Today’s a very exciting day for us here at KSR. This morning, Lukasz Obrzut will become an American citizen. The native of Jędrzejów, Poland played at Kentucky from 2003-2007 and since, has become a member of the KSR family, helping out on the radio show and now, “Hey, Kentucky!”. Matt and Ryan will be live from his naturalization ceremony in Louisville for today’s show, so tune in to hear about this monumental moment in Woo’s life. Someone bring the gummy bears or other fruity snacks.
Here’s what else is going on today…
1. Calipari will coach the USA Basketball U19 Team
If you missed in in the post directly below this one, Jeff Goodman broke some big news this morning when he reported that John Calipari will coach the USA Basketball U19 Team this summer in the FIBA U19 World Championships in Cairo, Egypt. Calipari has been interested in getting back in to USA Basketball for a while, and this is the perfect fit. He’ll have access to the top players in the country, many of whom will have yet to choose a college. As if the guy needed any more help with recruiting, right?
2. Arkansas knocked off South Carolina
Who said SEC Basketball is predictable? Arkansas upset South Carolina last night, essentially narrowing the race for the #1-seed in the SEC Tournament from three to two. Kentucky’s chances of getting the 1-seed and playing Friday afternoon instead of Friday night became even greater when the unfortunate news broke that Florida center John Egbunu is out for the season with an ACL injury. Scroll down to my post from last night for a detailed breakdown of the race for the 1-seed.
3. Meanwhile, all eyes turn to Georgia
It’s easy to look ahead to the SEC Tournament, but first, the Cats must travel to Georgia to face the Bulldogs, who took the Cats to overtime in Rupp a few weeks back. Georgia’s had some bad luck this season, but they’re entirely capable of knocking off the Cats, especially in what will surely be a sold out Stegeman Coliseum. White out, red out, t-shirt night, cup night, ball night, you name it, Georgia will pull out all the stops. Dickie V will be there:
— Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) February 15, 2017
4. Trae Young announces his decision
At one time, Trae Young seemed poised to be the next great John Calipari point guard, but Cal could only wait so long to build his recruiting class and accepted a commitment from Quade Green instead. Today, Young is finally ready to announce his college decision, and it’ll be either Kansas or Oklahoma. The hometown Sooners seem to have the momentum heading into this afternoon’s announcement. Best of luck to him wherever he goes. I hope he likes the dorms.
5. UK Hoops takes on Arkansas
It’s been a week since Matthew Mitchell’s squad has been in action, but tonight, they’ll take on Jimmy Dykes’ Arkansas Razorbacks in Bud Walton Arena at 8 p.m. The ladies have won seven of their last nine league games after starting the season 1-2. The game’s not on TV, but you can watch on SECNetwork+ on WatchESPN or listen online at 630 WLAP or UKAthletics.com.
6. ICYMI, both football hires were confirmed yesterday
We’ve known about them for a week, but yesterday, Mark Stoops made the two additions to his staff complete. Dean Hood is Kentucky’s new special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach, while Derrick LeBlanc is the new defensive line coach. Here’s what Stoops had to say about each:
“I could not be more excited to have Coach Hood join our staff,” Stoops said. “He brings extensive experience and knowledge as a head coach, defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator. Having watched him at Eastern Kentucky, I developed great respect for him and I know he is held in high regard by the high school coaches in the state. He is a welcome addition to our program.”
“I’ve known Derrick and watched his progress as a coach,” Stoops said. “I was super-impressed with his interview, with the organization of his teaching and how good he is as an instructor. Fundamentals are important at every position but especially in the defensive line and I believe Derrick will be a great teacher of proper technique and fundamentals.”
He’s also intimidating as hell:
7. PJ Washington plays in the Kentucky Lake Showcase this weekend
Got plans this weekend? Drive on down to Marshall County High School to see future Cat PJ Washington play in the Kentucky Lake Showcase. Washington’s Findlay Prep plays Hopkinsville Friday night at 7:30 PM and Saturday at 6:30 PM (all times central). I’ll be there Saturday to interview PJ for the website, so if you’re also there, be sure to say hello.
8. Anthony Davis’ unibrow is bigger than ever
In anticipation of this weekend’s All-Star festivities, the Pelicans put Anthony Davis’ face on the side of the Benson Tower overlooking the Smoothie King Center and the Superdome. Bow to the brow.
9. Speaking of All-Star Weekend, here’s the schedule
Nine Cats will take part in the festivities:
- Rising Stars Challenge (Friday, 9 p.m.): Karl Towns, Devin Booker, Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles
- D-League All-Star Game (Saturday, 2:30 p.m.): Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress
- Skills Challenge (Saturday, 8 p.m.): Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Devin Booker
- All-Star Game (Sunday, 8 p.m.): Anthony Davis (starter), DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall
10. College Basketball on TV tonight:
- 7:00 PM: Texas A&M at Vanderbilt, ESPN2
- 7:00 PM: #11 Wisconsin at Michigan, ESPN
- 9:00 PM: #5 Arizona at Washington State, FS1
- 9:00 PM: Utah at #7 Oregon, ESPN
- 9:00 PM: San Francisco at #1 Gonzaga
- 11:00 PM: Loyola Marymount at #22 Saint Mary’s
Woo becomes an American citizen in an hour…