A country music duo is starting to make some noise on the national scene and they’re not so different than you and me — other than the whole, ya know, good at singing and playing instruments thing.
Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley, two die hard Kentucky fans born and raised in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, make up Sundy Best, tonight’s News and Views honoree. The two-man band from Prestonsburg made their CMT debut earlier this month on the music channel’s “Wide Open Country” with their single “Home.” It only took the song a week to reach the No. 1 spot in the countdown, which is pretty amazing considering it wasn’t that long ago when Nick was catching passes at Pikeville and Kris was gettin’ buckets for Centre.
Hell, you can even find their mugs on CMT’s Artists page among the likes of Willie Nelson, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Eric Church and every other big name that’s ever held a geet-tar. I don’t follow a lot of country music, but I know that’s a pretty damn big deal for two up-and-comers from Kentucky who rarely play outside of Lexington — unless there’s a barbecue back home, of course.
So join me in singing along to a little Sundy Best this evening as they begin their climb to stardom. And, boys, if you’re reading this, I played a mean trombone in 6th grade. Just keep that in the back of your minds and don’t hesitate to give me a call when you’re ready to add the sweet sounds of some low brass to the party. Chicks dig the spit valve.
Another day in the books, another sleepless night of Andrew Wiggins anticipation and worry awaits. Monday came and went without any news/rumors/gossip from the Wiggins camp and not a peep from those who pretend to know someone who pretends to know someone in or around the Wiggins camp. Will Tuesday be different? We’ll know soon, I guess, but fans from the four fan bases are growing more than antsy as the recruitment reaches new heights of anticipation and frustration. It’s pretty hard to believe Wiggins doesn’t know where he wants to go at this point and everyone involved, whether it be coaches, fans or whomever, just want it all to be over with. I understand it’s an incredibly tough decision and he doesn’t want to tell anyone no, but it’s time for the young man to make up his mind and put the ink to the Letter of Intent. He can’t keep dragging so many people along forever, unless, of course, he eventually picks Kentucky — we’ll wait another month if that’s what it takes to get him in Lexington. But with the unknown college destination weighing down on so many, it’s becoming quite exhausting. With that said, come to Kentucky, Andrew. Please?
If Wiggins ends up going elsewhere — I don’t even like typing that — Kentucky will still have an unbelievable load of talent on its roster in 2013-14. That’s why the Cats find themselves at No. 1 in two Top 25 preseason rankings released Monday from ESPN’s Jason King and Andy Katz. King and Katz agree that Kentucky will be the team to beat in college basketball next season, and the ESPN experts’ 2nd and 3rd ranked teams will get that opportunity in non-conference play. Louisville and Michigan State are No. 2 and 3 in both rankings thanks to the returns of the Cardinal’s Russ Smith and State’s Gary Harris and Adreian Payne. Kentucky will likely be favored in those games, but adding Andrew Wiggins will make the Pursuit of 40 a lot more realistic.
Once Wiggins does make his move, we will finally close the book on 2013 recruiting and move ahead to the summer of AAU basketball. The EYBL circuit is already underway which means you can count on reading a lot more about guys like Emmanuel Mudiay, Tyus Jones, Cliff Alexander, Trey Lyles, and Stanley Johnson here on KSR over the next few months. This is when players make their moves up the rankings and we get a better understanding of who really wants who and who really wants to go where. There are a lot of names to follow this summer and we’ll be all over them as things are quiet on the UK basketball and football fronts in Lexington.
Speaking of the offseason, Calipari wants you to know he has a 100-percent graduation rate at UK with players who are eligible to graduate and UK has had a cumulative 3.0 GPA over the last three seasons. Cal took to his official website to remind everyone that Kentucky basketball is more than a stepping stone to the NBA; it also puts players in position to be successful away from the game after college. Bob Knight was unavailable for comment.
I said it a week ago and I’ll say it again: UK should schedule Robert Morris and I think they will. Don’t be surprised to see Boise State on the non-confernece slate next season, too. The Broncos really want a game in Rupp Arena and they’re not asking for a home game in return. Plus, Boise’s athletic director is Kentucky’s former deputy director of athletics so it’d be a good favor to him. And Boise is going to be good. It’s a no-brainer.
Switching over to football, there aren’t enough words in the English dictionary to appropriately compliment and commend Mark Stoops and his staff for the job they’re doing on the recruiting trail. Kentucky is currently a Top 25 2014 class and picking up steam after two very strong commitments came in over the weekend. With Drew Barker nearing a decision date and Kentucky believed to be his leader, UK could potentially lock up its offensive superstar of the future and the Wildcat recruiting train will be accelerating at record speed entering the summer. Stoops and Co. have already done an amazing job in these early stages of 2014 recruiting and we can only hope they hang on to the guys they have and the guys they’ll get. Football commitments aren’t 100% solid until National Signing Day.
12-year NBA veteran Jason Collins turned heads on Monday when he proved he’s a better writer than most of the people who write sports stories for a living. Collins, a teammate of John Wall in Washington, also debunked the twin telepathy myth and proudly came out of the closet. It’s a great read.
Also from our nation’s capital, Archie Goodwin is in Washington D.C. to “put this work in,” he said in a tweet on Monday. I assume that means he has a workout with the Wizards, a team believed to be interested in his services.
It was also announced Monday that Goodwin hired Charles Briscoe of BSM Sports to represent him in the NBA. You know what that means??? It’s time to play a game of “How Many Of Charles Briscoe’s Others Clients Have You Heard Of?!”
The rules are simple: If you score a 1 or higher, you win!
Junior Cadougan, Courtney Fortson, Chris Hines, Nick Murphy, Jamine Peterson, Patrick Richard, Jay-R Strowbridge, Michael Washington, Stefan Welsh
Your score: _____
DeAndre Liggins got some clock for the Thunder in the first half against the Rockets. The game is currently at halftime and Liggins has four rebounds, three points and a steal in 11 minutes of action. Terrence Jones has yet to enter the game but there’s still a lot of basketball left over on TNT.
The Kentucky Sports Radio radio show will be coming to you live from Home Run Burgers in St. Matthews in Louisville on Tuesday morning. Stop by and say “Go Big Blue” for free food during the broadcast.
That’ll do it for now.
Can I get a Go Cats?