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By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 3:00pm
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It’s Tuesday afternoon! Let’s talk recruiting!
Harry Giles updated his USA Today blog.
The No. 1 prospect in the ESPN100 updated his blog over at USA Today High School Sports today. Giles writes about the decision to transfer to Oak Hill for his senior season and what it’s like being home after a long, exhausting summer on the AAU circuit.
Not much Kentucky stuff in there, although he did write, “Coach Cal is cool.” Giles also said he doesn’t plan to cut his list again before the final announcement.
Several UK targets were on display on ESPNU last night.
In case you missed it, many familiar faces were on national television last night in the adidas Nations Global event.
Rawle Alkins was the star of the show, scoring a game-high 26 points in the title game and taking home MVP honors.
Other UK targets at the event include:
Kobi Simmons: 19 points, six assists
Markelle Fultz: 16 points, six rebounds, four assists
Edrice Adebayo: 10 points, eight rebounds
Udoka Azuibuike: 11 points, five rebounds
Jarrett Allen: Four points, eight rebounds
Wenyen Gabriel: 16 points, 13 rebounds
Gary Trent Jr. (2017): 24 points, five rebounds
Dennis Smith Jr.: DNP
Miles Bridges took an unofficial visit to Michigan yesterday.
Bridges took a quick look at nearby Ann Arbor before he moves off to West Virginia for his senior season of basketball at Huntington Prep. The five-star forward is also very interested in Michigan State and Kentucky; he will visit Lexington for Big Blue Madness in October.
Will Kentucky get involved with Owensboro’s Eli Wright?
It’s not looking like that’s the case. Wright, who is not hearing from the UK staff, will take an official visit to Florida tomorrow. The Apollo guard is the No. 20 shooting guard in the 247Sports Composite for the 2016 class.
Any other year and I think Calipari considers in-state prospect, but 2016 is too loaded with guards and they’re all considering Kentucky. That’s too bad; he shined against UK target Markelle Fultz in an AAU game last month.
Florida defensive end names Kentucky in his top schools.
UK is among the top schools on Jachai Polite’s list, along with Florida, Miami, South Carolina and Tennessee. The three-star end out of Daytona Beach seems to favor the Gators, but it doesn’t hurt to hear the Wildcats mentioned in the mix.
At 6-3, 250, Polite is the No. 29 strongside defensive end in the 247Sports rankings.
Terrell Hall decommitted from Ohio State.
You may remember him as the defensive end Tommy Mainord was texting after he announced his commitment to the Buckeyes late last month:
Now Alabama is the presumed favorite for the elite defensive end.
On a related note, tweeting/posting/sharing a text message is one of the worst things someone can do. That’s dirty. Text conversations belong in the trust tree.
New UK commit Boogie Watson told the coaches last Friday.
In an interview with Rivals.com, Watson told Justin Rowland he committed to the UK coaching staff last Friday. A two-star linebacker, Watson could be a huge steal if he maximizes the potential the staff sees in him.
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By Freddie Maggard on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 2:00pm
College football is a total different game and experience from what I went through decades ago. That’s probably a good thing. With camp starting this week, I thought I’d share my horrifying and perhaps funny fall camp experiences.
Way back when, freshmen would report to camp a week earlier than the veterans. The purpose was to acclimate rookies to campus and teach the youngsters proper practice procedures. Upon arrival, freshmen bonded. Today, twitter and unofficial visits strengthen pre-Wildcat bonds.
After two days or so, our class was tight. We learned how to practice and even established basic playbook knowledge. By day four, we started to think we were pretty cool. A certain strut could be seen as we began to self-recognize as college football players. On day five, our lives would change.
Day five started out the same as the previous four. Early wakeup, a couple of practices as well as other mundane camp activities. Then it was time for dinner. Unknowing to us, the varsity had reported and had eaten their evening meal prior to us entering the dining facility. We were strategically lined up and prepared to march into the Donovan Dining Hall. None of us had a clue what was about to happen.
We walked through the doors and there were 80 grown men (varsity) sitting in the middle dining tables. They appeared to be anxiously and angrily awaiting our arrival. As we walked the thirty feet to get our food, the old dudes then began beating their forks on their plates. The closer we got to the hamburgers, the louder they got. I can still remember the sound. At this point I’d rate my nervous factor around 100 or so. I didn’t want to make eye contact. You never want to make eye contact.
