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June 26th, 2019

KSR Show Thread, 6/26: KSR is in Louisville

But where? They wouldn’t even tell me. You’ll have to tune in to find out.

Wherever they are, Matt and Ryan will be talking about all the latest in UK land.

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Today On KSR: Blackshear, Caravanning, IG Live, Birthdays

Good morning, everyone. How are you all doing today? That’s great to hear. Your positivity puts a smile on my face on this busy Wednesday. You always have the brightest attitude no matter the circumstances. Thank you for being a ray of light. Now let’s carpe this diem.

But first, some stuff…

 

Kerry Blackshear Jr. Watch, Day 71

Tuesday passed with no word from Kerry Blackshear Jr. so the wait will continue for yet another day. Blackshear Jr. entered the NCAA’s transfer portal on April 16, so we’ll label today as Day 71, but the number that really matters is seven because that is how many days it has been since Blackshear’s official visit to Kentucky. The hope was he would commit while he was on campus or soon thereafter; now it has been a full week and the confidence is wavering.

Last night, Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com tweeted, “Out of Virginia Tech they believe they’ve got a ‘really good’ shot at getting Kerry Blackshear Jr. back. This is a realistic option, the leader has changed many times, but hearing UT and VT are leaders right now.”

It’s easy to believe because the opinion around Blackshear seems to change with the weather.

The Big Blue Caravan is in Paintsville.

UK’s Big Blue Caravan is scheduled to roll up to the Paintsville Recreation Center this morning at 10 a.m. with Kash Daniel riding shotgun through his hometown. Daniel is making a special guest appearance at the Caravan’s Wednesday stop and he is bringing some of his teammates with him, including starting quarterback Terry Wilson.

If you’re in the area, get out there to join the fun and to meet some of the faces of the football program.

The Caravan will hit Owensboro tomorrow and Meade County on Friday.

Coach Cal definitely took a shot at Duke.

You can’t convince me he didn’t have Duke in mind when this tweet went out yesterday.

Confession: I watched Ashton Hagans play basketball in his underwear last night.

There I was, sitting at home, scrolling through Instagram, when EJ Montgomery went live from his account. Rarely do I ever take the bait because the live videos that come out of the Joe Craft Center almost always disappoint, but this time I opened it up to see what was going on. The first thing I saw was Ashton Hagans taking off his basketball shorts and then continuing to play one-on-one in his underwear. He was playing against Kahlil Whitney, and Johnny Juzang would rotate in and out for one of the two. I only stuck around for about a minute or two and saw three or four bricked three-pointers, and lots of yelling, so I closed the app and watched “Big Brother” instead. Those Instagram live videos are weird, man.

NO TRIVIA tonight at KSBar and Grille.

After three consecutive Wednesdays of overwhelming crowds and fun, we decided to let the KSBar trivia machine rest and recharge. Trivia will fire back up next week for a very special UK basketball-themed trivia night on TUESDAY, not Wednesday. Matt Jones will host the event with Kentucky basketball questions from the Rick Pitino era and on. Mark your calendars.

The USMNT plays Panama in the Gold Cup tonight.

We may not have trivia, but you’re more than welcome to watch tonight’s Gold Cup at KSBar and Grille with the American Outlaws. A win will put the Americans in first place in Group D.

Sign up for our Louisville golf scramble.

We’re taking the KSR Golf Scramble to GlenOaks Country Club in Louisville on Friday, August 9 and there are still spots available. If you and three others would like to field a team to compete for the grand prize,  click here to get registered now. It’s going to be a fun day. Always is.

Happy Birthday, Tyler Thompson!

If you have a moment, send a tweet or leave a comment for Mrs. Tyler today on her birthday. As you all know, she’s the best, she captains KSR’s online ship, and today she turns none-of-our-business-years-old.


June 25th, 2019

NBA executives feel John Calipari is among the best in preparing players for the league

Throughout the John Calipari era at Kentucky, there have obviously been numerous big-name recruits come through the program and make a massive impact on the floor in their lone season with the team before making a jump to the NBA.

Recently, though, Calipari has established a reputation for building the draft stock of solid four-stars and anticipated multi-year prospects into legitimate one-and-done talents.

On June 17, though, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas made headlines by tweeting that the idea of college programs and coaches developing players into NBA talent simply isn’t accurate.

“One thing: college programs “don’t “produce” pros, they recruit them,” he said. “Good coaches at every level help players improve but [they] don’t “produce” pros.”

When asked about Bilas’ comments during his post-NBA Draft press conference, Calipari said he didn’t agree with the ESPN analyst in the slightest.

“He’s said it before. I don’t agree,” Caliapri said. “What about Tyler Herro? What about Eric Bledsoe? I don’t know, maybe I’m missing something. Everybody must have missed on those kids. They just didn’t evaluate them right and we did.

“I think that there are two things that have come out of this. How are our kids, 75% of them, getting to second and third contracts? We just evaluated better? There are other schools that are evaluating just like us and their kids don’t seem to make it. When they do make it, it’s about 20% of the kids, 15%. So, I don’t agree with him.”

In ten NBA Drafts as Kentucky’s head coach, Calipari has turned perceived multi-year players Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Tyler Herro, among others, into legitimate first-round talent after just one season with the program.

And while Bilas might not see it, apparently NBA executives do.

In response to Bilas (and several others in his mentions) on Twitter, Sam Vecenie of The Athletic went out of his way to note that during his regular conversations with NBA executives each year, Calipari is “always” brought up when asked about specific coaches who prepare players for the NBA the best.

“Professionalism, typically good culture guys, body [development],” Vecenie said. “UK does a good job.”

Bilas’ argument is obviously correct to an extent when it comes to can’t-miss prospects out of high school such as Zion Williamson, Ben Simmons, Anthony Davis, and John Wall, among others. Yes, there are players that are good enough to be drafted right out of high school and make an impact in the NBA right away.

But when you look at that next tier of recruits, it’s fairly obvious that development at the collegiate level is make-or-break for them in terms of their draft stock, especially if the goal is to go pro after just one season.

If Herro stuck with his original commitment to Wisconsin out of high school, would he have gotten the coaching and exposure necessary to be a lottery pick after one season? Or Booker if he went elsewhere to be utilized as a four-star role player? Gilgeous-Alexander?

Even the anticipated one-and-done guys out of high school just a tier below the cant-miss superstars such as Karl-Anthony Towns, De’Aaron Fox, and Jamal Murray, among others, all learned the ins and outs of the league and how to carry themselves as professionals during their time at Kentucky. Now, they are seen as leaders and cornerstones of their respective franchises going forward.

There have been some misses over the years, but in terms of overall track record from top-to-bottom, it’s tough to argue with Kentucky’s success over the years. Vecenie’s report only confirms that.


KSBar’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

KSBar and Grille is the place in Lexington to catch University of Kentucky games (pre and postgame too) as well as other events such as the NBA Playoffs, UFC fights, the World Cup, MLB games, PGA tour events, and more.

KSBar might be known for their smoked wings but don’t miss out on the brisket platter, fried katfish, chicken and waffles, and the great assortment of burgers. Start off with the house chips loaded to the ceiling smothered with pulled pork or chicken straight off the smoker topped with the house BBQ sauce. 

Head to the KSBar and Grille website ksbarandgrille.com to see a full menu and drink list. 

Be on the look out for different specials and events.

KSBar and Grille is located at: 1030 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504


You can be a part of KSR’s Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day.

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#10 Karen King

Yeah, get REKT Jay.

#9 William Davis

We all did.

#8 Devin Haneline

KSR and Blue get in!

#7 Edward Pierce

Congrats on being eligible, guys!

#6 C.A. Huggins

Coach Cal keep THAT THING ON ‘EM

#5 Joey Vogt

Yeah, but who’s counting…definitely not me…right guys?

#4 Greg House

That’s great and inspirational. This world would be a better place with these messages!

#3 John Robic’s Hair

Bless Ryan’s his freezing heart.

#2 KY Clips

R O A S T E D!!!!!

#1 Keith Gambrell

I mean, would you?


Follow me on twitter and tag me in one of your tweets for a chance to make KSR’s top 10 tweets: @BrentW_KSR


Sign up for KSR’s Louisville Golf Scramble

The Louisville edition of the Kentucky Sports Radio Golf Scramble will be held at GlenOaks Country Club in Prospect this year and online sign-ups are now open. So if you and three of your pals are interested in teeing it up with the KSR crowd on Friday, August 9, click here to get registered now.

The day’s events look like this:

KSR Live Broadcast – 10:00 am – Noon
Lunch – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Shotgun Start – 1:00 pm
Closing Ceremony with Dinner – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

We hope to see you there!


ESPN Ranks UK’s Non-Conference Schedule as One of the Weakest in America

Kentucky’s 2019 football schedule is setting the Wildcats up for success. Even though Mark Stoops must replace the record-breaking Benny Snell and Josh Allen, finding wins will not be so difficult thanks to a favorable schedule.

Kentucky plays eight home games in 2019, four of which are against unranked non-conference foes — Toledo, Eastern Michigan, UT-Martin and Louisville. According to ESPN’s Chris Low, it’s the fifth easiest non-conference slate in the country.

Mark Stoops has done an outstanding job in Lexington. The Wildcats won 10 games a year ago, the first time they’ve won 10 or more games since 1977. But they’re losing several key players from the 2018 team and a ton of experience, so having a cushy nonconference schedule in 2019 won’t be all bad. The Wildcats will play all four games at home, and the only Power 5 opponent is the annual rivalry game against a Louisville team that’s starting over after going 2-10 a year ago.

It’s not just who UK is playing, it’s when they’re playing weak teams too. Low penned a piece on schedule superlatives, and he believes the Cats have the “Cushiest close to a season.”

Kentucky closes the season with a November that has a distinct Volunteer State flavor to it, and three of the four games are at home. Tennessee on Nov. 9, UT-Martin on Nov. 23 and Louisville on Nov. 30 will all come to Kroger Field. The only away game is against Vanderbilt on Nov. 16. None of UK’s four November foes finished with a winning record a year ago.

