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February 17th, 2017

Colin Cowherd saying UK players have underwhelmed in the NBA is one of the dumbest things you’ll ever hear in your entire life

For the life of me I will never understand why anyone would listen to Colin Cowherd’s radio show, but, it has a big following and he makes millions and I’m sitting here writing about him today on a sunny Friday afternoon, so good for him.

But he’s an idiot for the comments he made today when he went all the way in on a scorching hot take, telling his listeners John Calipari’s former players in the NBA have been underwhelming.

You’ll have to hear it to believe it:

Cowherd uses playoff wins to discredit John Wall and Anthony Davis, without acknowledging the fact they are former No. 1 picks and that No. 1 picks go to the worst team in the league. He also trashed the names of DeMarcus Cousins, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Julius Randle, Nerlens Noel, the entire Phoenix Suns roster and many others.

“Kentucky guys are mostly immature, uncoachable, underwhelming or, in Anthony Davis’ case, spectacularly gifted but I’m still waiting for the first playoff win,” he said at one point.

WHAT?! Underwhelming?!

May I remind Colin Cowherd there are currently seven Wildcats in New Orleans participating in the NBA All-Star weekend. SEVEN. There aren’t many schools with seven players in the entire league.

Has he not seen the historic numbers Karl-Anthony Towns put up in his rookie season? Or that Devin Booker is only 20 years old and and the fourth youngest player to ever score 4,000 points, behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant? Or that Julius Randle is one of only six players with multiple triple-doubles this season? Or that Eric Bledsoe had a triple-double two days ago? Or that DeMarcus Cousins is widely considered the best center in the NBA?

Cowherd can’t even believe his own nonsense this time around. He’s been hard on John Wall since Day 1, but this is ridiculous. He should be banned from talking about the NBA ever again.

Holy shit he’s an idiot.


Calipari explains why we haven’t seen Sacha Killeya-Jones

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It’s safe to say Sacha Killeya-Jones has been an enormous disappointment in his freshman season, especially considering the preseason hype and the fact he has played a total of three minutes in two appearances in Kentucky’s last 11 games.

One person close to the program who knows a lot more than you or me recently told me the reason behind Killeya-Jones’ disappearance from the rotation is simple: he’s just not very good right now.

I’m guilty of buying in to the Killeya-Jones preseason hype, and spreading it, after I sat through a two-hour practice back in October and thought he looked good. I didn’t expect he’d be a star this season, but I thought for sure he would get decent minutes and provide a nice complement to Bam Adebayo inside.

Boy, was I wrong.

Today, John Huang asked Calipari to explain the mystery behind Killeya-Jones’ vanishment, to which Cal said, “He’s still working. He’s trying. Guys are ahead of him right now and that’s a hard deal… He’s a little bit behind, but I’ve had some individual meetings with him, talked to him, and he said, ‘I understood coming here that this was going to be hard, so I’ve gotta work through it.'”

So there ya go.

He’s a victim to the depth chart.


LIVE: John Calipari previews Georgia

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Stop what you’re doing and turn off that terrible song you’re listening to at work and tune in to John Calipari’s pre-Georgia press conference below:


50 coaches named teams they fear in March; Kentucky not mentioned

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Jeff Goodman over at The Walt Disney Company’s ESPN website has a pretty neat college basketball poll up and its results are quite disrespectful to your Kentucky basketball team.

Goodman and his colleagues asked 50 college basketball coaches to name which team they do not want to face in the postseason and the responses are quite surprising.

West Virginia is the most feared team, according to the poll, with 14 of the 50 votes placed. Up next is Villanova with nine votes, Duke with six and then Kansas, Oregon and Virginia with four votes.

To see the entire list of teams, which includes LOUISVILLE, check out the results here.

But you should know that not one coach said they are afraid of the Kentucky Wildcats.

They should get afraid.

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Bill Simmons thinks NBA scouts are sleeping on Monk

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In his Trade Deadline Mailbag for The Ringer, Bill Simmons was asked by Danny in Phoenix if and when everyone will stop salivating over Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball and come to realize Malik Monk is the best prospect in the draft.

Simmons replies with the very good point that Monk is a lights-out shooter, the NBA has turned to a shooter’s league and Monk thrives on the big stage, among others reasons.

“I love that he’s five spots too low on every list,” writes Simmons.

