By Nick Roush on ©May 18th, 2018 @ 9:00am
There’s no time to waste. Here’s what’s going on around the Big Blue Nation:
Mixed Combine Results — Last year Hamidou Diallo was the story of the NBA Combine after posting an historically high vertical leap. Yesterday Diallo did not grab headlines, but he did nothing to disprove that he’s an elite athlete. Figuring out P.J. Washington’s day is much more difficult.
In the testing portion of the event, Washington’s numbers were unimpressive, dropping dramatically from what he posted at UK last summer. However, his numbers in the scrimmage were incredible. He had a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double in front of hundreds of scouts. Washington’s test numbers probably didn’t help his stock, but his game performance certainly did.
Bat Cats Beat — Searching for a few SEC road wins to secure a regional hosting bid, the Cats got off to a bad start. Kentucky’s injured bullpen had the best starter on the mound, Sean Hjelle, but he got absolutely smoked. Vanderbilt crushed Kentucky 8-1 to start the final series of the regular season.
A Big Cat in Anchorage — The east end of Louisville is freaking out over a reported big cat sighting, but is it actually a big cat? Louisville Metro Animal Services said “a mountain lion or unusually large cat” was spotted in the Anchorage area. I hate to burst their bubble, but this is no mountain lion.
KY Represents in Jeopardy — Tates Creek teacher Claire Bishop could win Jeopardy’s Teachers Tournament tonight. One of three finalists, she made a furious charge late to close a wide lead, but the Final Jeopardy category was a trap. Bishop and another contestant have to overcome about $15,000 to win, but anything is possible.
Stick to Football, Terry — That’s why they call him Terry Touchdown, not Terry Birdie.
Working on my form ??? pic.twitter.com/M2A6TcRGlX
— Terry Wilson (@TerryTouchdown3) May 17, 2018
A Twitter Change — I shouldn’t complain about a free website, but they took away a blogger’s favorite feature. You can no longer embed Twitter videos. For those that don’t know what that means, it means you have to see that stupid white Tweet block every time we post a video from Twitter, instead of simply seeing a media player. Thanks, Jack.
R.I.P. Bret Bearup — The former Kentucky basketball player passed away suddenly yesterday at 56. A friend to many, his impact was felt much further off the court.
Sad to hear that Bret Bearup passed away suddenly. A former Kentucky player for Coach Hall, I’ve known Bret since my days at UMass. He was always a loyal and good-hearted person who loved the game of basketball. He’s going to be missed. Prayers for him and his family.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 18, 2018
RIP to former Kentucky Wildcat Bret Bearup, who passed away at the age of 56. Bearup was a prominent influence on the basketball scene for many years, and was such a fun person to be around. Sad day. pic.twitter.com/WgRuzWIXFb
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) May 18, 2018
Final Four of the KSR Food Bracket — Taco Bell narrowly edged out Waffle House to make it to the Final Four. They’ll take on Buffalo Wild Wings for a berth in the title. Outback is in the other semifinal, taking on Roosters after an Elite Eight upset of Cracker Barrel. There will only be two restaurants remaining after this morning’s show at the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest.
By TJ Walker on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 11:19pm
Former UK basketball player Bret Bearup has died. He was just 56 years old.
Bearup was found dead on Thursday in Denver and the cause of death is unknown, per the Lexington Herald Leader’s Jerry Tipton.
As a star recruit Bearup never did fully live up to expectations at UK during his career that spanned five years from the 1980-1981 season to 1985, but he made a lasting impression off the court. A fan favorite, Bearup had an amazing personality.
Bearup would play in 26 games his freshman season coming from Greenlawn, N.Y., but would miss the following season and redshirt. UK’s front court featured stars like Sam Bowie and Melvin Turpin, so the 6-foot-9, 230-pound center/forward didn’t see much action until his senior season.
He played in 31 games in 1985 while averaging 6.3 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game. The Cats lost in the Sweet 16 to St. John’s to end Bearup’s career.
Bearup’s sudden passing comes after his ex-wife BethAnn Bearup told Tipton that he had recently lost 80 pounds and was “feeling good.”
Keep his three kids in your thoughts and prayers. The sudden passing of Bearup won’t be easy for anyone that knew him. Several have already taken to Twitter to express kind words and memories.
