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April 19th, 2019

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: KSR Summer Storytime is Back!

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One of my favorite things I’ve ever done on this site is hand over my post to the readers during the summer.  This will be the 4th year I have opened up my post on Fridays from the end of basketball season until the beginning of football season so you can get your best UK story out there.  Because part of what makes this fanbase special is the stories.  It’s the stories that carry from generation to generation.  And it seems that many of the UK greats in all sports hang around Lexington and spend lots of time with the fans.

So here is what you need to do to get posted:

  1. Send your story as you want it posted to this email: [email protected].  It needs to be at least 2 paragraphs long but don’t write an entire book.  Pay attention to spelling and punctuation as best you can.
  2. Attach a photo related to the story if you want but it is not required.
  3. I can either post you name with the story or I can leave it anonymous.  But if you don’t tell me, I will post your first name on the story.
  4. No topic is off limits.  It can be a funny, happy, sad, disappointing, good, or bad story.  But something that you think it interesting and will stick with you forever.

So start shooting me those stories and let the entire UK fanbase share in your enjoyment.  It’s part of what makes it great to be a fan of this school.


KSR Show Thread 4/19: Putt for Prison

Today’s Kentucky Sports Radio will be an interesting one. Matt Jones is giving Ryan Lemond a new twist on the hypothetical “Putt for Prison” game. Before that discussion they’ll talk about Kentucky basketball roster building, Jordan Brown, the Rupp Arena ticket changes and much more.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (772) 774-5254.

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Today on KSR: Hoops, Good Friday and an exciting radio show

Good morning, Wildcats! We did it – it’s finally Friday! Here’s to a smooth ending to your week. Let’s get it started on the right foot with some UK updates.

Jordan Brand Classic

The 18th-annual Jordan Brand Classic officially begins today in Las Vegas, Nevada. KSR’s own Jack Pilgrim is in Sin City to cover a weekend full of high school hoops, so be sure to check back right here – KentuckySportsRadio-dot-com – throughout the weekend for all of the latest insider info. But for now, here’s what you need to know:

While the activities start today, the actual game is set to tip-off Saturday at 8 p.m. inside the T-Mobile Arena. There will be a couple of future Cats in action: Tyrese Maxey, Keion Brooks Jr. and Kahlil Whitney each made the cut. Additionally, five-star forward and Kentucky target Jaden McDaniels will hit the court. McDaniels’ crystal ball currently has his hometown team, the Washington Huskies, as the heavy favorite, but he’s still one to keep an eye on during the game.

Speaking of Keion Brooks… He made things official for the Wildcats yesterday. The five-star forward has signed his letter of intent, and he wasn’t the only one. Bucknell graduate transfer Nate Sestina also signed his name on the dotted line. Kahlil Whitney has not done so at this time, but he has his reasons. The Chicago native currently attends a basketball prep school in New Jersey, but he wants to wait and return home for his signing on May 3 so his friends, family and children in the community can witness his signing day.

“My ultimate goal by doing that is to give them something inspiring to witness, hopefully,” he told Mass Live.

Because he hasn’t officially signed, UK Athletics will not be able to post any updates about his performance, so don’t be concerned if you notice his exclusion from the UK Basketball Twitter account.

Could spending a weekend with Maxey, Brooks and Whitney help convince McDaniels to make Lexington his home next year? Fingers crossed…

Matthew Hurt commitment day

He’s one of the only undeclared five-star recruits left in next year’s class, and he’s making his decision today. He’ll choose between Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina, but, BBN, don’t hold your breath – all signs to point the Blue Devils for this one.

Hurt will officially make his announcement at 4:15.

Happy Good Friday

If you’re celebrating Good Friday today – or if you just really like good deals on delicious seafood – remember to check out KSBar & Grille tonight. The restaurant will offer $5 off all of their best seafood dishes: the catfish dinner, the shrimp and grits dinner and the buffalo shrimp and fries meal.

Speaking of KSBar… we’ve added some cool new memorabilia to our walls: a piece of Rupp Arena’s floor! Ravi Moss and Reid Travis were the first two former players to add their names. Who will be next?

UK Baseball

After a tough 2-4 loss to Tennessee last night, the Bat Cats will be back in action this evening for round two. First pitch is set for 6:30 Friday night inside Kentucky Proud Park, and it’s “beach town giveaway” night. What else could you possibly want?

What? A beach towel isn’t enough to convince you to brave the potential rain? The game can also be viewed on SEC Network+, and we’ll have a full recap posted after the conclusion of the game.

