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Marcus Lee removing his name from the Draft, will transfer

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This is certainly not what I was expecting. UK just announced that Marcus Lee will remove his name from the NBA Draft…and transfer to a different school.

“Marcus Lee informed us today that he is pulling his name out of the draft but has decided he is going to transfer to a school out west to be closer to his family,” head coach John Calipari said. “We talked it through together and discussed the team next season, which he said had no bearing on his decision. I also told him he was a semester away from graduating. With that said, he was still adamant that, after the combine experience, a year off and regrouping would be the best thing. As always I support my players and their decisions.”

Over three years, Lee averaged 3.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1 blocked shot, and ranks 20th all-time on the career blocks list. Last season, he was UK’s leading rebounder and shot blocker. He’s also been an incredible ambassador for the school, recently representing the SEC at the 2016 NCAA Leadership Forum.

In a statement from UK, Lee thanked the staff and fans, apologizing for taking so long with his decision.

“I want to thank the University of Kentucky, the basketball staff and the Big Blue Nation for supporting me over the years,” Lee said. “I’m sorry it took me so long to come to this decision, but I’m trying to do what’s right for me and my family. I’ll always think fondly of my time at Kentucky.”

Unfortunate news for us, but we wish Marcus the best. He’s always been one of my favorites.


Isaiah Briscoe will return to Kentucky

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BREAKING NEWS! Isaiah Briscoe will return to UK for his sophomore season. Briscoe announced the news via Twitter minutes ago:

Evan Daniels of Scout.com confirms the news, which is huge for Kentucky. Briscoe averaged 9.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game last season, and his return makes UK’s backcourt one of the best in the country. Briscoe will bring a veteran presence and some much-needed defensive intensity to next year’s squad, which can now feature a three-guard lineup of De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Briscoe.

Great, great news. You’re next, Marcus.


8 more UK Basketball stories worthy of an ESPN “30 for 30”

8 more UK Basketball stories worthy of an ESPN “30 for 30”

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Last week, word broke that ESPN is working on a “30 for 30” special about John Calipari. Tentatively titled “One and Never Done,” the documentary will cover Calipari’s career, starting from his days as an assistant at Kansas to his struggles in the NBA, rebirth in Memphis, and finally, his ascent to college basketball’s biggest throne at Kentucky. According to ESPN’s David Scott, the film will be directed by Jonathan Hock, a ten-time Emmy Award winning producer, director, writer and editor with four “30 for 30″s under his belt: “Unguarded” (2011); “The Best That Never Was” (2010); “Survive and Advance” (2013); and “Of Miracles and Men” (2015). ESPN camera crews followed Calipari a lot over the past year, reportedly shooting footage at his Hall of Fame induction and the team’s trip to Kansas in January, a fitting return to where Cal’s coaching career began.

I’m a big fan of the “30 for 30” series, so news of Calipari’s got me thinking about other events in Kentucky basketball history that might also be worthy of one. The program has such a long and storied history, that honestly, it could probably fill an entire season’s worth of documentaries if Kentucky fans had their way. Of course, that won’t happen, so here are eight suggestions in case the “30 for 30” crew circles back to Lexington any time soon.

 

Kentucky vs. Texas Western

Honestly, I’m shocked this isn’t already a “30 for 30,” although I guess Disney did make a whole movie about it. I still haven’t seen “Glory Road” because I think it would make me mad, but I do remember the backlash from UK fans over Jon Voight’s portrayal of Adolph Rupp and Dick Gabriel’s follow-up documentary, “Adolph Rupp: Myth, Legend and Fact.” It’s easy for Hollywood to paint Rupp and UK as the villain in this story, which I think makes it an even better subject for the “30 for 30” crew to shine a light on.

“What if I told you the story of a team with an all-black lineup beating a team with an all-white lineup for the NCAA Championship was a lot more complicated than black and white?” 


The Unforgettables

The story of the 1991-1992 Kentucky team already seems straight out of Hollywood. Coming off a two-year postseason ban for recruiting violations under Eddie Sutton, a young and hungry Rick Pitino led a historical program back to prominence with the help of four seniors (three of whom are from Kentucky) and a superstar sophomore. Add in arguably the greatest basketball game ever played and you’ve got a story far more interesting than its villain.

“What if I told you that, even in the darkest times, loyalty can bring you back to the spotlight?”


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John Stewart’s passing

Even 17 years later, it’s hard to look back at articles about John Stewart without getting a little emotional. At only 18 years old, the seven-foot Kentucky signee collapsed and died on the court during the regional championship game of the Indiana high school playoffs in 1999. The loss shook the entire UK fanbase, particularly Tubby Smith, who made sure the program honored Stewart on what would have been his Senior Night in 2003.

Actually, “30 for 30” doesn’t need to bother with this one because our friend TJ Beisner already did it justice back in 2014 with his documentary for KSTV, “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” I encourage you to grab some tissues and head over to mycn2.com to watch if you haven’t already.

“What if I told you the saddest story imaginable…and it was true.”


Bill Keightley

Most college basketball fans outside Kentucky have no clue who Bill Keightley was, but you’d be hard pressed to find a more beloved figure in the program’s history. Mr. Keightley was the heart and soul of UK Basketball, serving as way more than the equipment manager at the end of the bench. I would love to hear interviews from past players, coaches, and staff members about Keightley’s life, and, given his impact on the program, I bet others would too.

“What if I told you the heart and soul of Kentucky basketball was also the man that used to wash its jerseys?” 


Rick Pitino goes to Louisville

As Kentucky fans, there are some moments you just don’t forget. Most of you probably know where you were during “The Shot,” when Kentucky won its national championships, and maybe even when Rick Pitino was announced as the head coach at Louisville in 2001. I remember exactly where I was: the Galt House in Louisville for a high school journalism conference (ha!). The months that followed were a confusing time for UK fans, leading into another moment I’ll never forget: Pitino walking out of the home tunnel during his first trip back to Rupp as Louisville’s coach. (Oh, the nerve!) Add in the rivalry once Calipari came to Kentucky and Rick’s meltdowns during the scandal — including flipping off his old fanbase — and you’ve got some must-see TV.

“What if I told you a coach that was once considered a god became enemy number one four years later?”


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Randolph Morris and the missing fax

Okay, so delving into this story might not be in UK’s best interest, but come on — haven’t you ever wondered what the REAL story was behind Randolph Morris and the missing fax? After Morris went undrafted in 2005 and returned to Kentucky, the NCAA suspended him for 14 games before Tubby Smith miraculously found a seven-month old fax on his desk stating Morris’ intent to enter the draft but NOT sign an agent, which helped Morris regain his eligibility with half a season left to play. Of course, the story would have been a lot better had Kentucky gone further than the second round that year, but still, I would watch this.

“What if I told you the key to a season laid not in a locker room or basketball court, but on a messy desk underneath some Dunkin’ Donuts wrappers?”


The Rise and Fall of Billy Gillispie

By far the strangest story in recent UK history is Billy Gillispie’s two-year tenure as head coach. Most of us really believed Billy would succeed when he came to UK, and boy, were we wrong. I’d LOVE for the “30 for 30” crew to go digging and interview Billy’s players and co-workers to tell us what really happened behind-the-scenes. From late night drunk golfing to Alex Legion’s girlfriend to the Alan Cutler foot chase, this story is begging for primetime.

