By Zack Geoghegan on ©August 14th, 2018 @ 7:15pm
Former Kentucky guard Doron Lamb recently resigned with his professional Greek team, BC Lavrio, according to the club.
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Doron Lamb resigns with BC Lavriohttps://t.co/MH9IoEKyvk
— Sportando (@Sportando) August 14, 2018
Lamb played for BC Lavrio last season where he averaged 13.2 points and 2.6 assists per game in 14 total Greek league games. Known as a sharpshooter during his time at Kentucky, he shot 44.8 percent from three on 2.1 attempts per game last season.
Lamb will also make his debut in the FIBA Europe Cup for the club this upcoming season. This will be his second season with the team. The deal will be for one year although the financial specifics have yet to be identified.
BC Lavrio finished with a record of 14-14 last season and placed sixth in the league.
Lamb has not played in the NBA since he was a member of the Orlando Magic during the 2013-14 season where he averaged 3.6 points 13.1 minutes per game across 53 total games.
At 26 years old, his dreams of playing in the NBA may be too far gone, but there is a chance he could thrive overseas and return for an NBA comeback a la Darius Miller. But still, Lamb has seemingly found a comfortable spot on a team that wants to keep him around. Eat, D. Lamb.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 14th, 2018 @ 6:30pm
Between five-star freshmen and rapidly improving returners, Kentucky’s trip to the Bahamas showcased plenty of future pros. NBA writers across the internet are weighing in on which Cats have the most pro potential, so I compiled a few of their takes for your reading pleasure, along with highlights because I’m already going through withdrawal.
Keldon Johnson: “Johnson’s play in the Bahamas confirmed suspicions that he should be unequivocally considered Kentucky’s top pro prospect and potential leading scorer,” Woo wrote. “He has legitimately earned his reputation as a competitor, and after seeing him up close a handful of times in different settings, it’s evident that Johnson’s approach is often contagious, and helps to keep teammates locked in.”
Nick Richards: “You won’t find many young centers his size who can match his fluidity and mobility (or 7’3” wingspan), and he showed off what looked to be an improved jump hook while shooting 80% from the floor on 20 attempts. He also shot an impressive 84% from the foul line. In an era where rim-running centers can succeed in the NBA without overly complex offensive roles, Richards still certainly has a chance to make it all work in his favor.”
Keldon Johnson: “At 6-foot-6 with a well-built 215-pound frame and a 6-foot-9 wingspan, Johnson has exactly what you’re looking for physically from an NBA wing. He’s not an elite athlete by NBA standards, but he’s a good one who gets the absolute most out of his tools due to his motor and high basketball IQ. Assuming the jump shot continues to come along, this is the exact skill set that NBA teams are in search of. ”
PJ Washington: “While Johnson might lead the team in scoring, I’d bet on Washington being the team’s leader and its best player — its catalyst and a potential SEC Player of the Year. The 6-foot-7 big man looked to be in better shape than he was last year, showcasing in-game leaping ability and quickness that he hadn’t yet portrayed for the Wildcats.”
Ashton Hagans: “But for me, Hagans was the player who popped of the trio. Green will be steady, and Quickley will be solid across the board. But Hagans is the best playmaker of the group due to his elite level quickness and terrific handle. He’s also the best passer, creating plays for his teammates with ease. More than that, though, Hagans’ defense at the point of attack was monstrous for the Wildcats, pestering and bothering the opposition at every single turn.”
“Keldon Johnson, who dazzled with an 18-for-25 effort in the team’s last three games, is the perimeter star Kentucky lacked a year ago. The Duke freshmen (R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson) have been the focus of the offseason. But Johnson, a 6-foot-6 wing ranked seventh in the 2018 class per ESPN.com, deserves a place in that conversation. Ashton Hagans could be a compelling contributor, too. Nick Richards is an explosive big man with an NBA future.”
By KSR on ©August 14th, 2018 @ 6:15pm
It’s episode 69 of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, as Aaron spends virtually the entire episode breaking down Kentucky’s trip to the Bahamas! While he discusses the chaos at Maryland and Ohio State at the end, it begins with the Wildcats in the Bahamas.
The emergence of Kentucky’s stars: Aaron spends the first few minutes of the show breaking down the play of Kentucky’s biggest stars, most notably Tyler Herro, PJ Washington and Keldon Johnson. Aaron explains why the most impressive stat from Herro wasn’t his team-leading 17 points per game, and why Washington is showing NBA scouts everything they need to see to make him a mid-round pick next year. Plus, Aaron gushes about Keldon Johnson and the energy and toughness he played with in the Bahamas.
