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July 21st, 2016

Marquis Teague signs with Israeli pro team

It looks like Marquis Teague’s run in the Summer League wasn’t enough to earn him a spot on an NBA team. According to David Pick, Teague has signed a contract with Israeli pro team Ironi Nahariya, whose roster also includes former Oregon State standout Nick Faust, Richard Howell (NC State), Cameron Clark (Oklahoma), and Michael Umeh (UNLV).

Teague averaged 10.6 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.2 rebounds in 20.4 minutes for the Dallas Mavericks in the Summer League, and, according to Pick’s report, will keep working on his game in Israel before giving the NBA another shot.

I actually thought Teague looked decent in the Summer League, but you have to wonder what would have happened had he stayed at UK a few more years.

[CBS Sports]


ESPN: Malik Monk will be UK’s “clutch player” this season

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In the John Calipari Era, we’ve had our share of “clutch players”: John Wall, Brandon Knight, Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, and, of course, the most clutch of them all, Aaron Harrison. Who’s next in line? According to ESPN’s C.L. Brown, Malik Monk.

“Most teams wouldn’t hand the ball to a freshman before he has ever played a game in college,” Brown writes. “UK isn’t most programs, though. In back-to-back games while at Bentonville (Ark.) High School, Monk made consecutive buzzer-beating 3-pointers. Both came while he was double-teamed; he even had to double-clutch on one. He’s likely to do it again in the clutch at the next level.”

Monk actually won the three-point contest at the McDonald’s All-American Game, and also participated in the Dunk Contest. Calipari isn’t backing off the high expectations for the talented guard, saying earlier this summer that only Superman could beat Monk out for a starting spot.

“If someone beats him out,” the coach began, “I’d be very happy because that guy would have to have an ’S’ on the front of his jersey.”

After watching Monk’s latest mixtape, maybe we all need to get Superman capes this season?

[ESPN]


UK Football has exclusive weight room shoes to go with its new weight room

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You’ve already seen pictures of UK’s new practice facility, which the players toured for the first time this morning. Among the many features of the state-of-the-art building is a new weight room, and it’s so impressive that they even got some custom new weight lifting shoes to go along with it:

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Shoutout to True Blue Customs for the impressive artwork.


Day 4 of KSR at the RNC (Thursday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Thursday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from Day 4 of the Republican National Convention. Ted Cruz created quite the stir last night, so tune in to hear the guys break down the drama, as well as tell stories about more random celebrity encounters, like meeting the Today Show’s Willie Geist.

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Tan John Calipari’s Thursday Morning Wakeup

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Last night, John Calipari arrived in Las Vegas to help out with the USA Basketball Fantasy Camp and do some recruiting. Between the end of the Summer League and Team USA Training Camp, a lot of Calipari’s former pupils are in Sin City as well, and you better believe Cal’s checking in on them, tweeting pictures with Derrick Rose, DeMarcus Cousins, the Harrison Twins, Willie Cauley-Stein, Tyler Ulis, and Devin Booker:

Two things strike me about these pictures: 1) How happy Cal looks; and 2) How tan he is. Seriously, I know the man has some Italian blood in him, but he looks like a VIP member at Sun Tan City. Between trips to Spain, the Jersey Shore and Jamaica, Cal’s looking absolutely sun kissed. He’s already darker than Devin Booker, and with a few more days in the Vegas sun, he’ll catch up to the rest of the players. If this keeps up, we’re going to have to nickname him “Magda”:

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Calipari watched Kevin Knox last night

There are several recruiting tournaments going on in Vegas this week, and last night, Calipari stopped by the Las Vegas Fab 48 tourney to watch Kevin Knox, the second best small forward in the 2017 class. Duke’s considered the heavy favorite for Knox, but Cal made sure to put in an appearance at his game last night. He also checked in on rising sophomores Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine.

The football team is currently touring the new practice facility

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Photos and videos of the team touring Kentucky’s new $45 million practice facility have dominated social media this morning, and I’ll have a wrap-up of them in just a bit, but for now, enjoy their initial reactions, as captured by KyWildcatsTV:

The media gets to tour the facility tomorrow, so brace yourself for more pictures, as well as a breakdown from Nick Roush and Freddie Maggard.

