Kentucky football camps continue
On Friday night, some of the top football recruits in the nation flocked to Lexington to participate in Kentucky’s annual summer camps throughout the weekend. Things got started yesterday with the Friday Night Lights Camp, where participants competed against one-another and received hands-on instruction from the Kentucky coaching staff.
KSR’s Nick Roush was there to take it all in, posting several impressive highlights from the day on his Twitter feed (@RoushKSR) and writing a few updates right here at KentuckySportsRadio.com.
Here are two of the posts wrote yesterday, with the first being about the overall talent improving and the next being about a big-name rising freshman to keep a close eye on:
Roush will also have a few more posts throughout the day about his time at Kroger Field on Friday night.
Moving on to today, the O-Line/D-Line Skills Camp is taking place this morning, while the Saturday Night Primetime Camp is set for this evening. And then to close out the weekend, the Sunday Showcase Camp will also take place tomorrow evening.
I will be in Lexington to break down all of the elite talent in attendance and post photos/videos on my Twitter feed (@JackPilgrimKSR).
Kentucky gets a commitment from a top-25 running back
We already knew that with all of the big-name prospects in town, there was a solid chance we’d get at least a few Yahtzees throughout the weekend or not long after.
That got started last night when one of the top running back prospects in the class of 2020, Torrance Davis, pledged his commitment to the University of Kentucky.
There were significant rumblings that Davis was going to pull the trigger on Friday evening, and he finally made it official a bit after 10:00 p.m. on his Twitter page:
— Torrance Davis (@TorranceDavis8) June 8, 2019
A three-star athlete from Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio, Rivals ranks Davis as the No. 25 running back in America. He chose the Wildcats over scholarship offers from Penn State, Michigan State, Tennessee and Pitt, among others.
Measuring in at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, the newest Wildcat is an absolute monster. He didn’t participate in the drills on Friday night, but even in attendance as a spectator, he looked more like a linebacker than a tailback.
Joining Justin Rogers, Lamar Goods, Andru Phillips, Beau Allen and John Young, Davis is the sixth commitment in Kentucky’s 2020 recruiting class, moving UK up ten spots to No. 31 in the 247 Composite Rankings.
If you’re looking for an in-depth look at what Davis brings to the table, KSR’s Adam Luckett broke down his film and analyzed his game last night.
You can find that here:
Welcome aboard, young fella.
We caught a flood of recruiting/potential roster information in the middle of the day on Friday regarding multiple players of interest for Kentucky on the basketball side of things.
For Virginia Tech graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr., easily the biggest available name on the table for Kentucky’s 2019-20 roster, news broke yesterday that he would be leaving his unofficial visit to Florida without a commitment and would be taking his next official visit to Arkansas.
When the news first came out, recruiting insider Andrew Slater said that there was “more than a chance” that the Razorbacks land the 6-foot-11 big man.
Would raise the threshold to more than a chance on this one… https://t.co/2ofKKwpI8A
— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) June 7, 2019
As of right now, there is no update on how the trip went or where his next visit will be. The expectation is still that he takes more visits in the next week or so, with Kentucky almost certainly being one of those schools.
Outside of Blackshear, former McDonald’s All-American and Nevada transfer Jordan Brown announced he would be headed to Arizona to play for head coach Sean Miller.
— Jordan Brown (@JIBrown21) June 7, 2019
Kentucky reached out right when Brown entered the transfer portal, and sources tell KSR that the 6-foot-11 big man had genuine interest in the UK program, but he eventually opted to stay out west.
In the third and final bit of recruiting news yesterday, the No. 1 high school basketball player in Kentucky, Justin Powell, committed to Bruce Pearl and the Auburn Tigers
— Justin Powell (@jtpowell241) June 7, 2019
Powell, a four-star shooting guard out of North Oldham HS, visited Kentucky unofficially back in February when the Wildcats hosted Tennessee, and the UK coaching staff has been in loose contact with him since. Kentucky never offered Powell a scholarship.
The Louisville native chose Auburn over offers from Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Xavier, Georgia, and Vanderbilt, among others.
The Raptors are one win away from a title
In arguably the most surprising news of the evening, the Toronto Raptors are on the brink of closing out the Golden State Warriors.
And they’re doing it in dominant fashion.
In a 105-92 victory, the Raptors took a mind-boggling 3-1 lead over the Warriors on Friday night.
For Toronto, Kawhi Leonard proved once again he is one of the most dominant players in the NBA, putting up 36 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, four steals, and a block in the victory.
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 55 points, but it simply wasn’t enough to top the dominant effort by the Warriors.
As for former Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins, he looked much more comfortable and confident out on the floor this time around compared to Game 3. Though he only got 15 minutes of action, Boogie finished with six points, four rebounds, one assist, and two blocks.
Game 5 is set for Monday at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Isaac Humphries is putting on a concert
We now know what Isaac Humphries has been planning…
The former Kentucky big man will be headlining a concert of his own called “Isaac Humphries: Songs of My Life” at the Lexington Opera House later this month, and it’ll be for a great cause.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) June 7, 2019
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass. To purchase tickets for the June 23 concert head on over the Ticketmaster right here.