Good morning, Big Blue Nation. Happy Friday to each and every one of you.
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.
Kentucky picks up another football commitment
For the second time in two days, the Kentucky Wildcats picked up an offensive line commitment in the class of 2021.
David Wohlabaugh, a three-star offensive tackle out of Stow, OH, committed to Kentucky on Thursday evening, choosing the Wildcats over offers from Maryland, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia, among others.
— David wohlabaugh (@WohlabaughDavid) February 20, 2020
Wohlabaugh joins Paul Rodriguez, a three-star offensive lineman out of Mason, OH who committed to Kentucky on Wednesday evening, and three-star linebacker Devon Williams, who committed back on Jan. 27, as the program’s first three pledges in the class of 2021.
Kentucky WBB blows out Ole Miss
Coming off its most impressive win of the season against No. 6 Mississippi State, the Kentucky women’s basketball team traveled down to Oxford, MS and dominated the Ole Miss Rebels by a final score of 94-52.
After falling behind 7-0 early in the contest, the Cats quickly recovered to push the lead to 18-10 after the first quarter before cruising to an 18-point lead going into half.
In the second half, UK shot over 60% from the floor in the final 20 minutes, including an impressive 7-11 mark from three over that span. Kentucky’s early 7-0 deficit ultimately turned into a 94-52 blowout victory on the road.
Five players scored in double-figures for the Wildcats, led by superstar guard Rhyne Howard with 21 points, followed by Sabrina Haines with 15, Chasity Patterson with 15, Jaida Roper with 10, and Blair Green with 10.
For the entire game recap, check out Zack Geoghegan’s analysis from last night:
Nick Richards for President
After creating websites for both Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley in the last week, the fine folks at UK Athletics outdid themselves with their latest promotion of junior center Nick Richards.
In the program’s “Pick Nick” campaign, they encourage fans, media, and end-of-year voters to choose the 7-footer from Kingston, Jamaica in their All-America ballots.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 20, 2020
You heard them. Pick Nick.
BJ Boston is a finalist for Naismith Player of the Year
Kentucky men’s basketball signee BJ Boston is one of five finalists for the 2020 Naismith High School Trophy, awarded annually to the top player in all of high school basketball. The Atlanta Tipoff Club will unveil the winner on March 10.
At 6-7, 185 pounds, Boston is a consensus five-star prospect who is playing at Sierra Canyon High School (CA) for his senior season. Last summer, the top-five prospect in the class of 2020 averaged 22.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game in the Nike EYBL circuit.
Ron Mercer, who accomplished the feat in 1995, is the only Kentucky men’s basketball player to have won Naismith High School Trophy Player of the Year honors.
“BJ is one of the best basketball players in the country,” UK head coach John Calipari said in the fall at the time of his signing. “He can score from anywhere on the floor with his length and his athleticism and he finishes really well in traffic. He’s versatile enough to play two or three positions. On top of BJ’s basketball ability, what I love about him is he wants to play with other great players. He’s already doing that on the high school level and wanted the challenge of competing with and against the best every day in practice here.”
Boston has been selected to participate in the upcoming McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Iverson Roundball Classic.
A new episode of the Sources Say Podcast is out
Need your Kentucky basketball recruiting fix? We’ve got you covered.
Last night, Travis Graf and David Sisk of Cats Illustrated joined me on this week’s episode of the Sources Say Podcast to discuss the latest in Kentucky’s recruiting efforts to close out the class of 2020, along with updates on several recruits in 2021 and 2022.
Among the recruits mentioned? Greg Brown, Paolo Banchero, Jonathan Kuminga, Cliff Omoruyi, Jaden Hardy, and Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, among others.
Check out the entire jam-packed episode below:
Missed last week’s conversation with 2022 five-star guard Skyy Clark? You can find it, along with all future episodes, by subscribing to the official Sources Say Podcast feed on iTunes right here. Not on iTunes listener? You can also subscribe to the show on Spotify.
Calipari, Mitchell, select players set to speak with the media
Before they take on Florida on Saturday afternoon, John Calipari and select men’s basketball players will speak to the media this afternoon. And then as an added bonus, UK women’s head coach Matthew Mitchell will also speak to the press right after.
The players are expected to get things rolling at 2 p.m., followed by Calipari at 2:15 p.m. and Mitchell at 2:30 p.m.
We’ll have all of the updates from the media opportunity right here on the website. Be sure to tune in.
KSR in an hour
This morning, Matt Jones and the KSR radio crew are LIVE at The Ketch from 10 a.m. to noon.
There, they will break down Kentucky’s home test against Florida and give away tickets to the sold-out matchup.
Tomorrow KSR Radio is LIVE at The Ketch from 10-Noon. Awesome place off Southland Drive
We will be giving away UK-Florida tickets so come join us
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 20, 2020
You won’t want to miss it.