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Today on KSR: The Day After the Decisions

The dust has settled following the NCAA draft withdrawal deadline, leaving a much clearer picture of what the 2018-19 Kentucky Wildcats will look like.

The best news of the day came from P.J. Washington: “I’m back.”  Kentucky’s leading rebounder and most physical post-presence as a freshman, Washington has the potential to take enormous steps forward offensively as a sophomore.  The Big Blue Nation is overjoyed to return an SEC Player of the Year candidate, but more importantly, fans are relieved to discover that P.J. is a man of his word.  He said he would only declare for the draft if he was a first round pick.  When he did not get that reassurance, he opted to return to Kentucky for one more year.

After Washington’s announcement, the other two Wildcats decided to remain in the NBA Draft, for a variety of reasons.  Early in the day, it looked like Wenyen was a lock to return.  Once Washington returned and Travis Reid news leaked, it turned the tide.  Without the minutes available to dramatically improve his stock, it made sense for Wenyen to cash in now.

Vanderbilt’s decision took the longest to learn, and remained the most mysterious.  Even though he released a video and a statement, the most insight we have on Vanderbilt’s decision comes from social media.  He liked the following Tweet from KSR’s Aaron Torres minutes before he released a video on his own Twitter page, revealing a sad truth.

After the three forwards’ decisions, Kentucky’s roster is now (close) to completion.

Kentucky 2018-19 Basketball Roster
Player Position Height/Weight HS Ranking (National)
Quade Green Point Guard 6’/175 #5 PG (26)
Tyler Herro Shooting Guard 6-5/195 #6 SG (36)
Jemarl Baker Shooting Guard 6-4/185 #15 SG (73)
Immanuel Quickley Point Guard 6-3/175 #4 PG (20)
Ashton Hagans* Point Guard 6-4/185 #1 PG (9 in ’19)
P.J. Washington Power Forward 6-7/236 #7 PF (15)
Nick Richards Center 7’/240 #2 C (18)
E.J. Montgomery Power Forward 6-10/200 #2 PF (9)
Keldon Johnson Small Forward 6-6/220 #3 SF (11)
Jonny David Shooting Guard 6-2/185 N/A
Brad Calipari Shooting Guard 6’/180 N/A

* Ashton Hagans’ reclassification is not yet final.

Next year’s roster features six McDonald’s All-Americans, seven five-star prospects and Calipari is not done.

Reid Travis: The Last Domino

Even though Kentucky lost a pair of elite forwards, there’s still room to add a McDonald’s All-American double-double machine.  The Stanford grad transfer was rumored to be a potential option for quite some time.  Yesterday he made his decision to become a graduate transfer official, while insiders and analysts penciled in Kentucky as the overwhelming favorite.  Don’t be surprised if he’s on UK’s campus soon.

Learn more about Travis here, before you check out the following highlights from a 29-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Congrats, Tony Neely!

The UK sports information director will be honored by CoSIDA for 25 years of service this year.  The straw that stirs the Wildcats’ drink behind the scenes, if there is a nicer man in the world, I’d like to meet him.  Congrats to Tony and thanks for all that you’ve done for UK and the fine folks covering the athletic institution.

An Entertaining Announcement

After Washington released his, “I’m Back,” video, UK Athletics released one for their photographer, Chet White.

The Finals Begin

Part Four of the Golden State, Cleveland Cavaliers Finals’ rivalry begins tonight at Oracle Arena.  The Best Player vs. The Best Team should be compelling,  but LeBron can only do so much.  The Warriors looked human for moments in the Western Conference Finals, only to turn it on in the third quarter and run away with a victory.  They’ll probably continue to do the same, but you have to turn on ABC tonight at 9:00 to see exactly how it all goes down.

The KSR Tour Begins

We are firing up the blue lights across the Bluegrass today in Louisville at Academy Sports and Outdoors on Outer Loop.  Don’t miss your first chance to see the gang and enter for a chance to win a trip to watch the Wildcats in the Bahamas.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

14 Comments for Today on KSR: The Day After the Decisions

    9:20 am May 31, 2018 Permalink

    I’m excited about Travis coming to Lexington. He’s a big guy that can rebound and bang inside. Him and PJ on the court at the same time could really open up the perimeter. You can’t double team both guys…

  2. mjbiven
    9:26 am May 31, 2018 Permalink

    Come on!
    We can’t start off this pursuit of Reid Travis by getting his name wrong.
    You wrote Travis Reid in your article.
    I can see many people getting it wrong but let’s try to get it right from the get go.

    • bigbluebanana
      5:04 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

      It’s Nick, what do you expect? He’s the worst “professional” spirts writer I’ve ever read. I only read his articles to see how many mistakes he makes and how many comments call him out for it. At least 1 error in every single thing the dude types.

    • bigbluebanana
      5:04 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink


  3. Oliver Klozoff
    9:27 am May 31, 2018 Permalink

    Isn’t Zan Payne on this year’s roster also as a walk on?

    • Kernel Sanders
      9:41 am May 31, 2018 Permalink

      Probably omitted Payne because he won’t play due to redshirting to rehab his knee.

  4. runningunnin.454
    9:54 am May 31, 2018 Permalink

    Reid Travis…let’s not count our chickens before…

  5. Alex90
    9:55 am May 31, 2018 Permalink

    I hope UK gets Travis for his experience/toughness but he looks like a less athletic version of PJ. But he would definitely help PJ by showing him how hard you have to play every possession.

    • SoCalCat
      9:59 am May 31, 2018 Permalink

      My take as well. He’ll have to stop grabbing rebounds and feeling compelled to dribble on the floor.

    • plumloopy
      12:42 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

      It’d just be nice to have a @#[email protected]# senior, even if w didn’t earn it.

  6. StoneColdSaidSo
    10:05 am May 31, 2018 Permalink

    Chet White told all of his Facebook friends who voted for Trump to delete him because they weren’t worthy of his love and attention. Great guy.

  7. plumloopy
    12:41 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    I just don’t get the “risk more injury if he stays” argument. Is he more likely to get injured in college than playing professionally? Given that he isn’t going to get drafted and even if he does is guaranteed nothing, it seems his best case is to get a small contract and then hope he doesn’t get injured? Why would a pro team guarantee $ to someone who is so prone to injury? Without guaranteed money, then what’s the difference between getting injured in pro vs college in 2019? A few hundred thousand? I suppose I’m missing something.

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:49 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

      While it puts Vanderbilt in a tough spot, the reasoning isn’t hard to understand – if he goes, theres a minor-to-decent chance he’s signed based on potential ($$$).

      If he stays at UK and gets hurt again, he has ZERO chance. (no $$$).

      A “few hundred thousand” can make a huge difference in some these young men’s lives/families, even if you don’t think its that much. Hell, I’d take a few hundred thousand dollars.

  8. Batsell
    4:02 pm May 31, 2018 Permalink

    I’m sorry, maybe I should know…..who the hell is Chet White?