Speaking of Freddie, can someone explain Pokemon Go to him?

UK invited fans to come catch Pokemon at Commonwealth Stadium yesterday, which resulted in this text from our beloved Freddie:

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Odds Freddie is actually the Wildcat Mascot, who brought a net to yesterday’s meetup?

Mark Stoops will (briefly) talk to reporters

Talking season is in full swing, and today, Stoops will address fans at the Rotary Luncheon at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington. Beforehand, he’ll briefly address reporters, so if he says anything of interest (besides, “we need to win games”), I’ll pass it along.

I’m no sneakerhead, but DeMarcus Cousins’ Team USA kicks are sharp

ICYMI, the NCAA is investigating South Florida

Things aren’t exactly going well for Orlando Antigua in South Florida. Yesterday, ESPN reported that Antigua’s brother, Oliver, is the focus of an NCAA investigation, and shortly after that report, Oliver resigned from his position as assistant coach. While Calipari’s haters will pounce on this as proof ‘Cal’s disciples are as crooked as he is!’, it’s important to note that Oliver Antigua never worked for Calipari.

Through two years at South Florida, Orlando Antigua is 17-48 with a dismal 8-25 record last season. There are few people in this world nicer than the former UK assistant, so here’s hoping the NCAA investigation doesn’t mean the end of his tenure as head coach.

KSR is at the RNC for Day 4 of the Convention

Things got a little dramatic at last night’s proceedings, so tune in to hear Matt, Ryan, and Drew break it down in the most ridiculous manner possible.


July 20th, 2016

2016 Kentucky Football: The Show Me Season

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There’s a reason why people joke there’s an ancient Indian burial ground underneath Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky football and its fans have been trapped in a cruel cycle of inflated hopes and dashed dreams ever since Bear Bryant took off for greener pastures in 1954. In the 62 years since Bear left, the program has had only three seasons in which it won nine or more games. In the past 30 years, UK has only been to eight bowl games, the second worst mark in the SEC behind Vanderbilt. It’s a tale as old as time: just when you think the Cats are ready to pull themselves out of the SEC cellar, some cruel twist of fate comes along to stomp on their fingers.

The past two seasons have been the perfect case study. Not only did Kentucky come up just short of bowl eligibility with losses to arch rival Louisville each go around, there have been just enough moments of ecstasy to make the impending moments of agony that much more painful. Be honest: when Mark Stoops said, “We’re just getting started, bro,” after upsetting Steve Spurrier and South Carolina in 2014, you believed him…only to have your hopes crushed when Kentucky went 1-6 the rest of the season. But hey, these are the pains of rebuilding in the SEC, right? After another win over South Carolina in 2015 — on the road, to boot! — it seemed like the Cats were on the right path once again, only to be derailed by perennial soul-crusher Florida. Two wins later, things were looking up as Stoops and company had every opportunity to beat Auburn on a primetime Thursday night stage, but choked. From there, a series of befuddling errors marred the season, most notably four squandered goal-line opportunities vs. Vanderbilt and a 21-point lead over Louisville blown to pieces by poor execution. After watching the Cards score 31 unanswered points in Commonwealth Stadium to end UK’s season for the second year in a row, it’s been pretty hard to get up off the mat, even for a fanbase as weathered as ours.

That’s why I’m declaring this the “Show Me” season for Kentucky football, and not just because they likely have to beat Missouri to make a bowl. Outside of the perpetually positive hardcore UK Football fans, the rest of fanbase seems to be firmly in “wait and see” mode. Season ticket sales are way down from previous years, and, if you judge by the hits on football articles on KSR, the only thing worse than negativity may be indifference. Critics like to accuse KSR of “sunshine-pumping” the program, but we’re coming upon the time of year in which I inevitably follow heart over head due to excitement and I’m going into Saturday’s Women’s Clinic guarded. Don’t get me wrong, I want nothing more than for Mark Stoops to succeed at Kentucky, and he finally has all of the building blocks in place: renovated stadium, state-of-the-art practice facility, etc. But, without wins, it’s all for naught, and I’ve read the “we’ve turned the corner” script too many times before.

With that being said, here’s what I’ll be looking for on Saturday at the Women’s Clinic:

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Does Drew Barker resemble a leader?

I’ll admit it: I bought in to the Drew Barker hype, hook, line, and sinker. After months of talking to Drew over the phone for his diary on the site, I was blown away by his maturity, focus, and vision for the UK Football program. Well, after a tumultuous freshman year, it looked like we were all wrong about the kid who was heralded to be the future of the program, but hey, kids make mistakes, and Drew spent plenty of time in Stoops’ doghouse. Last year, Drew appeared ready to put the past behind him and won the starting job from Patrick Towles the final two games of the season; however, he never really resembled a leader. Even with the reins of the offense in hand, Drew didn’t seem sure of himself, and was actually benched for Towles towards the end of the Louisville game.

With Towles now out of the picture, it will be interesting to see whether Barker fully embraces the role of leader, and, more importantly, if his teammates respond to him. Kentucky cannot afford another locker room divide, so, if Barker is there, I’ll be watching his interactions with fans and teammates, and if he’s not, I’ll be listening to hear what the coaches say about him. It’s a far cry from seeing him lead the team on the field, but I think you can tell a lot about a person’s character by their demeanor in these settings.


Does the Training Facility really have that “WOW” factor?

As in, ‘I’m an 18-year-old five-star recruit with offers from schools way more prestigious than Kentucky, but “WOW,” that training facility will cause me to give this place a second look.’

Kentucky doesn’t have the tradition or record of other programs, so to snare some big-time stars, things like a renovated stadium, a state-of-the-art practice facility, and, yes, uniforms matter. Those who attend the women’s clinic will get the chance to tour the facility and see the new uniforms, so I’m hoping to be wowed.


(Anna Negron, U.S. Army All-American Bowl)

(Anna Negron, U.S. Army All-American Bowl)

The in-state trio (Landon Young, Kash Daniel, Drake Jackson)

We’ve gotten our hopes up for home state heroes before, and at the risk of doing it again, it seems like the trio of Landon Young, Kash Daniel, and Drake Jackson is just…different. The three spearheaded the 2016 recruiting class, and both Kash and Drake enrolled early to get a leg up on preparing for their freshman seasons. While Drake is likely to redshirt and we’ve heard it’s taken Kash some time to adjust to the college game, Landon might start immediately. As with Drew, I’ll be watching to see how they interact with others. Judging by Twitter, we know they’re not shrinking violets. (I just hope Landon doesn’t feel the need to teach us about frog gigging 😝)


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Courtesy: 247 Sports

Who’s the leader on Defense?

Judging by SEC Media Days, it’s Courtney Love, one of the three players Stoops chose to represent the program. Since the days of Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith, I think you can argue there’s been a lack of leadership on defense, and everyone seems to be pointing at Love, a transfer, to fill the void. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Love yet, so I hope to hear from him at the clinic.


Any focus on or mention of Special Teams

It’s no secret that UK’s special teams have been a bit of a mess the past few years. In fact, you could argue they were the most frustrating unit on the field last season, which is saying something considering the others. After a million fans lobbied for the job on Twitter, Stoops finally caved in and hired a special teams coordinator over the offseason, former Pitt defensive coordinator Matt House, who will also oversee inside linebackers. Can House restore some order to a troubled unit? I’ll be listening.


What will JoJo Kemp do this year?

Heading in to his freshman year, JoJo Kemp proved to the ladies at the 2013 Women’s Clinic that he’s game for anything, pulling up his shirt during a uniform presentation to show off his abs. Now a senior, JoJo has matured, but he’s still a wildcard. Clearly the vocal leader of the team, JoJo charmed reporters at SEC Media Days and, if he’s there, I’m sure he’ll do the same on Saturday.

Want to join me at the Clinic? There are still spots available.


Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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You can be a part of Wendy’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. Now. On to the tweets:

 

#10 John Robic’s Hair

This is everyone’s favorite version.

 

#9 Patrick Butcher

The RNC was not prepared for Ryan at all. 

 

#8 Kevin Schwarber

Drake knows what’s up

 

#7 Nick Duran

Oh. Please, no. Don’t even say that. 

 

#6 Josiah Wilson

I don’t really know if in your car is really in public.

 

#5 Blake Hawley

Ya gotta do what you gotta do

 

#4 Cole Denham

Bevin might have as well said that.

