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The NBA Draft Aftermath’s Friday Morning Wakeup


There are big nights and then there was last night. Six Cats were drafted, tying the record for the most by any school, set by the 2012 UK squad. As everyone expected, Karl Towns went first to the Timberwolves, becoming not only the third number one pick in UK history, but the third in John Calipari’s six-year-tenure, an astounding feat. Kentucky now has the most number one picks of any school in the modern draft era. FOUR Cats went in the lottery, tying North Carolina’s record from 2005. Here’s where everyone ended up:

1. Karl Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
6. Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings
12. Trey Lyles, Utah Jazz
13. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
44. Andrew Harrison, Phoenix Suns, traded to the Memphis Grizzlies
48. Dakari Johnson, Oklahoma City Thunder

No wonder Cal was grinning like a proud papa:

Here’s a mind-numbing stat: the four Cats who were drafted in the lottery will make a combined $61,441,724 over the next four years. Whoa. Kentucky Effect, indeed. Here’s the player-by-player breakdown from Jason Belzer:

  • Karl Towns: $25,720,035
  • Willie Cauley-Stein: $15,350,475
  • Trey Lyles: $10,386,049
  • Devin Booker: $9,985,165

That’s a lot of video games. Or in Karl’s family’s case, a lot of lobster and shrimp.

Here’s what you can expect today…

What will happen with Aaron?

Unfortunately, Aaron Harrison was the one Cat who didn’t hear his name called, a sickening feeling for his teammates, family, and fans. The BBN stayed up past midnight to see if Aaron would be drafted, and when he wasn’t, the outpouring of support was a testament to the great and unique nature of the fan base. While Aaron not being drafted is a major bummer, the odds are very, very good he’ll sign with a team as an undrafted free agent. From there, it’s up to him. Wouldn’t it be wild if he ended up in Memphis?

The Cats will settle into their new homes

John Calipari likes to say that his season ends with the NBA Draft, and I imagine today is a happy, relaxing day for all parties involved. No more stressing, waiting, and worrying about the future. Over the next few days, the Cats will head to their new homes and do the rounds with the local media. And hopefully take a break to appreciate what just happened, because it is the very definition of life-changing.

Will the Kings get themselves together?

Sacramento’s front office is pretty much a dumpster fire right now. Head coach George Karl’s mission to trade DeMarcus Cousins has gotten so out of hand that owner Vivek Ranadive is now threatening to fire him. Cousins’ cryptic tweets about the situation continue to entertain all of us:

The Kings made their first good move in weeks by drafting Willie Cauley-Stein. Now, let’s fire George Karl and get the Boogie and Willie show on the road.

All eyes turn back to Lexington

…Also, the 574-mile route from Toronto to Lexington. Yesterday, Jamal Murray said he didn’t know exactly when he’d be headed to Lexington, just that it would be soon (his dad chimed in with an extra “soon” for emphasis). Tyler Ulis and Isaiah Briscoe arrived on campus this week, and on Wednesday’s show, both Matt and Evan Daniels said they’re hearing great things about Ulis, who went out west with Devin Booker to train a few weeks back.

“I’ve heard that he’s really developed, my understand is he’s playing great,” Daniels said. “And that’s no surprise. I expected him to take a little jump. You have to think he’s going to be their leader. He already has such a good feel for the game. He just sees plays, man, and it’s my understanding that he’s playing tremendous right now.”

Jacob Tamme gets inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame

The former UK tight end is now with the Atlanta Falcons after being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2008 and reuniting with Peyton Manning in Denver in 2012. In seven years as a pro, Tamme has 178 receptions for 1,703 yards and 10 touchdowns in 107 career games. Tonight, he’ll be inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame in Louisville, a huge accomplishment for the former Boyle County Rebel, one big enough to draw congrats from a rival Danville Admiral.


