By Zack Geoghegan on ©April 18th, 2019 @ 1:30pm
Good afternoon, folks. Eric Bledsoe dominated the Pistons for 27 points in 28 minutes. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(5) Pacers – 90 @ (4) Celtics – 99 (BOS leads 2-0)
- The Indiana Pacers didn’t quite have a full-on meltdown in the second half as they did in Game 1, but they also didn’t not not have a full-on meltdown in the second half as they did in Game 1. At halftime, the Pacers trailed 52-50, then barely scraped together a 12-point fourth quarter that doomed them against a red-hot Kyrie Irving.
- Irving led all scorers with 37 points to go along with six rebounds and seven assists while converting on six of his 10 three-point attempts. This was one of those special Irving games where he just tosses up whatever the hell he feels like – no matter who is guarding him or how close they are – and it always finds the bottom of the net. Boston rattled off a 10-0 run in the final five minutes of regulation to ice off another Pacers collapse.
- Going home to Indy, the Pacers can at least head into Game 3 with the mindset knowing that they can win this series. It’s just a matter of putting things together for all four quarters, all 48 minutes.
(8) Pistons 99 @ (1) Bucks – 120 (MIL leads 2-0)
- The Milwaukee Bucks featured our only member of the BBNBA to take the floor on Wednesday and he put on a performance to make up for it. Eric Bledsoe unloaded for 27 points in 28 minutes in addition to four rebounds, six assists, three steals, and only one turnover against the Detroit Pistons, who are so severely overmatched it’s actually kind of hilarious.
- Bledsoe was hoisting up – and drilling – contested triples (he shot 3-8 from deep), slipping in behind-the-back passes, and being an overall bulldog on both ends of the court. He was excellent in Game 2 and there wasn’t a Piston on the floor who could stop him. Although, without Blake Griffin, there isn’t a single Piston who can go head-to-head with any of the Bucks top nine players. Detroit was able to keep this game somewhat close until a 35-17 advantage in the third quarter favoring Milwaukee ended things for good. The series now heads to Michigan for the next two games.
(5) Jazz – 98 @ (4) Rockets – 118 (HOU leads 2-0)
- The Utah Jazz is experimenting at the worst possible time, in my opinion. Once again – same as they did in Game 1 – the Jazz preferred to push James Harden into the middle of the floor where he absolutely swallowed the Utah defense whole. Harden posted a 32-point triple-double in a game the Rockets led by at least 15 points for what felt like the entire outing. Houston led 39-19 after the first quarter and never looked back.
- This play right here epitomizes the Jazz defense through the first two games that makes absolutely zero sense to me.
- What is going on here? Is Ricky Rubio telling Harden who to pass to? Why are the Jazz leaving the shooter wide open only one pass away from Harden? By putting Ingles on the back of Harden, Utah is essentially saying “here you go, James, an easy 3-on-2 opportunity for you.” Utah’s head coach Quin Snyder is very clearly a highly more intelligent basketball mind than I am, but I’m lost here. If someone can explain, I’m all ears. I understand what Utah is trying to accomplish here (forcing Harden into tough decisions in the paint – and he did have eight turnovers) but there are now two back-to-back blowout losses that indicate this is not a beneficial strategy. Onto Game 3 in Utah.
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TONIGHT IN THE NBA
8:00 (TNT): Sixers @ Nets (Tied 1-1)
9:00 (NBATV): Spurs @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt) (Tied 1-1)
10:30 (TNT): Warriors (Cousins-out) @ Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) (Tied 1-1)
Another pledge just became official: Nate Sestina has signed with Kentucky.
The Bucknell grad transfer put pen to paperwork today to cement his spot on next year’s roster. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward will be eligible this fall and, in a release from UK, said he can’t wait to take the next step in his basketball and academic career.
“It’s been an amazing ride from Emporium (Pennsylvania) to Bucknell and everywhere in between, and it’s surreal to think my college basketball career isn’t over yet,” Sestina said. “I’m humbled to get started with Kentucky. I want to thank God, my family, my coaches, my teammates and John Calipari for this opportunity.”
