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Hey Kentucky! sits down with Rocky Adkins at Hillbilly Days

Hey Kentucky! sits down with Rocky Adkins at Hillbilly Days

Over the last week, Hey Kentucky! has hit the campaign trail with three of the Democratic candidates for Kentucky’s Governor seat.

Tonight, we close things out with our final profile, sitting down with current Minority Floor Leader and Gubernatorial candidate Rocky Adkins.

Hey Kentucky’s Chris Tomlin caught up with Adkins at Hillbilly Days in Pikeville.

Take a look:

Earlier this evening, KSR’s Maggie Davis wrote about Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson playing HORSE with Matt on the full episode of Hey Kentucky!

You can take a look at that here:

Matt plays HORSE with Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson!


KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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#10 Winn Stephens

You, sir, are correct.

#9 Wesley Corder

Great gif, although Nate probably has no idea what to think.

#8 Ron

ORRRRRR…the Dogfather?? I think it sticks.

#7 KY Clips

I like it, not turrible.

#6 Chris Crenshaw

I, for one, say yes.

#5 PJ’s Scooter

I think you can do it. Keep on scootin’

#4 Bucky Small Hooves

Don’t forget the ad plug as well.

#3 Shaun T

I love everything about this, including Benny’s fashion sense.

#2 Turkey Hunter

Somehow, Joe Buck will still make you fall asleep.

#1 Not Jerry Tipton

P L E A S E


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Matt plays HORSE with Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson!

Matt plays HORSE with Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson!

Matt is undefeated at H-O-R-S-E against former Wildcats (sorry, Malik Monk). Will Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson change that?!

While they’re shooting hoops, Matt also interviews the former Cats. Who’s the funniest player? Who’s the best dunker? Oh yeah, and Johnson talks some smack.

On the full episode, Matt is joined by our friend, Mary Jo Perino! They’ll discuss the day’s hottest topics. Plus, Chris Tomlin caught up with Gubernatorial candidate Rocky Adkins at Hillybilly Days in Pikeville. Check it out!


Who is Jordan Brown? And What Do You Need To Know About His Recruitment?

Who is Jordan Brown? And What Do You Need To Know About His Recruitment?

On Thursday afternoon, Kentucky fans (and fans of a bunch of major college basketball programs) got some updated transfer news, as Evan Daniels gave the latest on the recruitment of Nevada big-man Jordan Brown. Since putting his name in the transfer portal a week ago, things have been quiet in Brown’s recruitment. But as Daniels reported, there are a number of schools who have already reached out, and Kentucky is indeed one of them. It’s something I hinted would happen in a post earlier this week.

So now that we know that Brown is indeed available and seriously considering a transfer, what do you need to know?

As someone who knows the Nevada program well, here is what I’ve heard about Brown from sources close to him, and where his recruitment stands. This is what you need to know, and what I expect to happen next:

Who Is Jordan Brown?

Brown was one of the most coveted big men in the class of 2018, a player who appeared in the McDonald’s All-American Game and as a member of Team USA In the Nike Hoops Summit. He finished his high school career ranked among the Top 20 players in the class of 2018.

And prior to committing to Nevada he was recruited by, quite literally, every big-name school on the West Coast including UCLA to Arizona, Cal and Nevada. According to some people I trust he was actually set to commit to UCLA until Shareef O’Neal decommitted from Arizona last winter. At that point, UCLA had just one scholarship for the two front-court players and told both that whoever committed first had the spot. O’Neal grabbed the scholarship and Brown was forced to look elsewhere.

Ultimately, after a long, drawn out process that saw him as the last major recruit to commit last spring, Brown chose Nevada. He was just the second McDonald’s All-American to ever commit to the school, the other being local high school start Luke Babbitt back in 2008.

To put it simply, Brown is the biggest recruit Nevada basketball ever signed.

Why Did He Struggle So Much in His First Year in College?

Although Brown was the most decorated recruit ever to sign with Nevada, his first year was a struggle. He averaged just three points and two rebounds in 10 minutes played per game.

But while that would appear to be a bit alarming on the surface, it shouldn’t be. The bottom-line is that Eric Musselman is a coach that – like Jay Wright and others across college basketball – simply prefers older players to young ones, and Brown got buried on the depth chart behind more experienced players. Nevada started three fifth-year seniors in the front-court and at the end of the day, it was probably the right decision, considering that the Wolf Pack went 29-5 overall and ended up in their third straight NCAA Tournament.

Still, the buzz out of Reno was that as the season went on, Brown gained some confidence. As a source close to him told me, Brown has “looked like his old self” the last couple weeks and was due for a big season next year.

Is It Too Early to Guess Where Brown Might Be Leaning?

Short answer, yes. As Brown’s father Dion told Daniels, a host of schools have reached out besides Kentucky, ranging from Arizona, to Oregon, Ohio State and others. And honestly, that might even be downplaying it a bit. The same source close to Brown told me that since he put his name in the transfer portal, “every major program in America” has at least reached out to gauge interest. Pick a school and they have at least called to gather details, according to the person I spoke with.