Finally, today is my birthday, so in the grand KSR tradition, I’m going to (attempt to) spend it as far away from a computer as possible. Before I go, Mother Nature, if you’re reading, I’d really appreciate if you’d hold off on the rain until the overnight hours. I’ve got a baseball game to attend, and there’s supposed to be fireworks and partying and stuff, and rain just won’t do. Thanks!

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

16 Comments for The NBA Draft Aftermath’s Friday Morning Wakeup

  1. TX Cat Fan
    8:12 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

    Wait, I thought these UK guys are not supposed to have any lingering connection with UK…just in it for themselves. Where the UofL guys have a real relationship with their coach and the whole L1C4 thing? Huh…interesting how the UK guys sport their UK jerseys for the ESPN pics while UofL wear the NBA combine gear. And it’s great to see a rick there supporting his guys.

    In all seriousness, this group has been so special. We should all wish them nothing but the best. Thanks guys for the tremendous ride!

  2. Roger
    8:51 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

    Happy Birthday Tyler!!!!

  3. Mary
    9:09 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

    Happy Birthday Tyler! You deserve the day off, not only for your birthday, but for the EXCELLENT job you did with the “extra” back stories of the draft!…Enjoy! Mother Nature, PLEASE behave.

  4. UKMD
    9:29 am June 26, 2015 Permalink


  5. inside info2
    9:40 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

    So, was last night the new “Greatest Night In The History Of UK” or the 2nd greatest? Please let me know ASAP Coach Cal.

    Congrats to Jacob. Great guy and well-deserved.

    Happy birthday MTT. First shot is on me tonight.

  6. Jim
    10:00 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

    Cal has one title to show for all the talent he has had at UK in six years.Pitino has one title in the same period with ten percent of the talent.Enjoy the NBA teams with UK players on them.

    • syrin23
      10:08 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

      You aren’t supposed to state the obvious. Look at how happy KSR is that we have all these players drafted to the NBA with one title to show for it. KSR has adopted Cal’s view that UK should be all about sending players to the next level, not winning titles.

    • J-Dub421
      10:17 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

      Enjoy your 1 win out of 8 tries losers. I enjoy knocking you out of the tournament every time we play you.

    • Bob
      11:02 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

      And HOFCRP has won one title in fourteen years at Louisville. What a mastermind of the game he is.

      I’ll give Rick credit for this: He’s one of the few coaches in America who will get McDonald’s All-Americans NOT drafted.

    • Ha!
      12:05 pm June 26, 2015 Permalink

      Don’t use the “he’s had less talent” argument — his job description includes recruiting high-level players to his school. Just like every other coach in the country. He just cannot get them.

  7. syrin23
    10:10 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

    Maybe if Cal had the entire starting line up of both the Eastern and Western Conference NBA All Star game, he might be able to squeak out a 4 point victory and another title for UK. I have serious doubts as he stops playing offense with 7 minutes left to go if he has a lead.

    How many NBA players does Cal need on a roster to win a title? Oh that’s right, by his OWN admission, and now apparently a view shared by KSR, UK is about sending players to the next level. Titles are just a secondary bonus should we luck into one with overwhelming talent that even Cal can’t screw up with his inept in game coaching.

    • Montrezl Harrell
      10:57 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

      7-seed Michigan State held me scoreless for 34 minutes. Now that’s coaching. On Tom Izzo’s part.

      I lost millions last night. #L1C4

    • J-Dub421
      11:05 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

      Pitino has had 3 consecutive McDonald;s All Americans go undrafted. He’s so great at developing talent!!

  8. Hey
    10:11 am June 26, 2015 Permalink

    Happy Birthday Mrs T.!

  9. Todd C
    12:06 pm June 26, 2015 Permalink

    Great day to have a birthday…Happy Birthday….it is mine too….

  10. mcp157
    5:02 pm June 26, 2015 Permalink

    Aaron should have stayed one more year. Could have made himself a first rounder next year. Bad move.