Just heard about the passing of former Cat Bret Bearup. He was a great guy full of stories and life. He was kind to me from the moment I started KSR. I am heartbroken at the news.
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 18, 2018
Bret Bearup…what a character funny, wicked smart and knew the inside scoop on everything Basketball. A great friend. RIP pic.twitter.com/Z27zsLxTrp
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 18, 2018
Bearup was a prep All-American in New York. I remember him committing to UK and then attending UK-Duke game in 1979 Hall of Fame Classic in Springfield, Mass. He ran around the arena wearing a UK shirt and introducing himself to every UK fan. He loved BBN. @KentuckyMBB #BBN pic.twitter.com/TYt0GodBwB
— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) May 18, 2018
JUST HEARTBROKEN. One of my all-time UK basketball favorites who became a lifelong friend, Bret Bearup has died. I’ll tweet more later. So, so sad. He was my buddy. @KentuckyMBB #BBN pic.twitter.com/cTqTyzbuVF
— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) May 18, 2018
Bearup with Anthony Davis before a @PelicansNBA game in 2017. Bearup was once an executive with Denver Nuggets. Played for Joe B. Hall. Played with Sam Bowie, Melvin Turpin and Kenny Walker among others. His last UK game was Hall’s last game against St. John’s. @KentuckyMBB #BBN pic.twitter.com/UTQAdOCzc0
— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) May 18, 2018
My heart aches for his family tonight. Great guy. Damn…
Former Kentucky player Bret Bearup dies suddenly at age 56 https://t.co/qoTRTZZMbJ
— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) May 18, 2018
To my hero,
This goodbye is only temporary. I look forward to reuniting with you one day.
I will forever cherish the moments we spent together.
— Benjamin Bearup (@TheAviationBeat) May 18, 2018
— Walter McCarty (@waltermccarty) May 18, 2018
I'm never going to be able to pass the Dunkin' Donuts at 3rd and Broadway here in Denver and not think about @BretBearup. I'm just stunned by this news. Life is so damn fragile.
— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) May 18, 2018
Too many #RIPs lately. Can’t believe former Kentucky basketball player Bret Bearup has passed. One of my favorite characters, who knew more about what was going on in the game than most coaches.
— rickbozich (@rickbozich) May 18, 2018
So incredibly sad to get the news about @BretBearup INCREDIBLE talent but so full of life far beyond basketball. May he be at peace & May the Lord comfort his family & friends
— Dave Buzz Baker (@buzzbaker) May 18, 2018
Shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of former UK player Bret Bearup. The Bear was truly larger than life! Was in the know on everything in hoops, loved to dish and hold court. Joy to be around. Sorry to see you go pal.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) May 18, 2018
Bret Bearup was UK's starting center as a 5th-year senior my first year on campus (1984-85) as a UK student. May he RIP https://t.co/F723TS0jK1
— Mark Story (@markcstory) May 18, 2018
As always, Bret Bearup was kicking my ass in Words with Friends. In the hundreds of games we played, I probably won 2% of the time. As well read as anyone I’ve ever known
— Adrian Dater (@adater) May 18, 2018
— Ryan Miller (@CoachRyanMiller) May 18, 2018
Don't know many who enjoyed life as much as Bret Bearup. Loved his children, loved his work, loved to learn. RIP, Bear. You will be missed.
— Michael DeCourcy (@tsnmike) May 18, 2018
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Just realized the @KySportsRadio radio crew is effectively the Seinfeld crew. Matt is Jerry: the leader of the group who pokes fun at the others. Ryan is George: short, bald, and loves free things. Drew is Elaine: both work as editors and have lots of hair. And Shannon is Kramer.
— BigBlueTheory (@BigBlueTheory) May 17, 2018
Are you saying this is a show about nothing?!
#9 Alec F
Roosters is a low key underdog, they should win it though
— Alec F (@LilFouch) May 17, 2018
Team Carolina Gold Sauce all the way!!!
— Lexky (@lexky1) May 17, 2018
That explains it!
#7 The Max Cramer
— The Max Cramer (@MaxxCramer) May 17, 2018
Sounds like it.
