Between the giant fire at a high rise in London and GOP Majority Whip Steve Scalise being shot at the GOP baseball practice in Virginia, it’s a pretty sobering morning, which makes pictures like the one above an even more welcome respite. Shoutout to these Kentucky fans for repping the Cats atop this beautiful mountain. Location is unknown, but man, that’s pretty.
Our thoughts out to all of those affected by the fire in London and the shooting in Virginia. Kentucky senator Rand Paul was at the practice at the time of the shooting and is unharmed. He’s doing interviews on all the major outlets, so turn one of them on to hear his account of it. The shooter, thankfully, is in custody.
There’s no way to transition from this, but so let’s just move on to today’s top 10.
1. Basketball jersey numbers were released
Yesterday, UK released the jersey numbers of the new guys and the returning guys. Two “vets” switched numbers: Hamidou Diallo from No. 4 to No. 3 (if you read KSR on Monday, you already knew that) and Brad Calipari from No. 20 to No. 12. Maybe he can pay for his mom and sister to get new jerseys.
Here are all of the numbers:
0 — Quade Green
1 — Sacha Killeya-Jones
2 — Jarred Vanderbilt
3 — Hamidou Diallo
4 — Nick Richards
5 — Kevin Knox
10 — Jonny David
12 — Brad Calipari
13 — Jemarl Baker
14 — Tai Wynyard
22 — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
25 — P.J. Washington
30 — Dillon Pulliam
32 — Wenyen Gabriel
2. ICYMI, Calipari says Jarred Vanderbilt will be fine
The biggest news from Calipari’s summer presser was that he expects Jarred Vanderbilt to be back to playing basketball in about two weeks. Vanderbilt suffered a mysterious left foot injury during the Jordan Brand Classic two months ago and hasn’t played since, but Calipari said the UK medical staff examined him and they’re holding him out for two more weeks just to be cautious.
“He’s not started playing. Probably two weeks before he’ll really get full going into what we’re doing here, but I think he’ll be fine. There aren’t any issues, it’s just — like I told his family — this is June. I just want to make sure when we get in November he’s in his stride. Right now, taking a couple weeks off. We had him with our doctors and with the trainers, just making sure, giving him a couple weeks. But he’ll be fine. He’s in good shape.”
Good to hear.
3. PJ Washington’s three-point shot looks pretty nice in this video
– Tim Martin (@TimMartin_TX) June 14, 2017
Before arriving at Kentucky last week, Washington worked on his three-point shot in Dallas, Texas. Let this video serve as a reminder of just how versatile Washington and fellow forwards Jarred Vanderbilt and Kevin Knox are.
4. Malik Monk is working out for the 76ers
The Sixers have the third pick in the draft, in addition to a boatload of second round picks, and today, they’ll host Malik Monk for an individual workout. I’d be surprised to see Monk go as high as three, but Calipari wouldn’t be.
“No, I think Malik is, I would say he’s a (No.) 3, 6, 7 (pick) maybe,” Cal said during yesterday’s teleconference. “That’s what I would guess. Fox is a (No.) 2 to 5 (pick), possibly. I would say Bam is anywhere from (No.) 9, 10 to 14, 15 (pick), in that range. There were teams that Isaac went and worked for and they liked him. The job that I’m hearing Isaiah is doing, and those guys, they’re going to have their opportunities now. That would be my guess of what I’m hearing.”
5. De’Aaron Fox thought his workout with the Lakers went well
Yesterday, Fox had his all-important solo workout with the Lakers, who have the second pick in the draft, and told reporters he thought it went well. Hear all of his comments below:
In other workout news, Derek Willis will work out for the Detroit Pistons today. Good luck, Derek.
6. Calipari will be at the draft
Even though Cal will be in Colorado Springs next week for the U19 National Team training camp, he will fire up the private jet to detour to New York the night of Thursday, June 22 to see his guys on “graduation night.” Jerry Tipton seemed to be doing his best to frame the question to make it seem like flying to the draft for the night would mean neglecting his duties at training camp, but Cal ended all of that with a simple, “My plan is to be at the draft.” Nice try, Jerry.
7. Five more baseball Cats were drafted
The Major League Baseball Draft continued yesterday, and several more Cats got opportunities at the next level following Evan White’s selection at No. 17 Monday night:
- #89 (3rd round): Sophomore INF Riley Mahan, Miami Marlins
- #171 (6th round): Senior RHP Logan Salow, Oakland Athletics
- #220 (7th round): Junior RHP Zach Pop, Los Angeles Dodgers
- #279 (9th round): Junior LHP Zach Logue, Toronto Blue Jays
- #310 (10th round): Senior OF Zach Reks, Los Angeles Dodgers
Head coach Nick Mingione was also named the 2017 Perfect Game/Rawlings Coach of the Year for college baseball. Congrats, everyone.
8. Workout video of the day: UK Strength Coach Rob Harris
Need some motivation to get in the gym? All you need to do is watch this video of UK Basketball Strength Coach Rob Harris punishing the ropes and sled in a recent workout:
Okay, no more complaining about my Tracy Anderson tapes.
9. Anyone watch the 30 for 30 on the Celtics/Lakers last night?
I wasn’t able to start it last night, but I’ve heard ESPN’s three-part, five-hour documentary on the Celtics/Lakers rivalry is awesome. That rivalry was a little bit before my time, so I’m really looking forward to delving into it when I get some time this weekend.
10. KSR is in Russell Springs today
If you’re in the area, get on out to the Lawless-Smith True Value to check out the show and register for the chance to win tickets to a game this season. As an extra treat, country star Wheeler Walker will call in, which means Shannon better have his finger on the dump button because anything could happen.