Last season, Sestina averaged 15.8 points, a team-high 8.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game for Bucknell while shooting 53.6% from the floor. He also made 41 threes off 38% from behind the arc.
“I think everyone knows my stance on graduate transfers,” John Calipari said in a release. “We are only going to take someone if it’s going to help both the kid and our program. I’m not going to take someone if they’re not going to have an impact. After seeing what Reid’s (Travis) move did for him this past season and how he helped our program, I told our staff if there are other kids in his situation that could benefit, let’s take a look at them.
“Nate falls into that scenario in that he’s achieved what he set out to do and now wants to take this thing to the next level. I’m excited to get to work with him because he’s where the game is going. He has the ability to play in the post but he can stretch you out, which gives us the ability to play a little different and open things up more. He’s a great kid from a great family who wanted this challenge.”
Welcome aboard, Nate.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 18th, 2019 @ 12:16pm
Here’s a bit of a bummer for those of you headed to Keeneland today: Snell Yeah, the horse name after former Kentucky star Benny Snell, has been scratched from his debut race this afternoon.
According to the Herald-Leader, Snell Yeah wasn’t breathing 100 percent this morning so his trainer removed him from today’s race, a 4 1/2 furlong race for maidens at 1:39 p.m. Have no fear; his owner said they’ll attempt to get Snell Yeah into another maiden race on April 25 at Keeneland, and if he’s still not good enough to go, a race at Churchill Downs next month.
It’s official: Keion Brooks is a Kentucky Wildcat.
The five-star forward signed his letter of intent this morning, his father confirmed to Chris Fisher. On Twitter, Brooks commemorated the occasion by sharing a picture from his announcement back in March:
— Keion Brooks (@keion_brooks) April 18, 2019
The 6’7″ 185 lbs. wing out from Fort Wayne, Indiana will participate in the Jordan Brand Classic in Las Vegas this weekend along with fellow future Cats Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney. Maxey signed his letter of intent in November, while Whitney has a signing ceremony planned for May 3 in his hometown of Chicago.
Our own Jack Pilgrim will be in Vegas to bring you all the highlights and quotes you could dream of, but until then, enjoy Brooks’ latest mixtape:
UPDATE: UK just sent out this quote from John Calipari on Brooks’ signing.
“Keion is such a unique player because he has guard play-making ability in a 6-7, physical frame,” Calipari said. “In the last year at La Lumiere, he has physically improved leaps and bounds and is going to continue to get stronger. He helped his team to a 29-1 record, which shows you he’s a winner. We expect him to have a major impact on this program just like he did at La Lumiere. He’s a great kid from a great family and I can’t wait to get him here.”
By Keifer Winings on ©April 18th, 2019 @ 11:30am
[Ed. Note: Keifer Winings and Chris Smith are two University of Kentucky graduates who took a road trip across the country to visit UK Alumni Clubs. They wrote about some of their stops for KSR and now, their documentary is complete and ready to share with the Big Blue Nation.]
A couple of years ago, myself and a friend took a road trip with the goal of experiencing the Big Blue Nation in person. Up until that point BBN had been abstract to us, and we wanted to find out what the term meant.
So, we contacted alumni and fans and scheduled a watch party for each UK basketball game of the 2015-2016 season in a different city across the country, with a different group of fans. When November came around, we bought a cheap camper van to live out of, stocked up on ramen and Easy Mac, and hit the road.
Over those five months we met some truly incredible people and made some of the best memories of our lives. In the years since, we have cut through hundreds of hours of footage to put together a documentary that tells the stories of thousands of UK fans that have left the Bluegrass and make the Big Blue Nation as far reaching as it is.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 18th, 2019 @ 10:35am
Today, we got one step closer to St. John’s giving up and hiring Rick Pitino.
