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June 12th, 2019

KSR Show Thread 6/12: Tom Hart

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today is Tom Hart’s turn in the big chair, so tune in to hear the ESPN and SEC Network play-by-play announcer’s KSR hosting debut, which, really, he prepared for all last season.

Here’s the rest of the guest host schedule, which has changed due to a death in Slice Rohrssen’s family:

Thursday, 6/13 — Ryan Lemond, Jared Lorenzen and Special Guests
Friday, 6/14 — DeWayne Peevy | UK Deputy Director AD

Monday, 6/17 — Michael Eaves | ESPN
Tuesday, 6/18 — UK Football Staff
Wednesday, 6/19 — Ryan Lemond, Drew Franklin, and Charles Walker | Kentucky Football experts extraordinaire
Thursday, 6/20 — Matthew Mitchell | Kelly Clarkson Superfan
Friday, 6/21 — Laura Rutledge | ESPN/SEC Network

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

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Today on KSR: The Dice are still Hot

The commits keep coming.

Tuesday afternoon D’Eryk Jackson became the third 2020 recruit to commit to Kentucky in five days, following running backs Torrance Davis and JuTahn McClain. After camping with the Cats, the talented inside linebacker had seen enough. Before leaving Lexington Jackson pledged his allegiance to the Big Blue Nation, choosing UK over Purdue, Ole Miss and Miss. State.

A three-star prospect from Dublin, Georgia, Jackson was recruited by Jon Sumrall. The new assistant’s first commitment is Sumrall’s kind of player. A hard-hitting thumper, Jackson is at his best when he’s busting heads.

Aside from a 7-on-7 camp this weekend, today is the final day of camps at the UK football facility. Even though the action will slightly slow down, there will still be plenty of recruits visiting campus over the next two weeks who could potentially roll the dice. Don’t Geek.

LOL My Butt Off at Terry Wilson Haters

The Terry Wilson trolls crawled out of their cave yesterday to hate on UK’s starting quarterback. UK’s quarterback isn’t fazed and Vince Marrow doesn’t have any time for that.

Game Seven

Tonight Lord Stanley’s Cup is in Boston. The Bruins or the Blues will be able to enjoy the greatest trophy in all of sports for the next 365 days. We’ll find out exactly who gets that honor when the two teams take the ice at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

Total Annihilation

The Women’s World Cup debut by Team USA was quite a spectacle. The Americans completely crushed Thailand. Six goals were scored in the final 16 minutes en route to a 13-0 victory, setting a new World Cup record. The domination was immaculate, but not everybody was happy with the USWNT.

The Dirty Water Derby Returns

The Ohio River soccer rivalry is back on. Once USL foes, the rivalry was forced to press pause when Cincinnati FC moved up into the MLS. Tonight Louisville City FC will travel up I-71 to take down their old foe in the U.S. Open Cup at Nippert Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN+

A Sneak Peak into Football Season

The 80-day wait until Kentucky’s season-opener feels like it’s only getting worse. The fine folks around the program are trying to help. Yesterday they revealed the Honorary Captain for the opening kickoff will be Houston Hogg and showed off a brand new mural inside Gate 1 at Kroger Field.

@UKSportsNetwork

Please, football season, get here soon.

Trivia Night at KSBar and Grille

So you think you know The Office? Let Billy put you to the test tonight at KSBar. The action starts at 7:00, but I suggest you show up a little bit earlier to prepare accordingly.

It’s a Tom Hart Takeover

The Big Blue Nation’s favorite play-by-play man will be taking his talents to the KSR airwaves. Don’t miss the shenanigans beginning in one hour.


June 11th, 2019

KSBar’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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.

KSBar and Grille is located at: 1030 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504


You can be a part of KSR’s Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day.

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#10 Derin Rogers

We Hart Tom.

#9 OldTimeHardball

What a crew.

#8 Spalding, John

C’mon man.

#7 Chris Gambrell

Honestly, same. It spooked me the first few times.

#6 Coach T

I have NEVER related to a tweet more.

#5 Michael Rains

Lookin’ good, Mike!

#4 Not Jerry Tipton

A very accurate description if you missed the game.

#3 Justin M. Vicroy

This needs to be engraved on a national monument.

#2 Everything Kentucky Football

That’s what I’m sayin’

#1 Stevie

Now THIS is the right list.


Follow me on twitter and tag me in one of your tweets for a chance to make KSR’s top 10 tweets: @BrentW_KSR


Tom Hart is hosting tomorrow’s show

Get excited, my friends. Tom Hart, ESPN play-by-play announcer and KSR BFF, is taking over the airwaves tomorrow to entertain you. As you can see on Twitter, he’s excited:

Do KSR references count if you make them on KSR? Regardless, leave you best questions for our buddy in the comments and if they’re good, he might answer them.

