Congratulations. You made it to the fourth of July holiday weekend. Enjoy it while you can, because once it’s over, summer is halfway over. That saddens some, but it gives me joy knowing football is just around the corner. In eight short days, Freddie and I are taking off for SEC Media Days (Don’t Geek). Until then, there’s basketball to be played.
Team USA Tips Off in Cairo
In Team USA’s two exhibition victories in Egypt, Hamidou Diallo and P.J. Washington were the best players on the floor. This morning we get to see them dominate with our own eyes when they take the floor against Iran at 11:30 ET in their first game of the group phase at the FIBA U19 World Cup.
Every game in Egypt is streamed on Youtube, which we will have for your viewing pleasure here on KSR. We’ll also have coverage on the ground in Cairo from KSR correspondent Sofie Tapia. A recent UK journalism school graduate who lives in Cairo, she’ll bring you pictures, videos and more from the tournament you can’t get anywhere else.
Tai Wynyard Starts the Tourney with a Win
People forget there’s another UK player in Egypt who is not playing for Team USA. Playing in the first game of the tournament, Tai Wynyard led New Zealand to an 88-81 victory over South Korea. Wynyard could not be contained, leading all scorers with 22 points (10/11 FGs), he also grabbed 6 rebounds and blocked 2 shots.
Wynyard will return to the court tomorrow morning at 9:30 ET when New Zealand takes on France.
Cats on Camels
I know these photos have been shared endlessly since yesterday morning, but I still can’t get enough. Seeing Hamidou Diallo on a camel is a mad libs made into reality. I just don’t know what picture is better.
The Orlando Summer League Begins
Today a few former Wildcats begin their NBA careers in the Orlando Summer League. The games begin at 11:00 a.m. on NBATV with the Heat’s Bam Adebayo taking on the Charlotte Hornets. The final game of the day is at 5:00, pitting Derek Willis’ Pistons against Dakari Johnson’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
Two Cats Added to Summer League Rosters
Mychal Mulder will get his NBA chance with the Toronto Raptors, a perfect fit for the Canadian. James Young, a free agent after the Celtics declined to pick up his fourth year team option, is searching for his second NBA contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. The two will not play today; they’ll be in the Vegas Summer League that starts July 7.
Wenyen is Doing Work
Wenyen Gabriel’s offseason has involved lifting, working out, and lifting some more. We’ve seen him box, we’ve seen him on a football field, now he’s throwing around some giant ropes.
– Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) June 30, 2017
Don’t sleep on Wenyen.
In an appearance with Mrs. Tyler Thompson and Jennifer Palumbo on KSR’s Ladies Day, Vince Marrow revealed a few important pieces of information.
1. His favorite drink is a Strawberry Daiquiri.
2. Be Prepared for a Yahtzee!
More specifically, Marrow said, “Get your dice ready, Yahtzees are on the way this weekend.”
#BBN let's get those dice rollin today
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) July 1, 2017
Jarren Williams is at The Opening
The future UK dual-threat quarterback is spending his week at Nike headquarters in Oregon for the shoe company’s premier football camp. Featuring the nation’s best football prospects, Williams has had an impressive start. 247’s Barton Simmons said Williams is a “top-tier” QB and proclaimed him as the third-best QB at the second day of the camp.
It’s the little things that jump out with Kentucky’s prized commit. He can throw really well with anticipation, his ball placement is precise, and he is unflappable through two days. Williams has had a really good spring and summer but if he plays the rest of this event like he has the first two days, he’s in for another rankings bump.
Williams has spent a lot of time with L’Christian “Blue” Smith, the nation’s top-ranked athlete that Vince Marrow is trying to pull away from Ohio State to Kentucky. An elite outside wide receiver, maybe Smith will learn to love the way Williams throws the ball this weekend…
Jack Pilgrim has Made It
In one short year, Young Jack Pilgrim has grown from a boy into a man. Ever since he started on KSR he’s made bold statements, but no shots have been better than the one he took at Michael Rapaport. Shooters shoot and Pilgrim nailed it, causing the actor/podcaster to respond in a profane tirade targeted directly at Mr. Pilgrim.
I’ve never been more proud ðŸ˜¢.
Normally we release our Game of Thrones podcasts on Mondays, but we thought it’d be nice to give our listeners a treat as they travel during the holiday weekend. Come to hear us connect the dots, stay for the hilarious story about one former basketball player’s table manners.