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WATCH: All of the sights and sounds you need from the UK Alumni Event

What a night.

Over 30 former Kentucky stars of all ages came back to play during the UK Legends and Alumni Games to help raise money for several charities.

Here are all the videos, pictures, and interviews you need to give you a sense of just how cool this event was.

Kentucky stars of today watching the stars of the past:

Over a million dollars donated by various generous sponsors:

Go. Big. Blue.


The Legends Game ended in a tie

The Legends Game ended in a tie

UK couldn’t have scripted a better end to the Legends Game. The White Team, drafted by Ryan and Drew, tied with the Blue Team, drafted by Matt and Shannon 65-65. Here are the final stats:

It wasn’t the prettiest basketball I’ve ever seen, but it certainly was fun. We’ll have some highlights and photos for you in a bit.

Now, time for the NBA guys…


The rosters for tonight’s UK Alumni Game…

The rosters for tonight’s UK Alumni Game…

Photo by Dr. Michael Huang

The rosters for tonight’s Alumni Game at Rupp Arena was just handed out. Here are the teams for the main event at 8 p.m.:

Walter McCarty will coach the Blue Team and Dwane Casey the White Team.

Who ya got, BLUE or WHITE?



UK students can get lower level tickets to the Alumni Game for $5

Photo by Dr. Michael Huang

We’re less than three hours from the UK Alumni Game, and if you’re a UK student and are even toying with the idea of coming down to Rupp Arena for the festivities, John Calipari has an offer for you. Earlier today, Cal announced that UK students can get LOWER-LEVEL tickets to tonight’s game for $5 each. That’s an awesome deal, especially when you look at the roster of players expected to participate (in some form) in the main event at 8 p.m.:

  • Derek Anderson
  • Keith Bogans
  • Ramel Bradley
  • Rex Chapman
  • Erik Daniels
  • Tony Delk
  • Jamaal Magloire
  • Mychal Mulder
  • Antoine Walker
  • Anthony Davis
  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Rajon Rondo
  • Darius Miller
  • Eric Bledsoe
  • Jamal Murray
  • Alex Poythress
  • Joe Crawford
  • Karl-Anthony Towns
  • Malik Monk
  • Trey Lyles
  • Terrence Jones

UK students should have an email from the school with a promo code. Find it then get your tickets here. You can also just come down to the Rupp box office and present your student ID.

I’ve been courtside at Rupp all day for the Calipari Fantasy Camp, and watching the former players trickle in one by one has been fun. Whole lotta memories in this building.


Which group of UK seniors would win 3-on-3 tournament?

Which group of UK seniors would win 3-on-3 tournament?

It was announced earlier this week that the upcoming 2018 Final Four will play host to the inaugural 3-on-3 College Hoops Invitational, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament between college seniors. The teams will be made up of four college basketball players who have exhausted their NCAA eligibility, with a grand prize of $100,000 on the line to the tournament winner.

College seniors to play 3-on-3 for $100K at Final Four

Kentucky will not have a team in the tournament because there are no seniors on John Calipari’s 2017-18 roster, but let’s have some fun by looking back at the teams that could’ve competed over the last 25 years, had the tournament been around:

2017

2015

2010

Derek Willis Sam Malone Perry Stevenson
Dominique Hawkins Brian Long Ramon Harris
Michael Mulder Tod Lanter Mark Krebs
 .

2007

2006

2004

Lukasz Obrzut Brandon Stockton Erik Daniel
Bobby Perry Ravi Moss Cliff Hawkins
Sheray Thomas Preston LeMaster Gerald Fitch
Patrick Sparks Antwain Barbour

2003

1999

1996

Jules Camara Scott Padgett Tony Delk
Keith Bogans Wayne Turner Walter McCarty
Marquis Estill Heshimu Evans Mark Pope
 .

1994

1993

1992

Rodney Dent Dale Brown Sean Woods
Travis Ford Junior Braddy John Pelphrey
Gimel Martinez Todd Svoboda Deron Feldhaus
Jeff Brassow Richie Farmer

So who are you taking in a tournament of those teams? There are some very good combinations from the 90s.

