By Nick Roush on ©May 24th, 2019 @ 4:00pm
One of the biggest names left on the transfer market has reportedly scheduled two visits on the west coast.
Jon Rothstein reports former Nevada forward Jordan Brown will visit Saint Mary’s this weekend, followed by a visit to Arizona State next weekend.
Even though there is no visit to Lexington on the docket, Kentucky has expressed interest in the 2018 McDonald’s All-American. In his only season at Nevada, Brown was buried on the bench behind a few upperclassmen, averaging just 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10.1 minutes per game.
Brown could eventually blossom into a star, but if he does decide to leave Reno, like his former coach Eric Musselman, he’ll likely be sidelined for the 2019-20 season.
By Nick Roush on ©May 24th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
The Kansas basketball program continues to successfully skate by on thin ice.
Center Silvio De Sousa missed the entire 2018-19 season after allegations of improper benefits surfaced in the preseason. The NCAA handed down a two-year suspension in February, “because his guardian received payment from a university booster and agent and agreed to receive additional funds from the same person.” That decision did not last for long.
Just a few hours after the NCAA heard Kansas’ formal appeal for reinstatement Friday afternoon, the NCAA agreed to lift the second year of De Sousa’s ban.
The 6’9″ 250-pound post averaged only 4.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.2 blocks in 20 games as a true freshman, but he’ll provide much more than that this fall. Playing alongside Udoka Azubuike, Kansas now has depth in the post. If Devon Dotson returns and R.J. Hampton enters the fold, they’ll be a preseason top five team.
Even when Bill Self’s players get caught cheating, he finds a way to get away with it.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©May 24th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
For the first time in 12 years, the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation will not be owned by either the Kentucky Wildcats or the Duke Blue Devils.
The Recruiting Services Consensus Index, a composite scoring system of all recruiting rankings combined, released their final rankings this week, and Penny Hardaway’s Memphis Tigers came out on top.
Memphis’ class, highlighted by No. 1 James Wiseman, No. 14 Precious Achiuwa, No. 36 Boogie Ellis, No. 45 D.J. Jeffries, and No. 60 Lester Quinones, closed out at No. 1 overall with a total score of 349 points.
Right behind them at No. 2? Your very own Kentucky Wildcats with a score of 334 points.
Here is how they ranked the Kentucky signees:
- No. 10 Tyrese Maxey
- No. 11 Kahlil Whitney
- No. 24 Keion Brooks Jr.
- No. 34 Johnny Juzang
- No. 92 Dontaie Allen
“Coach Cal proves his recruiting prowess bringing in the #2 class overall for the second year in a row,” RSCI said in their description of the Wildcats. “This group would be even higher if Allen hadn’t blown out a knee early in the season, which resulted in a hit to his rankings due to being “out of sight, out of mind.”‘
Duke came in right behind Kentucky with a score of 329 points, followed by Arizona (291 points) and Villanova (254 points) to round out the top five.
Here is how they ranked the entire top 25:
What do you guys think of the final rankings? Fair?
By Bill Sheehy on ©May 24th, 2019 @ 12:47pm
Without dating myself (I’m totally about to date myself), my childhood was a blur of Star Wars and the Disney Renaissance of the 90’s and with all of the recent Disney remakes of classic films from that period it’s given me rose tinted glasses towards basically all those movies. The 2017 remake of Beauty and The Beast in particular I thought did a great job of paying tribute to that film while also adding enough new to make it feel different while also having that original spirit that made me love it as a kid. God help me when The Lion King comes out later this year, I might have to push a few kids out of the way to be the first one in the theater to see it. I say this because I honestly was a bit worried I couldn’t remain objective when it comes to these movies, however I didn’t think that would be a problem with Aladdin. The trailers made it look like a god-awful cringey mess, with an unsettling looking Genie and I sincerely believed it was destined to fail, even with an impressive cast. I went in expecting a disaster, and I walked out with a pretty big smile on my face, although not without some caveats.
By Adam Luckett on ©May 24th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
For the first time since his arrival last season, Mark Stoops fielded a top notch defense. The Wildcats were paced by a bunch of seniors including All-American edge Josh Allen who became the best individual defender in the country. Thanks to these efforts, the Wildcats finished 15th in defensive efficiency per S&P+, ranked 37th in the country in yards per play allowed, and ranked second in the SEC in scoring defense. Kentucky did all of this with just 20 takeaways forced (ranked 57th nationally). That’s really impressive.
