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Three former Cats invited to G-League Elite Mini-Camp

Three former Kentucky Wildcats got some good news today. Derek Willis, Archie Goodwin, and James Young were all invited to the NBA’s G-League Elite Mini Camp, which will take place May 14 and 15 in Chicago.

With NBA scouts in town for the Draft Combine (May 16-20), participants will have a chance to showcase their talent in hopes of landing a spot in a summer league or training camp. Last season, Willis played for the Grand Rapids Drive, Goodwin the North Arizona Suns, and Young (who has been in Lexington the last few weeks training) the Delaware Blue Coats.

Here’s the complete list of invitees, many of them familiar names:

Bryce Alford – Oklahoma City
Brandon Ashley – Texas
James Blackmon Jr. – Wisconsin
Stephaun Branch – South Bay
Chance Comanche – Memphis
Isaiah Cousins – Salt Lake City
Trey Davis – Maine
Daniel Dixon – Maine
Billy Garrett – Westchester
Archie Goodwin – N. Arizona
Josh Gray – N. Arizona
Terry Henderson – Greensboro
Ladontae Henton – Agua Caliente
Demarcus Holland – South Bay
Ike Iroegbu – Agua Caliente
Kadeem Jack – Sioux Falls
Jaylen Johnson – Windy City
JeQuan Lewis – Wisconsin
Scott Machado – South Bay
KJ McDaniels – Grand Rapids
Kennedy Meeks – Raptors 905
Naz Mitrou-Long – Salt Lake City
Jamel Morris – Grand Rapids
Kamari Murphy – Long Island
Landry Nnoko – Grand Rapids
Daniel Ochefu – Reno
Cameron Oliver – Delaware
Raphiael Putney – Erie
Xavier Rathan-Mayes – Westchester
Diamond Stone – Salt Lake City
Rashawn Thomas – Oklahoma City
Shevon Thompson – Raptors905
Marcus Thornton – Canton
Jarrod Uthoff – Fort Wayne
Devin Williams – Maine
Matt Williams Jr. – Sioux Falls
Derek Willis – Grand Rapids
Thomas Wimbush – Long Island
James Young – Delaware

Good luck, Cats.

[G-League News]


Kentucky Wildcat Derby Fashion over the years

A classic picture of Patrick Patterson, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, and Randall Cobb breaking it down to Boyz II Men in 2011

Tonight, many of your favorite former Wildcats will make the rounds at various Derby parties across Louisville. While we wait for the pictures to pop up on Instagram and Twitter, let’s look back at Kentucky Wildcat Derby fashion over the years, starting with last year’s attendees.

Use the arrows to scroll through each player’s slideshow.

Bam Adebayo

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Skal Labissiere

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Isaiah Briscoe

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Derek Willis

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Tyler Ulis

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With Avery Williamson, Terrence Jones, and Trey Lewis at the 2016 Fillies & Stallions party:


Devin Booker

2017:

Derby.

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Nerlens Noel

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Tyler Herro scouting report from Nike Hoop Summit

Tyler Herro scouting report from Nike Hoop Summit

There’s been a lot of talk about the guard situation on next year’s team, but one name we haven’t talked about lately is Tyler Herro. Herro played in the Nike Hoop Summit last month, and NBADraft.net’s Aran Smith just released this scouting report to give you an idea of what to expect when he suits up for Kentucky this fall. As Smith notes, Herro didn’t have his best performance, but could be a major role player for years to come.

Herro is a quality shooter and had his moments throughout the week of practices shooting from long range. While not the quickest or most athletic player, he has a sturdy frame and a solid understanding of the game. It seems that the quickness of practice and the game made it difficult for him to make an impact. He finished with 2 points in just 7 minutes of game time, missing the only three ball that he took.

He is better in the half court and shows some knowledge of how to run defenders off screens to create open looks. His lack of length will be something to monitor on defense, though he does seem to have a semblance of ball skills and a good work ethic. Kentucky looks to have a crowded backcourt next year, though Herro should manage to fill a role and could develop into a strong rotation piece in time.

For more on Herro’s performance at the Nike Hoop Summit, check out our own Aaron Torres’ recap:

Tyler Herro snubbed in forgettable Nike Hoops Summit game

[NBADraft.net]


The Athletic on whether PJ, Wenyen, and Jarred should stay or go

Whether PJ Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Wenyen Gabriel stay in the draft or return to Kentucky continues to hang over the BBN like a cloud. We won’t know for sure until May 30, but that’s not stopping college basketball experts from putting out their predictions.

