By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©May 24th, 2018 @ 2:36pm
Another day, another accolade for Anthony Davis, who was just named to the All-NBA First Team, along with Damian Lillard, James Harden, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant. Fellow former Cat Karl Towns made the Third Team along with Steph Curry, Victor Oladipo, Jimmy Butler, and Paul George.
Davis finished third in the voting behind Harden and James. Yesterday, he was named All-Defensive First Team for the first time and is still in the running for MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. This season, Davis led the NBA in blocks average, ranked second in scoring average and finished fifth in rebounding average. He also became the first player to have at least 2,000 points, 800 rebounds, 150 blocks and 100 steals in a season since David Robinson in 1995-96.
Meanwhile, in his third season, Karl Towns led the NBA in double-doubles with 68, ranked fourth in rebounding average and finished in the top 15 in blocks average, field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage (42.1). All of that and still, the Timberwolves couldn’t get him the ball enough in the playoffs. Hmm.
In honor of Throwback Thursday, here’s a snap of the two All-Stars in a simpler time:
For a complete listing of the All-NBA First, Second, and Third Teams, click through the jump.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©May 24th, 2018 @ 1:34pm
This morning, we shared the news that Kentucky backup safety Marcus Walker was arrested on drug trafficking charges. Details of that arrest continue to trickle out.
According to Tanner Hesterberg of WKYT, police were called to a residence on Unity Drive for reports of disorderly conduct. Through the course of their investigation, they obtained a search warrant which led to Walker’s arrest. Photos from the scene, which include a broken window:
This is the home on Unity Drive where Lexington Police say they arrested UK football player Marcus Walker on drug charges. Broken window, glass on ground. @WKYT https://t.co/nGKmhJM3aw pic.twitter.com/GgmNQPODiR
— Tanner Hesterberg (@TannerWKYT) May 24, 2018
According to Walker’s arrest citation, he was in possession of over five pounds of marijuana, four or more grams of cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. Police also found a large amount of cash and a cash counter during their search. He pleaded not guilty in Fayette District Court this afternoon and is being held at the Fayette County Detention Center on a $1,000 surety bond.
Walker’s attorney, Abe Mashni, had this to say to KSR: “Marcus Walker is presumed innocent. What we saw today was the court acknowledging that fact and setting an appropriate bond. Marcus will be home soon and ready to aggressively fight these charges.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©May 24th, 2018 @ 1:00pm
This morning, Kentucky announced it will play Kansas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge at Rupp Arena on January 26, 2019, giving us a clearer picture of what is shaping up to be an absolutely loaded 2018-19 schedule.
Here’s the schedule as we know it:
|Bahamas National Team (Foreign Exhibition)
Paradise Island, Bahamas | The Atlantis
Wednesday, August 8
|San Lorenzo de Almagra (Foreign Exhibition)
Paradise Island, Bahamas | The Atlantis
Thursday, August 9
|Mega Bemax (Foreign Exhibition)
Paradise Island, Bahamas | The Atlantis
Saturday, August 11
|Team Toronto (Foreign Exhibition)
Paradise Island, Bahamas | The Atlantis
Sunday, August 12
|Big Blue Madness
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
|Kentucky vs. Duke
Indianapolis, IN | Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Tuesday, November 6
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Wednesday, November 28
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Saturday, December 1
|Kentucky vs. Seton Hall
New York, NY | Madison Square Garden
Citi Hoops Classic
Saturday, December 8
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Saturday, December 15
|Kentucky vs. North Carolina
Chicago, IL | United Center
CBS Sports Classic
Saturday, December 22
|Kentucky @ Louisville
Louisville, KY | KFC Yum! Center
|Kentucky vs. Kansas
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
SEC/Big 12 Challenge
Saturday, January 26
We’ll bring you more games as we know them.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©May 24th, 2018 @ 12:00pm
When will we know whether PJ Washington is staying in the draft or returning to Kentucky? His father just confirmed to Jon Rothstein that PJ will announce his decision on May 30, the NCAA’s eligibility deadline. Players have until 11:59 p.m. that night to make their intentions known. Finally, something more concrete than the comments section of an Instagram post.
At the NBA Draft Combine last week, PJ told reporters that unless he’s given a first-round guarantee (a tricky concept), he will return to college. Right now, he’s only listed in one major mock draft, and that’s in the second round. The latest Sports Illustrated mock draft has him going to Minnesota with the 48th pick. So far, he’s met with or worked out for the Utah Jazz (picks 21 and 52), the Los Angeles Clippers (picks 12, 13), Brooklyn Nets (picks 29, 40, 45), and Boston Celtics (pick 27). Tomorrow, he’ll work out for the Timberwolves (picks 20 and 48).
