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May 23rd, 2017

Deng Adel pulls out, returns to Louisville for junior year

Unlike the 2013 National Championship banner, Deng Adel will be in the KFC Yum! Center when Louisville plays its home basketball games next season. The sophomore forward announced today that he will return for a third season with the Cardinals after testing the NBA waters this spring, to no avail.

Last season Adel averaged 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds in 30 minutes per game. He will be one of the centerpieces of Rick Pitino’s team next spring, especially with the early departures of Jaylen Johnson and Donovan Mitchell.

On a personal note, I really like that “Hello” song he does. “When We Were Young” is another big hit of his. He is very talented.


Isaiah Briscoe working out for the Toronto Raptors today

Former Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe is in Canada today for a pre-draft workout with the Toronto Raptors. He’ll be trying to show out for the Raptors brass among the likes of North Carolina’s Justin Jackson, Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes (there’s a name from our past) and Illinois State’s MiKyle McIntosh, among others.

Toronto has only one pick in the draft, in the first round at No. 23, so it’s unlikely Briscoe is playing to convince the Raptors to draft him. But he could play his way into a summer league spot with the team and then work his way up from there.

Good luck to him.


Breaking Down Kentucky’s All-SEC Awards

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The BatCats reeled in eleven awards in the SEC. Led by Nick Mingione winning Coach of the Year, UK had six guys named to All-SEC Teams as well as the Pitcher of the Year Sean Hjelle. Here is an overview of all the awards.

Coach of the Year, Nick Mingione- What else is there to be said about the man that leads the program? In my time around Coach Mingione, I have seen how great of a coach and person he really is. The staff he put together is reason enough to give him Coach of the Year. Mingione turned the program around and put Kentucky into the national spotlight. It has been less than a calendar year since Mingione was hired and UK was out of the NCAA Tournament. Flash forward to today, where UK is competing for a national seed a week from Selection Monday. Mingione’s 38 wins are the most in a first season for a UK Coach.

Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-SEC, Sean Hjelle- The former closer took over Friday nights for UK and was a force on the mound. Hjelle went 7-1 with a 1.90 ERA in SEC games. He set the tone in the first game of every conference series in 2017. In a league that is pitcher-heavy, Hjelle stood out as the best. Winning Pitcher of the Year is a huge honor for Hjelle and the program.

Scholar Athlete of the Year, Zach Logue- When he wasn’t starting on Saturdays for UK, Logue was busy posting a 3.96 in chemical engineering. That is no easy feat, especially for a student-athlete. Logue has been on the Academic Honor Roll twice in his time at Kentucky.

Community Service Team, Storm Wilson- In his time at UK, Wilson has been notarized for his work on and off the field several times. Wilson has done more than has been noticed since he has been at UK. Check out this story to see what Storm did to earn the award.

First Team All-SEC, Tristan Pompey- No player improved to the extent that Pompey did in 2017. He was rocketing balls all over the park during conference play. Pompey led the SEC in average and hits in conference play and finished with a .369 average for the 2017 season. Pompey also hit nine home runs, stole eight bases, and led the team in walks.

 

First Team All-SEC, Logan Salow- For awhile, it appeared that Salow would finish the year with an ERA below .50. The number rose a bit, but Salow was still the best reliever in the SEC. Salow struck out an obscene 63 batters in 45.1 innings this season. That is more than 12 K per nine innings. Salow’s season will go down as one of the best in UK history. In 26 appearances, Salow walked only eight batters. All of his impressive stats led to an All-SEC recognition.

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Second Team All-SEC, Defensive All-SEC, Evan White- The UK first baseman went 3/3 on All-Defensive honors in his time at UK. If not for Brent Rooker looking like Mike Trout in Starkville, he would have had first team honors as well. White missed 13 games but still managed to hit .385 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs. As for the defense, White finished the regular season with a perfect fielding percentage.

Second Team All-SEC, Riley Mahan- The prime power hitter for UK landed on the second team. Mahan hit 14 home runs and had a slugging percentage of .655 as a junior. A three-time SEC Player of the Week, Mahan led the league in home runs in SEC play. Mahan’s defense improved enough for him to land on the All-SEC list. His offense improved as well as he developed into a solid power hitting second baseman.

Second Team All-SEC, Troy Squires- This is my favorite award. Squires has been a leader for this team throughout 2017. He takes the bruises behind the plate and was often called upon for a sac bunt in big situations. But late in SEC play, Squires came on as a leader on offense. The junior catcher hit .333 at the plate and threw out 45 percent of runners behind it.

