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Romeo Langford Discusses In-Home Visit with John Calipari

Williamson (left) vs. Langford.

Zion Williamson (left) vs. Romeo Langford.

After Romeo Langford dropped 28 points to lock in a a win over Zion Williamson (who scored 26 points), the top-ranked shooting guard in the class of 2018 from New Albany, Indiana discussed his Kentucky in-home visit with Rivals’ Eric Bossi.  It sounds like Calipari’s Monday-night trip went well.

“It went really well (with Kentucky),” said Langford. “Coach (John) Calipari and assistant coach (Kenny) Payne came down to my house and they were just talking about how they would help me out in the long run.

“The first thing I look at when it comes to the schools is the education aspect. Then I look at if I can trust them and if my family can trust them and how they will treat me.”

Langford and Williamson are both far from making a decision about their future.  Pursued by every team in the country, they can play their hand as they please.  Maybe they might pick the same school?  Zion said after the game they’re “good friends,” so it’s more than wishful thinking.

If you need more highlights from their duel, have at it.

Langford vs. Williamson wasn’t the only elite matchup at the opening night of the adidas circuit.  Two of the class’ best point guards, Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes, went head-to-head.  I don’t believe anybody has been recruited by Calipari longer in the 2018 than Quickley, while Grimes received an offer from Calipari at the end of March.

The lengthy Quickley got the best of Grimes last night, posting 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in a 15-point victory.  Grimes never could find a rhythm, finishing with just 6 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Those numbers sound bad, but it looks MUCH worse when you see Quickley drain threes right in Grimes’ face.

John Calipari spent opening night at the Nike EYBL in Virginia where he saw Cameron Reddish, the No. 2 small forward in the 2018 class, lead Team Final to a victory behind an exceptional performance: 24-points, 7-rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists.  Here’s a sample of what Calipari saw:

Reddish wasn’t the most impressive player at the EYBL.  The nation’s consensus No. 1 player, center Marvin Bagley, scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.  The 7-footer does not play like a traditional 7-footer.

Meanwhile at the Under Armour event in New York,  UK targets were busy making highlights.  Kentucky assistants saw the dynamic 2019 wings Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis before checking out 2018 forwards Naz Reid and Moses Brown.  Reid’s lob is impressive…

…but Brown’s poster is pure brutality.

Stay tuned for more updates throughout the day as UK coaches scour all three events.


Romeo Langford and Zion Williamson get buckets, Langford goes home winner

Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson

Romeo Langford and Zion Williamson are major Kentucky recruiting targets, and tonight the two duked it out.

Langford’s team, 22 Vision, came away with the win over Williamson’s, SC Supreme, in a 66-62 win.

Both came away with big points, Langford scoring 28 and Williamson scoring 26. A strong showing in front of coaches from UK.

Check out some highlights from the game here:

Dang.


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Kentucky coaches watching 7’1 Moses Brown in New York tonight

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Live recruiting period has begun and according to Adam Zagoria, Kentucky basketball coaches are up in New York to watch class of 2018 7’1 center Moses Brown.

The center from Jamaica, New York is playing at an Under Armor AAU event, while several other UK signees are playing in the Adidas Uprising Event.

According to 24-7 Sports, Brown is a five star athlete, ranking first in his position and eighth overall nationally.

A laundry list of schools have offered Brown, including: Kansas, Duke, Maryland, Florida and Louisville. However, Maryland, Kentucky and Duke are predicted to be at the top of Brown’s list with Maryland leading at 50 percent, Kentucky at 30 percent and Duke at 20 percent.

 


Watch four of the six 2018 recruits Kentucky’s offered play tonight

Watch four of the six 2018 recruits Kentucky’s offered play tonight

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Want to spend your Friday night watching some of Kentucky’s most coveted 2018 prospects? You’re in luck because the live period starts today and to tip things off, Romeo Langford’s 22 Vision will square off against Zion Williamson’s SC Supreme at the adidas Uprising at 7 p.m. In the game following that one, Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes, both point guards with offers from John Calipari, will square off. You can stream those games at adidasuprising.com.

With four of the six players he’s offered in the 2018 class in action, I have a feeling John Calipari will be in the stands in Dallas to see it all go down. If he’s not there, he’ll probably be in New York to watch Naz Reid, who doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky yet, but probably will soon.