NBA Finals roll on

College basketball may be over for the season (*cries*), but professional basketball is still in full swing. Here’s a look at tonight’s matchups:

No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 7 Orlando Magic

The series is currently tied at 1-1. They’ll play in Orlando tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

No. 4 Boston Celtics vs. No. 5 Indiana Pacers

Boston leads the series 2-0. Will tonight be the night for the Pacers? They’re set to tip-off at home at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers vs. No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder

The series belongs to Portland right now, as the Blazers hold a 2-0 lead. But the Thunder get a chance at home tonight – they’ll play at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.

After a historic comeback in Game 2, the Clippers weren’t as successful this time around against the Warriors. Golden State took Game 3 Thursday night 132-105. Coach John Calipari was in attendance to cheer on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and, apparently, Keldon Johnson watched the action from the front row (although his hair looks a little different in Coach Cal’s picture!).

As per usual, Johnson posted about it on, what else, his Instagram story.

KSR in an hour

Matt seems pretty excited about today’s show… Trust me, he’s got a good idea up his sleeve, and you’ll want to hear all of the details. Tune in for a fun Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio from 10-noon. It’s going to be a good one!


@MaggieDavisKSR


April 18th, 2019

Hey Kentucky! sits down with Rocky Adkins at Hillbilly Days

Over the last week, Hey Kentucky! has hit the campaign trail with three of the Democratic candidates for Kentucky’s Governor seat.

Tonight, we close things out with our final profile, sitting down with current Minority Floor Leader and Gubernatorial candidate Rocky Adkins.

Hey Kentucky’s Chris Tomlin caught up with Adkins at Hillbilly Days in Pikeville.

Take a look:

Earlier this evening, KSR’s Maggie Davis wrote about Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson playing HORSE with Matt on the full episode of Hey Kentucky!

You can take a look at that here:

Matt plays HORSE with Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson!


KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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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 Winn Stephens

You, sir, are correct.

#9 Wesley Corder

Great gif, although Nate probably has no idea what to think.

#8 Ron

ORRRRRR…the Dogfather?? I think it sticks.

#7 KY Clips

I like it, not turrible.

#6 Chris Crenshaw

I, for one, say yes.

#5 PJ’s Scooter

I think you can do it. Keep on scootin’

#4 Bucky Small Hooves

Don’t forget the ad plug as well.

#3 Shaun T

I love everything about this, including Benny’s fashion sense.

#2 Turkey Hunter

Somehow, Joe Buck will still make you fall asleep.

#1 Not Jerry Tipton

P L E A S E


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Matt plays HORSE with Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson!

Matt is undefeated at H-O-R-S-E against former Wildcats (sorry, Malik Monk). Will Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson change that?!

While they’re shooting hoops, Matt also interviews the former Cats. Who’s the funniest player? Who’s the best dunker? Oh yeah, and Johnson talks some smack.

On the full episode, Matt is joined by our friend, Mary Jo Perino! They’ll discuss the day’s hottest topics. Plus, Chris Tomlin caught up with Gubernatorial candidate Rocky Adkins at Hillybilly Days in Pikeville. Check it out!


Who is Jordan Brown? And What Do You Need To Know About His Recruitment?

On Thursday afternoon, Kentucky fans (and fans of a bunch of major college basketball programs) got some updated transfer news, as Evan Daniels gave the latest on the recruitment of Nevada big-man Jordan Brown. Since putting his name in the transfer portal a week ago, things have been quiet in Brown’s recruitment. But as Daniels reported, there are a number of schools who have already reached out, and Kentucky is indeed one of them. It’s something I hinted would happen in a post earlier this week.

So now that we know that Brown is indeed available and seriously considering a transfer, what do you need to know?

As someone who knows the Nevada program well, here is what I’ve heard about Brown from sources close to him, and where his recruitment stands. This is what you need to know, and what I expect to happen next:

Who Is Jordan Brown?

Brown was one of the most coveted big men in the class of 2018, a player who appeared in the McDonald’s All-American Game and as a member of Team USA In the Nike Hoops Summit. He finished his high school career ranked among the Top 20 players in the class of 2018.

And prior to committing to Nevada he was recruited by, quite literally, every big-name school on the West Coast including UCLA to Arizona, Cal and Nevada. According to some people I trust he was actually set to commit to UCLA until Shareef O’Neal decommitted from Arizona last winter. At that point, UCLA had just one scholarship for the two front-court players and told both that whoever committed first had the spot. O’Neal grabbed the scholarship and Brown was forced to look elsewhere.

Ultimately, after a long, drawn out process that saw him as the last major recruit to commit last spring, Brown chose Nevada. He was just the second McDonald’s All-American to ever commit to the school, the other being local high school start Luke Babbitt back in 2008.

