By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 13th, 2018 @ 11:00pm
The student ticketing process for University of Kentucky men’s basketball and football games just got a whole lot easier. Beginning this season, students will now be able to purchase and receive their tickets through a new mobile system, eliminating the need to go to the ticket office or participate in a lottery. Paper tickets are also a thing of the past; students will be able to access their tickets through the UK Athletics app on their phone to be scanned at Kroger Field and Rupp Arena.
UK will offer three different season ticket options, along with single-game tickets: the BBN Student Football pass, which is strictly for football games; the BBN Student Pass, which is for all football and men’s basketball games; and the BBN Student Pass Plus, which includes a K Fund donation. Details on each package from UK:
- BBN Student Football Pass ($35) – This season pass will guarantee admission for all home football games in 2018, provided the student claims a ticket during specified windows. The BBN Student Football pass offers savings versus buying single-game tickets, which would cost $70 for all games.
- BBN Student Pass ($175) – This season pass will guarantee admission for all home football and men’s basketball games in 2018-19, provided the student claims a ticket during specified windows. It also comes with a Team Wildcat membership (t-shirt and other membership benefits). Students are also able to purchase the BBN Student Pass through a two-installment, no-interest payment plan. The BBN Student Pass offers savings versus buying single-game tickets, which would cost $270 for all games.
- BBN Student Pass Plus ($200) – This season pass will guarantee admission for all home football and men’s basketball games in 2018-19, provided the student claims a ticket during specified windows. The price includes a $25 K Fund donation that will come with five K Fund bonus points so students can begin to “Invest In Blue.” In addition to the Team Wildcat membership that comes with the regular BBN Student Pass, the BBN Student Pass Plus comes with a tumbler, access to an exclusive facility tour, and priority access to postseason football and men’s basketball tickets, based on availability. Students are also able to purchase the BBN Student Pass Plus through a two-installment, no-interest payment plan. The BBN Student Pass Plus offers savings versus buying single-game tickets, which would cost $270 for all games.
- Single–Game Tickets – A limited number of single-game tickets will still be available for purchase for students who do not wish to purchase a season package or are unable to do so. All single-game football and men’s basketball tickets will cost $10 apiece. Guest tickets will still be available after students have access to purchase tickets, based on availability. These are specially priced tickets for guests of UK students that do not require a student ID for admission.
Season passes will be available for purchase exclusively online at UKStudentTix.com beginning July 17 at 9 a.m. ET. Admission to all other regular season UK Athletics events besides football and men’s basketball games will remain free with valid student ID. As mentioned earlier, single-game student ticket prices for football games are increasing from $5 to $10, the first increase in over a decade, to be in line with men’s basketball ticket prices.
How will students claim their tickets for each game? Gone are the days of sitting in Memorial Coliseum for hours on end for the lottery. Now, season pass holders will be alerted when it’s time to claim their tickets with a push notification on their phone and single game tickets can be purchased through the UK Athletics app. On game days, students with season passes and single game tickets will be given a wrist band or seat location when they arrive at Kroger Field or Rupp Arena, allowing for groups of friends to sit together more easily. Tickets can also be transferred to other UK students through the UK Athletics app.
How will the upcoming renovations to Rupp Arena affect student ticket allotment? According to UK, lower level student seating will remain the same; however, upper level seating will decrease due to construction, but will meet the demand measured in recent seasons. (Given the poor student attendance in years past, that’s not surprising.) Student allotment at football games will stay the same.
Students, your voices have been heard. Kudos to UK for catching up with the times.
By Nick Roush on ©June 13th, 2018 @ 12:55pm
The NCAA is doing something right. In one of the biggest rule changes of the modern era of college athletics, the NCAA will allow student-athletes to transfer to the school of their choice without asking their current school for permission.
The transfer process will be simplified October 15. When a student-athlete wishes to transfer, the school has two business days to enter the individual’s name into a national transfer database. Once the information is processed, other coaches are free to contact the individual.
The intention of the old rule was to prevent one school from recruiting its competitor’s players. On the surface it makes sense — Why should one program prosper from the resources another program invested into that player? — but often times it forced the athlete to suffer. There are many examples, but Sidney Moss is the first player that comes to mind. After one season at Florida, the former Kentucky Miss Basketball wanted to attend school closer to home. After Florida blocked her from attending UK, Moss settled for the closest option, Division III Thomas More.