You tell us who you’d take of the bunch:

survey solutions


Kevin Durant impressed by UK freshmen Hamidou Diallo and Nick Richards

Kevin Durant impressed by UK freshmen Hamidou Diallo and Nick Richards

A few weeks ago in New York City, UK freshmen Hamidou Diallo and Nick Richards took part in a workout with several NBA stars, including Kevin Durant. Yesterday, Durant told Bill Simmons that he was very impressed with Diallo and Richards, who held their own against NBA All-Stars.

“There was some good players: me, LeBron [James], [Carmelo Anthony], Enes Kanter, JR [Smith], Dahntay Jones,” Durant said. “There was two freshmen from Kentucky, I forget their names — Diallo and Richards? They were, phew, bouncy. Played hard, too. They were balling, man.”

Durant also doled out major praise for former Cat Devin Booker, who’s entering his third year with Phoenix. When asked what young players have impressed him recently, Durant immediately named the Suns sharpshooter.

“Devin Booker. I love Devin Booker, man. He loves the game and he’s like a dog. He’ll talk sh*t, rough you up. He’ll get into you. You better watch out for that boy because he is nice. He’s next, I’m telling you.”

Listen to Durant’s praise for Diallo and Richards in the clip below:

Then check out footage of Richards, Diallo, Durant, and other NBA stars at the workout in New York:

Diallo, Richards working out with NBA stars during summer break (UPDATED)

 


SEC Basketball schedule released; Kentucky’s 2017-18 schedule now complete

We already knew Kentucky’s non-conference schedule and which SEC teams they’d be playing this season, but now, the league office finally did us all a favor and released the dates for the 2018 conference season. Kentucky will open the SEC season against Georgia at Rupp Arena on New Year’s Eve:

December 31 Sunday Georgia Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
January 3 Wednesday at LSU Pete Maravich Center, Baton Rouge LA
January 6 Saturday at Tennessee Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville TN
January 9 Tuesday Texas A&M Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
January 13 Saturday at Vanderbilt Memorial Gym, Nashville TN
January 16 Tuesday at South Carolina Colonial Life Arena, Columbia SC
January 20 Saturday Florida Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
January 23 Tuesday Mississippi State Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
January 30 Tuesday Vanderbilt Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
February 3 Saturday at Missouri Mizzou Arena, Columbia MO
February 6 Tuesday Tennessee Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
February 10 Saturday at Texas A&M Reed Arena, College Station TX
February 14 Wednesday at Auburn Auburn Arena, Auburn AL
February 17 Saturday Alabama Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
February 20 Tuesday at Arkansas Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville AR
February 24 Saturday Missouri Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
February 28 Wednesday Ole Miss Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
March 3 Saturday at Florida O’Connell Center, Gainesville FL

The 2017-18 schedule in its entirety:

Date Day Opponent Location
October 13 Fri. Big Blue Madness Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
October 20 Fri. Blue/White Game Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
October 27 Fri. Thomas More College (Exh) Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
November 3 Fri. Centre College (Exh) Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
November 10 Fri. Utah Valley Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
November 12 Sun. Vermont Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
November 14 Tues. Kansas United Center, Chicago IL
November 17 Fri. East Tennessee State Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
November 20 Mon. Troy Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
November 22 Wed. Fort Wayne Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
November 26 Sun. University of Illinois-Chicago Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
December 2 Sat. Harvard Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
December 9 Sat. Monmouth Madison Square Garden, New York NY
December 16 Sat. Virginia Tech Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
December 23 Sat. UCLA Smoothie King Center, New Orleans LA
December 29 Fri. Louisville Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
December 31 Sun. Georgia Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
January 3 Wed. at LSU Pete Maravich Center, Baton Rouge LA
January 6 Sat. at Tennessee Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville TN
January 9 Tues. Texas A&M Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
January 13 Sat. at Vanderbilt Memorial Gym, Nashville TN
January 16 Tues. at South Carolina Colonial Life Arena, Columbia SC
January 20 Sat. Florida Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
January 23 Tues. Mississippi State Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
January 27 Sat. at West Virignia WVU Coliseum, Morgantown WV
January 30 Tues. Vanderbilt Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
February 3 Sat. at Missouri Mizzou Arena, Columbia MO
February 6 Tues. Tennessee Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
February 10 Sat. at Texas A&M Reed Arena, College Station TX
February 14 Wed. at Auburn Auburn Arena, Auburn AL
February 17 Sat. Alabama Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
February 20 Tues. at Arkansas Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville AR
February 24 Sat. Missouri Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
February 28 Wed. Ole Miss Rupp Arena, Lexington KY
March 3 Sat. at Florida O’Connell Center, Gainesville FL
March 7-11 Wed.-Sun. SEC Tournament Scottrade Center, St. Louis MO