Gone are Allen and all of UK’s secondary starters to the NFL. So it’s clear where first year coordinator Brad White is having to rebuild heading into 2019. Leaving the spring session, Kentucky still has major concerns at corner in addition to finding a consistent option to play the edge opposite of Boogie Watson (Florida State transfer Xavier Peters could help in this regard). However, UK looks to be very strong in the belly of the defense. You usually would rather have that opposed to the opposite.
It starts in the middle of the unit with your Mike linebacker and Kentucky has a good one in Kash Daniel. The former blue-chip recruit finally lived up to his recruiting hype last season in his first time starting. The Paintsville native posted 84 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss in 12 starts. Very solid numbers for any linebacker in their first year starting.
Where Daniel really shined was defending the run. He has some kinks to work out when asked to play in space, but he was excellent when playing downhill. The inside linebacker flashed some really solid instincts shown by his ability to consistently get home on run blitzes and having great timing when shooting gaps. His 9.5 run stuffs (tackles at or behind line of scrimmage on rushes) ranks fourth among all inside linebackers returning to the SEC in 2019. He’s a quality starter and will be a key cog in UK’s run defense.
During the draft season the story of Josh Allen and his development within the Kentucky football program became national news. The former high school receiver went from two-star to top 10 pick after just four years in Lexington. Following the historic year, he collected every individual award you could nab and will go down as one of the greatest to ever wear the blue and white. It will be hard to top his story, but the one of Calvin Taylor, Jr. has put together will be pretty close.
The Georgia native was an unranked recruit out of high school and a late addition to the class of 2015. Recruiting services pegged the 6-foot-9 prospect as an offensive tackle, but the UK staff liked what they saw from Taylor on the defensive side of the football. After two years of development, he finally cracked the rotation in 2017.
That year as a bench piece, Taylor ranked second among all defensive linemen with 22 stops before breaking through as a redshirt junior. This past fall he posted 26 tackles, but became much more effective with his six tackles for loss. But where Taylor really made an impact was in the running game.
The upperclassmen who has played both defensive tackle and defensive end in UK’s 3-4 scheme and recorded 9.5 run stuffs which tied for second on the defense. Obviously, Josh Allen left some big holes after posting 24 run stuffs, but Taylor feels like a guy who be due for a big time senior season. Keep up the development and the versatile defensive lineman who will be a very intriguing 2020 NFL Draft prospect.
Despite recording over 90 tackles and 19 sacks on a very good Cordova High School team in the Memphis area his senior year, Quinton Bohanna was marked a low three-star prospect by the recruiting services. Despite the ranking, Bohanna quickly became one of the most valuable players out of the class of 2017. The nose guard was a full-time starter by the end of his true freshman season and seemed poised for a breakout sophomore year. Unfortunately, an ankle injury suffered against Florida limited him this past season.
Despite the issues, Bohanna flashed during his sophomore season and recorded four tackles for loss to go with 4.5 run stuffs. He will need to prove he can stay healthy and play for a larger sample size, but he has the frame (now over 360 pounds) and ability to make a prominent impact.
Quinton Bohanna, Kash Daniel, and Calvin Taylor, Jr. are set to be key cogs in Kentucky’s defense this fall. New defensive coordinator Brad White needs each to play at a high level. However, they are not the only answers this defense will have. Chris Oats and Joshua Paschal were both blue-chip recruits entering their sophomore season. They could be due for a big leap. T.J. Carter, Phil Hoskins, and Kordell Looney are three defensive linemen who have all played a lot of snaps. Davonte Robinson has all of the tools to become UK’s next draft pick out of the secondary.
The secondary and edge rush is a concern that will not be solved until the real football is played. It is vital that the belly of the defense steps up their game during this transition time. It’s clear that they have the personnel to take advantage. Stop the run and you’ll a great shot at success no matter who you’ll play in the SEC.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©May 24th, 2019 @ 11:00am
Good morning, folks. The Toronto Raptors are one win away from the NBA Finals. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(2) Raptors – 105 @ (1) Bucks – 99 (TOR leads 3-2)
- So this is a turn not many expected. After falling in a 0-2 hole following the first two games in Milwaukee, thoughts of another postseason collapse surfaced into the minds of every Toronto citizen. The exact same script that doomed the Raptors year after year was playing out once again, just replace the lead villain of LeBron James with Giannis Antetokounmpo. But Kawhi Leonard is a different type of protagonist than say DeMar DeRozan. One presumably built deep in the basement of David Stern’s laboratory.
