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It was quite a busy night in the Bluegrass for the Kentucky football team.  The Cats picked up not one, but two commitments for Mark Stoops’ defense.

The first of the night came from a Jay Ward, a three-star cornerback who chose UK over West Virginia, UCF, Iowa State and others.  The third commitment from the state of Georgia in the 2019 recruiting class, Rich Brooks’ old recruiting stomping grounds are bringing elite athletes back to the Commonwealth.  Ward attends Colquitt County High School, the former home of running back Sihiem King, and is coached by Rush Probst, the man who became famous leading Hoover High on MTV’s “Two a Days.”

Speaking of Hoover High, that’s where Kentucky (kinda) found the second commitment of the night.  Defensive lineman Taures Payne completed high school football in Hoover before transferring to Northwest Mississippi C.C.  A 6’4″ 265-pound defensive lineman from Hoover and a Mississippi JUCO is all you need to know that he will be a stud (because Miss. JUCO defensive linemen are the best and most reliable recruits from the JUCO ranks).

The Cats’ 2019 football class now features ten commitments.  That number should continue to grow in the coming weeks.

Relive Draft Night

The dust is still settling after a wild and crazy NBA Draft.  Wenyen found a Summer League home in Sacramento, Kevin Knox was introduced to the New York media, Jarred Vanderbilt was riding a scooter in Denver and much more.

One of Cal’s Best is in Town

Kentucky Wildcats never hesitate to return to reunite with their coaches on UK’s campus.  That rule is not exclusive to UK players.  Dejuan Wagner, Calipari’s first “one and done” who averaged 20 points per game at Memphis, is in Lexington this weekend for Cal’s Father-Son Camp.

@UKCoachCalipari

A Name from UofL’s Past Resurfaces

And no, it’s actually not a scandalous woman.  Remember Akoy Agau?  He was a forward at the end of Rick Pitino’s bench four years ago that opted to transfer to Georgetown.  After a few years there and at SMU, he is returning to UofL as a grad transfer to play for Chris Mack.  There are unorthodox college basketball paths, and then there’s this.

Who Won, Skip or Skip?

Embrace Debate.


Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson, and Joel Justus lend a hand at Special Olympics Basketball Camp

Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson, and Joel Justus lend a hand at Special Olympics Basketball Camp

John Calipari is arguably the top recruiter in college basketball, but his emphasis on signing high-character athletes at Kentucky year in and year out is just as impressive. If there are major red flags with a prospect’s character or personality, the Wildcat head coach will cut off contact immediately and let another coach deal with the baggage, no matter how talented they may be.

This afternoon, Coach Cal proved yet again he signed a class of stellar recruits both on and off the floor.

I’ve been coaching at a Special Olympics basketball camp this week, where athletes have been working each day to prepare for a final championship game held this afternoon. To start the day, we warmed up and began our morning drill session, the same schedule we had gone through all week long. Nothing different.

And in walked Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus with his two prized signees, Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson, to surprise the campers.

Almost immediately, they jumped in and asked what they could do to help. We introduced them to the campers, who then welcomed the Wildcats with hugs and high-fives. They followed it up with some individual attention in the drills, several fun games and activities, and some on-court help during a small walkthrough scrimmage to prepare for the big game scheduled after lunch.

During the exhibition game, they helped direct traffic on the court, assisted the campers with dribbling, passing, and shooting, and lifted their spirits on the sideline during timeouts. No matter the age of the camper or the challenges they faced, they did their best to make sure each individual had the time of their lives.

After the scrimmage, they took pictures, talked to campers, and shot around with them for as long as they wanted. They stayed for several hours, and probably would’ve stuck around longer if we asked them to.

“Our guys were super excited to come out and to be around the kids,” said UK assistant coach Joel Justus. “Immanuel and Keldon both jumped right at the opportunity to come out. They wanted to be involved and it was a lot of fun to watch them interact with the campers. We’re just so blessed here at Kentucky and they’re extremely blessed as individuals. It was a fun day all around.”

No television cameras or interviewers. No spotlight for attention. Just lending a hand to some awesome kids for the day.

Check out some of KSR’s highlights from the fun afternoon:

To put the icing on the cake, Kentucky legend Jack “Goose” Givens also came to help out this week, who gave the campers a motivational speech and worked with them on drills on Wednesday morning.

He talked about his time at Kentucky, playing in the NBA, and the keys to success in basketball.

Take a look:

This is a special, special program.

Go Cats.


KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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#8 John Gossage


He did so well!

#7 Clay Brown


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#6 Shaun Johnston


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#5 Terri Basham


The KSR fans always come through!

#4 Michael Spencer


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Yeah they do!


Meet the 2018-19 Kentucky Wildcats in Midway and Lexington on Train Stop Sunday!

Want to meet the 2018-19 Kentucky Wildcats? John Calipari wants to give the Big Blue Nation that opportunity this weekend.

As part of UK’s Big Blue Caravan, Coach Cal and the entire basketball roster will be making train stops in Midway and Lexington on their way home from Satellite Camp in Frankfort. The stops will take place this Sunday to take photos and sign autographs with fans.

Complimentary posters will also be available to fans while supplies last.

Their first stop in Midway will be made at Darlin Jean’s (2014 N. Gratz Street) at 5:30 p.m. The second stop in Lexington will be at the Central Kentucky Line outside of Rupp Arena (133 Buchanan Street) at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Coach Cal said he’s excited for fans to meet Ashton Hagans and Reid Travis now that they are officially on campus:

“These Satellite Camps have been a blast for both us and the Big Blue Nation because our fans have had the opportunity to get up close with our players,” Calipari said. “The only problem is, until now, we haven’t had our full team. With Ashton (Hagans) and Reid (Travis) here, I wanted to give our fans an opportunity on the way back from camp to meet these guys. It’s a special group that I think our fans are really going to love. I hope BBN can come out, meet our players and take a few pictures. Everyone is welcome.”