Go Cats.


Ranking UK’s SEC Basketball Homes Games

Ranking UK’s SEC Basketball Homes Games

The University of Kentucky released its complete 2017-18 basketball schedule and it includes the standard 18 conference games, nine of which are at home.

I ranked the nine road games earlier today, and now it’s time we take a closer look at the nine home SEC contests.

1. Texas A&M

When: Tuesday, January 9

As I noted in my road game rankings, Texas A&M is a dangerous team with the return of Robert Williams, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a projected lottery pick in this past draft, who decided to return for a sophomore season; Tyler Davis, an All-SEC selection last season; and D.J. Hogg at small forward.

Making the game even more difficult, Kentucky will see A&M in only the fourth game of league play after a quick turnaround from road trips to LSU and Tennessee. The A&M game is the third of three games in less than a week, plus travel.

2. Alabama

When: Saturday, February 17

All eyes will be on the young talent in the Kentucky-Alabama game on February 17 when Collin Sexton and John Petty come to town with the Crimson Tide. Ranked as the top point guard in the incoming class, Sexton is projected to be one of the best guards in the conference as a true freshman.

3. Florida

When: Saturday, January 20

The Florida game is always one of the marquee matchups of the season and this year’s meeting is no different. The winner of the January 20 game will likely have early control of the SEC East standings.

Florida will be a top 10 team in most, if not all, preseason college basketball polls.

4. Missouri

When: Saturday, February 24

By the time Missouri comes to Lexington, the Wildcats will have already seen and played Michael Porter Jr., so he won’t be quite as big of a draw in the rematch. But it’s still one of the better games on the schedule, right up there with the three listed above and I think all four are top 25 teams.

5. Georgia

When: Sunday, December 31

New Year’s Eve game… How do you feel about that? I don’t think I like it. It’ll be cutting into my party time, but some of you will turn it into a nice doubleheader.

6. Vanderbilt

When: Tuesday, January 30

Maybe the last time we see Riley LaChance, Matthew Fisher-Davis and Jeff Roberson?

Eh, probably not. They’ll be back again next year.

7. Tennessee

When: Tuesday, February 6

Earlier I told you everything I know about Tennessee basketball right now. That has not changed and likely will not change until after Christmas.

8. Ole Miss

When: Wednesday, February 28

If you were impressed by how little I know about Tennessee, I know even less about Ole Miss. I think that transfer guard from Miami is back for another year? He was good last season. Sebastian Saiz is finally gone, though.

Ole Miss gets the nod over Mississippi State because it’s senior night for Kentucky’s zero seniors.

9. Mississippi State

When: Tuesday, January 23

Assuming Ben Howland hasn’t brought the program down by mid-January, Mississippi State will come to Lexington with two Owensboro boys on its roster in Eli Wright and Aric Holman. Quinndary Weatherspoon and his 16.5 points per game in 2016-17 will also be back, but Mississippi State hasn’t won a game against Kentucky since Billy Gillispie’s last year — and we don’t even count those.

 

Plan accordingly, BBN.


Where are they now? KSR interviews former Wildcat Heshimu Evans

Where are they now? KSR interviews former Wildcat Heshimu Evans

On Friday evening, a cast of Kentucky greats will be suiting up and competing in the Legends Game prior to the annual UK Alumni Game.

One of the former Wildcats competing in the event? Heshimu Evans, a key contributor on the 1998 National Championship team.

KSR sat down with Evans for an exclusive interview on growing up in New York, transferring to Kentucky and winning a title, his professional career, and life after basketball.

For Evans, growing up in the Bronx wasn’t easy. Instead of living the rough lifestyle you see in the movies, he wanted to make a name for himself the right way.

I wanted to just be alive. I didn’t want to be persuaded to buy or sell drugs,” he said. “Seeing some of the guys with all of these nice things, the fast money, I figured I could get that stuff later on.”

While others in his community were out partying and getting into trouble, Evans was focused on basketball. After high school, he eventually decided to stay home and play at Manhattan College for former head coach and current ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla.

“I stayed home because Fran Fraschilla, one of the best ESPN analysts right now, he’s really an awesome coach. He convinced me that Manhattan was the place for me.”

In his first year at Manhattan, Evans won MAAC Rookie of the Year. He then followed it up with First Team All-MAAC honors as a sophomore in 1996.

After playing for two years under Fraschilla at Manhattan, however, Evans made the decision to transfer to Kentucky and compete for a national championship.

But why leave a star opportunity at Manhattan for a bench role at UK?

Fraschilla left for St. Johns, and the opportunity to play with the team that just won the title in 1996 was too enticing to pass up. He had been to Kentucky to work out following his freshman year at Manhattan, so the relationships were already established.

“After my freshman year, my coach thought that it would be great for me to go to Kentucky, work out with the strength coach and get better for my conference,” he said. “That enabled me to build that relationship with Rick, Jim O’Brien, and the players.”

Pitino offered Evans a scholarship, and the rest was history.

Due to transfer rules, the former Wildcat sat for one year and practiced with the team under Pitino. After the season, however, the head coach that gave him the opportunity to attend UK left for the Boston Celtics.

“Visualize that. I’m in a room with all of these All-Star players, Hall of Fame coach, great assistant coach in Frank Vogel, and Rick is going through and explaining to us that he’s leaving,” said Evans. “These guys may be really torn, but you just allowed me to come to this program and now you’re leaving.”

For Evans, however, he was just thankful to still have a scholarship.

“I’m like, “Thank you very much for allowing me to come here.” I just came from Manhattan College with a class size of 24 kids at most in the classroom to a 4,000 enrollment (at Kentucky.) I was thankful. I came from a great situation, but this is Kentucky. We know the magnitude of that.”

Pitino’s career in Boston was short-lived, and he returned back to Kentucky… 78 miles from Lexington. While many Wildcat fans resent the former UK coach for changing sidelines and going to the rival school, Evans supports his former coach wholeheartedly.

“I don’t see the ‘Oh he’s a Cardinal’ thing, he just has red on to me. I still see Rick Pitino, Hall of Fame coach that has done great things for the state of Kentucky. I thought it was great for the state.”

While Pitino was trying to make a name for himself in the professional ranks, Kentucky made the decision to hire former Tulsa and Georgia head coach Tubby Smith.

Though Smith inherited five players from the 1996 championship team and seven from the runner-up squad in 1997, Evans was adamant that it wasn’t as simple as rolling the ball out and winning games as some fans make it out to be.

“You have to look at the bigger picture here,” Evans said. “We have an African-American coach, the first time ever at the University of Kentucky. That’s a lot of pressure. At the end of the day, you have a group of kids and you have to put them together and make them work.”

He compared the process to John Calipari’s work every year, bringing in top talent and competing for a title year in and year out. To put it simply, it’s tough to make it work.

“Coach Cal takes a group of kids, a new bunch, and makes it work all the time. That’s very challenging as a coach. I have these great players, now how can I put them together to win a championship?”

And when Tubby Smith was able to put the puzzle pieces together in his first year at Kentucky, Evans became just one of eight title teams in the program’s history. In his eyes, that in itself is special.

“You don’t really understand the magnitude of that until you’re done,” Evans said. “What an honor to win a national championship in my first year playing here. That’s a blessing if you ask me. I like to call that a God wink.”

After graduating in 1999, Evans worked out for Rick Pitino and the Boston Celtics, but left training camp for an opportunity to sign immediately with a team in France. That led him to 14 different clubs in 14 years overseas, living and playing in six different countries.

When a player leaves the country to play overseas, however, fans rarely get the opportunity to follow them as closely. They become so distant that we don’t get to see their professional lifestyle like we do with players in the NBA.

In fact, we sometimes forget about the cultural differences, language barriers, and other major life changes these players go through that we take for granted. 

Evans credits his ability to overcome some of those initial struggles to his time traveling around the world with his AAU basketball program in high school.

“Jamal Mashburn, Mark Jackson, John Salley, all these guys came from the New York City Gauchos AAU program. I came from there too,” Evans said. “It allowed us to travel to different countries at a very young age.”

With Evans, he just rolled with the punches and made the most of the opportunity.

“For France, I was there for one year. Japan, we had a translator, so that was a little difficult to pick that up. You pick up on some of the words and phrases you hear every day. So then you know how to use some of their words and they think you’re really cool. In Portugal, I was there so long that I actually picked up the language.”

He went on to win several titles playing overseas, including six alone in Portugal. His career was a massive success, playing all the way up until the age of 38 in 2013.

But for the former Wildcat, nothing compares to the ring he got at Kentucky in 1998.

“When it comes to winning in Europe or Africa or Asia, it’s a great experience, but it’s nothing like being an NCAA champion.”

After retiring from professional basketball, Evans packed his bags and headed home.

But after growing up in New York and living in six different countries over the span of 14 years, his heart was somewhere he had only lived for two years of his life. For Evans, home was the state of Kentucky.

After some brief discussions with local high schools about coaching, Evans decided it was in his best interest to start up his own brand, “Heshimu Hoop Skills,” where he could mentor and tutor kids of all talent levels with dreams of playing basketball.

He got the idea from working with kids at various camps in Mumbai, India, and decided he wanted to start spreading that same love of basketball to the local youth in Lexington.

“I had this idea that I wanted to create this mobile basketball academy,” Evans said. “So I come up with “Heshimu Hoop Skills,” where you get a chance to work on your hoops when you come to me. I like to mentor kids, make sure they have the proper nutrition, teach them life skills, fundamentals, and details.”

Tomorrow night, the former Wildcat will return to Rupp Arena and suit up in blue and white once again for the Legends game, where he will team up with guys like Goose Givens and Kyle Macy to take on the likes of Jarrod Polson, Julius Mays, and Ravi Moss.

At 42-years-old, Evans is ready to show the world what he has left in the tank.

“We’re expecting a nice reunion. I get to see all these guys that came through the program and left a mark, so that’s going to be fun,” said Evans. “I think I’m in great shape, but we’re going to see if I’m out there huffing and puffing.”

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, go to Ticketmaster and purchase them now to see the former Kentucky stars of all ages compete.

While you’re at it, head on over to HeshimuHoopSkills.com and get some personal instruction for your child (or yourself) from a national champion.

You can listen to our entire interview below:

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR


Ranking UK’s SEC Basketball Road Games

Ranking UK’s SEC Basketball Road Games

The University of Kentucky released its complete 2017-18 basketball schedule and it includes the standard 18 conference games, nine of which are on the road.

Let’s rank those road games and then we’ll take a closer look at the nine home SEC contests some other time.

1. Missouri

When: Saturday, February 3

Three words: Michael. Porter. Junior.

This is a must-see game.

2. Texas A&M

When: Saturday, February 10

A&M returns Robert Williams, who is back for a sophomore season after passing on the NBA draft as a potential lottery pick. The Aggies will also bring back Tyler Davis to play next to Williams inside, as well as D.J. Hogg, a double-digit scorer from a year ago, at small forward. That’s a pretty nasty frontcourt and we know how tight A&M has played Kentucky in the past. Three of the last four games in College Station ended in overtime.

