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Sacha Killeya-Jones enjoyed himself last night

Sacha Killeya-Jones enjoyed himself last night

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Did you spot a tall kid with crazy hair behind the bench last night? That was future Cat Sacha Killeya-Jones, who just wrapped up a visit to Lexington. Judging by his tweets, he enjoyed himself:

Sacha got a taste of what his future in Lexington will be like when fans lined up for over an hour after the game to get his autograph:


Wow. You people are, well, you know.

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Sacha Killeya-Jones is on an unofficial visit.

As you know by now, Killeya-Jones, the first commitment of John Calipari’s heralded 2016 recruiting class, is in Lexington to check out his future school. 247Sports’ fourth-ranked power forward arrived yesterday and will be at tonight’s home game against Boston.

We may need to do something about the Duke haircut.

Wenyen Gabriel shined over the weekend.

Calipari’s second commitment in the class, Wenyen Gabriel was a star at this past weekend’s National Prep Showcase in Connecticut. Evan Daniels of called Gabriel’s 21-point, 11-rebound game an “eye-opening performance” and said Gabriel has taken another step in the right direction.

Gabriel is now up to a legit 6-10 and Daniels believes he can still play the three for Kentucky in 2016-17.

Wow. Strong words for a guy who already has potentially scary upside.

Coach Cal watched Bam Adebayo on Saturday.

Here is what Calipari saw from his next big man, while we were watching the UK-Charlotte football game:

I can’t believe that guy is only a senior in high school. He’s a grown ass man.

UK football commit ranked No. 32 in JUCO rankings.

Kentucky’s Tate Leavitt is the 32nd-ranked player and the fifth-ranked offensive tackle in ESPN’s new JUCO rankings.

The four-star from Ohio plans to be on campus for the spring semester and will play two seasons as a Wildcat. With the current look of Kentucky’s offensive line, he will likely walk in and compete for a starting job right away.

Expect football visitors for the Louisville game.

Among those, current UK commit Jaylin Bannerman, a linebacker/defensive end from Ohio. Bannerman will take his official visit to Kentucky this weekend.

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Sacha Killeya-Jones hangs out at UK’s practice

Future Cat Sacha Killeya-Jones is on campus this week for a visit and looks very tall in this picture John Calipari posted on Twitter. Killeya-Jones is listed at 6’10”, but with that hair, is easily over 7′.

The big man from Virginia has been tweeting during his trip, and had this note from practice:

Pretty good observation, actually.

Meanwhile, Calipari also tweeted that he’s listening to the album “The Fox and the Monk” by John Smith, which means he must be getting tired of hearing “Hey Soul Sister” on repeat. Judging by the single “The Magician,” it definitely belongs on a “Chill Sunday morning” playlist:

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More talk that the 2016 class may be Calipari’s best

Since Malik Monk made it official with the Cats on Wednesday, recruiting pundits everywhere have been talking about how Kentucky’s 2016 class could be Calipari’s best, which is saying a lot for a man who’s brought in #1 class after #1 class. 247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer agreed that this group has the potential to be the best ever:

“I think regardless of the rankings, this class has a chance to be one of the best ever,” Meyer said. “It has great athleticism, great diversity. You could play all five together.”

“You have all five positions covered and they’re all highly-skilled, complementary pieces,” Meyer said. “Adebayo is a physically dominating player, Killeya-Jones is more finesse and Gabriel is a combination of both. With a backcourt of Fox and Monk, it’s hard to imagine a better duo.”

From one epic backcourt to another? Yes please.

[247 Sports]

After signing with the Cats, Bam had quite the night

Bam “Let me say that again…BAM” Adebayo signed with UK on Tuesday and had quite the senior season debut that night, putting up 22 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. After watching that highlight reel, I feel as sassy as this guy wagging his finger:

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Meanwhile, Sacha Killeya-Jones “lived up to the hype”

The future UK power forward played in the Phenom Hoop Report National Showcase over the weekend, and according to Slam’s Rodger Bohn, he “lived up to the hype”:

The most highly touted player playing in the event (Harry Giles is out with a torn ACL), Sacha Killeya-Jones lived up to the hype by doing a number of things that you just don’t see out of your average guy standing 6-foot-10. He drilled three pointers, made plays from the high post, and used his length to hold down the paint as a shot-blocker. Though he tends to settle for his J a bit, Killeya-Jones is a guy who has consistently improved throughout his career and should not stop in Lexington.

Man, this class just gets more and more fun.


On the football side, 2017 commit Walker Wood got some nice mail this week


Good to see UK’s still doing the cool poster puzzle mailers, even if that “Kentucky resurgence” line hurts a little bit right now.

Jedrick Wills ranked #85 overall player in latest 2017 ESPN 300 rankings

Speaking of Wood, his Lafayette teammate Jedrick Wills got some big news this week. The 6’5″ 315 lbs. offensive tackle is now considered the 11th best offensive tackle and 85th overall player in the latest ESPN 300. He’s the only Kentuckian on the list. Wills has offers from Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State — AKA all the big names — but Kentucky’s still considered the favorite.

Word on the street is Wills came very close to committing when Walker Wood did back in October, but decided to wait. Hopefully Wood and fellow teammate and UK commit Landon Young will keep him on board despite the recent slide.

I mean, look at how big this kid is:

Can we get five of him for the offensive line, please?

Arkansas fans booed Malik Monk, Arkansas fans are the absolute worst

Look, we have our fair share of crazies in Big Blue Nation, but Arkansas fans are really making us seem tame, ever since Malik Monk’s Wednesday commitment to Kentucky.

From blasting the young man on Twitter to famed sportscasters warning him to leave the state, it’s been a real embarrassment for Razorback fans this week. The bad outweigh the good by a ton, and it’s making the entire fan base seem pathetic.

Last night in Monk’s first appearance since signing with UK, he received a roar of boos from the crowd as he was introduced before the game, and every time he touched the ball.

I don’t remember Kentucky fans behaving this way when Damien Harris signed with Alabama in a similar situation for the bluegrass earlier this year. Sure, UK fans were hurt to see him go, but for the most part, everyone completely understood the decision (it’s Alabama football) and wished him well on his journey.

Arkansas fans, not so much. Malik Monk is Public Enemy No. 1.

Top 4 clips from Calipari’s recruiting class video

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John Calipari just announced his latest recruiting class via a video on, and he was so Caliswaggy I had to go pull some of the best clips for you.

Cal on “BAM…let me do that again, BAM!” Adebayo: “We’ve already ordered extra backboards for Rupp Arena. We only have one extra. He may take out two backboards in a game, so you better have two down there. When he dunks, he moves rims.”

Cal on “The General,” De’Aaron Fox: “I told him I’m going to nickname him “The General” because these guys all wanted to go to war with him leading.”

Cal on Malik Monk: “WHAT?! Derrick Rose explosiveness”

Cal on Sacha Killeya-Jones: “Went from 6-3, 6-4 to SIX TEN!!!!”

Scroll down for the entire thing.

Calipari announces his 2016 recruiting class

Calipari announces his 2016 recruiting class

John Calipari and his staff just wrapped up the fall signing period with a stunning 2016 class, and Cal’s celebrating by announcing the class in a video on

“This group, the overriding thing, great kids. Now, they can play. They have some athleticism, they have length, speed, wow. Skill with the ball. They’re basketball players. But they’re all great players who, on this campus, will fit in so well.”

“One of the things I loved about this group is they all want to play together,” head coach John Calipari said. “This recruiting wasn’t just coming from me and my staff; this whole group wanted to play together and wants to be one of the best groups ever. To make this work, they’ve got to like each other and want to play together, and this group already has that.”

Here are some of his comments about each player:

Edrice “Bam” Adebayo

“Of all the players I saw in the summer, no one had a combination of a dominating spirit and a physical presence like Bam,” Calipari said. “He has a skill level of a player that is normally four inches smaller than him. Aside from his rebounding ability, he plays positionless basketball, just like our other kids. Bam is going to be a big-time player for us.”

De’Aaron Fox

“De’Aaron Fox has speed, he has scoring ability, he can really pass and he can guard the ball,” Calipari said. “But those are things that can be said about different players. The intangible that I really loved is that every player wants to play with him. This whole class wants him to be the guard on the team. When I found out how much they loved him, I nicknamed him ‘the General’ because they all want to play for him.”

Wenyen Gabriel

“When I saw Wenyen, I knew he had grown from 6-3 to 6-9,” Calipari said. “I see him as a 6-10 guard in the sense that, if we’re playing three guards, he’s one of them. He can really shoot it, he’s got a great shot and he’s a shot blocker defensively. He’s an energy guy who can guard multiple positions and is getting better by the day. Wenyen fits in perfectly with this class.”

Sacha Killeya-Jones

“When we learned about Sacha and were contacted about him having an interest in us, I asked him why Kentucky,” Calipari said. “His answer was, ‘Because you’ve coached players like me who have had growth spurts and all of those players have done well for you.’ You’re talking about a skilled player who can block shots. He can play multiple positions and fits in with the mold of kids we have, which are great kids, great students and great teammates.”

Malik Monk

“Malik is a scoring point guard who can play both positions,” Calipari said. “Malik has Derrick Rose explosiveness. Think about that for a second. He’s as good of a scorer, as good of a shooter and as good of a shot creator as I’ve seen in a while. With his quickness and speed, he should be a great defender – a great defender.”

Tai Wynyard

“With Tai, you’re talking about a 6-9 physical athlete who is not afraid to get physical,” Calipari said. “He has good skills. The most exciting part is what he’s done with his country’s national team. Everybody that’s watched him recently has said, ‘Man has he gotten better. He’s competing at a high level.’ They’ve never seen him as physically fit. Tai is totally different than any player we have.”

It’s real, guys.



Malik Monk Signs his Letter of Intent


Monk with his team via Instagram | ahmad_monk

Monk with his team via Instagram | ahmad_monk

Malik Monk is officially a Kentucky Wildcat by putting pen to paper on the final day of the early signing period.  It’s gotten plenty of people excited, including his future backcourt running-mate, De’Aaron Fox.  He Tweeted the following picture, with the caption, “Now that’s a scary sight” (for opposing teams).



De’Aaron Fox signed his LOI today


De’Aaron Fox signed his National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Kentucky today during a ceremony held at his Cypress Lakes High School.

Joel Weckerly, assistant director for the Cypress-Fairbanks school district, was in attendance and he shared photos of Fox’s big afternoon on Twitter.

Go Cats. What a week.



Check out what Kentucky is getting in Malik Monk

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The first time I saw Malik Monk play, he scored 40 points in one game, with John Calipari and Kenny Payne sitting courtside. Been a fan ever since.

Think Russell Westbrook — and if that seems ridiculous, watch the first video below and then tell me it’s ridiculous — or maybe the athleticism of Eric Bledsoe with a better deep-ball.

Monk’s the real deal, and when you put him next to De’Aaron Fox, goodnight.

Malik Monk makes it official

After several reports around the Twitter device, Malik Monk announced his commitment to Kentucky via a long note on Twitter.

“I will be continuing my maturation as a student-athlete at The University of Kentucky,” he wrote. “Having the opportunity to win a National Championship with my friends and the relationship I have with the coaching staff was very impactful in my decision.”

Arkansas fans are really upset with Marcus Monk

Arkansas fans are really upset with Marcus Monk

Marcus Monk, the older brother of Malik Monk, is catching a ton of heat from Arkansas fans after a report saying he pushed Malik away from Fayetteville and into Lexington. A former standout wide receiver for the Razorbacks, Marcus Monk, now a radio host, reportedly wanted his younger brother to get away from the “distractions” that would come with staying home for college.

That isn’t sitting well with Razorback Nation. One fan even pulled one of the internet’s most savage moves: updating his Wikipedia page:

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You can search “Marcus Monk” on Twitter for more hatred toward the older Monk.