For more on PJ’s dilemma, read Aaron Torres’ post from earlier this week. And no, there’s still no word on when Jarred Vanderbilt and Weynen Gabriel, who are also testing the waters, will announce their decisions.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 24th, 2018 @ 10:59am
Kentucky will get another shot at Kansas in Rupp Arena this upcoming season in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, UK announced Thursday morning.
The fourth-ranked Cats hosted the second-ranked Jayhawks in the 2016-17 edition of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. ESPN College Gameday was in town for that one, as was Michael Buffer, but UK lost on its own floor, 79-73.
The entire schedule looks like this:
Alabama at Baylor
Arkansas at Texas Tech
Florida at TCU
Texas at Georgia
Kansas at Kentucky
Iowa State at Ole Miss
South Carolina at Oklahoma State
West Virginia at Tennessee
Kansas State at Texas A&M
Vanderbilt at Oklahoma
All games will be played Saturday, January 26.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 24th, 2018 @ 10:46am
I’ve never sold drugs before so I don’t know a lot about building a drug-dealing brand to increase a client base while maintaining anonymity and staying out of the watchful eye of law enforcement. I have a marketing degree from the prestigious Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, but the next drug I sell will be the first drug I sell.
With that being said, I am fairly confident this is a tweet one should not send if participating in drug trafficking-related activities. I think it’s an even worse idea if said person is a student-athlete on a student-athlete budget.
Marcus Walker, though: he wanted his 2,500+ Twitter followers to know that he’s two-stepping counting paper; it’s his money dance, he says.
Two-stepping counting paper that's my money dance?? pic.twitter.com/zsreW61vjJ
— Marcus Walker (@prim3tim3jr4) March 13, 2017
In my opinion, the photo was a pretty poor PR move by the young man who likely saw his college football career come to an end with a Thursday morning arrest for trafficking more than five pounds of marijuana and four grams of cocaine.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 24th, 2018 @ 10:12am
I need to clarify something real quick. I am not returning to North Carolina for a senior season. The stories you’re seeing online are about Luke Maye, a young man who shares my likeness, and hit that lucky shot to beat Kentucky in the 2017 NCAA tournament.
Maye tested the NBA waters this spring but decided he wanted one more year of not taking classes. He announced his return to fake college this morning, saying he wants to “finish the right way.” He added the hashtag #RoadtoMinneapolis as a sign of his hopes to return to the Final Four.
Maye will likely be a preseason All-American and one of the faces of college basketball in 2018-19.
Again, it’s not me.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 24th, 2018 @ 9:55am
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By Drew Franklin on ©May 24th, 2018 @ 8:51am
Kentucky football’s Marcus Walker was arrested early Thursday morning in Lexington on drug trafficking charges. Those charges include drug paraphernalia, trafficking marijuana (over five pounds) and trafficking a controlled substance (four or more grams of cocaine):
#1 DRUG PARAPHERNALIA – BUY/POSSESS
#2 TRAF IN MARIJUANA ( > 5 LBS.) 1ST OFF
#3 TRAFF IN CONT SUB, 1ST DEGREE, 1ST OFF – (> OR = 4 GMS COCAINE)
Walker was set to be a part of UK’s defensive back rotation in 2018 as a junior safety. He signed with Kentucky in 2015 as a four-star recruit out of Florida, and played in 12 of 13 games last year as a sophomore with five total tackles.
He was really expected to provide depth and see even more playing time this fall, but it’s safe to say that has changed with his arrest.
See the report here.
By TJ Walker on ©May 23rd, 2018 @ 11:00pm
Folks, Topgolf in Louisville is an absolute must and we shouldn’t let a few neighbors in Hurstbourne stop progress.
Some Hurstbourne residents are making a big stink about Topgolf possibly interrupting their quiet neighborhood. They don’t want Topgolf near them. Maybe they don’t want Topgolf entirely.
They clearly don’t want fun or more money for Louisville. These people would rather support tumbleweeds and an apocalyptic Sears building.
And if there’s one thing that Topgolf is it’s fun. It’s a mix of a bar with a driving range. A place to watch important games while also being able to enjoy quality food and have servers wait on you while you hit golf balls. Maybe someday you will be able to legally bet on UK games while at Topgolf?
Not if some in Hurstbourne have it their way. They will want you to travel to Cincy, Indy or Nashville to have your fun.