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3. Florida

When: Saturday, March 3

Kentucky will be in town for Chris Chiozza and John Egbunu’s senior day festivities in Gainesville. It will be a revenge game for the Cats after the Gators curb-stomped them a year ago; although this year’s Kentucky roster is completely different, and probably unaware that game even happened.

4. South Carolina

When: Tuesday, January 16

A surprise Final Four team a year ago, South Carolina will be without Sindarius Thornwell in 2017-18 as it looks to build off a great tournament run.

But Columbia is a fun town and you might see John Calipari get ejected, so this is one I would consider.

Mustapha Heron (AuburnTigers.com)

5. Auburn

When: Wednesday, February 14

Is this the year Bruce Pearl puts Auburn basketball back on the map? He has the weapons with Mustapha Heron, Austin Wiley, Danjel Purifoy and Chuma Okeke, among others; plus Auburn returns each of its top four scorers and seven of its top nine overall from last season.

Auburn Arena will be rocking, just as it was in 2016 when the Tigers upset the Cats.

6. Vanderbilt

When: Saturday, January 13

Vanderbilt will have the same cast of characters in Bryce Drew’s second season at the wheel, minus Luke Kornet. So get ready for more Riley LaChance, Matthew Fisher-Davis and Jeff Roberson, the Commodores’ 11th-year seniors.

7. Tennessee

When: Saturday, January 6

Here’s what I know about Tennessee basketball right now: Rick Barnes is the head coach; there’s a player named Admiral Schofield and I’m pretty sure he’s back; they signed a JUCO player from Vincennes University; and Robert Hubbs III graduated. I know nothing else about Tennessee basketball at this time.

8. Arkansas

When: Tuesday, February 20

Now that Malik Monk is gone, do we care about Arkansas?

Moses Kingsley and Dusty Hannahs graduated.

9. LSU

When: Wednesday, January 3

The Cats’ first road trip of conference play will be to Baton Rouge to meet the Tigers under the new leadership of Will Wade in his SEC debut, which has already been billed as a “Gold Game.” Freshman point guard Tremont Waters, once a Kentucky target, is the only player I can name on LSU’s team. Stay home.

 

Plan accordingly, BBN.


Report: Nick Richards cleared by the NCAA

I had no idea Nick Richards’ eligibility was ever in question, but apparently, all is good and we have nothing to worry about. Richards’ high school coach told Jon Rothstein the 6-11 center from Jamaica and Queens, New York has been fully cleared by the NCAA:

Well, that’s great, because apparently he’s been killing it in pick-up games this summer. I guess working out with NBA superstars back in New York helped:

Diallo, Richards working out with NBA stars during summer break (UPDATED)

 


LeBron James loses pick-up game to UCLA players

LeBron James loses pick-up game to UCLA players

If you follow LeBron James on social media, you know he’s been making the rounds working out and playing pick-up games across the country this summer. Yesterday, he and a few other NBA guys played pick-up vs. some UCLA players…and lost.

According to a report on Twitter, LeBron, Pacers guard Darren Collison, Magic forward Aaron Gordon, and Warriors guard Nick Young lost to UCLA sophomore Prince Ali and freshmen Jaylen Hands, Cody Riley, and yes, LiAngelo Ball. Here’s some footage of LeBron looking like a monster, even in defeat:

LeBron being good isn’t breaking news, but how in the world did a group of 18-year-olds beat a team that included him and three other NBA players? Great question, and one I’m sure LaVar Ball will bring up in every single interview for years to come.