Second-year players shine: Next Aaron takes a deep dive into UK’s two other sophomores, Nick Richards and Quade Green. He explains the way each has improved, and why Quade Green might be the most underappreciated player of the whole trip. Plus, why seeing players like Richards and Green put in the work isn’t just important for them, but the younger players on the roster as well.
Finally, a look at the scandals of Maryland and Ohio State: Aaron breaks down the two biggest scandals across college sports, Maryland and Ohio State. Aaron takes a deep dive at Maryland and explains why everyone is blaming the wrong person, and also a quick update on Ohio State. Will Zach Smith’s newest criminal allegations have any impact on Urban Meyer’s future at Ohio State?
You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
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By Drew Franklin on ©August 14th, 2018 @ 5:51pm
A federal judge dismissed Rick Pitino’s lawsuit against Adidas on Tuesday.
The former Louisville coach, now a frequenter of a Best Western outdoor bar in Miami, filed the lawsuit last October. He was seeking damages for emotional distress and humiliation from Adidas putting him on blast in the Brian Bowen play-for-pay scandal.
U.S. District Court judge David J. Hale tossed it out like a fake national championship, saying it must be settled in arbitration, as Pitino’s endorsement with the shoe company states.
You can read the full order over at LEX18.com.
By KSR on ©August 14th, 2018 @ 5:30pm
Surprised to see Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse? The Funkhouser Situation is on your podcast feed a day earlier than normal to provide takes on the latest in the world of pop culture. The guys are back with another edition of Hot Goss, they try to figure out Omarosa, and…
— The podcast got a significant TV plug.
— Lee Cruse has a lot in common with Freddie Mercury.
— Will Jack Ryan be a hit for Amazon?
— Was the Ross and Rachel storyline overplayed on Friends?
— The Academy Awards has a new category: Best Popular Movie
— Lee and Chris share their love for the 80s television series Moonlighting.
You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 14th, 2018 @ 5:00pm
It’s a question that defines the John Calipari era: Who are the best one-and-dones to come through Kentucky? CBS Sports’ Kyle Boone tackled the topic this afternoon, ranking all 25 Kentucky one-and-dones based on their college production. (That last part is important!)
His top four won’t raise any eyebrows, but from there, it’s up for debate. Here’s Boone’s top ten:
1. Anthony Davis
2. John Wall
3. DeMarcus Cousins
4. Karl-Anthony Towns
5. Brandon Knight
6. Julius Randle
7. Jamal Murray
8. De’Aaron Fox
9. Malik Monk
10. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
It’s not a bad list, and I know this is mostly based on numbers, but it just feels like MKG should be higher than tenth. Davis was undeniably the star of that team, but MKG was the heart and soul.
Check out the entire list at CBS Sports and then let us know your top ten in the comments.
By Nick Roush on ©August 14th, 2018 @ 4:00pm
For three Kentucky football players, practice was different today. For the first time, Zach Johnson, Miles Butler and David Bouvier took the field as scholarship athletes.
“I’m proud to be here,” said Bouvier, a senior wide receiver from Lexington Catholic. “It feels weird being on a full scholarship now. It’s such a blessing.”
Butler, a senior placekicker from Paducah Tilghman, was equally grateful.
“I first want to thank coach Stoops for the opportunity. He’s been gracious to me ever since I’ve been here. He’s supported me and given me every opportunity I could have asked for…Just a little 150 pound kid, for him to come to me, talk to me and trust me means a lot.”
During a team meeting, Mark Stoops called the three to the front of the room. Before Stoops could even finish speaking, they were mobbed by teammates.
“I’ve got the best teammates. I’m so thankful for them. They’ve always got my back. They’ve never said anything bad about me, even when I was just a scout team guy,” said Bouvier.
One thing these three guys have in common is they are all former walk-ons! pic.twitter.com/pZqceGe2gu
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) August 14, 2018
The excitement was also shared by former teammates. This fall Butler could be Austin MacGinnis’ replacement. UK’s all-time leading scorer was happy to see Butler’s hard work pay off.
“It’s well deserved,” MacGinnis told KSR. “Miles has done everything that is asked of him since he has arrived on campus. He is a 4.0 student and a great teammate. I am happy for the kid.”
Charles Walker was “ecstatic” when he heard that his former roommate finally earned a scholarship.