 

#3 Terry Jordan

Where’s Steve Harvey when you need him?

 

#2 Dustin R.

KSR is not responsible for what happens in the nasal region.

 

#1 Doug Dalton

Seriously, what a let down. 

 

@haleysimpKSR


Calipari’s hanging with Derrick Rose and recruiting in Vegas

@UKCoachCalipari

Where in the world is John Calipari today? Las Vegas, where he’s hanging with his former point guard Derrick Rose, who is now with the New York Knicks. Calipari is in Sin City to help out with the USA Basketball Fantasy Camp and evaluate recruits at the Las Vegas Fab 48 tournament, where he’s currently watching Kevin Knox. Remember him? He’s good at basketball.

Kevin Knox
Small Forward | 6-8 | 195 lbs.
Tampa, FL | Tampa Catholic
AAU: E1T1
★★★★★
ESPN No. 7 | 2 SF Top247 No. 8 | 2 SF
Rivals No. 7 | 2 SF Scout No. 6 | 2 SF

While in town, I’m sure Calipari  also check in on DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker, and Julius Randle at Team USA Training Camp.

I don’t think it’s possible to look any happier (or tanner) than Cal in that picture. A few more days in the Vegas sun and he’ll be as dark as Derrick.


Where were you when Kentucky won the 2012 National Championship?

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The 2012 National Championship game just tipped off on SEC Network, and, to celebrate, I thought we’d relive the moment through our own experiences. I’ll start, followed by Nick, Drew, Matt and Ryan.

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I’ve always said that not going to New Orleans for the 2012 National Championship game was one of my biggest regrets in life, and it still is; however, my husband and I were feeling pretty poor after going to the regional in Atlanta and saving for our wedding the next month, so watching the game surrounded by fellow Nashville Cats fans at Corner Pub was a good alternative. At the time, I was working as a part-time editor for KSR (along with my normal full-time job) and ran the live blogs during games, so I took my laptop and tried my best not to spill beer on it throughout the night.

My husband and I also brought our friend, Charity, a Kansas fan, with us, and, despite her trash talk, she admitted afterwards that watching the game with us and the BBN in the bar was a pretty cool experience. We didn’t convert her to the blue and white, but I think Kentucky definitely gained her respect.

I was a nervous wreck throughout the game and channeled most of my nerves into the live blog (CAPPED UP), but I’ll never forget the feeling of standing in the corner watching the final seconds tick down. Few things will ever top it.


Nick Roush

The 2012 National Championship night is one of the most stressful, joyous nights of my young life.  A sophomore at UK, I was in my third semester living in a “Six Pack” fraternity house and four months removed from writing my first post for KSR in January of 2012.

Sticking to ritual, I watched every tournament game at a friend’s house on Woodland, near the infamous Euclid corner from the 90’s championship celebrations.  Included in the ritual was a giant cooler of Busch Light and tailgating in the streets, which were virtually shutdown all around campus.

Partying next door were a few football players the girls loved to flirt with.  In an attempt to show off, one found a tire lying in the back of a deserted pickup truck.  Showing his best discus form, he launched said tire into the middle of the road, NAILING an oncoming car right in the windshield.  The crowd let out a collective, “OH!” yet the car continued down the street.  All was fine…

Fast forward three hours to game-time.  I held my traditional spot inside along with 15 others, while 30 or more watched the game on a TV setup on the front porch.  The score was 6-4 when it hit the fan.  The stupid tire-throwing football player came back to bite us.

A handful of policemen showed up at the front door to break up the party, right in the middle of the most hallowed night of my early life.  Then, adrenaline kicked in.

The girls who owned the house panicked.  With tears growing in their eyes, they couldn’t speak when the officers asked, “Who lives here?”  “Me, sir,” I responded.

They began questioning me about the tire that hit the windshield.  Remaining composed, I used my best manners to explain what happened.  I didn’t throw the neighbors under the bus, but I did explain that no one in our party threw the tire.  Satisfied with the story, their demands were simple: everybody leave, but you can come back and continue when we’re gone, but ONLY inside.  Do NOT force us to return.

