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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.


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.

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.

Bam Adebayo’s stock is skyrocketing, Charlotte interested at No. 11

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Once considered a fringe first-rounder, Bam Adebayo is looking as a likely lottery selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Over the past few weeks, we have heard Adebayo has dominated in his workouts with teams throughout the league. His physicality has always been impressive, but most franchises are enamored with the former Wildcat’s ability to shoot, with his range extending beyond the three-point line.

A team with significant interest? The Charlotte Hornets, who hold the No. 11 selection in the draft.

In his recent workout with the Hornets, Adebayo went 13 for 25 in his shots behind the arc in front of Charlotte personnel.

Check out this excerpt on his visit and workout from the Charlotte Observer:

Three-point shooting range isn’t required of NBA centers, but in these days when spacing and versatility are at premium, it can only help Edrice “Bam” Adebayo.

Adebayo, who played his final high school season in High Point before entering Kentucky, was one of six draft candidates at a Charlotte Hornets workout Sunday. At the end of each pre-draft workout, the Hornets have all players take five NBA 3-pointers from each of five semi-circle spots.

Adebayo, who missed his only 3-pointer in his single college season, swished 13 of 25 attempts in that drill. Granted, Adebayo was shooting unguarded, but that accuracy didn’t surprise him.

“I’ve been shooting the ball since I was 12 years old. I was always getting better,” said Adebayo. “I wasn’t asked to do it (from the perimeter) at Kentucky because we all played our parts; we all sacrificed certain stuff.

“In these workouts, I can more do what I want, so I show them what I can do.”
You can read the entire article here.

Karl-Anthony Towns, DeMarcus Cousins, and Anthony Davis all showed off impressive jumpers when they reached the NBA, and it looks like Bam Adebayo is following suit.

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Isaac Humphries has ‘unbelievable’ showing at pro day workout

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Former Kentucky big man Isaac Humphries has continually impressed those on the professional basketball circuit since declaring for the NBA Draft last April, this time doing so in front of 22 NBA representatives in Irvine, Calif.


Humphries joined fellow Australia native Jonah Bolden at the ASICS America Headquarters for a pro day workout in front of NBA personnel, according to Fox Sports. Bolden – a hopeful first-round selection in Thursday’s draft – headlined the event, but it was Humphries who stole the spotlight.


The 19-year-old seven-footer “shot the ball well from the perimeter, while showing his soft touch inside the paint.”


“Unbelievable,” NBA skills trainer Jordan Lawley said of Humphries’ workout.


“He had a presence,” Lawley said. “There are two types of players: one that’s present in a gym, and one that has a presence. I felt like Isaac had a presence today. He made a name for himself, just from his performance today.”


Humphries most recently worked out for the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, adding to his list of formal workouts that has included the Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Denver Nuggets, and Milwaukee Bucks.

76ers reportedly trade for first overall selection in 2017 NBA Draft

76ers reportedly trade for first overall selection in 2017 NBA Draft

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In news first reported by TNT’s David Aldridge on Saturday night, the Boston Celtics have agreed to trade the first overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the No. 3 pick, as well as a protected future first-round pick in either 2018 or 2019. The deal is expected to be finalized on Monday.


With the Sixers expected to take Washington’s Markelle Fultz, the door opens for a reshuffle among the order of the first five players drafted – despite the five particular players likely to be chosen remaining the same. With three point guards included in that group, it’s possible Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox may hear his name called at a different point than originally anticipated.


Along with Fultz, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Kansas’ Josh Jackson, and Duke’s Jayson Tatum, anything other than a top-five selection would be considered a shock for Fox. However, Philly’s power play to the top of the order has altered the market for point guards with respect to the best available prospect. This could potentially mean the difference between a No. 3 and a No. 5 selection for Fox – and close to a $2.3 million disparity in salary over his first three seasons as a professional.


If the trade goes through as expected, the Celtics have all but confirmed their lack of interest in a top-flight point guard prospect to pair with All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas. It also suggests the Sixers are interested in adding a point guard to their lineup of unproven talent, implying that Philadelphia was originally a likely suitor for Fox at No. 3. While it’s probable that Boston still would have taken Fultz first overall under the assumption that he is the best prospect available, the burden of choosing between adding to an already crowded backcourt and passing on what could be a can’t-miss prospect has been lifted. Now, the Celtics will wait to see who the Los Angeles Lakers take at No. 2, and likely land on Jackson or Tatum to strengthen the team at forward.


With the Lakers’ pick unaffected by last night’s trade rumblings, it remains entirely possible that newly minted president of basketball operations Magic Johnson will defer to Fox with the second pick in Thursday night’s draft. But, if the Lakers decide to go with Ball – another point guard – at No. 2 instead, Fox could fall all the way to the Sacramento Kings at No. 5. The Phoenix Suns own the No. 4 overall pick, but tote a loaded backcourt not unlike the Celtics. If the Suns were to go with Fox in favor of whomever is available between Jackson and Tatum, expect rumors of an eventual trade of former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe to surface.


The Kings are in search of a young floor general to pair with rising sophomore Buddy Hield, as well as former Kentucky big men Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissière. Even if every domino falls the wrong way for Fox over the first four picks, Sacramento will be a sure-fire landing spot at No. 5.

De’Aaron Fox discusses draft with Sam Mitchell

De’Aaron Fox discusses draft with Sam Mitchell

UK’s most recent guard in the line of great Coach Cal point guards, De’Aaron Fox, had the chance to sit down and discuss the role of an NBA point guard with former NBA forward Sam Mitchell. Mitchell is currently an NBA analyst for SiriusXM NBA Radio, as well as the head coach of the U.S. Virgin Islands national team. He was the leading scorer in Mercer University history, before playing in the NBA from 1985 to 2002.

We all know Fox’s credentials in his one year in Lexington, but it is cool to hear him discuss how his play will translate to the league with someone who actually had a long and successful career in the NBA.

No knock on any other player the has played for Kentucky in the Coach Cal era, but De’Aaron Fox gives one of the best and well-spoken interviews that I can remember out of a 19 year old kid. No doubt in my mind he has the capability of coming in and being an instant leader on an NBA team full of grown men.

On top of this video, take a look at the Philadelphia 76ers pre-draft workout interview with Fox that was posted today.

Should be interesting to see where Fox gets drafted, because it sounds like the draft order is going to do some changing in the coming days.


Devin Booker hosts Rookie Roundtable for NBA TV

Devin Booker hosts Rookie Roundtable for NBA TV

If you haven’t already had your fill of NBA Draft news, these next 5 days are sure going to do the trick. With all of the rumors of possible trades of top 10 picks swirling, there is more uncertainty about where the UK guys will be drafted than I ever remember.

Former Cat Devin Booker sat down with four of the top prospects in the 2017 draft, including former Cat Malik Monk, to discuss their feelings on the draft, who they can’t wait to match up with in the league, and a few other questions. View the roundtable here:

Love that Malik Monk mentioned he wants to go up against Russell Westbrook. Westbrook, in my opinion, is the hardest guard to defend in the league. He’s one of the fastest players in the league, and he pairs that with incredible strength. He has the athleticism to throw down some of the more impressive dunks of the season, but also has the ability to stop on a dime from a full out sprint to knock down a jumper. Monk actually drew a lot of Westbrook comparisons in his first few weeks on campus at Kentucky.


Saturday’s Top 10: football YAHTZEE, NBA Draft Update and, of course, Louisville

Saturday’s Top 10: football YAHTZEE, NBA Draft Update and, of course, Louisville

Yesterday was National Mascot Day, so it’s only appropriate to begin today’s post with a photo of our beloved Wildcat (in case you were wondering, it seems today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day, so… go crazy). It’s been an exciting week here in the BBN, so let’s jump right into today’s Top 10.

1. I have to bring it up…

I know there’s been plenty of coverage about the current situation in Louisville, but it seemed weird to not bring it up at all. I haven’t really had the chance to share my own thoughts on the subject yet, and I won’t bore you with the specifics, but I’d love to know: which part do you consider the most outrageous?

Could it be the fact that at least seven of the 15 involved recruits were under the age of 18? What about UofL trying to appeal the NCAA’s ruling because the strippers didn’t cost that much? Maybe it’s the story about an assistant coach who called the team out for poor practice performance “because y’all had strippers in there all night”? How about Brandon Williams failing to produce phone records because the phone in question was “controlled by his mother?” And let’s not forget about Rick practically saying the NCAA is to blame for Jim Valvano’s cancer?

I understand if you’re having a tough time choosing – it’s all truly ridiculous.

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2. ICYMI: Isaiah Briscoe injury ends workouts

Yesterday, Adam Zagoria of reported that Isaiah Briscoe’s workouts with the Lakers, Kings, Bucks and Pacers have been canceled due to an injury. According to Briscoe’s agent, “it’s a minor ankle injury,” but cutting his workouts short still hurts the former Kentucky guard. Briscoe is currently projected to go undrafted next Thursday and missing his last few chances to show off his skills certainly won’t help.

