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2021 five-star forward Paolo Banchero earns Kentucky offer

2021 five-star forward Paolo Banchero earns Kentucky offer

During the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA last week, 116 of the nation’s best high school basketball prospects competed in front of countless college coaches and NBA scouts.

One of the players who proved to not only be be among the best of the best every time he stepped on the floor? 2021 five-star forward Paolo Banchero.

Teamed up with two top-five prospects in the class of 2020, five-star forwards Makur Maker and Jalen Johnson, Banchero somehow managed to separate himself from his elite peers throughout the week. Averaging 17.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists against some of the top competition in the nation, the 6-foot-10, 235-pound forward even managed to take home MVP honors when awards were announced on Saturday afternoon.

Just three days later, the Kentucky coaching staff decided Banchero’s ridiculous performance at camp was enough to earn a scholarship, making him just the third player in the class of 2021 to receive an offer from UK.

At the NBPA Top 100 Camp, the five-star forward was asked about his recruitment, where he rattled off Oregon State and Gonzaga as schools he had already visited, along with Memphis and Arizona as places he’d like to visit in the very near future.

When asked about Kentucky’s contact, Banchero said that while they had been in regular communication with those in his inner circle, he was looking forward to talking to John Calipari and the other assistants once college coaches were legally allowed to start communicating with rising juniors starting on Saturday morning,

“I haven’t been in contact with them, but they’ve talked to my trainers and coaches, asking about me,” he said. “But I’m sure I’ll get in contact with them [personally] soon.”

As for his interest in Kentucky, the 6-foot-10 prospect said the proof is in the pudding with their program and he’d definitely consider them if an offer came and interest ramped up.

“I mean, it’s Kentucky,” he said. “You know, they’ve been putting dudes in the league, getting to the tournament, getting to the Final Four, championship, all that, for 10 years now.”

Banchero, a Seattle, WA native, has been rumored to want to stay on the West coast at the college level. When asked about that speculation, the five-star forward shot it down, saying he’d be willing to play anywhere in the country if it was the right fit.

“No, not at all. I’m willing to go wherever,” Banchero said. “Not saying I won’t stay on the West coast. But if I was trying to go to an East coast school or down South, distance wouldn’t really affect me too much.”

So what is he looking for in a school? The top-10 prospect in the class of 2021 said he wants to connect well with the coaching staff and fit in with their style of play.

Luckily for some of the top programs in the country, he said he’s flexible on both accounts.

“I think one of my qualities is I can kind of fit under any type of playing style, any type of coaching,” he said. “My AAU coach is kind of laid back, but my high school coach is more of an in-your-face type of coach. And I like both of those, I fit well with both of styles. So I don’t really pay attention to any of that [specifically], I think I’m good playing in any system.”

Now adding Kentucky to the list, Banchero already holds offers from Kansas, Arizona, Gonzaga, Washington, Memphis, and Oklahoma, among others.

Watch some of his most recent highlights from Nike EYBL Session 3 below:

KSR will be in North Augusta, SC for Peach Jam from July 10-14 to ask Banchero about his new offer from the Wildcats and his soaring stock.

Stay tuned.

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Which College Football Stadiums Should I Visit First?

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My wife got me a very creative and exciting present for my 34th birthday on Monday and I want your help to know how best to use it to the best of our abilities.  My wife got me a map of every college football stadium in the country and we are vowing during our lives to try and visit as many of them as possible together.  We are targeting Ohio State and Notre Dame this year, along with our typical UK game or two, and maybe one SEC game.  But for me, it took seeing this map to realize I haven’t been to very many stadiums in my life.  I have been to games at UK, UL, and WKU multiple times.  I have also been to a game at Indiana and Vanderbilt, but that’s it.  I have been inside the stadiums at North Carolina and Georgia but not for games.

I imagine you all have been to many of this country’s great college football stadiums.  So I want your help on 2 fronts:

  1. Which SEC stadium should we visit first (whether they are playing UK or not)
  2. Which non-SEC stadium should we visit, considering the atmosphere and extras as well, such as tailgaiting

As I said, we are targeting places that are relatively close to the state for 2019.  Notre Dame has always been a favorite for us to want to see, plus most every game there is a good game.  But what should be next on the list?  Help us out!

KSR Show Thread, 6/19: The greatest kicker in UK history and former wideout Charles Walker

Football talk is back for a second day in a row as we welcome on former UK wide receiver Charles Walker and former UK kicker Austin MacGinnis, two favorites of the Mark Stoops era. They’ll join us in studio for two hours to talk about the coaches’ comments from yesterday and to share stories from their time as Wildcats only a couple of years ago.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (772) 774-5254.

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KSBar’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

KSBar and Grille is the place in Lexington to catch University of Kentucky games (pre and postgame too) as well as other events such as the NBA Playoffs, UFC fights, the World Cup, MLB games, PGA tour events, and more.

KSBar might be known for their smoked wings but don’t miss out on the brisket platter, fried katfish, chicken and waffles, and the great assortment of burgers. Start off with the house chips loaded to the ceiling smothered with pulled pork or chicken straight off the smoker topped with the house BBQ sauce. 

