Did you enjoy Thursday’s Sports Equinox? It was the first one of the 2018 year but it won’t be the last. It was a glorious night and even though Thursday was big from the professional level, it’s a Kentucky filled weekend starting tomorrow. Both UK football and basketball will compete in front of fans and all of us at KSR are pumped.
Quick Thursday Sports Recap:
- Boston beat Houston 4-1 to win the American League Championship Series (4-1) and advance to its fourth World Series since 2004.
- The Broncos thrashed the Cardinals 45-10 on Thursday Night Football. It was a trash game and allowed fans to watch other sports. Bad year to be a Cardinal playing football.
- LeBron James and Rajon Rondo made their debuts for the Lakers in a 128-119 loss to Portland. James finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and Rondo finished with 13 points, 11 assists and four rebounds. Seeing Rondo in a Lakers jersey was weirder than LeBron in my opinion.
- John Wall and the Wizards lost their NBA opener 113-112 to the Heat. Wall had a team-high 26 points to go with nine assists. Bam was pedestrian for the Heat as he finished with four points to go with nine rebounds.
- Stanford narrowly beat Arizona State 20-13. I miss great college football games on Thursday’s but that wasn’t too shabby.
The NBA G League is shaking things up:
In the news of the day the NBA G League announced that elite high school prospects have a new professional path to the NBA.
Beginning next summer, the NBA G League will offer contracts to graduating high school seniors who are: (a) potential one-and-done talents; (b) at least 18 years old; and (c) not yet eligible for the NBA draft. The contracts will be worth $125,000 and will provide an alternate road for young stars, rather than spending a season in college basketball.
It didn’t take long for writers and analysts across the country to write/tweet that this won’t change much. Elite players can already go overseas after high school (or during) and get bigger contracts than $125k. Plus, an 18-year-old having to play against grown men generally isn’t a great thing for the kid.
You may see a player every so often jump to the NBA G League, but it won’t be a regular occurrence. Read more about it HERE.
Speaking of Vandy:
Center Drake Jackson and left tackle Naasir Watkins had a successful week of practice and both will play on Saturday. But enough about the Cats, Adam Luckett has the detailed scouting report on how you beat the Commodores.
Luckett believes Benny Snell will have a serious chance to run for over 200 yards against Vanderbilt’s defense. You can find out why HERE.
SEC Media Day:
Wednesday’s SEC Media Day didn’t produce any groundbreaking news, but nearly every coach was asked about Kentucky in some form or fashion. I pulled quotes/tidbits about what the rest of the league had to say about the Cats with a few exceptions.
Five-star wing Keion Brooks will start his official visit to Kentucky this weekend. Indiana appears to be the heavy favorite for Brooks, but there was a point where UK looked like the team to beat. The Cats are loaded at the wing but would like to add one more perimeter scorer to the 2019 class, so UK isn’t giving up just yet. This could be a make or break weekend for UK in this recruitment.
- Vernon Carey is officially visiting Duke after seeing UK last weekend.
- James Wiseman is on an official to Florida State. I still think it’s between UK and Memphis, but if I had to pick a third school that could land Wiseman I’d go with the Seminoles.
- Cole Anthony will see Oregon. We haven’t heard any UK buzz in months with Anthony. He’s already visited Notre Dame and UNC.
- Isaiah Stewart will see Michigan State, a place he’s already visited. It seems UK and Stewart have moved on in different directions.
- UK target Oscar Tshiebwe will announce on Saturday via Twitter. He said he was telling the staffs on Wednesday, but I haven’t heard anything. Still, all signs point towards WVU.
- Aidan Igiehon will announce today. It will almost certainly be UofL. He will be a great addition for UofL, but the Cats never offered.
Blue/White Game Weekend:
While UK basketball will play in front of fans this weekend (2 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Arena), I know it’s a stretch to call it a dual sports weekend. But, we haven’t gotten to see much of this team play since the Bahamas so any opportunity to see them go full-speed is interesting to me.
The biggest thing is to get out of Sunday’s scrimmage healthy, but besides that here are three things that I want to see:
- Three-pointers made: Maybe I’m a little snake-bit since the streak ended last season, but the Cats weren’t great from behind the arc in 2017-2018. UK should be better this season but I still have a concern that Kentucky is filled with good three-point shooters and no one is elite. I hope I’m proven wrong.
- Who’s the point guard: Many thought Ashton Hagans would be UK’s starting point guard but Immanuel Quickley looked better in the Bahamas and folks close to the program have raved about his practices. Hagans is the the better defensive option but I’m anxious to see how far along he’s come offensively. Also, will Quade Green basically play the two as Quickley/Hagans battle out point guard duties?
- E.J. Montgomery: I don’t want to see anything specific from Montgomery, but I want to see how he competes against a variation of P.J. Washington, Sophomore Nick Richards and Reid Travis. Depending on the teams/matchups it will probably be the toughest frontcourt Montgomery faces all season. Both Travis and Washington spoke highly of Montgomery’s game in Birmingham on Wednesday, praising his versatility and how he can do different things, but the Big Blue Nation is ready to see it in person.
Opening Weekend for Halloween:
The 82 percent on Rotten Tomato isn’t ideal, but I guess it could be worse. I love horror movies (any recommendations?), so I’ve been looking forward to this since I saw the trailer. Nothing will ever top the trailer, and I’m sure I’ll be disappointed, but it’s October, Halloween is 12 days away and Michael Myers is BACK. I’ll definitely be seeing it this weekend.