@TreyHuntsmanKSR


Warming up for Finebaum (Tuesday Show Thread)

Ready for the first of many hours with Matt Jones today? He’ll do two hours of KSR this morning as a warm-up for his Finebaum gig later today. The rest of us will be on to give him a good pep talk.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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American Flat Track’s Tuesday Top 10

(Photo by Scott Hunter / NASCAR)

For round seven, the American Flat Track series heads to unchartered territory. For the first time ever, American Flat Track will race in Lexington, Ky. at the Red Mile on Saturday, June 3. Kentucky fans will get to witness a new level of excitement as the best riders in the world mount their fire breathing AFT Twins, along with the future of the sport in the AFT Singles class, duke it out for bragging rights as the first winner on the Red Mile.

The last time the series raced in Kentucky was on June 8, 1991 in Louisville. Scott Parker secured the Half-Mile victory on a Harley-Davidson, on his way to claiming the fourth of his nine Grand National Championships, over eventual seven-time champ Chris Carr.

This new stop on the schedule is familiar, as the circuit is primarily used for a unique style of horse racing called harness racing, where horses pull a two-wheel carriage around the Mile circuit. Now, the track will experience a new-style two wheeled experience with a lot more horsepower.

Get your tickets today at https://www.showclix.com/event/red-mile.

 


 

1. [Insert mandatory Hamidou Diallo update]

Hamidou Diallo. Decision. Hamidou Diallo. Hamidou. Diallo. NBA. Diallo. Return. Diallo. Brooklyn Nets. Diallo. Hamidou. None-and-done. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Hamidou Diallo. NBA draft. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Where you going, Hami. Diallo. Diallo. Second-highest vertical. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Hamidou Diallo. Decision. Hamidou.

For what it’s worth, Adam Zagoria has heard the wait will go all the way until tomorrow’s deadline. So there’s that.

2. BREAKING: The Golden State Warriors are good at basketball.

Last night Golden State became the first team to sweep its first three best-of-seven series (is series the plural of series?) in the NBA playoffs after beating San Antonio in San Antonio in Game 4. This should not come as a surprise because the Warriors are very good at basketball and it’s really unfair. Save us, LeBron.

3. My Predators are going to the Stanley Cup finals.

As I told you yesterday, I am all aboard the Nashville Predators bandwagon; I even know what icing means. Also, as I told you yesterday, I had a nice ticket to last night’s series-clinching Game 6 and I could not go. Not only do I hate myself for that, I am now determined to go to one of the Stanley Cup games and participate in this madness in Bridgestone Arena and outside of it on Broadway. Go Predators. Let’s do this. Hockey is fun (once you learn what icing means).

4. Former UK players react to Craft Center locker room renovation.

They seem jealous:

Click here for the renovation photos.

5. The Ringer: “De’Aaron Fox Would Have a Shot at Being Drafted No. 1 … If He Had a Shot.”

Here’s a fun read for you from Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer, who dug deep into De’Aaron Fox’s shooting woes and what it means for his NBA future. Tjarks believes Fox’s shot, or lack thereof, will ultimately decide “the fate of an entire franchise.”

Read it here.

6. Quade Green working hard before his freshman season.

See some of what he is doing here in this workout video from Full Court Solutions:

Speaking of Green, did we ever get a comment from him regarding Mohamed Bamba’s decision? He must be heartbroken.

7. UK Softball knows its Super Regional schedule.

The NCAA released its Super Regional schedule on Monday, and Kentucky will meet the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Oregon at 7 pm ET, Friday night. Here’s the full three-game series schedule:

Friday, May 26 – (14) Kentucky vs. (3) Oregon – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT [ESPNU]
Saturday, May 27 – (3) Oregon vs. (14) Kentucky – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT [ESPN2]
Sunday, May 28 – (14) Kentucky vs. (3) Oregon – 3 p.m. ET/Noon PT [ESPNU]
Go Cats.

8. UK’s Honor Flight was a huge success.

Aside from some minor travel complications beyond their control, UK’s Honor Flight to Washington D.C. went very well as the university’s veterans visited the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifices.

The veterans received a warm welcome back in Lexington upon returning (late in the night) from their one-day, all expenses paid trip to our nation’s capital.

UK’s inaugural flight marked the first time any university in the country sponsored an honor flight.

9. Matt Jones will make his Paul Finebaum guest hosting debut today.

For the next two days from 3-7 pm, our own Matt Jones will sit in Paul Finebaum’s chair and talk into Paul Finebaum’s microphone as host of the Paul Finebaum Show. Matt is filling in for Paul for two shows and to say the KSR radio host is a little nervous might be an understatement. But he’s a pro’s pro, as you all know, and I’m sure it’ll make for great radio to a newer and wider audience. And if he sucks, we’ll have something to laugh at for years to come. Good luck, Matt. Don’t suck.