Head to the KSBar and Grille website to see a full menu and drink list. 

Be on the look out for different specials and events.

KSBar and Grille is located at: 1030 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504

You can be a part of KSR’s 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.

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#10 Cody Fannin

I’ll never disagree with a post like this.

#9 Chris Heringer

What he said.

#8 Loyal BBN Fan

And a salute to you, sir.

#7 Leigh Anne Claywell

I approve of this purchase!

#6 A D A M

The numbers NEVER lie.

#5 Alec Usleaman

Another purchase I approve of! Now I just need to get me one.

#4 Not Jerry Tipton

Just hand him the damn thing!!

#3 Sammy Reed

As mentioned earlier, Lynn Bowden is very good.

#2 KY Clips

A couple of suave young men.

#1 Everything Kentucky Football

Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia Brown, Georgia on my mind,  The Devil Went down to Georgia, don’t matter, Cats by 90.

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 NBA Draft

Let’s be honest, it’s been a longgggggggggg few weeks for those of us who love college basketball.

Sure, the spring was filled with all sorts of excitement – the NBA Draft deadline, the transfer portal turning into a wilder scene than Cancun during spring break, and a bunch of elite high school players making their college decisions. Yet since that draft deadline back in late May, it’s been slim pickings for us college hoops fans, just a couple of meager Kerry Blackshear visits, and that’s really about it.

Thankfully, the NBA Draft will give us something to talk about this week.

Sure, the NBA Draft isn’t technically college basketball content, but at the same time, it isn’t not college basketball content either (how did you like me dropping a triple negative there?). Instead it’s kind of the gap that bridges the two sports, the chance for those of us who’ve followed these kids from their high school days to the college level to see them make the final leap in their basketball journey. To quote John Calipari, it really is their graduation day, a moment where we hand our beloved Zion Williamson’s, PJ Washington’s and Ja Morant’s to Adrian Wojnarowski for safekeeping.

So with the draft now just a few days away, what do you need to know? What are the big storylines and question marks, both for college basketball and NBA fans?

Here are the biggest questions, my favorite players and a few other things to keep your eyes on.


PODCAST: Kentucky Football coaches take over KSR

Miss today’s show? Stop what you’re doing and download the podcast because the Kentucky Football coaching staff killed it.

Associate head coach/tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow hosted hour one with special guests Lynn Bowden and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, while new defensive coordinator Brad White hosted hour two with appearances from Josh Allen, Kash Daniel, and head coach Mark Stoops. We’ve shared plenty of highlights from the show so far, but be sure to listen to it all on podcast:

Get ready for more football tomorrow as Charles Walker and Austin MacGinnis join Ryan, Drew, and Shannon in studio. Matthew Mitchell gets his turn on the mic on Thursday, while ESPN’s Laura Rutledge wraps up the guest host schedule on Friday. Matt will be back before you know it.

Vince Marrow pissed off the national media is still overlooking Kentucky

Over the past several years, we’ve seen how Kentucky’s coaching staff and players have used low expectations from the media as fuel to reach new heights. Even though Kentucky won ten games last year and went to a New Year’s Day bowl, the “disrespect” continues, with many college football writers predicting the Cats will slide back to the SEC cellar. As you might expect, recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow had plenty to say about that on today’s Kentucky Sports Radio.

“I’m knocking down doors to national media because these guys are really pissing me off,” Marrow said. “It’s pissing me off.”

The most recent example of this is Phil Steele not including Kentucky on his list of SEC teams he expects to go bowling this year, but Marrow’s anger was directed towards another media member, ESPN Radio Nashville’s Braden Gall, who ranked Terry Wilson as the worst quarterback in the SEC.

“I was listening to Tom Leach and, those guys — I should stop listening to radio. I guess they said Terry was the last rated QB in the preseason? We should start a poll, and I’m going to talk to the BBN, just like coaches get fired for wins and losses, when all these reporters come out and say, hey, this team is going 4-8 and this team ain’t gonna do that. If they’re wrong, they should get fired.”

Hoo-boy. Lynn Bowden said those articles have made their way around the locker room as well.

“I see a lot of things that are going to be overturned, opening people’s eyes. We’re not even ranked, I think. That’s crazy…Some people do [use it as motivation]. I kind of look at it like, dang, they really just don’t like us. It’s just got to be because we’ve got Kentucky on the front of our uniforms or something. It’s like, why hate us?”

Marrow has a fun theory.

“Don’t get it twisted; I think our head dog is pissing them off too,” Marrow said of his boss and lifelong friend Mark Stoops. “I think people think — I’ve known Mark for years. I think people think because he’s a fun-loving, jovial guy that there ain’t no toughness in him. He’s more tougher than — look, he’s from Youngstown, man. He’s from Youngstown. Trust me. When it’s time to be tough, he’s going to be tough. When it’s time to be something else, he’s going to be something else.”

Listen to Big Dog host Hour 1 of today’s show below: