky, it’s that they never lose their confidence. Sure, each of them had lapses during the regular season, but deep-down the boys always seemed to believe that they were the best players on the court and that their team would find a way to win in March. They did a pretty good job of backing it up in the tournament.
In the weeks leading up to the draft, this confidence hasn’t gone away. In an interview published today at MLive.com, Andrew states that he and his brother are the best guards available:
“I’m not saying this just because he’s my brother, I really do feel like he’s the best two-guard,” in the draft, Andrew said of Aaron. “He can handle the best. He makes the biggest shots in the biggest situations. He has a heart.”
I’m sure Louisville, Michigan, and Wisconsin would agree with that last sentiment. When asked about himself, Andrew had similar thoughts, “I honestly feel like I’m the best point guard in the draft.”
Unfortunately, most mock drafts have The Twins going in the second round – but some think that Andrew could go in the late-first. It would be great to see.
By Caleb Epley on ©May 24th, 2015 @ 6:30pm
With advent of the front-facing camera and the eternal presence of human narcissism, it’s safe to say that selfies are here to stay. As annoying as they are, there is actually a time and place for them. Specifically, when you’re doing something awesome and no one else is there to take a picture of you. Note: “on my way to the dentist” doesn’t qualify.
A fan at the French Open placed himself in a selfie-appropriate situation this weekend. On Saturday, a young man snuck onto the court and attempted to take a selfie with Roger Federer after his match. Roger didn’t play along. He feigned a smile for about a half a second before searching for security and walking away. His comments after the match show that he wasn’t too pleased at the whole encounter:
“I’m not happy about it, obviously not one second I’m happy about it… It happened yesterday in the practice, too. And, today on center court, where you would think this is a place where nobody can come on, just wanders on and nothing happens.”
Obviously, it shouldn’t be so easy to approach a player at one of the world’s biggest tournaments. However, if you’re going to rush the court at a major sporting event and risk prison time, at least have your camera open. Poor form, kid.
By Caleb Epley on ©May 24th, 2015 @ 4:12pm
With the 2015 class almost complete, it’s about time to turn our attention towards the youngsters of 2016. Miles Bridges of Huntington Prep (the same program that produced Andrew Wiggins and our man Patrick Patterson), included Kentucky in his top five schools this weekend in an interview with 247sports. Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa State and North Carolina are the others contenders.
The 6-6 Small Forward is ranked 21st in the class. Most considered him a strong Michigan State lean until Kentucky offered him in late April. Now, 247’s Crystal Ball gives Kentucky a slight edge – with 54% of the experts predicting that he will take his talents to Lexington.
Miles hopes to make his decision in the fall or winter. Come on down.
By Kelsey Mattingly on ©May 24th, 2015 @ 3:15pm
Larry Vaught of The Advocate Messenger and vaughtsviews.com, posted an article earlier today that gave us a deep insight into the thoughts of Kentucky signee, Mychal Mulder. A JUCO standout from Vincennes University, Mulder is coming to Kentucky with experience and the taste of victory under his belt. He told Vaught, “I am not intimidated that I did not take the same route to Kentucky as most guys there did. I still feel like my journey is a good story and will get better.” A native of Canada, Mulder had the opportunity to watch Kentucky play in their 2010 exhibition games in Windsor and said, “They were a really good squad then and put a little smack on my team. Nobody wanted to miss those games.”
This season, Mulder will have the opportunity to play in the same games he once watched alongside his father and high school coach. And as for motives, Mulder has always had a passion for basketball but playing for Kentucky hits a new peak. “I knew early that basketball was my first love but I never expected an opportunity like I have now at Kentucky.” He went on to say, “I think about it all the time. From the second I wake up until I go to sleep, I think about it. Growing up you watch Kentucky games and those are the games you dream of playing in.” Lucky for us, Mulder’s dreams are coming true.
To read further:
By Kelsey Mattingly on ©May 24th, 2015 @ 2:39pm
The University of Kentucky Softball team’s attempt at a second trip in a row to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series was cut short today when they fell to Florida, 1-0, in Gainesville.
This was the third straight year that Coach Rachel Lawson and the Cats were present at the Super Regionals and the fourth time in the last five seasons. Kentucky finished another great season at 32-26 and will now have the difficulty of replacing two seniors, Griffin Joiner and Kara Crawford. Joiner finished the season with 43 RBI’s and 26 runs out of 47 total hits, an outstanding display to end her career at UK.
We’re proud of what this team was able to do this season and how far they’ve come. Good luck to the seniors in their future endeavors, and as always, Go Cats!
By Kelsey Mattingly on ©May 24th, 2015 @ 1:30pm
In an article posted by Chris Vannini yesterday on coachingsearch.com, Celtics Coach Brad Stevens explained what he wants players to understand about the difficulties of transitioning from college basketball into the professional league. Stevens made special mention of former UK player, James Young, and his accomplishments since entering into the NBA. Stevens bragged on Young saying: “We had a 19-year-old in James Young, who we think is going to be a fantastic player, whose work ethic is good, who comes to the gym every day, who’s getting better.”
Young spent his Rookie season improving his game in the D-League and according to Stevens, it’s paying off: “He didn’t always get that validation by playing time. That’s a hard position to be in, because you’re going through the mundane-ness of everyday work and not getting the reward of playing time. Over the course of time, he’s going to be ready, sooner than later.”
Word on the street is that the Celtics are looking to make a trade in the 2015 Draft in order to secure another Wildcat, Willie Cauley-Stein. So, maybe we’ll get to see two of our favorite Cats reunite at the professional level.
I think we will always remember James Young by this dunk in the National Championship game against UCONN: