Today’s UK Fans of the Day are on Bourbon Street, still celebrating the national title or patiently awaiting the arrival of Anthony Davis. It’s good to see the ‘All Cats Everything’ sticker I put up during the Final Four is still hanging in there.
— The Dominican Republic National Team is on campus training for the Olympics this week, which means 16-year-old Karl Towns is in Lexington to see what the University of Kentucky’s basketball facilities have to offer. Towns is ESPN’s No. 1 player in the 2015 class rankings and he’s only going to get better by playing with guys like Al Horford and Charlie Villanueva under Coach Cal this summer. It’s a win-win for Towns and Calipari, who is getting a head start on recruiting the 6’11” center, and Towns is already enjoying what he’s seeing. He tweeted to Nerlens Noel earlier today saying, “Place is nice I understand now why you picked this place lol.” He also tweeted, “lol man coach cal got me doing his own version of insanity man lolz.”
— 2013 power forward Jordan Mickey is also visiting Kentucky this afternoon. Scout.com’s sixth ranked power forward in the class is on UK’s campus today with his father after spending the weekend in Louisville. After seeing the Cards, Mickey’s father said, “Louisville will be a tough act to follow.” He’ll visit Ohio State later this week.
— Terrence Jones is in New Orleans today to work out with the New Orleans Hornets. Of course, the Hornets will take Anthony Davis with the first pick in the draft, but they’ll pick again at No. 10. Could the frontcourt from Kentucky’s title team be reunited in New Orleans? That would be a lot of fun to watch.
— ESPN 1530 in Cincinnati has a great story from a listener on Josh Harrellson treating a group of kids to some games at King’s Island:
“With all the prima donnas and athletes with their entourages, it was cool to see how down to earth and normal some of them (pro athletes) are.
Last Thursday I was a chaperone for my son’s 8th grade class at Kings Island. We were playing some of the games over by the Beast. I turned around and saw this huge man coming over to play next to where a couple of the boys were playing. It was Josh Harrelson from UK and the NY Knicks. He played a few games and was interacting with our boys. When our boys were out of money, he started paying for them to play so they could try to win a large prize. He told the boys that as long as they were having fun…so was he. We thanked him, got a few pictures, and went about the rest of our day. Later on, the kids ran into him again. He asked if they had won any more prizes. They told him that had not played any more because they didn’t have any more money. He promptly handed them a $20 bill and told them to go have some more fun. I just wanted to pass that along to show a more positive view of pro athletes.”
I wonder if he was wearing this shirt?
— On this morning’s radio show, Matt and Ryan predicted what the John Calipari Experience will include, plus a Kentucky edition of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Have a listen…
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