Kroger’s KSR Game of the Week is back, and it’s going to be a good one.
This week, KSR is heading to Owensboro to see the Owensboro Red Devils take on the Owensboro Catholic Aces, a rivalry clash between undefeated foes.
The KSR radio show will be live from Owensboro to break down the matchup that includes Red Devil quarterback Gavin Wimsatt, who is ranked as the No. 1 junior in Kentucky, a consensus four-star prospect, and one of UK’s top recruiting targets in the class of 2022. On the other side, the Aces are led by junior QB Lincoln Clancy and wide receiver Braden Mundy, who has 7 touchdown receptions in 2020.
After the radio show, KSR will be located at the Owensboro Kroger – 2630 Frederica Street – at 5:00 p.m, where Freddie Maggard and Nick Roush will be breaking down the game on Facebook Live and handing out Kroger gift cards to those who say the magic words: “Kroger Presents the KSR Game of the Week between Owensboro and Owensboro Catholic.”
The rivalry matchup is going to be a good one, with the winner earning bragging rights in the city of Owensboro. We’ll keep you updated on everything throughout the day and into the evening,
Until then, catch up on all of KSR’s content previewing the matchup:
NBA Finals Game 5
As Kroger’s KSR Game of the Week wraps up, Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo will be looking to earn a victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to win the title.
Up 3-1 in the series against Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro and the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Lakers are just one win away from earning their 17th championship in franchise history.
Will Davis and Rondo be crowned NBA champions Friday night? Or will Adebayo, Herro, and the Heat hold the Lakers off another game and force a Game 6?
Game 5 is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
Kentucky applies for waiver for Jacob Toppin
The UK basketball program is now pushing for immediate eligibility for Rhode Island transfer Jacob Toppin.
In Kentucky’s preseason prospectus released Thursday morning, the school announced that both Toppin and Olivier Sarr were waiting for waivers to suit up during the 2020-21 college basketball season.
“UK added Wake Forest forward Olivier Sarr, Creighton guard Davion Mintz and Rhode Island forward Jacob Toppin,” UK wrote. “Mintz will have immediate eligibility as a graduate transfer. Sarr, a senior, and Toppin, who will be a sophomore, are currently ineligible for the 2020-21 season due to transfer rules, although waivers have been sent for immediate eligibility for both.”
Following his commitment to Kentucky this offseason, the Toppin stated that he was planning to sit out a year to develop his body and game as a whole before taking the floor in 2021-22. With the NCAA looking to grant a free year of eligibility for winter student-athletes this season, the 6’9” forward could still play during his “redshirt” season, getting on-court experience in Lexington while preparing for the future.
UK basketball recruiting updates
Three big pieces of news came out regarding high-profile recruits in the class of 2021 with Kentucky ties, including one with brand new interest from the UK coaching staff.
Just hours after decommitting from Florida State on Thursday, Kentucky was one of numerous schools to reach out to five-star guard Bryce McGowens.
According to Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com, UK, along with the likes of Georgia, Arizona, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, and South Carolina, all reached out to the top-25 prospect throughout the day.
McGowens, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound shooting guard out of Greenville (S.C.) Legacy Early College, is considered the No. 25 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings for 2021 and is ranked as high as No. 23 in the class by Rivals.
From there, KSR also published a story on UK target Daimion Collins, with the five-star forward’s coach saying Kentucky has the “greatest pitch ever” for his star player.
“It’s the greatest pitch ever: “You come here, and we’ll give you the chance to play in the NBA,”‘ Boston said of Kentucky’s goes-without-saying recruiting pitch. “He knows. … He wants to get a shot. I said, “Well, you realize if you go to Kentucky, you will get a shot. You’ll at least get looked at and have the resources to get looked at.” It’s all up to how hard he’s willing to work, what he’s willing to do. That’s Kentucky’s allure.”
For the full update on his recruitment, you can read the piece here.
Outside of Collins, KSR caught up with the father of 2021 four-star forward Bryce Hopkins, who said a decision is expected in the coming weeks.
Bryce Hopkins' father tells KSR that a decision is expected relatively soon: "I think Bryce wants to be committed in the next couple weeks."
Will decide from his final nine, no list cuts. Says UK remains involved, Calipari texts regularly, talked with Joel Justus yesterday.
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) October 8, 2020
Gregg Marshall is in trouble
Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall’s job is in jeopardy following numerous reports of abusive behavior toward players and staff members in recent years.
CJ Moore and Dana O’Neil dropped a late-night bombshell report that Marshall is under investigation for wild behavior that includes punching a player, putting his hands around the neck of a staff member, and cursing out a student who parked in his spot on campus.
Here was just one of the many stories shared by The Athletic:
During a practice that season, Shaq Morris attempted to block teammate Zach Brown’s shot. Brown fell awkwardly on the play, and Marshall rushed over and began chewing out Morris for what he deemed a dirty play and then shoved Morris in the back, according to multiple players who witnessed the incident.
Marshall told Morris to “get the fuck out of practice” and then followed him out of the practice gym, two players said. Before Morris could exit the double doors of the gym, Marshall ran up behind Morris and punched Morris between the shoulders near his neck, according to the players. An assistant coach intervened.
If I were a betting man, I’d say Marshall’s time at Wichita State is over.
KSR in an hour
Matt Jones will be live from Owensboro for KSR starting at 10 a.m. ET. Make sure you tune in.