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The Louisville scandal won’t affect Romeo Langford’s decision

Louisville’s troubled history of turning its men’s basketball dormitory into a whorehouse will not weigh on Romeo Langford’s final college decision.

Langford told Ben Roberts he wasn’t surprised by last week’s NCAA sanctions because everyone knew it was coming, and that he loves Rick Pitino for the way he uses his guards and develops his players. (Note: Someone should tell Romeo that Rick is slow to develop players.)

The five-star guard also said he plans to trim his list at the end of the summer. He aims to narrow that list to seven schools and there are no leaders at this stage of his recruitment.

As for Kentucky, Langford told Roberts, “Coach Calipari, everybody knows him, big time coach. I just like the way he develops his players. He gets his players where they want to go.”

For more on Langford’s recruitment, read Roberts’ story from Colorado here. He has been one of the stars at U19 training camp so far.


Watch De’Aaron Fox take on all challengers in Times Square

Watch De’Aaron Fox take on all challengers in Times Square

De’Aaron Fox took his basketball into the heart of midtown Manhattan to challenge whoever wanted some action in Times Square.

Watch as he schools the people of the city, young and old, in this new video for Bleacher Report. I call shenanigans on that rim, though; it was moving in his favor.

Enjoy…


Jordan Jones named Athlon Sports Third-Team All-American

Kentucky’s Jordan Jones has been named Third-Team All-American by Athlon Sports, the publication announced on Tuesday.

A standout linebacker for the Wildcats, Jones led the Southeastern Conference and ranked 16th nationally in solo tackles per game last season with 5.7 per game, as well as ranking third in total tackles per game with 8.4. He totaled a team-high 109 tackles and led Kentucky with 15.5 tackles for loss on the year.

Jones adds today’s honor to his Athlon and Southern Pigskin Preseason First-Team All-SEC selections.

This LSU fan likes him, too:


Bucks impressed by Dominique Hawkins

Dominique Hawkins worked out with the Bucks on Monday and he caught the eye of the organization’s VP of scouting, Billy McKinney, while in Milwaukee.

Alec Lewis of Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel fame tweeted, “Milwaukee Bucks VP scouting Billy McKinney said he was very impressed with #BBN’s Dominique Hawkins, who worked out with the team today.”

It’s still unlikely Dom will hear his name called at any point Thursday night, but catching the eye of people like Billy McKinney will go a long way in landing a spot in the summer league, where he can further prove himself against other hopefuls like himself. He’s also shown out in front of organizations like the Lakers, Bulls, Kings and Pacers, among others.

Go Dom.


Anthony Davis somehow fit into Disneyland roller coaster

Anthony Davis somehow fit into Disneyland roller coaster

I’m a couple inches over six American feet tall and I hate squeezing into roller coasters because most of them are built for children. So I can’t imagine how Anthony Davis felt when he took a ride on Disneyland’s Matterhorn Bobsleds recently. New Orleans’ star big man somehow fit into one of Matterhorn’s sleds and the photos from TMZ show how uncomfortable Davis must’ve been on the ride:

And now I want to go to an amusement park and binge eat funnel cakes. Kings Island, anyone?


De’Aaron Fox’s dad speaks the truth about De’Aaron versus Lonzo Ball

In a new in-depth story on De’Aaron Fox over at Bleacher Report, you’ll find a great quote from Fox’s dad, Aaron Fox, about his son’s two head-to-head matchups with Lonzo Ball and the outside noise from LaVar Ball:

“My son already ate his ass up twice,” Aaron Fox says of Lonzo Ball. “[LaVar] can say what he wants to say. I just tell him to go back and watch the film. That’s it. All that yap, yap, yapping, I don’t even got to respond to that. We played them twice. Twice his son got outplayed. I always tell [De’Aaron], let your game speak for it. You ain’t got to talk. You ain’t got to fuss.”

There’s plenty more good stuff about Fox in B/R‘s lengthy story on the future top-six pick, but that one stood out the most to me because (a) it’s true and (b) we haven’t heard much noise from Fox’s dad.

There’s also some new tales from Fox’s childhood and a look into the history of Aaron Fox and UK assistant Kenny Payne’s relationship. According to the story, during De’Aaron’s recruitment, Payne told the elder Fox that he would claim to have one point in their old high school basketball game if Fox would deliver his son to Kentucky.

Read lots more Fox talk here.


Team USA finalists announced, all three Wildcats advanced

John Calipari’s group of FIBA World Cup hopefuls has been narrowed down to 18 players out in Colorado Springs.

Among those 18, three Wildcats and several Wildcat targets made the cut.