- What Leonard did in Game 5 – and throughout this entire postseason – was drag his mortal teammates through a three-game winning streak and one game from the NBA Finals. Leonard posted 35 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists while knocking down five of his eight three-point attempts. He was magical once again, during a time when his team and new city needed him the most. The most mysterious man in the NBA has been hiding a serious knack for demoralizing entire fanbases. But he’s letting it all out en route to the NBA Finals.
- ”I’m not afraid of the moment,” Leonard said. ”This is what I work out for in the summer. I’m just trying to win. It’s a matter of me being aggressive and don’t shy away from anything.”
- Milwaukee had only suffered back-to-back losses once all season before Game 4 and never lost three straight before Thursday night. The Bucks held a 10-point lead after the first 12 minutes and it ultimately ballooned to 14 before the Raptors brought the game back for a halftime score of 49-46 favoring Milwaukee. The game was tied at 93 with under three minutes left before a Fred Van Vleet triple gave Toronto the lead and ultimately the victory. Antetokounmpo added 24 points for the Bucks while Malcolm Brogdon contributed another 18 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe played a much better game than he had in previous outings, although still not exactly up to his standards. He finished with 20 points on 6-14 shooting from the field but missed five of his seven attempts from deep (why does he keep shooting threes???). Behind Leonard’s 35 and seven triples from the former Wichita State guard, Van Vleet, Toronto is now one home win away from advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.
- Also, just listen to this dude’s deadpan humor. I want to know so badly what software goes in that computerized brain of his.
Kawhi Leonard just kept it so real after the game ???pic.twitter.com/YJmRURMMP7
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) May 24, 2019
- I’m all here for the Raptors winning this series and advancing to face the Warriors, but there isn’t anything on this entire world that would exemplify the tragedy of Toronto basketball more than Milwaukee winning these next two games. If it does, it’ll likely happen in embarrassing fashion, too. I don’t make these rules, people, I just follow the ordinance of NBA law. Remember… No one is immune from these jokes.
- Also, Drake was everywhere – again – and being weird with young girls on social media – again.
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8:30 (TNT): Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Raptors (Meeks) (TOR leads 3-2)
By Jack Pilgrim on ©May 24th, 2019 @ 10:30am
One current Kentucky Wildcat is working out with a former one during the NBA Draft process.
This morning, former Kentucky star Tony Delk posted a picture on Instagram with freshman forward EJ Montgomery, saying he is “training and advising” the 6-foot-11 big man.
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This comes just one day after Montgomery posted on his own Instagram story that he was in San Antonio working out for the Spurs:
As for Montgomery’s current Kentucky teammate and the other Wildcat with an NBA Draft decision to make, Nick Richards, he posted an individual workout of his own on his Instagram story:
Montgomery and Richards both have until May 29 to withdraw from the NBA Draft and retain their college eligibility.
For Richards, the general consensus is that he will be returning to school for a junior season, while Montgomery’s situation still remains fuzzy.
We’ll find out for certain either way in just five days (at most).
By Jack Pilgrim on ©May 24th, 2019 @ 9:55am
On today’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, Matt Jones and the radio crew are live from Rockcastle County this morning for the first time in show history.
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By Jack Pilgrim on ©May 24th, 2019 @ 9:00am
Good morning, BBN! Happy Friday to each and every one of you!
Let’s take a look at what’s going on in the world of UK Athletics.
Kentucky softball takes on Washington in the NCAA Super Regional
The UK softball team is just two victories away from earning a spot in the NCAA College World Series, and they’ll look to get the first this evening.
Traveling all the way to Seattle, the Hittin’ Kittens will take on the 3-seed Washington Huskies in a best of three series.
Here is some footage of the team’s final practice from early this morning:
A peek inside our final practice in Seattle before we get down to business tonight. ???? pic.twitter.com/qbBftExaZD
— Kentucky Softball (@UKsoftball) May 24, 2019
Kentucky’s first game against Washington will take place tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN 2.
Mark Neely will be handling the play-by-play, while Danielle Lawrie will be on the call for color commentary.
Make sure you get that extra cup of coffee today or fit a nap in so you can support your Wildcats late this evening.
Kentucky volleyball heads to Brazil
While the Kentucky softball team made its way out west to Washington, the UK volleyball team is headed south for a trip of their own.
Starting today, the volleyball team will embark on a two-week foreign trip to Brazil, where they will compete in at least five separate matches against international competition.
We're stamping our passports this summer!
On Friday, we'll embark on a two-week foreign trip where we'll tour Brazil and compete in at least five matches against international competition.
It's a great opportunity & we're just a tad excited.