Once we clumsily retrieved our food, we were only allowed to sit in the outer tables. Never in the middle. Those seats were reserved for veterans. When the last pimple faced rookie was seated, the fun started. Seniors would single out players and “request” them to stand up and sing either their high school or UK fight song. A misspoken or forgotten word would bring on an onslaught of heckling. To this day, I can still remember the DeSales fight song. Not because I went to school at DeSales, but from listening to Jerry Bell proudly recite his boisterous rendition on a nightly basis.
Following thirty minutes of the worst singing you could possibly imagine, rookies were then “asked” to carry upperclassmen’s trays to the dish cleaning area. This went on until the end of fall camp. Then, and only then, was it safe to eat in the middle tables. I now look back and laugh about this rite of passage. What was a nerve wracking experience has morphed into a fond and funny memory.
At the Greater Louisville UK Alumni Luncheon, I sat at a table with several has-beens. Those same cats were the ones that singled me out to sing years back. They must have either thought I was a cocky punk that needed a dose of humility or they were just huge fans of the Cumberland High School fight song. Regardless, to this day, we remain lifelong teammates. I don’t miss the games. I sure as heck don’t miss practices. I do miss my friends. Yes, even the ones that made me sing.
Camp traditions or rites of passage exercises are now obsolete. Probably a good thing. It was all in good fun. Quick, can you sing your high school fight song? Do you know all the words to “On on U of K?” I can and I do. Fall camp is here. Football is here.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 1:00pm
Yesterday, I shared the story of Toby Foster, an 11-year-old UK fan suffering from mitochondrial disease, a progressive, incurable metabolic disorder which causes a deficit in life sustaining energy. Toby’s story should be familiar to you by now. This summer, a large blood clot has moved to Toby’s brain, making life pretty difficult for him and his family. He has a lot of restrictions, but was able to serve as Andrew Harrison’s assistant on Sunday at the Calipari ProCamp in Cincinnati, albeit in a wheelchair.
Toby was originally supposed to go to the ProCamp on Saturday during Willie Cauley-Stein’s session, but was too ill. One of Willie’s friends works the ProCamps and told Willie about Toby and how he was Toby’s favorite player. Unbeknownst to Toby, Willie decided he wanted to pay him a visit before he headed back to California this week. Toby’s mother, Amy, was in on the surprise, and last night, Willie showed up at their door. Here’s the story of the visit in Amy’s words and pictures:
Willie stayed for well over an hour. I baked brownies–Willie likes the middle ones! We hung out in the play room, talking like he’s NOT a top draft pick, NBA star. Willie’s a fan of the playroom. The boys (Toby and Willie) decided that Wille’s more Batman, and Toby’s more Captain America, so they would make a great team. They were going to play video games, but we never stopped talking long enough for that. Willie is a great kid! He and Toby really hit it off.
Then Toby showed Willie his room. Willie was quite impressed with Toby’s Star Wars room! He was taking pictures. It was adorable. Toby showed Willie the picture of him he keeps by his bed to remind himself to stay strong. Willie was so touched that he asked to take a picture of it. What a sweetheart.
He’s such a good-hearted, regular guy. He gave us his number so he and Toby could stay in touch. They’ve already been texting each other. Shortly after Willie left, Toby was due for a shot. He was on such a high he didn’t even feel it! He is now walking through the house, breathing deeply, saying “I’m breathing in Willie’s cloud of awesomeness before it’s gone.” What a character.
Amy said that as soon as Toby’s travel restrictions are lifted, they’re going to go see Willie play in Sacramento. She also wrote me to tell me more about the visit, and said she touched by how genuinely interested Willie was in Toby’s story. Here’s part of her message:
Toby told him about how he uses cool band-aids after his belly needles, and arm shots, pretending they’re tattoos. Willie laughed about that with Toby, but then asked about his condition (mitochondrial disease) and weekly treatments, and all the needles. This 7-foot man covered in tats, couldn’t believe Toby’s strength, and all he endures with mitochondrial disease.
Especially now, with the new, giant, and dangerous blood clot, and how that has made life even more difficult and scary, Toby has so many restrictions. He’s not allowed to play contact sports, rough house, ride a roller coaster, or jump on the trampoline in his backyard. Toby always required rest and accommodation to participate in certain activities because of the energy crisis in his body. But now, things that took little energy like bumper cars and go-carts are even out, because he’s on such a high dose of medication for the clot. The risk of internal bleeding takes lots away. Willie said that learning about what Toby goes through puts things in perspective, and that it was an honor to get to spend time with him. Willie’s genuine compassion is palpable.
They also talked about the amazing, fly- through-the-air dunk in Florida. Yeah, you know the one. The “Am I really seeing this? No way!” game-changing dunk. Toby told him about the note I wrote him with the picture of that dunk. Toby keeps it taped by his bed to remind him of his strength, and that anything is possible. I loved when Willie said, “Someone else took the wheel on that one.” Amen, Willie. We know the Someone. Later, Toby showed Willie it by his bed. Toby told Willie, “You’ve gotten me through some rough times when mito was gettin’ the best of me. That made me feel stronger.” Willie was so touched that he asked to take a picture of it.
What a night! With a heart filled with as much kindness as he is tall, Willie came into our home, and forever changed the world of a boy fighting a very big battle. What an amazing young man. Toby has made quite a friend in Willie! He’s even got his number so he can stay in touch with Willie. Willie is a hero for reasons that far exceed his incredible basketball talent. I love that his stage is growing. Willie’s the kind of player that when their kids look up to him, moms can be happy with their choice in heroes.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 12:00pm
Before Kentucky takes the field in the 2015 season opener, fans will be treated to a special music act in the parking lot by Matthew Mitchell and the Go Big Blue Band. Mitchell called in to KSR this morning to announce he will front a band for the first time in 15 years before the grand opening of the New Commonwealth Stadium on September 5th.
Mitchell’s band will open for a bigger band to be named later today. He said the headliners are professionals, but he would not say they are better.
More details to come later today.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 11:31am
Isaiah Briscoe tweeted a couple shirtless photos from his workout this morning, saying he is “205 and feeling great.”
Tyler Ulis, also shirtless, was Briscoe’s photographer for the shoot. The two have been inseparable since Briscoe arrived on campus earlier this summer.
— Young Jefe (@ZayBriscoe) August 4, 2015
Yesterday Briscoe said his body is looking much better, thanks to UK strength coach Rob Harris, but he still has work to do. Word out of the Joe Craft Center is he and Ulis are pushing each other everyday, when they’re not rapping in the car.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 11:00am
Auburn will wear brand new uniforms this upcoming football season and the players got their first look at the new gear in a team meeting yesterday.
I don’t follow Auburn’s fashion all that closely, but I don’t see anything different in the new look. Am I missing something?
I guess we’ll get a closer glance when the Tigers come to Commonwealth Stadium for a Thursday nighter under the lights on October 15.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 10:15am
Gunnar Hoak, Kentucky’s lone quarterback commitment in the 2016 recruiting class, plans to graduate high school early and enroll at UK in January. Hoak told the Herald-Leader he is taking online classes to speed up the process so he will be on campus and ready for spring ball next year.
That extra semester goes a long way in player development. Good to see Hoak, and others, taking the opportunity to get a jump start on their college football careers.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 9:45am
The Kentucky Sports Radio statewide radio tour rolls into McKee in Jackson County this morning for today’s live broadcast. Stop by if you’re in the area or tune in to hear the guys discuss the news of the day and whatever else pops up.
They’re at the Old Courthouse. (Not the new one.)
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
Here’s an updated list of tour stops:
August 4: McKee – Old Courthouse Community Room
August 5: Glasgow – Papa John’s
August 6: Jamestown – Lawless-Smith True Value and Appliance Center (Russell Springs)
August 7: Monticello – Conley Bottom Resort
August 10: Frankfort – Governor’s Mansion
August 11: Maysville – Laurel Oaks Golf Course
August 12: Danville – Sun Tropic Outdoors
August 13: Lexington – All Sports at Fayette Mall
August 14: Louisville
GuyOnTheCornerTickets.com is giving away UK basketball and football tickets at every tour stop this summer. That’s 33 chances to win, and all you have to do is come out to listen to your favorite radio show. That’s so easy even Ryan Lemond could do it!
By Bryan the Intern on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 9:00am
Everybody knows that playing an SEC football schedule is an absolute grind. Unless you name is Alabama, you are going to be an underdog multiple times throughout the season. And at Kentucky, you will be the underdog in most of your games. This year, despite having Mark Stoops best team, UK will likely need an upset or two to become bowl eligible or reach 7 wins. But just how often do upsets occur in the SEC? I broke down the numbers. Based on the final spread of games, here are the number of upsets (by spread) in each of the last 5 SEC conference seasons and which teams pulled off those upsets.
2010: 11 (LSU-2, South Carolina-2, Arkansas-2, Auburn-1, Mississippi St-1, Florida-1, Kentucky-1, Vanderbilt-1)
2011: 7 (Auburn-2, Kentucky-2, LSU-1, Tennessee-1, Vanderbilt-1)
2012: 10 (Florida-3, Vanderbilt-2, Arkansas-1, Ole Miss-1, Texas A&M-1, Georgia-1, Missouri-1)
2013: 12 (Auburn-3, Vanderbilt-3, Missouri-2, Ole Miss-1, Mississippi St-1, Tennessee-1, South Carolina-1)
2014: 22 (Missouri-5, Ole Miss-3, Arkansas-2, Texas A&M-2, Mississippi St-2, Florida-2, South Carolina-2, LSU-1, Auburn-1, Tennessee-1, Kentucky-1)
South Carolina- 5
Ole Miss- 5
Mississippi St- 4
Texas A&M- 3
Alabama- 0 (have not been an underdog in an SEC game since 2010)
There are a couple of interesting things to note here. First, last year was an INSANE year in SEC football. 22 upsets equaled the amount of the previous 2 years combined and is 10 more than any other year on this list. Missouri nearly became bowl eligible off upsets alone. Meaning that being the underdog consistently doesn’t necessarily mean bad things. The Tigers proved that last year.
But Kentucky hasn’t really gotten too much into the upset parade. Last year, we had the South Carolina game. Only a total of 4 upsets in the last 5 years, while 7 of our conference partners have at least 5 and many of them had far fewer chances at upsets. Kentucky will likely be the underdog in 5-7 SEC games this year. For them to reach 6, 7, 8 wins, the upsets will have to be a part of that plan.
Most SEC teams have accomplished this in the last 5 years, Kentucky largely hasn’t. If Mark Stoops wants this program to take the next step (a la Missouri) take a look at how the team performs as underdog as a good barometer.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 8:00am
If you own a YETI cooler, there is a very strong chance I hate you. I know I’m in the minority here, but I think the creation of the YETI cooler is the absolute worst thing to happen in America and it will one day destroy all of civilization.
Let me explain: YETI coolers are incredibly overpriced and the hype surrounding them needs to chill the **** out. Sure, it’s a very nice cooler, but people act like it’s the telephone or the printing press or the wheel. It’s not even the ShamWow or Awesome Auger. It’s a cooler. It’s an expensive cooler. It holds ice and things that need to be kept cold. My Coleman’s been doing that for over two decades without problem and I didn’t spend $400 on it.
“But it holds ice for up to four days!”
Awesome, man. Good for you and your ice. Name the last time you tailgated for four days.
Why are you drinking around bears??!!! You got a death wish?
Ugh I hate them so much. I’m getting all worked up thinking about them right now. Maybe it’s because I spent the last two days in Madisonville, where people treat a YETI like the Hope Diamond, but it drives me absolutely nuts. Never seen so much excitement around a plastic ice chest. I hope every YETI owner in the world loses their prized possession within a month of paying too much for it. And I hope they lose it to a bear.
I hate you, YETI. You suck. (Although I will make an exception for the koozies. Those are acceptable.)
Let’s talk sports…
Rawle Alkins shined in last night’s adidas Nation title game.
The UK target and future Big Blue Madness visitor scored a game-high 26 points for Team Rose in the championship victory over Team Wall. Alkins took home MVP honors after connecting on six of his eight three-point attempts.
Kobi Simmons added 19 points, six assists and zero turnovers in the win. Markelle Fultz had 16 in the losing effort on 7-of-25 shooting.
It’s almost time for fall football camp.
The Cats have two more days off before they report for fall camp on Thursday, signaling the official beginning of the 2015 season. Friday is Media Day and the doors will open for Fan Day on Saturday.
Football is finally here!
I love this Sacramento Suicide Squad video.
Jason Gallagher over at Grantland made a video for the Kings’ potentially “suicidal” 2015-16 season.
As the resident Kings fan around here, I love the Suicide Squad angle and parody. Very well done.
UK’s latest football commit looks good in his new uniform.
Boogie Watson became the 22nd member in Mark Stoops’ 2016 recruiting class last night. The outside linebacker from Maryland tried on the UK jersey while visiting campus last month.
— Boogie (@JamarW01) July 18, 2015
Though he doesn’t have a long list of offers or an impressive ranking in the class, the staff loves his athleticism and potential. Now it’s time to add one more to the class and work to hold it all together over the next six or so months.
KSR is in McKee today!
