Happy birthday to JK Rowling, author of the world-famous Harry Potter series that you, Patrick Towles and I love so much. By now you’ve surely heard Rowling’s rags-to-riches story of how wrote the manuscript for the first Harry Potter book while living on state benefits as a single mother in Edinburgh, Scotland. The manuscript was turned down by three British publishing houses: Penguin, Transworld, and HarperCollins. Now, Rowling has a net worth of $1 billion. I like to think that she goes into those three publishing houses every now and then to tease them with her business, Julia Roberts “Pretty Woman” style. (“Big mistake…HUGE!”)
Because rolling around in giant stacks of money gets boring after a while, Rowling continues to publish books, most recently under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Rowling was outed as Galbraith a few weeks ago, and says that she was just looking for the chance to write again without the high expectations of being “the” JK Rowling. Even though she tried to keep her pen name under wraps, there are apparently some big clues in Galbraith’s “The Cuckoo’s Calling” that made it a dead giveaway for any true Harry Potter fan. For the sake of you muggles, I’ll just link that story instead of getting all Hermoine Granger on you.
4-star OT Nick Richardson rolls the dice
The big news on Tuesday was the commitment of Nick Richardson, a four-star offensive tackle from Westerville, Ohio. Richardson had planned on announcing his decision on Wednesday, but for various reasons, word got out. He didn’t seem to mind:
Well I was planning on committing tomorrow but looks like its already out. I will be committing to The University of Kentucky! #BBN
— Nick Richardson (@bigdaddyrich_74) July 30, 2013
Richardson chose Kentucky over Vandy, but had offers from Michigan State, Ole Miss, and West Virginia. At 6’4″, 285 lbs., he’s already got a big frame, and is surprisingly athletic for a player his size. He’s got great footwork and strong hands. Here’s what Drew Barker had to say about him:
“He’s a top 200, four-star guy, very highly recruited. Nick’s also a really big dude, a strong, get-in-your-face type of guy. He’s also really athletic for how big he is, so we need those kind of guys who can run with the [Jadeveon] Clowneys in the SEC.”
Sounds good to me. Richardson is UK’s 22nd commitment in the 2014 class, and the third offensive lineman, along with Derrick Kelley and Jarret LaRubbio. His commitment bumps Kentucky back up to number three in Rivals’ Team Rankings. Here’s a chart from CMD_77 of all of UK’s commitments and where they’ve been ranked by the four recruiting services:
Who says Mondays aren’t for partying?
On the basketball side of things, UK announced that the second annual Alumni Charity Game will take place on Monday, September 9th at 7 p.m. ET (it being a school night and all, they moved the tip up an hour). It will feature only current or former NBA Cats, and will include players from all four of Cal’s UK teams. Ticket information and additional game details will be available at a later date. NBA rules prohibit UK from announcing which players will participate, but we’ll do our best to find out for you.
Brandon Knight is now a Buck
News broke late Tuesday afternoon that Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight had been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. The former Cat was one of three Detroit players (the other two being Khris Middleton and Slava Kravtsov) sent to Milwaukee for Brandon Jennings. On one hand, at least he doesn’t have to live in Detroit anymore. On the other hand, he’s now a member of one of the most irrelevant teams in the league. Best of luck to you, Brandon. Call Doron Lamb if you need advice on “Who up” in Milwaukee.
Nerlens Noel charms day campers
Other than Richardson committing, it was a pretty slow day in the UK news world. How slow? The vine video of Nerlens Noel dancing Gangham Style with a bunch of kids at John Calipari’s pro camp made national news. There are countless stories about how great Nerlens is with kids, but videos like this remind you why–he’s just a big kid himself. Also, it looks like that knee is holding up just fine.
The KSR Cruise hits Juneau and Matt buys a crazy hat
Where in Alaska were Matt, Drew, and Ryan on Tuesday? Juneau, where they ate lunch at a former brothel and asked locals if they knew Ramon Harris. Matt also bought that hat. (I’ll spare you from their Juneau puns.)
— Congrats to Centre College, who got paid in a major way on Wednesday, receiving a $250 million donation to fund science and economics scholarships. The gift, $250 million in stock in Universal Computer Systems Holding Inc., comes from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust and is one of the largest donations in the history of US higher education. A. Eugene Brockman’s son Bob attended Centre, and according to KSR’s Danville correspondents (aka my parents), the school’s president John Roush could be seen doing backflips all the way down Main Street.
— On Wednesday night, be sure to tune into “Jeopardy” to see LaRue County middle schooler Skyler Hornback, who is competing in the show’s Kids Week. Hornback was one of fifteen children ages 10-12 chosen to participate out of 10,000 applicants. Good luck, Skyler, and throw up some three goggles if you get the chance.
— Finally, if you’ve ever wanted to be in a commercial with Mark Stoops, Wednesday morning is your chance. Coach Stoops will be at Commonwealth Stadium filming a Paul Miller Ford commercial, and fans are encouraged to come take part in the filming, which starts at 8 a.m. at Gate 9. Wear your best UK football gear and bring tailgating gear, such as camping chairs, footballs, pom-poms, your “BTI Sucks” poster, etc. Also, take lots of pictures so we can post them on the site.
That’ll do it. In the morning, Jennifer Palumbo and Jeremy Jarmon take their turn hosting while Matt’s out. Something tells me they’re going to talk about football and it’s going to be awesome. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the week:
Wednesday: Jennifer Palumbo and Jeremy Jarmon
Thursday: Matthew Mitchell
Friday: WKYT’s Brian Milam and Dusty Bonner
See you then.