Good morning, eh.
While you start your day in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, KSR’s T.J. Walker is enjoying a warm bottle of maple syrup and Timbits with our northern neighbors. What brings young Sky Walker to Canada you ask? The FIBA Americas Cup.
Kentucky commit Tyrese Maxey is representing Team USA in the U18 international tournament. In the first game of the week, Maxey had 14 points (5-8 shooting), five rebounds, three assists, and three steals. His craziest stat: Maxey finished the game with a +42.
T.J. will provide updates throughout the week on Maxey and other UK targets, like Matthew Hurt and Cole Anthony. Unfortunately, flight delays and cancellations kept him from being at yesterday’s game, but I have a feeling that frustrating story might be more entertaining than Team USA’s opening round win.
Women’s Track Finishes on the Podium
For the third time in four years, the Kentucky women’s track team left the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships meet atop the podium. The Cats finished fourth thanks to gold medal performances from Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (100m hurdles), Olivia Gruver (pole vault) and Sydney McLaughlin (400m hurdles). After Sydney ran through the rain for gold, the freshman phenom announced she will turn pro. It’s been one heck of a year. Thanks, Sydney.
Two WOW Track Videos
Track and field don’t really move the needle, but hear me out. The comeback USC made in the final leg of the 4×400 relay is absolutely incredible.
The @usc_track_field Women of Troy had to win the 4x400m to win the national championship.
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) June 10, 2018
The only thing crazier than that comeback is the guy who jumped out of a long jump pit.
This is what jumping out of a long jump pit looks like ??? pic.twitter.com/RnD2Ru4tMG
— Pierce O'Callaghan (@Pierceathletics) June 10, 2018
Two Entertaining Days of Football Camp
If you’ve ever read anything I’ve ever written on this website, you know I’m a Football Guy through and through. That’s why my annual pilgrimage to the first weekend Kentucky football camps is bittersweet. I get to stand on the sidelines and feel the action, but it’s not the same without helmets and shoulder pads. Yesterday, I didn’t leave Nutter Field House with that familiar empty feeling.
There were two days of entertaining football at the UK Football facilities. On Saturday night, most of Kentucky’s top recruits were on campus for unofficial visits, but aside from QB commit Nik Scalzo, most did not participate in camp activities. Yesterday, UK hosted more SEC-caliber talent on the football field, which led to more highlight-worthy plays in one-on-ones. Three-star 2020 wide receiver Deajaun McDougle made a few crazy plays, but none were as impressive as this juke at the line.
— Deajaun McDougle (@Goatboidea) June 11, 2018
More highlights, top performers and targets that have entered UK’s radar will be on the site later today.
Former UK Coach takes Miss. State to CWS
In the words of Michael Scott, “How the turntables?”
Two years ago Gary Henderson and the University of Kentucky “parted ways.” Henderson went to Starkville to assist his former UK boss, John Cohen, who eventually ascended to role of athletic director. A tumultuous preseason ended with Henderson assuming interim head coaching duties. Miss. State took plenty of early L’s, including a series loss at UK in The Cliff’s final weekend, but last night they defeated Vanderbilt to advance to the College World Series.
Justify Returns to Churchill Downs
The unbeaten Triple Crown Winner will be back in his Old Kentucky Home this afternoon after triumphing at the 150th Belmont Stakes. There’s no scheduled public appearances on the docket, but I have a feeling he will share some time in the spotlight during this Saturday’s night races at Churchill Downs.
IHOP is Stupid
The International House of Pancakes teased a new name last week, flipping the “p” to a “b.” This morning they revealed the “b” stands for burgers. Who wants to go to IHOP for burgers? No one, absolutely no one.
— IHOb (@IHOb) June 11, 2018