I have attempted to write the intro to this post multiple times, but haven’t been able to find the words to describe everything that has led up to the point we are at. I really think the only thing I can say is Be Safe Kentucky. Now onto to the news you need to know to start your Sunday:
SOURCES: UK MBB team to return end of June
The biggest news from yesterday came from KSR sources who said that the Kentucky Men’s Basketball team is preparing to return to campus in late June.
Head coach John Calipari reached out to current players and their families over the past few days to discuss a plan to have the team back in Lexington. The plan includes the potential of having the players remain quarantined in team facilities for the remainder of the summer before classes begin in August.
If everything moves smoothly with this plan, this would have to be a best-case scenario for next year’s Cats. While some of the players have been working out together already, getting a young and inexperienced team together as soon as possible is integral to early success.
Peach Jam; Nike EYBL 2020 canceled
The ease of recruitment regarding the class of 2021 and beyond took a hit yesterday as the Nike EYBL and Peach Jam, both scheduled for the summer of 2020, were canceled. The NCAA has not officially decided whether or not coaches would even be allowed to recruit during these periods, but this ruling might help them to come to a decision even quicker.
For more on yesterday’s announcement, click here.
Dickie V believes Sarr will be eligible
In a recent string of tweets, ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said that he believes the NCAA will grant Olivier Sarr immediate eligibility. The Wake Forest transfer is looking to bring much-needed depth and experience to a UK frontcourt that is lacking in both facets.
Vitale used the recent decision of the NCAA on Johnny Juzang as a positive for Sarr. The decision to transfer for Sarr and Juzang was different, but he believes that Sarr has a stronger case than Juzang.
Personally, I am of the belief that you should get one “free” transfer without sitting out. I feel somewhat confident in the NCAA giving Sarr eligibility, but as we all know, common sense and the NCAA don’t always go hand and hand.
Dontaie Allen officially christened in Pendleton County
The next time you make the trip to Pendleton County, you will see a new welcoming sign as you enter the county. The county officially put up a sign, representing itself as the home of current Kentucky Wildcat Dontaie Allen.
Fans have begged for years for a Kentucky kid on the team, heck even I have written multiple articles pleading for just that. Now, we can finally shut up. I, for one, can’t wait to see what Allen will bring in the future for the blue and white.
Double-Digit scorer to transfer from Florida
Maybe the biggest SEC basketball news of the day was that Florida guard Andrew Nembhard announced he will transfer from Gainesville.
The now-former Gator started nearly 70 games over the past two years while averaging over 11 points a game this past season.
The Gators still have multiple talented players ready to suit up, but this is definitely a notable loss moving forward.
Best Thing I Saw Yesterday
Over the past nearly three months, I have craved something to watch. Sure, there are gobs of content on Hulu/Netflix, but the live sensation has been nothing but depressing. Last weekend, we were given the opportunity to watch The Match with Tiger, Phil, Brady, and Manning and that was some of the best entertainment I have seen in a long time.
Yesterday, however, we were given a different kind of treat. SpaceX officially made the trip into space becoming the first Americans to make the trip in nearly a decade.
I set aside the time yesterday to watch and was blown away. It was hard to put into words the sheer human accomplishment. For one, they were going thousands of miles per hour straight up into the sky. It was absolutely miraculous. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend that you do so below. It was amazing.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 30, 2020
Just amazing. That is the news you need to know to start your Sunday. Be Safe Kentucky.