3. Calipari heads west

The Under-19 Men’s National Team Training Camp begins in Colorado Springs tomorrow, so John Calipari is making his way there today. Of the 28 players who accepted their invitations to attend, three current UK players will be traveling to the camp: Kevin Knox, PJ Washington and Hamidou Diallo. Several 2018 targets will also be in attendance, including Bol Bol and Romeo Langford.

4. Vote for the winner of the KSR summer host contest

Five groups remain in the competition for the opportunity to host KSR one day during Matt’s vacation. The winner will host one hour of the show, and Matt will choose which of the remaining hopefuls gets to host the second hour. Give each a listen and vote for your favorite HERE.

5. Another Yahtzee for the football team

The 2018 Wildcat class continues to grow. DeAndre Square, a four-star defenseman, tweeted his commitment to Kentucky Friday night, getting lots of love from BBN fans in the process. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound outside linebacker will be coming to Kentucky from Cass Technical High School in Detroit.

Square is just another example of the recruiting efforts being made by Stoops, Marrow and the rest of the Kentucky football staff. Square’s announcement came the day after another 2018 defenseman, Dom Williams, committed to the Cats via Twitter. 

6. ESPN’s latest 30 for 30

As an avid sports fan and 30 for 30 enthusiast, I get very excited each time a new special is released. “Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies” is enticing to me for many reasons, but mostly because I was born in 1997, long after the Celtics vs. Lakers rivalry had hit its peak. The episodes aired over two separate days, and I’m more of a binge watcher, so I haven’t started the series yet. I will freely admit I’m not well versed on the subject, but I look forward to properly educating myself through the three-part special this weekend. If you’re like me and you’re still trying to get around to it, you can stream it here on ESPN. So far, I’ve heard pretty good reviews, but what do you think? Is it up to par with other 30 for 30s?

7. NBA Draft Update

With just five days left until this year’s NBA draft, speculation is running higher than ever. Several rumors are floating around this lovely thing we call the Internet, including the idea that the Celtics could trade Julius Randle for the No. 1 pick. This would definitely cause a wrinkle in the draft LaVar Ball has planned out for himself…uhh… his son.

8. So… Where do the Kentucky players stand?

While the overall consensus puts De’Aaron Fox in the top five, Malik Monk in the top 10 and Bam Adebayo somewhere in the first round, there is plenty of variation even in the most popular mock drafts. Additionally, not everyone is counting out a sneaky, second round pick in Isaiah Briscoe, Derek Willis or Dominique Hawkins. Here’s where some major outlets are projecting the former Kentucky players:

  • NBA Draft has De’Aaron Fox going No. 4 to the Phoenix Suns, Malik Monk going No. 8 to the New York Knicks and Bam Adebayo at No. 17 to the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Draft Express has Fox at No. 5 to the Kings, Monk at No. 8 to the Knicks and Adebayo at No. 19 to the Atlanta Hawks.
  • CBS Sports has Fox at No. 3 to the 76ers, Monk at No. 10 to the Kings and Adebayo at No. 28 to the Lakers.

9. KSR’s upcoming schedule

The summer tour is in full swing as the Kentucky Sports Radio crew continues to make their way across the Commonwealth. During the upcoming week, look out for the gang in Danville on Monday, Leitchfield on Tuesday, Louisville on Wednesday, Henderson on Thursday and Owensboro on Friday. Check out the full schedule here.

10. Hey Kentucky! casting call is TODAY

If you’ve been looking for the opportunity to break into the television industry, the wait is almost over – the Hey Kentucky casting call is finally here. Head out to the Fayette Mall near the Apple Store beginning at 10 a.m. for your chance to host Matt’s TV show while he’s on vacation. I’ll be there, and you should be too.


WATCH: Monk’s scouting report on Monk for The Players’ Tribune

Malik Monk chatted with The Players’ Tribune during a light workout at Manhattanville College while he was in New York recently. The video hit the internets today and it shows Monk talking about his game while getting up some shots in the Manhattanville gym.

Monk spends most of the video talking about his jump shot, which he calls a natural shot, and what it takes to see the ball go in every time. He emphasizes the feet first, then the hips, then the elbow, and then the follow through, for the perfect jumper.

See it all for yourself:

Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox get some pre-draft love

The Philadelphia 76ers have the number 3 overall pick in this Thursday’s NBA draft. While there are trade rumors swirling about Boston giving up the top spot to Philadelphia or the Lakers, for the time being, that third pick could be a landing spot for either of Kentucky’s highly talented guards from this season.

