Good afternoon, friends and foes, and welcome to the Thursday Afternoon Notes (accompanied by podcast.) Today’s KSR Fans of the Day come to us from Tulum, Mexico, where they posed in front of the Mayan ruins with a Big Blue Nation flag.
If the Mayans are right and our time on Earth ends later this year, Kentucky will be the NCAA basketball champion forever and ever. Just something to think about.
— The big news of the day comes from the football injury report, which lists Coshik Williams as out for Saturday’s game against Kent State. Raymond Sanders will get the start in his place and freshman Dyshawn Mobley will get some touches in relief of Sanders.
After practice today, Joker Phillips told reporters, “(Williams) got torqued and has muscle spasms. That’s why we said early the young guys would play. Mobley will play for us and see how he does. We’ll start with Raymond, give (Jonathan George) some snaps and then put the big guy (Mobley) in there.”
— Joker also spoke in length about freshman linebacker Pancho Thomas and how he and a couple others stood out on the sideline on Sunday. He said, “(Thomas) is a different guy on game day, and I like that. Pancho, Sweat, Collins — those guys are different on game day. Sweat is running up and down the sideline screaming and yelling and cheering on the defense. You’ve got to play those kind of guys. Those guys like to play. Pancho, leading up to the game you could tell it was different for him, the way he approached things leading up to game day.”
— Jay Bilas says Alex Poythress might remind some UK fans of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Alex Poythress, Kentucky Wildcats
Poythress is a big-time athlete who excels in the open court. A long-armed player who can really run, Poythress is at his best getting to the rim, and he can finish after absorbing a bump. In fact, Poythress delivers the punishment rather than absorbs it. He is a good shooter, but he’s most impressive when taking the ball to the hole. He makes it look easy but can also rattle the rim with tremendous force.
As a rebounder, Poythress is a beast on the boards. He pursues the ball out of his area, which is the mark of a great rebounder, and he can guard multiple spots. A high-character person and player, Poythress will remind some people of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist because of how hard he plays and his ability to cause matchup problems, although he is not as good yet.
To be complete: Poythress is not yet a finished product and needs to tighten up his perimeter shooting and refine his overall perimeter skills. He also needs to develop more of a reliable low-post game. If he does, he can be Kentucky’s best player.
It’s an ESPN Insider article. I hope they don’t mind me using that.
— Congratulations to Darius Miller for singing with the Hornets today. Terms of the contract weren’t disclosed but the team announced he’ll wear No. 2. Hakim Warrick from Syracuse wears No. 1.
— Tickets are still available for tomorrow night’s Cardinal Hill Kentucky Bash. Join fans of UK Football for a spirited evening benefitting Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. There will be bourbon tasting, a sophisticated southern menu, live music by The Johnson Brothers, the Jim Beam Quarterback Challenge, and an exclusive live auction. Visit the event’s website for more information.
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