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April 22nd, 2015

Jerry Meyer says he’ll rank Jamal Murray in the top ten, regardless of class

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As the chips continue to fall in Kentucky’s 2015 recruiting class, one name we really need to keep an eye on in the coming days is Jamal Murray, a four-star shooting guard from Toronto. Right now, Murray is in the 2016 class, but that could change very soon; in fact, 247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer says he’s planning on ranking Murray in the 2015 class based on his intel.

In an interview with Kyle Tucker, Meyer admitted he was “asleep at the wheel” on Jamal Murray until his breakout performance at the Nike Hoop Summit and regardless of class, he is ready to rank him in the top ten.

Here’s why:


REPORT: Mychal Mulder will sign with Kentucky this weekend

I’ll be honest, I’m not exactly sure who Justin Albers is, but Twitter tells me he covers Indiana University basketball and basketball recruiting for , a Fox Sports/Scout.com site. Why do we care? Albers is reporting that he is hearing that Mychal Mulder, a JuCo shooting guard at Vincennes, will sign with Kentucky this weekend:

Drew’s cousin is the head coach at Vincennes, and Drew says he’s hearing the same thing around the Franklin family dinner table. Adding Mulder, a three-point specialist, would fill a huge void on next year’s team even if Malik Newman picks the Cats (I don’t think he will).


How He’ll Be Remembered: Dakari Johnson

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Over the next several weeks, we’ll be profiling each of the seven Kentucky players going pro. Drew kicked things off with a profile of Willie Cauley-Stein, and last week, I profiled Karl-Anthony Towns. This week, we’re keeping up the big man theme with Dakari Johnson.

His laugh

When I think of Dakari, the first thing I think of is his laugh. It’s a deep, booming thing that takes over a room, pulling a smile from even the biggest cynic. Dakari’s laugh lasts a while and lingers into his comments, which usually start with “Oh, you know,” like he’s talking to his best friend, because when you’re talking to him, that’s what you feel like. While it’s sometimes hard to get through all the coach speak and media training to some players, one laugh from Dakari breaks down that barrier.

Middle school in Lexington

Dakari first popped up on KSR’s radar back in September 2010 as a 6’8″ power forward from New York. Unlike most Kentucky recruits, Dakari already had Kentucky ties: he spent his middle school years in Lexington playing for Sayre. Dakari’s mother, Makini Campbell (more on her in a minute), said that after elementary school, she moved her family to Lexington from Brooklyn in search of a quieter pace of life.

Freshman year with MKG

After two years in Kentucky, Dakari and his family moved to New Jersey, where he played at St. Patrick’s High School with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. This is where Dakari first caught John Calipari’s eye while Cal was in town to recruit MKG. This was also the season HBO filmed a documentary on the St. Patrick’s program, and while Michael and the most veteran players on the team were the focus of the film, Dakari told us that he had an appearance.

After one year at St. Patrick’s, Dakari transferred to Montverde Academy in Florida. Dakari reclassified from 2014 to 2013 at Montverde, becoming the number one center in the class. Because of his time in Lexington, connection with MKG and John Calipari’s reputation of putting players in the pros, Kentucky was an immediate leader in his recruitment and on January 5, 2013, Dakari committed to the Cats in a ceremony at his school:

(Check out Dakari’s little brother, Kamani, in the background in the gray sweatshirt. Like his older brother, Kamani plays at Sayre, and was a staple around the Kentucky basketball program the past two seasons.)

“The one kid who has fun with it”

On a roster full of big men, Dakari didn’t really assert himself until SEC play his freshman year. When the rest of the team was lost, Dakari came off the bench to inject them with some much-needed energy and enthusiasm, whether it be by…

Slapping the floor…

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Celebrating a dunk…

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Getting the crowd into it…

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Or yelling…

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His role as a starter

SEC play wasn’t the happiest of times for the 2013-2014 Cats, but Dakari did his best to remind his teammates that basketball is fun, which is why Calipari made him a starter over a slumping Willie Cauley-Stein after a miserable loss at LSU. With Dakari in the lineup, the Cats got off to quicker starts, but a few games later, Cal went back to Willie. That didn’t last long. After Florida routed Kentucky to close the regular season, Calipari knew it was time for another change.

“Dakari needs to be starting, and that’s what we’ll do,” Calipari said. “He’s the one kid who has fun with it.”

