Say hello to these Cats fans in front of the Amida Buddha in KÅtoku-in temple. Now read these afternoon notes…
— This morning the Lexington Center Corp board voted unanimously to approve $15 million in technology upgrades to Rupp Arena. The first of those upgrades will be the new ribbon boards around the second tier, which will be installed in time for the upcoming season. The new center-hung scoreboard and arena-wide WiFi won’t be in until the 2016-17 season, according to the Herald-Leader. That means we’ll get one more run with Big Bertha hanging over midcourt.
— Evan Daniels of Malone’s and Scout.com fame chatted with Harry Giles following Giles’ busy run through July basketball and Kentucky was among the topics of discussion. Giles told Daniels, “Coach Calipari, he has a new staff, but I’m cool with all of them too, just like I was with the other ones. He’s a great dude. He wants the best for you. He has that one goal for you to help you be the best player you can be. He’s trying to get you there.”
The No. 1 player in Scout’s 2016 rankings, Giles plans to visit his top schools in September and make his decision before beginning his senior season of high school basketball. He insists Jayson Tatum’s commitment to Duke will not keep him from making the best decision for himself.
Read the entire interview here.
— Get the dice ready for another Yahtzee Wednesday night. UK is in very good position to land Kobe Smith, the three-star defensive tackle out of Georgia. He is also considering Miami and N.C. State, a school he committed to in May before decommitting while on Kentucky’s campus earlier this month.
— Check out this aerial look at the New CWS:
— KYwildcatsTV (@KYwildcatsTV) July 27, 2015
— Vote for UK’s Kendra Harrison to win the Bowerman Trophy. Harrison is the first Bowerman finalist in UK Track & Field history. She has two NCAA individual championships and 15 All-American selections. She’s also the third-fastest collegian ever in the 100M and 400M hurdles. Vote here.
— “These contracts, there’s signatures all over them.” The highlight of last night’s True Detective. Don’t all contracts have signatures on them? Good episode though. It’s all finally coming together.
— My good friend and future Masters champion Kent Bulle tees off in the Kentucky Open tomorrow morning with former KSR writer Aaron Flener on the bag. I will be the third member of the team, serving as the hype man from outside the ropes. We expect a strong three days at Keene Trace in Lexington and an afterparty with the trophy Thursday night. Vamanos El Toro!
— Former UK football star Terry Samuels, now an Allstate agent in Louisville, will donate 200 backpacks full of school supplies to kids in the community. Samuels singlehandedly purchased the backpacks and essential school supplies to fill them. He said if it weren’t for people stepping up to provide for him when he was a child, he wouldn’t be where he is today.
The giveaway will be held at Samuels’ agency, 6501 Shepherdsville Road, Suite 119, this Saturday from August 1 from 9:00 am -1:00 pm. For more information or to offer donations in contribution of this event, you can contact Samuel or his staff at 502-805-1525.