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The future of Kentucky basketball


UK’s men and women’s McDonald’s All-Americans put on their finest this evening in Chicago and posed for this picture for proud papa Anthony Epps. From left to right: James Young, Dakari Johnson, MaKayla Epps, Marcus Lee, one of the Harrisons, Linnae Harper, Julius Randle and the other Harrison. (Sorry, I can’t tell them apart yet.)

Is this is what it’s like to have a kid go to prom? One of these days we’ll be saying, “Remember when…”

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78 Comments for The future of Kentucky basketball

  1. L1C4
    9:04 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Lol, the twins wearing the same clothes!

  2. L1C4
    9:05 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    What’s up with the unicorn in the middle?

  3. Big D
    9:07 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    I believe Andrew is shorter being the pg that makes sense

  4. I do believe
    9:09 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    That Andrew is the one in the glasses, Aaron has a slightly slimmer face

  5. MemphisCat
    9:10 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew is wearing the bow tie, come on people.

  6. Big Blue
    9:13 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Young going to b silent assassin

  7. down
    9:13 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Tolly ho down 70 votes still leggo ppl everyones been gangin up on bbn

  8. jimc
    9:14 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Being a lifelong UK fan. The only problem i see with this team is we will not have pg back up if polson leaves.

  9. Mike
    9:15 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats to UL coaching staff once again! They now also have the best women’s coach in the state. Mitchell did not have his team prepared at all for the game last night…another embarrassment on national TV. Their offense had been sporadic all year but defense very strong. They had neither last night.

  10. KG
    9:16 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    What a fine looking group of young WildCats.

  11. EC
    9:18 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Good to see they are already building camaraderie with one another. We need guys who are all on the same page.

  12. Mack
    9:18 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    The TWINS are thinking, “Which one of you guys smiled?”.

  13. BOSOX
    9:20 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    I promise I come with a awesome source!!! Jarod Polson will not be back and Kentucky will get another committment within the next 3 to 4 weeks for the basketball team….. Let your bigblue mines wonder ;)))))

  14. MikeIsAMoron
    9:20 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Mike, you’re obviously a UL fan troll, why don’t you go to one of their fan sites? Matt Mitchell has done an amazing job with the UK ladies, just as Cal has with the men.

  15. mashburnfan1
    9:22 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Just need Wiggins in pic to be complete. Also congrats to UK Baseball for going to UL and beating the hated tards 5-4 in ten innings

  16. Racist Cat Fan
    9:22 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Ummmm where all the white people at?

  17. Baby b
    9:23 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    #9 congrats to uk baseball guess they have the best coach in the state because they won the game you r a idiot pitino 1-4 against cal and halz and Mitchell r neck and neck against each other get off r board don’t need idiots like you on here

  18. Mike
    9:23 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    14. Sorry pal. You obviously don’t know what u r talking about. I call them as I see them. Both coaches under performed in the playoffs. They both got obliterated. Did you see something else?

  19. Catlanta
    9:24 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Next season will be one of two extremes. It will either be the greatest UK team in history and they will roll to a title. Or it will be the biggest epic fail by Cal and the players. There has never been a team in the NCAA with this many future pros and All-Americans. It is title or failure.

  20. dave
    9:26 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    wall had 27-9-8 tonight in win against bulls.

  21. 18s dumb
    9:26 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Tolly ho down 53 votes lets keep goin bbn gotta get this lead back

  22. EasternKYCat
    9:26 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like Cal is trying to go the jig route next year. Not one white guy will hit the floor.

  23. cropped
    9:28 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    #15 Wiggins is on the end next to the other Harrison, but cropped out. How sneaky can they be!

  24. Racist Cat Fan
    9:28 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like another influx of hybrid babies (niglets if you will) will hit the trailer parks of lexington next summer.

  25. mashburnfan1
    9:28 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Our Lady Cats beat the tards this season so s##k that. Just a matter of matchups and who plays well that day. UConn is playing real well the last 4 games and we did not.

  26. Baby b
    9:30 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    22 your are a idiot also go troll on the ville website get some good white guys in the top 20 cal mite offer until than uk will take the best regardless of color stupid

  27. B-man
    9:33 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Moderators must be taking the night off…can’t imagine why #22 and #24 comments are posted. Simply embarrassing.

