Good morning! Me again, back with your morning KSR greeting, only this time I haven’t been to bed yet. With a heavy workload last night after a hard-fought kickball shutout in the first game of the new season, I thought it would be a good idea to drink four cups of coffee between midnight and 1:00 am. It helped me chip away at the long to-do list, but my work was interrupted by birds chirping and sunshine creeping through the window. At that point, what good is an hour going to do me? So here I am, up for the day and dreading the inevitable crash that awaits me. I’m on website duty until 6:00 pm, so if things go silent on here for longer than our usual one-hour increments between posts, please blow up my phone to wake me up. Other than that, we’re in for a fun day together. I’ll get another pot of coffee going.
But first, here is what’s on tap:
PJ Washington will be at KSBar and Grille tonight.
Kentucky’s All-American forward and future NBA lottery pick will be at KSBar from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight to sign autographs and take pictures with his biggest fans. If you plan to attend, you can stop by at any point today to pick up a numbered card to reserve your place in line. If you’re unable to go before the event, you can still show up and hop in line whenever you can.
Beau Allen Commitment Watch is on hold until Monday.
Around this time yesterday, I told you we are on the lookout for a Beau Allen commitment. Well now we know his announcement won’t come until Monday when he holds an afternoon press conference from Lexington Catholic to deliver the news of his commitment.
The expectation is he will commit to Kentucky, which would make him UK’s third commitment in eight days and the fourth in the 2020 class. If he doesn’t, a lot of people will be surprised and very disappointed.
We will find out for sure at 3:30 pm Monday afternoon. The ceremony will be streamed live here on KSR courtesy of the PrepSpin broadcast.
It’s “Thurby” in Louisville.
Thurby is the new Oaks, now that Oaks is just as big as the Derby was not too long ago. So get on out to Churchill Downs today for the 11 Thurby races and a tasty Old Forester Old Fashioned, the official drink of Thurby. It is all part of a celebration of Louisville native Hunter S. Thompson, writer of “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved,” one of the best sports articles ever written and the unofficial beginning of gonzo journalism. I read it for about the millionth time last night to get in the Derby mood.
There is a new favorite in the Kentucky Derby.
With an unexpected scratch for Omaha Beach, the morning line favorite, Bob Baffert’s Game Winner is now the favorite at 9/2 odds. Here are the updated odds, adjusted for Omaha Beach’s exit from the field:
Game Winner 9/2
Maximum Security 8-1
Code of Honor 12-1
Win Win Win 12-1
By My Standards 15-1
War of Will 15-1
Country House 30-1
Cutting Humor 30-1
Long Range Toddy 30-1
Plus Que Parfait 30-1
Gray Magician 50-1
Master Fencer 50-1
Go, By My Standards, go!
Jack Pilgrim will get you caught up on Kentucky’s Class of 2020 prospects later today.
In case you missed it, Jack’s weekly basketball recruiting round-up is a two-parter this week. Part I went in depth on RJ Hampton, Johnny Juzang and the latest on Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery. You can read it here. He will publish Part II later today with a look into the early status of UK’s 2020 class.
Sean Miller has some explaining to do.
During the never-ending college basketball corruption trial, federal prosecutors played a recording of former Arizona assistant Book Richardson telling wannabe-agent Christian Dawkins that Sean Miller was paying Deandre Ayton $10,000 per month while Ayton played for Miller at Arizona. Richardson also told Dawkins that Miller was paying for Rawle Alkins too.
WHEN IS ARIZONA GOING TO FIRE THIS GUY????
Ryan Lemond practiced his putting for the first time yesterday.
Ryan's 1st practice putts https://t.co/ElrSZ5vBHf
— Ryan Lemond (@ryanlemond) May 1, 2019
Not too bad. If that’s how he putts when it matters in Putt 4 Prison, he will only go to prison for four days.