#6 Ugly Cat Joe
— Ugly Cat Joe (@kyhawks32) May 17, 2018
#5 Allison King
I don’t think I’ve ever had 3 consecutive days where I have laughed uncontrollably at #KSR ? Between the #foodbracket, @ryanlemond hair transplant, and Shirley, it’s safe to say this has been one of the best 3 day stretches in @KySportsRadio history ???
— Allison King (@amking09) May 17, 2018
I think we can all agree!
— Burries79 (@snutts_uk) May 17, 2018
I hear Yahtzee for sure!
#3 Eric Thomas
This is extremely disheartening. The Cards shirt that is.
— Eric Thomas (@EricThomas0523) May 17, 2018
Of course it’s a Cards shirt.
#2 Susie Walton
— Susie Walton (@walton_susie) May 17, 2018
Let’s go AD!
#1 James Baldon
— James Baldon (@BaldonJames) May 17, 2018
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By Trey Huntsman on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 10:15pm
The BatCats had no answer for Vanderbilt’s pitching staff as they lost the series opener in Nashville by a score of 8-1. The loss dropped UK into a tie for ninth in the SEC heading into the final two games of the regular season.
VU starter Drake Fellows had the Cats’ number all night. UK hit four balls out of the infield against Fellows in tonight’s loss. The sophomore righty struck out six and induced 15 groundouts as he cruised to his sixth win of the season. The Dores hung four runs on UK starter Sean Hjelle before Pat DeMarco put the game out of reach with a two-run home run in the seventh.
The UK bullpen was without Zach Haake, Chris Machamer, and Carson Coleman tonight. Nick Mingione’s group needed a lengthy outing from Hjelle to keep their bullpen rested for the weekend. Vandy did their best to drive Hjelle’s pitch count up early. The Cats’ starter threw 20+ pitches in the first two innings. In the top of the first, the Commodores scored their first run of the game when Philip Clarke doubled home a run.
Vanderbilt would score their first crooked number of the game in the fifth against Hjelle. Clarke doubled in his second run of the game before Connor Kaiser and Stephen Scott drove in runs to break the game open. By jumping out to a 4-0 lead, Vandy was the eighth SEC team to score four or more runs against Hjelle in a game.
Hjelle would come back out in the sixth and empty the tank. The UK starter stranded two runners in the sixth to finish the day with a line of six innings, four runs, eight hits, three walks, and nine strikeouts. Brett Marshall entered in the seventh in relief. DeMarco greeted the Cats’ reliever with a two-run home run over the green monster in left. He didn’t need it, but the homer gave Fellows a six-run cushion.
Fellows was in complete control tonight. The Dores’ starter held UK scoreless in the first seven innings of tonight’s game, thanks in large part to UK bouncing into 16 groundball outs. UK would not put a run on the board until the top of the eighth. Ben Aklinski led the inning off with the Cats’ third hit of the night. Tristan Pompey continued his hot-hitting stretch with a two-out double to drive in Aklinski. The RBI double extended UK’s streak of not being shutout to 61 games.
The Cats’ bullpen has been depleted by injuries over the last week. Trailing 6-1, Mingione elected to save what was left of his bullpen and subbed outfielder Ryan Johnson in on the mound. The JUCO transfer threw hard, but could not control his pitches. Vandy hung two runs on the Cats’ newest pitcher in the eighth as they polished off an 8-1 win over UK.
UK will need a win tomorrow to force a rubber match on Saturday. Zack Thompson will try to silence the Commodores’ lineup and keep the Cats’ hosting chances alive.
By TJ Walker on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 10:00pm
247Sports updated their 2019 rankings and it included some interesting moves for the three UK commits.
Ashton Hagans remains UK’s highest ranked commitment in the class of 2019, but that may not last long. Hagans is expected to make the jump to the 2018 class and play for Kentucky next season.
Hagans fell one spot to No. 7 in the rankings. As of now he’s the top ranked “true” point guard in the class of 2019.
Tyrese Maxey was also rumored to potentially make the jump to 2018 but had a change of heart that will keep him in 2019. Since committing to the Cats, Maxey was bumped up three spots from No. 17 to No. 14. Maxey is the second ranked combo guard. He’s behind the No. 2 player in the class, Cole Anthony.