If you’re interested in the Satellite Camp, which will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Franklin High School, it’s not too late to register. Fans can sign up by visiting ukathletics.com/camps.

Go Cats.


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YAHTZEE! 2019 JUCO defensive lineman Taures Payne has committed to Kentucky!

PHOTO: @JuCoFootballACE

How about yet another Yahtzee to close out your Friday night?

2019 JUCO defensive end Taures Payne has committed to Kentucky!

Justin Rowland of Rivals.com confirmed the news, who also added Payne will have two years of eligibility remaining by the time he gets on campus:

Payne, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive end out of Northwest Mississippi Community College, committed to Kentucky over Central Florida, Maryland, and Houston, among others. The Cats offered Payne back in April.

The newest Wildcat finished with 33 tackles, six tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks last season for the Rangers.

Watch his highlights from last season:

Welcome home, Taures!


Official: Wenyen Gabriel joins Sacramento Kings for Summer League

Official: Wenyen Gabriel joins Sacramento Kings for Summer League

@WenyenGabriel

Earlier today, former Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel announced on Twitter he was “Coming to SAC!” with an image of him in front of a Sacramento Kings backdrop.

Most assumed it meant he would play with the Kings for summer league, but no one knew for certain or the extent of the signing.

Now, Sacramento reporter Sean Cunningham is reporting Gabriel has officially joined the summer league roster, but whether he will stay with the team or not afterward has yet to be determined.

Gabriel worked out for the Kings back on May 21.

We saw Derek Willis do the same with the Detroit Pistons last offseason, and he eventually played with the team’s G-League affiliate throughout the entire year. Today it was announced he has joined the New Orleans Pelicans for the Summer League.

Now, Gabriel will have to carve out his role in the summer league and hopefully earn a spot at training camp.

Best of luck, Wenyen.


WATCH: Terry “Touchdown” Wilson is fast. Really, really fast.

We all know Terry “Touchdown” Wilson has some wheels, but we haven’t seen it in action much yet in his time at Kentucky. He had a few impressive runs in the Spring Game, but with the quarterback no-contact rule, it was just a small taste of what we might be seeing this season if he earns the starting job.

This afternoon, Kentucky cornerback Lonnie Johnson released a video that should get fans excited. Really excited.

Wilson raced another Wildcat on the track at Nutter Field House and absolutely destroyed him.

Benny Snell’s reaction says it all. This kid is going to be special with the ball in his hands.

As for the other Wildcats, they’re all putting in ridiculous work this summer to prepare for the upcoming season. The official Kentucky football account sent out the following video this afternoon:

And the work is clearly showing:

Is it football season yet?


UK Fan of the Day Wants The Week 2 Guest Host Schedule

UK Fan of the Day Wants The Week 2 Guest Host Schedule

Congratulations. You made it halfway through Matt’s vacation, which means we’ve got another great week of guest hosts coming your way, starting with the venerable Jay Bilas on Monday:

June 25: Jay Bilas
June 26: Pardon My Take
June 27: Jared Lorenzen
June 28: Kyle Tucker
June 29: Aaron Torres

If you missed today’s show featuring Nick Mingione, do yourself a favor and go back and listen on podcast. Per usual, the UK Baseball coach’s enthusiasm was infectious, even during the sometimes brutal Gong Game. What’s that? You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out…


2019 cornerback Jay Ward commits to Kentucky

2019 cornerback Jay Ward commits to Kentucky

How about a Yahtzee to start the weekend? 2019 three-star cornerback Jay Ward just committed to Kentucky.

The 6’2″ 180 lbs. Moultrie, Georgia native held offers from Iowa State, Marshall, Southern Miss, UCF, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, and several others. He received an offer from Kentucky back on January 23, and visited unofficially on February 24.

Ward is Kentucky’s ninth commitment in the 2019 class, joining safety Moses Douglass, outside linebacker Kadarius McDaniel, dual quarterback Nik Scalzo, athlete Marquez Bembry, outside linebacker Tra Wilkins, cornerback Jalen Geiger, offensive tackle Jake Pope, and offensive guard Eli Cox.

Watch him work:


Wildcats to be Inducted into Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame

Wildcats to be Inducted into Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame

Three former University of Kentucky Wildcats will be inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Tonight Wesley Woodyard, Guy Morriss and Tommy Bell will be honored at the Lexington Opera House.

Woodyard will be inducted into the Hall of Fame while he’s still playing.  Entering his fifth season with the Tennessee Titans and his tenth year overall, last year he was a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.  Also a member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, Woodyard helped the Cats win a pair of Music City Bowls under Rich Brooks and has been named a team captain at every level of football.

Morriss is most well-known for turning a two-win team into a seven-game winner with Jared Lorenzen back in 2002, but the former UK head coach is being honored tomorrow for his accolades in the NFL.  A 15-year veteran, he played on the offensive line in New England and started at center in Super XV for the Eagles.  Morris briefly returned to the local high school ranks but had to put down the whistle as to battle Alzheimer’s.

Tommy Bell has an undergraduate and law degree from UK.  He participated in UK radio broadcasts, served on the athletics board and Board of Trustees.  Tomorrow night’s recognition is for his 15 years as an NFL referee.  A two-time Super Bowl participant, Bell is the only person to ever officiate a Super Bowl and an NCAA Final Four.

Four current Wildcats — Benny Snell, C.J. Conrad, Josh Allen and Darius West — will also be honored during the ceremony as members of the All-Commonwealth Team.  Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. ceremony are still available at http://kyprofootballhof.org/.