With the Derby now over, it may seem like we’re about to enter a dry spell of Kentucky sports news; however, when you look at the calendar and all of the pieces still in the air concerning next year’s basketball team, there’s actually a ton of stuff happening over the next few months.
Here’s what you can look forward to this summer.
It seems all but certain that Maxey will be a Kentucky Wildcat — maybe as soon as this fall — but we’ll know for sure Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT.
May 9: SEC Softball Tournament begins
Kentucky, the No. 10 seed, will face the 7-seed Arkansas Razorbacks in the opening round of the SEC Softball Tournament, which takes place in Columbia, Missouri. First pitch is at 1:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.
May 9: KSR Bowling League begins
There’s still time to sign up for the KSR Bowling League, which will take place each Wednesday night this summer at Southland Lanes in Lexington. To register, visit KSRBowling.com.
May 11-13: Last weekend at The Cliff
The UK Baseball team will play its final series at The Cliff this weekend vs. Mississippi State, Nick Mingione’s old squad. UK has several giveaways planned to commemorate the occasion, including stadium prints, jersey koozies, trading cards, and the ceremonial last pitch ball. For Friday night’s game, they’ll also have fireworks. The series will air on ESPNU (Friday) and SEC Network (Saturday and Sunday).
May 19: The Preakness
Is Justify really a super horse? We’ll find out in the second leg of the Triple Crown.
May 16-20: NBA Draft Combine
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox, PJ Washington, Hamidou Diallo, and Jarred Vanderbilt will attend the NBA Draft Combine May 16-20 in Chicago. PJ has the most to gain from the Combine; a good performance could give him the incentive he needs to stay in the draft, while a bad performance will make it plain as day he needs to return to school. Meanwhile, the question of whether or not Vanderbilt will be able to participate still remains; if he can’t do any of the testing due to his injury, why bother going?
May 22-27: SEC Baseball Tournament
Mingione and the Cats will head to Hoover, Alabama for the 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament later this month before awaiting their NCAA Tournament draw.
May 30: NCAA early-entry withdrawal deadline
PJ, Jarred, and Wenyen have until May 30 (10 days after the Combine) to withdraw their name from the NBA Draft if they want to retain their college eligibility. There is no bigger “finish line” in sight.
TBD: The KSR Summer Tour
The details of this year’s summer tour are still being worked out, but the guys plan to visit towns they haven’t been to across the state three days a week for eight weeks. Once the schedule is final, we will post it on the site ad nauseam.
First week: Basketball players return to campus
It’s now customary for the players to return to campus early in the summer to start summer classes and offseason workouts. Since the NCAA’s withdrawal deadline will have passed, the players who decided to come back to school will be back in Lexington with the rest of the team, including incoming freshmen. The only players we won’t see in early June are probably those still attempting to reclassify. Ashton Hagans reportedly won’t know his situation until late July. Tyrese Maxey — should he commit to Kentucky — could know much sooner.
June 1-4: NCAA Regional
Kentucky hosted a regional last year and beat Ohio, Indiana, and NC State to advance to their first ever Super Regional. The Bat Cats have a chance at hosting again, but will need to finish the season strong.
June 8: KSR Lexington Golf Scramble
There is only one spot remaining for this year’s golf scramble in Lexington, so if you’re interested, hurry on over to WLAP.com to register.
June 8-11: NCAA Super Regional
June 9: Belmont Stakes
June 12-17: NBA Top 100 Camp
One of the premiere events of the year for evaluating talent. TJ Walker’s boots will be on the ground in Charlottesville, Virginia.
June 16-27: NCAA College World Series
June 21: NBA Draft
Graduation Day. All 21 of John Calipari’s one-and-dones at Kentucky have been drafted in the first round. Will that streak snap this year?
July 6-17: NBA Summer League
The summer league is bigger than ever, with all 30 NBA teams set to compete in the Las Vegas league. Another league will be held in Utah and, reportedly, Sacramento. Expect to see plenty of former Cats in the mix.
July 11-15: Peach Jam, Adidas Gauntlet Finale
One of the biggest recruiting weekends of the year. Top prospects will be split between the Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina and the adidas Gauntlet Finale in New York City. TJ Walker will once again have us covered.
July 16-19: SEC Media Days
Fresh off his honeymoon, Nick Roush will travel to Atlanta, Georgia for the annual circus known as SEC Media Days. Sadly, Freddie’s new job means he can’t cover the event for us anymore, but Roush will bring you everything you need to know as we head into year six of the Mark Stoops era.
Late July: Football Media Day
Talking season continues a few weeks later as the local media gets their turn to grill Mark Stoops, Eddie Gran, Matt House, Vince Marrow, and the players.
Early August: Football Fan Day, Fall Camp begins
Prepare yourself for practice reports. Will Stoops pick a quarterback before the season begins?
August 6-13: Bahamas Trip, Calipari Fantasy Camp
The oasis we’ll all be waiting for! Kentucky basketball and Calipari’s annual fantasy camp will move to the Bahamas for one blissful week, which will include four games vs. professional opponents:
- August 8 – vs. Bahamas national team (Made up of several Bahamian players competing for the World Cup Qualifying Team)
- August 9 – vs. San Lorenzo de Almagro (FIBA Liga de las Americas champions based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
- August 11 – vs. Mega Bemax (Serbian team coined the “European Kentucky” for its ability to put players in the NBA)
- August 12 – vs. Team Toronto (Group of top select Canadian players put together by head coach Roy Rana, who led the 2019 U19 Canadian team to the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships)
KSR will make the trek as well. Join us in paradise, won’t you?
August 24: KSR Louisville Golf Scramble
TBD: KSBar and Grille opens
September 1: Kentucky vs. Central Michigan
Football will be here before you know it.