The 76ers Twitter account posted their first episode of “Draft-ology” today and this episode focused on the sharp shooters in this year’s draft class, with a good portion of the video being dedicated to discussing Malik Monk. Take a look at what Joe Lunardi here:

Meanwhile, Bleacher Report tweeted a short video today giving a little insight to what their lead NBA Draft writer, Jonathan Wasserman, thinks of the best highlight reel worthy players in this draft class. Not surprising to any members of the BBN, but Monk and De’Aaron Fox make up two of the three spots.

The draft is now less than a week away, so get ready to hear just about every rumor imaginable. And also be ready for just about all of those rumors to be a complete wash by the time the draft rolls around.


Bam Adebayo signed with Nike

Bam Adebayo has inked a shoe deal with Nike, a popular shoe company that many of you are probably familiar with.

The former Wildcat and soon-to-be NBA draft pick announced the news today on Twitter:

Terms of the deal aren’t out there, but he’s one of many in the long line of Kentucky Wildcats to sign with the swoosh out of college. John Wall and Jamal Murray are the only two I can think of who didn’t, although I’m sure there are a couple more.

Anyway, go get your money, Bam.

Could the Celtics trade No. 1 pick for Julius Randle (and No. 2 pick)?

Hold on! Don’t print those Boston green Markelle Fultz jerseys just yet!

There’s a rumor floating about the web that says Magic Johnson is so enamored by Markelle Fultz, he is considering a trade up to No. 1 to get him. Of course that trade would have to be a flip-flop with the Boston Celtics, and Julius Randle’s name is being tossed around as part of the deal.

From the Twitter account of Jonathan Givony of

Word out of LA is Markelle Fultz “murdered” his Lakers workout yesterday. May be “the best one” they’ve seen. Sadly, likely all for naught.

I’m told Fultz played competitively 2 on 2, even though that wasn’t agreed to in advance. Apparently shot ball very well.Tested 40 inch vert

Multiple sources have told me that Magic “is in love” with Fultz. May try to move up to #1, possibly with a Julius Randle + #2 pick offer. [@DraftExpress]

This would really shake up the draft if it were to happen, considering Lonzo Ball refused to work out with the Celtics or anyone else because he thought he was a lock to L.A. Boston could take Josh Jackson at No. 2, Philadelphia could pass on a point guard at No. 3, and then we’d have a big mess on our hands before the draft is out of the top five.

I’m all for it, although Randle seems to really, really like the L.A. lifestyle.

Injury ends Isaiah Briscoe’s remaining workouts

An unexpected injury has forced Isaiah Briscoe to cut his NBA workout tour short ahead of next week’s draft.

According to Adam Zagoria of, Briscoe suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of workouts with the Lakers, Kings, Bucks and Pacers. His agent, Brian Dyke, told Zagoria, “It’s a minor ankle injury… He’ll probably have to pull out of the rest of the workouts.”

If you follow Isaiah Briscoe on Instagram, you’ve probably seen that he has been walking fine (he loves to show off those shoes), so Dyke must be right in saying it’s a minor injury.

But Briscoe needs every workout he can get as he is projected to go undrafted next Thursday.

De’Aaron Fox thinks an All-Kentucky NBA team could beat the Golden State Warriors

In a best of seven series, De’Aaron Fox thinks an NBA team comprised of Kentucky Wildcats could beat the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. Fox was asked the question in an interview with our friend Aaron Torres, who, coincidentally, will host KSR in just a few weeks when Matt goes out of town. Torres interviewed Fox this week for an in-depth interview for Fox Sports that will come out next week, but he couldn’t help but share this tidbit with the Big Blue Nation a few days in advance. Who would Fox include on the Kentucky team to beat the Warriors?

“I’m going to have John [Wall] at the point guard, Devin [Booker] at the two. At the three, I’d say Michael Kidd-Gilchrist just to guard KD [Kevin Durant]. But now you’ve got Boogie [Cousins], AD [Anthony Davis] and Karl [Anthony Towns] for two spots. I’m going to bring Karl off the bench just because he’s the youngest. That’s my only reason, because he’s the youngest. But that’s my starting five.”

Including MKG to guard Durant? Man, we knew Fox was smart, but that’s brilliant. To see the rest of Fox’s All-Kentucky team, head on over to Fox Sports. And then weigh in on whether or not you think he’s right in the comments.

[Fox Sports]