To keep the heart of the previous rule, the NCAA has a new way to deter schools from recruiting another team’s players. Tampering is now considered “a significant breach of conduct” and has been upgraded to a Level 2 violation.
Most will celebrate the change as a victory of student-athletes, while critics will say this move will only exacerbate rising transfer rates across college athletics.
Click here for more details on the rule that will change college athletics.
By TJ Walker on ©June 13th, 2018 @ 12:00pm
ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO — As the United States continues to roll in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Matthew Hurt continues to impress.
The 6-foot-9, 200-pound Minnesota native is ranked No. 5 in the 247 Sports rankings and he’s lived up to the billing this week. Against Puerto Rico on Tuesday Hurt finished with 12 points while showcasing his versatility offensively and defensively.
“Matt can really shoot,” USA and Kansas head coach Bill Self said. “He’s known by some that hasn’t watched him play a lot as just a great shooter, but he’s athletic. He can play on the perimeter, we haven’t posted him but he’s good on the post. We have a lot of nice players but certainly, from a skill set standpoint he’s very equipped to be able to do a lot of things.”
Let’s not beat around the bush, Self is referring to Hurt being a white forward and how many just label him as a shooter. That’s not the case as Hurt showcased he can defend several different positions and play different roles offensively.
It’s for those reasons that UK and dozens of other schools are interested. UK offered Hurt in December and John Calipari visited him in the spring. Kentucky’s staff has watched every one of Hurt’s games in Canada. Yesterday Calipari and Tony Barebee were in attendance but on Sunday and Tuesday it was just Barbee. Joel Justus will be here later this week.
Hurt doesn’t focus on coaches in the stands during the games but it does show who’s most interested.
“I don’t try to pay attention to that because I’m just focus on one thing and that’s helping my team win,” Hurt said. “If they’re here, they’re here. They’re showing support and that means a lot in the long term.”
The Cats want the elite forward and Hurt could see himself in Lexington.
“They have a great culture,” Hurt said. “They really develop guys over a couple years or a year to get to the NBA. That means a lot because my ultimate goal is the NBA. I think Kentucky could be a really good fit for me. They produce. They get what you want. They tell you what’s real, not what you want to hear but they tell you what you need. I think that’s really real.”
Hurt said he will cut his list in late July or early August, after his adidas AAU basketball career comes to a close later this summer. After cutting his list then he will take visits in September or October and he wants to make a final decision in November before his high school season.
Hurt detailed the schools recruiting him the hardest.
“Duke, Kentucky, Minnesota, Memphis, Indiana, UCLA, Kentucky, UNC,” Matthew Hurt said.
Yup. Folks, he said UK twice. Stop the press. The school recruiting him so nicely he named them twicely. It was obviously a clear slip, but it seems Hurt will end up at one of those seven schools. I’m guessing he meant to say Kansas one of the times he said UK, because the Jayhawks are a serious threat to land Hurt. He will likely end up at one of those eight schools (the seven listed and Kansas).
Hurt said no school has a guaranteed official visit lined up just yet, but sources tell KSR the Cats are expected to land a visit this fall.
Hurt is a top 10 player and should be considered a one-and-done candidate, but he won’t rush things if he’s not ready. One thing that is used against UK on the recruiting trail is that if you’re not a one-and-done you shouldn’t go to Kentucky.
Hurt said that’s not true.
“I don’t think so,” Hurt said. “Wenyen Gabriel went there. He’s a sophomore and now heading to the NBA. He played a big role for them. One and dones, they’re trying to focus on just getting everybody better. They’re not focusing on one-and-dones.”
By Nick Roush on ©June 12th, 2018 @ 11:30pm
Entering Mark Stoops’ sixth season at the University of Kentucky, the expectations have been raised. After consecutive seven-win seasons, to take the next step UK’s defense must improve in 2018.
That sentiment is unanimously shared throughout the Big Blue Nation. Mark Stoops echoed that this afternoon when asked about program expectations in an appearance on “3 Man Front,” a program co-hosted by Cole Cubelic on 95.5 Jox-FM in Birmingham.
“We have some very good football players with some experience coming back defensively,” Stoops said. “We need to make a big jump there because we have the personnel to do that and I feel like we have some experience. Now we’re getting some decent depth, so I feel like defensively we need to make a big jump as far as being more consistent. I think we’ve shown some flashes and done some really good things at times, but across the board I’d like to see the consistency there.”
In 2017 Kentucky finished 12th in the SEC in total defense (426.9 yards per game) and 13th in passing defense (251.6 yards per game). There are a few reasons why Stoops believes Kentucky’s numbers will be better in 2018, starting up front on the defensive line.
“I feel like we’re in a better position than we have been in some years. Quinton Bohanna at nose is a guy who was just a true freshman a year ago and did some really good things. He’s a big, strong guy in the middle there that I like. I feel like with Josh Paschal — we moved him from an outside linebacker to an inside position playing with his hand in the dirt every snap — he’s a very athletic guy and looks really good inside.
“Another guy, Adrian Middleton, has played a lot football for us, but battling with him is Phil Hoskins. He’s a junior college transfer that was a three-for-three (years of eligibility) a year ago who was coming off a couple shoulders (injuries). He did a couple things good a year ago, but now you’re starting to see him with an offseason getting stronger, more athletic. I like the presence he brings us inside as well, along with T.J. Carter getting another year and another offseason under his belt. So I feel like we have some options inside.”
Not far behind the deeper defensive line is a playmaker that could be a first round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Josh Allen. Stoops said Allen has used the offseason to build muscle, something I can confirm after spotting Allen at Saturday night’s football camp. All the way up to 260 pounds, Allen is doing all of the right things before a big year.
“I expect him to be if not the top, one of the top outside backers in the country. He’s a difference-maker. He’s a guy that does a lot of things well,” Stoops said. “Josh really is the whole package and we’re really excited about his senior year.”
Mark Stoops talked about more than his defense during the 11-minute interview that you can find here. Highlights:
Who’s the Starting Quarterback? Naturally, Stoops responded with a chuckle and a “we’ll see.”
“We’ll see where it goes. Gunnar and Terry both have some very good qualities, look calm back there and make good decisions. They’re getting better with every opportunity so I don’t feel the need to rush that decision.”
Will Ahmad Wagner Play? The former Iowa basketball player and current 6’7″ UK wide receiver has all the athleticism in the world to become a playmaker on UK’s offense, but Stoops preached patience as he explained how Wagner got to UK.
“We knew Ahmad out of high school recruiting him to play football, and he was a dual-sport guy and decided to go play basketball. When he reached out to us and felt like he wanted to give football a shot, it was worth the scholarship to us because we knew how athletic he was coming out of high school.
“Visiting with him when he came here to see us face-to-face, I just liked what he had to say and the direction he wanted to go. He’s a very, very athletic big man. We’re excited about him and the options we have. We know he’s going to take some time, it’s going to take some work for a while, but we feel like he has big upside.”
Is Rose Ready? After a big spring and a promising summer, Stoops is anxious to see what A.J. Rose brings to the table this fall.
“A.J. was a guy that we felt like has an awful lot of talent. He’s been working hard, but he needed to be more productive. He did that in the spring. He really stepped up and had a great spring. He’s working hard right now this summer, so we’re excited about getting back into camp and seeing what he can do.”
During the 11-minute interview, Stoops also talked about Dorian Baker, Benny Snell and shared some old stories about Frank Gore. Check it out.
By Nick Roush on ©June 12th, 2018 @ 8:59pm
Jared Casey will be on Kentucky’s campus tomorrow. The four-star linebacker from Louisville Ballard told KSR he will make the trip to Lexington to work with defensive coordinator Matt House during the Cats’ single-day camp.
After the linebacker earned MVP honors at a Rivals Camp in Nashville, Casey received a scholarship offer from Kentucky. Tomorrow’s trip to Lexington will be Casey’s third unofficial visit since UK extended an offer on May 21.
Casey will not be the only local talent in attendance. Sources tell KSR that two other prospects from Louisville, Moore defensive end J.J. Weaver and Butler wide receiver TaeTae Crumes, will be in Lexington for unofficial visits. Weaver and Crumes hold UK offers, and along with Casey, are considered top ten players in the state of Kentucky by the 247 Composite Rankings.
The players from the state of Kentucky will not be alone. UK is hosting four-star Michigan defensive end Michael Fletcher and three-star Georgia outside linebacker Tra Wilkins on official visits. There’s also another big name on UK’s board that may join the recruiting party tomorrow in Lexington.
By TJ Walker on ©June 12th, 2018 @ 7:43pm
Well, I won’t be remembering this basketball game in the years to come. The United States blitzed out to a 27 point halftime lead but took its foot off the gas in the third quarter until a final surge in the last five minutes of the game. It was still a blowout 115-71 win.