10. It’s a full house on today’s KSR as we coach Matt up for Finebaum.

I’ll be in studio with Matt, Ryan and Shannon to go over the final game plan for the Finebaum appearance. I’m sure we’ll talk about a lot of other nonsense, including whatever news is happening, as well.

Go Cats.


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Summer Flashback (1984, Louisville)

Throughout the summer, while you wait and wait for football season to arrive (and for some, basketball season is all that matters), I like to find some old games of the past that aren’t mentioned as much in UK lore, but still were classics.

Today is the game that came after the Dream Game.  Actually is was the game that came after THE game that came after the game.  But nonetheless, many people forget that UK got revenge on UL following the Dream Game loss by beating the Cards in the 1984 Sweet 16.  UK has pounded UL by 21 earlier that season but all that mattered was March for that great Cats team and despite a good effort from UL, the Cats would win that game on their way to the Final Four.

Enjoy this forgotten classic:


May 22nd, 2017

Guy Morriss is Battling Alzheimer’s

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Guy Morriss is fighting a battle he cannot win.  In an interview with WKYT, the former Kentucky head football coach revealed he has Alzheimer’s.

“It’s hard to accept,” he said as he fought back tears.  “Jackie (his wife) knew it.  I just kept denying it.”

Guy Mo had to accept the Alzheimer’s diagnosis nine months ago.  An estimated 5.5 million Americans live with the degenerative disorder.  Primarily a hereditary disease, Morriss can points to 15 years on an NFL offensive line as the primary reason why he needs help with everyday tasks.

“At first I couldn’t write my name. I could not write my name. I didn’t know my ABCs. I couldn’t do that little rhyme.”

It’s a tough pill to swallow, but that’s not the worst part of the disease.

“I’ve always been a great football player, a coach.  I could” — he held up shaky fists, unable to find the right words — “All the world! It’s not that way anymore.  You wake up one day and everything connects.  The next time you get out of bed, the same problem, then no problem.  It’s just day at a time.

He’s forgotten how to do a lot of things, but some memories are too dear to escape the 66-year old.  He still recalls Kentucky’s 2002 Governor’s Cup upset over Louisville at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.  He doesn’t remember pre-season Heisman Trophy candidate Dave Ragone’s name, “but he took a beating,” Morriss said with a laugh.

I began this post with a morbid line because it’s the truth.  Unlike cancer or any other ailment, you can’t beat Alzheimer’s.  It wins every single time.  In the early stages a person might forget names, but near the end they can forget everything, from knowing how to put on clothes or how to speak.

Every person in my family that has lived long enough to get Alzheimer’s has got the disease.  When one relative passes away, another person develops it.  Some are better than others, but all of it sucks.  The good news is that research and development, especially at UK’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, are making advances that could slow the disease’s roll, or perhaps even find a cure in the next ten years.

I applaud Morris for sharing his story.  Awareness is the best way to help; not the patient, but the patient’s family.  The more you understand the disease and how to cope, the better quality of life the patient can live.

To help fight the battle Morriss and Alzheimer’s patients everywhere cannot win, donate to the Alzheimer’s Association, a non-profit that devotes all of its resources to research and support programs for families who are taking care of loved ones.

[READ the WKYT story and WATCH the interview.]


Zagoria: “Diallo Decision ‘Going Down to the Wire’”

No one knows the New York amateur basketball scene better than Adam Zagoria, so you have to trust everything he says and reports about anyone from the area, including Hamidou Diallo.

Therefore, we must listen when Zagoria says a source told him Diallo’s decision may not come until Wednesday, the deadline for making that decision.

“It’s going to the wire on Wednesday,” Zagoria’s source told him“A decision could be made before Wednesday but right now it’s looking like Wednesday.”

That may be the case, but we’ll keep refreshing the Diallo newswire every minute between now and Wednesday at midnight, just to be safe.

Hamidou Diallo Decision ‘Going Down to the Wire’


KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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You can be a part of McDowell’s KSR 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.

If you are interested in sponsoring KSR’s Top 10 Tweets, please contact us at Via Email

Now. On to the tweets:

#10 Donald Bolin

Papa Brooks would be so proud.

 

#9 Rich Madky

The best rap of all.

 

#8 Jared Lee

They’re just asking for it now.

 

#7 Andrew S

This is exactly what we need.

 

#6 Tony Ray

I would honestly love to see what he comes up with.

 

#5 A Proud Rhino

The #FreeMattt movement will be lit.

 

#4 Coach Salyers

This is every Kentucky fans religion.

 

#3 DorothytheDude

That’s not how that goes.

 

#2 Dan Sigler

You’ve definitely left your mark on the Kentucky football team.

 

#1 Carrie Sweeney

Hey, gotta do what you gotta do.