Tonight at 5:45 p.m. a group of Hurstbourne haters are meeting at the corner of Lyndon Lane and Oxmoor Woods Parkway to protest the proposed Topgolf entertainment center that is set to open at the Oxmoor Center in the coming years.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Oxmoor Center (mall) in Louisville it’s on the other side of the Watterson Expressway from Mall St. Matthews. The proposed Topgolf facility would be built where the vacant Sears building is currently located. It would also take up some of an abandoned parking lot. You would have to walk a few hundred yards before getting to a road. You would then cross said road and walk another hundred yards or so before getting to a tree line. Once you walked through the tree line you would eventually stumble upon a neighborhood, assuming you can make it there without being too fatigued from such a long journey.
The Topgolf isn’t being built in a residential area. It’s somewhat near a residential area. It’s a quarter-mile to the closest house but 90 percent of homes are a half-mile or farther away.
I’m sure the majority of Hurstbourne residents have never been to a Topgolf but gossip around the neighborhood has spiraled out of control. I spoke with a buddy who lives in Hurstbourne who said a neighbor approached his house to discuss Topgolf.
“Yeah, she basically came over and told me that Topgolf would ruin the neighborhood,” he said. “She said there would be rock concerts every night, our neighborhood would be blocked off because of traffic and the lights they use will be seen for miles.”
Sadly I can’t say I’m surprised.
Let’s clear the air here:
- Some Topgolf locations may have live bands (it’s a rarity), but the ones that do almost always play their music inside.
- Topgolf will play stereo music outside but it’s never too loud. Remember, people are there to talk, hangout and hit golf balls. They’re not at a Mason Ramsey rager.
- The best comparison for Topgolf is bowling. Bowling on Barry Bond’s steroids. It’s a somewhat athletic social event. Bowling alleys maybe aren’t the best place to practice Sunday School, but it’s far from the infield at the Derby.
- Anyone in Louisville knows that traffic in that area absolutely sucks. Topgolf won’t help the traffic in that area but it really will only have an impact during evening rush hour, probably just on Thursdays and Fridays. It’s a bummer but you don’t turn down a guarantee moneymaker because your evening commute becomes 10 minutes longer.
- I’m not an electrician, but it seems like those concerned about the lights from Topgolf are once again misguided. Here’s what Topgolf had to say on its website: In response to concerns from neighbors, our engineers developed a completely new lighting scheme for Topgolf Oxmoor Center. Instead of outward-facing, halogen-powered, “stadium-style” lighting that people may be familiar with from other facilities, Topgolf Oxmoor Center will utilize downward-facing LED installations built inside, instead of on top of the facility.
- Topgolf isn’t just for golfers. A recent Topgolf study indicated that 51 percent of players aren’t golfers in the slightest. 27 percent of customers play just 1-7 rounds of golf per year.
- 69 percent of Topgolf players are aged 18-44. That shows that Topgolf likely will be around for a longtime, but you don’t have to be a college student to enjoy it. Let’s not have Louisville miss out on something that could be a staple in the city for decades.
- The Oxmoor Center is dying. Shops are closing and fewer people actually go to malls. This will bring life back into a hurting part of town and will allow those near Lyndon and Hurstbourne to punch back at nearby St. Matthews and the Highlands.
- Topgolf is expected to bring in nearly $300 million to Louisville over the next 10 years while adding a proposed 500 jobs. Do you hate money? Do you hate jobs?
Listen, I understand people may not want this close to their homes. You may be thinking it’s easy for me to write this article when it won’t be near my front porch. I won’t live far from the Topgolf, but I understand some of these concerns. Hell, I once suffered a broken foot playing Topgolf. Ignore the fact it was my bachelor party and the injury was suffered because I tried to do a Happy Gilmore swing, but I understand there are concerns about this money and memory making machine.
The good news is that Topgolf executives have already heard dozens of complaints and has already made changes with more to come in the future. There willing to do what they have to do to make this happen at the Oxmoor Center.
I would suggest reading all those changes here, but here are some highlights:
Further away: The actual Topgolf building has been moved to the north and west—toward the highway—increasing the distance between the facility and nearby homeowners.
Redesigned lighting: Topgolf at Oxmoor Center will now have LED lights on the third level of the hitting bay, below the roof line, facing down, instead of the large, outward-facing halogen installations common at other Topgolf facilities.
Traffic Control: Proposed plan changes would further discourage Oxmoor Center guests from taking the slower and less-efficient route through the Hurstbourne neighborhood.
No word on preventing foot injuries from inebriated bachelors.
Don’t allow Nancy from down the street tell you how bad Topgolf will be for your neighborhood. Nancy is out of touch, hasn’t done her research and hates fun.
Topgolf will be great for Louisville and its success could lead to other cities in Kentucky to follow its lead.
One neighbor tells me she's worried the lights at Topgolf will shine into her home. The GM at Oxmoor Center says Topgolf plans to install an upgraded lighting system at the location. The downward-facing LED lights are designed to limit light into neighborhood. pic.twitter.com/sAcloC4oyQ
— Emily Maher (@WLKYEmily) May 22, 2018
They installed these ‘down lights’ at our football stadium – pretty amazing and even from the stadium they’re not in your eyes.
— C Miller (@camillerjr66) May 23, 2018
— Zach Fuller (@Raptorky) May 23, 2018
I hope Louisville gets 7 Topgolf sites now https://t.co/5VMBD45i29
— JP (@JPaulYall) May 22, 2018
The plan still needs to get approval from the city so hopefully you will reach out to your City Council member that represents you and advocate for Topgolf at the Oxmoor Center that stuff actually helps. You can do that here.
Or maybe show up tonight at the corner of Lyndon Lane and Oxmoor Woods Parkway at 5:45 p.m. and show that the majority of people do support revitalizing the Oxmoor Center and helping Louisville continue to grow. Maybe bring this article and some Denny’s coupons to persuade the opposition?
I’ll be the LouCity match supporting other cool stuff in Louisville, but if you go send me pictures because I would love to see the crowd at this rally. Maybe in five years I’ll miss an anti-NBA to Louisville movement because I’ll be getting down at Topgolf. Support your cities. Support your Commonwealth. Oppose Nancy.
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By Nick Roush on ©May 23rd, 2018 @ 10:00pm
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Kentucky Sports Radio’s three-day invasion of The Paul Finebaum Show got off to a hot start.
Drew Franklin and Ryan Lemond joined Matt Jones for four hours of radio that touched on a variety of topics. They broke down a potential SEC Royal Rumble, the NFL’s new National Anthem rule, what SEC teams could make the CFP Playoff in the next 20 years and Cole Cubelic joined the crew in the first hour.
All of that was great, but nothing can top this quote from one caller: “If you can’t make it through high school, drop out and enroll at Tennessee.” You’ll find many more golden quotes below:
By Nick Roush on ©May 23rd, 2018 @ 9:30pm
You’ve heard the name Sydney McLaughlin. Now get to know Kentucky’s world class track star on Hey Kentucky!
After running in the Olympics, she’s shattering records at UK. McLaughlin explains why she decided to go to college, what her experience has been like on UK’s campus, and she admits that she’s not the biggest basketball fan. Watch her conversation with Matt Jones before she competes in the upcoming National Championships.
By KSR on ©May 23rd, 2018 @ 9:00pm
Royal Wedding Fever wrapped up The Funkhouser Situation so much, the guys needed a brief break to soak in all of the euphoria. Now Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse are back to talk about their ridiculous watching rituals, and…
— Chris corrects Lee’s awful Animal House memory.
— Lee’s side of the story from the KSR Bowling League Debacle.
— How HBO’s Barry is the perfect combination of comedy and violence.
— There’s a new mesmerizing Elvis documentary.
— SO. MUCH. EXCITEMENT. FOR. SOLO.
— Is John Krasinksi in every Disney movie?
— Questions about The Quiet Place.
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By TJ Walker on ©May 23rd, 2018 @ 8:00pm
When a handful of players transfer or head to the NBA Draft annually that makes every recruiting class important. I thought long and hard about the title of this column before publishing. I don’t want to be hyperbolic. I don’t want to be too hot takey.
With that in mind I have no doubt that the 2019 recruiting class will be John Calipari’s most important during his time at Kentucky.
We’ve been spoiled since Calipari took over the program in 2009. We have the luxury of contemplating UK’s road to the Final Four every season where before Calipari the most challenging task for UK fans was trying to accurately name the half dozen walk-ons on the team.
Things have been mostly great for the Big Blue Nation, but even during Calipari’s reign not every season has the Cats as a serious title contender. Maybe you’ve missed it, but Calipari (like almost every coach) will build up towards season. When the roster meshes together just right those are the years Calipari’s expectation is to win a Final Four.
2010 was the only non-buildup season that had title expectations, but that was a perfect storm of recruiting success and returning players.
2011 nearly resulted in a title but that was setting the groundwork for the 2012 season.
2012 was the perfect storm and resulted in a championship.