This morning, The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie posted a comprehensive guide to this year’s prospects, including his thoughts on who should stay in the draft and who should go back to school. He believes each of the three Kentucky players testing the waters have difficult decisions ahead of them, in part because they’re all competing for the same minutes should they return to Lexington.

“There are few players who will end up with a tougher decision than Washington, whose flashes this year were superb but whose production on the whole underwhelmed,” Vecenie writes. “I would expect Washington to have one of the best NBA Draft Combines of any player, just given what we know about his measurements and tools. If he plays well in five-on-five, there’s a very real chance he could boost his stock to the point that it’s worth staying in the draft. Additionally, Jarred Vanderbilt, Wenyen Gabriel and Washington likely are playing something resembling a session of Game Theory with each other to see which players decide to stay and go in order to find out how many minutes will be available in next season’s Kentucky rotation. This one is dicey and really could go either way.”

Vecenie says Vanderbilt’s decision will come down to what the NBA makes of his medical testing, while Wenyen may only come back to school if Vanderbilt and Washington stay in the draft. As for the three Kentucky players staying in the draft, he predicts Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will go 10th to 15th, Kevin Knox will go 10th to 17th, and Hamidou Diallo anywhere from 22nd to 50th.

For more, get your wallet out and head on over to The Athletic.

[The Athletic]


Today on KSR: The Kentucky Oaks

Today on KSR: The Kentucky Oaks

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to Kentucky Oaks day, also known as the Lillies for the Fillies, Local’s Day (or is that Thurby now?), or the day I’m running the website because everyone else is at the track. I’m not bitter at all, I swear.

The Oaks isn’t until 6:12 p.m., so we’ve got a lot of time to kill. Put on your pink sweatpants and let’s do this.

The Forecast

The weather gods are trying to work with us, clearing out most of the rain chances for today. There’s a small chance of showers this afternoon/evening and a bigger one overnight, but for the most part, it looks like Louisville will be cloudy and dry.

The Field

1 Sassy Siena 25-1
2 Coach Rocks 9-1
3 Classy Act 40-1
4 Chocolate Martini 11-1
5 Wonder Gadot 18-1
6 Kelly’s Humor 38-1
7 Rayya 10-1
8 Heavenhasmynikki 23-1
9 Take Charge Paula 17-1
10 Midnight Bisou 5-2
11 My Miss Lilly 5-1
12 Patrona Margarita 53-1
13 Eskimo Kisses 9-1
14 Monomoy Girl 4-1

Rick Pitino’s a part owner of Coach Rocks, but claims he’ll watch from Gulfstream because “Pizza Boy” (aka Papa John) and David Grissom (chairman of the “Board of Traitors”) still live in Louisville.

Win or not, you know Pitino won’t be able to keep his mouth shut today.

Derek Willis’ pants

Our friend JD Shelburne ran into Willis at Thurby yesterday, and man, those cropped suit pants are something, but nothing compared to Matt’s suit for today:

I’m setting the over/under on how many weird looks Matt gets today at 253.

Three big pieces of news

Moving on from Oaks, three big pieces of news broke last night

  • Bye bye, Denzil Ware: Ware will graduate from UK this weekend and is transferring to play his final year somewhere else.
  • Tyrese Maxey will announce on May 9: Kentucky is the heavy favorite for the 2019 point guard, who is considering reclassifying to 2018.
  • Hami’s skipping the Combine: According to a report from the Herald-Leader, Hamidou Diallo will not participate in this year’s combine. I guess he’s satisfied with last year’s results?

Two impressive throws

Kash Daniel continues to work on his wrestling moves, tossing one of his pals into a table at a crawfish boil yesterday:

I can’t show you that without reminding you of this:

Poor Ryan.

One big win

My Nashville Predators got a massive win last night vs. Winnipeg to even the series at 2-2. Game 5 takes place in Nashville Saturday night, meaning my Derby Day just got even more intense. By the time the puck drops, our party may resemble the Titans offensive line from last weekend:

Have you seen Avengers: Infinity Wars yet?