It’s Friday afternoon and you probably don’t have anything better to do at work, so enjoy a plethora of mixtapes on each prospect I just mentioned:

Romeo Langord

Shooting Guard  6-6 195 lbs. New Albany, Indiana
Rivals: 3 Scout: 3 ESPN: 3 Top 247: 3


 Zion Williamson

Small Forward 6-7 220 lbs. Spartanburg, SC
Rivals: 2 Scout: 2 ESPN: 2 Top 247: 1


Immanuel Quickley

Point Guard 6-3 180 lbs. Bel Air, Maryland
Rivals: 15 Scout: 10 ESPN: 12 Top 247: 18


 Quentin Grimes

Point Guard 6-4 195 lbs. The Woodlands, TX
Rivals: 12 Scout: 24 ESPN: 14 Top 247: 8


 Naz Reid

Power Forward 6-10 240 lbs. Neptune, NJ
Rivals: 14 Scout: 12 ESPN: 11 Top 247: 14

 


Pitt transfer Cam Johnson includes Kentucky in his final list

Pitt grad transfer Cam Johnson is one of the last players John Calipari is pursuing for next season, and this morning, he told ESPN the feeling was mutual. According to Jeff BorzelloKentucky is in Johnson’s top six, along with Arizona, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA, and TCU.

The 6’8″ shooting guard averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season for Pitt, shooting 44.7% from the field and 41.5% from the three-point line. He picked up an offer from Kentucky back on April 7, and will have two years of eligibility remaining at whichever school he picks. Not only does Johnson hail from Moon Township, Pennsylvania, John Calipari’s hometown, his father, Gilbert, played at Pitt while Calipari was an assistant there. So, plenty of connections for a player who could be huge for next season, especially if the Cats miss on Kevin Knox.

It doesn’t seem that Johnson’s in a hurry to make his decision, so, in the meantime, enjoy these highlights:

 


Friday’s Top 10: Preds complete the sweep, UK Baseball starts a doubleheader, the Unicorn Frappuccino looks disgusting

Photo via Yahoo Sports

Photo via Yahoo Sports

It’s a happy Friday at the KSR South Compound because last night, the Nashville Predators completed their improbable sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks. As they did the entire series, the Preds dominated, winning 4-1 to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they’ll face either St. Louis or Minnesota (probably St. Louis). Shoutout to goalkeeper Pekka Rinne, who has been phenomenal in the postseason, stopping 123 of 126 Chicago shots over four games. Unbelievable.

I wasn’t there, but the scene outside Bridgestone Arena after the win was crazy, with fans flipping over the Blackhawks “smash car” in celebration:

And that was only round one.  Phew. Let’s go over today’s agenda, shall we?

1. Kevin Knox will announce his decision in May

If you were hoping for an April announcement from Kevin Knox, well, sorry. Rob Jones spoke with Knox’s father, who said his son will announce his decision sometime between May 1-7. Which means it will certainly come while everyone’s busy celebrating Oaks or Derby.

2. Meanwhile, I’m going to try not to read too much into this tweet from Jarred Vanderbilt

I mean, that could be about anything, right? He could be talking about losing a game of NBA2K, not his foot injury, of which we still haven’t heard the severity despite it being almost an entire week.

…Right?

3. ICYMI, Calipari says he’s “not done quite yet” with the 2017 class

Calipari’s been a busy man this week and yesterday, took to Twitter to tell fans he’s “not done quite yet” with his 2017 class:

“Been a great last few days meeting with potential future Cats and learning about their dreams and aspirations, talking about what UK is and isn’t,” Calipari wrote. “For those asking about our current signing class, we announce the entire group together when we are finished with the class. Not done quite yet!”

Sounds like a confident man to me.

4. Louisville met with the NCAA Infractions committee

Yesterday, UofL met with the NCAA Infractions Committee for over ten hours to discuss the ongoing investigation into the sex scandal, during which they were able to appeal the charges against them. We won’t know the verdict for another six to eight weeks, which makes June quite an exciting month in the Bluegrass.

5. Because of a schedule change, UK Baseball will play a doubleheader with #8 LSU today

Bad weather is expected in Lexington tomorrow, so UK had to change the schedule for their series with #8 LSU. Starting at 2 p.m., the Bat Cats will take on the Tigers in a double header. The third game will take place Sunday. If you’d like that laid out in an even simpler format, here you go:

  • Game 1: Friday, 2 p.m.
  • Game 2: Friday, one hour after end of game 1 (about 6:30 p.m.)
  • Game 2: Sunday, 1 p.m.

If you had tickets to Saturday’s game, don’t worry, you can use them today. Or watch on SEC Network+ on your computer. Or listen on ukathletics.com, 630 WLAP, or iHeart Radio.

6. Last night in the NBA Playoffs…

…Patrick Patterson’s Raptors lost to the Bucks, while Andrew Harrison’s Grizzlies beat the Spurs. Meanwhile, LeBron James messed around and got a triple double to lead the Cavs over the Pacers. This dunk was impressive:

King things 👑 #SCtop10

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He’s pretty good at this basketball thing.

7. Tonight’s games

  • 7:00 PM: Celtics (James Young) at Bulls (Rajon Rondo), ESPN
  • 9:30 PM: Rockets at Thunder (Enes Kanter), ESPN
  • 10:00 PM: Clippers at Jazz (Trey Lyles), ESPN2

8. The 2017 NFL Schedule was released

Last night, schedules were released for the 2017 NFL season. You can see them all here, but I’ll do you a solid and copy and paste the Bengals’ slate:

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Sep. 10    Baltimore Ravens    1:00 PM
  • Sep. 14    Houston Texans (Thu)    8:25 PM
  • Sep. 24    at Green Bay Packers    4:25 PM
  • Oct. 1    at Cleveland Browns    1:00 PM
  • Oct. 8    Buffalo Bills    1:00 PM
  • Oct. 15    BYE
  • Oct. 22    at Pittsburgh Steelers    1:00 PM
  • Oct. 29    Indianapolis Colts    1:00 PM
  • Nov. 5    at Jacksonville Jaguars    1:00 PM
  • Nov. 12    at Tennessee Titans    1:00 PM
  • Nov. 19    at Denver Broncos    4:25 PM
  • Nov. 26    Cleveland Browns    1:00 PM
  • Dec. 4    Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon)    8:30 PM
  • Dec. 10    Chicago Bears    1:00 PM
  • Dec. 17    at Minnesota Vikings    1:00 PM
  • Dec. 24    Detroit Lions    1:00 PM
  • Dec. 31    at Baltimore Ravens    1:00 PM

And the Titans’:

Tennessee Titans

  • Sep. 10    Oakland Raiders    12:00 PM
  • Sep. 17    at Jacksonville Jaguars    12:00 PM
  • Sep. 24    Seattle Seahawks    3:05 PM
  • Oct. 1    at Houston Texans    12:00 PM
  • Oct. 8    at Miami Dolphins    12:00 PM
  • Oct. 16    Indianapolis Colts (Mon)    7:30 PM
  • Oct. 22    at Cleveland Browns    12:00 PM
  • Oct. 29    BYE
  • Nov. 5    Baltimore Ravens    12:00 PM
  • Nov. 12    Cincinnati Bengals    12:00 PM
  • Nov. 16    at Pittsburgh Steelers (Thu)    7:25 PM
  • Nov. 26    at Indianapolis Colts    12:00 PM
  • Dec. 3    Houston Texans    12:00 PM
  • Dec. 10    at Arizona Cardinals    3:05 PM
  • Dec. 17    at San Francisco 49ers    3:25 PM
  • Dec. 24    Los Angeles Rams    12:00 PM
  • Dec. 31    Jacksonville Jaguars    12:00 PM

Is it September yet?

9. The Unicorn Frappuccino looks absolutely disgusting

In case you somehow missed it this week, everyone’s talking about Starbucks’ new “Unicorn Frappuccino,” which, as the title implies, looks like a unicorn crapped into a cup. Seriously, this thing looks gross, which, of course, means everyone wants to try it:

Blegh. I’ll stick to tea and cappuccino as God intended, thanks.

10. KSR is at Red State BBQ in Lexington

Come on out to 4020 Georgetown Road to enjoy the show, register for some prizes, and eat some delicious BBQ.


Pros and Cons: Making Bamba’s Decision For Him

Pros and Cons: Making Bamba’s Decision For Him

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Time is winding down on the recruitment of Mohamed Bamba, the No. 2 high school senior in America. Bamba has made no plans to make and announce his decision in the near future, but as May draws closer, Bamba’s decision does too.

Once the seven-footer’s college destination is announced, it will be one of four schools: Duke, Kentucky, Michigan or Texas. All good schools, all with their own pros and cons. Let’s break those pros and cons down tonight and decide which is the better option for Bamba. (We’ll be unbiased here.)

 


Pros:

1. Academics. Of the four schools Bamba is considering, a diploma from Duke will look best on the mantle. Education is important to Bamba and Duke would challenge him in that area, if not for the fact he will likely be there for only one year.

2. Coach K. Best college basketball coach ever? He’s in the conversation.

3. Elite program and title contender. Per usual, Duke will be one of the top teams in the preseason rankings and conversations. That will continue ad nauseam throughout the season up until somewhere around the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Cons:

1. Wendell Carter and Marques Bolden. Duke’s frontcourt is pretty much set already with incoming freshman Wendell Carter and returning sophomore Marques Bolden inside. Bamba would obviously challenge those two for a spot, but somebody ain’t going to be happy in the end.

2. Having to play with Grayson Allen. Earlier this week Grayson Allen announced his return to Duke. And who would voluntarily share a locker room and play basketball with that guy? He’s a crazy person.

3. Google ‘Jahlil Okafor’. With all due respect to Coach K’s greatness, he doesn’t have the track record of other coaches (*cough* Calipari *cough*) when it comes to star one-and-done big men.


Pros:

1. Academics. Like Duke, Michigan provides a great education. It’s considered one of the best public schools in America, while bringing the big-time university atmosphere, unlike Duke.

2. Football tickets? Game’s at the Big House look fun. I hear Michigan has a pretty nice campus too.

3. I got nothing. Literally can’t think of a third pro.

Cons

1. Big Ten. Why would anyone want to play in the Big Ten? I’m falling asleep just thinking about it.

2. John Beilein’s never had a young star. In his 10 years at Michigan, John Beilein has never had a five-star prospect. Can he coach one up? Can he get one ready for the NBA? I wouldn’t want to be the first to find out.

3. It’s not Duke, Kentucky or Texas. Sorry, Michigan fans. Good luck against Ohio State in football next year. Harbaugh should have you in the playoff.


Pros:

1. Living in Austin, Texas. Austin is awesome.

2. Chance to put Texas basketball on the map. One of the top two or three athletics schools in the country is lacking in basketball. Bamba could bring the program to the top and put an end to Kansas’s Big 12 dominance.

3. The spot’s wide open. Texas lost its star big man, Jarrett Allen, to the NBA. Bamba would walk into his position with nobody challenging him for one minute of action. It’d be his show, although with little help.

Cons:

1. Farthest from home. Bamba is originally from Harlem and he played his high school basketball in Philadelphia. Of the four schools he is considering, Texas is the farthest by about a million miles.

2. Shaka Smart. He’s not at VCU and it’s not 2011. Smart is still milking all he can get out of that one magical run six years ago.

3. Nobody cares. Unless Bamba is playing defensive end or tight end, nobody at Texas is going to care that he is on campus. I don’t think anyone on campus today knows Kevin Durant played there, nor could they find the basketball arena on a map.


Pros:

1. Quade Green and Hamidou Diallo. Bamba has been open about his close friendships with Quade Green and Hamidou Diallo, the projected starting backcourt at Kentucky next season. Green has been the lead recruiter for Bamba, while Diallo has been in his ear about what it’s like to be a Wildcat. Together, the three are best buds.

2. No. 1 overall pick. John Calipari’s pretty good at producing those. He’s responsible for four of the last nine.

3. National Championship. Kentucky’s due for one.

Cons:

1. Having to sign all those autographs. And having an entire Nation adore him.

2. Being on TV every game. It must get exhausting playing in front of so many people every single game and building his own brand for the future.

3. Picking friends and family for green room table. The NBA draft won’t let its top player bring everyone to New York, so there’s the difficult decision of narrowing friends and family down to one table. Plus he’d have to buy a nice suit and pay all those taxes and all of the other struggles that come with being a superstar before the age of 20.


 

OBVIOUS PICK: KENTUCKY

(Unbiased opinion, of course.)


New school trending for Mark Smith

New school trending for Mark Smith

Last week, UK got a commitment from four-star shooting guard Jemarl Baker, but apparently the staff is still keeping an eye on Mark Smith. Smith, who also hosted Duke earlier this week, will visit UK before making his decision, but a different suitor is currently trending in his 247 Sports Crystal Ball: Illinois. Brad Underwood seems to have made landing Smith, the Illinois Mr. Basketball, a priority, and Smith will visit his home state school this weekend, along with Ohio State.

The last four picks in the Crystal Ball have been for Illinois, including that of the site’s primary recruiting guru, Jerry Meyer, who flipped his pick from Michigan State:

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Smith played in the Derby Festival Classic last week, and afterwards, told Ben Roberts that Illinois is recruiting him as a point guard, his preferred position, whereas Kentucky and Michigan State see him more as a shooting guard. Will Underwood seal the deal this weekend or will Smith hold out to take a visit to Lexington? Great question. While you figure out the answer, I’m going to watch these highlights:

 


Swaggy Calipari says he’s “not done quite yet” with the 2017 class

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Know how I know John Calipari is feeling good? He sends out one of his swaggy little tweets. He just did that, telling his followers on social media that after a “great last few days,” he’s “not done quite yet” with the 2017 class:

“Been a great last few days meeting with potential future Cats and learning about their dreams and aspirations, talking about what UK is and isn’t,” Calipari wrote. “For those asking about our current signing class, we announce the entire group together when we are finished with the class. Not done quite yet!”

In the past few days, Calipari has criss-crossed the country to meet with recruits, including 2017 star Kevin Knox on Tuesday and 2018 stars Romeo Langford, Immanuel Quickley, Javonte Smart, and Zion Williamson. After Jarred Vanderbilt signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this week, we wondered why UK didn’t announce it the next day, and Calipari just gave you his answer: he’s not done yet with the 2017 class, a fact of which I’m sure Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox are well aware.

A live look at Cal after he sent that tweet (or told someone to):

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ESPN gives final predictions on Bamba and Knox

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If you’re reading this right now, you’d probably really like to know where Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox are going to go to college. Well, unfortunately, I don’t have a concrete answer for you, but I can share ESPN Insider Jeff Borzello’s best guess on both. Let’s start with the good news. Borzello believes Bamba is coming to Kentucky, putting his confidence level at 55%.

“Bamba is still publicly considering all four schools on his final list, but most coaches involved believe it’s between Kentucky and Texas at this point. Texas’ chances received a boost when Jarrett Allen decided to keep his name in the NBA draft, and Kentucky’s mass exodus over the past few weeks hasn’t hurt the Wildcats’ odds either. Neither side is totally confident right now, but Kentucky appears to have a slight edge.”

Okay, what about Knox? Unfortunately, Borzello’s thoughts echo many in recruiting circles when he implies that Kentucky’s not really in the picture. He predicts Knox will go to either Missouri or Duke, giving them both a 45% chance of landing the five-star small forward, with Cuonzo Martin swooping in and making the Tigers a legitimate contender in the last few weeks.

I don’t think Knox will end up at Kentucky either, but you have to think Calipari’s got better than a 10% shot, right?

Break out your wallet and read the rest for yourself at ESPN Insider.


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Thursday’s Top 10: Calipari hits the recruiting trail and goes to Whataburger with Jarred Vanderbilt

Photo by @kathy77777 via @kentuckyforkentucky

Photo by @kathy77777 via @kentuckyforkentucky

Greetings, everyone, and happy April 20, or Darnell Dodson Day, as we like to call it here at KSR. Or maybe we should start calling it Louisville Basketball Appreciation Day in light of recent news stories. Before I get myself in trouble with too many innuendos, let’s roll through the top ten, shall we?

1. Calipari went recruiting yesterday

John Calipari did as John Calipari does yesterday and visited two 2018 stars: point guard Javonte Smart and YouTube sensation Zion Williamson. Smart doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky yet, but judging from that picture, one could be coming soon. Meanwhile, you probably know what Zion can do by now, but did you know he went to the ESPNU studios recently to show off his dunking abilities?

Poor Paul Biancardi.

2. Calipari also went to Whataburger with Jarred Vanderbilt

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After visiting Smart in Louisiana, Calipari apparently decided to swing by nearby Houston to take his future forward Jarred Vanderbilt to Whataburger. So, while we still don’t have word on Vanderbilt’s foot injury after his fall in the Jordan Brand Classic, apparently he feels good enough to walk in and out of Whataburger with Calipari. I’ll be honest, I’m pretty jealous of that Whataburger right now. I haven’t been to one since college and it’s delicious.