This morning, Iona’s Tim Cluess became the latest coach to turn down the Red Storm, joining Bobby Hurley (Arizona State), Porter Moser (Loyola-Chicago), and Ryan Odom (UMBC). The news is particularly cruel considering Cluess is a St. John’s alum and both of his brothers, who died young, played there as well. Last week, Chris Mullin stepped down after four seasons.
Where does St. John’s go from here? According to Matt Norlander, they’re interviewing Yale’s James Jones today and former Arkansas coach Mike Anderson and Oklahoma State’s Mike Boynton are also in the mix.
How long before the St. John’s AD is on the phone begging the Southern District of New York to apologize to Rick Pitino so he’ll return to New York?
By Bryan the Intern on ©April 18th, 2019 @ 10:00am
I will admit I was not, and am not, thrilled with another group of UK players headed out the door for the NBA Draft this year. I just don’t think anybody can reasonably say that the games of Keldon Johnson or Tyler Herro are “ready” for the NBA. We certainly can be proven wrong in the next year but having watched them for 37 games, they looked more like freshman than NBA prospects most of the year. Nonetheless, their dreams, the money, and the overall atmosphere surrounding the program consistently is pushing these type of guys out after 1 year. Same happened with Marquis Teague, James Young, Devin Booker, Shai-Gilgeous Alexander, etc. Some of these guys have flourished in the NBA but it didn’t seem like they were slam dunks when they left UK after 1 year.
But it is also important to take a step back and have some perspective about many of the names they have rolled through UK for just 1 season. We have become blinded to just how unbelievable it is that we get the kind of production we have seen out of 18 and 19 year olds over Calipari’s 10 seasons. I fall into the trap too. Keldon Johnson will go down as one of the most frustrating players of this era for me. And yet, he scored 498 points this year, a 13.5 points per game average. Rex Chapman scored 464 points in his freshman season, a 16.0 points per game average. Rex is thought of as an all-time legend and having one of the greatest freshman seasons in school history. Keldon nearly matched that season and many call him a disappointment. In fact, consider this
FRESHMAN POINTS BEFORE CALIPARI
1. Rex Chapman: 464 points
2. Chris Mills: 459 points
3. Sam Bowie: 440 points
Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson both scored more points than those guys this season. Along with another 17 freshman in the Calipari era. A total of 19 players have beaten the previous freshman scoring record since Cal’s arrival. And many of them were considered disappointments as freshman: Kevin Knox, Aaron Harrison, Archie Goodwin, Keldon.
Similar numbers can be produced for rebounds, steals, assists, blocks, whatever you want to come up with.
We have actually become a little distorted in what we expect of these players. It’s hard, no doubt. High preseason rankings doom these guys much of the time. The Bahamas trip actually became a burden for this team because it only increased expectations unnecessarily. But the reality is that Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro just completed two of the best freshman seasons in UK history. Better than Sam Bowie. Better than just about anybody before 2009.
But the catch is those players pre-Calipari came back and expanded their legacy within the program. Can you imagine a Tyler Herro for 3 seasons, like Patrick Patterson. Or a Keldon Johnson for even 2 seasons, like a Ron Mercer. Unfortunately that is not the world we live in. And I think it has created a mentality within this program and fanbase that has caused us to completely lose perspective on just how special the players we have seen over the last 10 years have actually been.
Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Thursday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, the gang will discuss Jemarl Baker’s decision to transfer from Kentucky, what it means for next year’s roster, and whether it’s further proof of a growing trend in the Calipari era. Plus, they caught those guys driving around Louisville in a white van giving people money for their DNA!
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Wednesday morning the Big Blue Nation learned two Wildcats would not remain in Lexington for another year. As expected, Keldon Johnson announced he would keep his name in the NBA Draft. The small forward explained the move on Kentucky Sports Radio.
“I got the feedback from the NBA scouts and it was what I wanted,” Johnson said. “They said that I have a really good chance of going in the lottery.”
Most fans probably had a feeling Johnson would make the jump to the NBA. Few expected Jemarl Baker to depart. The redshirt freshman announced he will transfer after two seasons in Lexington.
“After talking with Coach Cal, the staff and my family, I feel it’s in my best interest to continue my academic and basketball career elsewhere,” Baker said in a release. “I’ve made life-long relationships with my brothers and the staff at Kentucky and have improved so much as a player. I’m thankful for the opportunities it’s given me to be a part of this historic program.”
Baker only averaged 2.3 points in 9.1 minutes per game in 2019, but he really hit his stride in the final month of the season. Baker saved his best games for the postseason, playing a career-high 24 minutes in the first round and scoring a career-high eight points in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Without Baker, Kentucky probably does not get past Wofford.
Following Baker’s departure, the Cats’ eight-man 2017 recruiting class is now down to just one, Nick Richards. As one Wildcat enters the transfer portal, fans set their sights on who could potentially come to Kentucky from the mysterious portal.
Will Calipari add a replacement?
Virginia Tech’s Kerry Blackshear Jr. is the top grad transfer on the market. Calipari is looking to add depth in the post, but will he try to find an immediate replacement for Baker? Texas A&M’s Armond Gilder and Little Rock’s Rayjon Tucker have been the subject of speculation. They could be nice additions, but Cal already has three guards and three wings on board for next season. Adding another piece to the puzzle isn’t necessary and could rub some the wrong way. We’ll find out in the coming days if Calipari still believes he needs another player in the backcourt.
John Young sets Decision Date
The four-star offensive tackle from Christian Academy of Louisville revealed he will announce his commitment Monday, April 29. Young is down to six schools: Georgia, Louisville, Purdue, Michigan, Ohio State and Kentucky. In an interview with KSR’s Jack Pilgrim, Young said he’s been impressed with UK’s growth since they started recruiting him.
“I’m going on my third year of being recruited by Kentucky, they offered me as a freshman, so I’ve really gotten to see the development there. They develop players and turn them into high-caliber draft picks like they did with Josh Allen and Benny Snell. Those guys weren’t super highly recruited guys out of high school, Josh wasn’t really recruited at all, but they turned those guys into very high caliber guys who are going to make millions of dollars playing football. Just the way they’ve developed players is the most impressive thing for me.”
Keeneland? Snell Yeah
Benny and the Jets are taking their talents to the racetrack. The thoroughbred that bears Benny Snell’s namesake is making his debut this afternoon in a 4 1/2 furlong race for maidens. “Snell Yeah” has 15-1 odds in race 2, which is set for a 1:39 p.m. post.
UK Baseball Hosts Tennessee
The Bat Cats open a three-game series tonight against the Volunteers. First pitch at Kentucky Proud Park is set for 6:30 and can be seen on SEC Network+.
Stop it, Zion
We’re not supposed to like Duke basketball players, but he’s making it awfully difficult. Gender reveals are typically cheesy, cliched events. That’s not the case when you add a dunk from Zion. I guess we don’t have to hate him as soon as he finds a new pro team?
ZI?N SHUT DOWN THE GENDER REVEAL GAME. ????
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) April 18, 2019
Three Game 3s
The first round of the NBA Playoffs continues tonight. All three series are currently tied at 1-1. Who will break free to take a significant series lead?
- 8:00: 76ers at Brooklyn Nets on TNT
- 9:00: Nuggets at Spurs on NBATV
- 10:30: Warriors at Clippers on TNT
An Incredible Schedule Announcement
The annual NFL schedule announcement receives more hype than it deserves. This video from the Carolina Panthers has earned every piece of praise it gets. Let the classic video game nostalgia sweep over you.
Game On ? pic.twitter.com/mF5CeYnGUE
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) April 18, 2019
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 17th, 2019 @ 11:00pm
In the past 48 hours, we’ve learned quite a bit about Kentucky’s 2019-20 roster. First, Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson are definitely gone to the NBA, which was expected. Second, Jemarl Baker is definitely going to transfer, which wasn’t entirely unexpected, but still came as a bit of a surprise. Third, there could be another grad transfer on the way in the form of Kerry Blackshear Jr., a 6’10” junior from Virginia Tech.