While Hagans dropped a spot it could be worse. Ask D.J. Jeffries. The first UK commit in 2019 dropped 14 spots to No. 41. While Maxey and Hagans are obvious five-star players, Jeffries is stuck at four.
Jeffries hasn’t been a scrub in the early spring AAU session, but he’s clearly a notch below the best talent in the class. UK didn’t take the Mississippi native to be an instant star when he arrives on Kentucky’s campus for the 2019-2020 season, but instead UK’s coaches think he can develop into a nice multiyear player. Expect the drop in the rankings to serve as motivation for Jeffries.
Seven other players in the class of 2019 hold an offer from UK. If the Cats can add two or three of those players it could be a super class.
James Wiseman– No. 1 in the class (remained No. 1).
Vernon Carey– No. 3 in the class (dropped one spot).
Matthew Hurt- No. 6 in the class (dropped two spots).
Keion Brooks- No. 9 in the class (moved up seven spots).
Bryan Antoine- No. 11 in the class (moved down three spots).
Scottie Lewis- No. 13 in the class (moved down four spots).
Jalen Lecque- No. 15 in the class (moved down five spots).
Other 2019 recruits of interest that don’t currently hold an offer from the Cats:
No. 2: Cole Anthony. It’s strange the Cats haven’t offered. Maybe Anthony prefers other schools and UK won’t waste its time?
No. 5: Charles Bassey. Bassey plays his high school basketball in Louisville but when UK, Duke and UNC aren’t interested that may be telling.
No. 54 David Johnson. Johnson plays for Trinity in Louisville. Once committed to UofL, the Cats have shown interest in Johnson.
No. 137 Dekeyvan Tandy. Most UK fans would love to see Tandy in blue, but after his father’s recent comments it seems unlikely UK will offer.
No. 154 Dontaie Allen. This may be the Kentuckian that ends up at UK. Allen moved up 61 spots in the latest rankings.
No. 243 Michael Moreno. The Scott County prospect hopes to have a big senior season.
By TJ Walker on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
Happy summer, folks. We’re still about a month away from the official start of summer, but I’m sure you’ve been outside lately. It’s hot. It’s summer.
While we wait to hear official word from P.J. Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel, Jack Pilgrim, Nick Roush and myself decided to do a draft to spark some debate.
We will be doing a different assortment of hypothetical drafts throughout the summer, so if you have any ideas send them to us. We’re open to ideas.
Here are the rules for this first draft: We did a three-team snake draft that included an array of players:
- Players returning to UK next season.
- Players that may return to UK next season (P.J. Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt, Quade Green).
- Any basketball player committed to UK, regardless of class.
- And lastly, each person could draft ONE non-committed 2019 UK basketball target.
P.J. Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt, Wenyen Gabriel, Quade Green, Nick Richards, Jemarl Baker, Immanuel Quickley, Tyler Herro, Ashton Hagans, E.J. Montgomery, Keldon Johnson, D.J. Jeffries (2019), Tyrese Maxey (2019), T.J.’s 2019 UK Target, Nick’s 2019 UK Target, Jack’s 2019 UK Target.
Get it? Got it? Good. We did a random draw for first pick in the snake order draft and the order is- T.J., Nick, Jack. We also discussed our picks after making the selection. Here’s what ensued:
T.J. Walker: Round 1, Pick 1: P.J. Washington. He’s the best college player on the board. He’s consistent, he plays hard, he’s a great rebounder and he was completely unstoppable on the block at the end of last season. He’s likely to head to the NBA Draft but if he returns he will be UK’s best player next season.
Nick Roush: Round 1, Pick 2: Keldon Johnson. You’re a real SOB for taking Washington No. 1, but I still like Keldon Johnson as the second overall pick. He is the most complete Kentucky basketball player. I can find outside shooting elsewhere, but nobody else can guard so many positions and be that physical and talk trash quite like Johnson.
Jack Pilgrim: Round 1, Pick 3: Quade Green. Easy choice: Quade Green. The sophomore point guard has always been known for his leadership, and that will help the freshmen find their grooves early in the season. Green is a guarantee on offense as he can put points on the board in a hurry.