The conditions were followed and we were able to get back to the game after only about five minutes ticked off the game clock.  My foot didn’t stop tapping the rest of the night. I could only drink to soothe my hoarse throat.  In hindsight, the game was never close, but I couldn’t help myself on that warm April night.

As the end drew near, our excitement could not be contained.  When the clock struck zero, I was sprinting down Woodland to the corner on Euclid.  Nothing could get in the way of our indescribable joy.


Drew Franklin

I had scheduled a post saying we won with five minutes left in the game, and had to run back to the media room to delete it when Kansas made a comeback. I then spent the rest of the night refreshing the website after it crashed and finally made it out to Bourbon Street around 2 a.m.

I also made “One Shining Moment.” Go Cats.


Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond


Your turn.

Where were you when Kentucky beat Kansas for the 2012 National Championship?


The 2012 National Championship Game is coming up on the SEC Network

Got plans tonight? Cancel them. Or, just set your DVR to record the 2012 National Championship game between Kentucky and Kansas, which starts in thirty minutes on the SEC Network.

If you’re in a football mood, you can still catch the exciting end of Kentucky’s monumental upset of #1 LSU in 2007. Overtime should be starting about now…


The Top 247 Rankings for the 2018 class are out

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So far this summer, we’ve focused mainly on the 2017 recruiting class, but John Calipari’s already handed out offers in the 2018 and 2019 classes as well. Today, 247 Sports updated their Top 247 rankings for the 2018 class, and, as you might expect, several Kentucky targets are near the top.

1. Marvin Bagley, PF (Offer)
2. Zion Williamson, SF
5. Romeo Langford, SG (Offer)
6. Cameron Reddish, SF (Offer)
7. Khavon Moore, SF
12. Javonte Smart, PG
15. Immanuel Quickley, PG
17. EJ Montgomery, PF
18. Nazreon Reid, PF
60. Coby White, CG
71. Jaedon LeDee, SF (Offer)

It’s incredibly early, but Kentucky has a slim lead in Bagley’s Crystal Ball, with 67% of predictions. Bagley is considered one of the top prospects in the country regardless of class, hype which he backed up with an impressive performance at the Peach Jam. At 7-foot, Bagley can do it all, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels.

“At this point, he doesn’t have a peer in his class. No one is threatening him for the No. 1 spot,” Daniels told Sports Illustrated. “Even at his size, he’s athletic, he’s mobile, he’s versatile, he can score the ball in a variety of ways. He hasn’t shown any rust from not playing last season. If anything, he’s gotten better.”

It’s also worth noting that Shareef O’Neal, son of Shaquille O’Neal, is ranked ninth. The 6’9″ power forward doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky yet, but if it’s up to his famous dad, he’ll be at Kentucky in 2018.

[247 Sports]


Know Your Wildcats: Hometown Heroes

 

Davonte Robinson and Landon Young, both out of Lexington, pose with their families. Via CourierJournal.com

Davonte Robinson and Landon Young, both out of Lexington, pose with their families. Via CourierJournal.com

As the fall season approaches, athletes from all over the country flock to the Bluegrass for early move-in days and to begin summer training. However, a select few don’t have quite as far to travel. These freshmen will be representing the University of Kentucky next season and come to us from right here in Lexington.

Landon Young – Football, Lafayette High School

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via UKathletics.com

The 5 star Offensive Tackle received offers from Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State and Louisville, but ultimately decided to stay close to home and play for the Wildcats. During a game of “play, redshirt, or Westry,” hosts Nick Roush, Freddie Maggard and Justin Rowland predicted the fate of each player in the 2016-17 football class. Their guess for Young? A mixture of play and Westry. Listen to the full discussion here.

When asked about the freshman, Coach Mark Stoops mentioned his “unbelievable athleticism and agility,” which is especially rare for a 6’7, 305 pound offensive lineman.

“When you look up ‘left tackle’ in the dictionary, there is a picture of him,” said Coach Stoops. “He is your prototypical left tackle that every program would love to build their offensive line around.”

Young has already started making an impact off the football field when he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity alongside fellow freshmen Luke Fortner and Woodford County native Drake Jackson.

 

Madison Winstead – Swimming, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School 

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via UKathletics.com

Winstead committed to the Cats during her junior season and has displayed unwavering support for the university since then. She had offers from over a dozen schools, but chose Kentucky for a variety of reasons: the coaching staff, the facilities, the entire athletic department, the team dynamic and, most importantly, it’s proximity to her number one fan.

In January of 2015, Winstead’s mom, Shane Winstead, was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. In order to ensure her mom could watch her swim on the collegiate level, Winstead was allowed to compete in the team’s Blue-White spring meet in April, where she placed first in the 200 meter Breaststroke, an event where she is already just .18 seconds away from breaking the University of Kentucky record.  

Winstead is a two-time Scholastic All-American, and she medaled at the 2014 summer Junior Nationals. Her other major accomplishments include placing first in the 100 meter Breaststroke at the KHSAA High School State Championship Meet, an event for which she also has the Olympic Trials cut. She competed in the Olympic Trials on Monday, June 27 in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

Aime Mabika – Soccer, Henry Clay High School

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via UKathletics.com

The 6’6 defensive player led his high school to a state championship finals appearance during his senior season, a season where he scored 12 goals and passed 4 assists. In addition to being an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the Kentucky Soccer Coaches Association’s Defensive Player of the Year, Mabika was also the Gatorade Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year for the state of Kentucky, based on his “athletic production while demonstrating “high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership,” according to this post.

Projected to play as a center back, Head Coach Johan Cedergren says Mabika “has the ability to be a good player for us over his career” who will “add depth to [UK’s] CB position or possibly play in midfield.”

 

Davonte Robinson – Football, Henry Clay High School

via UKathletics.com

via UKathletics.com

Throughout his high school career, Robinson was regarded as one of the best cornerbacks in the state, but also competed as a running back. By combining speed with size (6’2, 180 lbs), Robinson carried Henry Clay during the 2015 season as the leading tackler, while also recording 7 touchdowns. According to Coach Stoops, “Davonte may be the most underrated prospect in this entire class. He has the ability to play many positions, but we will play him at corner.”

Robinson was one of Kentucky’s first signees when he committed in October 2014, and has remained fiercely loyal despite offers from Notre Dame and Louisville.

“Oh, I’m all in,” said Robinson. “I bleed blue.”

 

Leah Edmond – Volleyball, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

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via pldlamplighter.org

The 6’2 outside hitter will join the Wildcats after an impressive senior season, where she averaged 5.0 kills per set and was named the 2015 Region Player of the Year, in addition to serving as an Under-Armour Second-Team All American and AAU All-American. Prep Volleyball named Edmond “The best prospect to ever come out of the Lexington area” based on her “incredible jumping ability and quickness.”

“Leah is one of the most explosive athletes we have recruited here at Kentucky. She has earned a lot of respect around the country over the last year in this sport and will continue to do so at the next level. Leah’s potential in the game combined with how hard she plays and competes for each point will no doubt make an impact here at Kentucky” 

-UK Volleyball Head Coach Craig Skinner 

Edmond, who is the daughter of Kentucky football head strength and conditioning coach Corey Edmond, said she just “couldn’t picture [herself] anywhere else.”

“I love the coaches, I love Lexington and I love the school,” said Edmond. “I just feel in love with the whole package.”

 

Collin Rose – Soccer, Henry Clay High School

via UKathletics.com

via UKathletics.com

Rose played alongside Aime Mabika on Henry Clay’s 2015-16 state championship runner-up team, in addition to multiple state and regional teams. In 2015, he was named to the Kentucky Boys’ Soccer Association All-State Team. During Henry Clay’s state championship run, Rose scored the Blue Devil’s only goal against the Bowling Green Purples – a shot from well outside the penalty box during the game’s first half – which sent them to the championship game. He is expected to play any of the five midfield positions at UK next season.

“Collin is a gifted and technical player,” said Coach Cedergren. “There are few players who have the quick feet that Collin possesses.”


Be sure to watch out for these standout athletes in the coming season.


Pokemon Go has invaded Commonwealth Stadium

@UKAthletics

Regardless of what you think about Pokemon Go, there’s no denying the craze is sweeping the nation. In turn, UK invited fans to come catch Pokemon at Commonwealth Stadium this afternoon, and, by the looks of it, they got a pretty good crowd:

I don’t think the Wildcat mascot understands Pokemon:

In case you’re wondering what the heck a Pokemon looks like, here are some examples from WKYT’s Garrett Wymer:

Meanwhile, if you’re there and really want to go for the big ones, head on over to the arboretum:

What the heck is a Dragoni — you know what? Nevermind.


KSR After Show: And the Winner is… (7/20/16)

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Welcome BBN to the KSR After Show, today was the third day of madness for Kentucky Sports Radio at the Republican National Convention. On today’s show the guys conclude the Chain Restaurant Bracket, discuss Sacha Killeya-Jones’ statement, Jodie Meeks and a whole lot more!

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Today on Kentucky Sports Radio…

Ryan is in rough shape today after a fun night at the RNC.

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They guys got into the Republican Governor’s Party last night where Kip Moore performed

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Matt Bevin gave Matt a death stare before announcing Kentucky’s votes.

Cracker Barrel vs Outback Finals

The hosts, callers and random people at the convention have spoken. It was a back-and-forth match with at least six lead changes, but in the end Outback Steakhouse pulled out the victory in the KSR Summer Favorite Chain Restaurant Bracket in double overtime! The blooming onion finished a shout out shy of a double dipper and the famous Outback bread led the way to put them over the top, leading the team in shout outs and watering mouths. Congratulations to Outback, the Butler University of the tournament, except this time Gordon Hayward hit the half court shot at the buzzer.

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Drew may have a man crush on Chris Soules from the bachelor. 

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Today’s Ryan-isms:

“You look at his look and he’s looking right at you.”

I’m also pretty sure he just said A-hole on the radio. Luckily Shannon was on the ball to hit the dump button.

Ryan’s Convention Analysis

The convention means nothing because we already know the delegate votes.  He believes it’s pointless.

I don’t know that I can completely disagree.  It’s only to gather the parties for speeches from celebrities, candidates and their families.

Drew is not an egg-noramoose

The most unhealthy food in America?…

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Outback Steakhouse cheddar fries with a bowl of ranch.

Sacha Killeya-Jones said anything less than an NCAA Championship this year is a failure  

I love the confidence and swagger, but I only hope Sacha and the other guys shoot for a Championship.  If it doesn’t happen I would hate for them to feel like personal failures, because they wouldn’t be.  You simply want the guys on your team to believe anything less is unacceptable. But if they don’t win the title, we as a fan base shouldn’t look back on the year as a failure. Especially if they make it to the Final Four or Championship but can’t win the game.

Gail Huff  joins the guys on the show. She’s a TV reporter who is married to former U.S. Senator and “Sexist Man In America” and current Fox News analyst Scott Brown.

Gail Huff from Facebook (Courtesy Gail Huff)

Gail Huff from Facebook (Courtesy Gail Huff)

Gail’s daughter Ayla Brown is single and will be singing the National Anthem tomorrow night at the RNC.

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Sadly Jodie Meeks got hurt again.

Plew, poor Jodie.  Drew said he’s only played like 8 games the past two years. I really hope he can get healthy and stay healthy because he is still fairly young and I know has a lot more basketball to play in his career.

Adam Donovan won 4 tickets to the Ark Encounter today for guessing the first NFL Players Jersey that I ever owned!

A funny Coach Cal story from a caller:

He ate at the same table at Carrabba’s before the caller sat down. The waiter told the caller that Cal left a great tip but paid with a gift card. Classic Calipari.

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Matt caused Shannon to hit the dump button for the second time today.

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Thank you BBN nation for joining us here on today’s KSR After Show! Have a great Wednesday!


RNC Update: Louisville Police in a (Dance) Battle

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Things have been pretty crazy on the convention floor at Quicken Loans Arena.  Many have worried about turmoil in the streets outside, but contrary to popular belief, it’s remained calm.

The protests have not escalated and the police have not been contentious.  Matt discussed their interactions earlier, but he missed the time a Louisville police officer clashed with a civilian.

After some encouragement from his peers, LMPD officer Steve Conrad strutted onto the floor for a dance battle.  He didn’t stand on his head, but it was a strong showing, much better than the awkward dancing on the convention floor.

#LMPD spreading #COP at the 2016 #RNC. #CommunityOrientedPolicing

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