If not, go see it and then check out the 2 Guys, 1 Girl, Santa podcast about it. My husband and his pals have really found their groove with this podcasting stuff, and I’m not just sharing the link to earn brownie points. Although, Mr. TT, if you’re listening, we’ve got a lot of house and yardwork to do before tomorrow’s Derby party.

You can listen via iTunes or Soundcloud. Also follow them @GuyGirlSanta:

Radio in an hour from Churchill Downs

Get ready for lots of jokes about Matt’s suit.


Hamidou Diallo skipping NBA Draft Combine

Photo by UK Athletics

Tonight in “Huh?”: Hamidou Diallo is skipping the NBA Draft Combine. 

Despite recording the second highest max vertical in combine history last year (44.5″), Diallo has elected not to go through the process this time around, according to the Herald Leader. His brother says he will instead stay at UK to focus on preparing for the NBA Draft.

I’ll be honest, I don’t get this at all. After a lackluster season at Kentucky, Diallo’s best chance of improving his stock was showing off his freakish athleticism at the combine. Maybe he’s relying on last year’s results or doesn’t believe he can beat that max vertical, but this just seems odd to me.

[Herald-Leader]


Austin Macginnis is one of 11 football players graduating this weekend (Photo @UKFootball)

61 UK student athletes to graduate this weekend

Austin MacGinnis is one of 11 football players graduating this weekend (Photo @UKFootball)

This weekend, 61 University of Kentucky student athletes will walk across the stage at Rupp Arena to receive their diplomas. Dillon Pulliam will be the lone men’s basketball player to walk, while the football program will be represented by eleven graduates: Jordan Bonner, David Bouvier, Dylan Greenberg, Jacob Hyde, Austin MacGinnis, Adrian Middleton, Kayaune Ross, Kendall Randolph, Charles Walker, Denzil Ware, and Oliver White.

Who is Oliver White, you ask? He was a tight end from 1981-84 and returned to school recently to earn his diploma. Women’s basketball player Mia Daniel, 1990-93, did the same. To learn more about White’s story, I suggest you check out the Herald-Leader’s excellent feature from earlier today.

Here’s the complete list of graduates by sport:

  • Baseball –  Luke Becker, Marshall Gei, Justin Lewis, Alec Maley
  • Men’s Basketball – Dillon Pulliam
  • Women’s Basketball – Makenzie Cann, Mia Daniel, Jessica Hardin, Alyssa Rice
  • Football – Jordan Bonner, David Bouvier, Dylan Greenberg, Jacob Hyde, Austin MacGinnis, Adrian Middleton, Kayaune Ross, Kendall Randolph, Charles Walker, Denzil Ware, Oliver White
  • Men’s Golf – Evan Cox, Chip McDaniel, Cooper Musselman
  • Women’s Golf – Ale Walker
  • Gymnastics – Katie Carlisle, Amy Roemmele
  • Rifle – Billy Azzinaro
  • Men’s Soccer – Stuart Ford, Noah Hutchins
  • Women’s Soccer – Sophie Babo, Katy Keen, Kelly Novak
  • Softball – Brooklin Hinz, Hannah Huffman, Shannon Smith
  • Men’s Swimming and Diving – Colin Faris, Jack Gunning, Stephen Jou
  • Women’s Swimming and Diving – Michelle Brown-Alleyne, Annie Davies
  • Men’s Tennis – Gus Benson, William Bushamuka, Jake Stefanik, Trey Yates
  • Women’s Tennis – Emily Fanning
  • Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country – Logan Bryer, David Cline, Fred Dorsey, Nik Huffman, Ian Jones, Ethan Shalaway, Daniel Southard, Jacob Thomson
  • Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country – Jacklyn Howell, Katy Kunc, Michelle McKinney, Whitney O’Bryan, Javianne Oliver
  • Volleyball – Ashley Dusek, Emily Franklin, Harper Hempel (also Kaz Brown, who completed degree requirements in December, is participating in this commencement)

Congrats, Cats. Can someone put a hoop out for Dillon Pulliam since he didn’t participate in Senior Night?


Get signed up for John Calipari Satellite Camps

John Calipari will tour the state in early June for another round of his summer John Calipari Satellite Camps. Coach Cal and the UK men’s basketball program will hit five stops over four days, and registration is now open.

