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Johnny Juzang commits to KENTUCKY!

John Calipari may be in Italy, but he just added another impressive recruit to his roster for next season. Four-star wing Johnny Juzang just announced he’s committed to the University of Kentucky. He’s listed as the No. 30 overall player in the class, according to 24/7 Sports’ final rankings.

The Studio City, California native just posted the news on his Instagram, saying “Big Blue Nation, stand up.” He chose the Cats over Virginia, Kansas and Oregon.

 

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After reclassifying into the 2019 class just weeks ago, Juzang was thrust into the spotlight, quickly moving onto Kentucky’s radar, especially after news broke of Jemarl Baker’s pending transfer. He’s listed at 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds. In high school, he averaged 22.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game throughout 26 appearances. Juzang shot 43 percent from the floor, 35 percent from the three-point line and 85 percent from the charity stripe.

With the commitment, the Cats currently have the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, followed by Arizona then Duke. Before Juzang’s commitment, UK was in third place, but the addition of the four-star player pushed the Cats back to the top. This isn’t necessarily finalized, as Memphis could make a move for the No. 1 spot if they land RJ Hampton and Boogie Ellis. However, if Coach Calipari is able to land Jaden McDaniels, Kentucky could still snag one of the top spots.

Regardless, Juzang’s commitment is great news for next season’s Wildcats. Welcome to the BBN!


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NCAA considers extending 3-point line, adding goaltending reviews, shortening shot clock

NCAA considers extending 3-point line, adding goaltending reviews, shortening shot clock

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee has just released their latest official recommendations for collegiate basketball. These rules would begin affecting Division I teams as soon as next season. The recommendations must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on June 5 in order to be finalized.

The biggest potential change is the committee’s proposal to extend the 3-point line to the international basketball distance of 22 feet, 1¾ inches. Currently, the three-point line’s distance is 20 feet, 9 inches. The committee cited the following reasons for the change:

  • Making the lane more available for dribble/drive plays from the perimeter.
  • Slowing the trend of the 3-point shot becoming too prevalent in men’s college basketball by making the shot a bit more challenging, while at the same time keeping the shot an integral part of the game.
  • Assisting in offensive spacing by requiring the defense to cover more of the court.

The NIT completed a “test run” of the longer trey during the 2019 post-season, and teams, on average, saw a slight drop in their 3-point success. Teams in the NIT hit 33 percent of their three pointers during the tournament, compared to the regular season average of 35.2 percent.

Committee members also cited positive feedback from the annual rules survey as well as from coaches whose teams competed in the NIT with the experimental international line.

The three-point line extension isn’t the only potential change the committee has recommended: they also propose resetting the shot clock at 20 seconds – rather than a full 30 seconds – after a field goal attempt hits the rim and the offensive team rebounds the ball in the front court.

Again, the committee cited NIT feedback, after teams experimented with the 20-second shot clock in 2019. The reduced time would also “enhance the pace of the game,” according to the committee.

This next ones feels especially relevant for Kentucky (*cough cough, UK vs. LSU): the committee recommends allowing instant replay review for basket interference or goaltending calls made during the last two minutes of the second half or the last two minutes of overtime. The proposal makes it clear that their recommendation is directed toward calls that have been made, so it’s unclear at this time if the change would allow officials the opportunity to review a potential instance of goaltending and then make a subsequent call.

Another proposed change would give coaches the ability to call a live-ball timeout during the last two minutes of action (either during the second half or at the end of any overtime play). Currently, coaches are never allowed to call live-ball timeouts.

The committee also recommends a Flagrant 2 technical foul and ejection for any player who uses derogatory language regarding an opponent’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.


Again, each of these recommendations must be reviewed and approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on June 5 in order to be enacted for men’s college basketball. Any approved changes would apply for Division I teams during the 2019-2020 season, and for Division II and Division III teams the following year, due to the potential financial impact of re-painting three-point lines.

What do you think of the proposed changes?


Five-star lineman Justin Rogers lists Kentucky in final top-5 schools

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Kentucky is officially in the mix for one of the top-10 football players in the nation. Justin Rogers, a five-star prospect, is listed as the No. 1 offensive guard in the 2020 recruiting class, and he just included the University of Kentucky in his final top-5 list. The other four? Georgia, LSU, Michigan and Tennessee.

Prior to the announcement, Rivals had Kentucky listed as the favorite at 44 percent (Georgia was the runner-up with 33 percent, followed by Tennessee and Ohio State). 24/7 Sports had a similar breakdown: UK at 33 percent, followed by Tennessee at 22 percent, Ohio State at 17 percent, undecided at 17 percent and Georgia at 11 percent. The inclusion of LSU and Michigan could shake things up a bit, while Ohio State is now apparently out of the running.

Rogers, a native of Oak Park, Michigan, is listed at 6-foot-2.5 and 311 pounds. Kentucky was the first school to extend an offer all the way back in 2016 – a fact that’s not lost on Rogers.

Although there are four other schools still competing for Rogers’ talents, the Cats seem to have the recent advantage. Rivals’ Justin Rowland submitted a prediction in favor of the Wildcats on the evening of April 28. Since then, 24/7 Sports’ Allen Trieu – who has gotten 93.75 percent of his 2020 picks correct so far – predicted Kentucky last Monday. 24/7 Sports’ Director of Football Recruiting, Steve Wiltfong, also lists Kentucky as Rogers’ top choice. Wiltfong has a 90.48 percent success rate so far with the 2020 recruiting class.

Rogers took an official visit to Lexington back on April 26, and he’ll visit the University of Georgia on May 17. His decision date is set for May 20. 

Until then, the UK coaching staff will be all over Rogers – and they won’t be alone. DeAndre Square, a current linebacker for Kentucky, and John Young, a recent UK commit, are also working their magic.

T-minus 11 days until Rogers makes his announcement. Let’s do this thing.