To put it simply, Brown is the biggest recruit Nevada basketball ever signed.

Why Did He Struggle So Much in His First Year in College?

Although Brown was the most decorated recruit ever to sign with Nevada, his first year was a struggle. He averaged just three points and two rebounds in 10 minutes played per game.

But while that would appear to be a bit alarming on the surface, it shouldn’t be. The bottom-line is that Eric Musselman is a coach that – like Jay Wright and others across college basketball – simply prefers older players to young ones, and Brown got buried on the depth chart behind more experienced players. Nevada started three fifth-year seniors in the front-court and at the end of the day, it was probably the right decision, considering that the Wolf Pack went 29-5 overall and ended up in their third straight NCAA Tournament.

Still, the buzz out of Reno was that as the season went on, Brown gained some confidence. As a source close to him told me, Brown has “looked like his old self” the last couple weeks and was due for a big season next year.

Is It Too Early to Guess Where Brown Might Be Leaning?

Short answer, yes. As Brown’s father Dion told Daniels, a host of schools have reached out besides Kentucky, ranging from Arizona, to Oregon, Ohio State and others. And honestly, that might even be downplaying it a bit. The same source close to Brown told me that since he put his name in the transfer portal, “every major program in America” has at least reached out to gauge interest. Pick a school and they have at least called to gather details, according to the person I spoke with.

With that said, here is what I can also tell you: Steve Alford’s arrival at Nevada will have no impact on Brown’s decision to stay or go in Reno. If anything, it might hurt it.

I know that sounds strange considering that Brown nearly committed to Steve Alford’s UCLA Bruins were in high school, but the bottom-line is that from my understanding, Alford had little role in the recruitment process. Brown’s father in fact confirmed that to a Reno area newspaper, admitting that former UCLA assistant David Grace (who just joined Jerry Stackhouse’s staff at Vanderbilt) did most of the work in his recruitment. Also, it doesn’t help that – according to people I trust – Alford doesn’t plan on keeping anyone from Musselman’s staff on board in Reno, and that Brown was especially close to that staff.

Point being, despite the fact that Alford actively recruited him out of high school, the relationship isn’t as strong as you might expect.

After speaking to the same person who is close to Brown, my hunch is also that he won’t be following former Nevada coach Eric Musselman to Arkansas. I don’t feel quite as strongly on that one, but my gut feeling is that if Brown does move on he’ll want a fresh start.

If Brown Elects To Transfer, Can He Play Right Away?

Since this is a question I’ve gotten quite a bit, let’s just nip this right now: Barring some unforeseen waiver from the NCAA offices, no, Brown won’t play next season. Yes, he’ll have to sit out the season.

And if anything, that’s the only reason I could see him remaining at Nevada (although as I said, I think it’s unlikely at this point). As a former McDonald’s All-American who is watching a lot of other friends get drafted, does he really want to sit out another season?

Again, in my mind, that’s the most likely reason he would stay at Nevada.

Here’s Why Sitting Out a Season Can Be Good However

Regardless of where Brown chooses, I actually think sitting out a season could be good for all parties involved. At the end of the day, it would give him a full year to get used to his new school and program, head coach and teammates. Every kid wants to play, but there are benefits to sitting out.

Still, let’s say Brown did ultimately choose Kentucky – and to be clear, that’s not my prediction. It’s way too early to speculate.

Still, let’s say he did. It would give him a year to get used to campus, and also give Kentucky a former McDonald’s All-American and potential future NBA pro to lead the scout team every day. Can you imagine the value it would give a guy like Nick Richards or E.J. Montgomery to go against that type of player every day?

From Kentucky’s perspective (or whatever school he picks) there is no downside.

If He Chooses Kentucky What Kind of Player Will They Get Down the Road

In addition to getting a great practice player in 2019-2020, if Brown were to choose Kentucky, I think he could be a difference-making power forward/center prospect come the 2020-2021 season. While Brown did struggle to adjust to college life this year, he is still 6’10 with over a 7-foot wingspan and crazy athletic. Nevada tried to play him almost exclusively in the post this season, but he has the skills to step 15 or 20 feet away from the basket and hit shots from there as well. Think that with a year to sit out and develop, he could be a monster two years down the road? I’d say so. And when I say “monster” I mean like “All-SEC First Team” type guy.

Again, it’s way, way, WAY too early to speculate where Brown will end up.

But if the Wildcats were able to sign Brown, he could be the first big puzzle piece already locked in for the 2020-2021 season.