“He’s the type of the guy that would never talk about how he isn’t on scholly yet. He loves to work and I’m sure he’s been waiting on this day for a while now,” Walker said. “He had a personal goal and finally he obtained that goal. But that doesn’t mean he’s done working. As I said earlier, he’s one of the hardest working guys on the team and I know this season is going to mean a lot to him.”
Bouvier is off to an excellent start. Often compared to Walker, Bouvier is the top candidate to replace him as UK’s punt returner. He’s also impressed coaches during camp for his work at slot receiver. Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran hasn’t been eager to praise the wide receivers’ play, but went out of his way to call Bouvier a “warrior.”
“You want to talk about a guy making plays…he’s our MVP. That young man is getting it, making plays, he’s playing with energy and I just love that young man,” said Gran.
The road from walk-on to a scholarship isn’t easy. It took Bouvier and Butler four years to achieve that ultimate goal. Butler never thought he’d be in this position. He initially planned on attending Alabama as just another regular student. That changed when Neal Brown asked him to work out for the Cats. His mother asked him to take some time to make a decision, but he refused.
“That’s a done deal. I’m there,” Butler recalled. “It’s really been quite a dream. It’s been fun.”
Behind MacGinnis, getting onto the field was a long shot, but Butler remained ready at all times. When MacGinnis was injured in 2015, Butler stepped in and made four field goals, including a 46-yarder. Last year he was asked to do something a little different when Matt Panton was suspended for the Vanderbilt game. He had not punted since high school, but Butler did not shy away from the challenge.
“I welcomed the opportunity. It was really good to do both. I try to be as versatile as I can — kickoffs, field goals, punt — whatever the team wants me to do to help, I try to work on it, master my craft and give them all I can. Anything I can do to help us win a game.”
This year the Cats may need him to win a few games with his leg. Becoming MacGinnis’ full-time replacement comes with lofty expectations, ones that Butler embraces.
“That’s definitely some big shoes to fill, but that’s a good problem to have…It’s an opportunity I welcome. I wouldn’t want anything else.”
Butler, Johnson and Bouvier earned scholarships by working hard day in and day out. That will not change now that they have scholarships, but Bouvier acknowledged things are different, but in a good way.
“I just don’t have to think about it anymore. Every practice I was thinking, I’m still a walk-on. I gotta make plays to get a scholarship. I’d overthink things too much. Now I got a scholarship. I feel free. I can just go ball and do my thing.”
Bouvier is a different player now that he doesn’t have the walk-on tag hanging over his head, but he will not forget what it took to reach this point.
“It’s been a crazy ride with lots of ups and downs. I always believed in myself and knew what I was capable of. There’s no way around hard work. You gotta put it in everyday. My parents were just incredibly thankful. My mom was crying. She was about to make me cry. It was hard talking to her, but I’m just really…my parents have done so much for me. Being able to get this scholarship for them really meant a lot.”
By TJ Walker on ©August 14th, 2018 @ 3:30pm
Rivals’ National Analyst Corey Evans doesn’t think too highly of Kentucky’s chances with five-star forwards Matthew Hurt and Vernon Carey Jr. I’ve been saying for months that UK is in a better position with Carey and Hurt than National Analyst would lead you to believe and yesterday on the Monday Insider Notes I took the plunge and said I think the Cats end up with Carey. Read that HERE.
Well, it’s clear Evans’ doesn’t agree. He says Michigan State and Duke are the teams to beat for Carey, but says Miami’s family connection can’t be topped and UNC has remained a factor. He did say Kentucky has “picked things up” but that’s about it for the Cats and Carey, per Evans.
It doesn’t get better for Hurt.
“… Hurt is arguably the most prioritized prospect in recent years. Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky and others are in the hunt. Duke and North Carolina will be tough to beat, but ultimately I think Hurt ends up at Kansas.”
As I stated in the Monday Insider Notes, I disagree.
Kentucky will be desperate for big bodies next season and the Cats have just offered three bigs in 2019. James Wiseman is the other big to go with Hurt and Carey. UK is highly interested in Oscar Tshiebwe but no offer (yet). The Cats are keeping tabs on Kofi Cockburn but things are moving somewhat slowly in that recruitment as of now.
UK simply can’t afford to miss on all three of Wiseman, Carey and Hurt. So, if Evans is right the Cats better hope they can beat out Memphis for Wiseman and try to get Tshiebwe on board. But we have until at least the fall for Hurt’s recruitment and most likely the spring for Wiseman and Carey. Plenty of times for things to change but I like where UK is at for Carey and think the Cats can move ahead for Hurt once they get him on campus.
We shall see. While I respectfully disagree with his assessment I think Evans does a great job and enjoyed working with him (and the rest of the Rivals’ crew). Read the rest of Evans’ Q&A HERE.
By TJ Walker on ©August 14th, 2018 @ 2:30pm
We’re all hungry for football and craving the season opener (18 days but who’s counting), so I understand the desperation in producing football content. Most teams don’t regularly allow open practices and we’re mostly just regurgitating the same stories from May.
Things are slow outside of Ohio State and Maryland.
To get people talking CBS thought it would be fun to rank the best team in every state. Solid content item in my opinion. Nearly every team in every state has some sort of in-state rival, so this is perfect for trash talk during a slow time. There’s some obvious exceptions like Louisiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin and a few others, but most states have in-state rivals and this is a good way to pump up or tick off some fan bases. Heck, it has us talking.
Mission accomplished. When talking about the Commonwealth Brent Sallee says UofL will be better than Kentucky this season but his reasoning is beyond odd:
Louisville: The Lamar Jackson experience wrapped up after last season, but the 2016 season left an indelible mark on the program — which is head-and-shoulders above every other Division I program in the state. — Barrett Sallee
If you think Louisville will be better than Kentucky this season I won’t argue with you. It probably wouldn’t be worth my time and I’m not sure I could do a good enough job convincing anyone that the Cats will definitively be better than Louisville. UK returns more starters and received more votes in the Coaches Poll, but Louisville has owned the series as of late and dominated UK last season.
However, to say that UofL will be better because Lamar Jackson left an “indelible mark on the program” is ridiculous. It doesn’t make sense. UofL will be better than Kentucky this upcoming season because Lamar Jackson had people paying attention to UofL football over the last two years? I must be missing something. Sallee didn’t mention any current players or strengths and weaknesses. If this were about the best programs currently in the state, fine, but this article’s purpose was picking the best team heading into the season. Sallee certainly didn’t show his work behind his UofL pick.
I enjoyed this article but the folks at CBS were lazy when discussing our state. If you want to read the rest click HERE.
By Brent Wainscott on ©August 14th, 2018 @ 2:00pm
Kentucky has bounced back this week after a lackluster scrimmage on Saturday.
Last night the team shared a special moment when three walk-ons, Zach Johnson, Miles Butler and David Bouvier were granted scholarships. Things seem to be more upbeat around Kroger Field after today’s practice.
Almost Over the Hump
A big theme from this year’s offseason has been the inconsistency from the offense, whether that be from the quarterbacks to the wide receivers. Gran said, “You see stuff there that you get really excited about, then you see stuff and just go gosh darn we gotta get better, we just gotta get over that hump right there. I think Monday and Tuesday of this week we did a little…I’m not ready to jump on that wagon yet, but we’re awfully close.”
David Bouvier, Fall Camp MVP
Shortly after Bouvier was awarded a scholarship, Eddie Gran had high praise for the senior wideout. Gran said Bouvier has the heart of a warrior and has been the MVP of this year’s camp.
“He’s making plays, giving energy, I just love that young man.” Benny Snell also added to Gran’s statement by saying Bouvier brings that energy and he catches everything.
Quarterbacks are Making Strides this Week
When asked about the quarterbacks, Gran said that they had looked “excellent” the last two days. They’ve had a bit of a learning curve, but they are starting to know where to go with the ball quicker, and that has been really good, according to Gran.
The Playbook has a Chance to be Open
It seems like one of the most common complaints from Kentucky football fans is the fact that the playbook really hasn’t been open.
But this year is different. Kentucky has all the pieces to open it up, according to Gran. The offensive coordinator talked about the ability to do a lot with this offense, “We got really good tight ends, we got really good running backs, I feel really good about our O-line, So I think our playbook is open. We can do what we want.”
Benny Snell Didn’t Pay Attention to ESPN’s Snub
I have never seen a player carry a bigger chip on his shoulder than Benny Snell, so I had to ask him how he felt about being left off ESPN’s “50 Best Players in College Football” list. His response?
“Ever since my freshman year I don’t pay attention to ESPN, Sports Illustrated, all the ones where you’re ranked, I don’t pay attention to it.”
Want to hear what Dorian Baker had to say? Check it out: