By Drew Franklin on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 12:00pm
As more and more key dates leak out on Kentucky’s 2018-19 basketball schedule, it’s time we put it all together for a glimpse at how next season will look on our calendars.
You will find the games we know as of today in the list below. Plan your winter accordingly.
|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. Big 12 Opponent
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Big 12/SEC Challenge
You’ll have to wait until late summer/early fall for the full schedule in its entirety.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 11:21am
The University of Kentucky men’s basketball program confirmed it will play two games in Las Vegas in 2019-2020.
It is the “destination spot” John Calipari teased two weeks ago.
Hey #BBN, we’re working on playing two regular-season games against Power Five teams at a destination spot for our fans in 2019-20. Hope to have details soon.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 1, 2018
The Cats will play Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic double-header on Saturday, December 21. But first they will play Utah on Wednesday, December 18, in the same arena. It’s a pretty genius move by UK’s genius coach.
“We are always trying to put together a schedule that our fans will enjoy while preparing us to be at our best at the end of the season,” Calipari said. “One of the things I hear most about from our fans is they enjoy traveling with us and staying at a destination location for multiple games. That was our goal in scheduling this game with Utah. It gives us a great opponent for our fans at home next season, and then in 2019, our fans can spend a week with us at one of our favorite stops over the last few years. I still get people who come up to me and tell me about how much fun they had in 2016 when we played North Carolina.”
See you there.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 10:30am
Lexington Catholic’s Zan Payne made his commitment to Kentucky official today by inking his paperwork during a ceremony at his school.
Payne is of course the son of UK assistant coach Kenny Payne, and his addition to the roster may have a big impact on his dad’s future on John Calipari’s coaching staff.
Zan Payne officially signs with Kentucky Basketball. pic.twitter.com/GtjJSiHhDn
— Jonathan Dunn (@jdunnlex18) May 17, 2018
In an exclusive interview with KSR, Coach Payne said, “I get to monitor him and make sure he’s doing what he needs to do. I get to be hard on him, to push him beyond what he thinks he can go because he’s my blood. I’m not one of those fathers that is going to ever be easy on mine. I’m going to be harder on mine because I know this is bigger than basketball. It’s life.”
He also said he hopes he and Calipari can win a title while their sons are on the team.
“It would be a great experience for them. It would be really gratifying for me and Cal, but more importantly for the Big Blue Nation, the fans, the administration, for the kids, their families.”
Zan Payne ranks 14th in Lexington Catholic history with 1,282 points in his career. He also ranks fourth in school history in rebounds, while earning All-City and All-Region honors his last two seasons.
By Bryan the Intern on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 10:00am
I will be upfront and honest with you from the beginning. I have clothing and hats for other college and universities in my closet. I have stuff from WKU, my alma mater. I have EKU, Centre, Texas A&M, Harvard, and Florida College attire as well. I’ll be honest: I AM NOT ASHAMED BY THIS. And here is the simple reason:
IT IS A FREAKIN’ SHIRT!!!!!
It bothers me a little when people throw a fit over fans wearing the gear of other teams because it shows the most negative side of the fanbase. It shows people who are too tightly wound and too consumed in a sport and a team. There are a couple people I know who will own nothing that has the color red in it. There are people who actually hold grudges against those who might wear a red tie with their suit. And we’ve all heard the stories of car vandalism if you have the wrong bumper sticker. It’s absurd if you ask me.
But, I am a reasonable person. If you can convince me why I shouldn’t wear any other clothes besides UK attire, I am willing to hear it. Of course, I am not including that 1 UL shirt which I use to wipe sweat off my pits after a long run. So here are the questions I have for you:
1. Can you wear the gear of another college team?
2. If so, what are the limits to what teams you can wear? Is only UL stuff out? How about all other SEC teams?
3. Would you ever hold it against a friend if they wore UL gear? Friendship over?
By Drew Franklin on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 9:53am
You know why we’re here. Tune in now for Day 3 of the KSR Food Bracket.
