The focus of today’s top 10 is pretty obvious. Tonight, (at least) four future Kentucky Wildcats will take the stage at the McDonald’s All-American Game, which is where we’ll start things off.
1. The McDonald’s All-American Game is at 7 p.m.
Quade Green, PJ Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Nick Richards will all suit up for the East Team in tonight’s McDonald’s All-American Game, which airs at 7 p.m. on ESPN. From what I gather, the foursome has spent almost all of their time recruiting Mo Bamba and Kevin Knox to join them. Nick Roush has been churning out awesome coverage of the McDonald’s All-American festivities, so to prepare yourself, check it out:
- Five Leftovers from Day Two at the McDonald’s All-American Games
- How Hamidou Diallo is Preparing His Peers for Kentucky
- Kentucky Commits Use Alternative Recruiting Tactic: Cookies
- McDonald’s All-American Practice Thread
- Three Late Night Notes from Chicago
- Quade Green Wins the Powerade JamFest Skills Challenge
- Quade Green using his TV time to recruit Mohamed Bamba
- Coach Cal has Four Recruiters for Knox and Bamba at the McDonald’s All-American Game
2. KSR will have a live blog for the game
It’s been a few days since we’ve done a live blog, so if you need a fix, or just want to join some fellow Cats fans to talk about the game, check the site around 7 p.m.
3. Get in the mood with these highlights from practice
Impossible to really tell anything from a practice for an all-star game, but those midrange jump shots sure look nice.
4. Calipari finally offered Zion Williamson last night
After watching his mixtapes for months, I’ve been waiting for John Calipari to offer 2018 phenom Zion Williamson, and last night, he finally did. The 6’7″ 230 lbs. forward is considered the best player in the 2018 class by 247 Sports and has become a YouTube sensation for his explosive dunks, to the point even Drake has been spotted wearing his jersey. Here’s why:
Williamson visited Kentucky for the Kansas game earlier this year and said he was floored by the experience.
“Indescribable, the environment,” Williamson said. “That environment, I just can’t even describe it, it’s ridiculous.”
5. South Carolina fans really want him
It’ll be a while before Williamson makes his decision, but South Carolina fans have made it clear to the Spartanburg native that they want him, chanting “We want Zion” at a pep rally celebrating the team’s Final Four berth in Columbia a few days ago:
– Brad Fralick (@BradFralickWYFF) March 27, 2017
Plenty to focus on before we worry about that, such as…
6. Two new names on the radar
On Tuesday, John Caliapri reached out to two 2017 shooting guards: Mark Smith and Jemarl Baker. With the backcourt cupboard bare after this season, Calipari’s clearly going after depth, particularly guys that can shoot, and both guards can do just that. Smith was recently named Mr. Basketball in the state of Illinois and was originally set to play baseball at Missouri, but an elbow injury forced him to focus on basketball instead. The Cats are obviously coming in late to his recruitment and will have to beat out schools like Illinois, Butler, Indiana, Ohio State, Texas, California, Northern Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas State and Missouri, which, given the fact that it’s Kentucky, probably won’t be too tough.
Meanwhile, four-star guard Jemarl Baker recently decommitted from Cal after Cuonzo Martin took the job at Missouri, and the Cats are on his list, along with Maryland, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, Duke, Marquette, Virginia, and ASU. He’s known as a great shooter, and the Cats will definitely be in need of those next season.
With the early signing period starting on April 12, it’s gonna be a fast and furious recruitment with both of these players, so stay tuned.
7. Don’t forget Derek Willis in the Reese’s College All-Star Game on Friday
Willis is headed to Phoenix this weekend after all, to play in the Reese’s College All-Star Game. The game will be a great chance for Willis to impress some scouts and further his NBA stock, and he’ll play alongside the likes of JJ Frazier, Moses Kingsley, and Bryce Alford. The game airs on CBS Sports Network at 6:30 PM ET on Friday night. We’ll be watching.
8. Those of you leaving nasty stuff on John Higgins’ roofing company’s Facebook page need to stop
I get that a lot of you blame Higgins’ questionable calls for Kentucky’s loss, and yeah, leaving fake bad reviews may seem funny, but when you think about it, it’s really not. It’s actually embarrassing and a horrible representation of our fanbase. The story has gone national, so please do everyone a favor and stop.
9. “Trading Spaces” is coming back!
I got way too excited yesterday when I heard that TLC is reviving “Trading Spaces,” the home improvement makeover show that ran from 2000-2008. The show was must-see TV for me during high school and college, and I’ll never forget the homeowners’ reactions when Hildi glued hay on the walls or when Doug redid a brick fireplace, which left one homeowner so upset that she could be heard sobbing off camera:
10. KSR starts in an hour
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