Good morning, Big Blue Nation! Happy Friday to each and every one of you.
Today is a big day for the Kentucky basketball program, as John Calipari and his staff are set to host the top uncommitted power forward in the class of 2020, Greg Brown, on an official visit.
Brown, a 6-foot-9, 195-pound forward out of Austin, TX is considered a consensus top-ten prospect in the senior class and arguably the best athlete in all of high school basketball. A human pogo stick with explosiveness to finish dunks well above the rim on offense and swat shots in the paint on defense, Brown is a major target for the UK coaching staff as they look to close out their 2020 signing class.
If they want the No. 8 overall player in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, though, they’ll have to make up some lost ground in his recruitment.
According to Brown’s father, the visits they have already taken have made quite the impression on the consensus top-ten prospect, so much that he feels the three schools they have seen thus far – Texas, Auburn, and Memphis – are the leaders in his son’s recruitment.
“I think the three schools that we have visited so far are definitely high on our list,” Greg Brown Sr. told Christian Fowler of 247Sports.com on his podcast, ‘Tigers in 20’. “… I will say that the three schools that we visited so far, man it’s a race between those three for sure.”
At the conclusion of each official visit, Brown Sr. has walked away feeling his son will ultimately wind up signing with that specific school.
“Every visit that we’ve been on, after the visit, I was like Greg’s probably going to this school,” Brown Sr. told Fowler. “So with that being said, after the Memphis visit, I was like, ‘Oh snap, Greg probably might be going to this school.’”
Luckily for Kentucky, they still get their shot to join that list of favorites, as the five-star forward is set to make his way on campus starting today.
Will the UK coaching staff convince him that he can be the premiere player in the frontcourt next season in Lexington? Will he see Kentucky’s track record with elite big men such as Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Willie Cayley-Stein, among others, and want to join?
We’ll find out after the weekend concludes about where Kentucky stands and learn more about a decision timeline in the coming months.
Until then, here is everything else going on in the world of UK Athletics:
Hayley Robic needs your help
Hayley Robic, daughter of Kentucky assistant coach John Robic, was recently diagnosed with liver cancer and is in search of a donor.
On her social media page, Robic wrote the following message:
“These past several months have been the hardest of my life,” she said. “After having emergency surgery, I’ve been diagnosed with liver cancer. Because of that, I will be getting a liver transplant and am in need of a donor. If you are interested in being tested to see if you’re a potential match, I’d be so grateful.”
It only takes a few minutes to fill out the form. Doing so could potentially save a life.
The link can be found right HERE.
Rhyne Howard exploded for 43 points in a win over Alabama
The Kentucky basketball program has arguably the best basketball player in the nation, and she doesn’t play for John Calipari.
The honor of coaching her belongs to UK women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell.
On Thursday evening, Kentucky women’s basketball star Rhyne Howard led the Wildcats with a career-high 43 points in a win over Alabama.
In fact, the Kentucky superstar was coming off a career-high performance of 37 points in the No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats most recent win over Tennessee.
As far as the team is concerned, in their third SEC game of the year and second on the road, the Cats (13-2) secured an 81-71 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide (10-6).
As a group, the Wildcats shot 16-31 from beyond the arc after starting the game off just 2-10. Six players hit a three for Kentucky and 16 made shots from deep set a school record.
For the entire recap of the game and more on Howard’s career night, check out KSR’s Zack Geoghegan’s in-depth post below:
AJ Rose is BACK for his senior season
After weeks of speculation regarding his future with the program, Kentucky running back AJ Rose announced he would be returning for his senior year in Lexington.
“The best is yet to come,” he wrote on Twitter.
— AJ Rose Jr (@ajrose_10) January 9, 2020
The junior back currently ranks fourth in UK history with 5.55 yards per carry. Over the last two seasons he’s racked up more than 1,200 yards while sharing a backfield with Benny Snell and Lynn Bowden. On pace to finish on the top ten of UK’s all-time rushing list, the explosive pass-catching threat out of the backfield will play a significant role in what could be an historic 2020 season.
Rose will be the lead back of a three-headed monster that includes Kavosiey Smoke and Chris Rodriguez, to go with redshirt freshman Travis Tisdale in a reserve role.
Needless to say, the Kentucky backfield is going to be absolutely filthy in 2020.
Mike Leach is headed to Starkville
The Pirate is headed to Starkville, MS to coach the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
On Thursday afternoon, MSU officially hired former Washington State head coach and UK offensive coordinator Mike Leach to lead the program.
Here was his official arrival:
Mike Leach has landed in Starkville pic.twitter.com/VoAdkG6NoB
— Ryan Phillips (@JournoRyan) January 9, 2020
Leach vs. Lane Kiffin in the Egg Bowl next season? SEC Media Days with one of the biggest personalities in college football?
Count me in.
KSR in an hour
Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond, Drew Franklin, and Shannon the Dude will be LIVE from Don Franklin in Glasgow this morning for KSR.
10 a.m. to noon. Be there.