If it were up to me, we would build a statue for him in Lexington.

Malik Monk commits to KENTUCKY

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According to Evan Daniels of, Malik Monk has given his verbal commitment to John Calipari and the University of Kentucky. The five-star shooting guard, ranked first at his position and fifth overall, plans to sign and submit his National Letter of Intent later today. Today is the last day in the early signing player the LOI can be signed and submitted.

With the addition of Monk, Kentucky leaps Duke for the No. 1 recruiting class in 2016. This class challenges John Calipari’s 2014 group for the best he’s ever had in Lexington.

What a week.

Arkansas radio station reporting Malik Monk will sign with Kentucky

Earlier this morning, KSR teased you with some potential big news coming for Kentucky basketball today. A last-minute, early signing period surprise, if you will.

Well, word of what we know is starting to trickle out around the internet. Trey Schaap of 103.7 The Buzz in Little Rock, Arkansas is the first to throw it out there — that Malik Monk will sign with Kentucky.

According to Schaap, Monk wanted to commit to Arkansas, but his brother, former Arkansas wide receiver Marcus Monk, will not let him become a Razorback because of “distractions.” Whether that’s the case or not, we’ll take Monk however he wants to get here.

Now let’s get that signature on a Letter of Intent.

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Everybody has Bam Fever

This morning’s announcement has started UK’s big day off on the right foot.  Once again, John Calipari is on his way to having the nation’s top recruiting class, but it’s very rare to have four Top 25 players signed at this point in the year.

Some people may still be waiting for Malik Monk, but most cannot stop themselves from geeking uncontrollably.  Especially his future teammates.

Even Jeff Goodman had nice things to say about UK, which could not have come easily.

The Flavor of Tonight’s Game is Recruiting

Prepare yourself because you’re going to be hearing this a lot.  Coach K is now a “one and done” aficionado, except his version is done the “right way.”  It’s a load of crap, so get used to tuning it out.  However, it has created an interesting storyline.  The matchup features the Top Two 2015 recruiting classes.  According to ESPN’s Michael Eaves, it will be only the third meeting between the Top Two classes in the ESPN 100.  UK won the other two games, defeating North Carolina with John Wall’s team in 2009 and when Brandon Knight knocked Ohio State out of the NCAA Tournament in 2011.

Michael Warren is an Animal

Committed to play running back for the Cats out of the Class of 2017, Warren’s numbers are astonishing each and every week.  Now that it’s playoff time, he’s even more impressive.  Playing through sickness, Warren ran for 284 yards on 34 carries (8.35 ypc), finding the end zone once last Friday night.  The 35-25 win advances Toledo Central Catholic to the Regional Finals, one step closer to repeating as Ohio’s Division III Champs.

The kid’s leadership is almost impressive as his numbers.  I’ll keep you filled in throughout his playoff run to let you know what UK has coming its way after Boom Williams’ time is up.

Watch Kobe Smith’s Senior Season Highlights

There are many problems on Kentucky’s football team this year.  You can point in plenty of directions, but nothing pains me more than watching the struggle in the trenches.  After Melvin Lewis’ injury sidelined him for the season, C.J. Johnson has been the only bright spot on the DLine as they continually get dominated.  The saddest stat – Charlotte has more tackles for loss this season (73) than Kentucky (40).

Kentucky is building bulk in the middle when Kobe Smith comes to town this Spring as an Early Enrollee.  Getting a head start in the Spring will pay dividends for the wide body.  When watching him, I can’t help but be reminded of Melvin at his best.  Not to hate on Matt Elam, but all of the things Matt needs to work on (staying low, taking on double teams with technique, accelerating off the ball) Smith demonstrates effortlessly in his highlight reel.  To see just how quick this kid’s feet are at 6’4″ 300 pounds, it’s truly astonishing.

I’m a DLine junkie; I love watching and analyzing how they operate.  You don’t have to be one of these to enjoy his film.