Also, does this make anyone else insanely curious what’s going down in the Joe Craft Center with the current team and former pros? To be a fly on that wall…


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More former Kentucky players added to the Alumni Game

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The list of former Kentucky players participating in tomorrow night’s Alumni Game continues to grow. While NBA rules prohibit UK from announcing which current NBA players will take part, UK did release a list of players not in the league that will play in the main event at 8 p.m.:

  • Derek Anderson
  • Keith Bogans
  • Ramel Bradley
  • Rex Chapman
  • Erik Daniels
  • Tony Delk
  • Jamaal Magloire
  • Mychal Mulder
  • Antoine Walker

Dwane Casey, current head coach of the Toronto Raptors, and Walter McCarty, a current assistant head coach with the Boston Celtics, will serve as head coaches. Many others have confirmed on social media they will participate, including:

  • Anthony Davis
  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Rajon Rondo
  • Darius Miller
  • Eric Bledsoe
  • Jamal Murray
  • Alex Poythress
  • Joe Crawford

Jamal Murray is already making himself at home in Cal’s office:

The NBA Alumni Game takes place at 8 p.m., and will be preceded by the Legends Game at 7 p.m. If you missed it, we picked the rosters for the Legends Game last Friday:

UK officially announces the rosters for the Legends Game

Lots of great tickets are still available on Ticketmaster for as low as $5, so grab yours and I’ll see you there.


Presale tickets for Kentucky/Monmouth in New York City now on sale

Presale tickets for Kentucky/Monmouth in New York City now on sale

Want to go to Kentucky vs. Monmouth in Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday, December 9? Presale tickets are now on sale on Ticketmaster. Use the promo code SOCIAL to secure your seats in the lower level of one of the best basketball venues in the country.

Speaking of schedules, the SEC schedule will be released this afternoon, so soon, we will have the entire 2017-18 schedule in our hands. Bring it on.


Today on KSR: Nine Days ‘Til Kickoff

Good morning, friends. We are NINE DAYS from Kentucky’s season opener at Southern Miss, which should have you feeling like those fans up there. The gridiron is where we’ll start today’s agenda:

We’ll hear from Matt House and the defense

Yesterday was the first day of classes, so there was no media availability, but late this afternoon, Matt House and his defense will update reporters on their progress with little over a week to go until the first game. With classes starting, fall camp has shifted into game prep, and tomorrow, Mark Stoops will take his turn in front of the mics. While we have to wait nine more days to watch the Cats, football will actually be on your televisions starting on Saturday as Charlie Strong’s No. 19 South Florida takes on San Jose State, followed by No. 14 Stanford vs. Rice. One week from today, games start in full force, headlined by No. 2 Ohio State’s trip to Indiana.

It can’t come soon enough.

More players arrive in Lexington for the Alumni Game

We already know the rosters for the Legends game, but over the course of the week, more and more of our NBA Cats have confirmed they will participate in the main event Friday night. Per social media, here’s who we know is in so far:

  • Anthony Davis
  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Rajon Rondo
  • Darius Miller
  • Eric Bledsoe
  • Jamal Murray
  • Alex Poythress
  • Rex Chapman
  • Joe Crawford

I expect that list to keep growing today. Still plenty of great tickets left (including in the lower level), so get on over to Ticketmaster to secure yours.

Aaron Harrison Workout Video of the Day

Harrison is working hard to make an NBA roster before training camp next month, and yesterday, released this impressive video of a recent workout:

“What if” of the Day

On Tuesday, Trey Lyles reminded us that had he stayed at Kentucky for four years, he would be a senior this season, along with Karl Towns, Devin Booker, and Tyler Ulis. Instead, all four are in the NBA making millions. Can you imagine? I don’t want to let myself go there.

Gorgeous football practice facility of the day: Northwestern

Northwestern’s new $260 million facility on Lake Michigan is still under construction, but check out these views of the practice field:

Kentucky’s new practice facility is great, but that is insane.

Surprise of the Day

If I told you, it wouldn’t be a surprise now, would it? Let’s just say that around 10 a.m., some of you are going to be very, very happy.

Summer Tour Stop of the Day: Mt. Sterling

Come on down to Mann Chrysler to enjoy the show and hear the guys break down another region of the 2017 Restaurant Bracket.


Happy 19th Birthday, PJ Washington!

BBN, it’s time to get your last-minute birthday wishes in to freshman forward PJ Washington!

The five-star big man turned 19 today.

Here are just a few of the countless birthday messages the star Wildcat received throughout the day:

In case you guys forgot, this kid is going to be a stud:

Now go enjoy some of Mrs. Calipari’s brownies, big fella.


Immanuel Quickley cuts Maryland from list, leaves only Kentucky, Miami, and Kansas

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And then there were three.

In an interview with CSN’s SportsTalk Live tonight, five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley cut Maryland from his list, leaving only Kentucky, Miami, and Kansas.

Hear why the star guard cut his hometown school, along with some information on his relationship with Coach Cal:

Talking to some guys within Quickley’s AAU program at the adidas Uprising Gauntlet this summer, some of his friends and family pushed the Terrapins, but the speculation even then was that there was little chance the Maryland native would stay home.

We have our final three, but I think we’re all pretty confident in UK’s chances.


5 reactions to NCAA coaches roasting Rick Pitino

By now, you’ve read CBS Sports’ piece in which coaches anonymously gave their opinions on the UofL scandal. Behind the cloak of anonymity, coaches let loose on Rick Pitino in one of the most satisfying reads in weeks. You should really go enjoy the entire thing over at CBSSports.com, but here were my five favorite quotes with GIF reactions:

1. “I don’t see how Louisville keeps that title. They played ineligible players in the tournament.”

2. “Trust me, we know everything that goes on our with our program. And so did Rick Pitino.”

3. “No, they will not vacate Louisville’s title, as they are scared of Pitino.”

4. “The Louisville saga, on the other hand, is a complete embarrassment to our profession. How does Rick Pitino still have a job? This is a complete joke and makes me ashamed to be a part of this profession.”

5. “If it was Cleveland State, Sacramento State, even Arizona State…How’s Rick Pitino still head coach? I just have a set ethics, that’s all.”

Stay strong, NCAA.


NCAA coaches crush Pitino in anonymous poll about UofL, UNC

CBSSports.com is back with its “Candid Coaches” summer series in which it polls over one hundred college basketball coaches about a variety of basketball-related topics, anonymously.

In today’s “Candid Coaches” feature, the website asked the coaches, “Will the NCAA take titles away from UNC or Louisville?”

58 percent of them said, yes, Louisville will lose its 2013 national championship; while only 21 percent said they believe UNC will be stripped of any of its titles.

CBS then shared some of the best quotes, which include:

— “Trust me, we know everything that goes on our with our program. And so did Rick Pitino.” 

“We know what our guys are doing on and off campus. You going to tell me you have a stripper party, people going in and out of that building, and nobody knows about it?” 

“I don’t see how Louisville keeps that title. They played ineligible players in the tournament.”

It’s a pretty interesting read from a very interesting poll of the coaches — job well done to you, CBS college basketball crew.

Click here to read what more coaches had to say about the scandal.


College seniors to play 3-on-3 for $100K at Final Four

College seniors to play 3-on-3 for $100K at Final Four

3-on-3 is coming to college basketball.

A company called Intersport announced it has created the 3-on-3 College Hoops Invitational, a 3-on-3 tournament that will be played at the 2018 Final Four in San Antonio. The competing teams will consist only of college seniors and they will be playing for a $100,000 grand prize.

“All participating players must be seniors that have exhausted their collegiate eligibility,” the release from Intersport read.

The new tournament coincides with the recent explosion of 3-on-3 basketball over the last year. Ice Cube’s Big 3 league has seen much success in its inaugural season, and the Olympics announced 3-on-3 will be added to the 2020 games.

As for the rosters for the 3-on-3 College Hoops Invitational, those will be decided at a later date.

The format for the games is as follows:

— Played in the halfcourt on one basket

— Two teams of four total players

— 12-second shot clock

— One point per basket inside the arc, two points per basket behind the arc

— First team to reach 21 points or best score after 10 minutes wins

Click here for more details.

Kentucky won’t be participating because it does not have any seniors this season, and we may never see the Cats involved with the way Calipari turns them over.