One of John Calipari’s favorite days of the year is here, as the 2019 NBA Draft is set to take place this evening in Brooklyn, NY.
Kentucky will have three players in the NBA Draft Green Room, as PJ Washington, Tyler Herro, and Keldon Johnson are all expected to fall in the late lottery to the middle of the first round.
All three former Wildcats spent yesterday at their pre-draft photoshoots and participating in Media Day.
Here are a few of the pictures posted by the official NBA Twitter account on Wednesday:
Herro says he’s excited to join the fraternity of former Kentucky players in the NBA:
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 19, 2019
Washington talked about his recent impressive meeting with the New York Knicks and what it’s like to go through this draft process with Herro and Johnson:
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 19, 2019
We’ll see where all of our former Wildcats fall this evening, as the NBA Draft is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The wait is on for Kerry Blackshear Jr.
On Tuesday night, KSR confirmed that the top graduate transfer on the market, Kerry Blackshear Jr., had made it to Lexington for his official visit. Once the Virginia Tech forward arrived, Coach Cal, Kenny Payne, and Tony Barbee took Blackshear and his father out to dinner before spending Wednesday showing them around the facilities and breaking down film.
And then in the afternoon, the Kentucky men’s basketball Twitter account sent out a quick video of Calipari getting on his private jet to head to the NBA Draft.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) June 19, 2019
Less than 24 hours, in and out. Blackshear was headed back home and the Kentucky head coach was off to Brooklyn.
Later in the afternoon and into the evening, Coach Cal, UK Athletics, and the Kentucky men’s basketball account all started following Blackshear on Twitter, while Joel Justus, Dontaie Allen, and Brennan Canada all started following him on Instagram.
Could be nothing, could be something.
As I wrote in my insider notes on Tuesday, Buzz Williams and the Texas A&M coaching staff has been pushing for Blackshear to give them a visit and hear their pitch. Evan Daniels even said before the Kentucky visit that the expectation going in was to see both schools before making a decision.
Last year, Reid Travis made his decision official on June 20 at roughly 11:30 a.m. Could a commitment video already be ready to post sometime today on the one-year anniversary of Travis’ announcement leading up to Calipari’s camera time at the NBA Draft? I think it’s certainly possible.
Maybe the day passes without a commitment and we hear news of Blackshear scheduling a visit to A&M (likely out of courtesy). Even in this case, I wouldn’t trade Kentucky’s spot for the graduate transfer with anyone else.
Today should certainly be interesting.
Anthony Davis is going to be a movie star
Yesterday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that former Kentucky superstar and current Los Angeles Laker Anthony Davis is set to hit the big screen.
The former Wildcat is set to star in Space Jam 2 with NBA stars LeBron James, Damian Lillard, and Klay Thompson, along with WNBA stars Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike, among others.
Sources: Space Jam 2, starring LeBron James, is expected to feature key roles for Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis and Klay Thompson and WNBA stars Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike. Several more NBA and WNBA players, including Chiney Ogwumike, are expected to play roles in film.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 20, 2019
Considering he already played the role of an alien in a recent Men In Black: International trailer pretty darn well, it’s obvious he’ll do just fine in his new role alongside the Looney Tunes:
Harry Potter Trivia Night was a success at KSBar
On Wednesday night, Shannon the Dude unleashed his invisibility cloak and tossed on the sorting hat to host Harry Potter Trivia Night at KSBar.
Judging by this picture alone, it’s obvious the event was a massive success:
And Shannon wasn’t the only one decked out in Harry Potter gear.
There were plenty of people suited up in their wizard attire, including these two little girls:
These two are ready! pic.twitter.com/NiehZILUS6
— KSBar and Grille (@KSBarAndGrille) June 19, 2019
No word on how former Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles finished, but hopefully it was better than when he took KSR’s official Harry Potter Quiz at UK Media Day several years back…
KSR in an hour
Today, Kentucky women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell is set to host Kentucky Sports Radio from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
You won’t want to miss it.