Good morning, Big Blue Nation! Happy Friday to you all.
Thursday was quite the day for news in the world of UK Athletics, so we’ll start today with a quick review of what you may have missed yesterday and a preview of what you can expect today.
Vince Marrow to Youngstown State?
On Thursday morning, KSR’s Matt Jones broke the news that UK associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow was set to meet with Youngstown State regarding the program’s head coaching job.
“[He] has had conversations with Youngstown State and is now in the process of deciding what to do,” Jones said on Thursday. “I cant speak to [whether or not an official offer has been extended], but from what I’m hearing, Vince is taking it seriously. This isn’t a theoretical thing, this is something he’s taking seriously.”
On Thursday evening, Rivals’ Justin Rowland reported that an official meeting is set to take place today, with a final decision expected to follow not long after.
NEW: Cats Illustrated has the latest on Vince Marrow and the Youngstown State job opening. There will be a meeting on Friday and we should find out what will happen quickly. More exclusively at the House of Blue … https://t.co/VGWjbOxc5g pic.twitter.com/JF5q7dnIPv
— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) January 31, 2020
On a recruiting trip at Chaney High School in Youngstown on Wednesday, WKBN-27 asked Marrow if he’s interested in becoming the next head coach of his hometown football team.
While he’s interested in the job, he knows he’s building “a good thing” at Kentucky and that’s his top priority right now.
At some point, though, he does want to become a head coach.
“I know whenever I take a head job, I’ll do a good job,” Marrow said. “Right now we’re building a good thing down at Kentucky, but in the short future — you just never know when’s the right time to do it. But I know I will be a head coach sometime.”
Will that “sometime” be now?
NBA All-Star selections announced
On Thursday evening, former Kentucky men’s basketball forward and budding Miami Heat superstar Bam Adebayo was announced as an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career.
Adebayo is set to join former UK star Anthony Davis, who was voted into the starting lineup last week. Adebayo was chosen as a reserve by the league’s head coaches in an announcement made Thursday on TNT.
On the year, the 6-foot-9 forward is averaging a double-double for the Heat with 16.0 points (58.9% shooting) and 10.4 rebounds to go with 4.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. He recorded his first career triple-double in December and now has three at this point in the season.
Here is the footage of Adebayo finding out he’s an All-Star:
The moment Bam Adebayo and his mom learned that he’s an NBA All-Star. pic.twitter.com/S0XgY39kgt
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) January 31, 2020
Kentucky’s two NBA All-Star selections are tied for the most among all colleges.
While Davis and Adebayo are being celebrated for their major accomplishments and on-court successes this season, former Kentucky guard Devin Booker is seen nationally as one of the biggest snubs of the event.
According to ESPN, Booker joins just LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Steph Curry, and Oscar Robertson as the only other players in NBA history to average 27 PPG and 6 APG on 50% shooting in a season.
Overall, Booker (27.1 PPG) and Bradley Beal (28.6 PPG) are the only players to average 27+ PPG and not make the All-Star team in the last 35 years.
To take it a step further, no NBA player has ever averaged 27 PPG and 6 APG on 60% true shooting and missed the All-Star Game until Booker this season.
After the news, Coach Cal offered some words of wisdom to his former guard, telling the Phoenix star to “use it as fuel.”
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) January 31, 2020
All-Star weekend is set for the weekend of Feb. 16 in Chicago, just over two weeks from now.
Without Rhyne Howard, Kentucky WBB powers through to defeat Missouri
On Thursday afternoon, UK women’s basketball star Rhyne Howard was ruled out for at least the next two weeks due to a fractured pinky, an injury she suffered in Kentucky’s win over Auburn on Monday.
In the team’s first game all season without their star guard, the Wildcats responded by dominating Missouri, taking home a 62-47 victory.
In Howard’s absence, Amanda Paschal finished with a career-high of 18 points on 8-14 shooting to go with five rebounds and three assists. 13 of her points came in the second half and she played all 20 minutes of the final two quarters.
Outside of Paschal, Chasity Patterson and Blair Green also finished in double figures, with the former going for 12 points on 5-9 shooting and the latter adding 11 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Sabrina Haines registered nine points and four steals while KeKe McKinney hauled in six rebounds in her second game back from severe migraines.
Check out Zack Geoghegan’s full game recap below:
Calipari, Mitchell, players set to talk to the media
Kentucky basketball head coaches John Calipari and Matthew Mitchell, along with select men’s players, are set to speak to the media on Friday afternoon to break down the recent success of both teams and what fans can expect in the coming weeks.
While times are not official quite yet, the players are expected to speak at 1:30 p.m., followed by Calipari at 1:45 p.m. and Mitchell at 2 p.m.
KSR will be in attendance to interview all three parties, with coverage to follow on the site immediately after.
KSR in an hour
Where in the world is Matt Jones and the KSR crew?
This morning, Kentucky Sports Radio will be live from Des Moines, IA at the Downtown Marriott from 10 a.m. to noon.
KSR tomorrow will be in Des Moines at the Downtown Marriott. Come hang with us
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 31, 2020
If you happen to be in the area, go check them out.
While you’re at it, episode 5 of the “KSR Takes Iowa” podcast is now live after a long day on Thursday in Marshalltown, Iowa.