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April 18th, 2015

Where in the world is John Calipari?

Yesterday kicked off the spring open recruiting period that lasts until the 22nd and Coach Cal took full advantage by traveling to North Carolina to visit Brandon Ingram. Since then all has been quiet on the John Calipari front. Where is Cal right now? The answer is way up north.

Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal spoke with the Coach of Orangeville Prep, Larry Blunt, where teammates Thon Maker and Jamal Murray attend school about the possibility of a visit from Cal this weekend. I think there is a strong possibility that visit could be going on right now.

“I can neither confirm nor deny” that Calipari will visit this weekend, Orangeville coach Larry Blunt said with a laugh. “Those guys have tried to put plans together to meet with (Murray’s) family and the young man. They’ve been up a few times and hopefully they’ll be up again soon.

Orangeville prep is located on the outskirts of Toronto, where John Wall is taking on Patrick Patterson today in the playoffs. As Kaan mentioned earlier, Coach Cal just so happened to be in attendance for that game.

Where will Cal pop up next? We here at KSR will keep following the clues to keep you up to date. For more info on Jamal and Thon, check out Kyle Tucker’s article. It’s got some good tidbits on if Murray will reclassify, Thon playing overseas, and more.

[Courier-Journal: UK’s Calipari Courting Canadian Teammates]

Kentucky Finishes Sweep of Tennessee

Kentucky jumped to fourth in the SEC East this weekend. (Photo by UK Athletics)

Kentucky jumped to fourth in the SEC East this weekend. (Photo by UK Athletics)

For the first time since 2012, Kentucky completed a sweep of an SEC series. Following wins on Thursday and Friday, the Cats (22-16, 8-9) wrapped up the series sweep of Tennessee (15-20, 5-13) with a 5-3 win on Saturday. Ka’ai Tom was three for four at the plate with three RBIs to lead the Cats to their eighth SEC win on the year.

Kentucky turned to spot starter Andrew Nelson to take the mound on Saturday. Nelson started earlier this week against WKU, going three innings and allowing one run. He continued his success this week by throwing 4.1 one-run innings against Tennessee. Nelson struck out three and allowed three hits to give the Cats an early presence on the mound. Kentucky has needed a spot starter like Nelson to step up in the third spot of the rotation following Kyle Cody’s recent struggles.

While Nelson was mowing down Tennessee’s batting order, Kentucky’s offense jumped out to an early lead. Back-to-back doubles by Evan White and Ka’ai Tom helped to give Kentucky a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The double was Tom’s 12th on the season and his 40th RBI.

Following an unearned run by Tennessee in the second inning, Kentucky loaded the bases for Dorian Hairston in the third. Hairston roped a single to right field that scored Evan White and gave Kentucky a 2-1 lead through three innings. 

Nelson continued to cruise with a 2-1 lead heading into the fifth inning. Gary Henderson went to the bullpen after Nelson allowed a man to reach in the fifth. Zach Logue came on to pitch for the second straight game after picking up the save in last night’s 3-1 win. Logue would come in with an opportunity to collect the win, and that’s what he would do. Allowing two hits and no runs over 2.2 innings, Logue won his second game of the year.

Kentucky’s big inning came in the fifth. Kyle Barrett led the inning off with a double and advanced to third on a White groundout. Tom came to the plate against Tennessee’s Kyle Serrano with Barrett on third and one out. On a 3-2 pitch, Tom knocked his third home run of the year over the field wall near the football practice facility. This was Tom’s 42nd RBI on the year and his second extra-base hit of the game. JaVon Shelby followed Tom’s home run by hitting one of his own to left field. It was the first time Kentucky had hit back-to-back home runs since A.J Reed and Cameron Flynn in 2012. 

The three-run inning would give Kentucky a much-needed 5-1 lead late in the game. Following Logue’s outing, Logan Salow came in with one out in the eighth and the bases loaded. Salow got a strike out and a fly out to end the jam and maintain a 5-1 lead. Henderson would keep Salow on the mound headed to the ninth, but he would be forced to make a quick change after Salow allowed a single and a double. Closer Spencer Jack took the mound, needing only two outs to complete the sweep. A sacrifice fly would cut the lead to three, but it put Tennessee down to their last out. Tennessee’s Jordan Rodgers singled to score another run, but Jack would shut the door following Rodgers’ RBI. Kentucky finished off the sweep with a 5-3 win over Tennessee.

This was Kentucky’s first sweep since 2012 against Alabama and their first sweep over Tennessee in school history. The three wins propelled Kentucky to fourth in the SEC East with a conference record of 8-9. The Cats take on Xavier on Tuesday and will travel to Florida next weekend to take on the red-hot Gators.



Anthony Davis’ special connection with Pelicans coach Monty Williams

Anthony Davis has risen to all-star status in the NBA already in just a span of 3 years of being in the league. His connection with Pelican’s head coach Monty Williams is a main reason why he has been able to achieve the success he has. The video above shows the coach and player’s cohesive connection on and off the court, and their ability to push one another in their different roles to get better. Clearly it has worked.

The eighth-seeded Pelicans play the Warriors away today on ABC at 3:30 ET, don’t miss out on watching Davis in his first-ever playoff appearance. However, I don’t know how much of a chance the Pelicans stand against Steph Curry’s Warriors in an arena that will be bouncing off the walls. Oakland loves their basketball.

Calipari in Toronto for the playoffs

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Getty Images

Coach Cal is in attendance at the Wizards-Raptors game to check out some of his former Cats. Word on the street is he and Kenny Payne are sitting in Drake’s personal courtside seats. Cal, you’re the man.

I’m hearing there is also a possibility he drops in on Jamal Murray and Thon Maker, both Canadian natives, while he is up in the Great White North.


Mike Thorne Jr. commits to Illinois


Well that was short lived. According to Jon Rothstein our possible replacement for Cauley-Stein and Towns, Mike Thorne Jr., just committed to Illinois. The 270 pound big man could have done some real damage down low for the Cats next season, but it wasn’t meant to be. I’ve got faith in Cal.

And the search continues…


This weekend’s NBA playoff schedule


12:30: Wizards-Raptors, ESPN (John Wall, Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes)

3:30: Pelicans-Warriors, ABC (The Brow)

7:00: Bucks-Bulls, ESPN (Nazr Mohammed, yes, he still plays in the NBA)

9:30: Mavericks-Rockets, ESPN (Rajon Rondo, Terrence Jones)


3:00: Cavaliers-Celtics, ABC (James Young)

5:30: Hawks-Nets, TNT

8:00: Trail Blazers-Grizzlies, TNT

10:30: Clippers-Spurs, TNT

Which ex-Cat’s NBA team will you be rooting for? Mine are the Pelicans and Rockets.

Saturday Morning Links

It’s going to be a beautiful Saturday across the bluegrass today, and there is no better way to get your day started than with some morning links. Here we go.

– The Jordan Brand Classic was last night and the future cats impressed us. Skal finished with 10 points and 12 boards, Briscoe had a resounding 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and Charles Matthews was limited in action with an injury. The star of the show was Cheick Diallo. He finished with 26 points and 11 points in the East’s 2-point loss 118-116.

– Tom Haberstroh of ESPN wrote an article on Anthony Davis and it was pretty great. I’ll summarize the article by saying this, Anthony Davis is really, really good. He has become one of the most efficient young players in the game and will be an all-star staple for years to come as long as he stays healthy. He’s already this clutch as a young player, I can’t wait until we see AD in his prime.

– The NBA announced yesterday that they will be expanding their antidrug program next season in the NBA. Players will be subject t0 blood tests for HGH (Human Growth Hormone) as early as training camp next season. Adam Silver said there isn’t reason to believe many NBA players use peds, but expanding the existing drug policy couldn’t hurt the integrity of the game going forward.

– The NBA playoffs start today and many ex-Cats will be in action. The first game tips off at 12:30 today as the Wizards and Raptors square off in the East bracket’s #4/#5 matchup.




April 17th, 2015

Jonathan Krueger’s Friday Night News And Views

Campus Community,

I am deeply saddened to let you know that a member of our University of Kentucky family was tragically killed in a shooting incident early this morning.

Jonathan Krueger, a 22-year-old junior in the College of Communication and Information, was killed while walking home in the area of Maxwell Street and Transylvania Park.  Lexington Police are questioning one person of interest in relation to the incident, and the investigation is on-going.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Jonathan’s family, friends, faculty members, and fellow students. We have reached out to his family to let them know that we are here to assist them in any way we can at this incomprehensible moment.

For those understandably shaken by this tragedy, do not try to bear the burden of grief alone. Reach out to your family and friends and members of our UK family for comfort and support. Do not hesitate to contact the University of Kentucky Counseling Center at 859-257-8701 and ask for the day-time on-call staff member.

Although this tragedy occurred off campus, it is a stark reminder that all members of our campus community should at all times be vigilant about their safety, and the safety of others. We are each other’s keeper.

It is also in a moment like this that we are reminded of how fragile and precious life is. Let us all keep Jonathan’s family, loved ones and friends in our thoughts and prayers.

Eli Capilouto

I didn’t know Jonathan Krueger. I can’t speak, as others have, to the great content of his character and the great life he was leading. But anytime you see such a young life cut so short by a senseless crime there aren’t enough words to convey the sympathy. Maxwell and Transylvania park is a place where many of us have walked ourselves or at least have known people on the same path.

RIP Jonathan.

WCS Signs With Roc Nation


What do Kevin Durant, Robinson Cano, Ndamukong Suh, Dez Bryant, James Young, Victor Cruz, and now Willie Cauley-Stein have in common? They are all member’s of Jay Z’s management company Roc Nation Sports.

Willie announced  he’d signed with the group today and then launched his upcoming signing tour. As one of the most beloved Cats in a long time you better go ahead and get in line now if you want to get his Herbie Hancock.

Coach Cal Visits Brandon Ingram

Via USAToday

With time running out on Calipari to make some moves on the 2015 class, coach made a trip to North Carolina to visit Brandon Ingram. Ingram hosted coaches from Kentucky and Duke today for in-home visits. This is the first day of six for Coach Cal to be on the road recruiting and it shows a lot he made Ingram his first priority.

The battle is on to pull him from the Tarheel state.

Cats Play Well At The Jordan Brand Classic

Keep scrolling down for a complete recap. Here are some highlights.

Cheick Diallo: MVP. 26 points, 11 rebounds.

Isaiah Briscoe: 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists.

Skal Labissiere: 11 points, 12 rebounds

For those of you worried about Skal Labissiere’s eligibility, his recent comments to the Courier-Journal are comforting.

Labissiere told Kyle Tucker“I’ll be able to play right away… The NCAA is going to clear me and I’ll be able to play right away.”

So there ya go, Cats fans. Skal Labissiere will be eligible to play next season, according to Skal Labissiere. You can put those worries to bed and move on to other things, like counting down the days till Big Blue Madness.

Charles Matthews: 3 points came on this nice and-1.

Malik Newman: 8 points

NBA Playoffs Begin Tomorrow

11:30 am John Wall and the Wizards @ Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes and Toronto

2:30 pm Anthony Davis and the Pelican head west to Golden State

6:00 pm Nazr Mohammed’s Bulls host the Bucks

8:30 pm Rondo and the Mavs travel down to Houston to face Terrence Jones and the Rockets.

Going to be a fun Big Blue Saturday.


I’ll see you there. Go Cats.

The West Wins The Jordan Brand Classic; Diallo Dominates

The East

(Saed Hindash | NJ Advance Media for

After dominating the McDonalds all-American game a little over a month ago, Cheick Diallo was once again the best player on the court as he went for 26 points and 11 rebounds. 17 of those points came in the first half as the West couldn’t find a way to stop the big man. Diallo just out-efforted his opponents for most of the game, bringing energy to nab rebounds and keep his team alive in the early goings.

The MVP, Cheick, could be exactly what Kentucky needs next season on the block. Can the Cats steal him away from our old assistant, Slice?

Skal Labissiere

The Big Haitian wasn’t as dominant as he was in the Hoop Summit. He worked his way to a relatively quiet 10 points, 12 rebounds.

Isaiah Briscoe

East’s Isaiah Briscoe (11) dishes the ball off to Malachi Richardson (23) (Saed Hindash | NJ Advance Media for

Diallo may have scored a bunch of points but it was Isaiah Briscoe who took over the game late. Showing out in front of his home state crowd Briscoe was knocking down step-back threes, finding open teammates in the lane, and leading the East back into the game after falling behind. The point guard finished with 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists to nearly win it for his team.

Briscoe is looking like an excellent compliment to Tyler Ulis. Add a couple of more players from this game and watch out.

Charles Matthews

After suffering an injury earlier this week Matthews was somewhat limited in tonight’s game. Still he showed flashes of what can make him special next season. A nice drive for an and-1 and some solid defense, even in an all-star game.

Jaylen Brown

Did not play tonight due to injury.

The West

Future Teammates? (Saed Hindash | NJ Advance Media for

The West won the game but they didn’t get much out of Malik Newman. Newman finished with 8 points, all in the first half. He didn’t get to showcase all that he’s capable of.

Who impressed you most tonight at the Jordan Brand Classic?

Calipari passed on Kobe Bryant for Kerry Kittles

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Last night ESPN aired “Sole Man,” the latest documentary in the 30 for 30 series, reliving the days of Sonny Vaccaro and his impact on Nike and the sneaker world. About an hour into the documentary, when telling the story of how Kobe Bryant ended up with the Los Angeles Lakers, we learned John Calipari passed on Kobe in the 1996 NBA Draft for Kerry Kittles. (Forgive me if that was common knowledge, but I had no idea.)

As the story goes, L.A. wanted Kobe and Kobe wanted L.A., so Vaccaro, representing Adidas at this point, faked a rumor saying Kobe would go back to Italy if he were drafted by the New Jersey Nets at No. 8.

“The New Jersey Nets bit,” Vaccaro said.

Calipari and the Nets brass selected Kittles over the young man who would later become one of the best basketball players ever.

“Just like we wanted,” Gary Charles, a former Adidas consultant, added. “The story was really like 99 and a half percent bullsh**.”

Vacarro and Charles pretended to be happy for Kittles, knowing Kobe would fall to Charlotte and a deal with the Lakers was already in the works.

Calipari, on the other hand, was fired by the Nets three years later.

If you think about it, had Cal gone with Kobe, maybe he keeps his job and they build an NBA dynasty together. Instead, Cal gets fired, goes to Memphis, wins a bunch of games, and now he’s the head coach of the University of Kentucky. All because he picked Kerry Kittles over future greatness.

I recommend you check out “Sole Man” next time it airs, and it will air a lot. If you don’t think you’ll ever see it, allow me to share this drawing of Cal’s intestines from the documentary…

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Jordan Brand Classic (Game Thread)

Isaiah Briscoe is ready for the Jordan Brand Classic and so are several members of Big Blue Nation, waiting to see the future. The game will tip off in a couple minutes on ESPN2 and you can use the comments section below to discuss what you like and dislike from the three UK signees and three of the five remaining targets on UK’s list.

Here’s a look at the two rosters:


Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky
Jaylen Brown
Jalen Brunson, Villanova
Thomas Bryant, Indiana
Jalen Coleman-Lands, Illinois
Eric Davis, Texas
Cheick Diallo
Henry Ellenson, Marquette
Luke Kennard, Duk
Skal Labissiere, Kentucky
Charles Matthews, Kentucky
Malachi Richardson, Syracuse
Caleb Swanigan, Michigan State


Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
Malik Beasley, Florida State
Antonio Blakeney, LSU
Deyonta Davis, Michigan State
Tyler Davis, Texas A&M
Tyler Dorsey, Oregon
Austin Grandstaff, Ohio State
Dedric Lawson, Memphis
Malik Newman
Ivan Rabb, California
Allonzo Trier, Arizona
Stephen Zimmerman, UNLV


Go East.

Julius Randle almost beat Kobe Bryant but not really

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During his appearance on SportsNation today on ESPN, Julius Randle told the story of the day Kobe Bryant called him over for a game of one-on-one. Randle had said he could beat Kobe on Lakers media day and Kobe was ready for the young rook to back that talk up on the court.

Randle told Michelle Beadle, Corey Maggette and Marcellus Wiley that he went up 7-3 on Kobe in a game to 21. Then Kobe became Kobe and won the game, 21-7.

So what happened to that 7-3 lead?

“He started fouling,” Randle explained.

Later in the show, Julius broke the record on the boxing machine. Remind me to stay away from his bad side.

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Skal Labissiere expects to play immediately


For those of you worried about Skal Labissiere’s eligibility, his recent comments to the Courier-Journal are comforting.

Labissiere told Kyle Tucker“I’ll be able to play right away… The NCAA is going to clear me and I’ll be able to play right away.”

So there ya go, Cats fans. Skal Labissiere will be eligible to play next season, according to Skal Labissiere. You can put those worries to bed and move on to other things, like counting down the days till Big Blue Madness.

And don’t forget: Skal will be balling on national TV tonight in the Jordan Brand Classic. He and his fellow future Wildcats will team up on ESPN2 at 8:00 pm.

Steve Spurrier working out in a sweater vest

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The HBC is about to turn 70 years old and he’s still crushing it in the weight room like a college bro bulking up before Spring Break.

A South Carolina reporter recently tagged along with Spurrier during one of his workouts and the whole thing was captured on video:

Once the workout was over, Spurrier removed his sweater vest (but kept the bandana) to flex on his haters in this photo:

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What did YOU do today? asks, “Did Coach K embarrass Calipari’s biggest critics?”

The days of criticizing John Calipari for his one-and-done “basketball factory” are over, thanks to Mike Krysjskeskisskwi and Duke’s own mass exodus. You see, it was easy to pick on Calipari when he was the only one doing it, but with three freshmen from Duke’s national championship team jumping to the NBA, the media’s mindset has shifted. Shocker, right?

Glenn Logan from SB Nation wrote about the media hypocrites and Coach K’s adoption of Calipari’s style today for MSN Sports. Logan reminds us that Bob Knight, Coach K’s mentor, once called the one-and-done system “a disgrace” to college basketball. Now that K is doing it, what will Knight and the other haters have to say?

What will they say, indeed? Well, that question has now been largely answered, but the mendacity has merely changed its focus from scorn directed at Calipari to lauding Krzyzewski for “adapting” and “changing focus.”

This is hypocrisy in another form. Many of the writers lauding Krzyzewski are doing so at the expense of their own arguments, their own expressed opinion that when Calipari is winning this way, it is somehow evil. They don’t write that Krzezewski has embraced Calipari’s evil, but rather that his touch turns “evil” in to necessary, even good.

Logan also calls out Pat Forde’s hypocrisy, so he gets a high-five from all of us here at KSR.

Take a second to read his piece here.