Just a week ago, Kentucky appeared to be running out of instant-impact frontcourt options to close out the 2020-21 roster.
Fast forward to today, and John Calipari has not only signed the top transfer prospect of the entire recruiting cycle in Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr, but they’re also picking up momentum with Evansville transfer DeAndre Williams.
Last night, rumors began circulating that Kentucky and 2020 four-star center Frank Anselem – seen to be a heavy UK lean from the time they reached out two weeks ago – were expected to go their separate ways following Sarr’s commitment.
While Anselem was fading, positive news regarding Williams picked up, with KSR’s own Matt Jones reporting last night that UK is “actively recruiting” the versatile forward, adding that there are hopes within the Kentucky basketball program that Williams could commit “relatively soon.”
KSR has learned that Kentucky is still actively recruiting Evansville’s Deandre Williams and hopes to bring him in along with Olivier Sarr
There are hopes that a commitment could come relatively soon
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 8, 2020
Earlier Thursday evening, Williams’ mentor and coach, Kenny Roy, told KSR that the 6-foot-10, 190-pound forward is planning to announce his decision either “Sunday or Monday,” with Kentucky still being “ABSOLUTELY” interested in adding the Evansville transfer to the roster.
Evansville transfer DeAndre Williams’ mentor Kenny Roy tells KSR a decision will come either “Sunday or Monday.”
Is Kentucky still involved following Olivier Sarr’s commitment? “ABSOLUTELY!”
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) May 7, 2020
Will John Calipari actually be able to close out the roster with both Sarr and Williams? We’ll find out officially this weekend.
Terry Wilson is “rehabbing unbelievably”
Switching gears to the football field, UK quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw revealed to KSR on Thursday that quarterback Terry Wilson has surpassed yet another new milestone on his road to recovery as he prepares to return to action.
“He’s rehabbing unbelievably right now,” Hinshaw told KSR. “He ran full speed for the first time two days ago where he was 100%, straight ahead, full speed. We’re getting him where he needs to be. By the end of this month we’re going to be cutting. We’re going to be doing all of the things we need to get him ready to play.”
UK Sports Hall of Fame inductees have been announced
On Thursday, the University of Kentucky announced its 2020 Hall of Fame Class.
The inductees? Ron Mercer (men’s basketball), Wayne Turner (men’s basketball), Danny Trevathan (football), AJ Reed (baseball), Sawyer Carroll (baseball), and Chanda Bell (softball), who will all be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame this fall.
After the announcement, UK released footage of a few new Hall of Famers being surprised with the significant news.
First up, former Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan:
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) May 7, 2020
Former Kentucky basketball stars Ron Mercer and Wayne Turner learned of their official Hall of Fame status in a Zoom video chat with past coaches and teammates:
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) May 7, 2020
The NCAA responds to Kansas
On Thursday, Kansas officially released the documents handed down to them from the NCAA regarding the program’s five Level I allegations and other smaller offenses.
Among the 92 pages were some fairly strong arguments and stern comments from the NCAA, including the following snippets:
While the football allegations involve alleged Level II and III violations, which are serious alleged violations, there can be no doubt the men’s basketball allegations are egregious, severe and are the kind that significantly undermine and threaten the NCAA Collegiate Model,” the NCAA enforcement staff wrote in its reply. “The institution secured significant recruiting and competitive advantages by committing alleged Level I men’s basketball violations. The institution, in taking its defiant posture in the case, is indifferent to how its alleged violations may have adversely impacted other NCAA institutions who acted in compliance with NCAA legislation.”
“Regarding the men’s basketball allegations, very few facts are in dispute,” the NCAA reply said. “The institution does not dispute that Adidas and its employee and consultant provided at least $100,000 to families of three men’s basketball student-athletes the institution was recruiting. Bill Self (Self), head men’s basketball coach, and Kurtis Townsend (Townsend), assistant men’s basketball coach, also do not dispute many of the facts related to Adidas and its representatives having contact with prospects, and that they regularly communicated with Adidas representatives about their recruitment of prospects.
For more information (including where to find the entire 92-page document, if you’re into that sort of thing), check out KSR’s update from yesterday:
KSR in an hour (with Mountain Dew!)
Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond, and Drew Franklin are LIVE this morning from KSBar and Grille, and what better way to celebrate Bullitt County in the county-by county breakdown than with Mountain Dew?
Hosting a non-remote of sorts, fans will be able to drive through and pick up a 12-pack of Mountain Dew at KSBar and Grille. You won’t be able to stop and listen to the show, but you will be able to drive up, have a 12-pack brought right to the car, wave/say hello to the KSR crew, and go about your day.
Sound like a good time? We’ll see you there.