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The NBA Draft’s Thursday Morning Wakeup

The NBA Draft is tonight!

Kentucky’s 2014-15 season ends tonight, when the seven draft entrants hear their name called in the Barclays Center. Karl-Anthony Towns is almost a certainty to go first overall, but his six Kentucky teammates must wait to see how things play out before knowing their NBA futures.

Here’s where projects the Cats in its final mock draft:

1. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota
10. Devin Booker, Miami
11. Trey Lyles, Indiana
13. Willie Cauley-Stein, Phoenix
46. Andrew Harrison, Milwaukee
47. Dakari Johnson, Philadelphia
Undrafted: Aaron Harrison

We will have plenty of draft talk throughout the day and then a long night of complete coverage once it all begins at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The Jamal Murray celebration continues.

You woke up with an enormous smile on your face, still there from Murray’s announcement, didn’t you? You’re not alone. Big Blue Nation is still rejoicing in the rather surprising addition of Murray to next year’s basketball roster. His pledge lifted UK to the top spot in the class rankings and presumably locked up the fifth spot on what will be the best starting five in college basketball:

G – Tyler Ulis
G – Isaiah Briscoe
G – Jamal Murray
F – Alex Poythress
C – Skal Labissiere

Next up: Marcus Lee, Mychal Mulder, Charles Matthews, Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins

With a squad like that, we can go ahead and set our sights on yet another return trip to the Final Four. They’re going to be a fun, and fast, group to watch.

Sorry, Oregon.

Coach Cal’s cold streak wasn’t going to last forever.

DeMarcus Cousins may become a Laker, maybe, probably not.

The Kings and Lakers opened up the discussion on a potential trade that would send our favorite NBA player to Los Angeles. The two organizations have exchanged the framework of the deal and the communication could intensify today, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

However, Vlade Divac insists Sacramento isn’t willing to trade Cousins, while Cousins insists he wants to remain in Sacramento. If a deal were to go down, it would likely involve that No. 2 pick in tonight’s draft.

Meanwhile, Cousins is on vacation in Mexico.

Check out this New York Times feature on Dakari Johnson.

“A Place for Dakari Johnson to Hone His Fine Art, Basketball”

Brook-lyn! Brook-lyn! Brook-lyn! Brook-lyn!

Let’s talk new TV shows for a second.

I watched HBO’s Ballers and True Detective last night and the former was a pretty big letdown, although I still plan to watch because it’s The Rock. I’m a little torn on True Detective. Was it good? I need to re-watch it before I give my opinion. It didn’t have my full attention.

Today I plan to check out last night’s Mr. Robot premiere on USA. I didn’t know USA still existed, but the new series got great reviews. We’ll see.

Outside of those three, my favorite show going right now is Power on Starz. It’s surprisingly good for a 50 Cent joint.

The KSR Tour takes a quick break for two shows from New York.

Matt is in the big city for the draft so the tour across Kentucky is on hold until next week. He will do the next two shows from New York and then we’re back at it on Monday as I replace Ryan Lemond as guest host for Week 2.

Tune in this morning for NBA and Jamal Murray talk.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 Comments for The NBA Draft’s Thursday Morning Wakeup

  1. Delete this comment
    8:09 am June 25, 2015 Permalink

  2. MikeUKFan
    8:50 am June 25, 2015 Permalink

    I liked that he not only had the hat. He had the shirt and tie as well. The only thing better would have been a warm up suit

  3. yitbos
    9:02 am June 25, 2015 Permalink

    USA actually has a lot of really good shows

    • catdaddyd
      3:27 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      Psych and Monk, 2 of my all time favs.

  4. BigBlueFeller
    9:21 am June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Haven’t seen Ballers yet but True Detective was bad…… This quote from the episode sums up nicely my feelings on the season so far : “I’ll come back and butt(F…) your father with your mom’s headless corpse on this lawn.”

    Would LOVE to see Boogie on the Lakers even though I hate the Lakers… Somehow please let Randle not be involved because that team would be fun to watch!

  5. Jake
    9:32 am June 25, 2015 Permalink

    I guess getting a 3 star football recruit isn’t worth mentioning in the recap. Good thing I scrolled down.

    • asdf
      9:47 am June 25, 2015 Permalink

      No to mention continuing to build what is on pace to be the best football recruiting class in school history, at least for the modern era.

  6. J
    12:05 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Hey Matt,

    Eat at Tony Roma’s across the street from the Barclays Center on Atlantic.

  7. Dwayne
    3:00 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    Drew I’m pretty sure the New York trip was cancelled earlier in the week…

  8. Your Mom
    4:14 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

    To the Willis fan….can you imagine how Wilkins feels? Willis is a lot closer to getting PT than Dominique is. Hawkins is never going to get a chance, he is the one who should transfer to a smaller school and show what he can do. He may not be a big time prospect, but he could certainly be a big time player on a smaller level like Western or UL. Ouch.

    • CardFan502
      5:04 pm June 25, 2015 Permalink

      If we got Hawkins or Willis, we’d be cutting the nets in ’16!