Rise and shine, Big Blue Nation!
As professional sports such as golf, UFC, NASCAR, and horse racing continue to take place, along with the likes of the NBA, MLB, and NHL expected to return to play in the coming months, things are slowly beginning to feel “normal” in the world of national sports.
Starting today, things are going to feel normal at the local level here at KSR, as well.
Basketball returns for KSR
This morning, I’m making the drive to Nashville to watch 2022 five-star guard Skyy Clark participate in an open run, alongside the likes of Alex Poythress and 2022 five-star prospect Brandon Miller, among other college and professional talent.
In a gym filled with elite talent, this will be the first basketball “event” KSR will have covered since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, with more smaller events slowly opening up in the coming months.
KSR will have scouting reports, highlights, and plenty more throughout the day.
Until then, check out Clark’s impressive highlights below:
Exciting times ahead.
Numbers are out!
Friday afternoon, the UK basketball program announced the jersey numbers for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
- Jacob Toppin – No. 0
- Devin Askew – No. 2
- BJ Boston – No. 3
- Terrence Clarke – No. 5
- Davion Mintz – No. 10
- Dontaie Allen – No. 11
- Keion Brooks Jr. – No. 12
- Riley Welch – No. 13
- Brennan Canada – No. 14
- Isaac DeGregorio – No. 15
- Zan Payne – No. 20
- Cam’Ron Fletcher – No. 21
- Isaiah Jackson – No. 23
- Olivier Sarr – No. 30
- Lance Ware – No. 55
While Boston’s No. 3 and Clarke’s No. 5 are no surprise, some of the other numbers are fairly interesting.
Mintz, for instance, wore No. 1 at Creighton and will be switching to No. 10 in Lexington. Also, Ware’s No. 55 will be the first double-nickel since Josh Harrellson wore the number in 2011.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) June 12, 2020
No one wearing No. 1?
As many on social media noticed after Kentucky’s announcement of numbers yesterday, no one has claimed the No. 1 jersey, the same number Cade Cunningham wore in high school and sported on his official visit to Lexington.
After doing some digging Friday afternoon, though, sources tell KSR that the Kentucky basketball is not expecting Cunningham to end up at UK, despite the sanctions at Oklahoma State.
In fact, the current expectation is that Oklahoma State retains his services, with the overseas and G League routes looming as the second and third options, respectively.
Kentucky would obviously welcome the addition of the nation’s No. 1 prospect if the opportunity presented itself, but the current feel around the program is that the 6-foot-7 guard will not explore other college options at this time.
Was told this evening: “Oklahoma State, overseas, G League, in that order.”
Kentucky would obviously welcome the addition of the nation’s No. 1 prospect if the opportunity presented itself, but the program is not expecting it at this point in time. https://t.co/6eET0ey9UN
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) June 13, 2020
Kentucky football’s offseason attrition continued Friday morning as another Wildcat entered the transfer portal.
UK Athletics confirmed multiple reports that kicker Grant McKinniss is leaving the program. Over the last two seasons McKinniss only used his leg on kickoffs, also serving as the team’s field goal and extra point holder in 2019.
A four-star recruit according to Scout, the Findlay, OH native originally was brought to Lexington to replace Landon Foster as the Wildcats’ punter. McKinniss averaged 39.2 yards per punt as a freshman, his only season filling that role full-time. Upon Dean Hood’s arrival, UK shifted to the Australian style, bringing in Matt Panton and 2019’s Ray Guy Award winner, Max Duffy.
McKinniss’ departure gets Mark Stoops one scholarship closer to the 85-man roster limit.
Charles Schwab Challenge day three
This week marked the beginning of the first official PGA Tour event since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, with an absolutely loaded field taking the course at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, TX for the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Loaded with golf standouts such as Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, and Rickie Fowler, among others, the event is taking place through Sunday, with a purse set for $7,500,000.
After day two of action, Harold Varner III leads the way at -11, followed by Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau tied for second at -10, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, and Rory McIlroy tied for fourth at -9.
For the latest leaderboard updates, head to the official PGA Tour site here.