With that said, here is what I can also tell you: Steve Alford’s arrival at Nevada will have no impact on Brown’s decision to stay or go in Reno. If anything, it might hurt it.

I know that sounds strange considering that Brown nearly committed to Steve Alford’s UCLA Bruins were in high school, but the bottom-line is that from my understanding, Alford had little role in the recruitment process. Brown’s father in fact confirmed that to a Reno area newspaper, admitting that former UCLA assistant David Grace (who just joined Jerry Stackhouse’s staff at Vanderbilt) did most of the work in his recruitment. Also, it doesn’t help that – according to people I trust – Alford doesn’t plan on keeping anyone from Musselman’s staff on board in Reno, and that Brown was especially close to that staff.

Point being, despite the fact that Alford actively recruited him out of high school, the relationship isn’t as strong as you might expect.

After speaking to the same person who is close to Brown, my hunch is also that he won’t be following former Nevada coach Eric Musselman to Arkansas. I don’t feel quite as strongly on that one, but my gut feeling is that if Brown does move on he’ll want a fresh start.

If Brown Elects To Transfer, Can He Play Right Away?

Since this is a question I’ve gotten quite a bit, let’s just nip this right now: Barring some unforeseen waiver from the NCAA offices, no, Brown won’t play next season. Yes, he’ll have to sit out the season.

And if anything, that’s the only reason I could see him remaining at Nevada (although as I said, I think it’s unlikely at this point). As a former McDonald’s All-American who is watching a lot of other friends get drafted, does he really want to sit out another season?

Again, in my mind, that’s the most likely reason he would stay at Nevada.

Here’s Why Sitting Out a Season Can Be Good However

Regardless of where Brown chooses, I actually think sitting out a season could be good for all parties involved. At the end of the day, it would give him a full year to get used to his new school and program, head coach and teammates. Every kid wants to play, but there are benefits to sitting out.

Still, let’s say Brown did ultimately choose Kentucky – and to be clear, that’s not my prediction. It’s way too early to speculate.

Still, let’s say he did. It would give him a year to get used to campus, and also give Kentucky a former McDonald’s All-American and potential future NBA pro to lead the scout team every day. Can you imagine the value it would give a guy like Nick Richards or E.J. Montgomery to go against that type of player every day?

From Kentucky’s perspective (or whatever school he picks) there is no downside.

If He Chooses Kentucky What Kind of Player Will They Get Down the Road

In addition to getting a great practice player in 2019-2020, if Brown were to choose Kentucky, I think he could be a difference-making power forward/center prospect come the 2020-2021 season. While Brown did struggle to adjust to college life this year, he is still 6’10 with over a 7-foot wingspan and crazy athletic. Nevada tried to play him almost exclusively in the post this season, but he has the skills to step 15 or 20 feet away from the basket and hit shots from there as well. Think that with a year to sit out and develop, he could be a monster two years down the road? I’d say so. And when I say “monster” I mean like “All-SEC First Team” type guy.

Again, it’s way, way, WAY too early to speculate where Brown will end up.

But if the Wildcats were able to sign Brown, he could be the first big puzzle piece already locked in for the 2020-2021 season.


WATCH: Bad Lip Reading with UK Athletics

WATCH: Bad Lip Reading with UK Athletics

The internet has produced some high quality bits over the years. While some get old and fade away, “bad lip reading” remains a timeless classic.

For this year’s Catspy Awards, the fine folks at KyWildcatsTV compiled two minutes of bad lip reading from around the UK athletics department. I may be biased, but I think the football ones featuring Mark Stoops, Benny Snell and Josh Allen are the best.

Speaking of football, they also did an excellent feature on the football team, one of four to earn the title, “Elite Team.” The narration by Kirk Herbstreit really adds some juice to the highlight reel.

Click here to see more on the volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s track and field teams.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 141: Goodbye Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro, Hello Transfer Portal

It’s full-fledged off-season mode, as Aaron Torres and Nick Coffey discuss the comings and goings now that college basketball is done. They discuss the following topics:

Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson stay in the Draft: Since the last time the guys spoke we got major news out of Lexington as both Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson elected to remain in the draft. Aaron and Nick debate: Are either of them ready? Aaron also wonders whether Herro may get typecast, while Nick asks: Could he really have improved his draft stock by coming back another season?

The transfer portal is bumping: The guys discuss the big news that Virginia Tech forward Kerry Blackshear is now in the transfer portal. The guys discuss transfers and ask the question: How many can really make an impact at a school like Kentucky or another major school? Also, why fans shouldn’t just assume that Blackshear will end up at any particular school.

Other odds and ends from around college hoops: Finally, the guys wrap up by talking about other odds and ends around college hoops. They discuss Rick Barnes’ honest conversation about the UCLA job + why did Jemarl Baker elect to leave Lexington? And finally they talk about crazy St. John’s boosters gone wild!

Get the podcast delivered directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.  You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  Don’t forget to follow the show on Instagram too.