Matt and the gang will be at the Old Courthouse beginning at 10:00 am.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 03rd, 2015 @ 11:00pm
It’s not what I typically do on one of my last free weekends of the summer, but this past Saturday I attended the Fancy Farm Picnic, one of Kentucky’s biggest and most important political events.
Now, me and politics go together like Rick Pitino and fidelity, but this year I made the drive to the far southwest corner of the state to support Matt Jones, who served as emcee of the event. (It was also an excuse to go to Patti’s.)
I had no idea what to expect, and I’m still not entirely sure what I watched, but it was a very interesting and eye-opening weekend, to say the least.
So tonight I’d like to share my takeaways from Fancy Farm 2015, my first exploration into Kentucky politics.
Fancy Farm is in the middle of nowhere.
Some would say it’s in BFE.
I’m a Western Kentuckian through and through; been all over the best side of the state in my lifetime. But this was my first trip to the pint-sized community that is Fancy Farm in Graves County, the former record-holder of the “World’s Largest Picnic.”
Outside of the picnic area, you’ll find a post office, church, bank, school, barber shop and fire department. That’s about all I remember seeing on my drives in and out of town.
Definitely no Taco Bell. I double-checked.
It’s full of crazy people.
Listen, I get it: There are several Kentuckians who really get into local and statewide politics. Good for them. That’s their right. Do you. But it takes a certain kind of human being to scream obscenities and other nonsense at the politicians on stage. I don’t have that in me. That takes too much effort. In no scenario will I ever feel the need to scream SCREW YOU! toward someone at a podium inside a barn on scalding hot Saturday afternoon. That takes next level crazy.
And don’t even get me started on the nutcases dressed in full-body chicken and corn on the cob costumes. That’s savage life. No regard for their own well-being. It was 10,000 degrees outside and you could boil water in my underwear, and those overachievers were out there battling hyperthermia like the San Diego Padres mascot during a July doubleheader.
I couldn’t stop laughing at Ryan in that stupid hat.
As soon as we found the Uncle Sam hat on RunSwitch PR’s tour bus, we knew Ryan had to wear it while sitting behind the governor on stage.
And because he’s Ryan, all it took was a simple: “Hey Ryan, wear this hat on stage.”
Ryan is going viral today. pic.twitter.com/DT2Qq5xtyO
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) August 1, 2015
It wasn’t a tough sell.
Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin looked like they wanted to kill Matt Jones.
Matt did an excellent job emceeing the event, turning his allotted five-minute introduction into ten minutes of roasting each side of the stage. Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin seemed to get the worst of Matt’s onslaught, and if looks could kill, the two Republicans would be wanted for the murder of your favorite radio host.
The only person who hated the jabs worse than those two was Bevin’s wife. I thought for sure she would hop up and RKO the next person who talked bad about her husband off the front of the stage. She didn’t bother faking a smile at any point. She was too busy counting how many steps were between her and the podium for her attack. I’m shocked we didn’t see a folded chair to the back of one of the speakers, at the very least. Mrs. Bevin showed incredible restraint to go along with her side-eye.
Shout-out to the couple with the KSR sign.
Jamie Comer isn’t #TeamBevin.
Comer fell 83 votes shy of Bevin in the Republican primary and it’s clear he’s not over the gubernatorial defeat, nor is he on board with Bevin as his party’s nominee. Comer failed to mention Bevin once in his speech and then took home the award for Best McKayla Maroney Not Impressed Face.
Cell service is nonexistent.
A potentially historic SnapChat story was limited to a few photos.
Friday night’s Democratic Bean Dinner was the single worst event I’ve ever attended in my life.
And I’ve been to several funerals, my little sister’s piano recitals, an Indiana-Nebraska basketball game and two country music concerts.
With all due respect to the Marshall County Democrats and the entire Democratic party, I would rather Pete Rose slide naked down a gravel road covered in broken glass than sit through that dinner again. Very nice people, but way too much talking on a Friday night. Trim it down a couple hours next year, guys.
Those beans and cornbread though. *Insert flame emoji*
Mitch McConnell’s sock game is weak.
Solid green with a solid green shirt? I expected better from one of the most powerful people in America.
I sat two seats behind the governor and I still have no idea why that was a thing that was allowed.
Six or seven years ago, if you told a younger Drew Franklin that he would be sitting behind the governor and across the aisle from the Majority Leader of the Senate on one of the biggest stages in politics, he would wonder what turn he took in life that led him there.
But that’s what happened on Saturday when I walked all the way down the third row to the seat with my name on it. I sat there for over two hours, pretending to care, wondering if the people watching on TV at home could tell if I was playing on my phone the whole time.