Read the entire response:

BS: Don’t jinx it! This is working out perfectly: he’s a lights-out shooter with 25-foot range, A-plus footwork and a real sense of the Moment (a la Steph at Davidson) — someone who couldn’t be more perfect for the way everyone plays professional basketball in 2017. You want your team to stretch the floor, play the math and shoot 40 3s a game so you can hang with the Rockets, Warriors and Celtics? In the words of John Bender (dated ’80s reference!), I know someone who would be OUTSTANDING in that capacity.

But wait, he’s a little too short for a 2-guard and might not be able to defend bigger guards? (Didn’t we already go through that two-inches-too-short crap with C.J. McCollum and Avery Bradley?) Oh, and Monk doesn’t rebound! (Who the eff would draft Malik Monk to help their rebounding???) Let’s dwell on that stuff instead of stuff like “The bigger the crowd, the bigger he plays,” “By all accounts, he’s the first guy at practice and the last guy to leave” and “Maybe it’s a good idea to take a freaky-good shooter/scorer during an era when everyone wants shooting and scoring?” I love that he’s five spots too low on every list. Let’s drop Monk out of the top five and throw a massive chip on his shoulder that Monk can lug around for the next 12 years as he’s dropping 3s on everyone. I heard he’s actually 6-foot-1 and wears lifts. [The Ringer]

As Simmons notes, Monk, a self-described animal, is the type of guy who would seek vengeance (and find it) on whatever teams pass him up on draft night. For all the good in Fultz and Ball and Smith and whoever else may go ahead of him, I’d be terrified of what Monk could do to me if I didn’t take him if given the opportunity.


Calling it now: Devin Booker will be Rising Stars MVP tonight

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Remember who told you first, folks: Devin Booker will take MVP honors in tonight’s BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.

This clip of Booker hitting 19 three-pointers in today’s practice session is all I need to see to know Booker will outshine everyone else on the Rookie/Sophomore stage, including other MVP hopefuls like Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, Jamal Murray and Kristaps Porzingis.

Give me Booker tonight in the 9 pm game down in New Orleans.

Unless it’s Towns. Then give me Towns.


Changes coming to Joe Craft Center locker room

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You should be happy to know changes are coming to the Joe Craft Center, where your beloved Kentucky basketball players hone their skills each and every day.

The UK Board of Trustees is all set to approve a renovation of the men’s basketball locker rooms in their practice facility.

The board meeting’s Friday afternoon agenda reads:

Members, Board of Trustees:

RENOVATE/IMPROVE ATHLETICS FACILITY CAPITAL PROJECT
(JOE CRAFT CENTER LOCKER ROOM)

Recommendation: that the Board of Trustees approve the initiation of the Renovate/Improve
Athletics Facility Capital Project (Joe Craft Center Locker Room).

Background: Pursuant to Administrative Regulation 8:2, any capital project with an estimated cost of $1,000,000 or more must be approved by the Board prior to initiation. The renovation of the men’s basketball locker room in the Joe Craft Center will include numerous enhancements to improve the functionality of the space to better meet the needs of student-athletes.

The project will renovate and improve the existing player locker and shower space, lounge area, and team meeting room into one multi-functional space. The improvements also will include a supplementation and nutrition fueling station, as well as a hydration station. It is anticipated that other renovations will occur in the near future in this and other facilities, benefitting student-athletes across a variety of sports.

The scope of this project is not expected to exceed $5,000,000 and will be funded with private
funds. The project has been authorized by the 2016 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Key points: Changes coming to locker and shower space, the lounge and meeting rooms; the project is not expected to exceed $5 million; it will be privately funded.

The entire renovation is expected to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $4 million in American dollars.

 

(Note: Earlier I said the renovation was to the Wildcat Coal Lodge but I’m an idiot and fully admit that so let’s pretend that never happened. Thank you. As you were.)


Least surprising news of the day: Georgia giving away t-shirts at tomorrow’s game

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…

A team hosting the University of Kentucky in a basketball game will give away t-shirts to fans in attendance.

In this case, it is Georgia giving away t-shirts honoring Bulldog senior J.J. Frazier, who is in his sixteenth season in Athens. The shirts will have Frazier’s number on them and they will be given to the first 1,000 students to enter Stegeman Coliseum for tomorrow night’s game.

Everyone’s Super Bowl.

Every. Single. Time.


BBNBA: First half of the season ends, All-Star Game up next

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With All-Star Weekend right around the corner, last night was the final few games before the players head to New Orleans. John Wall, Rajon Rondo, and James Young all suited up for their respective teams last night, as the Pacers hosted the Wizards, and the Celtics traveled to Chicago to take on the Bulls. Let’s take a look at how the three former Cats stacked up.