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) May 22, 2019
The volleyball team last participated in a foreign trip back in 2010 when Kentucky head coach Craig Skinner took the team on an exhibition tour of Europe.
Best of luck to the Wildcats during their time in Brazil!
Raptors take a 3-2 lead
After falling down to an early 0-2 series deficit, the Toronto Raptors took home their third consecutive victory to take the lead over the Milwaukee Bucks.
In a 105-99 loss, former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe finished with 20 points on 6-14 shooting, four rebounds, and two assists for the Bucks.
For the Raptors, former Wildcat guard Jodie Meeks did not participate.
Game 6 will take place tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT, where Meeks and his Raptors have the chance to punch a ticket to the 2019 NBA Finals.
Regardless of how the Eastern Conference Finals close out, it is a guarantee that one former Kentucky player will be earning a ring this season, as either Meeks or Bledsoe will have to take on DeMarcus Cousins and his Golden State Warriors in the Finals.
Richie Farmer visits KSBar and Grille
Former Kentucky guard Richie Farmer made his way out to KSBar and Grille last night to show support for Ryan Lemond during his time locked up in KSJail.
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 24, 2019
In four years at Kentucky, Farmer averaged 7.6 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per contest over the course of his career.
KSR in an hour
For the first time ever, the KSR radio crew is live from Mount Vernon in Rockcastle County this morning, and they want you to join them.
From 10 a.m to noon today, head on out to Marcella’s Farm to Fork to see the show in person.
We’ll see you then.
By Aaron Torres on ©May 23rd, 2019 @ 11:00pm
Late Tuesday night, under the cloak of darkness, one of the last big puzzle pieces in the 2019 recruiting class officially fell. After a back-and-forth recruitment, one that left even the best recruiting experts uncertain of where he’d land, Jaden McDaniels officially decided to play at Washington.
Although Washington was the spot that McDaniels’ recruitment had trended for weeks, no one really knew where he’d end up… until he actually ended up there, choosing the Huskies over Kentucky while most fans slept the night away.
But with McDaniels’ recruitment officially closed, another reality set in for Kentucky on Wednesday morning: For the Wildcats to reach their full potential next season, they need EJ Montgomery to come back to Lexington. As a matter of fact, I think you could make a legitimate case that of all the players who are still truly “testing the waters” in the NBA Draft process, Montgomery is the most important decision left anywhere in college basketball.
— Jmac (@Jmcdaniels7) May 22, 2019
Now to be clear, this isn’t just about McDaniels’ decision to go elsewhere, as it was never really an “either/or” kind of deal between the two. Although both are listed at 6’11, they play a completely different style of game, with McDaniels much more comfortable putting the ball on the floor as more of a hybrid, new-age four-man in the mold of Kevin Durant, Tracy McGrady or Michael Porter Jr. (to be clear, I’m not comparing McDaniels upside to any of those players – just his style of play). Montgomery, as we all saw last year, is more of a traditional four-man, not quite as comfortable making plays for himself, but more competent around the rim and in the paint.
Had McDaniels chosen Kentucky he wouldn’t have necessarily been a player to “replace” Montgomery, but instead one to compliment him.
Still with McDaniels finally of the picture, Reid Travis graduated, and PJ Washington gone after his sophomore year, there is in fact a gaping hole in the Kentucky front-court. And the best option to fill that spot and maximize the potential out of this entire Kentucky team would be for Montgomery to return.
The bottom-line is that Montgomery fills an incredible void for the Wildcats next year as a big-time threat down low. Admittedly, he didn’t have a great offensive season last year (averaging just four points a game) but did show flashes, with 11 points and 13 boards against South Carolina, and a couple other double-figure scoring games, to go along with several more where he helped the team on the glass. Considering his pedigree as a McDonald’s All-American it doesn’t seem far-fetched to assume that he would make a leap similar to PJ Washington last summer and become a focal point of the offense. He might not become an All-SEC caliber player like Washington. But it isn’t necessarily inconceivable either.
Just as important, his skill-set certainly fits with the other guys that Kentucky is projected to have back. If the Wildcats want to go big, Montgomery can play the four-spot, with Nick Richards (assuming Richards returns as well) serving as a rim protector and true center. If they want to go small, Montgomery would fit in well as a new-age five-man, with Kahlil Whitney stepping in at the four-spot. John Calipari wants to play position-less basketball, and the two of them really would make a dynamic duo together.
Because of that, Montgomery is the missing piece for Kentucky. The guy who makes them the heavy favorite in the SEC, and a legit national championship contender.