I never in a million years thought I’d enjoy something like the Fancy Farm Picnic, but I had a blast listening to the candidates go at each other’s throats all day. The delicious Fancy Farm barbecue didn’t hurt, either.
Everyone should check out the picnic at least once.
By Courtney Hessler on ©August 03rd, 2015 @ 10:30pm
You know you’re thinking of a Wendy’s ® Spicy Chicken Sandwich. The spicy goodness of the all white meat chicken lightly breaded with a unique blend of eight peppers and spices, topped with crisp lettuce, delicious fresh tomato and creamy mayonnaise, all on a soft toasted bun. The only way to get it out of your head is to get it in your hands.
You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:
— Billy (@OneSideDone) August 3, 2015
I’m so disappointed this wasn’t his wife’s wedding dress.
#9 Tommy Mainord
Javess Blue with the catch of the day. pic.twitter.com/5Ik9wU1BN8
— Kyle Engman (@KyleEngmanNFL) July 31, 2015
— Tommy Mainord (@CoachMainordUK) August 3, 2015
Who needs the Heisman when you’ve got this pose?
#8 Eric Stitt
— Eric Stitt (@etstit2) August 1, 2015
I have a feeling that wasn’t the first time someone has looked at Matt like that.
#7 Twillie Stein
— Twillie Stein (@TwillieStein) August 3, 2015
The best phone background ever.
#6 Patrick Towles
"You don't play The Price is Right for sportsmanship, you play to win!" – Ben Horn
— Patrick Towles (@patty_ice14) August 3, 2015
Everyone knows that.
#5 Chris from Paducah
— Chris from Paducah (@univerky) August 2, 2015
Ask Richie Farmer.
#4 Kevin Faris
— Kevin Faris (@KevinWFaris) August 3, 2015
Dear God, Rick. That’s bad.
#3 Kentucky Josh
@KySportsRadio any chance we see a kangaroo at madness?
— Kentucky Josh (@joshnwhithayes) August 3, 2015
I feel like this is a necessity now.
#2 Patrick Butcher
@KySportsRadio To be fair, it's hard for Pitino to stay in touch with the players who have left Lousiville because there's so many of them.
— Patrick Butcher (@plbutcher99) August 3, 2015
To be fair, Kentucky has had just as many players leave…..except they’ve all gone to the NBA.
— Will (@WilliamThe2nd) August 3, 2015
Let’s be honest. This is how most of BBN looks when Stoops gets a Yahtzee.
By Andrew Cassady on ©August 03rd, 2015 @ 9:45pm
The third place game at the Adidas Nations games just wrapped up and it was a stellar night for guys that could one day be Wildcats.
Gary Trent Jr scored 24 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and racked up 2 steals.
Xavier Tillman finished with 6 points, 7 boards.
Jason LeDee had 8 points, 4 rebounds in 13 minutes of action.
And Wenyen Gabriel was good for 16 points, 13 rebounds to help Team Africa to the win and a third place finish. All of these guys hold offers from UK and could one day being playing in Lexington.
We should keep an eye on those Diallo brothers too. They combined for 56 points on 20-37 shooting.
Currently underway on ESPNU is Team Wall V. Team Rose in a game that features Kobi Simmons, Rawle Alkins, Markelle Fultz and more. Throw it on if you’ve got nothing else going on.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 03rd, 2015 @ 8:15pm
I did a lot of dumb stuff in college, but I’m proud to say I never snuck into the basement of a popular bar to attempt to burn it down to the ground.
Richard Johnstone, however, cannot say the same. He was arrested over the weekend after firefighters caught him in the basement of Henry Clay’s Public House, trying to torch the place. The report from WKYT says he was “igniting flammable materials” and was spotted hiding behind a cooler before attempting to flee the scene.
Police arrested Johnstone after helping out the firefighters and they found 19 credit cards in his possession. So he picked up another charge, receiving stolen credit cards, to go along with arson.
What a dumbass. Some people clearly can’t handle their Natty Light.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 03rd, 2015 @ 7:44pm
Jamar “Boogie” Watson announced his commitment to Kentucky on Twitter tonight. The outside linebacker out of Maryland is ranked as the 35th best football prospect in the state.
Listed at 6-2, 220, Watson also had offers from Virginia, Rutgers and Miami OH, among others. He is the 22nd commit in Mark Stoops’ 2016 recruiting class.
— Boogie (@JamarW01) August 3, 2015