Once again, the NBA Draft green room will be filled with a few Kentucky Wildcats.
According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Adrian Wojnarowski, Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will represent UK at this Thursday’s NBA Draft in Brooklyn. The four-letter network currently projects Knox as a top ten pick, while Shai remains in the lottery between 11-15. Knox and Gilgeous-Alexander are following in the footsteps of dozens of other Wildcats, most recently De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo.
A look at who else will reportedly attend the event:
- Deandre Ayton
- Marvin Bagley
- Jaren Jackson
- Trae Young
- Collin Sexton
- Mo Bamba
- Lonnie Walker
- Robert Williams
- Michael Porter Jr.
- Mikel Bridges
- Miles Bridges
- Jerome Robinson
- Chandler Hutchinson
- Aaron Holiday
- Zhaire Smith
- Donte DiVincenzo
Adam Silver will put the Phoenix Suns will be on the clock Thursday night at 7:00 on ESPN.
By Nick Roush on ©June 16th, 2018 @ 4:45pm
The life of one Kentucky man has completely transformed thanks to his fantasy football ineptitude.
In many fantasy football leagues, the best players are rewarded with cash prizes. In the best fantasy football leagues, the worst players are punished for being awful. The latter is Justin Thomas’ fantasy football league.
Some punishments are funny, but easy. Dressing up like a cheerleader and hosting a car wash is one afternoon of semi-humiliation. The 2017 PGA Championship winner from Louisville plays in a league with some brutally creative geniuses. The loser of their league had to create a “Fitstagram account” and post daily pictures of workout routines for two months.
Kentucky, meet Danny Dumbbells.
If you’re on the social media platform, it takes about 12 hours to realize it’s the most obnoxious form of social media. It’s essentially a clique of White Goodmans bragging about how great they are for three paragraphs while showing off their chiseled physique. Danny Dumbbells is all of that, and more.
When you have a world famous friend like Justin Thomas, it only takes one share to get more than 3,500 people to follow your account. It’d be a real shame if that number got over 10,000. A real shame.
#workouttime here’s one of the toughest things @jackasorusrex has had me do thus far. Weighted vest AND a 100 lb sandbag. Another workout only the elite of the elite could pull off. This is how you lose weight people. Not eating a salad twice a month. Not walking uphill on the treadmill reading the latest erotic novel. None of that. It’s hard out in these streets. This is how you get results #weightedvest #sandbagworkout #dannydumbbells #1230 #thissucked #venmome
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#foodpostalert Now this may look a little #gross but I can assure you #itsnot when you’re still on the #officegrind like myself, your food choices may be #limited. Today we have one grilled chicken breast grilled by yours truly and 1 cup of #brownrice I then doused it in #hotsauce because I like to #feelpain The second part of this #post is my #workworkoutroutine. I walk two miles per work day before I hit the gym later. I’ve been advised by @jackasorusrex to get 10k steps a day so this is the #onlyway #dannydumbbells1230 #fitness #hotsauce #danny #dumbbells #1230
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By Nick Roush on ©June 16th, 2018 @ 3:45pm
One of the new kids on the block in the SEC has plenty of nice things to say about Kentucky’s John Calipari.
After finishing his first season as LSU’s head basketball coach, Will Wade recruited the nation’s third-ranked class to Baton Rouge. Along with the highly-touted prospects, LSU returns Tremont Waters and a handful of other experienced veterans. Poised for a breakout year in the SEC, to become the best, Wade said the Tigers must first compete with the “gold standard” of the SEC, Kentucky.
“That’s what you’re aiming for, is to try to be on a level where you’re competing with them year in and year out,” Wade said on the latest edition of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast.
After Wade looked back on his first season as head coach and previewed the Tigers’ 2018-19 season, LSU’s coach praised Calipari for being two steps ahead of the competition.
“He’s phenomenal. The number one thing that I would say about him that I really respect, that I love about him, is that he doesn’t accept what the norms are. He’s always thinking outside the box. He’s always looking ahead. It always seems like he’s two or three steps ahead of every other program if it’s in terms of branding, or marketing or how you treat you players. Whatever it may be, he’s always at the forefront of it.
“He’s never ever playing catch-up. That’s how his mind works and that’s how his mind thinks. Sometimes he throws something out there and you think, ‘Man, that’s an odd idea.’ Then you process it, think about it and you think, ‘That’s a really good idea. That’s going to work.'”