Here’s the full list of finalists:

Bol Bol
Jordan Brown
Hamidou Diallo
Carsen Edwards
Kevin Huerter
Louis King
Kevin Knox
Romeo Langford
Brandon McCoy
Chuma Okeke
Josh Okogie
Payton Pritchard
Immanuel Quickley
Cameron Reddish
Mitchell Robinson
Quinton Rose
PJ Washington
Austin Wiley

Duke’s Marques Bolden, a former UK target, was one of the players cut from competition and sent home from Colorado.

The final 12-man roster will be named later this week.


Official Team USA measurements from U19 camp

USA Basketball released the official measurements from U19 training camp in Colorado Springs.

Here are the numbers for the three Wildcats:

Player Height (w/shoes) Weight Wingspan Standing reach
Hamidou Diallo 6-5 199 6-11 8-5.5
Kevin Knox 6-8.75 209 7-0 8-11
PJ Washington 6-8 237 7-3 8-9

And here are the numbers for UK’s Class of 2018 targets:

Player Height (w/shoes) Weight Wingspan Standing reach
Bol Bol 7-3 220 7-8 9-7
Jordan Brown 6-11 194 7-0 8-11.5
Louis King 6-6 204 7-0.5 8-8
Romeo Langford 6-5 196 6-10.5 8-6.5
Immanuel Quickley 6-3.5 178 6-7.75 8-2.5
Cameron Reddish 6-7 203 7-1 8-8.5

That’s a pretty nice wingspan for Immanuel Quickley, who may soon be Kentucky’s first commitment from the class.


Three Wildcats invited to NBA draft green room

Twenty of the NBA’s top prospects for the upcoming draft will be seated in the draft’s green room Thursday night when the picks are announced.

Kentucky will be represented by three of its former players: De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Bam Adebayo. A fourth Wildcat is also expected to be in the green room as John Calipari plans to fly to New York for the night from USA training camp in Colorado to be with his “sons.”

Take a look at the entire green room list:

Bam Adebayo, Kentucky
Jarrett Allen, Texas
OG Anunoby, Indiana
Lonzo Ball, UCLA
John Collins, Wake Forest
Zach Collins, Gonzaga
De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
Markelle Fultz, Washington
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
Josh Jackson, Kansas
Justin Jackson, North Carolina
Luke Kennard, Duke
T.J. Leaf, UCLA
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville
Malik Monk, Kentucky
Frank Ntilikina, France
Justin Patton, Creighton
Dennis Smith, N.C. State
Jayson Tatum, Duke

Go Cats.


NBA analytics predict big things from… Isaac Humphries?

NBA analytics predict big things from… Isaac Humphries?

ESPN.com got all mathematical and analytical in projecting what we can expect out of all of the NBA prospects in this year’s NBA draft. Using a very complex and complicated method of projecting the future from FiveThirtyEight.com, ESPN determined the likelihood each player will become an All-Star, a starter or a role player in the league.

De’Aaron Fox is the most likely of the Kentucky bunch to become an All-Star, according to the study, which found Fox has an 8.3 percent chance of earning an All-Star bid, a 27.8 percent chance of being an NBA starter, and a 26.5 percent chance of falling into a smaller role within a rotation. Malik Monk has a better shot at starting with a 35.5 percent chance of being a regular in a starting lineup, but only a 6.9 percent chance of playing in an All-Star game and a 24.6 percent chance of only being a role player.

See the full list here

Then there’s the surprise down in the “Beyond The Lottery” section of the report where ESPN names four sleeper picks with bright futures.

Kentucky’s Isaac Humphries, who is projected to go undrafted, received high praise as a potential contributor in the league. The study found Humphries has a 13.3 percent chance of starting one day, the 23rd best percentage of the entire class.

Read more:

Isaac Humphries (Kentucky), Thomas Bryant (Indiana), Caleb Swanigan (Purdue) and Tyler Lydon (Syracuse) are all top-30 players in our projections, though none can be found within the top 29 picks of Chad Ford’s latest mock draft.

Humphries (not listed in either round of the mock) had a very high adjusted offensive rebound percentage while at Kentucky, and rebounding is the collegiate skill that most consistently carries over to the NBA, according to the projections. Humphries has little chance of becoming an All-Star, but the model gives him a 28 percent chance of being above a replacement-level player. His likelihood of being a role player should be attractive to teams at the end of the first round and into the second. [ESPN.com]

I don’t know how believable this whole study is, but it’s interesting to read how each prospect is expected to pan out through this particular system of analytics. Isaac Humphries’ projection is quite surprising and maybe a team will roll the dice on him in hopes it’s an accurate look at his future.

Read more here.


KSR is in Leitchfield! (Tuesday Show Thread)

Get on out to Future Designs Building Materials in Leitchfield for today’s stop on the KSR Summer Tour. If you join the party, you might just walk away with Big Blue Madness tickets! The guys are giving some away to a KSR fan in the crowd.

Tour schedule:

06/12/17: Prestonsburg – StoneCrest Golf Course
06/13/17: London – Sleep Outfitters
06/14/17: Russell Springs – Lawless-Smith True Value Supply
06/15/17: Somerset – Ashley HomeStore
06/16/17: Lexington – Don Franklin Auto Mall

06/19/17: Danville – Dexter Insurance
06/20/17: Leitchfield – Future Designs Building Materials
06/21/17: Louisville – Academy Sports + Outdoors
06/22/17: Henderson – Sleep Outfitters
06/23/17: Owensboro – Don Moore Automotive Group

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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Barleycorn’s Tuesday Top 10: LSU fan names SEC’s top linebacker

Barleycorn’s Tuesday Top 10: LSU fan names SEC’s top linebacker

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Barleycorn’s has over 30 beers on tap, jumbo wings with 10 delicious sauces, sandwiches, salads, and our famous handcrafted burgers!

Barleycorn’s has three locations in Northern Kentucky – Cold Spring, Lakeside Park, and Florence – and is open seven days a week! For hours and information, follow them on Facebook or visit Barleycorns.com.

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1. Action continues at U19 training camp in Colorado.

It’s Day 3 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where John Calipari is coaching up three of his Wildcats, a handful of his top targets from the Class of 2018, and some other aspiring Team USA players who are there as pawns in the entire operation. We heard rave reviews of Kevin Knox and Hamidou Diallo through the first two days of camp; you can see some of their highlights from Colorado here. Many of Kentucky’s recruits are also making noise, including Immanuel Quickley, who talks like he’s ready to be a Wildcat.

More to come Colorado today.

2. The NBA Draft is two days away.

With the recent shake-up of the draft order, it’s looking like De’Aaron Fox will land in either Phoenix or Sacramento as the fourth or fifth overall pick in the draft. Things aren’t quite as positive for Malik Monk who is projected to go eighth overall to the Knicks if Orlando doesn’t nab him at No. 6. Then there’s good news for Bam Adebayo as his stock rises in the final days ahead of draft night. To see where each Wildcat prospect is projected you can check out our mock draft round-up here.

3. Here’s a bunch of kids in Nagoya, Japan putting their L’s down.

Here’s what Scott Ashby told me about the pic: “I’m in Nagoya, Japan for work and it’s kind of hard to communicate sometimes but there are some things that are universal, like L’s down and hate for Louisville.”

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

4. UK Hoops released its non-conference schedule yesterday.

Kentucky’s women’s basketball team unveiled its non-conference slate for the upcoming 2017-18 college basketball season and it’s no easy path. Of the 14 games on the schedule, seven will be against teams that finished inside the top 100 of the NCAA RPI, including four that finished inside the top 50. The most difficult of the games is probably the trip to Baylor or the home contest against Louisville. You can see the entire schedule here.

5. Did you see Rex Chapman’s contribution to Sports Illustrated?

If not, take a moment to read what Rex had to say about opioid addiction and how he overcame it when others cannot. He wrote the piece in hopes of raising awareness and encouraging action from state and federal lawmakers because it’s a severe issue that is growing and destroying lives.

Read what he had to say here.

6. This guy ranked the best linebackers in the SEC and I think you’ll like his No. 1.

I couldn’t agree more, sir.

7. Fayette County school employee arrested for sleeping with former student.

This Lexington school employee has been charged with two counts of third degree rape after police said she had sex with a former student. According to the report, the victim was under 16 years old.

I will reserve comment.

8. In 2011 I wrote that Rick would say “What the hell did I do?” after retiring in 2017.

He has five and a half months to prove me right!

9. Evan Daniels is prepping for a big show next week.

We expect all of KSR’s summer guest hosts to be awesome throughout Matt’s five-week vacation, but I can tell you Evan Daniels’ day is already lining up to be a good one. I spoke to Evan yesterday because I will be sitting in with him on his show and he is working on some very great and entertaining guests for your entertainment. That show will be next Wednesday and I encourage you to give it a listen, as you should with all of the shows on the schedule.

10. The KSR Summer Tour hits Leitchfield today.

Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond and the gang are at Future Designs Building Materials for a live two-hour broadcast of today’s show. That address is 421 Quarry Road in Leitchfield. Get in there.


Movie and TV Remakes for the University of Louisville

Movie and TV Remakes for the University of Louisville

The University of Louisville’s scandals (plural) are still funny to all of us here in Big Blue Nation, so let’s keep on laughing at our rival’s misery with some good ol’ fashioned internet fun while the UoL empire continues to crumble.