“What if I told you that Kentucky gave the keys of the program to a man who almost ran it into the Merrick Inn pool?”


Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Pursuit of Perfection

If I said it once, I said it a million times last year: Kentucky’s 2014-2015 season was made for a “30 for 30.” I’m sure Calipari’s film will cover it in part, but that season was awesome for so many reasons. I would start with the 2013-2014 season to include the hype around the recruiting class, the struggles that prompted Aaron Harrison to say it could still be a “great story,” Aaron’s threes to take UK to the national championship game, and then most of that class’ decision to come back to school. Then, the Bahamas trip, Kansas and UCLA beatdowns, and the march to 38-0…which is exactly when I would turn it off.

“What if I told you a team won thirty-eight games in a row, but the one they lost would haunt them forever?”


UK’s 2016-17 Basketball Schedule As We Know It

UK’s 2016-17 Basketball Schedule As We Know It

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Kentucky’s 2016-17 non-conference schedule is nearing completion with news of the addition of Kansas and Valparaiso to the mix. We now know 11 of the non-conference opponents and nine of the confirmed dates for those games, which includes the two exhibition games.

Below you will find the confirmed games as of today. Plan your winter accordingly.

Big Blue Madness
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Friday, October 14 | 7:00 pm
Blue-White Game
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Friday, October 21 | 7:00 pm
Kentucky vs. Clarion 
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Sunday, October 30 | 7:00 pm
Kentucky vs. Asbury 
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Sunday, November 6 | 7:00 pm
Kentucky vs. Michigan State 
New York, NY | Madison Square Garden
Champions Classic
Tuesday, November 15 | TBD
Kentucky vs. Arizona State
Bahamas | Atlantis Paradise Island
Monday, November 28 | TBD
Kentucky vs. UCLA
Lexington, Ky. | Rupp Arena
Saturday, December 3 | TBD
Kentucky vs. Hofstra 
Brooklyn, NY | Barclays Center
2016 Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival
Sunday, December 11 | TBD
Kentucky vs. North Carolina 
Las Vegas, NV | T-Mobile Arena
CBS Sports Classic
Saturday, December 17 | TBD
Kentucky @ Louisville
Louisville, Ky. | KFC Yum! Center
Wednesday, December 21 (Unofficial)
Kentucky vs. Kansas
Lexington, Ky. | Rupp Arena
Big 12/SEC Challenge
Saturday, December 28
Kentucky vs. Valparaiso
Lexington, Ky. | Rupp Arena
TBD
Kentucky vs. Dequesne
Lexington, Ky. | Rupp Arena
TBD

You’ll have to wait until late summer/early fall for the SEC slate and the full schedule in its entirety.


16 Things To Do For Memorial Day ’16

16 Things To Do For Memorial Day ’16

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 is only days away and you still don’t have plans for your three-day weekend. Don’t sweat it, though, my fellow Kentuckians. I scouted out the scene across the state and have narrowed all of the fun down to 16 activities. Try one or try them all, but get out and do something.

Whatever you do, remember those who have died in service of this great country. Don’t let them and the sacrifice they made go unappreciated while you soak up the sun.

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1. Go to a lake.

Maybe the most popular Memorial Day destination, the lake (pick one!) provides fun in the sun for everyone. Whether you are looking for a party on the water, a quiet day of fishing, blasting your Florida Georgia Line from a pontoon, or simply wanting relaxation during your three-day weekend, any of the state’s several lakes is the place to be this Memorial Day.

2. Listen to Jordan Smith at the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival.

One of Kentucky’s oldest festivals returns for an 86th year in 2016 with a special Thursday night concert featuring Jordan Smith, winner of the The Voice, to kick off the weekend. The Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival will also have outstanding food from street vendors, a carnival, more live music, karaoke, the KMLF 5K, fireworks and the crowning of a new queen. [Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival]

3. Run a 5K through an 80s themed glowing wonderworld.

Are you a runner? Do you miss the 80s? Then The Glo Run is for you. The popular 5K makes its stop in Lexington on Friday at the horse park with a 1980s themed “glowing wonderworld of a course.” You can sprint/jog/walk through giant boomboxes, light shows and all of the 80s nostalgia one could ask for. [The GloRun]

4. Go bat hunting.

The Dracula Legacy is coming to Henderson’s John James Audubon State Park on Saturday. Naturalist John Tierney will take you on a hunt for the frying creatures of the night while separating the bat myths from the bat facts. [I’M NOT WEARING HOCKEY PADS]

5. Eat BBQ, listen to blues music and ride your motorcycle in Elizabethtown.

Downtown E-Town will be lit on Saturday for the BBQ, Blues & Bikes Fest. Beginning at noon and concluding around 10 pm, the festival will feature nine bands on two different stages, as well as plenty of BBQ, booze and bikes. For all you riders out there, the Thunder Into Elizabethtown ride takes off at 10 am. [BBQ Blue & Bikes]

6. Ride your bicycle in the 39th annual Horsey Hundred.

The Bluegrass Cycling Club will hold its 39th annual Horsey Hundred in Georgetown this weekend, featuring rides of various lengths–30, 50, 66 and 100 miles–around the surrounding area. The paths will wind past farms and rock fences and through railroad tunnels along scenic backroads.

Clothes-pinning a baseball card into the spokes of your tires isn’t required, but I encourage it because it will make your bike sound like a motorcycle. [Horsey Hundred]

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7. Listen to Beatles tribute bands at Abbey Road On The River.

Four consecutive days of Beatles music will take over Belvedere Festival Park in Louisville during WAVE 3 News’ Abbey Road on the River Beatles tribute festival. The concert series is in its twelfth year with over 50 tribute bands playing eight stages throughout the entire Memorial Day weekend. [Abbey Road On The River]

8. Eat cornbread at the Mill Springs Battlefield.

From 11 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday, the Mill Springs Battlefield will host its Mill Springs Mill Annual Cornbread Festival. Stop by for some pinto beans, onions, relish and mill-ground cornmeal “hoecakes” plus a variety of desserts while overlooking the historic Mill Springs Grist Mill.

Stick around for the nearby car show and live music once that belly is full, too.

9. Spring into summer at Oak Grove’s Spring Into Summer Festival.

Beginning at noon on Saturday and Sunday, and ending whenever it ends, the ninth annual Spring Into Summer Festival is the place to be in Christian County. This year’s free Saturday night concert is headlined by Rodney Atkins, who will sing Rodney Atkins songs, while festival-goers enjoy free carnivals, food from various vendors and a variety of other free shows. There’s also free admission, free parking, and free rides.

This Memorial Day party should really be called the Free Festival featuring Rodney Atkins. [Spring Into Summer]

10. Shop at one of the top 10 flea markets in America.

Voted one of our nation’s best flea markets, the Kentucky Flea Market Memorial Day Spectacular will return to the Louisville Expo Center, May 27-30. There will be over 650 booths with antiques, collectibles, jewelry, clothing, accessories and more. Admission is free for the 15,000+ shoppers that attend each year.

11. Watch high school rodeo.

The Kentucky High School Rodeo Association and the Kentucky Junior High School Rodeo Association join together for the Kentucky Invitational High School Rodeo. The rodeo will go down in the Kentucky Horse Park’s covered arena and will include Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Calf Roping, Bull Riding, Breakaway Calf Roping, Goat Tying, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, and Ribbon Roping.

12. Look at old cars. (And the Batmobile.)

The Somernites Cruise Car Show is back in Somerset for a 16th year this Memorial Day weekend. Considered the official “Car Cruise Capital of Kentucky,” the Somernites Cruise Car Show begins at 1 pm with looks of the cars, then ends with a 7 pm ride through downtown Somerset.

This year’s ride will include a Batmobile. [Somernites Cruise]

13. Bet on live racing at Churchill Downs.

Didn’t make it to the Kentucky Derby? Churchill Downs will be running this weekend with 10 races per day, Thursday through Monday.

Free General Admission for active Military & Veterans with Military I.D. on Monday, May 30 for Military Appreciation Day.

14. Listen to reggae at the Kentucky Reggae Festival.

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with the flavor of the islands at the Kentucky Reggae Festival in Louisville. Enjoy a Caribbean atmosphere of live reggae music, ethnic food and the Caribbean vendor market — a truly Caribbean atmosphere in Louisville’s backyard without the expense of traveling to the islands. [Kentucky Reggae Festival]

15. Watch fireworks (but don’t post a bunch of pictures of them on Facebook) at Blast Over Kuttawa.

Lake Barkley’s fireworks show will hit the skies at 9 pm on Saturday. Remember, folks: people who post photo albums of fireworks are the worst people in the entire world. That’s fact.

16. Stay inside and read KentuckySportsRadio.com.

As always, the KSR office is open for business on a holiday weekend. No days off around here. Stop by this little website for updates from the Nike EYBL event in Atlanta and all of the other happenings around BBN.

But maybe go outside for a little bit if the weather’s nice. You can read us via your phone.


The Columbia Bowl

The Columbia Bowl

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For the Kentucky Wildcats, there are approximately eight gazillion 2016 schedule scenarios. I’m fairly certain that we’ll hypothesize roughly half between now and September. As we take our first glance at the upcoming season, the Missouri and South Carolina games scream of probable SEC wins but also have the feel of potentially devastating losses. Let’s take a look:

 

Southern Miss

The home opener has the makings of a message board dream. Returning to Commonwealth Stadium as an offensive scape goat, one-and-done offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson inherits quarterback Nick Mullens and his four thousand passing yards from 2015. Motivation, expectation and anxiety will be sky high for both Southern Miss and UK.

As the Jay Hopson regime begins in Lexington, the likelihood of UK win is medium to high.


At Florida

Several Florida defenders heard their names called in the 2016 NFL Draft. But, there is still elite defensive talent in Gainesville. The oft-transferred quarterback Luke Del Rio is attending his third school in four years. Bull Gator Jim McElwain is hoping that either Del Rio or grad-transfer Austin Appleby will develop into a quality replacement for the departed Will Grier. As the talent gap between the two teams has decreased, the Cats let the past two victories slip away.

With the Swamp effect in place, the likelihood of a UK win is medium.


New Mexico State

Win


South Carolina

Here’s where the schedule takes a curious turn. Exit Steve Spurrier and a talent level that produced an SEC East title and three consecutive eleven win seasons. Enter Will Muschamp with an average at best roster and a plethora of doubting Thomas’s still questioning the hire. Linebacker Skai Moore is the only returning Gamecock that you’ll likely remember. In Columbia, South Carolina the Muschamp era could get off to unremarkable beginnings.

Likelihood of a UK win is high; the significance of a W is immeasurable.


At Alabama

The defending national champions will be a tough out.

Likelihood of a UK win is low.


Vanderbilt

All I will say here is that if Kentucky loses to Vanderbilt at home, Mark Stoops will have far more pressing concerns than merely fighting for bowl eligibility. Last season’s extreme Nashville embarrassment should serve as ample motivation for revenge. Oh yeah, if a KSR visor is found in the vicinity of Vanderbilt Stadium, please return it to Kentucky Sports Radio Headquarters. Thanks.

Likelihood of a UK win is high.


Bye


Mississippi State

Dak Prescott is now a Dallas Cowboy. Dan Mullen has remarkably built a consistently successful program in Starkville. However, the notable Bulldog nine-win season streak could be in jeopardy.

Likelihood of a UK win is medium.


At Missouri

Columbia, Missouri is the midway point between St. Louis and Kansas City. For the BBN, it will serve as the site of a perilous game in a crucial junction of an imperative season. In other words, a term more defining than “must win”. 2015’s Cat fight saw Kentucky play at its season’s best. Barry Odom takes over the Tiger helm from Gary Pinkel who retired as the winningest coach in program history. Mizzou is coming off a 5-7 season with a roster that is teetering on being un-Missouri-like. Adding to the woes, Craig Kuligowski, considered to be the most respected defensive line coach in the game is now with Mark Richt at the U. Even though Odom is a pedigreed Mizzou man, year one has the writings of a typical transition season.

Likelihood of a SEC road win is medium.


So many scenarios, so few definitive forecasts. With a relatively new starting quarterback and glaring defensive line questions, the 2016 Wildcats are an unfinished novel. In its quest for bowl eligibility, wins in Columbia and at home against Carolina are both attainable and perilous.


Matt Bevin’s selfies are out of control

Matt Bevin’s selfies are out of control

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While our state government bickers over seemingly everything going on in Frankfort, our governor, Matt Bevin, continues to post an insane amount of selfies on his Twitter and Facebook accounts. Since taking office, Bevin has taken more selfies than a bus full of teenage girls on their way to a Bieber concert. My man seems to really love the first-person money shot.

That’s fine; whatever. I dabble in the selfie game from time to time, when the situation calls for it. But Bevin’s selfie collection has gotten a bit egregious, especially for a man with an entire state to worry about.

Take for instance his latest string of uploads. We’ve got a mess in our state capital, but ol’ Matty B is out taking pics to get those Instagram likes up.

Did you see him in Texas at Bolden’s announcement?

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How did he get on the court in Golden State?

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Lemonade, really?

Get Kentucky in formation, Governor.

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He’s lucky he didn’t catch one on the chin getting caught up in that fight in Arlington.

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And with the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch? Guess we know whose side he’s on.

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This has gotten a little out of hand and must be stopped.


The Marques Bolden Timeline of Events

The Marques Bolden Timeline of Events

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It’s almost over. It is almost over.

After months and months and months, reports and more reports, delayed announcements and drag-alongs, Marques Bolden is finally ready to announce his decision. The five-star big man is set to go public with his university of choice in a ceremony tomorrow afternoon from DeSoto, Texas.

But before he does, let’s look back at that long ride that has been the recruitment of Bolden…

 

May 8, 2015: Shortly after Kansas gave him his first big-time offer, Kentucky extended a scholarship offer to Bolden. Louisville, Texas, Baylor and Nebraska were other schools on Bolden’s offer sheet at that time.

June 4, 2015: A little under a month after the Kentucky offer, Duke offered a scholarship to Bolden.

June 18, 2015: Bolden said his recruitment is completely wide open. He announced plans to visit Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, as well as Duke.

July 30, 2015: Bolden set his official visit to Duke for September 18.

August 25, 2015: Bolden set his official visit to Kentucky for the following weekend. He would later move that date up a couple of days to September 2.

August 28, 2015: Bolden took a surprise unofficial visit to Duke. He was quoted as saying “Duke is standing out” after visiting campus.

August 31, 2015: Bolden cut his list to eight schools: Alabama, Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, TCU and Wake Forest.

September 2, 2015: Bolden took his official visit to Kentucky, the first of his five official visits. He told Evan Daniels, “That was my first time actually begin on Kentucky’s campus. It’s also great spending time with Coach Calipari, Kenny Payne and the guys out there, so I really had a good time.”

September 12, 2015: Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke staff paid in-home visit Bolden in Texas.

September 17, 2015: John Calipari and Tony Barbee stopped by DeSoto High School to visit Bolden.

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September 18, 2015: Bolden took his official visit to Duke. It was Bolden’s second time in Durham in three weeks. He was hosted by his former AAU teammate, Duke’s Matt Jones.

September 29, 2015: 247Sports’ Jerry Meyer flipped his Crystal Ball pick from Kansas to Duke. Several reports had Bolden leaning toward Duke.

October 3, 2015: Bolden said he will likely decide in December or January. “Ideally I’d like to make a decision in January or December,” he told MADE Hoops at the USA Basketball Junior National Minicamp. “That time period is best for me because I think I’ll have everything figured out by then.”

October 6, 2015: Bolden visited by John Calipari and Kenny Payne in Texas.

October 6, 2015: Bolden announced plans to visit Big Blue Madness and Duke’s Countdown to Craziness on back-to-back nights.

October 14, 2015: Bolden canceled his plans to visit Big Blue Madness and Countdown to Craziness.

October 27, 2015: ESPN named Bolden as a player who could sign early. “He could also go until December or January,” Jeff Borzello wrote.

November 9, 2015: Bolden’s father said his son has “no plans” to sign with a school in the early period.

November 16, 2015: Jeff Borzello and ESPN Insiders picked Kansas for Bolden.

November 28, 2015: Bolden said he is in no rush to decide. From Rivals.com: “I’m not really trying to get it over with, but I have it down in my head to the schools that I’m really thinking about so I’m not really going through the eliminating process because I pretty much did that. I really don’t try to put pressure on myself (to decide) or have somebody put that stress on me. I’m really trying to take it slow and day-by-day and not trying to think of me being a class changer.”

November 30, 2015: Jeff Goodman predicted Kentucky for Bolden in response to a tweet.

December 1, 2015: Bolden told Scout.com he is down to Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, TCU and Oklahoma. He said he plans to make a decision within one month.

December 11, 2015: Jerry Meyer said it is impossible to pin down a leader for Bolden, and that he wouldn’t be suprised if a decision came before the end of the calendar year.

December 31, 2015: Jerry Meyer flipped his pick from Duke to Kentucky. Meyer told the Herald-Leader, “I’ve heard from a couple of sources that I trust that that’s where he’s likely going to end up.” It was one of four consecutive picks for Kentucky in the Crystal Ball, but Kansas still held the lead at 48 percent of the vote.

January 17, 2016: Bolden named McDonald’s All-American.

January 18, 2016: Kentucky took the lead in Bolden’s Crystal Ball voting. Nine consecutive picks moved UK to 43 percent, ahead of Duke and Kansas at 29 percent each.

January 19, 2016: Duke staff made a trip to Texas to watch Bolden play. Mike Krzyzewski, Jeff Capel and Nate James sat courtside as Bolden went for 17 points, five rebounds and three blocks in a 35-point victory.

Photo by David Megginson

January 25, 2016: ESPN Insiders predicted Bolden to Kentucky. “Despite Kentucky’s long list of frontcourt players, the Wildcats have some momentum,” the story read.

February 1, 2016: Bolden cut Kansas from consideration, likely because of fellow center Udoka Azubuike’s commitment to the Jayhawks. Bolden reportedly down to Duke, Kentucky, TCU and Oklahoma.

February 26, 2016: Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi predicted Kentucky for Bolden.

February 29, 2016: Bolden told Scout.com he plans to announce within the next month. He said he doesn’t want to go into the all-star games without having his mind made up.

March 22, 2016: Bolden said he plans to announce before his birthday on April 17. “I’m not going to wait that long,” he told the Herald-Leader. “That’s super late.”

March 23, 2016: Harry Giles admitted he is confident Duke will land Bolden. Giles wrote on his USA Today blog, “I’ve definitely been hitting my man Marques telling him to come on to Duke with us. I need that! I feel pretty good about getting him. He’s a smart guy and I hope he’ll make that smart decision to come with us.”

March 24, 2016: Calipari visited Bolden in Texas.

March 28, 2016: At the McDonald’s All-American game, De’Aaron Fox joked he will break Bolden’s kneecaps if Bolden goes to Duke. Fox also teased a Bolden commitment on SnapChat:

March 29, 2016: Duke overtook Kentucky in the Crystal Ball voting.

April 5, 2016: Gary Parrish wrote he expects Bolden to join Duke’s 2016 recruiting class.

April 6, 2016: Jerry Meyer changed his pick to Duke, giving the Blue Devils 71 percent of the vote.

April 10, 2016: Four Duke coaches visited Bolden a week before Bolden’s 18th birthday, what was once the deadline for his announcement. Duke believed to be in the driver’s seat at this stage in the recruitment.

April 13, 2016: Bolden appeared on the ESPNU Signing Day Special in a taped interview from the Jordan Brand Classic. It was believed there was a chance Bolden would commit on the show; he did not, but said he is “very close.”

April 13, 2016: At the Jordan Brand Classic, Bolden told USA Today, “I see myself fitting in perfectly with both teams. I try not to look at the other guys coming in. There’s going to be competition everywhere. You’re not going to be the only guy there. I know I’m going to get better wherever I go, but the way Kentucky develops their guys is unbelievable and then the way Duke guys come out and are so successful. They’re both positives.” He said it’s a possibility he will announce Friday at the Jordan Brand Classic game.

April 15, 2016: Bolden told Rivals.com he wants to announce on April 17, his 18th birthday.

April 17, 2016: Bolden turned 18. No announcement.

April 18, 2016: Bolden’s high school coach said he plans to meet with Bolden and set up an announcement by the end of the week. That announcement never came.

April 28, 2016: Duke commit Jayson Tatum said he is confident Duke will land Bolden.

April 29, 2016: De’Aaron Fox left an Instagram message to recruit Bolden to Kentucky:

#Kentucky signee @swipathefox gives uncommitted 5-star center Marques Bolden his best sales pitch to join him in #BBN!

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April 29, 2016: Three Duke writers switched their picks from Duke to Kentucky.

April 30, 2016: Same three writers switched picks back to Duke.

April 30, 2016: In a brief interview at the BallIsLife All-American game, Bolden said, “Yeah, I’m definitely close. I’ll make that decision real soon.”

May 6, 2016: Scout.com called Bolden’s recruitment a coin flip between Duke and Kentucky.

May 10, 2016: Duke writer said in interview with Duke blog that he believes UK has the inside track on Bolden.

May 11, 2016: Calipari indirectly told Bolden he is okay waiting as long as Bolden needs. Calipari was speaking to “a recruit” when he said it during his offseason press conference in Lexington: “If a kid wants to come and walk on our campus in September, I’m alright with that. I don’t really care. The reason is to come here, you have to be sure this is what you want or you should not come here. This thing is on. This is not for funsies here. My thing is whatever happens, happens. However this stuff plays out for anybody, obviously, that’s the extent of what I can say.”

May 16, 2016: Bolden’s school announced he will announce and sign on Tuesday.

May 16, 2016: Bolden’s school announced Bolden’s ceremony has been moved for “family reasons.” He will announce on Thursday, May 19.

 

May 19, 2016: Marques Bolden announced his commitment to: ______________


Where does UK Hoops go from here?

Where does UK Hoops go from here?

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This morning, Matthew Mitchell was dealt another blow when word leaked out that Chanin Scott, his only remaining 2016 signee, reopened her recruitment. Scott is the fourth recruit to decommit from the UK Hoops program since the season ended, and the eleventh player since October to sever ties with Mitchell’s squad, an alarming trend that has only gotten worse in recent weeks. Three weeks ago, I made a timeline of the program’s departures, and since then, assistant coach Camryn Whitaker resigned to take the head coaching job at Northern Kentucky, sophomore forward Alexis Jennings requested a transfer, Chanin Scott decommitted, and there are only six players on scholarship for next semester. To help stem the flow, Mitchell brought back former assistants Kyra Elzy and Niya Butts, and former player Amber Smith to join the staff, but today’s news certainly doesn’t help.

In a surprisingly busy offseason for Kentucky sports, the UK Hoops exodus has been the talk of the Big Blue Nation, with fans everywhere wondering what the heck is happening to a program that, from the outside, seemed to be on the rise. We may never know the true reason for all of the departures, but today, I’ve done my best to break down where Mitchell and his new staff go from here.

No more absentee coach

In an open letter to fans on Friday, Mitchell denied “rumors of some scandal that does not exist,” instead shouldering the blame for not devoting enough attention to his staff and players.

“What I now clearly see is my failure to get what was in my head and in my heart to enough people to prevent something like this from happening,” Mitchell wrote. “Good intentions are worthless if they are not communicated effectively. I needed to be more involved in the details of our success and communicate that to people more effectively.”

Next year will be rocky, but if one thing is for certain, it’s that few things will happen in the Joe Craft Center without Mitchell knowing.

If contracts are any indication, Mitchell has Mitch Barnhart’s support

While athletic director Mitch Barnhart has yet to hold a press conference about the status of the UK Hoops program, he has expressed his support for Mitchell during interviews with the Herald-Leader and the Courier-Journal.

“To say it’s not going in the right direction wouldn’t be accurate or fair,” Barnhart said in an interview with Jen Smith. “The question is: On the journey can we find our way back on the path we want to get on in terms of a little more clear direction? We’re not that far off.”

There’s been more turnover since that interview on April 28, but Barnhart’s support for Mitchell is evident in the contracts Mitchell has signed with Elzy and Butts. Normally, assistant coaches sign one-year deals, but they both received two-year contracts, a clear sign Barnhart is committed to helping the program find some stability.

A “good cop” to balance the “bad cop”

Over the years, Mitchell has developed a reputation as an intense coach that is hard on his players in practice. While that image conflicts with the Mitchell we know off the court, it’s definitely not uncommon in the sport. A popular theory behind the departures is the lack of a “good cop” on staff to offset Mitchell’s “bad cop.” Not any more. In the press release announcing Butts’ hiring, Mitchell said he is confident he’ll help the coaching staff achieve some balance.

“I have thought a lot the last few weeks about chemistry within our coaching staff and one name that I kept coming back to was Niya Butts,” Mitchell said. “I have worked with Niya as an assistant and was fortunate enough to have her on staff in my first year at Kentucky. I have said this before and still have complete confidence that Niya helps balance me out in a way that will positively impact our program.”

The same could be said for Elzy and Smith, the latter of which the program hopes will be a bridge between players and coaches.

He’s got to get players somehow

There are currently six players on scholarship for next season:

  • Sophomores: Maci Morris, Taylor Murray
  • Juniors: Makenzie Cann, Alyssa Rice
  • Seniors: Evelyn Akhator, Makayla Epps

As of now, there are no incoming freshmen or transfers. Lindsey Corsaro, who decommitted from UK on April 26, no longer has the Cats on her list. Given the uncertainty around the program, the odds of signing quality recruits for next season seem very grim. Unless he wants to rely on only one sub all season, Mitchell has to add players somehow, so I’d expect the staff to explore the JuCo and grad transfer routes, as well as hold open tryouts. Ladies at UK, if you have even an ounce of coordination, I encourage you to give it a shot.

Forget Mitchell dancing at Big Blue Madness (which, regardless, I think is a bad idea considering the circumstances). At this rate, unless he wants to make the traditional 5-on-5 scrimmage a 3-on-3, he and his assistant coaches will have to play as well.

Will they be able to win?

Mitchell has already taken the blame for the program’s current state, but even if things come together this season, the staff gels, and the ship seems to be righted, how much can you win with only six scholarship players? Having a player the caliber of Makayla Epps certainly helps, but unless Epps, a senior, pulls a Steph Curry and is unstoppable, stringing together enough wins to make the NCAA Tournament, but they’ll have little room for error.

The 2017 recruiting class becomes absolutely crucial

With two seniors on the roster, including Epps, Mitchell’s 2017 class is now the key to his future at Kentucky. That class once included Top 30 commits Lindsey Duvall and Madison Treece, but is now down to only one player, 5’6″ point guard Kameron Roach. The one thing Mitchell can sell to recruits is immediate playing time, but will it be enough to overcome the negativity? Recruiting is all about trends, and right now, UK Hoops is covered in red flags.

One year of bad performance is expected after all the turnover and turmoil, but without a miraculous 2016-2017 result or an elite recruit or two to serve as the light at the end of the tunnel, when will the pressure on Barnhart to sever ties for a fresh start become too much?


10 Ways to Improve the Game Day Experience at Rupp Arena

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This morning, John Calipari released the final installment of his “Vision of the Program” series in which he outlined his plans for the next ten years (or beyond) at Kentucky. Obviously, the biggest takeaway from the post was Cal’s statement that he wants to retire here, but there were some other gems in there as well, including his vow to improve the game day atmosphere at Rupp Arena.

“One of the first things we want to do is make Rupp Arena the preeminent home-court advantage in basketball,” Cal wrote. “Rupp Arena needs to be about more than just the game. Since I’ve gotten here, little has changed in the game-day atmosphere of that historical gym.”

He’s right. I’ve been to twelve of the fourteen basketball arenas in the SEC and although none of them are as big as Rupp, more often than not, the game day atmosphere is better. Sure, some of that is because big, bad Kentucky’s in the house and SEC basketball, if anything, is about taking down the Cats, but other schools just have us beat when it comes to making what happens before the game, during timeouts, and halftime more entertaining.

With that in mind, here are some suggestions on how to make the game day atmosphere at Rupp better. Obviously, some fixes are easier than others, so I ranked them in order of difficulty.

 

Easy fixes (No Renovation)

1. All of the “Cams”

How does Rupp Arena still not have a Kiss Cam? It’s such an easy concept. All you need is a cameraman, a cheesy graphic, some funny music, a captive audience, and BAM! You get either a sweet Kodak moment or instant awkwardness. The Kiss Cam is a staple at basketball arenas across the country, and the fact that UK doesn’t have one yet is starting to feel intentional.

While we’re at it, let’s add a Simba Cam and a Shame Cam. The Simba Cam was started by the Atlanta Braves back in 2014 in honor of their shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who goes by the nickname “Simba.” When the music starts–Elton John’s “Circle of Life,” of course–parents hold their babies up like Rafiki held up Simba during “The Lion King,” and the results are hilarious:

Or, even better, the Shame Cam, which I first saw at Ole Miss back in 2013. Fans who didn’t put on their free t-shirts (because of course there was a whiteout with Kentucky in town) were called out by the camera crew and shamed into putting it on. Think of the fun we could have with this in the lower arena!

On that note…

2. More giveaways

Look, I realize Rupp holds around 24,000 people, so doing a giveaway every night doesn’t make the most sense financially; however, there are few things fans love more than free t-shirts, towels, or anything, really. Get a sponsor on board and at least do the lower arena for big games to make the place look better for TV. Or, better yet, give away LED bracelets to fans at the beginning of the season and encourage them to wear them to each game. PixMob makes some that are programmed to light up in sync with music throughout the game. The Nashville Predators did this at a playoff game I attended a few weeks ago and the effect was really cool:

3. More videos featuring players

The biggest improvement to the game day atmosphere since Calipari took over has been the work by the KyWildcatsTV crew. Week in and week out, they come up with stunning, original intros that get the Rupp crowd out of its seats and ready for the game. (They’re so good at it they won a national award last week.) So, let’s capitalize on their creativity by making even more videos, especially ones that feature players. Have the players lead the crowd in the “Blue/White” or CATS chant. Let fans get to know them with a “Know Your Player” feature or Q&A segment. A common complaint of the one-and-done era is that fans don’t get to know players very well before they’re gone, so this could be an easy way to connect players to fans and keep them entertained during timeouts.

4. Use the heck out of the new scoreboard

We know we’re getting a new center-hung scoreboard, and, knowing Cal, it’s probably one of the best ones out there, so let’s use the heck out of it. Put a noise meter up and challenge the crowd to get loud; encourage fans to tweet pics using a #RuppArena hashtag; heck, put a camera on Ryan Lemond’s head and let him run around, let’s just make it as interactive as possible.

5. Radio headsets

Both Matt and Tom Leach have mentioned this idea before, but why not let fans rent or buy a headset to listen to the radio broadcast? My mother takes her radio to each game to listen to Tom, Mike Pratt, and Matt despite the five-second delay, which, if you’re streaming it via iHeartRadio on your phone, is even worse. Several SEC schools, such as Alabama and Auburn, partner with LiveSportsRadio to rent headsets to fans that don’t have any delay:

Worthwhile investments (Minor Renovation)

6. Bench backs in upper arena

Between the steep pitch and crammed-in benches, the upper arena at Rupp is not a comfortable place to watch a game. I doubt individual chair backs will happen outside of a major renovation, but is it possible to install bench backs? The rows are so narrow it might not be, but that would be a major improvement for those who make the hike up high.

7. Enhanced VIP “K-Fund” area

If you aren’t a K-Fund member, you may not know this, but there is a hospitality room underneath the lower arena for donors to hang out before the game and during halftime. Right now, it’s nothing very fancy, just a big room with tables and TVs set up, but if money is set aside for a minor renovation, an enhanced K-Fund area would make the donors happy and create a cool VIP experience for fans. The Nashville Predators have the Lexus Lounge, a mega private club with catered food, drink, and an area for fans to greet the team before they head on the court. If something similar existed at Rupp, I think plenty of fans would be willing to donate more to the K-Fund to partake.

8. More displays in the concourses

The concourses at Rupp have gone through some minor face lifts over the years, but it would be nice to have some displays to show off the program’s history. Texas A&M’s Reed Arena had a few video displays that showed highlights, big moments, etc. that were really cool, and the cost could be offset with advertisements.

For the long haul (Major Renovation)

9. Create a suite level

All of the above suggestions are minor, but if UK is serious about making Rupp better, they have to redo the seating. This is, of course, a HUGE undertaking that would require millions of dollars and potentially several years, but if the plan is to stay in Rupp, it has to happen. The first priority should be moving the older fans out of the lower arena and expanding the student section. The only way to do this would be making a suite level nice enough that the rich fans would actually prefer to be up there. I mentioned this in my “Behind Enemy Lines” feature on Thompson-Boling Arena back in February, but Tennessee did something very similar in 2007, taking out one side of the upper arena to put in a suite and loge level:

You can read my feature on Thompson-Boling for more details, but the renovation took seven months and cost around $20 million. For comparison’s sake, the current technology renovation at Rupp (new ribbon boards, scoreboard) cost $15 million.

10. Put a student section all around the court

Once the older, richer fans are up, up and away, take out the first five to ten rows around the court and make it standing room only for students, which might require elevating the court a few feet to maintain sight lines for people in higher rows.

…Or not. An elevated court at Rupp might cause more ruckus than moving wealthier fans to the suites. But getting students around the court is paramount to a louder, rowdier Rupp.


Okay, your turn. Let’s hear your suggestions on how to make Rupp a fitting home for the best program in college basketball.


Calipari looks to the future in third and final “Vision of the Program”

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John Calipari released the third and final installment of his “Vision of the Program” series Monday morning on CoachCal.com. In it, he looks ahead to what he expects out of Kentucky basketball in the coming years. Among those expectations: he wants a better atmosphere for fans in Rupp Arena; high graduation rate for players who left early for the NBA; more former Wildcats in the NBA All-Star game; and to surpass UCLA’s record for NCAA titles. He plans to accomplish all of that by staying at Kentucky for the remainder of his career:

Kentucky basketball is an everyday thing, but you can’t live or die on every win and loss because you’re going to die a lot if you do that. It’s about incremental improvement and growth on the court and in life that will allow us all to succeed and reach our dreams. With that mindset, how long can I coach here? My plan is to coach here for the rest of my career. I want this to be my final coaching position.

Kaboom indeed.

Here’s the part about chasing Wooden:

Our next challenge is to chase UCLA’s 11 titles. I hope you understand that it’s going to be very difficult. We’ve won eight titles since 1948, and now we’re going to try to win four more. This could take more than a decade, but so what? Let’s chase it. Can we do it? Sure, but it’s going to be really tough. The tournament isn’t a best-of-seven series and the best team doesn’t always win the title. The trick is to always be one of those teams at the end of the season that’s right there. That’s the first step.

And a final message to the fans (and recruits):

There will be some who will attack me, attack the program, attack the approach, and some will even say, “He only talks about the NBA.” But I can only tell our fans it’s similar to what Frank Sinatra once said: Our best response … is massive success.

Read more in Cal’s “The vision of the program: What we’re chasing”


Did Janice give us the best call in KSR history?

Did Janice give us the best call in KSR history?

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The KSR radio show has gotten so many great calls over the years, but Thursday morning’s call from Janice may be the best in the show’s history. And that’s saying something.

In case you missed it, Matt and Ryan took a call from Janice, a woman who was arguing with her son over laundry while waiting on hold for the show. Poor Janice didn’t realize the guys had taken her call on air, so her entire argument was broadcast over the airwaves to listeners all over the state.

You have to hear this:

Here’s what we learned from Janice:

— Janice washes her family’s socks together in one load.

— Kenny can no longer wear his socks because someone, I believe Darryl, stretched them out. The socks are now too wide for Kenny and must be thrown away. He no longer has any socks because all of his are too stretched out.

— Darryl adamantly denied stretching out the socks. He insists he has never worn socks like Kenny’s.

— Shane don’t wear socks.

Classic.


Get to Know the 2017 Prospects: Jarred Vanderbilt

Get to Know the 2017 Prospects: Jarred Vanderbilt

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With what is likely to be a roster overhaul on the horizon, the 2017 recruiting class could end up being one of John Calipari’s most crucial. With that in mind, KSR will introduce you to Calipari’s top targets in the 2017 class over the course of the summer. I got things started a few weeks back with a profile of small forward John Petty, and tonight, we’ll get to know forward Jarred Vanderbilt.

Vitals

1405401 Jarred Vanderbilt
Forward | 6-8 | 200 lbs.
Bellaire, TX | Victory Prep
★★★★★ (2017 Class)
ESPN No. 11 | 4 PF Top247 No. 11 | 3 SF
Rivals No. 11 Scout No. 11 | 1 PF

The other contenders

Arizona, Baylor, Houston, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M

And no, Vanderbilt University has not shown interest. Here’s a fun fact Bluebloodtoo unearthed in the comments section yesterday: according to the 2000 census, only 1,700 people have the surname Vanderbilt, making it one of the most uncommon last names in America. I could be wrong, but I doubt Jarred Vanderbilt has any relation to the iconic Vanderbilt family, after which Vanderbilt University was named.

Background

Vanderbilt is one of the most versatile players in the 2017 class, with some services listing him as a power forward and others a small forward. He was EYBL teammates with future Cat De’Aaron Fox and has played plenty of tournaments in Kentucky, including the Marshall County Hoop Fest, Mustang Madness (McCracken County), and the Bluegrass Showcase (Lexington). For that reason, Vanderbilt was on Kentucky’s radar relatively early, earning an offer from Calipari last July. Since then, he’s made the most of his appearances in the Bluegrass, nearly putting up a triple double in the Bluegrass Showcase with 33 points, 23 rebounds, and 9 assists in one game.

Vanderbilt and former AAU teammate De'Aaron Fox (IG: jvando_2)

Vanderbilt and former EYBL teammate De’Aaron Fox (IG: jvando_2)

Vanderbilt doesn’t seem in a rush to make his decision, telling reporters he’ll narrow his list sometime around the Peach Jam; however, he clearly enjoys playing in the state of Kentucky, telling Larry Vaught he loves the attention he gets from UK fans whenever he plays here.

“It has been fascinating. Every time I come here they welcome you with warm arms and always support you. It is a great pleasure to play in Kentucky,” Vanderbilt said. “All the time they refer to it and coming to Big Blue. I don’t mind that. It is nice. It shows that they really want me here, and I like that. The fans are very passionate about basketball here.”

@VaughtsViews

Larry Vaught’s interview with Vanderbilt unearthed a wealth of information about his life off the court, including his 4.3 GPA, track background, and love of music. Turns out Vanderbilt used to play percussion (drums, bells, xylophone, etc.) in his middle school band, which he said helped his coordination. Neat.

[Vaughts Views]

Recruitment timeline

  • 07/28/2015: Kentucky offers Vanderbilt
  • 12/12/2015: Calipari and Kenny Payne watch Vanderbilt at the Bluegrass Showcase in Lexington
  • 12/12/2015: Vanderbilt takes an unofficial visit to Kentucky for the Arizona State game

Strengths

  • VERSATILITY!
  • Rebounding and pushing in transition
  • Passing in the open court
  • Slashing to the basket
  • Ability to guard any position
  • Tons of upside
  • Left-handed

Easiest way to remember Vanderbilt’s game? V for Versatility. From Draft Express last summer:

“As is the case with almost every tournament or showcase he attends, Jarred Vanderbilt was easily one of the most versatile players at the 2015 Nike Global Challenge. The 6′ 8” Swiss army knife out of Houston does a little of everything on both ends of the floor and finds himself around the ball on nearly every possession.”

“The 6’8″ Swiss Army Knife” is an excellent nickname that might need to stick.

Weaknesses

  • Needs to continue to develop his perimeter jumper
  • Cut down on turnovers

Video evidence

Social Media Profile

Vanderbilt’s Twitter is pretty much what you’d expect from an elite high school basketball player: lots of pictures of himself with his teammates, famous people he’s met along the way, and countless retweets of NBA highlights. Pinned at the top is this picture from 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, in which Team USA won the gold medal:

During Team USA’s championship run, Vanderbilt played and started in all five games, averaging 9.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.8 steals a game.

He’s also pretty proud of this picture with Kobe Bryant:

GOAT🐐

A photo posted by JV (@jvando_2) on

And Kevin Durant (and Miles Bridges):

After I gave my man @easymoneysniper buckets🏀💯 #nikebasketballacademy

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And James Harden:

Houston just breed different 🌆

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Likelihood to commit: Likely

On Monday, CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein cited a source that said Vanderbilt is a “strong Kentucky lean,” although TCU may become a contender since Jamie Dixon just hired Vanderbilt’s first cousin Corey Barker. Kentucky is the overwhelming frontrunner in Vanderbilt’s Crystal Ball, with 82% of picks to Kansas and Texas’ 9%:

It’s worth noting that three of those eleven picks were made after Rothstein’s article this week. Even though Vanderbilt says he’s going to take his time, Kentucky will continue to focus on him, especially since Michael Porter, Jr. is likely headed to Washington.

I’m a fan.


Answers To Your Topix: Pikeville

Answers To Your Topix: Pikeville

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Welcome back to another edition of “ANSWERS TO YOUR TOPIX”!!!!

Last month we visited the Lexington forum to find Casey at Sun Tan City and the answer to why cats lick their buttholes. We also looked for nude recreation, married men that like men, and the cult-like lifestyle behind playing time distribution with Bryan Station baseball. It was quite a ride!

In this second, May edition of “Answers To Your Topix,” we’re going out to Pikeville to see what’s weighing on everyone’s minds out in our state’s easternmost county.

So let’s turn on some Dwight Yoakam and get those people some answers!

 


Thread Title: poop in the mailbox

Posted By: tada (United States)

What does it mean when someone opens there mailbox and find poop in it ?

 

It could mean a variety of things, tada. None good, unfortunately. My guess is you’ve made an enemy along the way somewhere and that enemy thinks it is funny to leave feces in your mailbox. Classic prank. One of the oldest tricks in the book.

Jokes aside, though; do not try to handle the poop with your bare hands. Look around for a stick or any other object to try to pull it out of your mailbox and onto the ground. If your home’s water hose reaches the mailbox, I recommend giving it a good spray to remove any poop particles left behind. Your mailman will really appreciate it.

Oh, and you should move.


Title: How many BI guys in Pikeville

Posted By: Runner (Orlando, Fl.)

Any BI guys in pikeville

 

Runner, I am sure there are several Business Intelligent guys around Pikeville and the surrounding area. Your best bet would be to join some of the local networking groups to get to know those types. The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce could also assist you in finding Business Intelligent guys such as yourself; it is full of members committed to improving the local economy and economic development. I recommending looking into some of its events and programs.

I hope you find some BI guys!


Title: Add a word, Drop a word

Posted by: Creeper (Lexington, Ky.)

Play ball

 

Golf ball


Title: Kellogg’s Drug Testing

Posted by: Just wondering (Richmond, Ky.)

I’ve heard 15 different stories about how they drug test. Anyone know they do it? I’m not a drug addict or anything like that, I was just wondering cause I know a few ppl who work there that are on drugs and was wondering how they got hired on.

 

Well I hope they drug test! It’d be criminal for Kellogg’s to ship out its product without being fully aware of what it contains. Can you imagine biting into a big spoonful of Frosted Flakes, only to find out the sugary coating is crystal meth? That’d make for a wild Monday morning at the office. Mmmmm, these Corn Pops are good. Oh wait, that’s actually a crack rock! How’d that get in there?

All food manufacturers should test for drugs, not just Kellogg’s. It should test for all things, drugs especially. Customers expect to get exactly what is listed in the ingredients and nothing else. No surprises.


Title: Judy

Posted by: Security Guard (United States)

Well, it’s been about 34 years now since you broke my heart.
I had a difficult time recovering from that situation. I don’t know why I am even writing this now, maybe, I guess I never had a chance at any form of closure. It was pretty cruel having your new boyfriend write that letter to me, confirming the end of our relationship. I have long since gotten over the hurt and betrayal that I had felt. I never thought you would ever do that to me. Thanks to you, loving someone was never the same for me. I have never been able to freely give all of my love and heart to anyone since. I really hope it was worth it for you, to be able to crush someone’s heart and not think twice about it. With age and wisdom, I have survived, however, not without a scarred heart and soul. I guess you got what you wanted though. Hope it was worth it for you. I wonder if you’ve had any problems living with your choice that you made. Oh well.

 

Though I do not know you, I feel for you, sir. It sounds like Judy meant a lot to you. Heartbreak is a real thing and it’s clear in your Topix post you were, and maybe still are, heartbroken.

As for the new guy, I bet he sucks. He probably snores and leaves the seat up and refuses to use the coasters on the coffee table. And having him write that letter is weak on Judy’s part. If she wanted you to know it was the end of your relationship, she should’ve been respectful enough of what you two had, to tell you herself. Cold, Judy. Cold.

Glad you survived, though — even through the pain. Women are complicated. There are other Judys out there for you. Grab that net and catch that beautiful butterfly, pal!


Title: Homely women

Posted by: EVAN (Louisville, Ky.)

need one needs to be slim no fattys are no curvys–

 

EVAN, are you aware the word “homely” literally means “unattractive”?

It’s odd that you would be so anti-fatty and anti-curvy but also anti-attractive. That’s quite a type you have there.

Good luck in your pursuit of homeliness. Try the Mark II Lounge, or whatever it’s called these days. Wednesday night used to be Ladies’ Night.


Title: cracker barrel coming to pikeville

Posted by: well (United States)

So I hear

 

Big, if true. Uncle Herschel’s Favorites for everyone!

But remember: “Leave four or mor’n you’re just plain eg-no-ra-moose!”


Title: Macy’s coming to Pike

Posted by: yep (United States)

Gonna be opening in the new commons

 

Damn, Pikeville. Doin’ big thangs.


Title: Whole Foods coming to Pikeville

Posted by: ScubaSteve (Teaberry, Ky.)

It’s official..

 

AND A WHOLE FOODS??!!!


Title: Costco Coming To Pikeville

Posted by: Open Date (Richmond, Ky.)

Play ball

 

Slow down, Pikeville! With all this new retail coming to town, sounds like Pikeville is full of BI guys. Someone tell Runner.


Title: Hooters coming to Pikeville

Posted by: Got Milk (Corbin, Ky.)

The hell with the buffaloes bring on the breasts!

 

I see what you did there.

Pikeville really getting a Hooters?


Title: Snapchat usernames

Posted by: Hey (Clay City, Ky.)

Come on ladies post them 🙂

 

Not a lady, but @drew_franklin.


Title: Buy Red Bull with Food Stamps?

Posted by: RBaddict (Evansville, In.)

Who here buys Red Bulls or other energy drinks with food stamps? What stores in Pikeville take them for Red Bulls? What stores don’t?

 

Smh.


Title: facebook moms

Posted by: mountop84 (Pikeville, Ky.)

This facebook thing has really become a problem in the area. Why the hell do married couples need their own accounts. You shouldn’t need to have seperate to talk to people. Its like you don’t want anyone to know about your spouse. Yesterday was fathers day and i did see many people put pictures and stories of their fathers on there but i also didn’t see that many put anything about their husbands. If you are going to spend your life with a man and raise your children with him then you should at least give him a shout out ( really you should make a shrine). There are pictures of what you ate for dinner, what kind of snake you killed, and 1000’s of kid pictures but none of the guy you are married to. It doesnt look good when you are ashamed of putting him on there. This also goes the other way and if you are a husband with you own account. Wake up

 

You’re taking the Facebook thing way too seriously. Step away from the Facebook and regroup. When you’re judging other people’s relationships based on Facebook and holiday shout-outs, it’s time to unplug the computer. This line proves you’re in too deep: “If you are going to spend your life with a man and raise your children with him then you should at least give him a shout out.”  No. You wake up.

Also, tell me more about this snake one of your Facebook friends killed. Can you share it or is it private?


Thread Title: banned from walmart

Posted By: needing info (Pikeville, Ky.)

my sister n law was caught for shoplifting in walmart at prestonsburg and they didnt take her to jail but they took her pic and she said they made her sign something. she doesnt have to go to court or anything but they told her she was banned from walmart. does this mean all walmarts or just prestonsburg? thanks im just curious. could she go into the walmart in pikeville without being caught or do they have face recognition cameras? has anyone else been through this?

 

If you ask me, which you indirectly did, your “sister-in-law” has two options here:

Option 1: Go to the Wal-Mart in Pikeville like nothing happened. Facial recognition cameras at the Pikeville Wal-Mart? Not a chance. There is a slight risk in being recognized, but you — I mean, she — should be fine if she plays it cool. Wal-Mart is a big place full of a lot of people; it’s unlikely you — I mean, she — will get spotted at a completely different location, unless there is more to this story.

Option 2: Wait for the new Costco to open

 

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Kentucky Basketball FACE SWAP!

Kentucky Basketball FACE SWAP!

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I’ll admit that I’m not totally hip on what’s new and happening with the kids these days, but I do know about SnapChat’s Face Swap feature. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: you and a friend take a selfie and SnapChat swaps your faces. Now, you can also swap faces on pre-existing pictures. It’s not always perfect, but most of the time, it’s good for some laughs.

So, I did what any KSR blogger would do: I spent the day swapping faces of our favorite Cats with other people. How did it turn out? I’ll let you be the judge.

John Calipari and Coach K

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Each option is disturbing to everyone but Marques Bolden, who has discovered his new dream coach.

John Calipari and Mark Stoops

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John Calipari and Rick Pitino

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Pitinopari looks like Joe Pesci, don’t you think? No, really, he does:

(Original photo by the Herald Leader)

(Original photo by the Herald Leader)

John Calipari and Bill Clinton

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John Calipari and Tom Crean

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Crean’s creepiness dominates both pictures.

John Calipari and Anthony Davis

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Calipari looks pretty sassy with that unibrow.

John Calipari, Anthony Davis, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

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Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

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Karl Towns, Anthony Davis, and DeMarcus Cousins

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I’ll take all three of those guys for my team, please.

DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall

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Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis

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Ulis really resembles Drake in this one:

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Ulis and Booker combined into one (ladies, restrain yourselves):

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Tyler Ulis and Isaiah Briscoe

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