 

@haleysimpKSR


The Mixtape You’ve Been Waiting For: Ballin’ Like I’m Wenyen

@RCG_melo

We often share songs dedicated to Kentucky basketball.  For the first time in my five-year history at KSR, we have an entire mixtape dedicated to Kentucky basketball.  More specifically, we have an entire mixtape dedicated to Wenyen Gabriel.

New Hampshire native RCG Melo starts the mixtape Ballin’ Like I’m Wenyen with “Upman,” named after Wenyen’s Twitter handle.  As you’ll see, there are other basketball-themed songs like “2nd Half” and “Overtime.”

There are 11 songs with high quality production dedicated to the soon-to-be Kentucky sophomore, Wenyen Gabriel.  Listen to them all below, but beware of explicit lyrics.


ESPN Locks Up Dick Vitale for Three More College Basketball Seasons

After laying off hundreds of personalities last month, this month the four-letter network is extending Dick Vitale’s contract through the 2019-20 college basketball season.  That year will mark Dickie V’s 41st college basketball season.

“Dick Vitale is an ESPN PTPer – our signature college basketball voice for 38 years,” said ESPN President John Skipper in a statement. “He has grown the sport and the place of ESPN in the sport. He is, literally, a Basketball Hall of Famer who has augmented a remarkable on-air career with a tireless passion for helping others, highlighted by his remarkable work on behalf of The V Foundation.”

Even though many hate to hear his voice during Kentucky games, there are few personalities in this world as big as Dickie V.  He’s no longer on ESPN’s A-Team of broadcasters, but when he’s in the building you know it’s a big game.  One of the nicest human beings on the planet, the KSR family will be happy to see Dickie V through 2020.

Now watch this painfully awkward technical difficulty-filled morning interview from 2012.

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Stoops is Trying to Steal Another 2018 Recruit from Jim Harbaugh

Harbaugh image via Getty

Two weeks ago Mark Stoops received a commitment from best player from Michigan, offensive guard Marquan McCall, stealing a prospect from right under Jim Harbaugh’s nose.  Now the Kentucky head coach is in a good position to land a four-star linebacker from Jacksonville, Florida that Michigan has been recruiting for over a year.

Last night former Maryland commit Eriq Gilyard released his top six schools: Kentucky, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia Tech, N.C. State and UCF.  The Top 35 linebacker in the 2018 class plays for a perennial Florida powerhouse and is the son of a former Auburn defensive back.  Gilyard told Gridiron Now he likes what he’s hearing from Kentucky.

“I feel I can go there and be a big-time playmaker,” he said. “I think I would have a chance to make an impact early in my career.  I have a good vibe with the coaches and I feel something at Kentucky is big for me. I felt like they needed to be in my top six.”

Gilyard plans on visiting all six finalists this summer before making a decision in the fall.  I’m sure Stoops would love to put one in Harbaugh’s earhole, just like Gilyard frequently does to his opponents.

[Gridiron Now]


The New Circle Circular Explores Industrial Hemp on Hey Kentucky!

Hemp is not the same thing as marijuana, but you still need the government’s permission to grow it.  The New Circle Circular explains this conundrum by giving it the School House Rock treatment.  They also talked to Kentucky Agricultural Commissioner Ryan Quarles about hemp’s many uses, how it can help Kentucky farmers and much more.

Watch today’s entire episode after the jump.

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An NFL Team Watched Dominique Hawkins Work Out for the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers weren’t the only team scouting Dominique Hawkins today.  Hawkins’ high school coach, Allen Feldhaus Jr., told The Courier-Journal that the Dallas Cowboys were at the Lakers’ facility in Segundo, California to watch Hawkins do work.

A football star in high school with exceptional combine numbers, Hawkins has reportedly received interest from multiple NFL teams, but as of now he’s still focused on playing basketball professionally.  Still, our friend T.J. Beisner has a question for D-Hawk: “How bout them Cowboys?”

[The Courier-Journal]


How Kroger Field Compares with other Deals for College Naming Rights

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The month of May began with a change to the name of Commonwealth Stadium to Kroger Field.  The 12-year $22.2 million comprehensive sponsorship deal is worth approximately $1.85 million a year.

Just a few weeks later, Kentucky’s lucrative deal with Kroger was dwarfed by USC.  According to Sports Business Daily, the naming rights to L.A. Memorial Coliseum have been sold to United Airlines for $70 million over the next 15 years.  It’s worth noting the enormous price tag also covers the home field for the L.A. Rams.

USC’s deal with United casts a shadow over Kroger Field, but compared to other colleges, Kentucky’s deal with Kroger is still one of the most valuable in the country.

@getDEEStweets

Of all the sponsored stadium names, Kroger Field is objectively the best.