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Celebrate NBA Cats with “The Greatest Play At UK” video

Celebrate NBA Cats with “The Greatest Play At UK” video

Kentucky Wildcats TV released a new video celebrating Kentucky’s many basketball alums in the NBA, and it’s awesome.

The video’s message is direct: “The Greatest Play At UK.”

I don’t think the timing of the video is a coincidence as R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and other top prospects in the Class of 2018 finalize their college decisions in the coming days.


USC fans chant for Zion Williamson, but Williamson wasn’t in attendance…

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South Carolina continued exhibition play on Sunday night, and there were rumors five-star forward  Zion Williamson would be in attendance.

His mother told reporters her son would be visiting the school this weekend, so fans were on the lookout for the YouTube sensation.

After seeing what looked to be Williamson behind the bench, “We want Zion” chants echoed through the arena.

There was definitely a recruit in attendance, but it wasn’t Zion Williamson.

In fact, the prospect was 2019 forward D.J. Burns. Burns is 6’9, 235 lbs., roughly four inches taller and 40 pounds lighter than Williamson.

PHOTO CREDIT: Dwayne McLemore

Close enough, right?

They probably would’ve had a better chance yelling “Malcolm-Jamal Warner” if we’re being honest…

I’m sure Williamson appreciated the gesture, but there is no denying this is embarrassing for the Gamecock fanbase.

Better luck next time…


Keldon Johnson’s father says he may not sign this week

Kentucky is the overwhelming favorite for five-star shooting guard Keldon Johnson, but according to his dad, he may not announce this week after all. Johnson’s father, Chris, told Adam Zagoria that Keldon may wait to sign his letter of intent until next week…or possibly even the spring.

“It’s not too far-fetched that he waits till the spring,” his dad said. “I wouldn’t be surprised because I just think that we have to be really, really careful with the situation at hand. At 18, I’m just trying to walk him through so we don’t make mistakes.”

On Saturday, Johnson told USA Today’s Jason Jordan he’s “about 95 percent sure” he knows where he wants to go and wants to get the recruiting process over with. What’s changed since then? His dad hinted that Texas may come visit him this week and he’s “sure that Kentucky’s going to come up.” Last-ditch effort by Shaka Smart? Or, is Keldon just waiting to see what R.J. Barrett does on Friday night?

The signing period begins Wednesday, so stay tuned…

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Keldon Johnson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Small Forward/Shooting Guard 6-6 | 205 lbs. South Hill, VA Oak Hill Academy
ESPN: 7 | 3 SF Top 247: 11 | 2 SG Rivals: 18 Scout: 24 | 2 SG

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Mark Stoops will address reporters

Stoops’ weekly press conference is today at noon. What will he say about the loss to Ole Miss after a day of reflection? Check the site at noon for a live stream and a recap shortly after to find out.

We’ll also find out the Georgia game time

Had Kentucky held up their part of the bargain this weekend, this game would be way more important. Alas, we will find out what time the Cats play the undefeated Bulldogs on November 18 later this morning. Who’s joining me in Athens?

Basketball recruiting quick hitters

The early signing period begins on Wednesday, so here’s a quick update on where we are with some major targets:

Still no word on Zion Williamson, who, if you missed it, threw the football a mile this weekend:

It’s Doron Lamb’s birthday

To celebrate, send Lamb a picture of your breakfast.

Matthew McConaughey delivered turkeys in Lawrenceburg this weekend

Billy Gillispie driving drunk after night golf is no longer the most interesting thing to happen in Lawrenceburg, and Freddie Maggard is no longer Jack Kain Ford’s most famous spokesman. What would you do if Matthew McConaughey showed up at your door with a turkey?

Radio in an hour…


Calipari and Barbee visit 2018 five-star center Moses Brown

Calipari and Barbee visit 2018 five-star center Moses Brown

PHOTO: 247 Sports

According to Pat Lawless of MADE Hoops, John Calipari and Tony Barbee visited five-star center Moses Brown this afternoon.

Brown is considered the No. 17 player in the class of 2018 according to ESPN, and he is a consensus top-30 player in the other major recruiting outlets.

The 7’1 center holds offers from Kansas, Arizona, Louisville, and UCLA, among others.

Since the staff visited today, two recruiting analysts have switched their 247 Sports Crystal Ball picks to Kentucky for the big man out of Jamaica, New York:

With rumors of Bol Bol possibly leaning toward Oregon, it comes as no surprise the Kentucky coaching staff may be interested in making up ground on the No. 2 center in the nation.

Brown has been one of the highest rising prospects in the nation, and it’s entirely possible he ends up as a top-10 recruit before it’s all said and done.

Watch him work:

Bring him home, Coach Cal.


Keldon Johnson plans to announce decision this week

2018 five-star forward Keldon Johnson is just about set to make his college decision.

According to Jonathan Alexander of the News Observer, an announcement is likely to come this week.

Adam Zagoria reported that the Kentucky coaching staff visited Johnson at his school last week.

Over the last month or so, countless national and local reporters have said Kentucky is the heavy favorite for Johnson, and that he could pull the trigger for the Cats at any moment.

In an interview with Jason Jordan of USA Today, Johnson said he was “95 percent sure” where he wanted to attend college next year.

“I’d say I’m about 95 percent sure I know where I want to go,” said Johnson. “Most likely I’ll get it over with. I just have to talk with my family and make sure they’re OK with it.”

A few weeks ago, Kentucky commitment Immanuel Quickley told SEC Country he has been recruiting Johnson to join him in Lexington, and that he felt the Wildcats had an edge in his recruitment.

“I’ve been talking to Keldon a lot. He says he likes Kentucky a lot, too, so hopefully I can get him to come with me,” Quickley told SEC Country. “I think Kentucky is definitely his leader.”

Everything is lining up for Johnson to become Kentucky’s second commitment of the class of 2018 next week.

Come on down, young fella.


Brianna Bird, 247Sports

UK Basketball Recruiting Rewind: The Harrison Twins

Brianna Bird, 247Sports

It’s time for another Recruiting Rewind. Want more? Reminisce with me as we look back on the recruitments of John Wall, Terrence Jones, Nerlens Noel, Karl-Anthony Towns, Brandon Knight, Willie Cauley-Stein and Anthony Davis.


The time has come. This Friday, the 2017-2018 basketball season officially kicks off as UK takes on… (quick Google search) Utah Valley! This promises to be an excellent contest!

To commemorate the season opener, the final Recruiting Rewind looks back at one of the biggest package deals ever in recruiting: Aaron and Andrew, the Harrison Twins.

Two 6’5″ guards, both highly touted 5-star recruits, both committing to the same school. In the annals of UK recruiting lore, this commitment was one of the biggest. Let’s run it back.

The Recruitment

Officially, the Twins’ decision came down to SMU, Maryland, and UK. Down the stretch, Mark Turgeon’s Terrapins emerged as the only true contender to Calipari landing two of the elite guards in the 2013 class.

As much as coaches craved seeing both twins on the floor together, it was clear that they could be great apart.

Of course, when push came to shove, it was clear the Twins wanted to win at the college level together. And as the top point and shooting guards in the class, can you really blame them?

The Commitment

The fellas know how to work the BBN.

While the four year promise would turn out to be a bit bullish, it was clear from the Harrisons’ time in Lexington that they cared about the success of the program.

And with time, that care led to some incredible moments.

The Performance

While year 1 for the Twins at UK was tumultuous, their production was consistent. Aaron averaged 13.7 PPG, while Andrew averaged 10.9 to go along with 4 assists. Of course, some of these points, especially for Aaron, meant a bit more than others.

The spectacle that was the 2014-2015 season wouldn’t have happened without the Harrison Twins. Even though their face value production may have dropped, with Aaron scoring 11.0 PPG and Andrew scoring 9.3, that combined 20 points made a huge difference in the context of Coach Cal’s infamous “platoon” system.

With the Twins leading the A-Team and the Ulis/Booker combo on standby, there were few backcourts that could stand in the Cats’ way. And until early April 2015, none could topple them.

Could 2017-2018 live up to these standards? Probably not.

Are we all rooting for it to? Absolutely.

@JayWinkKSR


Zion Williamson: Future NFL Quarterback?

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One of the nation’s top basketball recruits, few people have ever dunked a basketball better than Zion Williamson.  That’s not the only incredible thing Zion can do.

The 6’6″ 272-pound athlete showed off his arm last night.  Watching the lefty throw the football a mile will stir up Jared Lorenzen flashbacks.

Zion can throw a football over Mt. Zion.  If Coach Cal can convince the nation’s No. 2 basketball prospect to come to Kentucky, maybe he can throw a few passes for Mark Stoops before the start of basketball season…


Rivals’ Eric Bossi gives you a 2018 basketball recruiting update

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The Fall signing period is right around the corner, and there are several recruits with high interest in Kentucky just about ready to make a decision.

Eric Bossi of Rivals.com has written a few articles over the past few days about the nation’s top uncommitted recruits, and I gathered all of his information involving your beloved Wildcats for you right in one convenient spot.

Here are his thoughts on some of the Wildcats’ top remaining targets, when decisions might be made, and his gut feeling on where they’re leaning, along with KSR’s thoughts:

Bol Bol

ContendersKentucky and Oregon.

Favorite: Oregon.

Chances of signing early: 90%.

For a while, it looked like Kentucky might be the team to beat for Bol, but as his recruitment nears an end, things are starting to look like he’ll stay out West. A seven-footer with skill, incredible length and huge upside, Bol hasn’t yet set a commitment date. However, the expectation is that he will decide soon and that he does it early.

KSR’s thoughts:

If Bol were to commit right now, I’d probably lean Oregon due to rumors of him wanting to stay out west. If this drags out a bit longer, I think Kentucky could easily retake the lead. Bol is the only big man Kentucky is heavily recruiting, which usually means the staff is confident. He’s reportedly very close with Kenny Payne, which is always a good thing.

Quentin Grimes

Contenders: KansasKentuckyTexas, Marquette

Favorite: Kansas

Chances of Early Signing: 50 percent

While more of a scoring guard that can evolve into a primary guard option, Grimes has led a blueblood recruitment for the past year. The 6-foot-4 standout sports a much improved skillset and a solid feel for the game. Kansas remains the favorite, though the other finalists should not be discounted.

KSR’s thoughts:

I truthfully think this recruitment is down to Kentucky and Kansas, with the Jayhawks holding the slight edge. For some reason, Keldon Johnson has held off on making a commitment, which leads me to believe he’s waiting to see what Grimes does. Grimes and his family are close to Kenny Payne, as well, and I think that’s more significant than people realize.

Darius Garland

Contenders: VanderbiltIndianaKentuckyUCLA

Favorite: Vanderbilt

Chances of Early Signing: 70 percent

The top pure point guard still on the board, Garland is a bit closer to a college decision as he has already visited three schools and will finish off his visit tour this weekend as he heads to UCLA. Duke was the heavy favorite during the spring and summer months but with the Blue Devils further prioritizing Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett, the recruitment of Garland is shaping up to be a battle between Vanderbilt and Indiana, with Kentucky as the dark horse. The idea of playing alongside five-star scoring guard Romeo Langford could help either Indiana or Vanderbilt as both programs have hosted the duo during the same weekend.

KSR’s thoughts:

He has been extremely positive about Kentucky in recent interviews, but I think the Wildcats have prioritized other top guards. With Tyler Herro now heavily in the mix, I just don’t see Garland ending up in Lexington.

RJ Barrett

ContendersDukeKentucky and Oregon

FavoriteDuke

Chances of Early Signing: 99 percent

Barring a huge surprise, the top-ranked player in the class of 2018 is expected to announce his decision on Nov. 10 and sign early. Barrett has visited all three of his finalists and each has a strong pull for him. The very latest talk is that Duke has emerged as the slight favorite, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Barrett end up in either Lexington or Eugene.

KSR’s thoughts:

Absolute silence.

He started following Kentucky players and coaches on social media, but so did Marques Bolden right before his decision. On the flip side, so did Kevin Knox.

Calipari hasn’t had any last-second visits or major conversations with Barrett that the public is aware of. I know all of the talk is pro-Duke, but this recruitment is very suspicious to me, as no one on Kentucky or Barrett’s side of things seem to be talking.

My head says Duke, but my gut tells me Kentucky. We’ll see what wins out next week.

Zion Williamson

ContendersClemsonDukeKansasKentuckyNorth CarolinaSouth Carolina

FavoriteKentucky

Chances of Early Signing: 50 percent

The closer we get to Signing Day, the more difficult Williamson’s recruitment has become to read. Kentucky has appeared to be a favorite for a while, but North Carolina and Duke are getting more talk and there are many that remain convinced Williamson stays home to attend Clemson. Also, the chances of him signing during the early period appear to be on the decline, so this one could get really interesting.

KSR’s thoughts:

Williamson wants to play with Quickley, he remains in constant contact with the Kentucky coaching staff, he’s friends with Drake, etc. The writing is on the wall, whether he wants to admit it or not.

I don’t think he rushes into a decision, but I am fairly confident Zion Williamson will be suiting up for Kentucky next season. Calipari has made him a top priority and he knows he can unlock his superstar potential at UK.

Keldon Johnson

ContendersFlorida StateKentuckyMarylandNC State and Texas

FavoriteKentucky

Chances of Early Signing: 80 percent

In early October, Johnson indicated to Rivals.com that he was very near making his decision. So, it’s a bit of a surprise that he’s still on the board at this point. For the longest time, Texas was the clear favorite, but the Longhorns have faced stiff competition. Over the last few weeks, Kentucky has been rumored to be the favorite but something is keeping him back from committing to the Wildcats – or any school. We think it’s resolved before the end of the early signing period and wouldn’t rule out Maryland either.

KSR’s thoughts:

Two weeks ago, I would’ve told you a commitment from Johnson was imminent. Ever since, there has been complete silence. As I mentioned earlier, is he waiting to see if any other dominoes fall? Did Calipari tell him to hold off? Second thoughts? Who knows. Kentucky is still the favorite, but it’s not as much of a guarantee as I once thought.

Tyler Herro

Contenders: Butler, KansasKentuckyOregon and Villanova.

FavoriteKentucky

Chances of Early Signing: 30 percent

Just a few weeks ago, Herro crushed Wisconsin by decommitting from the home state school. Since then, some heavy hitters have scrambled to get in touch. Herro said at the beginning of the week that he would like to visit Oregon and Villanova. However, that was before John Calipari came in to see him and offered a scholarship. During July, there were rumors Herro could look around and that if he did, UK would be tough to beat. Now that they’ve offered, we like Big Blue Nation’s chances.

KSR’s thoughts:

Almost immediately after Herro decommitted, he mentioned Kentucky had interest in him. Then reports came out that they’ve had conversations. Then the UK coaching staff visited and pulled the trigger on an offer. Right after, Herro schedules an official visit to Lexington.

He may have said he’s in no rush to make a decision, but this seems to be picking up pace a lot faster than anyone anticipated. I wouldn’t be shocked in the slightest if we see a commitment right after his visit.


What are your all’s thoughts? How many commit to Kentucky? How many of those commitments come in Fall?

Go Cats.


R.J. Barrett sets announcement date

R.J. Barrett is ready to announce his decision to the world.

The No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2018, Barrett plans to reveal his highly-anticipated decision on Friday, November 10 from Lionhead Golf & Conference Centre in Brampton, Ontario. TSN will televise the announcement live as part of its SportsCentre broadcast at 6 pm ET that evening, with an exclusive feature on Barrett to air the night before to feed the excitement.

Barrett is down to Duke, Kentucky and Oregon for his college destination.

Duke currently holds a very strong lead in the Crystal Ball picks.


Tyler Herro schedules official visit to Kentucky

2018 four-star SG Tyler Herro has scheduled an official visit to Kentucky for November 11th.

Herro recently decommitted from Wisconsin, and mutual interest with the Wildcats has been on the rise ever since.

He’ll be coming to Kentucky just four days before the fall signing period deadline, meaning we could see him wrap up his recruitment sooner rather than later.

ESPN lists Herro as the No. 27 player in the class of 2018, and the other top recruiting services consider him to be a consensus top-50 prospect. His stock, however, is soaring, and many analysts think he could end up in the top 15 before it’s all said and done.

You can read Drew’s breakdown of Herro’s recruitment here:

Get To Know Tyler Herro, Calipari’s New Target

(Spoiler alert: he REALLY likes Kentucky.)

Watch him work:

Bring him on home, Coach Cal.


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Calipari offered Tyler Herro last night

The four-star shooting guard definitely got a treat on Halloween in the form of a scholarship offer from John Calipari. Herro decommitted from Wisconsin on October 17 and his stock has skyrocketed after an impressive showing at a USA Basketball minicamp a few weeks ago.

“It feels good,” Herro said when Evan Daniels asked about the offer. “Meeting with coach Cal and coach [Kenny] Payne was good. They keep it real. They told me Kentucky is a different beast and if I want to make it then Kentucky is the spot. I’m still looking at all my options but it feels good.”

Oregon, Kansas, Butler, Villanova, and Arizona are also in the mix.

Don’t worry, the recruiting trail isn’t distracting Cal from his team

Late last night, Cal reassured fans that, despite going on recruiting, his mind is on this year’s squad:

He even brought the team guard dogs in to help him out:

No. 6 Volleyball takes on No. 4 Florida

Today’s a huge day for the volleyball team, which takes on 4th ranked Florida at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum. The Cats and the Gators are No. 1 and No. 2 in the SEC standings, and this match could have even bigger implications. Kentucky beat Florida in Gainesville last month, so the Gators will be out for revenge. Tickets are still available (if you go, you’ll get a free pair of Kentucky Volleyball socks), so if you’re able, join the KSR crew to support one of UK’s most successful teams. If you can’t make it, the match will be shown on ESPNU.

