How about a major Yahtzee to get the weekend started?
Ole Miss linebacker transfer Jacquez Jones, who led the Rebels in tackles in 2020, announced his commitment to Kentucky during his official visit on Thursday. Jones was also considering the likes of South Carolina, UCLA, West Virginia and Texas, but quickly decided on Lexington as his next home after entering the transfer portal on June 1.
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— Jacquez Jones (@ESPN_Jac) June 10, 2021
“We are thrilled to add Jacquez to our team,” UK head coach Mark Stoops said in a statement. “He’s an experienced playmaker who has been a great leader in our league.”
A native of Tuscaloosa, AL, the newest Wildcat was originally a three-star recruit in the class of 2018, ranked by the 247 Sports Composite as the No. 45 outside linebacker in America. The 6-0, 235-pound linebacker has surpassed 70 tackles in each of the last two seasons, leading the Rebels with 75 in the ten-game 2021 season.
With the SEC recently voting to overturn its intraconference transfer rule, Jones will be eligible to play right away for the Wildcats, a necessary addition to the program following Jamin Davis’ departure and D’Eryk Jackson’s season-ending Achilles injury back in April. A true senior this fall, the COVID-19 waiver could give him two years of eligibility.
“This is an addition that helps enhance the biggest strength of the Kentucky defense,” KSR’s own Adam Luckett said of the addition in his official breakdown of Jones’ commitment. “The Wildcats have a sturdy backbone with three seniors — nose tackle Marquan McCall, Will linebacker DeAndre Square, and safety Yusuf Corker — set to play major snaps this season. Jones adds to that by giving the defense a player that has played in 33 games with 182 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles in his career. … Kentucky will need to be creative with how their personnel is used this season, but Jones gives the program something that was lost when D’Eryk Jackson was injured during spring practice. A downhill thumper at Mike linebacker that can help stymie inside rushing attacks.”
Read the rest of Luckett’s Film Room session below:
Day one of John Calipari’s Father/Son Camp starts today
Kentucky basketball’s run of satellite camps throughout the state has come to a close (for this week, at least), but John Calipari’s Father-Son Camp is just beginning.
The first camp, scheduled for June 11-12 in Lexington, will feature instruction from the Kentucky coaches and staff, along with current available Wildcat players through detailed skill work and competitions in the Joe Craft Center, Memorial Coliseum and the Seaton Center. Father and son teams will compete with fellow campers of appropriate age groups (based on son’s age/grade level) in competitions that incorporate skills learned throughout the camp. The skill work is designed to give both father and son drills and techniques to take home and continue working on together.
The Father/Son Camp is open to all fathers and sons ages 7-17, regardless of previous basketball experience. The cost of each camp is $320 for a father-son duo ($160 per camper) and includes:
- Three meals (including dinner on Friday during registration, breakfast snack and sandwiches after dismissal)
- Camp T-shirt
- Two sessions of instruction and competition
- Photo and autograph opportunities with UK staff and players
Camp activities are set to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and will end on the first day at 9 p.m. Camp starts back up at 8:30 a.m. on each Saturday and will conclude with closing ceremonies in Memorial Coliseum on Saturday at 1 p.m.
As for the media side of things, Sahvir Wheeler will speak publicly for the first time since his introductory press conference with the program, with coverage to follow right here on Kentucky Sports Radio. And then on Saturday, Orlando Antigua will speak to the media at the conclusion of Father/Daughter Camp.
Come get your recruiting news
Zack Geoghegan and I are back from Las Vegas, where we spent the early part of the week at the 2021 Pangos All-American Camp talking to and scouting Kentucky basketball’s top recruiting targets in 2022 and 2023. With the dust settling on the event, recruiting updates and interviews have begun rolling out, and we’re not slowing down anytime soon.
In case you missed KSR’s coverage from earlier this week, check out the links below:
- 7-footer Vincent Iwuchukwu shines at Pangos All-American Camp, hearing from Jai Lucas and UK
We also recorded a brand new episode of the Sources Say Podcast to discuss all of the latest recruiting information from the trip, along with scouting reports on the top players we saw at the event. If you haven’t listened yet, you can find the show below:
And we’re not done there. We’ll still have several more recruiting updates throughout the day, including the likes of Dereck Lively, Anthony Black and KJ Lewis, among others.
KSR’s Fan of the Day
Our KSR Fan of the Day goes to Mong Lieng, a local real estate broker who met former Kentucky standout Heshimu Evans during a final walkthrough with one of his buyers.
“Look who I ran into today,” he wrote in an email. “My name is Mong Lieng, I am a University of Kentucky alumni, I graduated back in 2015. I’m a die hard UK basketball and football fan. Now I’m working as real estate broker here in Lexington. I was doing a final walkthrough with one of my buyers today and our 1998 national champion Heshimu Evans showed up. He is a friend of the buyer!
“Such a nice guy to talk to. Looks like he could still play! He told me he wants to visit Cambodia one day and that’s where I’m from.”
Speaking of Evans, the national champion will be teaming up with fellow former Wildcat Wayne Turner and other special guests for Champ Camp in July, with five dates scheduled in Lexington (Jul 12-13), Wilder (Jul 14-15), Ashland (Jul 19-20), Louisville (Jul 22-23) and Pikeville (Jul 26-27).
The camp is for boys and girls ages 6-14, with the price listed at $100 per camper. All campers will receive a t-shirt.
Register online at KBCHoops.com/Training.
KSR’s Shots Across the Bluegrass Tour concludes in London
The KSR crew will be live at the Harley-Davidson in London for the final stop on the Shots Across the Bluegrass Tour, where a donor has offered $500 to the winner of a drawing including those vaccinated on site today.
The show will be live from 10 a.m. to noon. We’ll see you then.