Dakari started the rest of the season, helping the Cats to the National Championship game.

His dedication

After the season was over, Dakari’s real work began. Dakari dedicated himself to his conditioning, working daily with Rock Oliver and the team nutritionist to shed the extra weight. Dakari’s diet was strict, and he had to give up fast food, soda, and his favorite meal, O’Charley’s shrimp linguine and a Shirley Temple with cotton candy on top.

It worked. Come August in the Bahamas, Dakari looked like a different person, or, at least, one that’s lost 20 pounds. The new, improved Dakari was able to run the floor quicker and get (a little) higher for rebounds; however, as many of us know, keeping the weight off is a lifelong battle, and Dakari admitted to KSR that during team dinners, his eyes often wandered to Marcus Lee’s plate, which was always piled high with food as the staff attempted to bulk the string bean up. The struggle is real, Dakari. Stay strong and allow yourself a cheat day.

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His awesome mom

It’s clear that Dakari gets his outgoing personality from his mother, and I’ll never forget watching Makini in her “MOMMY 44″ jersey cheer her son on at Rupp and in the Bahamas. I also won’t forget seeing Makini and her family walk to and from the gym in the Bahamas. I’m not sure if they were staying at a different hotel nearby or what, but if they were staying at the Atlantis, that’s a half hour trek BY BUS. But Makini and her brood looked happy as clams to make the trek by foot, repping her son across her back the whole way. Looking back, maybe we were the silly ones for sitting in stuffy buses in Bahamian traffic.

His silliness

Dakari is a goofball, something he attributes to his mother. “My mom, growing up, she always said ‘don’t take things for granted, enjoy life,'” Dakari said on KSR a few weeks back. “And that’s what I’m trying to do.”

That’s easy to see, whether it’s dancing:

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Goofing around with Mitch Barnhart:

Or singing Beyonce on the radio with Matt:

Keep having fun, Dakari. We’ll miss you.


St. John’s snuck in another visit with Cheick Diallo today

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Kentucky was the last to visit Cheick Diallo before he shut down his recruitment earlier this week, a sign of positivity for Kentucky fans.

But, St. John’s snuck in one more today, according to Kyle Tucker over at the C-J.

Tucker spoke to Diallo’s high school coach this afternoon and was told St. John’s was in visiting with Diallo today. I assume it was because the momentum had shifted away from the Johnnies toward Kentucky, possibly Kansas.

Diallo still plans to announce early next week.

It’s still anyone’s game. And I’m so over all this waiting and speculating.


Gary Parrish says Newman to Starkville, Newman says not so fast

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Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com has joined the Newman-to-Starkville party, reporting Newman will announce his commitment to Mississippi State on Friday. Multiple sources told Parrish it will be the Bulldogs for Newman’s college basketball career, not the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky.

Two coaches told Parrish, “It’s done.”

Another coach involved in the recruitment said, “We’re still trying … but I think MSU is the place.”

But over at the Clarion-Ledger, Newman’s hometown paper, Newman said he hasn’t committed to anyone and he is still considering four schools: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Kansas.

When asked about the rumor Newman had already submitted his paperwork to Mississippi State, Newman’s father said, “Who the hell would fill it out for him? The scholarship papers are on the dresser in my house.”


Jay Bilas got his own UK jersey

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Jay Bilas was the featured guest speaker at last week’s “They’re Off!” Kentucky Derby Festival Luncheon at the Galt House in Louisville. The speaking gig came with several gifts, including a UK jersey with his name stitched in the back, from Gov. Steve Beshear.

Bilas also received his own Louisville jersey. He would probably get 15 minutes per game on next year’s UofL team.


Blake Hundley gave Willie a painting, and now needs your prayers

Blake Hundley, the six-year-old who gave Willie Cauley-Stein the #TeamBlake bracelet Willie kept in his sock, hung out with his seven-foot tall friend again last night and gave him another gift. This time, it was a painting of a wildcat Blake had done himself.

Willie talked about the painting and his relationship with Blake on the radio this morning. It turns out they share a love for shoes and a similar swag to go along with their strong bond.

“This little buddy got swag,” Willie said of his good friend, who is battling brain cancer. “He was in there swagging last night in the Jordan 11s. He has the same custom Jordans (as me), he’s got his own little pair and he had me sign them yesterday. The whole swag, the whole way he carries himself is so powerful because I could not do what he’s doing with what he’s going through.”

Sadly, Blake’s status has worsened since he was out “swagging” and giving paintings to Willie last night, and he could really use some prayers from Big Blue Nation.

Here’s the latest update, posted this morning on his Facebook page:

Blake has had some increase neurological symptoms early this morning & was rushed to kosair's. He is having constant…

Posted by Prayers for Blake on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

So please, keep Blake, his family and everyone on #TeamBlake in your thoughts and prayers today as Blake continues to fight.


Independent firm to examine Yum! Center financing

Despite all the money Kentucky fans spent on nachos and popcorn and fried chicken and parking during the NCAA tournament’s Louisville subregional last month, the Yum! Center is still broke. Sorry, Louisville fans, we did our best.

Today, InsiderLouisville.com reported that state legislators voted unanimously for the hiring of an outside firm to examine the Yum!’s finances. The motion comes after Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s office issued an informal opinion saying the Arena Authority does not owe the Kentucky State Fair Board jack squat in reimbursements for business lost at the fairgrounds.

Joe Sonka, Matt’s co-star on MSNBC’s The Last Word back in October, has all the details. Check out the story if you’re interested in the Yum!’s bankruptcy and all that.

[Frankfort committee orders independent CPA firm to examine Yum! Center financing]


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Unable to hear Mark Stoops’ hourlong interview with Kentucky Sports Radio this morning? Don’t worry, I got you. Below you’ll find the highlights of the show and the podcast so you can listen whenever you have time.

 

“Much more consistent.”

Stoops said he was very pleased with how efficient the offense looked under new coordinator Shannon Dawson. The offensive looked better at every position despite dealing with a coaching change and the adjustments that come with having a new boss.

“If you were pleased with what you saw last year, wait until you see them this year.”

Speaking about the running backs, Stoops raved about the improvement from an already good stable of backs from last season. “They really have a chance to be some dynamic backs,” he said. “Boom is special.”

“You have to have wide receivers that can make plays down the field and we’re starting to develop that.”

After hyping up his backfield, Stoops moved on to the wide receivers, another position he believes will see an increase in productivity next season.

“Absolutely seeing improvement from the wide receivers,” he said.

Though he was without two of his biggest contributors, Ryan Timmons and Dorian Baker, this spring, Stoops loved what he saw from Blake Bone, Garrett Johnson, Thaddeus Snodgrass and the two players returning from injury, Jeff Badet and Alexander Montgomery.

“He’s absolutely our most prolific receiver right now. He has been fantastic.”

That’s Garrett Johnson he’s talking about, the star of last season’s game at Florida as a true freshman. Johnson caught six passes for two touchdowns in the heartbreaking loss, his only two touchdowns of the season. Stoops said Johnson has had a great spring and has really grown up. Expect a big year from him in the slot.

“I was really blown away by how nice the whole stadium is going to be.”

Stoops admitted he had nothing to do with the renovation of Commonwealth Stadium, and he saw it for the first time on Monday. He had seen pictures and diagrams leading up to the construction, but after walking through how it stands now and seeing the actual space, he was blown away by the job UK did with the upgrades.

“I feel much better about things.”

Stoops inherited a pretty bad football team (and that’s being kind) when he first arrived in Lexington two and a half years ago. Now he feels much better about his personnel and he believes “they’ve gotten out of the hole,” as he put it.

There’s still a long way to go before they accomplish what they hope to accomplish, but things are much better than they were on Day 1 when he took the job.

“I plan on winning every game.”

When asked if Kentucky will finally reach the six-win mark in 2015, Stoops declined to answer the six-win question because he and his staff set out to win every game, not just six.

“Why would I say we need to win six because then I’m giving up on six more,” he said.

Of course, it’s very unlikely Kentucky will win every game, but Stoops has the right attitude toward approaching each of the 12 games on the schedule: plan and scheme and focus to win all of them.

“We go to compete to win every game.”

“There were three, four, five plays in that game, we make any one of them, we win.”

Ugh, the Louisville game.

“I feel very good about quarterback.”

Don’t tell Stoops the old adage of “If you have two quarterbacks you have one.” He doesn’t believe it. Stoops really believes he can win with either Patrick Towles or Drew Barker.

