After adding a baseball player to the Kentucky basketball roster, another fairly prominent athlete on campus is throwing his hat in the ring.
This afternoon, Kentucky football superstar Lynn Bowden Jr. tweeted at UK basketball head coach John Calipari with a double-eye emoji and a simple message: “I do [miss] hooping a little.”
@UKCoachCalipari ? I do missing hooping a little
— Lynn Bowden Jr (@LynnBowden_1) November 14, 2019
Bowden, who was named to the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star basketball game in 2017, averaged 24.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game as a senior at Warren Harding in Youngstown, OH.
The former 6-foot-1 point guard was also named to the Special Mention team in Division I by the Ohio Associated Press.
Coming out of high school, Bowden was actually open to the idea of walking on to the Kentucky basketball team, saying he would just need Mark Stoops’ approval.
“If Coach Stoops approved of that, I like to keep myself busy, so you can look out for it,” Bowden told Josh Moore of the Herald-Leader at the time. “I like to stay active, so if that were to be something that happened, I would be happy about that too. I know they get turned up. I’m the type of person to get turned up and I like that. I feed off the crowd energy.”
While we’re at it, Kentucky wide receiver Ahmad Wagner was also a scholarship basketball player at Iowa from 2015-18 before transferring to UK. During that time, the 6-foot-7 forward played in 96 career games (25 starts), scored in double figures in six games, led the team in steals eight times and blocks six times.
“This kid could have played wide receiver at Kentucky, instead comes to Iowa to play hoops.”
What about playing wide receiver and power forward at Kentucky?
Kentucky, who is coming off a head-scratching loss to Evansville and has dealt with and/or is currently dealing with injuries from Ashton Hagans, EJ Montgomery, Dontaie Allen, Nick Richards, and Zan Payne, could certainly use some depth across the board.
Calipari already added Ben Jordan from the Kentucky baseball team. What would two more football players hurt?