Wade didn’t just praise his innovative thought process, he commended him for being an excellent in-game head coach, a point Calipari’s critics are quick to condemn.
“I don’t think there’s many, if any, that do it any better than he does. He’s a phenomenal coach. He’s a phenomenal gameday coach. He’s a phenomenal defensive coach. He does a great job of putting those guys in position and giving them space.”
Listen to everything Wade had to say in Episode 53 of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast.
By Nick Roush on ©June 16th, 2018 @ 2:45pm
The U.S. Open has destroyed Phil Mickelson.
The major tournament is notorious for bringing professionals down to Earth. The extremely difficult courses make the pros look like Average Joes. Today Phil Mickelson took that to a new extreme.
The five-tame major champion celebrated his 48th birthday by pulling a stunt you’re used to seeing at Picadome, not at the 13th hole of the U.S. Open.
Phil Mickelson is off the rails. Putting like a four year old out there. pic.twitter.com/doUMMHORNJ
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) June 16, 2018
It wasn’t a “gimme” and it was still moving. He finished the par four with a score of ten after he was assessed a two-shot penalty, but that penalty is incomparable to the impending lifelong embarrassment.
By Nick Roush on ©June 16th, 2018 @ 2:00pm
The University of Kentucky’s athletic department has created a new position to enhance the lives of student-athletes. Jason Cummins will be the Executive Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Experience.
The title and department is a bit wordy. Essentially, Cummins will be doing what Freddie Maggard is doing for the football team, except with every UK athlete. The student-athlete experience division will help with internship placement, job applications and community engagement.
You may have heard Cummins’ name before. A frequent speaker after Kentucky football practices, Cummins’ discussions on leadership have drawn praise from Mark Stoops. He also helped orchestrate the annual mission trips to Ethiopia, chronicled below.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) June 14, 2018
Kentucky is dedicating more resources to help players achieve off the field, something that should translate into success on the field. For more details on UK Athletics’ new venture, click here.
Staying in top physical condition to play in the NBA is no easy task. For one month, Enes Kanter does it while fasting.
The former Kentucky forward and current New York Knick is a devout Muslim. During the annual month-long observation of Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. Kanter is not an exception to this rule.
From May 16 to June 14, Kanter fasted during his offseason training regimen. Each day he woke up around 3:30 a.m. to eat and did not consume anymore food or water until about 8:30 p.m. Kanter did not even take a sip of water while working out on the basketball court.
NowThis chronicled a day in Kanter’s life as he juggled his faith and his profession.
By Nick Roush on ©June 16th, 2018 @ 12:00pm
“Instense” is a good way to describe former Kentucky Wildcat Rajon Rondo. This weekend we discovered that intensity follows Rondo onto the sideline.
After averaging 8.3 points and 8.2 assists per game as the New Orleans Pelicans’ point guard in 2017-18, Rondo put on his coach’s hat at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville. On the sidelines at the elite camp for the second year in a row, the competition got heated during last night’s games.
Jerry Meyer of 247 Sports reported that Rondo was ejected from a game. Potentially a first at the Top 100 Camp, Rondo ignored the aspiring NBA official. Instead of being removed from the gym, Rondo simply left the sidelines and spent the rest of the game behind the bench.
Rondo is not the only person with a Kentucky connection at the camp. UK recruits Scottie Lewis, Bryan Antoine, N’Faly Dante and Jalen Lecque have spent the last four days competing in front of NBA coaches and college scouts. This is what happened when Lewis and Lecque went head-to-head.
By Nick Roush on ©June 16th, 2018 @ 11:00am
Before he was escorted from the field, San Diego Padres manager Andy Green left with the last word.
A star at Kentucky from 1997-2000, Green was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015. In the same year he was promoted from Padres’ third-base coach to manager, instantly becoming one of the youngest in Major League Baseball at just 38. A fiery coach, he went off the top rope during last night’s game against Atlanta.
Infamous umpire Joe West was behind the plate for the game. West enjoys being the center of attention and is notorious for making questionable calls. After West made another bad one, Green threw his hat, gave him a piece of his mind, was escorted off the field, then dished out the ultimate burn.
“Don’t worry, Joe, I’m leaving so you can go and get another call wrong!”
I AM DEAD pic.twitter.com/3ZUJkp4PhI
— Not THAT Corey Stewart (@CoreyAStewart) June 16, 2018
Green did not wish to elaborate on the specifics of the incident after the game, but he did thank West for picking up his hat.
