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Today on KSR: College Basketball Wins at the NBA Draft Deadline

It was a wild NBA Draft withdrawal deadline. After more than 12 hours of chaos, college basketball was the real winner Wednesday.

It was the best case scenario for the Big Blue Nation. Just before 6:00 p.m., E.J. Montgomery announced he would return to UK for a second season in Lexington. The addition guarantees John Calipari will have three posts — Montgomery, Richards, Sestina — to work with in 2019-20. They may not be alone.

Kerry Blackshear Jr. was one of the last players to remove his name from the NBA Draft pool. The former Virginia Tech All-ACC forward will explore grad transfer options. Kentucky has the name brand and championship potential, but a crowded backcourt could push him to join Andrew Nembhard, Scottie Lewis and Keyontae Johnson not far from his hometown in Gainesville, Florida.

Blackshear’s future will remain uncertain a little longer, just like Quentin Grimes. Not long after Devon Dotson announced he would return to Lawrence, we learned his backcourt running mate removed his name from the NBA Draft. Instead of returning to Kansas, Grimes will transfer, capping off a bizarre offseason for the Jayhawks.

Closer to home, Jordan Nwora is giving Louisville fans hope. With the return of the Cards’ leading scorer, they’ll be a preseason top five team. After years of rule-breaking, they finally have hope, maybe too much hope. An assistant coach AND the athletic director are calling for a Final Four. How cute.

Many fringe players could have made the leap, but decided to return to college basketball.

  • Myles Powell — Seton Hall
  • Mamadi Diakite — Virginia
  • Charles Bassey — WKU
  • Devon Dotson — Kansas
  • Xavier Sneed — Kansas State

Those were just a couple of the decisions from yesterday. See who will stay and who will go in this long list from Jeff Goodman.

The SEC Basketball Schedule is (almost) Set

We do not have the dates, but we do know UK’s SEC opponents. In a surprising twist, the league will not make the Cats play LSU twice. Instead, the Cats will play a Nic Claxton-less Georgia at home and on the road.

2019-20 SEC Home Games 2019-20 SEC Away Games
Alabama Arkansas
Auburn Auburn
Florida Florida
Georgia Georgia
Ole Miss LSU
Mississippi State South Carolina
Missouri Tennessee
Tennessee Texas A&M
Vanderbilt Vanderbilt

A Big Addition for Michigan?

Juwan Howard could make a splash with one of his first hires. The Michigan head coach has reportedly offered an assistant coaching job to Phil Martelli, who spent the last 24 seasons leading the St. Joe’s basketball program. Martelli would be the perfect ying to Howard’s yang.

Rex Chapman is BACK

The King of Twitter was taken off the social media site for a few days. “Twitter jail food is better than real jail food,” he said.

Florida Offers Richie Leonard

Since the Florida offensive tackle de-committed from UK, Florida State has done everything to convince Leonard to commit to play in Tallahassee. Yesterday, the Florida Gators joined the fold, giving Leonard an offer from each of Florida’s “Big Three” schools. Leonard is set to officially visit UK next weekend.

I’ve been cooking up a few voluminous football recruiting pieces that will be ready to hit the presses this afternoon. Hold onto your butts.

Great News from Alex Trebek

Just three months ago the Jeopardy host announced he had stage four pancreatic cancer. Luckily, his body has responded to chemotherapy.

“It’s kind of mind-boggling,” he told People. “The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory…some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent.”

Keep fighting the good fight, Mr. Trebek.

The NBA Finals Begin

The basketball hiatus is over. For the first time, an NBA Finals game will be played north of the border. Toronto hosts Golden State at 9:00 p.m. on ABC. DeMarcus Cousins returned to action in practice this week, however, Steve Kerr is still unsure how he will be able to use Boogie.

“DeMarcus has done an amazing job coming back from the injury, which we felt at the time was season-ending. So he’s done an incredible job of rebounding, rehabbing, and now here he is. He’s scrimmaged a couple times this week. He’s pain free, so it’s really more a matter of rhythm and timing and conditioning, all those things.

If this were the regular season, I’d throw him out there and he’d play whatever minutes he could tolerate and we’d build him up from there. This is not the regular season, it’s the Finals, so we have to figure out what’s the best way to utilize him. How many minutes he can play, what the game feels like, what the matchups are like. So some of that will be determined by what’s happening in the game, and the other stuff is just internal with our staff.”

Ryan Lemond’s Last Day in Jail

It’s been a wild ride over the last two weeks. Tonight Ryan Lemond says sayonara to KSJail. Last night the inmate received some company from the rest of the KSR crew. They’ll talk about their haunting experience beginning at 10:00 a.m.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for Today on KSR: College Basketball Wins at the NBA Draft Deadline

  1. runningunnin.454
    9:19 am May 30, 2019 Permalink

    Laugh all you want at UL; they will be very good. I don’t understand their recruiting success with the pay/play hanging over their heads; but, they will be solid.
    Unless the photo I saw was edited, they have a freshman coming in that can kiss the rim.

    • ClutchCargo
      9:28 am May 30, 2019 Permalink

      Nothing like a looming NCAA investigation to boost recruiting. I don’t get it.

    • Yeah, in one sentence he says they’re top 5, then he chuckles at the thought of them making the FF?

    • Smyrna_Cat
      10:29 am May 30, 2019 Permalink

      NCAA says hey. (UNCheat laughs!)

    • 2andToodleLoo
      1:19 pm May 30, 2019 Permalink

      I do not understand how these violations and FBI probes hasn’t affected teams recruits. I guess they know what we know – NCAA is a joke. UNCheat proved that.

  2. runningunnin.454
    9:49 am May 30, 2019 Permalink

    I’m not sure why our backcourt depth would affect Blackshear?

  3. I’m no Golden State fan, but I would like to see Boogie go all Charles Barkley on Drake.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      10:30 am May 30, 2019 Permalink

      lol … amen to that. Like Drake, but would love to see Boogie play and get a ring.

  4. wadmalawcat
    3:55 pm May 30, 2019 Permalink

    Martelli would be his yin to Howard’s yang. Not ying-yang.