Jack Pilgrim: Round 2, Pick 4: Jarred Vanderbilt. When Vando returned from injury last season he brought something to the table we hadn’t seen all season: energy and elite rebounding. When healthy, he’s one of the most versatile big men in the SEC. If he uses this offseason to work on his offensive skills to get back some of what we saw in high school, he has the potential to be a superstar.
Nick Roush: Round 2, Pick 5: James Wiseman (2019). WILDCARD! James Wiseman, Come on Down! The Cats have plenty of post players, but none with skills that Wiseman possesses. He can play the stretch four on offense and be a rim protector on defense. If he can be the next Anthony Davis, he NEEDS to be on my team.
T.J. Walker: Round 2, Pick 6: Tyrese Maxey (2019). This may be a bit of a stretch but no one has been higher on Maxey than me. He’s an elite athlete and can score from deep. It’s crazy to me he’s not a top five player in 2019.
T.J. Walker: Round 3, Pick 7: Ashton Hagans. My backcourt will be a couple 2019 guards but Hagans is moving to 2018 and I now have the best defensive guard out of the bunch. Hagans and Maxey would mesh well together and both are competitive pit bulls. What a freakishly athletic duo.
Nick Roush: Round 3, Pick 8: Immanuel Quickley. People forget that Immanuel Quickley is a McDonald’s All-American point guard. He’s at his best when he does not have to be the star. On my team he can facilitate and knock down open threes when double teams collapse on Wiseman and Johnson in the interior.
Jack Pilgrim: Round 3, Pick 9: Vernon Carey Jr. (2019). WILDCARD! Vernon Carey Jr. is a bully down in the post with DeMarcus Cousins comparisons. He has some polished post moves, elite rebounding skills, and a developing jumper. Boogie 2.0 is coming to Lexington and will be the knockout punch in my frontcourt.
Jack Pilgrim: Round 4, Pick 10: Tyler Herro. During the All-Star circuit, Herro proved he belonged. He was able to create his own shot against elite defenders, knock down open jumpers, and showed off an improved handle. He draws Devin Booker comparisons, and for good reason. He’ll thrive next to Quade Green in my backcourt.
Nick Roush: Round 4, Pick 11: Jemarl Baker. We know nothing about Jemarl Baker other than he gets buckets. He’s going to knock down plenty for my team on the wing as THE BEST shooting Wildcat.
T.J. Walker: Round 4, Pick 12: Wenyen Gabriel. Nick just took a complete unknown over a versatile wing that shot 39.6 percent from deep as a sophomore. If Gabriel comes back there’s no reason he can’t improve that to 43-45 percent. He doesn’t take bad shots and his length and experience will be big on my squad.
T.J. Walker: Round 5, Pick 13: Nick Richards. Listen, Richards ended the season as poorly as any Wildcat under Calipari but it’s worth remembering that he has only been playing basketball a few years. As of today I wouldn’t trust Richards to catch a loved one out of a burning building, or the remote control from a few feet away, but he can defend and rebound. Richards will be the most improved Wildcat next season.
Nick Roush: Round 5, Pick 14: E.J. Montgomery. E.J. Montgomery gives me the most complete team, most dominant interior and best defense. Try to drive to the rim. I dare you.
Jack Pilgrim: Round 5, Pick 15: D.J. Jeffries. That leaves me with DJ Jeffries, one of the fastest-rising prospects in the class of 2019. The 6-foot-7 wing has ridiculous length and a never-ending motor. He’ll be a bull at the college level.
- PG- Ashton Hagans
- SG- Tyrese Maxey
- SF- Wenyen Gabriel
- PF- P.J. Washington
- C- Nick Richards
- PG- Immanuel Quickley
- SG- Jemarl Baker
- SF- Keldon Johnson
- PF- E.J. Montgomery
- C- James Wiseman
- PG- Quade Green
- SG- Tyler Herro
- SF- D.J. Jeffries
- PF- Jarred Vanderbilt
- C- Vernon Carey Jr.
Remember, when evaluating these teams it’s where the players are as of today. Not their potential or where they may be when they get to college (for the youngsters).
Who’s your pick?
By TJ Walker on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 8:00pm
P.J. Washington’s first NBA Draft Combine scrimmage was a pretty good summary of his freshman season at UK. He did plenty of great things, quietly put up impressive numbers, but went missing at times.
Here are the pros and cons of Washington’s first scrimmage in the NBA Draft Combine. This post specifically details his scrimmage performance. To learn more about his measurements and agility drills, click here.
– Anytime you put up 14 and 13 playing with unfamiliar players is impressive. Everyone is fighting for draft positioning and several guys are fighting just to hear their name called on draft night. Everyone wants this and Washington tied a game high with 14 points and had a game high 13 rebounds.
– Spacing continues to be an underrated strength for Washington. It can be tough at times to be “good” at spacing at the college level especially if you can’t spread the floor. Washington’s outside shot never developed in year one at UK, but he always seemed to be in the right place at the right time and opened things up for SGA, Quade Green, Jarred Vandebilt and Wenyen Gabriel. It was more of the same on Thursday and assuming his jump shot develops (he was solid in high school) then he will be able to impact the game in a variety ways at the NBA level.
– Defense was easily the most impressive part of Washington’s game. Let’s be honest, Washington didn’t have a great year defensively at UK. He never had a true rim protector and that makes things tough, but he seemed to get beaten off the dribble and never seemed to guard (outside of Tennessee) too many guys that actually played his position. He was either guarding bigger centers or quicker small forwards. Today he didn’t get lost defensively and stayed in front of his guys. He even guarded well out on the perimeter, which will help showcase his versatility.
– Washington was once again able to get to the free throw line and that certainly seems to be his bread and butter as an offensive player. He will develop other parts of his game, maybe at UK but probably in the NBA, but as long as he can bully people and get to the stripe that’s something that stands out. I only saw one really bad miss from the free throw line, which is solid. I still have nightmares about the Kansas State game.
– Washington doesn’t get every rebound (although 13 today was phenomenal) but he’s so good at finding a guy the second the ball leaves a player’s hands. He boxes out as well as anyone in the NBA Draft in my opinion. To be a beast on the glass it starts with putting yourself in front of an opposing player and the rim.
14 pts (4-5 FG) (6-10 FT)
19 minutes pic.twitter.com/RaCRr4co8x
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) May 17, 2018
– Washington isn’t going to be an NBA superstar, but there’s just too many long stretches where Washington isn’t involved offensively. There were multiple possessions where he wouldn’t touch the ball or get a look from his teammates. Obviously the NBA Draft Combine circumstances are different and he isn’t familiar playing with the vast majority of the guys on the floor, but NBA teams want to see Washington be assertive. He’s too good to go missing.
– We still didn’t get a great look at Washington’s ability to spread the floor, which would leave him as an undersized four in the NBA. Not ideal. I understand it’s not something that will happen over night but Washington has to be able to hit outside shots and spread the floor. In just one scrimmage this shouldn’t drop him in the NBA Draft, but it’s something I would ponder when drafting Washington.
– While Washington only had one horrible miss from the free throw line, 6 of 10 from the stripe doesn’t show an improvement from his freshman season. He was a 60.6 percent free throw shooter at UK, so the one scrimmage was perfectly comparable to his six months in Lexington. If he’s going to live at the line he needs to be better.
PJ Washington said he will stay in the draft if he believes he will be taken in the first round. He will return to UK if he believes he would be a second-round pick or go undrafted.
— Jerry Tipton (@JerryTipton) May 17, 2018
That quote from Washington shortly after the NBA Draft Combine may be telling, but today was a good day for Washington. I’ve been told the only way he truly considers a return to Kentucky is if he bombs at the NBA Draft Combine. Even with a mediocre vertical, a double-double in his first scrimmage is far from a bomb.
I think UK needs to start thinking of other options to replace Washington.
By KSR on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
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By Nick Roush on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 6:38pm
P.J. Washington needed an excellent showing at this weekend’s NBA Combine to solidify a selection in this year’s draft. After one day of testing, most of his numbers are worse than what he posted when he first got to UK’s campus last summer.
When the Kentucky basketball team arrives on campus, each player is tested in the combine drills. The UK Pro Day in October should be a barometer for the player’s early progress. Washington did not participate in most of the drill’s at UK’s Pro Day, but his initial numbers were released after the event. There’s only one NBA Combine time better than what he posted lasted summer.
|Pre-UK Pro Day||NBA Combine|
Washington’s three-quarter court sprint was faster today, but that’s it. His vertical leap dramatically decreased by almost nine inches in each category. Some people just have bad days, but that does not explain these differences.
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) May 17, 2018
However in the scrimmage portion of the combine, Washington performed well. He turned an offensive rebound on a missed free throw into points, he ran the floor and even knocked down his free throws. Washington didn’t show off an extended range, missing an open look from the short corner, but he attacked the rim and played physical to finish with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 steals in 19 minutes.
After one day at the NBA Combine in Chicago, Washington produced mixed results.
By TJ Walker on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 6:00pm
Notable UK professor Buck Ryan is under fire again and this time Kentucky is looking to move on for good.
The Lexington Herald Leader is reporting that UK is looking to fire the tenured Ryan because “he made students buy his book for classes he taught and then kept the proceeds without telling administrators.”
You can read the LHL’s story here.
Kentucky’s case is simple: Ryan took advantage of his students by forcing them to purchase his book. That is not a practice unique to Ryan. As a student from 2009-2013 I had Ryan for several classes, but I was forced to purchase teacher’s books in other classes, too.
But unluckily for Ryan it’s not that simple. UK has rules in place for these practices and teachers must donate royalties from their books to UK or charities of their choosing, but not the Buck Ryan bank account charity. Supposedly kept his earnings and UK alleges that the audit revealed Ryan once had the journalism school print his books because he wasn’t going to charge students. That didn’t come to fruition.
Ryan has been with UK since 1994 and was once the director of the journalism school. He plans to fight for his job but it’s not the first time he’s been in trouble at UK.
In 2015 Ryan was reprimanded for inappropriate touching and language of sexual nature:
“More than a preponderance of the evidence reveals that Mr. Ryan acted inappropriately in violation of the discrimination and harassment policy prohibiting inappropriate touching and language of a sexual nature,” Bender’s letter said. “Making it especially egregious is the fact that he was with students at a university where he was a representative of the University of Kentucky, and he fails to acknowledge any responsibility.”
Ryan criticized that investigation in 2015 and said all he did was sing “California Girls” to a group of students.
You can read more about that here.
I had Ryan a couple times at UK and he’s the only member of UK’s journalism school that I don’t have great things to say about. Any UK JOU grad knows Ryan and several non-JOU majors took JOU 101, which Ryan taught for years. I never had the sense he cared about his students and all of his classes were planned so far in advance that you were rushed through the material. If the class was behind he would scrap a project and move to something different.
Also, Ryan was guilty of having favorites and teaching differently to those select students. No teacher should provide different learning experiences because he likes some students more than others.
I don’t have great things to say about Ryan and I won’t pretend to know UK’s case against him, but there’s so many great professors in UK’s journalism department that moving on may not be the worst thing for those involved.
Strangely enough, the book that Ryan profited from “Writing Baby, Editing Dog & You: A Friendly Place to Begin Your Writing,” was actually more helpful than anything Ryan taught in class.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 5:45pm
KSR’s 64-restaurant tournament is down to its Final Four.
Taco Bell, Buffalo Wild Wings, Outback and Rooster’s all survived the first four rounds and won their regions to make the final weekend of the 2018 KSR Food Bracket. That’s my favorite, Taco Bell; our own restaurant’s direct competitor, Buffalo Wild Wings; a former KSR Food Bracket champion, Outback; and Matt’s favorite restaurant, Rooster’s.
It’s going to be a war to determine this summer’s champion.
Here’s the updated bracket:
By Nick Roush on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 5:00pm
Before he was a Los Angeles Laker, Julius Randle helped take Kentucky to a National Championship game. Jumping from the college level to the NBA wasn’t so bad, thanks to Coach Cal’s system at Kentucky.
The former seventh-overall draft pick is in Chicago this week and stopped by ESPN’s desk at the NBA Combine to talk about upcoming free agency, his draft experience and much more. Naturally, his time at Kentucky was a talking point. Randle said the expectations at UK are not so different than the Lakers.
“It’s very similar, to where the fans expect a lot out of you. It’s great. You love to have a fanbase that’s passionate.”
The Lakers’ fans remain engaged, even though they have not had much success during Randle’s four-year tenure. There have been more losses than wins, but he still managed to post some impressive numbers ahead of a restricted free agency offseason.
Randle attributes his success to one of Calipari’s core tenets: accountability.
“I think the biggest thing coming out of Kentucky that Coach (Cal) teaches is accountability. For young men going into the NBA, there’s a lot of free time, a lot of stuff to where you have to be accountable for your actions off the court, but on the court as well.”
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By Nick Roush on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 4:17pm
At the 2017 NBA Combine, Hamidou Diallo wowed NBA Scouts with the highest vertical leap at the event. His 44.5″ vertical tied for the eighth-best in NBA history.
Diallo set the bar high, no pun intended. See how he performed under pressure:
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— NBA (@NBA) May 17, 2018
Unfortunately, Diallo could not surpass his previous mark. Even though he almost touched every single plastic marker, it was four inches shorter than last year’s leap. At 40.5,” he’s currently tied for fourth with Grayson Allen.
Diallo’s athleticism manifested in every other drill. Players are still being tested, but he’s currently in the top five of the shuttle run (4.44), three quarter sprint (3.1) and lane agility (10.53). You’ll find all of the combine numbers here.
By Aaron Torres on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 4:00pm
While most of the sports world has spent the last few days focused on the NBA playoffs and Rick Pitino’s latest non-interview (which of course turned into an interview), the reality is that this was a massive week in terms of putting together the puzzle that is the NBA Draft. On Tuesday night we learned the NBA Draft lottery order (the Phoenix Suns are on the clock) and Wednesday marked the first of three days of the NBA Combine.
That’s right starting yesterday, some 70-odd draft hopefuls descended upon Chicago for – to throw out a terribly overused cliché – the biggest job interview of their lives. For the best players (think Duke’s Marvin Bagley or Texas’ Mo Bamba) the trip to Chicago is only for the basics; to meet with NBA personnel and do a couple of one-on-one interviews. For others whose draft stock is more up in the air, they’ll be in Chicago to pretty much do everything, from interviews and measurements to five-on-five play.
With the combine underway, it also means that by the end of the weekend, we should also start to have a clearer picture of who will stay in the NBA Draft and who will stay out. Obviously the combine isn’t a be-all, end-all for players, but it could be the final push they need to stay in the draft or the final push they need to know they’re not ready. So with that said, what players have the most to gain and lose?
More importantly, how will it impact college basketball next year? It’s time to take a look.
But before we get started, a few caveats. One, we are only looking at players who’ve declared without an agent and who could – at least in theory – return to college hoops. Therefore we won’t be talking about some of the more randomly interesting prospects (say like Kansas’ Billy Preston) if they have no chance returning to college. We’re also going to skip those like Jarred Vanderbilt who elected to pass on the Combine altogether as well.
But for these players, a big week in the NBA Draft Combine could swing things one way or the other. Here are seven interesting players:
By Nick Roush on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 3:15pm
Following a court appearance, Katina Powell was arrested today while wearing a Louisville football t-shirt.
The infamous Breaking Cardinal Rules author was booked at Louisville Metro Corrections just before 2:00 p.m. on a pair of forgery charges. She will be arraigned tomorrow for criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception.
The arrest reportedly happened while Powell appeared in court for an eviction hearing, after her daughter allegedly pulled a handgun on man in the front-yard of the home. Powell initially missed the scheduled Thursday morning hearing for an alleged panic attack. She eventually got to the courthouse at 1:00, was evicted, then arrested.
It’s not the first time Powell’s had a run-in with the law since her book blew the whistle on the Louisville basketball team. In January she was arrested, accused of stealing toothbrushes from a local Wal-Mart.
We now know the reason why Powell was arrested. According to the Courier-Journal, Powell is accused of stealing three checks and cashing them for $2,900. The person she allegedly stole them from is an ex-boyfriend who wants her back.
“I want her in my life,” Thomas Tyre, an area dentist, told the CJ. “I’m sad about what happened.”