I dusted off the KSR photoshop machine to poke some more fun at the Cardinals, this time in the form of entertainment posters and cover art. Below you’ll find potential remakes in television and in film to celebrate all of the repugnant behavior going on at Louisville.

Feel free to use any or all of them as your wallpapers, backdrops and screen savers.

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Rick Pitino runs Minardi Hall in House of Cards

 

Scandal Season 7: The UofL Foundation…

 

Katina Powell’s Show Girls

 

Andre McGee in the remake of the 1973 pimp classic, The Mack

 

And my personal favorite, Tom Jurich uses UofL foundation money to pay his incompetent son in Tommy’s Boy

 

Throw me some suggestions in the comments section and we might have to do a Part II next week!


KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

The one and only Big Mick is a meaty masterpiece in its own right. Composed of two quarter-pound patties* of never-fresh, frozen, mostly beef raised close to the processing plant. Only McDowell’s

has the frosted beef and processed cheese to give you a major reason for
the afternoon trip to the secret bathroom only you and Debra know about on the 9th floor that is under construction.


You can be a part of McDowell’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day.

If you are interested in sponsoring KSR’s Top 10 Tweets, please contact us Via Email

#10 Ramos

This is my favorite way to use this new meme.

#9 Mike Price

Our minor self-reported violation is NOTHING.

#8 BILLDAVIS

And can I be an extra?

#7 H~A Simpson

Nice try.

#6 Larry Barkin

BURN

#5 A Proud Rino

He’s basically a saint…you know except for the whole no morals thing.

#4 Stephen Hoskins

The most important way to share cultures.

#3 Not Jerry Tipton

I wouldn’t accept any gift from Pitino right now.

#2 David Scott

KSR…it brings people together.

#1 CeeCee

Full circle.


Meet the Man Who Could Be Calipari’s First 2018 Commit, Immanuel Quickley

USA Basketball

John Calipari doesn’t have to look far for what could be his next point guard.  This week at the Team USA Training Camp in Colorado Springs, Cal is coaching Immanuel Quickley, a lengthy five-star point guard from Maryland who could be Kentucky’s first commitment in the class of 2018.

The first point guard to receive a scholarship offer from Calipari, Quickley plans on deciding before his senior season, and that decision is more likely to happen sooner rather than later.  Down to UK, Kansas, Maryland and Miami, Evan Daniels told Ben Roberts the Cats are the team to beat and there’s “not really” any other competition from Quickley’s other finalists.

Calipari gets an obvious advantage in recruiting this week, although there are a few different ways to look at it.  Being able to pick apart Calipari’s brain is what Quickley likes the most about this experience.

“This is the first time I’ve actually had basketball instruction that will be from him. So it’s going to be different,” Quickley told Roberts. “Just being able to talk to Cal, getting to pick his brain, on and off the floor, I think that’s an advantage.”

The other advantage for Calipari is his point guard resume.  Quickley told Kyle Tucker he sees this week as an opportunity to prove to Calipari he can “carry the torch” in UK’s legacy of point guards.

“I think it really means everything because you don’t want to go somewhere where the players haven’t been too successful at the same position.  You want to go somewhere where they’ve been successful, so I think that means a lot.”

There’s a lot going for the Cats.  Is there anything going against them? “I don’t really think there’s too many cons when you talk about Kentucky.”

Even though he dished out plenty of praise for the Cats, he refused to call them his leader.  He still plans on visiting all four of his finalists before making his final decision.

By The Numbers

Immanuel Quickley
Point Guard (2018) | 6-3 | 175 lbs.
Bel Air, MD | John Carroll School
AAU: Team BBC
★★★★★
ESPN No. 14 | 2 PG Top247 No. 16 | 5 PG
Rivals No. 15 | 4 PG Scout No. 10 | 3 PG
  • Offered on October 3, 2016, he’s just one of two 2018 PGs with UK offers.
  • At last year’s FIBA U17 tournament in Spain he averaged 23.7 points and 7.2 assists.
  • 247 Crystal Ball: 73% UK, 18% Washington, 9% Duke

In-Home Visit

Quickley did something we’ve never seen before.  In a documentary about his recruitment, Cal let the family film an in-home visit.  Hear Cal’s pitch and witness an experience that used to be exclusively reserved for the nation’s best basketball players.

Game

Quickley fits the mold for Calipari point guards.  His two best weapons are speed and length.  His shooting was considered the biggest question mark, until he showed off an improved three-point shot in this year’s adidas circuit.  One of his best performances (which you can see some of below) came against Quentin Grimes, the other 2018 point guard with a UK offer.