Gooooood afternoon, KSR! **Robin Williams voice** The men pictured above in front of that ancient looking site are part of the Campbellsville Kentucky National Guard Unit currently stationed in Petra, Jordan. Even half a world away fighting for our freedom, these men found the time to rep the Big Blue Nation. I’m not even mad that one guy on the right is wearing red. Thank you for your service.
If you’ve noticed that things have slowed down a bit in the UK news world, you would be right. It’s officially the off-season. But that doesn’t mean that we’re slowing down any here at KSR. Here are some notes from the day:
— UK Hoops continues their quest for the Final Four tonight with a second round matchup against seventh-seeded Dayton in Queens, NY. They’re currently favored by 6. Cheer them on at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
— A good sign for tonight’s game? Samarie Walker tweeted that she hit an “and one” half court shot with one hand over Coach Mitchell this afternoon. I’m not even sure exactly what that is, but it sounds very impressive.
— Nerlens Noel’s draft stock is on the rise, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford. Ford said that due to the weak draft, NBA scouts are more willing to take a chance on Nerlens with a higher pick, prompting Ford to elevate Nerlens to the top of his NBA Big Board. Ford said that after conversations with NBA scouts and “decision-makers,” Nerlens’ chances of being the #1 pick “have gone up considerably the past few weeks.”
— As for the rest of UK’s freshmen, Ford ranked them all in the first round of his mock draft, with Willie Cauley-Stein going 18th, Alex Poythress 20th, and Archie Goodwin 21st. However, in his NBA Insider chat today, Ford said that he thinks that all three should return to school:
They all are saying they’re staying. Willie Cauley-Stein will likely be a starter. Poythress and Goodwin are the ones that have to worry about losing their starting job. But coming off the bench won’t kill their stock. In fact, it might help it. I hope they all go back to school. None of them are close to being ready for the NBA.
— Just how impressive has John Wall been lately? After he scored a career-high 47 points last night, Grantland’s Chris Ryan said Wall might be “the best player in the NBA now not named Kevin or LeBron.”
— And now for something random: a portrait of Willie Nelson made out of toast.
On today’s radio show, Matt and Ryan talked about Tubby Smith’s firing, UK Hoops’ game tonight, and played “What does Ryan Lemond know about the Supreme Court.” Listen online at talkradio1080.com.