After another relatively slow week in the world of sports, it appears things could be getting quite busy in a hurry.
As we gear up for the weekend, let’s break down the latest in the world of UK Athletics.
Kentucky trends for Davion Mintz
Are John Calipari and the Kentucky coaching staff set to land Creighton basketball transfer Davion Mintz?
Looking at the recent trends on his Crystal Ball over at 247Sports, it certainly looks that way.
Thursday afternoon, Evan Daniels – 247Sports’ Director of Recruiting – was one of five analysts to submit a Crystal Ball pick in favor of the Wildcats in the span of three hours.
During the 2018-19 season, Mintz averaged 9.7 points on 42% shooting and 35% from three to go with 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game for the Bluejays. After suffering a high ankle sprain late in the preseason last year, the 6-foot-3 guard opted to redshirt the entire 2019-20 season to preserve his final year of eligibility.
This is one to watch, BBN.
Kentucky Classics is back with a replay of the Citrus Bowl
After several weeks of airing UK basketball replays in the Kentucky Classic series, the UK Sports Network is switching over to the gridiron.
Starting tonight at 7 p.m. ET, Kentucky football’s victory over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl from the 2018 season is set to be rebroadcast on the UK Sports Network radio affiliates.
Ready to hear Tom Leach and Jeff Piecoro take over the airwaves to break down arguably the biggest football win of the Mark Stoops era? We are too.
To get you excited, check out the #KentuckyBoothCam replay highlighting some of the best plays the team made synced up with the radio crew’s official call:
.@KashDaniel15, @LynnBowden_1 & @Lonnie30johnson had big plays in @UKFootball's Citrus Bowl win!!
Tune into your local UK Sports Network radio affiliate Friday at 7pm to hear the replay with @tomleachKY, @JeffPiecoro @bigblueinsider1 #KentuckyBoothCam
Presented by @LexBrewingCo pic.twitter.com/Z10fSDxWVM
— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) April 8, 2020
Johnny Juzang to UCLA
On Thursday afternoon, former Kentucky guard Johnny Juzang announced he was headed home.
After entering his name in the NCAA transfer portal back in March, the 6-foot-6 guard out of Los Angeles, CA announced he would be transferring to UCLA to play for Mick Cronin.
“I want to thank Kentucky again for such an amazing experience,” Juzang said in his announcement. “I’m so grateful for their dedication and commitment to my development as a player and person. To the coaches, my teammates, the trainers, the staff, and BBN, thank you. I’m always rooting for y’all. BBN4L.
“But with that said, I can’t explain how excited I am to play for Coach Cronin and UCLA,” Juzang continued. “Growing up in Los Angeles, 15 minutes from Westwood, I’ve always followed UCLA and dreamed of playing in Pauley Pavilion. Bringing a title back home is something that motivates me like nothing else. I can’t wait to put on that blue and gold. I will be pursuing a waiver for immediate eligibility. Go Bruins!”
— Johnny Juzang (@JohnnyJuzang) April 9, 2020
After the commitment, John Calipari took to Twitter to wish him luck on his move back home.
“Talked to [Johnny Juzang] last night and wish him the best,” Calipari said. “Great young man and a terrific basketball player. He knows we are always here for him and that #BBN will be rooting for him. #LaFamilia.”
In-state star Jager Burton is a Kentucky kid “no matter the outcome”
On Thursday afternoon, 2021 four-star offensive lineman and in-state standout Jager Burton posted a tweet that got the BBN stirring a bit.
After pushing back his August commitment last weekend, the 6-foot-4, 271-pound offensive guard posted on his Twitter page that he was a “KY kid born and raised no matter the outcome” with a #BBN hashtag.
Ky kid born and raised no matter the outcome. #BBN ?
— Jager Burton (@jager_burton) April 9, 2020
Burton, a star for Frederick Douglass HS in Lexington, announced last Saturday that after originally planning an August 24 commitment, he will now have to delay the announcement due to the coronavirus.
Once the dust settles a bit, the four-star prospect will finish up his five official visits and make a commitment not long after.
“My original plan was to commit on August 24, but due to the coronavirus, many of my official visits have been pushed back,” Burton said in the original announcement. “With that being said I will be committing shortly after my five official visits are done.”
Good news or bad news?
KSR in an hour
It’s a full house today on KSR, as Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond, Shannon the Dude, and Drew Franklin are all live this morning to discuss the latest in the world of UK Athletics and around the state.
10 a.m. to noon. Tune in.