UK commit Tyrese Maxey only played two minutes in the second half before leaving the game and not returning. He had an awkward fall but it didn’t appear from my vantage point to be serious. There are reports he turned his ankle.
— Daniele Franceschi (@Daniele_Media) June 12, 2018
1. UK should make Matthew Hurt a priority: It’s clear that James Wiseman will be UK’s top big priority and that’s the smart decision by the staff, but if the staff doesn’t feel confident about Vernon Carey they may need to cut bait and make Hurt the second option to go along with Wiseman.
There’s no indication that UK feels pessimistic about its chances with Carey, so keep that in mind, but Hurt has really impressed me this week. His versatility and ability to guard multiple positions is what John Calipari loves. Many will try to compare him to Kyle Wiltjer because his shooting ability but I think he’s a better defender today than Wiltjer was his freshman year at UK.
He finished with 14 points and one rebound, but he played more outside tonight than he did on Monday.
2. Maxey can score in bunches: Maxey didn’t play too much in the second quarter and exited the game for good early in the third, but his first quarter was impressive. He can score from anywhere and the Puerto Rico defenders had a tough time guarding him. His shooting ability makes defenders pick him up a few feet from the perimeter, but he’s so quick and good with the ball in his hands that he was blowing by guys left and right.
But he’s not just a scorer, Maxey finished with three assists in just 13 minutes of play and it could have been more. He’s good at finding the open man.
Let’s hope the ankle injury isn’t serious and he can continue to play this tournament.
3. Cole Anthony: What’s most impressive about Cole Anthony is how easy the game comes to him. You don’t always notice him making these jaw-dropping plays but then you look at his stats and realize just how much he did/does.. He had 14 points, five assists and three rebounds. I’m convinced that Anthony and Maxey could play with one another at the next level because Maxey is just as good off the ball as he is with the ball in his hands.
I actually think UK is a major player in Anthony’s recruitment and maybe the favorite.
4. Moving Forward: Pool play ends with the Americans undefeated with three blowout wins. Pool play begins on Thursday where the USA will play the last place team in the opposite pool. That will be another bloodbath.
Only the Canadian team could possibly give the Americans a game, but I’d be surprised if that potential gold medal game was within 15 points. Bill Self did a great job constructing this team and remember, this is just the FIBA Americas, not the entire world. The talent level from the other countries just isn’t there for the U18.
By TJ Walker on ©June 12th, 2018 @ 12:00pm
There’s no denying that Bill Self has an advantage coaching the USA U18 team in Canada this week, but that advantage doesn’t apply to UK commit Tyrese Maxey.
Maxey is already committed to the Cats, but admitted he’s building a relationship with the Kansas head coach. Self had nothing but great things to say about Maxey after the USA’s 118-26 win over Panama on Monday.
“He’s been great,” Self said. “He’s probably been as good of a player as we’ve had in our first two games. He’s unselfish, but he can score. I’m impressed with him because he can really score the ball, but he really has played as a controlled guard. He hasn’t taken bad shots. He’s looked to make the extra pass when possible. He’s going to be a really, really good player. He’s going to play a long time.”
Maxey says he jokes to Self about UK and Kansas, but it’s clear he thinks highly of Self.
“It’s great,” Maxey said. “I mess with him all the time about it. He’s really cool. He really pushed us today and gave us a long speech just talking about playing for USA and how he would be happy everyday. I think that’s one reason why we came out here so strong and started so fast today.”
We’re still a year away from Maxey playing for John Calipari (who was in attendance on Monday) but not too many players can say they played for Self and Calipari.
By Nick Roush on ©June 12th, 2018 @ 10:00am
The state of Kentucky is not well-known for producing top high school football talent, but the class of 2019 features five consensus Top 300 players. It’s not a top-heavy class either. Two of the next six players in the 247 Composite Rankings are considered four-star prospects by at least one recruiting service.
Over the last two months, Mark Stoops reassigned Vince Marrow to recruit the state of Kentucky. Marrow’s addition gave Kentucky quite a bit of momentum entering the summer. Here’s where UK currently stands for the state’s top
ten eleven football prospects according to the 247 Composite Rankings.
Defensive End | 6-4 | 235 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | Trinity
Committed to: Michigan
|ESPN||No. 137| 14 DE||Top 247||No. 140 | 9 DE|
|Rivals||No. 51| 4 DE||247 Comp.||No. 83 WR | 6 DE|
The top-ranked player in the state visited Kentucky multiple times before committing to Michigan 11 months ago.