Here’s the rest of the guest host schedule, which has changed due to a death in Slice Rohrssen’s family:

Thursday, 6/13 — Ryan Lemond, Jared Lorenzen and Special Guests
Friday, 6/14 — DeWayne Peevy | UK Deputy Director AD

Monday, 6/17 — Michael Eaves | ESPN
Tuesday, 6/18 — UK Football Staff
Wednesday, 6/19 — Ryan Lemond, Drew Franklin, and Charles Walker | Kentucky Football experts extraordinaire
Thursday, 6/20 — Matthew Mitchell | Kelly Clarkson Superfan
Friday, 6/21 — Laura Rutledge | ESPN/SEC Network


“We gotta get the natty”: The 2019-20 Wildcats are at work

Summer workouts have begun for the 2019-20 Kentucky Wildcats, and based on the latest videos coming out of the Joe Craft Center, this group is hungry for the program’s ninth national championship. Watch below as KyWildcatsTV gives us a glimpse into “Grind SZN” (never felt more white than I did typing that):

Ashton Hagans also shared some pictures on Instagram:

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Tell em label me a real one??

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That’s great and all, but I prefer this clip of Tyrese Maxey yelling at Keion Brooks while he does pushups:

“We gotta get the natty, KB! We need the natty starting now, KB!”


Getting to Know the 2020 Recruiting Prospect: Daishen Nix

To say that the state of Alaska hasn’t produced a ton of basketball talent through the years would be an understatement – you can pretty much count on one hand the number of big-time players who’ve come from the state. Trajan Langdon. Carlos Boozer. Mario Chalmers. Kamaka Hepa, a former Top 50 recruit who just finished his first season at Texas. Maybe one or two more, but that’s really about it.

Even so, it seems as though we’ll all soon be able to add another name to the list: Daishen Nix. The five-star guard in the class of 2020 is originally from Alaska, moved to Las Vegas a few years ago and has now seen his college recruitment blow up in the last year or so because of it all. A point guard widely considered to be the best passer in this entire class, Nix is ranked in the Top 15 nationally by both 247 Sports and Rivals.com with virtually every school in America after him. That list ranges from some of the biggest programs in college basketball like Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona, Gonzaga and Kansas, to others like Maryland, Alabama and plenty more. At this point it’s hard to find many programs anywhere in America who aren’t interested in the 6’5 guard.

Nix spoke to KSR last week at the Pangos All-American Camp in Los Angeles, chronicling his wild journey. It all began in Alaska where he spent his childhood, before his family decided to move to Las Vegas. Ironically, the decision had little to do with basketball. His mom simply visited her cousin who lived in the area, and the family liked it enough that they decided to make the plunge.

One very nice side-effect however, is that the decision has unquestionably helped Nix’s basketball career.

“I think it [the basketball] is way better,” Nix said. “The competition is better.”

Asked how he likes living in Las Vegas, Nix laughed and said “it depends on the time of year,” as he’s still adjusting to those insanely hot Vegas summers. But again, from a basketball perspective the move has worked out well.

Nix was a relatively unknown player throughout the early portion of his high school career, before a strong summer last year launched him into the national spotlight and up the recruiting rankings. That continued this past season when he averaged 19 points, six rebounds and five assists per game at Trinity International High School in Las Vegas, and this spring, he was invited to a Team USA combine at the Final Four in Minneapolis. He also appeared at the Pangos All-American Camp earlier this month, an event which featured virtually every big-time player across high school basketball.

In terms of his recruitment, Nix’s wide-ranging list of schools reflects a player who is still just now starting to get comfortable with all the attention. As of right now 247 Sports doesn’t have a single Crystal Ball prediction in his recruitment, and his offer list seems to expand by the day. Schools like Maryland and Alabama were perceived to be early favorites, while in the last few months, more traditional powers like Kansas, Arizona and Gonzaga have gotten into the mix. Nix just took an unofficial visit to UCLA last week, and Washington is another emerging West Coast program who Nix says he’s been in touch with.

Then there’s Kentucky. While they haven’t officially offered Nix yet, they visited him a few months back. And he liked what he heard from assistant coach Joel Justus.

“He liked my passing, getting my other teammates involved, getting everyone involved on my team,” Nix said. “He also talked about my shooting, my defense is getting better. I liked that [the constructive criticism].”

So that’s the good news on Nix, as his star continues to rise. The bad news is that for any school hoping to get a commitment from him soon, well, good luck.

Nix said that as of right now he doesn’t even have a formal list, and probably wouldn’t even begin to cut things down until the middle of his senior season. While he said that he doesn’t plan to wait until the last minute like Cole Anthony or Jaden McDaniels, Nix probably won’t commit until the spring.

Ultimately that’s not really all that surprising though.

From Alaska to Las Vegas and a rise up the recruiting rankings, Nix’s journey is just getting started.

And it will be fascinating to see where it all ends up.

Below is some video of Nix, and here are some other 2020 prospect profiles:

Cade Cunningham

Johnny Juzang (before he committed)