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Thursday’s Top 10: Calipari hits the recruiting trail and goes to Whataburger with Jarred Vanderbilt


Photo by @kathy77777 via @kentuckyforkentucky

Photo by @kathy77777 via @kentuckyforkentucky

Greetings, everyone, and happy April 20, or Darnell Dodson Day, as we like to call it here at KSR. Or maybe we should start calling it Louisville Basketball Appreciation Day in light of recent news stories. Before I get myself in trouble with too many innuendos, let’s roll through the top ten, shall we?

1. Calipari went recruiting yesterday

John Calipari did as John Calipari does yesterday and visited two 2018 stars: point guard Javonte Smart and YouTube sensation Zion Williamson. Smart doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky yet, but judging from that picture, one could be coming soon. Meanwhile, you probably know what Zion can do by now, but did you know he went to the ESPNU studios recently to show off his dunking abilities?

Poor Paul Biancardi.

2. Calipari also went to Whataburger with Jarred Vanderbilt

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After visiting Smart in Louisiana, Calipari apparently decided to swing by nearby Houston to take his future forward Jarred Vanderbilt to Whataburger. So, while we still don’t have word on Vanderbilt’s foot injury after his fall in the Jordan Brand Classic, apparently he feels good enough to walk in and out of Whataburger with Calipari. I’ll be honest, I’m pretty jealous of that Whataburger right now. I haven’t been to one since college and it’s delicious.

To see the clip of Calipari and Vanderbilt at Whataburger, check out his Instagram story @jvando_. It’s pretty cute.

3. ICYMI, here’s where the 2017 class ended up in the final recruiting rankings

247 Sports released their final Top 247 rankings yesterday, giving us a final list of rankings for Kentucky’s 2017 class, which is the consensus #1 class in the country with a few big fish still undecided. Here’s where everybody ended up:

ESPN Top 247 Rivals Scout
Hamidou Diallo 10 10
Quade Green 23 30 21 22
Shai Alexander 33 19 31 39
Nick Richards 16 14 16 16
Jarred Vanderbilt 18 8 13 11
PJ Washington 11 18 14 14
Jemarl Baker 63 83 78 85
Targets
Mohamed Bamba 3 2 2 2
Kevin Knox 9 17 9 9
Mark Smith 137 52 76

4. Four men’s basketball Cats made the SEC Academic Honor Roll

Jonny David, Isaac Humphries, Dillon Pulliam, and Tai Wynyard were among the 70 UK student athletes on the Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll, which is based on 2016 spring, summer, and fall terms. UK had the fourth-most honorees in the SEC and ranked in the top three in men’s basketball and men’s swimming and diving representatives. Eight women’s basketball players also received the honor: Evelyn Akhator, Makenzie Cann, Makayla Epps, Jessica Hardin, Maci Morris, Taylor Murray, Rachel Potter, and Alyssa Rice.

Well done, everyone.

5. What will happen to the Atlanta roads today?

If you think the roads are bad in Lexington, Louisville, or even Nashville, at least you don’t live in Atlanta. Yesterday, a sinkhole opened on Fifth Street in midtown Atlanta, the latest in a series of road issues in one of the worst traffic cities in America. A few weeks ago, an overpass on I-85 collapsed after a fire and on Monday, a portion of I-20 buckled. Basically, Atlanta is falling apart, but at least they have MARTA, which is more than we can say here in Nashville. Seriously, can we get some kind of rail system, Mayor Barry? Lord knows we’re making enough off bachelorette parties and the TV show “Nashville” to pay for it.

6. It’s time to Sweep The Blackhawks

Get your brooms out because the Predators are looking to sweep the Chicago Blackhawks in game four of the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight. If I haven’t gotten you guys to care about Preds hockey yet, it’s probably not going to happen, but regardless, I’ll be in front of the television tonight at 8 p.m. ET to see them complete the sweep on NBC Sports Network. I bet these kids will be watching too:

7. If the NBA’s more your thing, here are tonight’s game times

  • 7:00 PM: Cavaliers at Pacers, TNT
  • 8:00 PM: Raptors (Patrick Patterson) at Bucks, NBATV
  • 9:30 PM: Spurs at Grizzlies (Andrew Harrison), TNT

8. John Wall had himself quite the night vs. the Hawks

Wall had 32 points and 9 assists in Washington’s 109-101 win over the Hawks, which takes them to 2-0 in the series. Two of those points came off this epic dunk and stare down over Dennis Schroder:

That stare-down though 😳

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Wall’s game is on another level this season.

9. Richard Simmons spoke out

I know a lot of you are fans of the “Missing Richard Simmons” podcast that came out a while back, and you’ll be happy to know that yesterday, Simmons broke his silence on his Facebook page following a visit to the hospital for gastrointestinal issues:

10. KSR in an hour

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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9 responses to “Thursday’s Top 10: Calipari hits the recruiting trail and goes to Whataburger with Jarred Vanderbilt”

  1. SanDiegoDave

    So, Zion Williamson can dunk. Big deal. Who can’t? Can he hit an open 15 footer?

    1. TBW3011

      To answer your first question, you can’t. To answer the 2nd, yes.

  2. Sentient Third Eye

    Wall is clearly tired of not getting to play on national TV often…

  3. rickwhitetx

    Go Hawks! Sorry TT.

  4. Rod Crandler

    Richard Simmons didn’t write that! He’s being held at the bottom of a well in his basement.

    1. Sentient Third Eye

      That person doesn’t even look like Simmons. It’s clearly an imposter in cahoots with the kidnappers.

  5. inside info2

    “Lord knows we’re making enough off bachelorette parties…to pay for it.” could be the funniest and truest line you have written in awhile. I can’t believe how many bachelorette parties there are every weekend in the Ville.

  6. CatBlue in LR

    That’s a mighty purdy picture at the top of this post. Mmm-hmmm.