This past weekend was my first completely free weekend in as long as I can →
You’re going to want to hear both hours of Kentucky Sports Radio radio in the morning because the guys have two huge guests joining them in studio for the show.
First, in the 10:00 to 11:00 hour, Willie Cauley-Stein will make his Kentucky Sports Radio radio debut to discuss all things Willie Cauley-Stein. Kentucky’s 25th consensus All-American will look back on his three years at UK and what he expects from the future when he joins the NBA.
Then in the second hour, focus will switch to football as Mark Stoops makes an appearance. Stoops will spend the final hour recapping the spring and looking ahead to his third season in Commonwealth Stadium.
Don’t miss it.
Moments ago on ESPNU’s College Basketball Signing Day Special, Paul Biancardi said he spoke to Cheick Diallo last night and Diallo told him he will announce his decision early next week.
Biancardi predicts Diallo will stay home to play for St. John’s, but he is “confused” and “a little bit frustrated” with the whole process.
“He really doesn’t know where he wants to go, but if I’m a betting man, I say he stays home,” Biancardi said.
No one knows anything about Diallo right now. That’s what we do know.
By Drew Franklin on ©April 21st, 2015 @ 6:00pm
Andrew and Aaron Harrison were guests on Jerry Eaves Sports Radio earlier today to discuss the road ahead to the NBA. Eaves, a former star at Louisville, asked the twins what they’re working to improve to ensure they’re drafted in the first round.
Aaron told him, “I need to improve the consistency on my jump shot. I want to show that I can be a consistent shooter and I want to attack and I want to show how athletic I am.”
Andrew said, “I’m just ready to get out there and show what I can do. I’m looking forward to playing more in the open court and stuff like that. I’m excited.”
When asked if they have a preference on landing spots, both guys said they’ll be excited to join whatever team takes them, but they admitted to being long time fans of the Rockets.
You can listen to their interview about a third of the way through Eaves’ podcast.
By Courtney Sealey on ©April 21st, 2015 @ 5:00pm
Don’t worry, y’all. I found Kentucky’s missing link for next year’s team while searching through today’s news articles. This 7-foot senior from the Twin Cities is sure to match-up well with Skal Labissiere next season. In fact, Sean Hjelle has already committed to play for the Cats.
The only problem is that commitment is to the baseball team as a pitcher. Weird, right? It’s not every day you see a person who emulates the body of a basketball player take the mound.
Hjelle is a good player on the basketball court as well (something obvious with his body type). However, in a world where money often trumps passion, it was refreshing to see his reasoning:
“Not a lot of people my size play baseball, I always tell people that, though I love basketball, baseball is really my passion. It’s my life.”
Although we probably won’t see him on the basketball court at Kentucky any time soon, it does have the feel of an old LSU walk-on Andrew Del Piero, who first went to the school to play the sousaphone.
Here are some videos of Hjelle at practice so you can see what a 7-footer looks like outside of basketball:
By Drew Franklin on ©April 21st, 2015 @ 4:00pm
Throw Arizona State into the equation for Thon Maker, joining Kentucky, Kansas and Indiana on Maker’s short list of schools. New Arizona State assistant coach Brian Merritt, a friend of Maker’s mentor, Ed Smith, has the Sun Devils in play with the three longtime contenders.
“We are going to look at them some,” Smith told Evan Daniels.
It’s now looking like Maker will play college basketball, though not as soon as he would like. Smith said the core classes are out of the way but there is still a lot of work to be done before Maker can reclassify.
“It’s shaping up like it’s going to be mid-year,” said Smith. ““If we can get a mid-year situation that’s good for him and he can walk in then we’ll go with a mid-year situation.”
“Just to clarify, the Europe and pro route is not something we are considering.”
By Drew Franklin on ©April 21st, 2015 @ 3:00pm
If you’re one of the many fans who read into a recruit’s Twitter activity, Cheick Diallo’s most recent follow is upsetting. Kentucky’s top frontcourt target began following Perry Ellis, the ninth-year senior forward at Kansas. (Yeah, you know, the bald one. Him.)
There’s some buzz on the internet that Kansas has overtaken St. John’s in the race with Kentucky for Diallo. That rumor and his new Twitter friendship with Ellis are enough for a minor Tuesday afternoon freak out for some of you.
Can we get Kylie Jenner to slide in those DMs?
By Drew Franklin on ©April 21st, 2015 @ 2:09pm
Over on Ashley Judd’s Facebook page, she shared a video from a bookstore in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where she spent Monday afternoon gazing at wildflowers and going to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, probably. Ashley felt the need to upload the urgent message when she found a book called “Daily Devotionals For Die Hard Fans: Duke Blue Devils.” The message couldn’t wait, apparently.
An urgent spiritual message for Duke fans.
Posted by Ashley Judd on Monday, April 20, 2015
Up next for Ashley: Dollywood!
Chad Ford released a new mock draft today and Karl Towns is his No. 1 pick, going to the Minnesota Timberwolves to team with Andrew Wiggins and several other young talents.
Ford is among the many draft experts who have Towns over Okafor in the draft, which would be Kentucky’s third top pick under John Calipari. UK had zero No. 1 picks prior to Cal’s arrival in Lexington; three will tie Duke for the record for most by a school.
Shortly after Towns hears his name called, Ford predicts Willie Cauley-Stein will go sixth overall to the Sacramento Kings. Boogie and Willie in one frontcourt? Yes please. (Assuming Boogie sticks around.)
On down, Ford projects Trey Lyles and Devin Booker to go No. 16 to Boston and 17 to Milwaukee, respectively, before Dakari Johnson becomes the fifth Wildcat in the first round at No. 27 to the Lakers, joining former UK classmate Julius Randle.
Check out the entire ESPN mock draft here.
By Drew Franklin on ©April 21st, 2015 @ 12:43pm
One-time Kentucky target Derryck Thornton will be a Duke Blue Devil and he will skip his senior year of high school to speed up that process. Thornton committed to Duke today and will jump to the 2015 class, where Scout.com ranks him as the No. 1 point guard. ESPN has him as the No. 3 point guard and No. 17 player overall.
Duke is also in the lead for five-star small forward Brandon Ingram, another UK target, and Coach K already has signatures from five-star center Chase Jeter and five-star shooting guard Luke Kennard. Needless to say, Kryswkeskwiski has gone full Calipari.
We’ll see them in Chicago on November 17.
Crews began removing the Bermuda grass from Commonwealth Stadium yesterday to replace it with a new synthetic turf for the upcoming season and the Kentucky Wildcats TV crew stopped by with a camera this morning for a closer look at the removal process.
Check it out as bulldozers dig up the old grass to make way for the new surface in the new CWS:
By Drew Franklin on ©April 21st, 2015 @ 11:36am
Malik Newman will announce his college decision this Friday at 1:00 pm in a closed press conference from somewhere (not his high school) in Mississippi. The Clarion-Ledger has an invite to attend and will exclusively stream the announcement on its website. We will have a running diary and a link to the stream here on KSR, so make sure you’re free that afternoon.
247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer predicts Mississippi State for the five-star guard. I’m not sure Newman could make a worse decision if that’s the case, but whatever. His life, not mine.
Please pick Kentucky.
By Drew Franklin on ©April 21st, 2015 @ 11:10am
As basketball recruiting winds down for the 2015 high school class, the experts at ESPN RecruitingNation predicted the future for the four uncommitted top ten prospects. Of those four — Jaylen Brown, Cheick Diallo, Brandon Ingram and Malik Newman — ESPN predicts one, Malik Newman, will end up at Kentucky.
Malik Newman, SG
Newman will not take a single official visit before making his decision, but it seems that Kentucky and Mississippi State are the leaders. Newman could go to Lexington and get plenty of minutes, but Mississippi State is his father’s alma mater and new head coach Ben Howland knows how important it is to close the deal. [ESPN]
ESPN predicts Cheick Diallo will follow Slice Rohrrsen and Matt Abdelmassih to St. John’s. UK will also lose out on Ingram and Brown.
One of four? We’ll take it.
Kentucky’s top two targets in what’s left of the 2015 recruiting class will soon announce their college decisions, possibly this week.
The first is Cheick Diallo, who met with John Calipari last night. Shortly after the visit, Diallo tweeted a thank you message to everyone involved in his recruitment, suggesting he is shutting things down. If that’s the case, Cal got the last word with the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic MVP.
Then down in Mississippi, Malik Newman has a press conference tentatively scheduled for Friday at noon, according to Adam Zagoria. It will likely be Mississippi State or Kentucky for Newman, though he’s also considering LSU, Kansas, Ole Miss and NC State.
This is a big week as Diallo and Newman are Cal’s best chances to add to the current class. UK is believed to be in the top two for both prospects, but could easily go 0-for-2.
Bryan Price is ******* fed up with the ******* media coverage around his ******* baseball team. Price went the **** off last night on reporters who have been ******* tweeting roster news Price would like to keep the **** in house. He wants to know how the ******* Reds benefit from some stuff getting out. It’s not the media’s job to ******* report every ******* thing about the Reds, he says. He’s really ******* pissed off about it, too.
Listen to the ******* audio from Price below. He says **** 77 times in six ******* minutes.
As much I ******* love the meltdown, Price couldn’t be any more wrong about this. It’s not the media’s ******* job to help the Reds win baseball games. The ******* reporters are around to report every ******* thing they can to the fans. Deal with it, Price. It’s 2015, everyone wants all the ******* information they can get, and Twitter is king.
**** he was mad.
By Drew Franklin on ©April 21st, 2015 @ 9:56am
Morning, everybody. On today’s show, Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will discuss John Calipari’s targets in the 2015, including a new name in the mix. Kentucky also has a new quarterback commit with an awesome name.
Let’s talk about it.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
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