By Drew Franklin on ©June 26th, 2019 @ 9:55am
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By Drew Franklin on ©June 26th, 2019 @ 9:00am
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.
We don’t promote two guys and push everyone else to the curb. This is about all these kids becoming their best version. As this team succeeds, we all become our best version. BIG TEAM, BETTER ME. And yes, we trademarked that.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 25, 2019
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.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 10:45pm
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.”
Interesting article on college programs with the most pros. One thing: college programs don't "produce" pros, they recruit them. Good coaches at every level help players improve, but don't "produce" pros. Which NBA team "produces" the most NBA All-Stars? https://t.co/YhKYGvV0qp
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) June 17, 2019
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.”
I will just generally note that NBA executives that I talk to, when I ask them about coaches who they think do a good job at preparing players for the NBA on the college level, they always bring up Cal. Professionalism, typically good culture guys, body dev. UK does a good job
— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) June 24, 2019
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.
By Brent Wainscott on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 10:30pm
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
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Take that @JayBilas !
— karen king (@13karenking) June 25, 2019
Yeah, get REKT Jay.
#9 William Davis
I just threw up in my mouth… #BBN
— William Davis (@YPDavis_) June 25, 2019
We all did.
#8 Devin Haneline
— Devin Haneline (@DevinHaneline) June 25, 2019
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#7 Edward Pierce
Louisville will have six eligible basketball players? Good for them! Things are trending in the right direction for them. ?
— Edward Pierce (@ewpierce85) June 25, 2019
Congrats on being eligible, guys!
#6 C.A. Huggins
Talk your talk killa.
— C.A. Huggins (@C_A_Huggins) June 25, 2019
Coach Cal keep THAT THING ON ‘EM
#5 Joey Vogt
— Joey Vogt (@VogtJD21) June 25, 2019
Yeah, but who’s counting…definitely not me…right guys?
#4 Greg House
— Greg House (@housegs25) June 25, 2019
That’s great and inspirational. This world would be a better place with these messages!
#3 John Robic’s Hair
— John Robic’s Hair (@JohnRobicsHair) June 25, 2019
Bless Ryan’s his freezing heart.
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— KY Clips (@KY_Clips) June 25, 2019
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#1 Keith Gambrell
“I wouldn’t cheer for my own son at UofL” – @DrewFranklinKSR
— Keith Gambrell (@CoachKeith5) June 25, 2019
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By KSR on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
The Funkhouser Situation is back in action. Lee Cruse and Chris Tomlin talk about all the latest in the world of pop culture, like…
— How is the latest Secret Life of Pets?
— What kind of dog would Chris play?
— A thrilling movie recommendation.
— Why do people put Meryl Streep on another level? What makes her so great?
— A review of the latest Toy Story and its transformation throughout the years.
— Are there any franchises that rival Toy Story?
— A profession the podcast learns about in this episode.
You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
Today’s episode is brought to you by Jake’s Cigar Bar.
By Drew Franklin on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
A couple of Mason County basketball legends, Darius Miller and Chris Lofton, returned home to Maysville to host a basketball camp and “Hey Kentucky!” was in attendance for an interview. Chip Cosby made the trip to catch up with Miller and Lofton, including what’s next for Miller in the NBA.
“It’s just a waiting game,” the former Wildcat told the show. “I’ll be talking back and forth with my agent and we’ll see what teams he communicates with and what they’re talking about.”
Miller is an unrestricted free agent after his two-year deal with the Pelicans ended last season, a career season in which he played over 25 minutes per game with 15 starts.
Now, he waits to see where he’s needed once the bigger pieces fall into place.
“There’s a lot of big name free agents this summer so after that gets settled, all the dust settles, we’ll figure it out,” he said.
He hopes to find an opportunity to play on a competitive team that can get him back to the playoffs. Lakers, perhaps?
By Drew Franklin on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
If you haven’t heard by now, an EF1 tornado mowed over a boat dock at Moors Resort & Marina on Kentucky Lake this past weekend. Wind gusts hit up to 100 mph around 5 p.m. on Sunday, destroying two of Moors’ docks in Marshall County. Photos of the damage looked bad, but this new video from KFVS News shows just how bad it was, and how lucky this group of people were to get away unscathed:
— KFVS News (@kfvsnews) June 25, 2019
There are no reported injuries from the tornado, but several boats (as many as 40) were damaged.
See photos of the damage here.
By Drew Franklin on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Marlana VanHoose has become a star throughout the Bluegrass and beyond for her amazing voice heard prior to UK basketball and football games, among many other events, but not many people know the young woman behind that voice.