Regarding Drew Barker, Stoops said, “He had a great spring. There were certain days where he lit it up and was the quarterback we recruited. He’s got a bright future.”

“We need the people in the stands.”

135 days till kickoff…

 

Listen to the entire Stoops interview below:


Listen to Mark Stoops on KSR

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Mark Stoops was a guest on Kentucky Sports Radio radio this morning to fill us all in on the status of his football team after 15 spring practices.

Big Blue Nation can admit we were a little caught up in the basketball run and not ready to switch focus to football, but flying under the radar might’ve been a good thing for Stoops and the Wildcats this spring. He said they had the 15 most consistent practices he’s seen since he’s been here and they’re excited about Year 3 of the Stoops plan.

I’m currently working on a recap of the one-hour interview, but for those of you who can’t wait to hear it, here ya go…


Catch Jamal Murray and other elite prospects in Lexington this weekend

You know all those Nike EYBL teams we watch at the Peach Jam every year? Like All Ohio Red, Boo Williams, Team Takeover, Team CP3 and, Tomlin’s favorite, the NJ Playaz? Well they’ll all be at KBA in Lexington this weekend for those of you who can’t make the drive to North Augusta every summer. That’s right, they’ll be playing right here in our own backyard in the EYBL’s Lexington stop, the second session of the Nike circuit.

Headlining this weekend’s tournament, at least for Kentucky fans, will be the newly-offered Jamal Murray out of Canada. Murray blew up in the Nike Hoop Summit a couple weeks ago and earned a scholarship offer from John Calipari. He is VERY interested in the Cats and there’s some chatter he may reclassify to help Kentucky out next season.

Either way, Murray will be doing his thing in Lexington with Canada’s CIA Bounce. They’re scheduled to tip off at 8:00 pm Friday night with Boo Williams out of Virginia. He will also make his way over to campus for an unofficial visit to UK at some point.

For a complete schedule of the action, check out the Lexington schedule at the Nike EYBL website.

Other UK targets expected to be in action include: Harry Giles (Team CP3), Malik Monk (Wings Elite), Jayson Tatum (St. Louis Eagles) and Tyus Battle (Team Final)

This is a HUGE weekend.


Evan Daniels is hearing Malik Newman to Mississippi State

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We’re 48 hours away from the end of Malik Newman’s recruitment and it’s lining up to be a disappointing afternoon for Kentucky fans. (Well, for Kentucky fans who want Malik Newman.)

Several recruiting analysts have predicted Newman to Mississippi State, and today, Scout.com’s Evan Daniels joined that group, saying he’s heard the same from people around the situation.

“Things are tracking towards Mississippi State, where his father played, and that’s where everyone I’ve spoken to behind the scenes expects him to go,” Daniels writes. [Scout.com]

Newman plans to announce Friday afternoon at 1:00 pm EDT from a private press conference in his hometown. We will have live coverage and the postmortem here on KSR.


What to Do and Watch Every Single Weekend of This Summer

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If you’re like me, you love summer but you hate the oppressive heat of a white hot sun. Unfortunately, the pop culture landscape all but requires us to get out in that humid mess almost weekly (weekly!) if we want to enjoy all the sweltering months have to offer. In order to keep your non-air-conditioned traveling at a minimum, I present to you today precisely what you’ll need to do or watch each weekend of summer 2015. (Mostly mosquito and sweat-free, guaranteed.)

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May 1
Best pick: Avengers: Age of Ultron
C’mon. Like this isn’t going to be what everyone’s talking about. Joss Whedon’s second foray into the Marvel Universe is a safe bet, if you can handle all the merchandising you’ll have to endure for the next two months.
Also check out:

Welcome to Me (Kristin Wiig does quirky/indie.)
Hyena (Brutal British crime flick.)

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May 8
Best Pick: Mumford & Sons, album, Wilder Times
Those tuning into SNL a few weeks ago may have been confused by hipster darling Mumford & Sons’ re-emergence into a hard-driving Foo Fighters-esque rock band, but early word on the group’s third album is that ditching the banjos recreated them into an entirely new — and still viable — act on the scene.
Also check out:
Maggie (Arnold Schwarzenegger protects his zombie daughter. Of course.)
I am Big Bird: The Carol Spinney Story (The voice of Big Bird gets his spotlight. The voice of Snuffleupagus still waits in the wings.)

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May 15
Best Pick: Mad Max: Fury Road
Look, I’m not the world’s biggest Mad Max fan, but I defy you to tell me this isn’t the wildest trailer you’ve seen in some time. It’s insane. If the actual movie contains a fraction of this insanity — especially in IMAX — it could be a huge surprise.
Also check out:
Pitch Perfect 2 (You know you’re going to, anyway, and I can’t stop you.)
A$AP Rocky, album, At.Long.Last.A$AP (He puts dollar signs where the letter “S” goes!)

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May 22
Best Pick: Poltergeist
Will the reboot of Steven Spielberg’s spookiest Poltergeist scare anything up at the box office? Normally I’d say no, but the fact that this is on the summer slate might signal that it’s bigger and badder than we might think. With Sam Rockwell in the title role and, presumably, scary clown doll still in tow, Poltergeist may be a fun summer flick.
Also check out:
Tomorrowland (Brad Bird’s Clooney-helmed sci-fi will probably be fantastic; too bad it’s so under wraps so far and no one seems to know anything about it.)
Faith No More, album, Sol Invictus (The band’s first studio album in 18 years.)

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May 29
Best Pick: Taylor Swift/Barry Manilow/NKOTB at the Yum! Center
(Not together; separately.) I know, I know. “But Chris! It’s going to cost me SO MUCH money to see these three nearly-consecutive shows at Louisville’s YUM! Center in the span of June 2-7!” That’s true, but can you really put a price on destroying your musical street cred in six days? What a rare opportunity to become a person no one relies upon for musical recommendations ever again.
Also check out:
San Andreas (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson battles an earthquake. Can you smell what the rock is discovering in the fissures of the earth?)

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June 7
Best Pick: Bunbury Music Festival, Cincinnati
There’s something for (mostly) everyone at Cincinnati’s fourth Bunbury Music Festival, which this year features The Black Keys, the Avett Brothers and Snoop Dogg as well as Walk the Moon, The Decemberists and the Reverend Horton Heat. Bonus: Rhinegeist and cheese coneys, everybody!
Also check out:
Entourage (Bro! It’s the Entourage movie, Bro! I laugh but I will watch the hell out of this.)
Love & Mercy (Paul Dano and John Cusack both play Beach Boy Brian Wilson at different points in his life.)
Spy (Melissa McCarthy + Paul Feig = Always a good idea.)

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June 12
Best Pick: Jurassic World
Think back to the thrill you felt the first time you saw Jurassic Park. It blew your mind, right? Knocked you out, right? Imagine if that had been in IMAX 3-D. While we’ll never have the luxury of seeing life-sized dinosaurs on the screen for the first time again, we have an opportunity here for a great movie thrill…IF Jurassic World delivers.
Also check out:
Live From New York! (It’s a documentary chronicling the ins and outs of Lorne Michael’s SNL empire! Because we haven’t had enough of these.)

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June 19
Best Pick: Orange is the New Black (Season 3)
On Sunday the world will be chomping at the bit to start bingeing once again at Litchfield Prison, which is still reeling in the aftermath of a Red/Vee showdown, an administration shake-up and an stash of hidden heroin in the walls. I still say this isn’t technically a comedy, Golden Globes — but it is a solid show.
Also check out:
Inside Out (Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Lewis Black helm Pixar’s newest money factory.)
Dope (Strong word of mouth on this indie about a geeky high schooler with designs on a drug dealer’s girlfriend.)

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June 26
Best Pick: Ted 2
Truth is, Seth McFarlane’s original Ted, for all its crudeness, ended up being a strong, almost eighties-esque comedy with a decent sized hard underneath all the matted plush. The trailer’s not as good for this as it was for the previous Ted, but it’s still a solid bet for a good time.
Also check out:
Big Game (Samuel L. Jackson plays the president lost in the woods after Air Force One is shot down.)

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July 4
Best Pick: The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest 
Fireworks are great, but nothing can prepare you for a solid Fourth of July like the weiner-gobbling superstars of the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. 2014 saw human spare tire Joey Chestnut win his 8th consecutive win. Can he do it again? And isn’t that kind of probably unhealthy? Joey Chestnut’s complexion these days is literally “gray.”
Also check out:
Terminator: Genisys (I hope Paramount pictures realizes its typo on “Genesis” before release)
Magic Mike XXL (Speaking of weiners.)

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July 10
Best pick: Minions
Best pick? Probably not, but no one’s even really going up against this film this weekend. So get ready to see these things everywhere for another two years. Seven years, including the two inevitable sequels.
Also check out:
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July 17
Best pick: Forecastle Music Festival
Louisville’s biggest music event this year boasts acts like Widespread Panic, Sam Smith, Houndmouth and Modest Mouse. Always an impressive lineup.
Also check out:
Ant-Man (Paul Rudd enters the Marvel Universe)
Mr. Holmes (Sir Ian McKellen plays an aged, dying Sherlock Holmes.)
Trainwreck (Amy Schumer, directed by Judd Apatow. Big potential.)

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July 24
Best Pick: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Technically having streamed the week before this weekend, this will be the best time to Netflix-binge on all eight episodes of David Wain’s prequel to the fantastic Wet Hot American Summer — and every single famous funny person on earth has signed on for this series. EVERY ONE.
Also check out:
Pixels (Based on a well-loved short, which Adam Sandler and Kevin James will certainly F*** all up.)
Pan (Hugh Jackman in a Peter Pan prequel. Er…just what we’ve been waiting for?)

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July 31
Best pick: The End of the Tour
Jason Segel channels David Foster Wallace in an adaptation of David Lipsky’s book, where the reporter followed the eccentric writer through a tumultuous promotional tour. It’s totes egghead bait and I love it.
Also check out:
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (You get the idea. I’m not even going to look this one up for you.)

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August 8
Best pick: A Midsummer Night’s Run
Choose to either run the race or drink a lot while your friends run the race; either way take part in the greatest Lexington running tradition outside of crossing Nicholasville road without getting run over.
Also check out:
Masterminds (Zach Galifiniakis and Kristen Wiig in a movie has the unfortunate curse of not possibly being able to be as good as it looks on paper.)
Fantastic Four (One more time, with feeling!)

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August 14
Best pick: Straight Outta Compton
Ice Cube’s son plays him in a bio pic based on the rise of the controversial mid-1980’s rap group. It also stars Paul Giamatti, presumably not as MC Ren.
Also check out:
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Guy Ritchie takes on the old spy TV show, likely with a lot of gruesome face punching and cockney accents.)

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August 21
Best pick: Criminal
In case you needed any reminder that the summer is over, here’s one last actioner straggling in starring Kevin Costner as a convict who’s implanted with the memories of a dead CIA agent so he can finish a super-important mission. You know, that old yarn.
Also check out:
Sinister 2 (Yep. We’re definitely on our way out of summer.)
Digging for Fire (The reliable Joe Swanberg directs Jake Johnson and Rosemary DeWitt in a dreamed about a couple who find a bone and a gun buried in their backyard.)

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August 28
Best Pick: Hitman: Agent 47
Best pick? Really? Let’s just call the summer over at August 21st. Let’s not let it end with Hitman: Agent 47. Can we all agree on that? Okay then. Enjoy your summer. The pool closes in six days, dammit!


Listen to Willie Cauley-Stein’s interview with KSR

If you missed Willie Cauley-Stein in the first hour of Kentucky Sports Radio radio, we now have it in podcast form for your listening pleasure.

Willie was excellent on the show this morning, as expected. He talked about his time at Kentucky, the decision to return to school for a junior season and why he is so active in the community. We heard lots of good stories and learned a lot more about one of the most interesting players to come through the program.

Have a listen:

And the biggest news of the podcast…

He grew up watching NASCAR. His favorite driver was Jeff Gordon.

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Be sure to check out our other player interviews: Karl Towns | Devin Booker | Dakari Johnson


C.J. Conrad to have sports hernia surgery in Philadelphia

Tight end C.J. Conrad, one of the brightest stars of spring football, has a minor setback entering his freshman season at Kentucky. Mark Stoops said on KSR that Conrad will travel to Philadelphia today to see a sports hernia specialist for a groin injury. He will be evaluated this afternoon and will likely undergo surgery on his tomorrow.

While the surgery will impact Conrad’s mobility during summer workouts, Mark Stoops expects him to be back to 100 percent and ready to go for fall camp.