It sounds like Blackshear’s going to take his time with his decision, which could still include going to the NBA Draft, but let’s go ahead and take a look at where Kentucky’s 2019-20 roster stands as of now, and how it could change in the coming weeks.
Guard: Ashton Hagans/Immanuel Quickley
Guard: Tyrese Maxey/Immanuel Quickley/Brad Calipari
Forward: Khalil Whitney/Keion Brooks/Dontaie Allen/Zan Payne
Forward: EJ Montgomery/Nate Sestina/Keion Brooks
Center: Nick Richards/EJ Montgomery
Obviously, having a sophomore Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley is huge. Any kind of roster turnover is diminished by an experienced backcourt, and I’d expect Hagans and Quickley to both make considerable jumps in their sophomore years. Given his ability to score, I see Tyrese Maxey starting at the two, but Quickley backing up at both guard spots as a strong sixth man. Should Brad Calipari stay at Kentucky (remember, Cal mentioned he might transfer), he could get some time at the two as well. So, backcourt, good.
Khalil Whitney and Keion Brooks will give Calipari some interesting looks on the wing, as will Dontaie Allen if he’s healthy enough to go early in the season. On the inside, you’ve got veterans in EJ Montgomery, Nick Richards, and Nate Sestina, although I don’t believe the dust has settled on the frontcourt. As long as Leah Edmond is at Kentucky, I feel comfortable about Richards staying, but I wouldn’t rule out Montgomery testing the waters. You may scoff at that, but towards the end of the season, EJ showed a lot a lot of potential. If he returns, I think he could have a monster season and be the anchor Kentucky needs on the inside. While Nate Sestina is not Reid Travis, he should provide valuable minutes and an outside presence to keep teams honest, ala PJ Washington this season. If Kerry Blackshear Jr. does come to Kentucky, at 6’10”, 250 lbs., he could be a very important piece to the puzzle, but let’s not get too excited about that just yet.
On the recruiting front, Matthew Hurt and Jaden McDaniels are still out there, but it’s looking more and more like Hurt’s going to Duke and McDaniels to Washington. (I’d love to be wrong about that.) Five-star combo guard RJ Hampton could also reclassify to 2019, but that’s still to be determined.
As it stands, do you like your team?
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#10 Overly Humbled Man
— overly humbled man (@dhornback6) April 17, 2019
The iHeart Radio parking lot is a warzone.
#9 Fake TG ThunderShuck
— Fake TG ThunderShuck (@TGThunder_Shuck) April 17, 2019
Maybe jussssst maybe that will get me to listen to country music…probably not.
— Ricky ?? (@RICKdiculous_1) April 18, 2019
That’s pretty good, right? #LsDown
#7 Sibbie Marsh
@KySportsRadio @ryanlemond @raf_tyler @DrewFranklinKSR forgot I had this shirt, bought this a couple years ago. Prophecy? Nike knew our bucket was coming. #bbn #bucket #hesabucket #ourbucket #bbNBA pic.twitter.com/uXqOUULETN
— Sibbie Marsh ? (@CoachSibbie) April 18, 2019
They’re onto us.
#6 Chet Lemond
@KySportsRadio: *drops a hint*@ryanlemond: *doesn’t get the hint*@KySportsRadio: *drops another hint*@ryanlemond: *still doesn’t get the hint*@KySportsRadio: *says he’s dropping a big hint*@ryanlemond: “What are you trying to say?”
— Chet Lemond (@ChetLemond) April 17, 2019
hahahaha, you got to love it.
I’d like to introduce you to the future starting SG for the 2038 @KentuckyMBB , baby Elian. I need to get in touch with @UKCoachCalipari to know which drills he should work on before Big Blue Madness. #BBN pic.twitter.com/EBZeaJnVTo
— Brian (@BlueWhiteUK) April 18, 2019
We’re expecting a championship.
