Today’s day on KSR can’t truly start without us mentioning the news that Kentucky Women’s Basketball coach Matthew Mitchell is currently at home recovering following successful brain surgery.
In a message posted to her Facebook, Mitchell’s wife Jenna posted the following:
“About four months ago he fell and suffered a concussion, was not well for a couple of weeks, then great after that,” she shared. “Then about two weeks went to the hospital with a faint but persistent headache and they discovered he had blood on the brain and he need surgery (subdural hematoma). All went well and he is on the mend!”
We send our absolute best to Coach Mitchell in his recovery. In case you missed it, I highly recommend listening to the last time he co-hosted on KSR:
Now for the other news you need to start your Sunday:
Cats make final five for three-star athlete
While recruiting has taken a little bit of a back seat with everything going on, Kentucky, yesterday, learned that they made the top five list of schools for wide receiver Kamonte Grimes.
Grimes is ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 28 ATH in America. He is also a star basketball player for his high school.
The three-star prospect is listed as a 6’3, 190-pound athlete from the Sunshine State. For more on the recruit including highlights, visit this link.
2022 Wide Receiver gets Kentucky offer
In other football recruiting news, 2022 wide receiver Peter Kikwata announced on Twitter that he has received an offer to suit up for the blue and white.
— Peter Kikwata (@PKikwata2) June 27, 2020
Kikwata is not currently rated by 24/7 Sports, but has received offers from the likes of Boston College, Duke, Cincinnati, Buffalo and East Carolina.
The Maryland native is listed as 6’1 and 170 pounds. For more on Kikwata, you can watch his sophomore season tape by clicking here.
Terry Wilson pulls a Michael Jordan
When Michael Jordan announced that he was coming out of retirement to rejoin the Chicago Bulls in the 90s, he issued a simple fax saying, “I’m back.”
Cincinnati radio host Lance McAlister, who previously worked in Chicago, tells a great story of that day as he had just signed off the air when receiving the fax. He immediately had to go back on the air to break the big news.
Yesterday, the Kentucky quarterback had his own Michael Jordan quote with the following tweet:
And I can finally say I’m back! And healthy!! Been a long road.. *3 is ready for the tour ? https://t.co/kKbZleXXXP
— Terry Wilson (@TerryTouchdown3) June 28, 2020
Is it Septemeber yet? Asking for a friend…
Kentucky Coronavirus Update
In a press release yesterday, Kentucky governor Andy Beshear announced 316 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in the commonwealth. That brings the total amount to 15,167 across the state. The new cases include 56 in Jefferson, 49 in Fayette and 43 in Knox County.
In addition, the governor announced a 78-year-old woman passed away as a result of the virus.
Kentucky Mr./Mrs. Basketball will be announced today
Due to the pandemic, the ceremony to announce Mr./Miss Basketball, which was originally scheduled for the beginning of April, was postponed. The committee that selects the winner had hoped an in-person event would be able to take place, but they have made the decision to take the announcement virtual this year.
Each region’s Player of the Year is sent forth to the committee to vote on who wins the prestigious award. My full-time job has me as a broadcaster in the 3rd Region, so I have seen some of these players hit the hardwood.
If I had a vote, I would choose Meade County’s Kendall Wingler for Miss Basketball and Bardstown’s J.J Traynor for Mr. Basketball. While I think Traynor will be the one to win the boy’s award, it will probably be Ryle’s Maddie Scherr who wins the girl’s award. Scherr is a McDonald’s All-American and one of the nation’s top recruits headed to Oregon next year.
Why Wingler? I saw her play twice last season – once against the team I broadcast for, and once again in the regional tournament. Each time, I was extremely impressed with the smooth stroke of the EKU commit. Her stats back it up as well. Nearly 31 points per game while in the top portion of the state in three-point and free throw percentages. I don’t think it will be enough to overcome Scherr, but that would be my vote.
That is the news you need to start your Sunday. Stay dry and Go Cats!