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October 17th, 2018

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#10 B.J. Johns


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#9 Carrie Cox


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#8 K R


Too good.

#7 Henry Chasteen


Yay!!!

#6 Ricky Stone


Team Reid.

#5 Ev Walberg


We’re almost there!!!!

#4 Casey Smith


What a pretty state!

#3 wilson, josh


A few more days!

#2 Ethan


He’s always up to something!

#1 Cody Fannin


#KSREffect


RJ Hampton’s father: “(Kentucky) truly is an elite college basketball program”

@CourtsideFilms

John Calipari may be focused on his current 2018-19 basketball team and the upcoming 2019 recruiting class, but one junior combo guard in particular has caught the Kentucky head coach’s eye.

RJ Hampton, considered the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2020, received an offer from Kentucky in the first week of October, one of just seven players in the class to hold one. Calipari has watched Hampton in person on several occasions, and the consensus top-ten prospect was in Lexington this past weekend visiting for Big Blue Madness.

Following his visit, Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com sat down with Hampton’s father, Rod, about Kentucky’s pitch and how his son felt about his time on campus.

Like we’ve heard time and time again over the years, Calipari was blunt with the family about what it takes to be a Kentucky Wildcat. And it was a pitch that resonated well with the 6-foot-4 star.

“[The pitch was] pretty much come to Kentucky and compete with and against the best in the country on the biggest stage in the country,” Rod Hampton told Zagoria. “And [John Calipari] also said everybody isn’t built for Kentucky. The practices were very competitive and everyone is held accountable to compete and get better.”

The prospect’s father went on to say Kentucky has it all and that they are considered one of the best in the business for a reason.

“They have all the resources for you to get better on a daily basis,” he said. “They are truly an elite college basketball program. Coach Cal does a great job with his guys. And he has a track record of getting guys to the next level.”

Hampton also sat down with Krysten Peek of Rivals.com to discuss his relationship with John Calipari and his thoughts about Kentucky as a program while he was out in Colorado Springs at a Team USA minicamp last week.

To no one’s surprise, Hampton said Calipari has told him he will be a major priority for Kentucky in 2020.

Following a serious back-and-forth process, Hampton recently announced he would be staying in the class of 2020 rather than making a move to 2019. With Kentucky in great shape at the guard spot with Tyrese Maxey, Kahlil Whitney, and Dontaie Allen already locked up, it’s a decision that definitely helps the Cats.

He has said his recruiting process wide open, though most assume Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Memphis, and Texas are the teams with the best shot at landing the elite scorer.

We still have a while, but hopefully he’ll choose the correct shade of blue when it comes time for a decision.

Watch his highlight tape here:

Come on down, young fella.


Everything You Need to Know About the 2018-2019 SEC Basketball Season

SEC basketball media day is today, a moment to look at what’s ahead, while celebrating all that the league accomplished last season.

And if we’re being perfectly honest, boy did that league accomplish a lot last season. By any tangible measurement, 2018 was the single greatest season in the history of SEC basketball, with a record eight teams making the NCAA Tournament, and an argument could also be made – at least by me, anyway – that on a night-in, night-out basis it was the single toughest conference in the sport. While the league didn’t produce a true national title contender (although you could argue that with the way that Villanova blitzed through the tournament there were no true “contender” other than Nova) every team was competitive, every single night. As an example, Ole Miss – which finished in last place – beat three different teams which ended up in the Big Dance. No conference in America could claim depth anywhere close to that.

Still, as good as the SEC was in 2018, the best just might be yet to come in 2019.

The league probably won’t have the top-to-bottom depth like it did a year ago, but unlike last season (where only two teams made the second weekend of the Big Dance) there are true national title contenders at the top of the league. Kentucky, Auburn and Tennessee have the goods to make it all the way to the Final Four (and beyond), and Mississippi State, LSU and Florida also have second weekend NCAA Tournament potential as well. Alabama and Vanderbilt also should compete for NCAA Tournament berths, and Missouri and Arkansas should be tough outs.

So with media day about to kick off, it’s only fair that I put out my preseason predictions. Here they are:
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Kentucky target Aidan Igiehon will announce his decision on Friday

Photo: Pat Lawless

Yet another dominoe in the class of 2019 is set to fall this week, as four-star forward Aidan Igiehon will be announcing his decision this Friday.

The 6-foot-10 big man out of Woodmere, N.Y. announced on Twitter this evening that he will make his college announcement at his high school on Friday at 12:15 p.m. ET.

Igiehon recently cut his list to four schools, with Kentucky joining Louisville, Oregon, and St. John’s as the finalists.

John Calipari has yet to offer the four-star, and talks between both sides have been minimal over the last few weeks, at best. In fact, the four-star big man had a visit scheduled to Kentucky, but that fell through in favor of a visit to Louisville. Considering the obvious tea leaves and what analysts are saying, signs are pointing toward Igiehon committing to Louisville on Friday.

Kentucky big man target Oscar Tshiebwe will also make his decision this weekend, announcing his choice on Saturday at some point.

Like Igiehon, momentum with Tshiebwe has stalled significantly, as most analysts believe the five-star center will be committing to West Virginia. Bob Huggins and the Mountaineer coaching staff has been building a relationship with Tshiebwe since he first came to the states several years back, and though Calipari made a solid push,  they feel the long-term relationship will win out in the end.

Two Kentucky targets will be off the board by the end of the weekend, and barring a major surprise, neither of them will end up in blue and white.


All the Hype you need for Kentucky-Vanderbilt

We’re still three days away from Kentucky’s Saturday night matchup against Vanderbilt at Kroger Field.  After watching the latest hype video from KY Wildcats TV, I don’t think I can wait that long.

“It’s out house man. This is our house!” 

I could play that Kash Daniel clip on repeat for the next 72 hours.  If you don’t have your tickets yet to the game, there are still good seats available at UKFootballTix.com.


CBS Sports named its 101 best players in college basketball

The Four Horsemen of the CBS Sports College Basketball Apocalypse — Matt Norlander, Chip Patterson, Bill Self’s good friend Gary Parrish and Kyle Boone — released their collective ranking of the 101 best players in college basketball and your University of Kentucky Wildcats didn’t get the love you probably think they deserve.

I was on honored to make the list at No. 3, but only four Kentucky players were named, the highest being Reid Travis at No. 18. Here are the four:

18. Reid Travis | Kentucky | Senior | Forward

It almost seems unfair, right? Kentucky already gets some of the top talent in the country out of high school, and here we’ve got the Wildcats also adding a first-team all-conference talent with two years of experience as a team’s primary scorer and rebounder as a graduate transfer. Travis’ Stanford career was prolific enough to stack him up against the program’s best, and now he’s set to be a double-double machine leading the youngsters in Lexington.

29. P.J. Washington | Kentucky | Sophomore | Forward

Washington debated going pro, would have probably been drafted, but came back. That’s a set of circumstances that normally doesn’t materialize for Kentucky freshmen. Washington’s a bit different from most, though. And he plays with great passion. Could be the team’s leader, and we think he’s going to be a monster alongside Reid Travis.

47. Keldon Johnson | Kentucky | Freshman | Guard

Effort, grit, intangibles and versatility are all what Johnson — a former five-star frosh — brings to the table for UK. He’s going to make for one of the most overqualified true freshmen glue guys in the sport next season — and potentially more

69. Ashton Hagans | Kentucky | Freshman | Guard

While he might not have a lot of stat-padding performances, Hagans could prove to be one of the most important pieces of Kentucky’s 2019 run. The 6-3 guard was the best player in the state of Georgia coming out of high school, but at Kentucky there’s a chance his most impactful contributions will be as a perimeter defender and primary ball handler on offense.

Duke’s RJ Barrett took the top spot. The rest of the list is rather laughable. See the whole thing here and then comment what you think about it.


SEC Opponents are Running Wild vs. Vanderbilt

Christopher Hanewinckel | USA Today

Derek Mason’s Vanderbilt defense will have their hands full this Saturday against Kentucky’s Benny Snell.

The Kentucky running back that is stealing the hearts and souls of opponents will face the country’s 96th-ranked rush defense.  This season the Commodores have surrendered on average 183.3 yards per game on the ground.  On the other side of the football Kentucky is just outside of the top 25 nationally with 223.5 rushing yards per game.

Through the first three games of SEC play, all losses, it would be an understatement to say Vanderbilt has struggled to defend.  If you include their other quality opponent, Notre Dame, they’ve given up on average 257.3 rushing yards in those four contests.

Opponent Total Rushing Yards Yards per Carry
Notre Dame 245 5.1
South Carolina 273 5.7
Georgia 219 6.4
Florida 292 4.6

If you break it down further the numbers are even more staggering.

Two Florida running backs had more than 100 rushing yards against Vanderbilt. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush was five yards away from giving Notre Dame two 100-yard rushers. The astronomical yards per carry are even more impressive when you consider Florida ran the ball 63 times, while Notre Dame and South Carolina each had 48 carries against the Commodores.

Even though the teams are different, it’s also worth noting that Benny Snell averages 105 yards and 5.7 yards per carry in his career vs. Vanderbilt, including a three-touchdown performance last year in Nashville.

Based on numbers alone, Eddie Gran’s game plan will be simple: run the freaking ball.


Hamidou Diallo Signs Deal With Under Armour

© Brian Losness | USATSI

In the hours leading up to his impressive NBA debut, Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo signed a multi-year shoe deal with Under Armour, according to Nick DePaula of ESPN.


Diallo scored four points during eight minutes of actions against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, nailing a pull-up jumper and making a tough basket after being fouled near the rim while displaying tremendous amounts of hustle throughout his time on the court. With Russell Westbrook expected to miss a small amount of time and Andre Roberson expected to be out much longer, Diallo did a great job of establishing himself in game 1 and proving he deserves to soak up those extra minutes to start the season.

With the new shoe deal for Diallo, that brings the number of former Wildcats who have signed shoe deals this summer to, like, 700. DeMarcus Cousins (Puma), Kevin Knox (Puma), and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Nike) all signed shoe deals over the past couple months and now we can add Diallo to that list.

Tuesday sure was a hell of a day for Diallo.