But with only eight matchups remaining, the guys will have lots of time to talk about other stuff too.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (859) 300-3264.
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By Drew Franklin on ©May 17th, 2018 @ 9:00am
Good morning, dear friends of KSR!
It’s yet another gorgeous day outside the KSR imaginary office with tons of stuff ahead to be excited about. I’ll catch you up to speed on everything you need to know before we lace up our tennies and carpe this diem at full speed.
The NBA Combine begins in Chicago.
Kentucky has four NBA hopefuls at this year’s combine: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox, Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington.
You can follow their professional tryout today on ESPN2 beginning at 3 p.m. and concluding at 7 p.m. The schedule is the same for Friday.
Maria Taylor will host the two-day coverage, and will be joined by Jay Bilas, Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA Draft experts Mike Schmitz and Jonathan Givony, and front office expert Bobby Marks.
Viewers will be treated to interviews with NBA coaches and general managers in attendance, one-on-one interviews with draft prospects, free agency news and updates, and player breakdowns and mock drafts.
The KSR Food Bracket will be voted down to the Elite Eight on today’s show.
This year’s KSR Food Bracket gave us two hilarious days of radio on Tuesday and Wednesday, so the gang will keep it going today as they trim the field to eight restaurants. Tune in to hear which of the remaining restaurants will live to see another day.
Former SEC commissioner Mike Slive passed away.
The man who took the Southeastern Conference to the top died Wednesday after a long battle with prostate cancer. Slive, 77, held the position of “commish” for 13 years before his retirement in 2015. UK head coach John Calipari took the news especially hard. Calipari considered Slive a mentor and had written a post on his website about Slive shortly before Slive’s passing. You can read that here.
Vernon Carey Jr. named his five finalists — Kentucky included.
Five-star big man Vernon Carey Jr. will only consider five schools throughout the remainder of his recruitment, he announced Wednesday. Kentucky made the cut, along with Duke (once the heavy favorite), Michigan State, Miami and North Carolina.
Carey is the No. 2 player in the class behind James Wiseman, another top UK target. John Calipari is selling them on the opportunity to play side by side in Lexington.
Former UK wide receiver Alex Montgomery is one hell of a bowler.
Montgomery joined Team KSR as our rotating fourth player in the KSR Bowling League last night and he guided us to our first win of the season. He told me his career-high is a 274 and that he got so good by playing with fellow former Wildcats Stephen Johnson and Nick Haynes, who are also very good. They made weekly trips to the bowling alley while at UK together.
Montgomery also provided individual instruction that turned me into a real threat. With his coaching, I turned a 69 total score in Game 1 into a 144 in Game 2. (Never mind the fact we ordered a bucket of beer between games, although that probably played a little bit of a factor, too.)
I could also tell you we needed Lee Cruse to get four pins (FOUR!) in the final frame to win the third game, and he rolled two gutter balls, but I won’t embarrass him.
Rick Pitino might be a psychopath.
Pitino did his last radio interview yesterday, for the fourth time, and babbled on like a crazy person to our friend Mike Rutherford and our not-friend John Ramsey. If you missed it, give it a listen here and then try to think back to happier times, like when he was “A Man Possessed” on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Rick Pitino (again) says he did nothing wrong, is outraged the NCAA took down banners over $5800 worth of strippers
By Jack Pilgrim on ©May 16th, 2018 @ 11:00pm
Once again, Rick Pitino can’t keep himself out of the news.
Despite telling the world three interviews ago he was done with interviews, the former Louisville head coach went on Captain Suntan’s radio show “Ramsey and Rutherford” this afternoon to discuss Romeo Langford, his coaching future, the FBI scandal, and how he was wronged by UofL.
“Well I said I wasn’t going to do another interview, but because it’s you guys I’ll do it,” he started the interview.
When asked whether or not he was ready to become a head coach again, Pitino said he has already turned down one offer, but he’s waiting for the dust to settle on the FBI situation so a better fit can come along.