What does this mean? If Kentucky can upset Florida at home in week three, they can lose at South Carolina and at Mississippi State and still finish the regular season with nine wins. Obviously, there’s a lot of “ifs” that play into that scenario (like taking care of business at The Kroge vs. Tennessee and Mizzou), but it’s not out of reach.

It also means that Louisville sucks. When Louisville is bad at football, being a Kentucky football fan is much easier. Thanks Petrino!


Cade Cunningham’s brother has been hired at Oklahoma State

2020 five-star guard and Kentucky target Cade Cunningham’s recruitment might be over before it really even begins.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are set to hire Cannen Cunningham, Cade’s brother, to their coaching staff.

Cunningham played basketball at SMU under Larry Brown before eventually spending the 2018-19 season on staff at Tulane.

Now, he’ll be tasked with convincing his brother, the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2020, to join him in Stillwater, OK.

As for Kentucky’s role in all of this, the Wildcats were long seen as the favorite in Cunningham’s recruitment before momentum shifted in Oklahoma State’s favor in May. UK once owned 100% of predictions for the 6-foot-7 guard’s Crystal Ball on 247Sports before the Cowboys received 11 consecutive picks, including from the likes of Evan Daniels, Andrew Slater, Brian Snow, and Jerry Meyer.

During the Nike EYBL regular season this spring, Kentucky was present for every one of Cunningham’s games and they were expected to make him a top priority for their 2020 recruiting class. And the interest has always been mutual.

“[Kentucky] is the first team I remember,” Cunningham told KSR at the Pangos All-American Camp this summer. “Coach Cal is great. It’s hard not to take a look at that track record and take them seriously.”

As for his interest in Oklahoma State, the five-star prospect said he has always had interest in the Cowboys out of pure loyalty to the program. After all, they were the first school to offer him a scholarship.

“Coach [Mike] Boynton, he was the first coach to offer me when he was an assistant,” he said. “So we’ve had a good connection, relationship since then.”

Back in May, the five-star guard trimmed his list down to ten, with Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Texas, Virginia, and Washington making the cut. While he has said on multiple occasions that all of the schools on his list are on equal grounds, most assumed that his decision would come down to the Wildcats and the Cowboys.

With this news, though, it’d be silly to think Cunningham lands anywhere other than Oklahoma State next year.

Luckily for Kentucky, the Cats are seen as the favorite for both Jalen Green and Brandon Boston Jr., two five-star guards and top-10 prospects in the class of 2020.

Add an elite point guard such as Daishen Nix or Sharife Cooper to that backcourt, and UK will be absolutely set moving forward.


Kentucky football’s over/under win total set at six

We have our very first over/under win total set for Kentucky for the 2019 college football season, and it’s both laughably bad and free money for the BBN.

FanDuel set their lines for every team in the nation today, with the Wildcats coming in at six wins overall. 

Yes, despite the Wildcats coming off a historic 10-3 season with an extremely favorable schedule this year with eight home games, they believe they will just reach bowl eligibility.

Elsewhere, only two SEC teams had lower set win totals than Kentucky: Vanderbilt and Ole Miss.

Here is how everyone else in the conference fared:

  • Texas A&M – 7.5
  • Florida – 9
  • Alabama – 11
  • Auburn – 8
  • Georgia – 11
  • LSU – 9
  • Mississippi State – 8.5
  • South Carolina – 6
  • Vanderbilt – 5
  • Tennessee – 6.5
  • Ole Miss – 5
  • Arkansas – 6
  • Missouri – 6.5

Taking a look at other local schools, Louisville’s over/under was set at 4, while Indiana came in at 6 and Western Kentucky at 5.

#FreeMoney

(FanDuel)


A Virginia Tech assistant is using Twitter to recruit Kerry Blackshear Jr. back to Virginia Tech

© Jason Getz | USATSI

It’s officially June 25 at 3:00 p.m. ET, and we still don’t have an update on where Virginia Tech graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. will be playing college basketball next season.

What we do have, however, is a tweet from Virginia Tech assistant coach Christian Webster that may or may not make you laugh.

“#HokieNation let’s show [Kerry Blackshear Jr.] how much we want him back in Blacksburg,” Webster tweeted, adding a graphic with the word “LOYALTY” plastered over photos of the 6-foot-11 forward.

Take a look:

The most ironic part of the post is that Webster is preaching loyalty, though the graduate transfer’s head coach at Virginia Tech the last four years, Buzz Williams, left the program to coach at Texas A&M this offseason, knowing there was a chance Blackshear would be returning to school.

So yes, even though loyalty was not shown to you after four years on campus and three years on the basketball court, you owe it to the community to return to Virginia Tech for your final year of eligibility.

Sounds reasonable.

In terms of an update on his recruitment, Evan Daniels of 247Sports reported on Saturday that he felt Blackshear’s decision would ultimately come down to Tennessee and a return to Virginia Tech, saying an announcement could come as early as Sunday. Then, he added Florida to the list as a team that still had an outside shot.

Elsewhere, Eric Bossi of Rivals.com said yesterday that he felt it would come down to Tennessee, Kentucky, and Arkansas when it’s all said and done.

I guess we’ll see soon… hopefully.