But without him? There is that gaping hole in the middle, with no obvious replacements available.
Looking at the other options, we all know that Richards doesn’t have the offensive upside of Montgomery, and I do worry about Nate Sestina’s ability to transition to the increased competition in the SEC. Kerry Blackshear is of course a possibility, but he seems hell bent on staying in the draft if at all possible. Beyond that, it seems like a reach to get any other high school players to reclassify, and no other grad transfers have been linked to UK either.
Yup, EJ Montgomery remains the best available option for a consistent front-court presence for the Wildcats next year.
Will he be back?
It could be the difference between the Wildcats being a legit title contender and a good, but not great team.
By Brent Wainscott on ©May 23rd, 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.
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By Jack Pilgrim on ©May 23rd, 2019 @ 10:00pm
Who is going to be the next commitment for the Kentucky football program? If you ask future Wildcat quarterback Beau Allen, fans should be prepared for yet another elite prospect to join the fold.
In an article published on Rivals.com, Allen said that he expected 2020 four-star athlete and Bowling Green, KY product Vito Tisdale to join him in Lexington.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©May 23rd, 2019 @ 9:00pm
The NCAA wants you to know that the day of reckoning is almost here.
Kevin Lennon, the NCAA’s vice president of Division I Governance, said in a meeting on Wednesday that notices of allegations “will be coming” for the guilty parties involved in the recent college basketball scandal.
With the FBI’s investigation into the corruption of the sport now complete, it’s time for punishments to be handed down.
“You don’t get in the way of a federal investigation,” Lennon said during a meeting of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. “Activity was going on during that span that was within our purview, but now that the court cases are done, now we’re in a position where you’re likely to see notices of allegations going to institutions that have violated NCAA rules, etc. I think you can anticipate notices of allegations will be coming.”
When asked of a specific timetable, Lennon was unable to give a firm answer, but did say it would come “in due time and I think fairly quickly.”
The NCAA has already launched investigations into programs such as Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, and North Carolina State following the trials in October, where they requested all documents each school submitted to the federal authorities during the trial.
We already know the serious alleged wrongdoings of Arizona, Louisville, LSU, Kansas, and North Carolina State. Schools such as Duke, North Carolina, Oregon, and UNLV, among plenty others, have also thrown their hats into the ring as other schools with various alleged involvements.
Nonetheless, we’re finally about to see just what the heck the NCAA will do about one of the biggest college sports scandals in history.
By Hey Kentucky! on ©May 23rd, 2019 @ 8:30pm
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is set to face Democratic state Attorney General Andy Beshear in a highly-anticipated general election this November, but the back-and-forth has already begun.
On Hey Kentucky this evening, Joe Sonka of Insider Louisville stopped by to talk about Tuesday’s night’s Primary election results and what it means for the state moving forward.
Take a look here:
In the entire episode, Matt Jones and Josh Corman discuss the campaign ad war between Bevin and Beshear already taking place, C. Wesley Morgan filing to run against Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, and why you should be on the lookout for “Zombie Racoons” plaguing Kentucky.
Take a look:
By Jack Pilgrim on ©May 23rd, 2019 @ 8:00pm
The greatest photograph in the history of photographs has been released to the public.
After looking through their old archives, the fine folks over at UK Athletics found and dusted off an old image of former Kentucky basketball coach in the ring taking on boxing legend Evander Holyfield.
Yes, that's Tubby Smith boxing. Yes, that's Evander @holyfield he's sparring with.
This photo comes from a Muhammad Ali tribute in Louisville.
Good luck finding a better #TBT picture today.
The things you'll find when you start looking through the old archives files. ? pic.twitter.com/6uiM0b6ZvI
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) May 23, 2019
The photo was taken during Smith’s three-round bout against the former heavyweight champion back on September 20, 1997 at the Muhammad Ali Cup International Amateur Boxing Challenge in Louisville, KY.
There are no public records or videos that show how the former Kentucky head coach fared against the only boxer in history to win the undisputed championship in two different weight classes, but I’m going to go ahead and say that Tubby knocked him out in the first round.
Since retiring from his historic boxing career, Smith has done pretty well for himself as a college basketball head coach. He won the NCAA championship in 1998, five SEC regular season and tournament titles, and was named AP College Coach of the Year in 2003.
Since leaving Kentucky in 2007, Smith has made head coaching stops at Minnesota, Texas Tech, Memphis, and High Point. Over the course of his 19-year coaching career, Smith has accumulated a total record of 613–317.