2013 geared towards 2014.
2014 didn’t go the way Calipari planned during the regular season, but with championship expectations the Cats fell just one game short.
The blueprint initially for 2015 wasn’t a title season but thanks to several surprise draft decisions that quickly changed, meaning 2016’s expectations would change.
2016 was initially supposed to be a big year for UK, but the Cats lost a few players expected to come back.
2017 was maybe Calipari’s “worst” expected title contending team, but that group cruised through the SEC and was one game short of the Final Four. Odds are if UNC doesn’t hit a last second shot the Cats win the title that year.
2018 was never supposed to be a title contending season and it showed throughout the year.
2019 looks promising and a year or two ago it looked like 2018-2019 would be a year where the Cats should contend. We will need to see who stays and goes to know if that blueprint is realistic.
But if you want to look ahead to 2019-2020 it certainly seems like the pieces should be in place a monster season. 2019 will be John Calipari’s most important recruiting class. Not just because the pieces may be in place, but because when the 2020 class rolls around recruiting may be changed because the one-and-done rule could go away.
The future of UK recruiting is going to change if the one-and-done rule evaporates in 2020. The Cats will have to go after more players that won’t be stars their freshmen season and college basketball will somewhat revert back to how things were before 2006.
If Calipari hangs around for another 5-10 seasons he will surely have other important recruiting classes, but as of today 2019 will be the most crucial.
For a coach that has dominated the recruiting scene the way Calipari has over the years he’s had great and important classes. Any of his four Final Four runs don’t happen without freshmen. The Cats don’t cut down the nets without Marquis Teague, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis. UK doesn’t start 38-0 without Karl-Anthony Towns and the contributions of other freshmen that year.
But Calipari had somewhat of a pass in those other seasons, especially after 2012. UK was so successful the preview season (sans 2013) that if Calipari had a miss or two on the recruiting trail fans wouldn’t care as much.
With UK not going to a Final Four since 2015 UK fans are getting anxious again. We can debate whether that’s fair or not, but it’s true. If Kentucky misses on the Final Four in 2019 and 2020 fans are going to panic, and I’m sure Calipari is aware.
2019 includes several players that with the right supporting cast could lead a team to a national championship. James Wiseman is special and Vernon Carey could take off, too. It’s not impossible UK lands both.
UK already has commitments from Tyrese Maxey and D.J. Jeffries (consider Ashton Hagans 2018). The Cats are contending for Wiseman, Carey, Keion Brooks, Matthew Hurt, Scottie Lewis and several more five-star targets.
You mix that with the fact the Cats may only lose a few players from the 2018-2019 and the 2019-2020 season could be special. It would be special if that comes to fruition. Of course we didn’t expect the Cats to lose this many players this spring/summer, but more should stay after the 2019 season.
Immanuel Quickley and Tyler Herro should have sophomore seasons. Jemarl Baker should hang around for a junior season. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Quade Green and Nick Richards return, although that’s tougher to predict.
Circumstances could change for Keldon Johnson and E.J. Montgomery. Heck, maybe things don’t workout for Jarred Vanderbilt (if he returns). Those three are tougher to predict but it seems certain that if Wenyen Gabriel and P.J. Washington return to UK it would be for their last season in Lexington.
But if the Cats have a core of Quickley, Herro, Baker along with possibly Green and Richards, the Cats would be just a few play-makers away from having a monster roster.
UK will have Maxey and a developing Jeffries, but if UK were to add Wiseman and Keion Brooks Kentucky would have a complete and dominant roster. That’s not unreasonable or impossible. As of today it may be probable. What if the Cats were to add a Scottie Lewis and Carey to that class, too? Then you’re talking about a super team.
Of course UK could be talking about a super class in 2018, but three of Calipari’s top targets went to Duke instead of Kentucky. While the Cats have recovered nicely, fans haven’t forgotten about what could have been if the Cats would have just landed one of Cameron Reddish, R.J. Barrett or Zion Williamson.
Surprisingly the star power at the top of 2019 is similar to that of 2018. Calipari has a chance to establish his dominance once again and if he does UK will have a roster similar makeup similar to 2010, 2012, and comparable to 2015.
After 2019 things will likely change. The chances of landing super classes and freshmen players that can dominate in March will decrease. 2019 will be Calipari’s last great chance at combining star freshmen with a nice returning core.
Already having Maxey and Jeffries on board is a great start, but Calipari will need to finish with players like Brooks, Wiseman and Carey. This summer and fall is going to be Calipari’s most important offseason laying the groundwork for the 2019-2020 season.