We’ll hear from Mark Stoops and Matt House

Stoops will preview his team’s game vs. Ole Miss on today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, during which we’ll hopefully get an injury update on Stephen Johnson, who didn’t practice Monday or Tuesday as he recovers from his shoulder injury. Later in the afternoon, we’ll get an update on the defense courtesy of Matt House.

UK students can take a bus to the Vandy game and back

The Cats will travel to Nashville to play Vanderbilt on November 11, and if you’re a UK student, you can take a bus to the game and back courtesy of STAT (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) and TEAM WILDCAT. The bus will leave the Joe Craft Center parking lot behind Memorial Coliseum 6 ½ hours before kickoff on Nov. 11, and return immediately following the game. The cost is $50 for STAT/ TEAM WILDCAT members, $75 for nonmembers and includes a STAT/TEAMWILDCAT membership (a $25 value). For more information and to register, go to www.ukalumni.net/VandyFootballTrip.

ICYMI, Calipari said he listened to KSR for the first time yesterday

…and didn’t understand it:

I’m sure Matt will comment on that on today’s show.

There was a BBNBA reunion in Indy last night

Always good to see my brothers.

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The Pacers hosted the Kings, which meant that four former Cats were in action: Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, and De’Aaron Fox. Fox didn’t make the picture (he didn’t play with any of these guys), but he did sport these custom shoes last night as a tribute to The Joker:

More on the actual game in the BBNBA roundup in just a bit.

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Tyler Herro gets an offer

Tyler Herro gets an offer

John Calipari visited 2018 four-star shooting guard Tyler Herro in Milwaukee today and enjoyed the visit so much he offered him a scholarship.

Herro decommitted from Wisconsin on October 17 and has since become a hot commodity, drawing interest from all of the major programs. He’s considered the fourth best shooting guard and the 27th overall player in the 2018 class by ESPN, but his stock is on the rise after an impressive performance at the USA Basketball training camp a few weeks back. Calipari hinted last night that he’s looking for one more piece to add to the 2018 puzzle…could Herro be it?

“I’ve gotta go recruiting tomorrow,” Cal said. “I gotta get us one more guy.”

Kentucky now leads Herro’s 247 Sports Crystal Ball with 76% of the predictions, including that of Evan Daniels:


Calipari to visit Tyler Herro today

Calipari to visit Tyler Herro today

Is today the day Tyler Herro gets his Kentucky offer? It’s very likely.

The four-star shooting guard will host John Calipari in Milwaukee later today. Herro has become a hot target in the 2018 class after decommitting from Wisconsin earlier this month, and Kentucky is among the short list of teams recruiting him the hardest since he re-opened things.

UK assistant Kenny Payne reached out to Herro for the first time last week and the interest is mutual. Then there’s the quote from John Calipari after the Morehead State game last night, when he said, “I’ve gotta go recruiting tomorrow… I gotta get us one more guy.”

I assume he means one more guy to add to the Class of 2018 board, but you could read that as he is hoping to find a late addition to the current squad. I side with him meaning the former, though.

Watch Herro do his thing:


Kentucky reached out to 2018 four-star SG Tyler Herro last night

247 Sports

Last week, it was reported the Kentucky coaching staff would be visiting 2018 four-star SG Tyler Herro, a recent Wisconsin decommit, sometime in the near future.

247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer said the athletic sharpshooter out of Greenfield, WI was searching for a Kentucky offer, and almost immediately after, several Crystal Ball picks pegged Herro to the Wildcats.

This afternoon, Evan Daniels released a recent interview with Herro, where he said Kentucky was one of the top-six schools he had interest in.

“I like Oregon, Kansas, Kentucky, Butler, Villanova, Arizona, those are the schools that have recruited me the hardest and that I’m interested in,” Herro said.

Though they’ve been in contact with his father and AAU coach, Herro also said the Kentucky coaching staff reached out to him personally last night.

Herro’s father and AAU coach have spoken to Kentucky since his decommitment, but late Thursday night Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne reached out directly to Herro for the first time.

“They just said they are more than interested and Coach Cal is going to come out and see me,” Herro said. “They told me that when they saw me play last summer they knew I was a killer and they said they only have those types of players in their program. Coach told me if I want to be a pro, then come to Kentucky. Seems like a good guy and sounds like they want to make their guys better.”

As far as a decision timetable, Herro didn’t seem to be in a rush to make a decision.

“Just taking it slow and taking my time,” Herro said about the (deciding) process.

Definitely good news for the Wildcats.

Watch him work below:

Read the rest of Herro’s interview with Evan Daniels here.