The schedule is as follows:

June 4
Bardstown, Kentucky (Limited spaces remain)
Thomas Nelson High School
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Elizabethtown High School
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

June 5
London, Kentucky
North Laurel High School
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

June 6
Louisville, Kentucky
Christian Academy of Louisville
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

June 7
Union, Kentucky
Ryle High School
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

All camps are open to both boys and girls ages 7 to 17. A limited number of spots are available for all camps and are based on a first-come, first-served basis, with online registration recommended as the fastest and most efficient form of registering campers.

The cost for each camp is $80 per camper and includes a camp t-shirt, three hours of instruction with Calipari and the Kentucky basketball staff and available players, competitions, autograph sessions, along with question and answer sessions with Coach Cal.

Click here for more information and to get signed up.

Go Cats.

 


Coach K copying Coach Cal (for the 100th time)

Coach K copying Coach Cal (for the 100th time)

Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski is a copycat coach. He’s copied Coach Cal for years.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Coach K convinced one of his Class of 2019 commits, Joey Baker, to reclassify and join next year’s team.

The five-star prospect announced Wednesday that he will graduate high school a year early and enter college next fall. Baker’s move will (likely) cement Duke’s place atop the 2018 class rankings. Good for them. It also cements the fact that Coach K follows Calipari’s every move like a little puppy dog and then does whatever he is doing. Coach Cal has gone after several 2019 prospects and pitched them to reclassify, and it appears K is doing the same. (Shocker.)

Here’s the odd part: Baker is a 6-foot-7 forward who plays out on the perimeter. Duke already has too many at that position with incoming five-stars RJ Barrett, Cameron Reddish and Zion Williamson, so Baker must be eager to try out Duke’s bench chairs. I guess he’s been talking to Marques Bolden about them.

Whatever, though. We’ll see them in November in Indianapolis, where Coach K will probably request the hotel room right next to Calipari’s.

Has Coach K tweeted about Dunkin’ Donuts yet?


5 Suggestions for Kentucky’s 2019-20 destination games

5 Suggestions for Kentucky’s 2019-20 destination games

Yesterday, John Calipari teased two “destination” games vs. Power 5 opponents in the 2019-20 season. The guys discussed what the destinations could be on this morning’s show, but as KSR’s travel aficionado, I wanted to weigh in with my own suggestions.

The 2019 Champions Classic (Kentucky vs. Michigan State) is already set to take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, so I’m eliminating the Big Apple from the list. The site of the 2019 CBS Sports Classic (Kentucky vs. Ohio State) has yet to be announced, but the event may rotate back through Las Vegas and New Orleans (it takes place in Chicago in 2018). Given how often Kentucky plays in Indianapolis, I’m going to take it off the list, along with Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, where the Cats have played in recent years. That leaves surprisingly few “destinations” in the United States, which may mean Calipari really is thinking outside the box.

Here are my best guesses.

 

Toronto, Canada

Canada in November or December? Hear me out. Calipari’s tapped into the Canada pipeline in recent years, unearthing gems like Jamal Murray and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. With Canadian basketball on the rise, this could be another way to keep that connection to the North strong. Plus, Drake.

Potential opponent: Syracuse (That’s the only Power 5 school I can think of near Toronto, so this is just a wild guess.)


Rome, Italy

Ciao, Roma! Calipari is Italian and a devout Catholic, making Rome an easy suggestion. I’m not sure Cal would be up for taking his team overseas for one regular season game, but if planned correctly during December, it could happen. You know Calipari would be first in line for mass at the Vatican in hopes of meeting Pope Francis.

Potential opponent: Notre Dame (Dublin could be another possibility if we’re playing the Irish, but Cal loves pasta more than potatoes.)


Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon may not scream “VACATION DESTINATION,” but it is home to the Nike World Headquarters. Considering Kentucky missed the PK80 last year, this could be a nice way to make up with Phil Knight and strengthen the relationship between Kentucky and Nike. Plus, think of all the awesome craft beer we can drink.

Possible opponent: Oregon


Hawaii

Calipari hates early season tournaments like the Maui Shootout because teams play so many games in so little time, but what about one game? That’s still a lot of traveling, but it’s a trip that would be very popular with fans, especially in December.

Possible opponent: UCLA


Las Vegas, Nevada

Yes, Kentucky’s been there recently, but Vegas is an obvious choice to me. Watching Kentucky play North Carolina at T-Mobile Arena back in 2016 was one of the most fun experiences I’ve had as fan, and I can’t wait to do it again.