#4 Anthony Dietrich
How I imagine the transfer portal pic.twitter.com/JguwhUvpko
— Anthony Dietrich (@NAYS_Anthony) April 17, 2019
The accuracy of this tweet.
#3 W Stumbo
I here he’s thinking about transferring to Deparl or maybe Barl State
— W Stumbo (@bluegrassep) April 17, 2019
This arlmost the perfect tweet, I do like the gist though.
#2 Barstool UK
— Barstool UK (@BarstoolUK) April 17, 2019
What a picture, man.
#1 Spalding, John
Is there a fan portal. Like if somebody starts whining about Cal’s teams can we put that fan in the fan portal and transfer them to another fanbase
— Spalding, John (@seasonneverends) April 17, 2019
Why aren’t we funding this?
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By Jack Pilgrim on ©April 17th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
This afternoon, 2020 four-star offensive lineman and Christian Academy of Louisville product John Young announced he would making his final decision on April 29.
And the Kentucky Wildcats are one of the schools in serious contention.
I will be announcing my commitment on April 29!! ?
— John Young (@the_johnyoung) April 17, 2019
After setting his big announcement date, the 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive tackle from Louisville talked to KSR about the timing of his decision, the final six schools on his list, and why the Wildcats have a shot.
Check out our Q&A with Rivals’ No. 214 prospect in the class of 2020.
JP: Why April 29?
JY: The date isn’t really anything special, but I wanted to get it out of the way as soon as possible so I could focus on my senior season coming up.
JP: Are we still at six schools? What are the final schools in contention and why?
JY: Yeah, we’re still at six.
Ohio State, they’re a school that has been heavily involved in my recruitment for a long time. I really like Coach Day, and of course the tradition up there is amazing. So they’ve always been one of my top choices, and they still are as I’m nearing my decision.
Michigan, rival to Ohio State, but another great school. My parents really loved it up there, and so did I when we visited. Amazing academics, great coaching staff up there as well.
Purdue is in the Big 10, as well. One of my best friends, Milton Wright, is headed to Purdue. So it’d be pretty cool to go up there and play with him. I really like Coach Brohm, he’s got ties in Louisville where I’m from. He runs a powerful offense at Purdue.
Kentucky, I grew up a fan of Kentucky, and I really love what they’ve done over the last year with their team. Coach Stoops has really turned that program around. I love all the coaches up there, and I’ve visited there a lot.
Louisville, I really hit it off with the new coaching staff, Coach Satterfield and Coach Ledford are the main guys recruiting me from over there. I think they’re going to turn that program into a winning team, as well, and possibly get to a bowl game this year.
And then the final school Georgia, I visited there really recently, they offered me pretty late in my recruitment. But I decided to visit, and I really loved the campus there. I have a really good relationship with Coach Smart and Coach Pittman down at Georgia.
Those are the six schools and the reasoning for why they’re on my final list.
JP: What will go into your final decision? What will separate your final choice from the pack?
I would say the biggest factor would be where I could see myself being the best fit. I’ve taken visits to every single one of those schools, I’ve been around the campus, I’ve been around the coaches, I’ve talked to the players. So I feel like I’ve got a good feel, it’s just about coming down to the final stretch of where I’d be the best fit in their offense and the university as a whole.
JP: With Kentucky, what is their main pitch to you?
Their main pitch to me is to be a home state hero, just stay home and play for my home state. They’ve got a great track record with in-state offensive linemen with Landon Young and Drake Jackson. Those are the two biggest names I’d say from that group, but there are other (in-state) guys there as well. With those in-state guys, they develop them, take care of them, and get them ready to start. I’d say that’s their main pitch to me, be part of that in-state offensive line tradition.
JP: How much has Kentucky’s recent growth as a program made an impact on your decision?
JY: I’m going on my third year of being recruited by Kentucky, they offered me as a freshman, so I’ve really gotten to see the development there. They develop players and turn them into high-caliber draft picks like they did with Josh Allen and Benny Snell. Those guys weren’t super highly recruited guys out of high school, Josh wasn’t really recruited at all, but they turned those guys into very high caliber guys who are going to make millions of dollars playing football. Just the way they’ve developed players is the most impressive thing for me.
JP: Will you be shutting down your recruitment after this, or do you plan on keeping your options open?
JY: My recruitment will be completely and 100% shut down after I make my decision. I will not be taking visits to other schools, I won’t talk to other schools, my recruitment will be shut down as soon as I make my decision.
JP: What will the school you choose be getting as a player and as a person?
JY: I will be bringing a hard working attitude. I think you’ll be getting a nasty run blocker and a guy who just loves to play football wherever I go, somebody who wants to win and will do everything that it takes to do so.
You can check out his junior year highlight tape here:
By Maggie Davis on ©April 17th, 2019 @ 9:20pm
If you haven’t heard by now, two (now-former) Wildcats stopped by the radio station today to chat with Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond and Drew Franklin. Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro made their KSR debuts Wednesday morning, and they had plenty to say. You can listen to their entire interview here, or you can cheat a little bit (you’re welcome).
Here are the top five things the roommates said Wednesday morning:
Speaking of roommates… Do either of them do that one thing that drives the other one crazy? Probably, but they wouldn’t quite admit to it on the radio. Maybe one’s a little messy or maybe one snores – we’ll never know. But we do know one thing:
“We’re both crazy. That’s why we get along.” -Keldon Johnson
There was plenty of talk throughout the season regarding Tyler Herro’s impressive ability to perform on the road – he seemed to thrive in the “villain” role for the Wildcats. Herro admitted his de-commitment from his home state of Wisconsin prepared him for that very role, and he grew to love the welcoming chorus of “boos” once he entered an opponent’s arena.
“I kind of live for that moment. I just like being the villain on the road. I just liked going into other team’s arenas and ruining their weekends.” – Tyler Herro
They also learned a thing or two during their time in Lexington. Both Johnson and Herro told Matt they’re honor-roll students in the classroom, and Johnson even gave a shoutout to one of his favorite professors. He also shared a piece of advice he’s learned during his time here.
“Don’t treat nobody different. It doesn’t matter if it’s the janitor or the CEO of a company, treat everyone with respect.” – Johnson.
Some poignant words for a freshman in college.
Johnson and Herro certainly treated fans with respect this season. This team was great with the BBN all season, likely posing for more pictures than they can remember. But, according to Herro, that’s a small price to pay for what they got in return.
“Without the fans, we really wouldn’t be anything. They’re the people who come to the games and cheer us on. Me and Keldon – and I really think the whole team – this year embraced that and how much they supported us. If you [saw] how we started the season, I don’t think many people would have supported us after we lost by 40. They stuck with us and we really appreciated that.”
Unfortunately, part of sticking with the Cats meant supporting them after a demoralizing loss to Duke to open the season. Even after November 6, there were obviously other highs and lows of the long (but not quite long enough) season.
Of course, the pair picked some of their biggest wins as their favorite moments in a Kentucky uniform – the UNC win and the Kansas win, namely. But they also had to address some of the lows. Johnson said the team just didn’t “execute like we wanted to coming down the stretch” against Auburn, and it cost them the opportunity to play in a Final Four. There was one team in particular they wanted to face, and it’s the team that beat them at the very beginning of their year.
“We wanted to see [Duke], obviously, in the National Championship. That’s kind of what we wanted to do,” Herro said. “I definitely think if we saw them again, we’d get after them.”
Even if the Cats had advanced to the Final Four, Duke had already been eliminated. Regardless, Johnson and Herro were confident they could have won over the Blue Devils, had they been given a re-do.
Once again, the pair showed this year’s team was full of not only good players, but good people, as well.
Johnson and Herro were both on the show for a few segments, so they had plenty of other note-worthy quotes. Check out what Herro (and his teammates) thought of his “Bucket” nickname here, and click here for what they learned from talking with NBA scouts.
For information on their signing tours (including stops at KSBar & Grille), click here.
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