Now they can in a new half-hour documentary called, “The Book of Marlana,” which tells the story beyond her popular national anthem performances. In it, we learn more about Marlana’s musical gifts, where those gifts have taken her, and her close relationship with God.
See the trailer:
You can stream the documentary now for only $3.99 by clicking here.
Also… Happy Birthday, Marlana!
By Jack Pilgrim on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 6:30pm
We’ve always known former Kentucky center Enes Kanter loves wrestling and has talked about eventually participating in the WWE, but today, the Portland center discussed a timeline for it all for the first time.
During a question and answer session on Twitter this afternoon, Kanter was asked about life after basketball, where he definitively said he was considering a move to the WWE after “seven or eight” more years in the NBA.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but I would like to play basketball another seven or eight years,” he said. “And then I’m thinking about a wrestling career with the WWE.”
Afterward, the former Wildcat said he would consider moving back to Turkey to get into politics, ultimately seeking a leadership role in a reform government.
“And then because of my politics and platform, me being very outspoken, maybe I’ll [return to Turkey and get into politics],” he said. “That would be nice, I guess.”
Here was the exchange:
Q: Is politics in your future? Would you ever return to #Turkey and seek a leadership role in a reform government? #AskEnes ps – I appreciated you with the @nyknicks. Wish you were still here in #NYC.
As for the wrestling aspect of it all, Kanter participated in a mock WWE match back in December, where he put on a pretty solid performance:
We also have the former Wildcat’s famous “UnderKanter” entrance at Big Blue Madness back in 2010:
It’s been fun watching him find success in the NBA, but I think we all know the superstar Kanter would be in the wrestling world.
We’ll just have to wait seven or eight more years before it happens…
By Drew Franklin on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 6:15pm
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!
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 5:49pm
How do I know John Calipari is feeling good? He starts taking swings at other programs. Oh yes, your basketball coach just lit College Basketball Twitter on fire with a post that was supposed to be about his squad, but is really about another team and their famous ESPN analyst alum with whom he’s been sparring.
We don’t promote two guys and push everyone else to the curb. This is about all these kids becoming their best version. As this team succeeds, we all become our best version. BIG TEAM, BETTER ME. And yes, we trademarked that.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 25, 2019
Cal didn’t tag anyone in this tweet, but he didn’t need to. Between the Zion Williamson show at the NBA Draft, RJ Barrett going third, and his response to Jay Bilas’ comments that college don’t produce pros, it’s clear he’s talking about Duke.
Swaggy Cal engaged.
By Nick Roush on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 5:30pm
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!
By Jack Pilgrim on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 5:00pm
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.
? Standout forward at SMU under Larry Brown
? Coaching/recruiting base in DFW
? Spent ’18-19 season on staff at Tulane with @MikeDunleavySr
— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) June 25, 2019
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.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 4:00pm
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.
By Nick Roush on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 3:44pm
A four-star defensive tackle from Tennessee will not be heading north of the state line.
After participating in drills at the Five-Star Challenge, Dallas Walker committed to Texas A&M over Kentucky and Auburn. The No. 20 defensive tackle in America officially visited Lexington two weeks ago.
As Walker sets his sights on College Station, the Kentucky coaching staff has their eyes on another player at the Five-Star Challenge, Octavious Oxendine. The explosive four-star prospect from North Hardin High School has shown off a few exceptional moves so far at the camp.
2019 #RivalsChallenge OL vs. DL
2020 4-star DT Octavius Oxendine (Ky)
2020 4-star OG Jovens Janvier (FL) pic.twitter.com/izRpxj79wT
— Dave Lackford, Esq. (@RivalsDave) June 25, 2019
Louisville, Purdue, Tennessee and Texas are just a few of the players involved in Ox’s recruitment. Don’t expect a decision from the in-state star anytime soon.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 3:00pm
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:
— Christian Webster (@CoachWebbie) June 25, 2019
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.
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.
By Nick Roush on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
Kash Daniel is going home, and he’s bring plenty of friends with him.
UK’s Big Blue Caravan is traveling to the the Paintsville Recreation Center Wednesday morning. Located at 232 Preston St., you’ll be able to meet a plethora of UK football players from 10-11:30 a.m.
Along with UK Football Fan Day, it’s arguably your best chance to get to meet Stoops’ troops. Quarterback Terry Wilson, wide receiver Lynn Bowden, offensive guard Logan Stenberg, linebacker DeAndre Square, defensive lineman Calvin Taylor, defensive lineman Phil Hoskins, cornerback Cedrick Dort and linebacker Jamin Davis are expected to attend the event in Eastern Kentucky.
The last time UK football went to Paintsville, the fine folks of Johnson County responded by selling out Kroger Field to watch the Cats take down Mississippi State. Tomorrow won’t be as rowdy as that night time victory in the rain over a Top 25 team, but I can guarantee you it will be a blast.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 12:15pm
Kentucky is reportedly the leader for one of the top prospects in all of high school basketball.
According to Corey Evans of Rivals.com, Kentucky is the frontrunner to land 2020 five-star guard Jalen Green.
“I think they’re the leader. I definitely do,” Evans told Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. “They’ve really done a great job of prioritizing him.”
Green, a consensus top-five rising senior, currently holds offers from Kentucky, Memphis, Kansas, UCLA, Oregon, Florida State, and Arizona, among others.
But if you ask the national recruiting analyst, Kentucky has separated themselves from the pack in terms of overall work ethic by the coaching staff.
“They’ve been adamant about him being that next ‘2’ guard athlete that Kentucky has been known for. And that’s on his mind,” Evans said. “That’s definitely a top school of his growing up, and I don’t think anyone has worked harder in his recruitment than Kentucky.”
While Kentucky head coach John Calipari has been in regular contact with the dynamic scoring guard and has even flown out to California to visit with him and his family twice, UK’s top recruiter tasked with reeling in the 6-foot-5 combo guard out of Prolific Prep is assistant coach Joel Justus. The Wildcat assistant has visited Green multiple times over the last year and plans on seeing him in the immediate future, as well.
Green, who averaged 30.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game this past season, made the final 12-man roster for the USA Basketball U19 team set to compete for the FIBA World Cup in Greece starting this weekend. Sources tell KSR that Justus is expected to fly overseas and represent Kentucky at the event, with the No. 1 combo guard in the nation being the key target in mind.
During tryouts for the event, Green told Evans that Kentucky’s pitch speaks for itself. “It is just Kentucky,” he said.
“Coach Cal, he just talks about how I have to come out and do my thing. I can’t really have any distractions on the side but just focus on my game and to get my shot better. He says that I play good defense … just a lot of good things,” he said. “It is just Kentucky. The pros that come out of there and Coach Cal is a great coach. The system that they have over there and not even on the court, but what they have going off of the court, too.”
UK will then have the opportunity to see Green in person this winter right in their own backyard, as the five-star prospect will be participating in the Grind Session this winter, which goes through Marshall County, KY on multiple occasions each year. One of those events? The Marshall County Hoopfest.
Green has told KSR on multiple occasions now that it is still very early in the recruiting process and he is in no rush to make a decision, but it’s certainly a good sign that Kentucky has put themselves in solid position when that time does come.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 11:00am
Former Kentucky star John Wall is expected to take a major step forward in his rehabilitation process in the coming weeks.
Currently recovering from a ruptured left Achilles tendon, the Washington Wizards point guard told reporters on the red carpet of the 2019 NBA Awards last night that he is just two weeks away from jogging again.
“I’m about to start jogging in like two weeks,” he said. “I’m just riding the bike, I get to do exercises standing up now. I don’t have to sit down, I’m able to move, do ladder steps, those types of things. Just taking my time, progressing, healing the right way so I don’t force myself and get another injury.”
After originally being sidelined with an Achilles injury on December 26 of this past year, Wall then underwent surgery on January 8 for a “debridement and repair of a Haglund’s deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel,” per the Wizards. The former Wildcat then reportedly developed an infection in the incision from the original surgery, causing a slight setback, before slipping and falling in his home on February 5, rupturing his Achilles in the process.
The original timeframe for a return to full basketball activities was approximately 12 months, meaning we likely won’t see Wall play again until after the NBA All-Star break next February.
For a point guard known for his elite athleticism, he knows the perception of the average fan right now is that he’ll likely never return to form following the devastating injury.
Wall wants those with that opinion to know that he is using it as motivation.
“Everybody said I can’t be myself, I won’t be nowhere near as good again,” he said on Monday night. “That’s all the other stuff that’s going to fuel me. I don’t get upset about it, you’re entitled to your own opinion. Please keep it going.”
To those that know him and have supported him throughout his basketball career, he wants those individuals to know that he’s absolutely determined to return even better than what we saw before the injury.
“To my fans, you already know what time it is,” he said. “You already know I’m never satisfied. I’m so determined.”
— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) June 25, 2019