“You know, I don’t know. I sort of take it one day at a time. I had one college team offer me a job, and that wasn’t going to work for me. But whether it be pro or college, when Louisville fired me without an explanation, without giving me an opportunity to explain myself, what I know, what I don’t know. Instead, they just fire me, and everyone says “Oh, he must be guilty.”
“When you hear FBI, when you hear indictments, everyone is sort of cautious,” Pitino said. (Uh, ya think?) “They want to see who’s guilty, who’s innocent before anything comes my way.”
This morning, Pitino was featured in a Washington Post article talking about Romeo Langford’s recruitment and how Adidas steered him to stay within the apparel company.
Here was an excerpt from the Post piece:
“The way they phrased it, it was whoever [shoe company] was going to pay the dad’s AAU program the most money, gets it,” said Pitino in a recent phone interview. A few days later, Adidas’s league added a new team: Twenty Two Vision, featuring Romeo Langford on the court and Tim Langford as team director. Shoe company sponsorships can reach $100,000 to $150,000, and team directors who limit expenses can pay themselves salaries from those amounts.
“That’s the way that world works,” Pitino said. “Which is completely legal, by the way.”
He clarified his comments with Ramsey and Rutherford, saying two Adidas officials, one being company executive Jim Gatto, reached out to him about keeping Langford with Adidas. And in Pitino’s mind, if Adidas was able to keep him, there was a greater chance he’d stick with Louisville rather than a Nike school like Kentucky or Duke.
“In my opinion, we were going to get Romeo Langford. We were the leader,” Pitino said. “One of the text messages (I turned over to the Washington Post) was from one of the Adidas people saying, “I’d like to meet with you…. They came to me, and they didn’t really want anything at all, the two Adidas guys. All they said to me was “Look, I know you’re recruiting Romeo Langford and we’re trying to keep him with Adidas.” And I said “Great, I hope we can keep him.” Obviously, I wanted him with Adidas because if he goes to Nike, then Kentucky is going to have a better chance or Duke is going to have a better chance. If he stays with Adidas, Louisville is going to have a better chance. The dad never asked for a single thing, mom never asked for a single thing, the kid never asked. I thought it was one of the most honest recruitments I had ever seen.”
He then clarified again that apparel companies funding AAU programs is 100% legal, and that the Langford family was completely clean. In fact, Pitino compared it to the Marvin Bagley III situation, where the recruit’s family found a loophole with the AAU programs to receive money. In the story released back in March, Bagley III’s mother and father reportedly filed for bankruptcy in 2008 with a combined family income of just over $44,000, and just four years later, tax forms confirmed the family listed a home in Southern California that one real estate broker said could range anywhere from $750,000 to $1.5 million. Bagley III was also enrolled in a private school with a tuition cost of $36,250 per year.
Nike signed a sponsorship deal with Bagley’s AAU basketball program, and because the former Duke player’s father held a major role with the team, the money was legally funneled to the family.
When asked how he could know so much about the Langford situation, but absolutely nothing about the Brian Bowen or stripper situations, Pitino got a bit snippy, saying if you just look at the facts and not listen to the “BS” you’d know there was no way he knew what was going on.
“I’m so tired of listening to that stupid stuff. Someone said to me the other day, “You make so much money, how could you not know that Andre McGee had strippers? You know everyone’s body fat, how could you not know?” And then I tell them I’m probably the last person on earth that would know. If I did find out, Andre McGee knows he would be gone within ten seconds (insert joke here), so he’s going to do everything to keep that from me. Well, if the assistant coaches don’t know, if security in the dorm doesn’t know, if my nephews, whose dad that dorm was named after doesn’t know, if 20 managers don’t know… And most importantly, if Luke Hancock, Stephan Van Treese, Mike Marra, Gorgui Dieng, if they had no idea what was going on, and they live in the dormitory, how the hell am I supposed to know what’s going on in that dorm? So when it gets down to it, if you just have a little common sense, and instead of talking and spewing BS, and you just listen a little bit, be rational, there’s absolutely no way any coach making $6-7 million is going to risk the slightest thing going wrong,” he said.
Pitino said that he understands the behavior was reprehensible, but to take down banners over $5800 worth of strippers is an outrage.
“For four years, this went on four times a year, for a total of $5800, you’re going to take down the national championship?” he said. “For a rogue employee who did the wrong thing when no one else was involved? You’re going to take down a championship that those kids earned and deserved? Now you can take a banner down, but you can’t take a championship away. And I still believe someday that championship will be reinstalled and those banners put back once the NCAA comes to their senses.”
Listen to Pitino’s entire interview below:
Never change, Rick.
By TJ Walker on ©May 16th, 2018 @ 10:45pm
Just like John Calipari, Kenny Payne will be able to coach his son at the college level. The longtime UK assistant spoke exclusively with Kentucky Sports Radio about his son, Alexander Payne, walking-on at UK. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound wing was the star of Lexington Catholic’s team before suffering a serious knee injury in his last regular season game in December.
The road to recover has been long for Alexander Payne and he will continue to rehab over the summer and possibly into the fall if need be, but Kenny Payne is happy to have his son on UK’s campus.
Kenny Payne spoke with KSR about his son, his future at Kentucky and even Louisville’s Chris Mack.
Kentucky Sports Radio: On how Alexander Payne ended up playing for you and John Calipari at Kentucky
Kenny Payne: First off he’s a good kid that had an unfortunate injury, a really unfortunate injury. He tore his knee up. I thought he was headed into the right direction before that happened. So, after that the main priority became rehab and having the right surgery and getting the leg strong enough to be able to first play basketball again. When he did it we got with the doctors and my only question was asking if he still wanted to play basketball. He told me that he did.
I was proud of that. It meant he had the fight. The first part of our process was getting him to admit that he still wanted to play and he wanted to play on a big scale. His mother always wanted him to be a part of Kentucky so she could keep her hands on him. I could have gone either way with it. Coach Cal was gracious and really good with the situation which made me feel proud and happy I’m working for a man like that who really cares about me and my son. For (Alexander) it’s an opportunity where nothing will be given to him. I’ll probably be harder on him than anybody. He gets no breaks. He gets no leeway. For him, I want him to fight. It will be similar, and I don’t know how many people know this, but Brad Calipari fights. He fights to earn that respect on that basketball team. You do that with your work ethic. How Alexander handles it will be no different. He will earn everything he gets. I will push him beyond where he thinks he will go.
Hopefully the goal is that he makes Kentucky basketball coaches proud and I’m included in that as a coach. I’m already proud as a father but I want to let him know that I want him to make me proud as a coach and the other coaches as well.
Kentucky Sports Radio: On Alexander’s injury and how he’s doing in rehab
Kenny Payne: It happened in the last regular season game with a few seconds left on the clock. They were down one. He drove the ball and was fouled. The guy went up under him or bumped him and he landed awkwardly and had an injury to his knee. So, it’s been long and hard. He’s done a really good job of doing the rehab to this point. We have to continue to do it to get the leg stronger than it was before. It’s going to take a lot of pain and hard days of fighting through it.
Kentucky Sports Radio: On if he’s ever seen anything like this or been on a staff where two sons have been on the same team
Kenny Payne: I’ve never imagined it. I would listen to Cal talk about what a joy it is to take care of your own son and have him with you everyday. I watch (Calipari) before every pregame speech, when he finishes he kisses his son. It shows a side of what we do and that it has another side. We’re fathers, we’re men and we become examples to the other kids of how a man, a father, a leader should act. From that standpoint I’ve watched Cal deal with it with the way he’s done it. Now I get to be a part of it as well, probably a little meaner, but it’s a blessing for me to watch him.
I get to monitor him and make sure he’s doing what he needs to do. I get to be hard on him, to push him beyond what he thinks he can go because he’s my blood. I’m not one of those fathers that is going to ever be easy on mine. I’m going to be harder on mine because I know this is bigger than basketball. It’s life. And what’s out there in life for these young men is that you have to earn everything you’re going to get. In today’s society our kids are disillusioned or they have a falseness about what they expect to get and what they have to put out to get it. I want my son, like all kids and all the kids we deal with, I want them to know they have to be borderline ready to fight and die for what you want in this life.
Kentucky Sports Radio: On if this sparks a new fire for you and Calipari wanting to win a championship with your kids as players
Kenny Payne: Well, I never thought about that until you just said it. I’ve had conversations with Cal and Cal has had conversations with me but more about building a team and surrounding it with kids that we can win a national championship with. There are times and years where the talent level may be down and now you can’t really have a young group that can really fight and see why they’re there, if that makes sense. They’re so young and they need a year or two, two years to figure it out.
Well, we’ve had conversations about putting together a team that can win a championship and not that we don’t do it every year. Obviously that’s our goal more than I can tell you, but having really thought about it but now that you said it and with my son and Cal’s son, it would be great. It would be a great experience for them. It would be really gratifying for me and Cal, but more importantly for the Big Blue Nation, the fans, the administration, for the kids, their families. To be a part of a special group that wins a national title you’re never forgotten when you do.
Kentucky Sports Radio: On what you would tell fans that think you’re locked in for a few years now that your son is on the team
Kenny Payne: Yeah, it’s a tough question. I think that me being at UK I have a dream job. I work for a great man who’s really, really good to me. I work in a unique institution where basketball is a priority and I love my job at UK. It would be hard, hard for somebody to… I do want to be a head coach. I do want my own program, but they better come correct because I have a really, really unique situation. I don’t say that lightly and I respect it. It’s been a blessing. A blessing to be with kids.
Two days ago I get a text message from Karl-Anthony Towns wishing my wife a happy Mother’s Day. I can go on and on. Devin (Booker), Anthony Davis, I had dinner with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist last week. Bam came in and we went to the Kentucky Derby together. All I can say to you is that you can’t draw up a better scenario than what I’ve lived over my last eight years and I want it to continue to be special as long as I can. If that means I’m in Kentucky another five years, four years, six years, whatever that number is I appreciate and love every single day that I’m on the job.
Kentucky Sports Radio: On Louisville hiring Chris Mack
Kenny Payne: I think they hired a good coach. I think Vince (Tyra) is really happy. The administration is really happy. I think he’ll do a good job. I think he has some obstacles to overcome trying to get that program back to national prominence, which he’s capable of doing. I wished him well. I’m a fan of Louisville and I want those kids, who don’t deserve a lot of this negativity that has happened there. They don’t deserve it. I wished him well.
Obviously I went to school there and won a national championship there. There will always be a special place in my heart for the University of Louisville.
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My wife tells me I need to take a break from @KySportsRadio bc I prioritize it over eating. Basically, it’s my routine to listen to the podcast while I eat lunch. I refuse to start eating until the podcast drops. #starving @ShannonTheDude to the rescue?
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I can’t believe we’re talking about this on the day Qdoba died in the KSR food bracket.
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Have some respect!
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I can’t take this madness anymore!!!!
I would almost say stick to food brackets
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By Kindsey Bernhard on ©May 16th, 2018 @ 9:45pm
It is no secret that bourbon dominates this state, but the craft beer industry is growing in Kentucky. There are locally owned breweries and microbreweries scattered all around the state and it is my mission to travel to each and every one and tell their story.
Only two items flowed through the building on the corner of 4th Street and Monroe Street in Paducah before 2015, buses and movies.
Greyhound occupied the building from 1966 until 2010. But not only was it a bus stop, but also a dinner with a short order cook and a mailing services called Package Express.
“The entire bus station was being used,” owner and head brewer of Paducah Beer Werks Todd Blume said. “They also had a thing called Package Express and every movie up until, I believe, 1988 came through this building. So that’s how they would deliver them.”
When UPS and FedEx came around, it ended Package Express and Greyhound had to relocate because of people started to travel by bus less often.
So the bus station sat vacant for four years until Todd Blume, a native of Graves County, moved back home to Western Kentucky.
Blume graduated from Murray State University with a degree in computer science and the only jobs available in his field were in data entry.
“I really wasn’t interested in data entry, I wanted to do more on the creating side,” Blume said. “So my dad was like “what are you doing to do?” So we started looking around and he said, “what is one thing Paducah doesn’t have?”
But where this idea come from?
Blume previously lived in Franklin, North Carolina and loved going to a nearby brewery in Sylva.
“The one I went to was called Heinzelmannchen, which was well-known and had some of the best beer,” Blume said. “The guy was just doing it in a basement and he was winning medals. He also made sodas. And that kind of got me really interested in doing something.”
Blume started homebrewing and then began traveling back and forth from Colorado to take an immersion course with Tom Hennesey, a brewery owner who teaches people how to build breweries.
When Blume decided to bring a craft brewery to Paducah in 2015, he saw the bus station and knew it was the place.
“But at that point and time, I didn’t know how fast I could grow or how the community would take it,” Blume said.
Even though the closest brewery at that time was in Clarksville, Ten. (almost 100 miles away) the people of Paducah took to it very quickly.
His worries were officially put to bed that summer in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival. Beer Werk’s PBW Pale Ale won a bronze medal in the Classic English-Style Pale Ale category.
Blume had attended the festival while living in Colorado but had never seen an awards ceremony, so he figured he’d check it out.
“We were all in the way in the back and we were all split, there were three of us,” Blume said. “And we were sitting there listening and were like “I remember trying that one, yeah that one was good.” And then they call our name, and I said “Huh? What’s going on?” So we all had to kind of find each other cause we were all dispersed in the crowd. Everybody was just kind of blown away.”
Before worrying about accepting the medal, Blume was focused on making it to the stage.
“So I had to go all the way down these steps, and I’m like “please don’t fall, please don’t fall, please don’t fall.” And I’m just sitting there shaking like I’m really getting up there and I go up these steps trying not to fall, shake Charlie Papazian’s hand. Like what just happened.”
To win a medal at the GABF is incredible. In 2015, there were 1,552 breweries in competition and 275 were winners, including Paducah Beer Werks.
“So that was really big deal. It helped us, you know, prove to the community that we’re making a solid good beer.”
And that, they are.
My beer picks at Paducah Beer Werks:
PBW Pale Ale: It’s a GABF award winning beer, so you know it’s good.
The Dude: The Dude is a delicious Pilsner. You can’t go wrong with a delicious pilsner.
Golden Ale: A very solid, light beer that anyone can drink. It’s very easy to drink and not as hoppy as a pale ale.
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By Jack Pilgrim on ©May 16th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has been named a finalist for the Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year Awards.
For the MVP award, he joins NBA superstars LeBron James and James Harden on the list of finalists.
The finalists for the 2017-18 #KiaMVP are…
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 17, 2018
As for the DPOY award, Davis joins Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Utah’s Rudy Gobert on the list.
The finalists for the 2017-18 #KiaDPOY are…
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 17, 2018
Despite being fired by the Toronto Raptors this week, former Wildcat Dwane Casey is a finalist for the NBA Coach of the Year Award, as well.
Casey joins Boston’s Brad Stevens and Utah’s Quin Snyder on the list.
The three finalists for NBA Coach of the Year… Dwane Casey, Quin Snyder and Brad Stevens!
— NBA (@NBA) May 17, 2018
The official Raptors Twitter account awkwardly congratulated “coach” after the announcement…
Congrats Coach! https://t.co/KG68c3Icu7
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 17, 2018
Here are the finalists for all six NBA end-of-year awards:
Congratulations to both Davis and Casey for the honors!
By Nick Roush on ©May 16th, 2018 @ 8:32pm
The commitments continue to roll in for Mark Stoops.
Just two days after quarterback Nik Scalzo committed to Kentucky, the Cats picked up an offensive tackle to protect him. Jake Pope, a 6’7″ 275-pound three-star offensive lineman from Ft. Lauderdale, announced his decision to come to Kentucky on Twitter.
Pope resides just down the road from Scalzo. A right tackle at St. Thomas Aquinas, the private school frequents national rankings and consistently produces Power Five talent.
A top 100 offensive tackle, Pope also held offers from Virginia Tech, Michigan State, UCF, Pitt and N.C. State. Pope is the sixth commitment in Kentucky’s 2019 class, and the 16th player from South Florida to commit to Kentucky over the last two years.
See Pope’s best work:
By Jack Pilgrim on ©May 16th, 2018 @ 8:27pm
2019 five-star center Vernon Carey has trimmed his list to five, and the Kentucky Wildcats made the final cut.
He released his final five, featuring Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Miami (FL), and Michigan State, on Twitter:
— Vernon Carey Jr. (@vernoncarey22) May 16, 2018
The 6-foot-10, 260-pound center is considered Rivals.com’s No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2019, and the No. 2 prospect according to ESPN and 247 Sports.
In an interview with the Courier-Journal, Carey Jr. said he talks with Kentucky recruit and top-two big man James Wiseman on a regular basis and that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if they ended up at the same college.
“Me and James talk a lot,” Carey said Friday after his AAU team, Nike Team Florida, completed its first game of the Nike EYBL event in Indianapolis. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we went to school together or not. He’s probably going to do the best thing for him, and I’ll do the best thing for me.”
Considered a bully-ball big man and Wiseman being an elite defender with ridiculous length, John Calipari is recruiting them both to Kentucky to recreate the New Orleans Pelicans frontcourt of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.
In fact, Calipari thinks Carey Jr. can be a mix of both Cousins and Davis.
“That’s what he discussed with me in the meeting,” Carey Jr. told The Cats Pause back in April. “That I could model my game after both of those two players. He told me to focus on those two. Just Anthony Davis’ effort and DeMarcus Cousins’ versatility.”
Here was his most recent highlight tape from the EYBL Dallas Session a few weeks ago:
Bring him on home, Coach Cal.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 16th, 2018 @ 5:30pm
Kentucky senior golfer Chip McDaniel sank a 118-yard approach shot on the 18th hole to record a walk-off eagle in the final round of the Bryan Regional. The shot came after McDaniel’s 326-yard drive on the 444-yard, par-four 18th, and it punched UK’s ticket to the NCAA championship for only the 10th time in school history.
The Wildcats entered the day down 10 strokes and in need of a special day to advance. The team fired a 3-under final round to jump Ole Miss on the scoreboard by three strokes, concluding with McDaniel’s eagle when he only needed a par to seal his team’s fate. The UK senior shot a 31 on the back after a disappointing 40 before the turn.
Unfortunately there is no video of the shot (that I know of), but we do have the Golf Channel’s coverage of the event.
— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) May 16, 2018
By Drew Franklin on ©May 16th, 2018 @ 4:45pm
PJ Washington is one of four NBA prospects representing the University of Kentucky at this week’s NBA combine, and the only one of the bunch to have not hired an agent. There is some talk that he is eager to keep his name in the draft, but needs promising feedback from the league to do so. If that is the case, it will take a strong showing in Chicago to climb up draft boards and earn the confirmation he needs to remain in the draft.
Washington did get a little bit of positive news on Wednesday in the form of a second-round projection in a new mock draft, which I believe is his first 2018 mock draft appearance. The good people over at SI.com slotted Washington at No. 53 to the Oklahoma City Thunder in their new post-lottery mock. It’s not the first-round promise Washington is looking for, but he’s at least in their draft conversation.
In the meantime, Washington is showing off his new photos from a shoot at the combine.