  28. Baby b
    9:34 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    UL fans on here is great their team playing in final four and they r to worried about uk playing tomorrow on tv , shows you Lil brother mentality no matter how bad of year uk had pitiful

  29. Mike
    9:35 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    17. Baby b…KMA..You idiot…I am talking about the coaching jobs done this year by each school. UK women’s was predicted to be a Final 4 contender and UK men’s preseason #3, and we spent 1 wk. in Top 25. Stop showing your BB I.Q. You will find most of the pundits put Pitino ahead of Cal when it comes to coaching. On recruiting front…no one does it better than Cal.

  30. Isaac in Long Beach
    9:35 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Can we PLEASE get some moderation? Louisville trolls making us look bad all over the comments section.

  31. Baby b
    9:36 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Tomorrow means Mac Donald’s game girls and boys hahahaha

  32. Worldwide Wes
    9:38 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    We are going to make [email protected] sure Cal has enough talent next year to overcome his roll it out there style. Clearly, 5 Burger boys plus Stein were simply not enough. This way Cal can focus on eating and spend less time coaching, watching film and drawing up plays.

  33. Hey
    9:39 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    No. The moderator’s are blocking all the UK fans but letting UL trolls own our own board. What gives?

  34. caytsmain
    9:39 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Aaron is the one towards the center and Andrew to the right… Aaron has slightly bigger, gentler eyes.

  35. Baby b
    9:40 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    You judge coaching cause of one bad year who is the idiot and when it comes to women’s bball the difference between top 4 teams to top 15 teams is totally different than mean. I figured you would know that since you r so smart

  36. theSkinny81
    9:40 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    One day, if we’re lucky, we will have to register for this site….

  37. Hey
    9:40 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Mike has NEVER made one positive comment about UK. He’s a troll whose married to his sister.

  38. Pathetic
    9:44 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    How pathetic can UofL fans get. Their team is in the final four and they come trolling on here pretending to be UK fans while using racial slurs. Just pathetic pieces of scum

  39. MikeIsStillAMoron
    9:45 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    You said that the women were supposed to be final 4 contenders this season. Well what do you call making the Elite 8?! And to pretend Pitino is miles ahead of Calipari is ridiculous, they have like the exact same résumé. They’ve each taken 3 schools to the Final 4 and their title count is the same. One big difference though is at their current schools, Cal is 4-1 v. Slick Rick. You’re an idiot, troll

  40. Mike
    9:47 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    37. Now you r showing your attention span. You only read and believe what u want to see and believe. I am quick to praise when they play well and to their ability and just as quick to blast when they play bad. Sorry you can’t handle the facts.

  41. Ballsack
    9:47 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    39) Cal has taken 1 team to the final four, check the NCAA record book. They cheated and got two taken away.

  42. Baby b
    9:47 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Last 6 years pitino 2 final 4s 2 elite 8s and lost first game 2x. Cal last 6 yrs 3 final 4s 1 elite 8 1 sweet 16 and 1 nit oh national champs and runner up huh whose the better coach

  43. ULTrollsAreMad
    9:52 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    41- anyone who pretends something didn’t happen bc the NCAA vacated it is stupid. Fact of the matter is, whether the NCAA recognizes it or not, that Calipari has coached 3 schools to Final 4 appearance

  44. Billy Ray Cat
    9:52 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Speaking of women’s hoops, them there lady birds are stomping a mudhole in UT.

  45. Mike
    9:53 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Facts: you’re a UL fan on a UK messageboard while living in your mom’s basement. No matter what time of day I check in to see the comments, you are here posting and it is all negative. You’re a fool and an unemployed idiot.

  46. Worldwide Wes
    9:54 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    If it takes making a mockery of college athletics to overcome Cal’s lack of coaching skills, so be it.

  47. ULTrollsAreMad
    9:54 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    I guess all the UL fans are mad bc as stupid as they are, they still realize they’ll always be the second best program in the state

  48. Mike
    9:55 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    The women’s game is far from over.

  49. Mike
    9:56 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    39. Let me try it one more time. There was some national consensus that UK women had enuf talent to get to the final 4…obviously they fell short. I don’t care what Cal’s record is vs. Rick’s. Cal recruits more and better talent. Rick coaches his guys up with consistency and many, if not most, of the pundits say that Pitino is a better in game coach i.e., adjustments during etc. Where am I off base? Cal’s coaching has been elevated and shielded by superior talent, but he really got exposed this year. There aren’t many coaches out there that could have done a worse job with Cal’s talent.

  50. atlantacat
    9:56 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    One of twins is wearing glasses, if that helps.

  51. Mike is a douche bag
    9:57 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Mike. You’re a douche bag, whose comments I skip over, because they are so douche baggish!

  52. theSkinny81
    9:57 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    49 – Just shuddup, dude.

  53. ULTrollsAreMad
    9:58 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    More consistent? Calipari has made at least the Elite 8 in 3/4 of his seasons. How much more consistent can you get?

  54. CatGrad99
    10:00 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    I am a UK alum and season ticket holder. I love having Coach Cal. But, I must admit, I prefer the way uofl is likely going to do it this year. I am thankful for the title last year. But if I had my choice, I would like to see it done with players that have invested in the program rather then getting a bunch of rental players. I guess winning is the bottom line though and I would not trade Cal.

  55. CasualObserver
    10:03 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    #36-ditto that. note to mike, you neither interest, engage, enrage, bore or enlighten me, you merely waste the time it takes to scroll to the next comment upon seeing your name sans reading your redundant remarks . I suspect you have the same effect on your friends, family and co-workers and thus the reason for your all too frequent visits to a UK sports website.

  56. DribbleBucket
    10:11 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Hey #16 and 22 – man up and post your name and e-mail address and/or street address in the comments section. I dare you. Either do it or quit trolling this site. Seriously.

  57. Mike
    10:12 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    55. C.O…or Dr. Phil..sorry to disappoint u but I am currently ensconsed in a motel room with nothing to do but pound the msg.boards. Glad my comments are thought provoking to you. It shows you really are on board and enjoy eating my comments…continue to enjoy and debate.

  58. DerbyDemon
    10:14 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    #14–I have been a UK fan ALL of my 60 years, but I guess the truth hurts. I agree with Mike (troll or not) 100%. UK NEVER looked comfortable against UConn. While (I guess) Mitchell was planning his next choreography for BBMadness, UConn took the women’s team to the woodshed…again. He was NEVER in the game. You have to BELIEVE you can beat a team; it was evident UK never came close to that thought.

    10:17 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    51. Brilliant! You just call em how you see em! Ha!

  60. Catlogic15
    10:22 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Clicks, shmicks. If anyone ever took a screen shot or printed the comments section on this site, and sent it to the sponsors here, it would be very difficult for KSR to develop a renewable revenue stream.


  61. Spooball
    10:23 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Mike is freakin hilarious. Quit letting him get your pannies in a bunch. He is a troll but listen to him talk to himself. It’s actually really funny.

  62. C-A-T-S
    10:25 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Mike, do you get on the site to throw UK and its players under the bus consistently??? Answer: yes. Do you have some decent points?? Yes….. Are most of your arguments ridiculous and anti-UK?? 99% of the time. So please go follow Pitino’s and Louisville and do everyone a favor. BBN agrees that Coach Cal is the best thing to happen to UK since Joe B and supports all players (sometimes complaining). You can’t seem to get on that bus. You think the players all suck and cal is worthless. You have to be blind. This year was disappointing, but how would Cal know that these young kids weren’t ready for this stage?? He couldn’t. Next year they will dominate….guaranteed…..and you will still say Cal sucks and the players aren’t good enough to go pro. Get real. Cal is great at coaching premium talent and getting them to become the highest draft pick possible, all while trying to win a championship (Only took 3 years). So stop throwing UK and cal under the bus. He bleeds blue or he would’ve left for the NBA $$$$ just like others have. I hope he stays until he retires. And I bet he wins 5 more championships between now and that day.

  63. Spooball
    10:25 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    What else you got Mike???????

  64. Paul
    10:29 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Mike, I think you are inventing some facts. Most pundits actually lump cal and potion in the cant x and o category. I don’t think it’s true (see jorts, josh; liggins, deAndre) and is a rather lazy bit of journalism. Not only is recruiting prominantly listed under coaching duties, both guys coach great defense. They tend not to excel at offensive execution, which is but one facet of coaching. As to talent, dieng is as talented and as WCS and Siva and blackshear are McDonald’s AAs. The difference is potion coached them DOWN the first few years of their career and you forget how highly ranked they where. Bottom line, both coaches took over great programs in bad spots and Cal delivered all the accolades Rick did in 4 yrs vs 10. To me, that’s the coaching record and speaks for itself.

  65. Spooball
    10:29 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    It’s even more amazing people respond to your comments still. Must be little kids your pissin off.

  66. Paul
    10:30 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    My iPhone equates Pitino to potion, which annoys me. Also annoying? I just wasted my time with that post.

  67. In Shape Cat
    10:34 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Hope Cal loses that belly in the off season and shows he will work as hard as the players. Never understood how a coach can expect players to work hard and been in great shape when the coach is not willing to do the same.

  68. Smoke out the racist
    10:39 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Mod. Please Just post ky racist’s ip address from the server log here. Then I can back trace to the street address or cellphone number it originated from. Then I will post that info, so people can contact ky racist directly.

  69. silverado
    10:43 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Man, I love it that Anthony Epps’s daughter is coming to play at UK. A McDonald’s All-American! Also, James Young has a cool about him that tells me he will come with max attitude to do the job!

  70. CasualObserver
    10:57 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    mike, you had me at ensconced – have not heard that word in a long time, is that really in your vocabulary? That word caught my eye before I saw the poster’s name.

    verb: settle, install, plant, position, seat, sit; establish, nestle; hide away, tuck away; informal park, plonk. (I always loved to say “plonk”, just seemed right, sometimes.

    mike(s), since there is no verification here, God only knows how many “mike”‘s there are posting here. Anyway, you are trolling for comments/replies, still can’t decide if you are a fan (as you say), or just trolling fans.

  71. Mike
    10:59 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    64. Paul…not sure I was inventing some facts but feel maybe I have been a little too generous with giving Cal more coaching credits than he has earned. I agree…there are a lot of pundits that feel that he isn’t that good of an x and o guy. Cal also marginalizes his coaching ability by distaining the Zone D. He is too stubborn to a fault in this regard. I am defining coaching in narrower terms than probably most folks and by that I mean game preparation, gametime adjustments, halftime speeches etc. For the total package I wouldn’t trade Cal for anyone out there. For getting his players more motivated to play, be more physical and have more fight, and maximizing the talent that you have, Pitino would get my vote, especially this year.

  72. Mike
    11:14 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    70. C.O…glad u got hung up on ensconsed. I am not sure of the spelling and haven’t used that word in a long time. You are correct that there is more than 1 Mike poster. I am the critical one and probably to a fault. The other one is a perverted psycho that posts out of his trailer park home. This will surprise, if not shock, many of our readers that I am not only a UK fan but also a diehard one at that as well as a UK alum. I just have a very short leash for poor play and underachievement.

  73. theSkinny81
    12:58 am April 3, 2013 Permalink

    71 – Mike the Doucher – The pundits said BCG was a great X’s and O’s coach, with great recruiting skills. I’ll take Cal 1000 times out of 1000.

    “He can coach — no one will argue the man’s ability to X and O.” – ESPN

    “Known as a hot up-and-comer and a great recruiter” – Bleacher Report

    “Gillispie is known as an excellent recruiter who has managed to put together four straight top-25 recruiting classes.” – Wikipedia

  74. theSkinny81
    1:01 am April 3, 2013 Permalink

    71 – And what happened to Pitino’s teams against Morehead State and Cal?

  75. Kevin Cooke
    7:50 am April 3, 2013 Permalink

  76. Jonathan Livers
    11:39 am April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Makayla Epps should have been wearing a suit, she look so uncomfortable in that dress, and being from Marion County as well, I know she was not feeling that dress.. GO BBN!

  77. Alex
    11:43 am April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Take some time and actually learn which Harrison twin is which.. it’s your job to know these sorts of things..

  78. shannon
    3:16 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    #16 sittin on the bench