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John Wall, Washington Wizards (111-98 win over Pacers)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 37  8-20  0-2  4-4  0  2  2  12 1  2  5  2  +18  20

Chase down block from Wall.

Wall finishes with finesse on the quick drive to the basket.

And in the end, can’t beat this moment between Wall and a young fan.

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Rajon Rondo, Chicago Bulls (104-103 win over Celtics)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 20  0-5  0-1  0-0  1  6  7  8  1  1  2  3  -7  0

Rondo with the steal and assist in transition.

Perfect full-court pass from Rondo for the slam.

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James Young, Boston Celtics (104-103 loss to Bulls)

MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
 9  2-3  1-1  0-0  0  1 1  0  0  0  0  0  +1  5

This video was made after Young’s big 10 second half points off the bench on Wednesday night. He also stepped up late last night as well, coming up with a big loose ball with under a minute remaining.

Stay tuned this weekend for all of the former Wildcats participating in All Star festivities.

@BrettBibbinsKSR


It’s Ask Anything Friday! (Friday Show Thread)

Gather around your radios and listen to KSR today for an off-the-wall Ask Anything Friday edition of the show. Don’t worry — they’ll talk Kentucky-Georgia and all the other important topics around Big Blue Nation, too.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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Friday’s 10: It’s NBA All-Star Weekend!

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We all got dreams and we all start reaching, all start peaking, all-star weekend… One hotel room that all ya’ll sleep in, housekeeper knock to see if all ya’ll decent…

 

1. NBA All-Star Weekend begins today.

It’s a big couch weekend for NBA fans as All-Star Weekend kicks off today. Nine ex-Wildcats will participate in some form, beginning with Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Jamal Murray and Karl-Anthony Towns in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge (First-Year/Second-Year game).

Here’s a complete schedule of where/how you can find your favorite former Wildcats in New Orleans:

Friday, Feb. 17
BBVA Rising Stars Challenge (9 p.m. ET | TNT) – Booker, Lyles, Murray, Towns

Saturday, Feb. 18
NBA D-League All-Star Game (2:30 p.m. ET | NBA TV) – Johnson, Poythress

Taco Bell Skills Challenge (8 p.m. ET | TNT) – Booker, Cousins, Davis, Wall

Sunday, Feb. 19
NBA All-Star Game (8 p.m. ET | TNT) – Cousins, Davis, Wall

I love that half the field in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge are UK guys, although you and I both know I could take down anyone in a real Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

2. We will hear from John Calipari later this afternoon.

Coach Cal and a couple of his players will hold a pre-Georgia press conference around 2ish before the team takes off for Athens. As always, we will carry everything live via a video stream here on the internet with plenty of conversation about their comments to follow.

So check back later today for lots of basketball talk ahead of tomorrow’s tough road game.

3. It’s really hard to believe the SEC Tournament is three weeks away.

It’s actually less than three weeks if you like the non-Kentucky games, and you should.

Do you have the fever yet? Can you feel it? SEC Basketball Fever will soon be airborne and it’s contagious and you’re all going to catch it. Brace yourselves.

4. The second installment of our series of profiles on the basketball signees is up.

In case you missed it, my story on Nick Richards went up last night and can be found just south of what you’re reading right now on your computer screen. Tonight I will share more from that trip (the fun stuff) and then we’ll have more to come from Quade Green, PJ Washington and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander over the course of the next few weeks. In the meantime, read the Richards story that was almost impossible to write and check out Jack Pilgrim’s story on Jarred Vanderbilt here.

Thank you.

5. In today’s University of Louisville Scandal News…

Former UofL President/Scumbag James Ramsey secretly promised Tom Jurich an additional $6 million in incentives via the university’s nonprofit foundation back in 2014. The story from WDRB says, “There is no evidence that the athletics association board, nor the board of the foundation, approved the deal.” We’re talking about completely under the table, back alley handshake stuff here.

WHEN DOES IT END!

6. Trae Young will disappear at Oklahoma.

I’ll go ahead and go on record as saying what most of you are probably thinking: Trae Young going to Oklahoma means we will never hear a peep out of Trae Young again. Selfishly, as UK fans, that’s good. Because if he had gone to Kansas, he would’ve been a big addition to the Jayhawks and improved that team and all that. But now that he’s sticking around Norman, he’ll likely fall off the college basketball radar. Good luck to him, though. I won’t sit here and pretend like I didn’t want him at Kentucky when that was still a possibility. He’s a good player.

7. Why aren’t you following the new KSR Instagram page?

👋🏻 @kindly

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You need to be doing that. It’s hot in the streets right now.

