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Five impressions from Big Blue Madness: the Scrimmage

Basketball season has officially begun, as we saw our first five-on-five action from your 2017-18 Kentucky Wildcats.

There wasn’t much actual game time, but from what we did see, it was easy to realize this team is going to be a lot of fun.

Here are five impressions from the scrimmage portion of Big Blue Madness:

Drake didn’t participate

We all knew Drake was coming, but the big question was whether or not he would redeem himself from his airball that went viral a few years back.

Instead of risking it, Drake sat on the sideline and talked with Coach Cal the entire time, along with trying on the official Drake X Calipari OVO 8 sneaker.

Mrs. Tyler Thompson asked the players yesterday who they’d rather take on a last-second shot, Drake or Coach Cal. Many of the players chose Cal because of the airball, and unfortunately, that’s all we have to go off of for at least another year.

Oh well.

Hamidou Diallo almost tore the rim off

Easily the biggest story of the actual scrimmage was Diallo’s effort to tear the rim down every time he took flight. My goodness.

Hamidou DialloWatch video on Overtime

Throughout the scrimmage, Hami threw down four or five jaw-dropping dunks, sparking “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” from the crowd, with each attempt better than the last.

We knew this kid was athletic, but finally seeing it in person was fun to watch. I pray for the poor defender that tries to contest one of his dunks.

This team is LONG

Alley-oops, vicious slams, tipped passes, blocked shots, etc. This team did it all on both ends of the floor.

Even without Jarred Vanderbilt, having Kevin Knox, PJ Washington, Nick Richards, Wenyen Gabriel, and Diallo will create nightmares for opponents this season. They are all just so long and lanky, I find it hard to believe anyone will be comfortable on the floor with us.

Calipari is in love with the word “positionless,” and we all understood why tonight. These guys are all interchangeable at different positions, with just about everyone having the ability to grab a rebound and just go.

If there is a record for most different lineup changes in a year, I promise you this team is going to break it.

It ended in a three-pointer by Sacha Killeya-Jones

In another edition of “things we didn’t expect to hear today,” SKJ beat the buzzer on a near half-court heave to end the scrimmage.

As a side note, Killeya-Jones looked impressive tonight, active on both ends of the floor and finding his groove. He had one smooth move in the post that made everyone on press row look at each other in disbelief.

After a rough second-half of last year, it’s great to see him get his feet under him and find some early success. His veteran leadership both on and off the floor is crucial in making this team a major contender.

Speaking of which…

This is a National Championship squad

Say what you want, but I’m calling my shot now.

No. 9 is coming this season.

I’ve seen them in high school, closed practice at UK, individual workouts, Pro Day, and now, and each time I came away with the same feeling.

They may not have the big name, “superstar” talent like some of Cal’s past teams, but they are absolutely stacked with great players. They’re deep, they’re competitors, and they all have chips on their shoulders. They just have that “it” factor you look for in title contenders.

Calipari said they were going to look ugly to start the year, and I believe him. But don’t tell me this team can’t compete for a title.

Let’s get to work.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

13 Comments for Five impressions from Big Blue Madness: the Scrimmage

  1. UKfanman01
    12:07 am October 14, 2017 Permalink

    I’m hoping to see a ton of SKJ this year. I thought he would’ve had tons more playing time last year because he gave so much effort every time he checked in.

  2. kyle heavy
    12:47 am October 14, 2017 Permalink

    You’re nuts as usual. Period.

  3. justaguyinthebackrow
    2:17 am October 14, 2017 Permalink

    Title 9 in Cal’s year 9? I guess you heard it here first. It’s almost too perfect.

  4. Catcasey1
    7:57 am October 14, 2017 Permalink

    I thought SKJ LOOKED PRETTY decent last night as well

    9:23 am October 14, 2017 Permalink

    Wenyan impressed me last night. His motor was in high gear and he showed some decent ball handling skills. This team is going to be a lot of fun!

  6. The Original WTF Guy
    10:24 am October 14, 2017 Permalink

    Pretty sad that the post about BBM starts with that no talent assclown Drake. If every autotune machine on earth broke he wouldn’t be able to make enough money to buy a couple of Krystal burgers. I believe he, Taylor Swift, and Florida Georgia Line were sent to earth to give people an idea of what hell is like.

    • dballrb
      12:09 pm October 14, 2017 Permalink

      Couldn’t of said it better myself. .Good post WTF!..

    • jos_ros_
      12:12 pm October 14, 2017 Permalink

      big meek mill guy are ya ?

    • TrumpPence2020
      12:56 pm October 14, 2017 Permalink

      The players like him though.

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:25 pm October 14, 2017 Permalink

      bdallrb – couldn’t “have” said it better.

      Oh, the irony. 🙂

    • BBNDan7
      1:25 pm October 14, 2017 Permalink

      You obviously don’t know what auto tune is. And guess what. It’s not about you, it’s about the players. So stfu

  7. sincitycat
    11:21 am October 14, 2017 Permalink

    Does KSR have a list of the former players who were in attendance? Thanks in advance.

  8. catdaddyd
    10:46 pm October 14, 2017 Permalink

    I like the blue/white game way better than BBM. BBM is actually boring as hell to me.