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Today On KSR: Monday after Tiger, GoT, and Reid Travis’ Signing


Sunday was a crazy day with Tiger Woods winning The Masters and Jon Snow [SPOILER ALERT] learning his true identity and making out by a waterfall in the return of Game of Thrones. But to three or four hundred people in Lexington, Sunday also meant meeting Reid Travis at his autograph signing at KSBar and Grille. Travis spent a couple of hours with some of his biggest fans and he couldn’t have been nicer to each one of them. Check out some of the pictures from the event:


Now for some news…

Kentucky losing ground with Matthew Hurt.

Today is the Monday of Matthew Hurt Week as the five-star big man from Minnesota is all set to announce his decision this coming Friday. Kentucky had plans to get one last face-to-face in on Sunday, but those plans went south when Hurt pulled the plug on John Calipari’s visit (and three other visits) at the very last minute. Hurt’s father said it would be too much to cram four visits in on Sunday before the conclusion of the recruiting period at midnight, so the family decided to go ahead and end any and all contact.

Hurt will still wait until Friday to publicly pledge his commitment to a school and all signs point to Duke as the one that will land his services in the end. Ugh.

Calipari Omaha’d to California.

Once Coach Cal learned he wasn’t welcome in Hurt’s home in Minnesota, he called an Omaha and redirected his flight to California to lay the groundwork in the recruitment of Makur Maker, a standout in the Class of 2020. A top-15 prospect in that class, Maker is a cousin of Thon Maker and the two play a similar game. He already has some major Pac-12 offers and interest is picking up from other top programs around college basketball.

Keldon Johnson getting the feedback he needs from the NBA.

Here is some news that won’t surprise you: Keldon Johnson is probably going to stay in the draft. Over the weekend, KSR learned Johnson likes what he is hearing from the league and the chances he comes back to UK are slimmer than slim to none. Matter of fact, you will probably hear something official from Johnson very soon. Sorry.

Did you watch UK’s Blue-White Game?

The UK football program held its spring football game Friday evening in Lexington in front of 16,665 fans (I didn’t count that many from my seat). If you were unable to watch because you were busy or caught in traffic outside the stadium, get caught up by clicking here to read KSR’s stories from the scrimmage.

Matt Jones returns to your radio airwaves today.

It’s going to be a busy, busy show in one hour.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

18 responses to “Today On KSR: Monday after Tiger, GoT, and Reid Travis’ Signing”

  1. StillBP

    Cue all the KSR message board experts who just know Keldon is making a mistake by leaving. How about trying not to bash the kid too much, guys?

    1. CatfaninCinci

      Right. Even though, he’ll make more money his first season than they will in 20 years on the job. But they know…

      Then they’ll focus all their hopes on Herro coming back, only to bash him in another couple weeks for the same thing.

      News flash for people who forget every season… If they’re first round, they NEED to go!

    2. BigJohnC

      Agreed

    3. dukehater71

      I will not disparage any kid who leaves UK to get paid professionally but as a fan of UK and college basketball I selfishly want them to stay because I care about winning championships, not following these kids in the NBA. Once they leave for the NBA I just don’t care. This thought process of mine is completely from a fans perspective, so don’t take it that they shouldn’t do whats best for them. They should, but once again, as a fan, I selfishly want them to stay. With that being said, I am soooo looking forward to the day that the one and done rule is gone forever. That way we can see kids develop and stay for at least a couple of years. As the past few NCAA champions have shown, experience laden teams win championships. That is what we need moving forward. Then we can stop all this talk at the end of the year of who stays and who goes. I’m sick of it as I believe many fans are.

    4. Cokely53

      Sorry to burst your bubble but getting rid of the one and done isn’t going to solve this problem. You and so many others are delusional if you believe so. 10-15 kids are gonna go pro straight from high school each season at most but then many more are still going to be one and dones. Herro would’ve never gone pro from high school yet here he is being a one and done. Getting rid of the rule may cut down but as long as we recruit the way we do, we’re always going to have this issue. Heck nick and EJ were both ranked higher than Herro and may have been in the small group to go straight from high school

    5. StillBP

      dukehater, that’s understandable. I would love to see more stick around too, but what’s more disappointing than them leaving is the fans who bash them for doing so. The way you put it is how a lot of us feel, I think.

    6. dukehater71

      @Cokely53, I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that the new collective bargaining agreement that the NBA is putting together will have a rule where if you do decide to go to college, then the requirement is to stay for 2 years minimum. Something like that. Am I wrong? If I am then I am not delusional (never have been really) and we can at the very least have more experienced teams moving forward once the rule goes into place.

    7. grammarpoliceUK

      Dukehater, I don’t believe they’re looking at a two year thing. Just gonna take a few kids straight outta high school,

  2. BigJohnC

    I’d figure one of Herro or Johnson return

    1. CatfaninCinci

      See??? Here we go.

      No. He won’t.

    2. BigJohnC

      No, I’m not saying either one should come back. I’m guessing one of them will* totally different. I think they SHOULD go! Definitely if they’re first round! Geez

    3. CatfaninCinci

      Both are first round picks with guaranteed multimillion dollar contracts. Even if they flame out, and have a career in the G league or overseas, they’re millionaires.

      Sorry. Neither were ever coming back.

    4. Matt10

      Dang cincyfan. Jump all over the dude. Multimillionaire? Too funny. Their first contract will be, what, 3 mil? About 5% to agent. About 40% to federal and state taxes. Buy mamma a house, buy themselves a house and a car or two, blow a little for fun and all of a sudden they’re about a mil left. If that’s their only contract that is not retirement F-you money.

      Dukehater, my sentiments exactly.

  3. KYJelly

    I actually think Herro suits today’s NBA game better than Keldon. Johnson has a height advantage, but Herro is a better shooter, defender, and drives to the basket just as well as Keldon.

    They both gone

  4. VirginiaCat

    Different year, same results. Our best players leave after one year just as they are developing the skills that we need to win a championship. The cycle is predictable as are the results.

    1. dukehater71

      Exactly! I made a comment earlier about the new NBA CBA. Do you know if a rule is going to be put into place that if a kid decides to go to college instead of the NBA straight out of high school that they will be required to stay a minimum of 2 years?

  5. Kat4Life

    Bobblehead has been a Dukie for months. Let’s move on.

  6. Cole28

    Drew, I was at the blue/white game. This may be a question with an obvious answer (considering the lopsided result), but was the Blue team the “A” squad, and the white the “B” squad?