8. Let’s play “Guess The Line!”

Later today we’ll know the spread for Georgia-Kentucky when Vegas releases it into the gambling wild, but let’s toss our guesses out there now to see who can hit it.

I’ll say… Cats -7.

You?

9. The new Country Boy Brewery and Taproom opens in Georgetown today.

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Big thanks to the guys and gals at Country Boy Brewing for having me out to the soft opening of the new facility in Georgetown last night. I got to tour the new brewery, which is massive, and have a couple beers in the new taproom, which were delicious, and you should do the same tonight or tomorrow or Sunday or whenever. It’s a really cool spot and the expansion only means Country Boy is getting closer and closer to taking over the beer world, or maybe the whole world. I’m completely okay with either.

10. You’re stuck with me.

With Tyler and Nick on the road for various KSR assignments today and tomorrow, I’ve been left behind to hold down the KSR fort. That means I’m responsible for every single post from now until Sunday, so bear with me as I power through these next couple of days and nights. We’ll probably have to get off-topic from time to time or I’ll run out of things to say… I’m open to all suggestions and requests if you have any. Perhaps a Rising Stars game live blog? Taco Bell Chicken Chalupa review? My gambling picks since I’m on the hottest heater of all time? Lots of possibilities outside of the regular news stuff.

But for now, I need more coffee.


February 16th, 2017

A Night in Jersey: Future Wildcat fouls out in front of Calipari, KSR

“What are you doing here?”

That is what John Calipari said to me when I walked into the Primetime Shootout at Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey on a snowy Sunday evening. It was a fair question — and to be honest, I’m not really sure why I was there either.

The plan was to go to the Primetime Shootout to interview Nick Richards, one of six future Wildcats from the Class of 2017, for our annual series of profiles on Kentucky’s basketball signees. But after a month-long failure to establish any form of contact with Richards, his coaches or anyone from The Patrick School administration, getting a moment to speak with Richards was very unlikely.

Piling on to my improbable odds was the fact that the Shootout’s director, who did respond to my third e-mail, told me to buy a general admission ticket when I asked about media availability; and Richards was coming off a two-game suspension for fighting in a game the previous weekend.

Needless to say, I had very low expectations for my trip to the Garden State, but, you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take, they say. (And it’s not like I was going on my own dime.)


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The talent level at this year’s Primetime Shootout was absolutely insane as it featured several of the top players in high school basketball, which explains why John Calipari and Tony Barbee were in attendance for the night session, 24 hours after coaching Kentucky to a win down in Alabama.

A young man by the name of Nazreon Reid was the star of the first game Calipari and Barbee took in, the fifth game of the day at the invitational, between Roselle Catholic and Montclair Immaculate.

Reid is a five-star power forward in the Class of 2018, ranked No. 14 overall in that class, and he was as dominant of a big man that I have seen in high school basketball, especially for only being a junior.

He finished with 36 points (26 of which came in the second half) and 18 rebounds in Roselle’s come-from-behind win on its own homecourt.

Remember that name: Nazreon “Naz” Reid.

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Richards v. Brown

The marquee one-on-one matchup at the shootout was also my reason for driving through a blizzard to be there: Nick Richards of The Patrick School in the primetime game against Moses Brown of Archbishop Molloy out of Queens.

Brown is the No. 1 center in the Class of 2018 and he already holds offers from Kansas, Arizona, Louisville, UCLA, Florida and Maryland, among others. Duke and Kentucky are also very interested in Brown, although neither school has extended a scholarship offer just yet, and several other schools were in the building that night to watch him play.

Richards, on the other hand, had little to prove as he already knows where he will play his college ball, but he and his TPS teammates, six of whom have already signed with Division 1 schools, were out to win the final game of their regular season.

For a team as loaded as the first-ranked Shamrocks, the expectation is to win every game and anything short of the New Jersey Tournament of Champions championship is a failure.

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As my luck would have it, Richards found himself in early foul trouble and he spent the majority of the first half on the bench. While I enjoyed watching his teammates and the sideline antics of his head coach, Mike Rice, formerly of the Rutgers abuse scandal, I did not travel to New Jersey to watch Richards sit on the pine.

At least one fan at Roselle Catholic shared my disappointment in Richards’ minutes. I heard someone yell, in a perfect New Jersey accent, “His coach didn’t come here to see him on the bench! Put him in!”

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Richards would come back in with two fouls to start the second half, only to commit more fouls and eventually foul out of the game.

He finished with eight points and 11 rebounds in limited minutes in TPS’s 73-59 victory.

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However, in the action I did see, Richards’ athleticism was very impressive. I don’t know how suited his game is for the college level with what little I saw that night, but the seven-footer can definitely move and explode for someone of that size.

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He showed off some passing ability, too:

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The ESPN scouting report on him reads, “Richards is a high major center with great size and mobility. He is a big time finisher, rebounder and good scorer in and around the lane with excellent upside. His improvement has been steady each and every season. If he continues this ascension, his future is quite bright.”

I don’t disagree.

A man of very few words

After the game, I followed Adam Zagoria into the Shamrocks’ locker room in hopes of getting my conversation with Richards. With a little help from Zagoria and others in the media, I was able to pull Richards aside for a brief chat about his game and his future as a Wildcat.

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He told me he was happy Coach Cal came out to watch him play on that particular night, but he doesn’t really pay attention to when his future coach is in the building. He also hasn’t spoken to Cal a lot recently, he said, because his focus is on finishing his high school season and “getting better everyday,” as Cal has encouraged him to do.

When I asked if he has spoken to any of Calipari’s big men, past or present, he told me, “I talk to Wenyen [Gabriel] sometimes. Wenyen, that’s probably it.”

Richards has also been in contact with Hamidou Diallo, a fellow Wildcat signee who enrolled early in the spring semester at Kentucky to get a head start on next season.

“I talk to Hamidou every now and then. He likes the campus life and he likes it down there.”

As for moving to Lexington in a couple of months, Richards said, “I’m excited to get ready for school, workouts and getting ready for the season — just trying to be the best player I can be.”

Blue got in

It is worth noting that several Kentucky fans from around the area made the trip to see Richards play at Roselle Catholic, the former high school of one Isaiah Briscoe.

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David Tulloch and his son, Ian, were impressed by Richards’ defense (although I think Ian was more excited to meet Coach Cal.)

I saw plenty of other members of the Big Blue Nation scattered across the gym as well, whenever they weren’t crowded around Calipari.

All in all, it was fun evening full of exciting high school basketball in a part of the country I had never seen. It would’ve been nice to see a little bit more of Richards on the floor, but luckily he’ll be in Lexington soon enough.

And I think you’re going to like him, BBN.


The Kentucky Basketball Billboard at the All-Star Game is Awesome

All pics via @KentuckyMBB.

All pics via @KentuckyMBB.

Earlier today the Kentucky men’s basketball Twitter account released pictures of a billboard in New Orleans near the Superdome.  It was the same billboard in each picture, but the sign was different in each picture, showcasing the nine former Wildcats participating in NBA All-Star Weekend events.

My dumb brain assumed it was simply a photoshop.  “How could it be real if there’s different pictures on the same billboard?”  Because it’s a digital billboard, idiot.

Here’s the slideshow UK purchased to rotate on the digital billboard throughout NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

Power moves only.


Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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Wendy’s new Spicy Sriracha Chicken Sandwich features our iconic Spicy Chicken, topped with a one of kind Sriracha Jack Cheese, thick-cut Applewood Smoked Bacon, creamy Sriracha aioli, spring mix, and red onion, all served on a toasted Sriracha-infused bakery-style bun.


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 Jeff Pile

Matt > crappy cereal.

 

#9 KentuckyAnj

Duke is the most important there.

 

#8 Bucky Small Hooves

Well now I’m just disturbed.

 

#7 banjo kervorkian

I pledge allegiance to the United States of Woo.

 

#6 JP Bryant

PLOT TWIST

#5 BBNJimBob

Yeah, it could REALLY be worse.

 

#4 Jeff Moss

Why did this not happen?!?!

 

#3 Hannah Rice

A ServPro van pulled out in front of me this morning. I couldn’t get mad while listening to @KySportsRadio pic.twitter.com/gLDQgnQrU5

— Hannah Rice (@hannah_rice) February 16, 2017

We owe it to them for healing our basketball team.

 

#2 wendell combs

BURN

 

#1 Joe Seiter

Year after year, my dude.

 

@haleysimpKSR


Bryan Station Beats the Buzzer with a Half Court Shot for the Win

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With only three seconds remaining and a two-point lead, it looked like LCA would walk away with a win on Senior Night.  In the words of Lee Corso, “Not so fast my friend!”

Bryan Station’s Eric Boone took three dribbles and let it fly from just beyond half court.  The buzzer rang just as it banked off the backboard and through the net.

Boone finished the game with 25 points and a one-point win over the Lexington foe.