Possible opponent: Ohio State in the 2019 CBS Sports Classic, Indiana (Something tells me the Hoosiers will be on the 2019-20 schedule)

 

Your turn. What are Kentucky’s two mystery destination games in 2019-20?

 


Mother of former Duke player said Coach K screamed at her, made her cry

You may have seen former SMU guard and current Boston Celtic rookie Semi Ojeleye more than hold his own as a rookie against Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. You may have even seen him thrive as a 3-and-D player in the regular season off the bench, or as a 19-point per game scorer as a junior for the Mustangs of SMU last year.

Before the success at SMU and in the NBA for the Celtics, however, was an ugly breakup with the Duke program and head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Jesusemilore Talodabijesu Ojeleye (my new favorite name, by the way) signed with the Blue Devils in 2013 as a four-star small forward out of Kansas. He also held offers from Indiana, Oregon, and Stanford, but decided the opportunity to play at a legendary school like Duke was too good to pass up.

After two years with the program, Ojeleye decided to transfer, as the Coach K he saw on television and as a smooth recruiter wasn’t the same guy he saw behind the scenes. In fact, one meeting with Ojeleye’s family left his mother on her knees in tears.

When the former Duke forward and his family set up a meeting with Krzyzewski about a potential transfer, the Duke head coach reportedly shouted at the player’s mother and made her cry.

Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald sat down with Joy Ojeleye for the story.

According to Joy, a very different Coach K met them in his office. She said the coach ignited when asked about Semi’s prospects and jumped out of his chair. A terrified Joy knelt in front of the enraged coach.

“He shouted at me. He said, ‘Am I lying, Am I lying?’ Just like that,” she said. “My oldest son said, ‘Coach, she didn’t say you were lying, she was only asking a question.’

“I had tears streaming down my cheeks, and I said, ‘Coach, you’re way up there and I’m down here. That’s why I kneeled down and said forgive me. I didn’t say you were lying. I would never say that.’ Victor (Ojeleye’s brother), for the first time, he felt so humiliated, so bad and ashamed I was treated like that. It’s OK. I just didn’t want him to feel like I was being rude to him. I just wanted to ask the question. Is there anything my son needs to do and achieve the privilege to play? Because if you never play, nobody sees your talent. And he tells me he does everything you tell him to do, so if you’re working hard behind the scenes, please, even if it’s five minutes, let him play.”

The year before, Ojeleye met with Coach K about playing time concerns, and the Duke coach reached out to his mother to tell her he was going to “break out,” promising playing time during his sophomore season.

“He said your son is an amazing person,” said Joy. “On the court and off the court. He’s going to play. Don’t worry. He’ll be fine. He even texted me and said Semi is going to do great, he’s going to break out. That helps me believe what my son told me, because he said I believe him.”

He averaged just three points in ten minutes per contest that season.

Just two weeks after the outburst, Semi Ojeleye withdrew from the program and decided to transfer to Southern Methodist for his junior year. There, he averaged 19 points (42-percent from three), seven rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game en route to AAC Player of the Year honors.

When asked about the final meeting with Coach K, Ojeleye deflected.

“That’s in the past — doesn’t matter, don’t want to get into that,” he said.

Sheesh.

For more of Ojeleye’s time at Duke and his tough journey to the NBA, take a look at the Boston Herald article here.


John Calipari hires TJ Beisner as editor of CoachCal.com

@TJBeisner

First, Mark Stoops hired former KSR writer and podcaster Freddie Maggard.

Now, John Calipari has hired another familiar face to the website.

Former KSR editor and KSTV host TJ Beisner has been named editor of CoachCal.com, effective immediately.

According to the official release, Beisner will be in charge of managing all content on CoachCal.com, working with Calipari to produce stories, videos, and more. He will also share responsibilities for managing Coach Cal’s social media accounts.

The head man himself is pretty excited about the hire.

Kentucky basketball SID Eric Lindsey is hyped for some more exclusive “Cal or Kanye” content:

Speaking of Cal or Kanye, let’s bring back that epic video from the 2015-16 season:

Congratulations to our friend TJ Beisner on the big promotion!


Chris Mack continues to make it hard for me to hate him

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As Kentucky fans, we’re conditioned to hate Louisville; it’s in our blood. John Calipari and Rick Pitino fanned the flames of the rivalry as only they could, but now that Chris Mack is in charge and the Cards have been reduced to praying for grad transfers, it just feels…different. I got even more frustrated with Mack’s likability this morning when he tweeted a picture of this note his 11-year-old daughter left for him on his car:

I mean, that’s adorable. Do you think Rick Pitino ever got notes like that on his dashboard? (Maybe from Karen Sypher) At this point, Pitino’s kids are begging him to shut up and stay out of the spotlight, a seemingly impossible request.

Mack is so likable I don’t even get mad when he makes jokes about Kentucky fans:

Good natured, almost funny. A far cry from Rick, whose best attempt at rivalry humor was essentially calling Kentucky fans unemployed.

Mack is about as intimidating as a golden retriever. Just look at him at the EYBL event in Dallas a few weeks back. No need to sit front row, doing just fine here in the back in my UofL hoodie and jeans, sipping my Whataburger soda:

We went over how hard it is to hate Mack back when he was hired, but a month and a half later, I’m still struggling. Apparently he’s been tasked with calling “Riders Up” at the Oaks on Friday, so maybe he’ll debut a new line beard or throw L’s up or make some bizarre dig at Calipari. Probably not. Ugh.

I am so not ready for the new chapter of the Kentucky/Louisville rivalry.


Jemarl Baker is ready for next season

If there was any speculation suggesting Jemarl Baker wouldn’t return to Kentucky next season (and I don’t think there was), Baker made it clear on Wednesday that he’ll be back for his sophomore campaign.

He tweeted, “One season ends, and a new one begins. Time to get to work for the 2018-19 season #BBN.”

Baker sat out his entire freshman season with a knee injury, so his next minute of game action at UK will be his first. But having been around the program a year, he has a slight advantage on the many newcomers he’ll have to beat out for playing time. As it stands now, that group consists of Keldon Johnson, Immanuel Quickley and Tyler Herro, but could see as many as two more additions in Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey. Then there’s a sophomore Quade Green in the mix, too.

It’s going to be a fight for playing time in 2018-19, and Baker is ready to work for it.


Kevin Knox on who comes back to Kentucky

Will PJ Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Wenyen Gabriel stay in the NBA Draft or return to Kentucky for another season? They have until May 30 to decide, but this morning, Kevin Knox gave us his predictions.

“Personally, I think we’ll have some guys come back,” Knox said on KSR. “I don’t know who, but I think we’ll have a pretty good squad next year. I know Quade [Green] is coming back, he announced, and Nick [Richards]. Those two guys will definitely help us next year with great scoring. Nick will have a better year next year.”

“I think [Jarred Vanderbilt], he declared for the draft, I think he has a pretty good shot. He played really well when he was hurt. He has a good shot of coming back. PJ [Washington] has another good shot. If you get PJ and Vando back, I think next year’s team has a really good shot at winning a championship. They’ll be really good if those two come back.”

What about Wenyen?

“Yeah, I think he has a really good chance,” Knox said when asked if he thinks Wenyen comes back. “I know he can really shoot the ball, and that’s what a lot of scouts like about him. I think he has a really good chance.”

Knox even shared his views on Kentucky’s incoming freshmen. Here’s his scouting report:

Immanuel Quickley: “I played with him on the USA Team when we were in Spain. He’s a really good player, a good leader, a good three-point shooter. He’s really vocal on the court.”

Ashton Hagans (whom he spoke of as if he had already reclassified to 2018): “You’ve got Ashton Hagans, who I think is similar to Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander]. Just a little bit shorter than Shai, but really good at getting to the rim, physical, really good defenders. One of the best defenders in the class.”

Keldon Johnson: “He plays with a chip on his shoulder. I think he’ll be one of the best. He talks a lot of trash, but one thing about him, he can back it up too. He’s really good. I think he’ll be one of our better players next year.”

EJ Montgomery: “EJ is a really smooth guy that’s coming in that’s going to help Nick out on the rebounding, Vando if he comes back, PJ if he comes back. There’s a lot of guys he can really help next year.”

Tyler Herro: “Really good smooth player. He talks trash too, you can watch his film and tell he talks trash, but he backs it up as well. He’s a really good three-point shooter that does a really good job.”

Kevin, if this NBA thing doesn’t work out, you’ve got a future in scouting.

Hear Kevin’s breakdown of next year’s team in Hour 2 of today’s podcast: