Good morning, everyone. I hope you had a good weekend. Mine included a beer festival on Saturday, so I certainly did. Shoutout to Stephen Wang and his six year old son, Evan, who went to the Pelicans/Warriors game this weekend to support Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins (even though the two sat out that game to rest). Awesome sign, guys.
Let’s roll on to today’s top ten, shall we?
1. Which shooting guard will accept their offer first?
Last week, John Calipari offered three shooting guards: Mark Smith, Jemarl Baker, and Pitt transfer Cam Johnson. Smith, the Illinois Mr. Basketball, visited Michigan State this past weekend, and now, 247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer predicts he will become a Spartan; however, Kentucky’s still in very good shape with Baker and Johnson. Which guard will commit first? Stay tuned…
2. The early signing period begins Wednesday
Anxious for the chips to start falling? The early signing period starts Wednesday, which means they’re about to. Not only is Calipari hunting for a shooting guard, Kentucky is also in hot pursuit of Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox, two five-star prospects who could have a major impact on next season’s roster. If you listened to the radio show on Friday, you heard Matt say he’s not as confident in Kentucky’s chances with Bamba after a conversation with a secret source, but it’s worth pointing out that Duke signee Gary Trent Jr. is skeptical about the Blue Devils’ chances with him too.
“Man, I don’t know,” Trent Jr. told 247 Sports’ Andrew Slater of the feedback he’s getting from Bamba about coming to Duke. “It’s kind of shaky. We don’t know yet.”
3. Bamba, if you’re reading, now seems like an opportune time to remind you…
– Clay (@UKClay33) March 30, 2017
4. Jarred Vanderbilt showed out at the Nike Hoop Summit
It’s hard to tell much from all-star games, but future Cat Jarred Vanderbilt sure looked good on Friday night, leading Team USA to a win at the Nike Hoop Summit. Vanderbilt finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 assist on 8-11 shooting. Here are some highlights from Team USA’s performance:
5. Calipari’s 30 for 30 debuts Thursday
“One and Not Done” debuts on Thursday night, and after watching it last week, I can tell you that it’s awesome. Click here to read my review of it and watch the latest trailer below:
– ESPN Films 30 for 30 (@30for30) April 9, 2017
6. Malik Monk won the Jerry West Award
It was an exciting weekend for Malik Monk, who went to Los Angeles to accept the Jerry West Award on Friday night. Monk beat out Bryce Alford (UCLA), Marcus Foster (Creighton), Peter Jok (Iowa) and Luke Kennard (Duke) for the award, given annually to the nation’s top shooting guard. Winning the award is a huge honor for Monk, but more importantly, what do we think of his suit?
I guess high waters are in now.
7. Meanwhile, De’Aaron Fox accepted a “promposal”
Kudos to UK fan Kendall Brown, who had the guts to show up to De’Aaron Fox’s autograph signing this weekend and ask him to prom. He said yes!
to all you non-believers pic.twitter.com/RGT7TnbPDS
– kendall brown (@kendalll_brownn) April 9, 2017
Well done, Kendall.
8. Here’s where you can catch Fox, Monk, Derek & Dom this week
Let’s not make asking them to prom a thing, okay?
9. The spring game is Friday
The last week of spring practice is upon us, culminating in Friday’s Spring Game. Eddie Gran was fired up after what he said was an “awful” performance by his offense in Saturday’s scrimmage, which he hopes was a wake up call.
“They were awful. They whipped us. I don’t know what else to say. Their 11 whipped our 11. For an hour and a half today we whipped them. For the last twenty, we got smoked,” Gran said. “I think they’re drinking some Kool-Aid, and it’s bad Kool-Aid and I gotta get ’em to quit drinking it.”
Here’s hoping the offense gets it together before Friday night. The Spring Game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium, and will be televised on the SEC Network.
10. One hour ’til radio
Something tells me Matt will bring up the SNL skit.