To see the clip of Calipari and Vanderbilt at Whataburger, check out his Instagram story @jvando_. It’s pretty cute.

3. ICYMI, here’s where the 2017 class ended up in the final recruiting rankings

247 Sports released their final Top 247 rankings yesterday, giving us a final list of rankings for Kentucky’s 2017 class, which is the consensus #1 class in the country with a few big fish still undecided. Here’s where everybody ended up:

ESPN Top 247 Rivals Scout
Hamidou Diallo 10 10
Quade Green 23 30 21 22
Shai Alexander 33 19 31 39
Nick Richards 16 14 16 16
Jarred Vanderbilt 18 8 13 11
PJ Washington 11 18 14 14
Jemarl Baker 63 83 78 85
Targets
Mohamed Bamba 3 2 2 2
Kevin Knox 9 17 9 9
Mark Smith 137 52 76

4. Four men’s basketball Cats made the SEC Academic Honor Roll

Jonny David, Isaac Humphries, Dillon Pulliam, and Tai Wynyard were among the 70 UK student athletes on the Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll, which is based on 2016 spring, summer, and fall terms. UK had the fourth-most honorees in the SEC and ranked in the top three in men’s basketball and men’s swimming and diving representatives. Eight women’s basketball players also received the honor: Evelyn Akhator, Makenzie Cann, Makayla Epps, Jessica Hardin, Maci Morris, Taylor Murray, Rachel Potter, and Alyssa Rice.

Well done, everyone.

5. What will happen to the Atlanta roads today?

If you think the roads are bad in Lexington, Louisville, or even Nashville, at least you don’t live in Atlanta. Yesterday, a sinkhole opened on Fifth Street in midtown Atlanta, the latest in a series of road issues in one of the worst traffic cities in America. A few weeks ago, an overpass on I-85 collapsed after a fire and on Monday, a portion of I-20 buckled. Basically, Atlanta is falling apart, but at least they have MARTA, which is more than we can say here in Nashville. Seriously, can we get some kind of rail system, Mayor Barry? Lord knows we’re making enough off bachelorette parties and the TV show “Nashville” to pay for it.

6. It’s time to Sweep The Blackhawks

Get your brooms out because the Predators are looking to sweep the Chicago Blackhawks in game four of the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight. If I haven’t gotten you guys to care about Preds hockey yet, it’s probably not going to happen, but regardless, I’ll be in front of the television tonight at 8 p.m. ET to see them complete the sweep on NBC Sports Network. I bet these kids will be watching too:

7. If the NBA’s more your thing, here are tonight’s game times

  • 7:00 PM: Cavaliers at Pacers, TNT
  • 8:00 PM: Raptors (Patrick Patterson) at Bucks, NBATV
  • 9:30 PM: Spurs at Grizzlies (Andrew Harrison), TNT

8. John Wall had himself quite the night vs. the Hawks

Wall had 32 points and 9 assists in Washington’s 109-101 win over the Hawks, which takes them to 2-0 in the series. Two of those points came off this epic dunk and stare down over Dennis Schroder:

That stare-down though 😳

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Wall’s game is on another level this season.

9. Richard Simmons spoke out

I know a lot of you are fans of the “Missing Richard Simmons” podcast that came out a while back, and you’ll be happy to know that yesterday, Simmons broke his silence on his Facebook page following a visit to the hospital for gastrointestinal issues:

10. KSR in an hour

Get some work done now so you can give it your full attention.


Calipari out recruiting again today and tonight

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The frequent flyer miles are rolling in for one John Calipari and he’ll punch the airline ticket once more tonight as he travels to South Carolina to see a star in next year’s class.

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com fame, Calipari will pay a visit to Zion Williamson in Spartanburg this evening. The trip marks the second known time Calipari will see Williamson in the last couple of weeks.

However, it is not Calipari’s first stop of the day. He was in to see Javonte Smart, a five-star point guard out of Louisiana, earlier this afternoon.

Cal’s impossible to keep up with this time of year, but I’d love to have his travel points.


Final 2017 rankings out from all four major services

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Basketball recruiting talk continues this afternoon with a look at the final rankings for all seven of the future Wildcats, in addition to the three potential Wildcats still in play.