— FOX Sports San Diego (@FOXSportsSD) June 16, 2018
If you’ve been to the SEC Tournament, you know what it’s like to catch the fever. After one day of World Cup watching, there’s nothing that can stop you from catching the fever.
In the first full day of football, we had a game won on a header in the final ten minutes, an own goal cost someone a game in extra time and Ronaldo went full-Ronaldo in a rivalry game. With three minutes to play, he buried a beautiful free kick to complete a hat trick and prove he is not mortal.
I’ll be the first to admit that I had little to no interest in the American-less international competition. Then the games began and they’ve been so crazy I can hardly pay attention to my keyboard. If there are typos in this post, the blame falls squarely on Lionel Messi’s shoulders.
If you refuse to catch the fever, I feel for you. You’re missing out. The alternative isn’t bad, but I can only watch Dustin Johnson crush the U.S. Open field for so long. He’s the only competitor under-par with a four-stroke lead entering moving day.
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) June 15, 2018
Ashton Hagans is on his way to Kentucky
The moment the Big Blue Nation has been waiting for is finally here. The top-ranked point guard in the 2019 class has graduated high school, reclassified and will be on Kentucky’s campus tomorrow. DON’T GEEK!
Team USA Advances to FIBA Americas Cup Final
Kentucky targets Matthew Hurt and Cole Anthony combined for 26 points in a 104-92 semifinal win over Argentina. Tyrese Maxey did not play and is still considered day-to-day after suffering an ankle sprain earlier in the week. We’ll see if he’s good to go tonight when the Americans take on Canada at 8:15 ET. You’ll be able to catch all the action right here on Kentucky Sports Radio.
UK Target Commits to Clemson
Three-star Michigan pass rusher Ruke Orhorhoro officially visited Lexington last weekend, but the trip to UK could not compete with Clemson. A day after he returned from an unofficial visit, he committed to play for Dabo Swinney and the Tigers.
I Took a Dive
Sometimes you gotta do the right thing. Last night, doing the right thing was letting Dwight Witten beat me in a beer-chugging contest. Tony Vanetti’s radio partner stood no chance, but in an act of charity, I gave the old man a win. Folks, that’s how you respect your elders.
— Tony Vanetti (@tonyvanetti) June 16, 2018
State Baseball Final is Set
Nationally-ranked St. X advanced to the state baseball finals after pitcher Ryan Nicholson gave up just two hits in a 3-0 win over Hazard. The Tigers will meet Ft. Thomas Highlands tonight at 7:00 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark after the Bluebirds upended McCracken County 4-3 in the other state semifinal.
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By Jack Pilgrim on ©June 15th, 2018 @ 11:00pm
As expected, Ashton Hagans has graduated and will officially reclassify to the class of 2018.
This afternoon, the five-star Kentucky commitment released two photos on Twitter in his cap and gown holding up his diploma, meaning he has finished up all academic requirements to make the jump.
? #18’ pic.twitter.com/RPezRhgA6P
— ashton hagans (@H23Ash) June 15, 2018
Hagans also retweeted a tweet that said he “did what was required to graduate early and join (the BBN) for the 2018-19 season.”
Once he made up his mind to do it, he did it. Congrats to @Newton_High’s to @H23Ash who did what was required to graduate early and join #BBN Nation for the 2018-19 season! It’s been a pleasure covering your prep career! pic.twitter.com/mgkncR6a1b
— ??????? ?????? (@CovNewsSports) June 15, 2018
Game Elite director (Hagans’ AAU program) Chris Williams told KSR last week that the future Wildcat had one class to finish, and then he would “immediately go to Lexington.”
“(The class) will be done in a week or two,” Williams said. “(Then) he will immediately go to Lexington.”
And it looks like that time has officially come.
ESPN’s Jeff Borzello got confirmation from Hagans’ coach that the 6-foot-4 point guard out of Georgia will be on campus next week
Five-star point guard Ashton Hagans is officially reclassifying into 2018 and will join Kentucky next season, his coach confirmed to ESPN.
Graduated high school today, has completed his necessary coursework. Should be in Lexington next week.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) June 15, 2018
The University of Kentucky has not confirmed the news yet, but Hagans will be suiting up in Blue and White this season.
In case you forgot how good this kid is, check out some of his summer highlights below:
One down, one to go…