Defensive Tackle | 6-2 | 300 lbs.
Bowling Green, Ky. | South Warren
Committed to: Notre Dame
|ESPN||No. 116| 14 DT||Top 247||No. 119 | 7 DT|
|Rivals||18 DT| 2 KY||247 Comp.||No. 142 | 9 DT|
Lacey had a scholarship offer from Kentucky, but the Cats were never really in the picture. He committed to Notre Dame on the same day Herron committed to Michigan, July 29, 2017.
Athlete | 6-3 | 190 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | Christian Academy of Louisville
Committed to: Undecided
|ESPN||No. 274 | 44 WR||Top 247||No. 54 | 3 ATH|
|Rivals||No. 188 | 33 WR||247 Comp.||No. 149 | 12 ATH|
The No. 3 player in the state has kept his recruitment close to the vest. We know his top five — Ohio State, Alabama, Purdue, Kentucky and Louisville — but everything else remains a mystery. A receiver at the next level, Wright could pick any of the five schools and it would not be a surprise.
Offensive Lineman | 6-4 | 295 lbs.
Georgetown, Ky. | Scott County
Committed to: Virginia Tech
|ESPN||No. 250 | 13 OG||Top 247||No. 184 | 8 OG|
|Rivals||No. 242 | 25 OT||247 Comp.||No. 214 | 10 OG|
Kentucky extended the three-sport star a scholarship offer during his freshman season, but Hudson was set on attending college outside of the Commonwealth, ultimately choosing Virginia Tech in April.
Offensive Tackle | 6-5 | 280 lbs.
Glasgow, Ky. | Glasgow
Committed to: Alabama
|ESPN||No. 217 | 23 OT||Top 247||No. 146 | 19 OT|
|Rivals||53 OT| 6 KY||247 Comp.||No. 250 | 27 OT|
Kentucky was Bowles’ first offer, but that didn’t matter after he attended Alabama’s Spring Game. Bowles committed the day after unofficially visiting Tuscaloosa for A-Day.
Inside Linebacker | 6-3 | 220 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | Ballard
Committed to: Undecided
|ESPN||— | —||Top 247||20 ILB | 8 KY|
|Rivals||— | —||247 Comp.||18 ILB | 6 KY|
After an injury forced him to miss his junior season, Casey surged onto the recruiting season at Rivals’ Nashville Three Stripes Camp. After earning MVP honors, he picked up scholarship offers from anybody and everybody. He’s visited Kentucky twice since Vince Marrow extended a scholarship offer, but Louisville, his favorite team as a child, appears to be in the lead.
Defensive End | 6-6 | 235 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | Moore Traditional
Committed to: Undecided
|ESPN||52 DE| 7 KY||Top 247||21 DE | 6 KY|
|Rivals||— | 8 KY||247 Comp.||35 DE | 7 KY|
Weaver gave rave reviews after he visited Kentucky for the first time last month, but he’s since visited Louisville and taken an official visit to Purdue. Those trips have put Kentucky back behind the 8-ball for the Louisville athlete that grew up in Florida.
Outside Linebacker | 6-4 | 215 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | Doss
Committed to: Undecided
|ESPN||54 DE| 11 KY||Top 247||47 DE | 9 KY|
|Rivals||33 DE | 5 KY||247 Comp.||44 DE | 8 KY|
Knight-Goff committed to Kentucky on May 18, only to reopen his recruitment less than two weeks later on May 31. Kentucky is still an option as Louisville tries to steal the Cats’ former commit.
|Demontae “TaeTae” Crumes
Wide Receiver | 6-1 | 165 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | Butler Traditional
Committed to: Undecided
|ESPN||–| —||Top 247||93 WR | 11 KY|
|Rivals||–| —||247 Comp.||79 WR | 9 KY|
Crumes pulled a reverse-Knight-Goff. After committing to UofL in February, he de-committed in April. Crumes made the move after UK, Oregon, Michigan State and Michigan extended scholarship offers.
All-Purpose Back | 5-9 | 180 lbs.
Frankfort, Ky. | Western Hills
Committed to: Undecided
|ESPN||35 ATH| 6 KY||Top 247||5 APB | 7 KY|
|Rivals||— | 9 KY||247 Comp.||5 APB | 10 KY|
Robinson is at the top of UK’s recruiting board for in-state prospects. After an unofficial visit last month, it appeared that UK made a move to the top as Robinson neared a decision. Then Ohio State offered. The Buckeyes’ move, and an official visit to Purdue, completely opened up Robinson’s recruitment and pushed Kentucky back with the rest of the pack.
Running Back/Linebacker | 6-3 | 225 lbs.
Louisville, Ky. | DuPont Manual
Committed to: Undecided
|ESPN||40 ATH| 8 KY||Top 247||47 RB | 10 KY|
|Rivals||— | 10 KY||247 Comp.||51 RB | 11 KY|
Once considered a lock at Vanderbilt, Vince Marrow changed the game by pitching Robbins the opportunity to play either running back or linebacker. He scheduled an official visit to Kentucky for June 22, after official visits to Purdue and Missouri. A day after returning from Mizzou, Robbins announced he will commit Wednesday afternoon. That’s not a good omen for Kentucky.
Kentucky stuck with the early offer strategy that’s worked before for in-state recruits. When that did not work, Vince Marrow entered the picture and moved the needle in recruiting battles with Louisville. After temporary gains, Purdue and Ohio State have emerged as the most-credible foreign threats to Kentucky’s in-state recruiting success.
By TJ Walker on ©June 12th, 2018 @ 8:00am
Tyrese Maxey spoke with the media after Monday’s game. The USA thumped Panama 118-26 and Maxey finished with 14 points, three assists and three steals.
Maxey was asked about playing for Bill Self (his USA coach), his relationship with John Calipari, playing with Cole Anthony and plenty more.
On what Bill Self said at halftime when leading 70-8: Coach was just telling us to work on our stuff, work on our half court defense and stuff that we’re going to have to do down the road.
On college coaches watching: They’re just showing their face. They have to show some interest in guys they need to see.
On recruiting Cole Anthony and Matthew Hurt: I always talk to them. I joke with them about Kentucky but it comes down to their decision.
On not having to worry about his recruitment: I’m happy. I’m probably the most happy person in the world. I know when I committed I was at peace with my decision. I know that’s where I wanted to go. I’m at peace.
On possibly reclassifying: I talked with my family a lot about it. A lot of long nights, and we just came to the conclusion that it would be best for me to keep progression of my game and get a little bit stronger before I head out to college.
On playing with other good guards on team USA: It helped a lot because of course Coach Cal likes to be guard heavy, which is also really good. If you have a lot of guards on the floor, a lot of good guards that can make good decisions that’s always good. Just playing with these guys helps me a lot.
On wanting to play in all-star games as another reason to stay in high school: Of course. You work so hard all your life to play in certain games and certain all-star games and have certain experiences. That’s one thing I wanted to do.
On playing for Self, who will be a rival when he’s in college: It’s great. I mess with him all the time about it. He’s really cool. He really pushed us today and gave us a long speech just talking about playing for USA and how he would be happy everyday. I think that’s one reason why we came out here so strong and started so fast today.
On how often he talks with Calipari: He just tries to help me get better always. He tells me little things I need to work on and he checks in and says hello all the time. He asks me how I’m doing.
On if he thought it was going to be a shutout: We were just trying to get better honestly. I was just trying to work on my stuff. The real competition starts tomorrow. We have Puerto Rico and they’re 2-0 as well, so we’re trying to win this pool.
On his relationship with Cole Anthony: We see each other a lot at camps. All of us actually see each other a lot at camps but I first talked to him at NextGen USA and down at the Final Four we talked a lot then. He’s really cool. He’s high energy. He’s very high energy and he’s always up. He’s a good friend to be around.
On if they text: We talk sometimes.
On if he’s looking ahead to playing Canada: No sir, I’m looking ahead to playing Puerto Rico tomorrow.
On if he was surprised to see P.J. Washington return to UK: A little bit. I was kinda surprised. I’m glad he came back and did what was best for him and I think he’s going to have a great year this year.
On if he looks ahead to what the roster could look like when he gets to UK: It’s just pretty much who’s there is there. I like to compete, but either way I hope we have a lot of really good players to make me better and we can win a national championship.
On UK fans: Kentucky fans keep going. They mean business. That’s one thing I really like. I like when the fan base is behind you and it brings the best out of me.
On Calipari’s personality when he’s not talking recruiting: He’s not gonna tell you no bluff. I call it bluff. If someone comes in tells you they like you and you’re gonna do this and do that with the ball in your hands. If he says it he means it. He’s gonna tell you what you need to get better at. That’s one reason I wanted to go to Kentucky. I feel like he’s gonna push me to get better and help me get to the next level.
On if he’d be able to reclassify if UK asked: Yes sir, I would. I think I have to take a certain class. Maybe two classes, but I haven’t thought about it so far.
By TJ Walker on ©June 12th, 2018 @ 12:26am
We may have a bromance on our hands, boys and girls. UK commit Tyrese Maxey and UK recruiting target Cole Anthony are boys and after USA’s 118-26 blowout win over Panama on Monday they talked about playing together.
While Maxey was talking to media after the game Anthony walked behind him and gave him a big slap on the butt, but buttslapping aside, the two seem very open to the idea of playing together.
“Man, I love Tyrese,” Anthony said. “He’s a high-energy guy. He’s always smiling. I love Tyrese. That’s my dude, I’d love to play with him at the next level.”
Start the Full House music because the feeling is mutual.
“… Down at the Final Four we talked a lot then,” Maxey said. “He’s really cool. He’s high energy. He’s very high energy and he’s always up. He’s a good friend to be around.”
Anthony is thought to be a Duke lean, but there’s no denying that UK will be a major player. John Calipari and Tony Barbee were on hand to watch Anthony and Maxey play, and the pair has talked recruiting.
However, Maxey doesn’t annoy Anthony with UK recruiting talk.
“He doesn’t mention it that often,” Anthony said. “He’s brought it up a couple times. We’ve talked about it, obviously. My recruitment, I’m wide open. I’m not really even worried about that. I just tell him I’m just going to keep getting better.”
Maxey said he jokes with Anthony about Kentucky but knows Anthony will have to make the best decision for him and his family.
A Maxey/Anthony backcourt in 2019-2020 would be in the conversation as one of Calipari’s best.
ST. CATHARINES- The United States beat the snot out of Panama. The final was 118-26 and it should have been much worse. USA led 43-0 after the first quarter and 70-8 at halftime. I’m not kidding that they probably could have won by 200 points if they pressed the entire game.
It was tough to take too much away regarding individual play in such a lopsided matchup, but a few things stood out when watching Tyrese Maxey and UK targets Matthew Hurt and Cole Anthony.
1. Maxey is the real deal: Again, Maxey didn’t have to do too much but his intensity and effort would indicate this was a nailbiter. He finished with 14 points and it should have been more. On three consecutive trips he missed open threes and yelled some words to himself I can’t type here. All the shots looked good, but just a little off during that stretch. He went 2-of-7 from deep.
Defensively he has potential to be a star. He had to be called back by Self a time or two because he wanted to pickup full court but the game was such a blowout Self didn’t want to run up the score. I’d like to see him guard some better players, but I think I do him a disservice only talking about his offense.
Also, it seemed like Maxey was always sitting next to Cole Anthony on the bench. Maybe nothing but I found that interesting.
2. Matthew Hurt will be a great college player: It would be smart for Hurt to go to a blueblood for his college basketball career because he could thrive if he has help around him. He will be a pick-and-pop nightmare for opponents and his ability to stretch the floor is impressive.
I was actually impressed with his versatility. Self played Hurt at the three, which I’m sure was a recruiting pitch, but Hurt guarded every position and did a good job defensively. He also is known for his offense but his aggressiveness on defense and rebounding will make him a great college player.
3. Cole Anthony is a pure point guard: It was a quiet game for Anthony, but he finished with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. My biggest takeaway was how everyone pretty much deferred to him as the point guard. When he was in the game he was going to bring the ball up the court.
Him and Maxey had great chemistry and Anthony told me after the game he would like to play with him in college (I’ll have more on that later) but they really fed off one another.
4. Kansas and UNC will rely on two USA players: Coby White should start for UNC next year and Quentin Grimes likely will start for Kansas. The Cats will play Kansas and UNC next year, and for both of those teams to be title contenders White and Grimes will need to step up in a big way. Grimes was fine tonight and efficient, but White really didn’t impress me in a blowout win (meaning I wouldn’t put too much stock into his so-so performance). White was actually beaten defensively several times and this wasn’t the team that should be beating him off the dribble.
5. USA is good: Duh. But I’d be surprised if any team comes within 15 points of these guys during this tournament. Bill Self did a good job constructing this team and they have scorers at every position. They play tomorrow at 6 p.m.