A little while ago we shared Top247’s final rankings that were released earlier today; now look at the final numbers from the Big Four services: ESPN, 247, Rivals and Scout.

Here’s how the Cats finished among their peers:

 

The Early Enrollee

Hamidou Diallo, Guard

ESPN: —
Top247: 10
Rivals: —
Scout: 10

The Signees

Quade Green, Guard

ESPN: 23
Top247: 30
Rivals: 21
Scout: 22

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Guard

ESPN: 33
Top247: 19
Rivals: 31
Scout: 39

Nick Richards, Center

ESPN: 16
Top247: 14
Rivals: 16
Scout: 16

Jarred Vanderbilt, Forward

ESPN: 18
Top247: 8
Rivals: 13
Scout: 11

P.J. Washington, Forward

ESPN: 11
Top247: 18
Rivals: 14
Scout: 14

The Hard Commit

Jemarl Baker, Guard

ESPN: 63
Top247: 83
Rivals: 78
Scout: 85

Still On The Board

Mohamed Bamba, Center

ESPN: 3
Top247: 2
Rivals: 2
Scout: 2

Kevin Knox, Forward

ESPN: 9
Top247: 17
Rivals: 9
Scout: 9

Mark Smith, Guard

ESPN: —
Top247: 137
Rivals: 52
Scout: 76

Class Ranking

Kentucky

ESPN: 1
Top247: 1
Rivals: 1
Scout: 1

The unanimous No. 1 class once again. Go Cats.


The final Top247 is out and ready for your viewing pleasure

It’s basketball recruiting season (as you can tell by reading the site) and 247 Sports is the latest publication to release its final rankings for the Class of 2017.

Michael Porter Jr. earned the top spot in the class (S-E-C! S-E-C! S-E-C!), followed by Mohamed Bamba, the top player remaining on John Calipari’s big board, at No. 2.

As for the UK signees, Jarred Vanderbilt is the highest ranked signee at No. 8, two spots ahead of Hamidou Diallo. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made the biggest climb of the bunch, up 23 spots to No. 19.

Check out all the UK signees in the final Top247, as well as their jump/decline in the new update:

8. Jarred Vanderbilt (+9)
10. Hamidou Diallo (-2)
14. Nick Richards (-2)
18. P.J. Washington (-3)
19. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (+23)
30. Quade Green (-3)
83. Jemarl Baker (+36)

Kevin Knox is the No. 17 prospect in the class. Mark Smith is No. 137.

Cats.


Predicting what Kevin Knox will hear tonight

Predicting what Kevin Knox will hear tonight

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Kevin Knox has three in-home visits scheduled tonight beginning with North Carolina at 4:15 pm, followed by Missouri at 6:00 pm and then Duke at 8:00 pm. It will likely be his last three meetings with the five schools he is considering — Florida State and Kentucky were in last night — before he makes and announces his final decision sometime soon.

Barring a late, surprise invite, we will not be in Knox’s Tampa home when he meets with Roy Williams, Cuonzo Martin and Coach K. But that doesn’t mean we can’t predict the coaches’ final recruiting pitches, which I have done below.

 

Roy Williams, North Carolina

“Kevin, we need you dagummit. I tried to get Justin to stay one more year but he bolted for the dad-blum NBA with that new fiancee of his. Now my startin’ wing spot is open like a barn door and it’s all yours if you want it, kid. I can get you enrolled in whatever classes you want (wink, wink) with a dorm room full of all those Michael Jordan tennis sneakers. Now take a look at this box of UNC rings and tell me you want to be a Tar Heel. We can end this ‘crootment right here and now.”

Cuonzo Martin, Missouri

“Does your dad need a job? I’ll hire him right now. Director of Basketball ops work? Assistant? You name it and he’ll start tomorrow. Here, I even brought the Mizzou Athletics Employee Handbook and a map of campus. Now if you’ll just get him to sign this contract here and initial here and here, then fill out this I-9, we should be good to go. I went ahead and conducted a background check and he checked out, all good. I also had my secretary put together this welcoming package — there’s a card for a good realtor in there… Now Kevin, let me ask you: Are you a Tiger? Your dad and I would love to have you on our staff.”

Mike Krzyzewski, Duke

“Kevin, I heard you met with John Calipari last night. What did he tell you? … Okay, that’s exactly what I was going to say. Word for word. Swear. Soooo pick Duke instead? I have more titles and I coach Team USA.”