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KSR’s 2018 Summer Calendar


With the Derby now over, it may seem like we’re about to enter a dry spell of Kentucky sports news; however, when you look at the calendar and all of the pieces still in the air concerning next year’s basketball team, there’s actually a ton of stuff happening over the next few months.

Here’s what you can look forward to this summer.

May

 May 9: Tyrese Maxey’s announcement

It seems all but certain that Maxey will be a Kentucky Wildcat — maybe as soon as this fall — but we’ll know for sure Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT.

May 9: SEC Softball Tournament begins

Kentucky, the No. 10 seed, will face the 7-seed Arkansas Razorbacks in the opening round of the SEC Softball Tournament, which takes place in Columbia, Missouri. First pitch is at 1:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.

May 9: KSR Bowling League begins

There’s still time to sign up for the KSR Bowling League, which will take place each Wednesday night this summer at Southland Lanes in Lexington. To register, visit KSRBowling.com.

May 11-13: Last weekend at The Cliff

The UK Baseball team will play its final series at The Cliff this weekend vs. Mississippi State, Nick Mingione’s old squad. UK has several giveaways planned to commemorate the occasion, including stadium prints, jersey koozies, trading cards, and the ceremonial last pitch ball. For Friday night’s game, they’ll also have fireworks. The series will air on ESPNU (Friday) and SEC Network (Saturday and Sunday).

May 19: The Preakness

Is Justify really a super horse? We’ll find out in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

May 16-20: NBA Draft Combine

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox, PJ Washington, Hamidou Diallo, and Jarred Vanderbilt will attend the NBA Draft Combine May 16-20 in Chicago. PJ has the most to gain from the Combine; a good performance could give him the incentive he needs to stay in the draft, while a bad performance will make it plain as day he needs to return to school. Meanwhile, the question of whether or not Vanderbilt will be able to participate still remains; if he can’t do any of the testing due to his injury, why bother going?

May 22-27: SEC Baseball Tournament

Mingione and the Cats will head to Hoover, Alabama for the 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament later this month before awaiting their NCAA Tournament draw.

May 30: NCAA early-entry withdrawal deadline

PJ, Jarred, and Wenyen have until May 30 (10 days after the Combine) to withdraw their name from the NBA Draft if they want to retain their college eligibility. There is no bigger “finish line” in sight.

Photo by UK Athletics

June

TBD: The KSR Summer Tour

The details of this year’s summer tour are still being worked out, but the guys plan to visit towns they haven’t been to across the state three days a week for eight weeks. Once the schedule is final, we will post it on the site ad nauseam.

First week: Basketball players return to campus

It’s now customary for the players to return to campus early in the summer to start summer classes and offseason workouts. Since the NCAA’s withdrawal deadline will have passed, the players who decided to come back to school will be back in Lexington with the rest of the team, including incoming freshmen. The only players we won’t see in early June are probably those still attempting to reclassify. Ashton Hagans reportedly won’t know his situation until late July. Tyrese Maxey — should he commit to Kentucky — could know much sooner.

June 1-4: NCAA Regional

Kentucky hosted a regional last year and beat Ohio, Indiana, and NC State to advance to their first ever Super Regional. The Bat Cats have a chance at hosting again, but will need to finish the season strong.

June 8: KSR Lexington Golf Scramble

There is only one spot remaining for this year’s golf scramble in Lexington, so if you’re interested, hurry on over to WLAP.com to register.

June 8-11: NCAA Super Regional

June 9: Belmont Stakes

June 12-17: NBA Top 100 Camp

One of the premiere events of the year for evaluating talent. TJ Walker’s boots will be on the ground in Charlottesville, Virginia.

June 16-27: NCAA College World Series

June 21: NBA Draft

Graduation Day. All 21 of John Calipari’s one-and-dones at Kentucky have been drafted in the first round. Will that streak snap this year?

July

July 6-17: NBA Summer League

The summer league is bigger than ever, with all 30 NBA teams set to compete in the Las Vegas league. Another league will be held in Utah and, reportedly, Sacramento. Expect to see plenty of former Cats in the mix.

July 11-15: Peach Jam, Adidas Gauntlet Finale

One of the biggest recruiting weekends of the year. Top prospects will be split between the Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina and the adidas Gauntlet Finale in New York City. TJ Walker will once again have us covered.

July 16-19: SEC Media Days

Fresh off his honeymoon, Nick Roush will travel to Atlanta, Georgia for the annual circus known as SEC Media Days. Sadly, Freddie’s new job means he can’t cover the event for us anymore, but Roush will bring you everything you need to know as we head into year six of the Mark Stoops era.

Late July: Football Media Day

Talking season continues a few weeks later as the local media gets their turn to grill Mark Stoops, Eddie Gran, Matt House, Vince Marrow, and the players.

August

Early August: Football Fan Day, Fall Camp begins

Prepare yourself for practice reports. Will Stoops pick a quarterback before the season begins?

August 6-13: Bahamas Trip, Calipari Fantasy Camp

The oasis we’ll all be waiting for! Kentucky basketball and Calipari’s annual fantasy camp will move to the Bahamas for one blissful week, which will include four games vs. professional opponents:

  • August 8 – vs. Bahamas national team (Made up of several Bahamian players competing for the World Cup Qualifying Team)
  • August 9 – vs. San Lorenzo de Almagro (FIBA Liga de las Americas champions based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • August 11 – vs. Mega Bemax (Serbian team coined the “European Kentucky” for its ability to put players in the NBA)
  • August 12 – vs. Team Toronto (Group of top select Canadian players put together by head coach Roy Rana, who led the 2019 U19 Canadian team to the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships)

KSR will make the trek as well. Join us in paradise, won’t you?

August 24: KSR Louisville Golf Scramble

TBD: KSBar and Grille opens

In our humble opinion, the event of the summer. Soon, you’ll be able to come party at our place, where we’ll serve bourbonade, free popcorn, and sandwiches I won’t make.

September

September 1: Kentucky vs. Central Michigan

Football will be here before you know it.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

3 responses to “KSR’s 2018 Summer Calendar”

  1. runningunnin.454

    The European Kentucky…ha ha ha; who is the European Duke known for not putting players in the NBA?

  2. MegatonRange

    I guess I need to point out it’s not really summer until June 21.

    1. pancakesfordinner

      Wow freaking savage dude! Now that you pointed that out the whole website might shutdown. Kudos to you! Are you having a big party to celebrate your big win over the internet? I mean it’s not like college kids call the break as soon as the spring semester ends “summer” or anything. With a glaring mistake like this clearly the site has no journalistic integrity, so can we believe any of these dates are accurate?

      But seriously, what could you possibly gain from posting that fact?