It was a busy weekend with NFL Draft and Kentucky Derby fun, and maybe a little gardening if you had enough time. Exhausted and a little behind on the news, perhaps? It’s OK. There was a lot happening and the news wire should stay hot today, so let’s get to what you missed and what’s ahead as we push forward into May.
How about a 10 Things to Know for your Monday morning read on KSR…
1. “The Biggest Weekend in the History of UK Football”
This past weekend Kentucky Football saw six of its former players drafted in the NFL Draft, headlined by Jamin Davis to the Washington Football Team at No. 19 overall, earning him around $13,794,176 with a $7,392,128 signing bonus. A three-star recruit and projected backup UK linebacker this time last year, Davis is Mark Stoops’ new Josh Allen story for the recruiting pamphlet.
Also big for the program’s recruiting spiel, only seven other universities had more draft picks than Kentucky: Alabama (10), Ohio State (10), Georgia (9), Notre Dame (9), Florida (8), Michigan (8) and LSU (7). Kentucky saw more players drafted than places like Clemson, Oklahoma, Texas, Miami, Auburn and Texas A&M, among many others. Tennessee and Louisville too, obviously.
Congrats to these former Cats on living their dreams:
Round 1, No. 19 — Jamin Davis, Washington Football Team
Round 2, No. 12 (44) — Kelvin Joseph, Dallas Cowboys
Round 6, No. 8 (192) — Quinton Bohanna, Dallas Cowboys
Round 6, No. 16 (200) — Brandin Echols, New York Jets
Round 6, No. 22 (206) — Landon Young, New Orleans Saints
Round 7, No. 4 (232) — Phil Hoskins, Carolina Panthers
Additionally, three Wildcats signed UDFA contracts: Drake Jackson, Detroit Lions; Boogie Watson, Pittsburgh Steelers; and AJ Rose, Minnesota Vikings.
Max Duffy is still waiting.
2. The Kentucky Derby drew big TV ratings.
On Sunday NBC Sports tweeted, “Preliminary figures indicate that NBC’s broadcast of yesterday’s Kentucky Derby will average nearly 15 million viewers — topping all awards shows for the first time ever and marking NBC’s most-watched show since NFL Divisional Playoff in January.”
The numbers will be made official tomorrow.
Congratulations to everyone who made money on the Derby. I did not. I did the opposite.
3. Matthew Mitchell wrote a letter to Big Blue Nation.
Matthew Mitchell emerged from retirement to share a thank you letter he called, “A Big Blue Thank You!”. Published in the Herald-Leader newspaper and on UKAthletics.com, Mitchell thanked everyone who made his career possible, many by name, and promised to stay active in the community.
4. Will Wade out-recruited* John Calipari for transfer Adam Miller.
While you were watching the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, former Illinois guard Adam Miller picked LSU over Kentucky for his next destination in college basketball. A four-star recruit in the 2020 class and two-time Illinois H.S. Player of the Year, Miller started all 31 games for the Big Ten tournament champion Fighting Illini, but entered the portal soon after the season ended in disappointing fashion.
With a need for guards in Lexington, plus the rumored additions of up to two Illinois assistants to UK’s staff, Kentucky became a heavy contender for Miller’s next university. LSU, however, also presented strong ass opportunities, and Miller ultimately decided on Wade’s Tigers this past weekend.
Calipari’s pool of backcourt options is shrinking.
(*he probably paid a lot)
5. Coach O Watch
It has been a week since the University of Kentucky posted two new job openings for assistant basketball coaches under John Calipari. The deadline to apply for those jobs is today, so we should get an official announcement very soon on the new hire. One of the two spots is expected to be filled by Orlando Antigua, the former NCAA champion on Kentucky’s staff in 2012. A name in consideration for the other seat is Chin Coleman, currently an assistant with Antigua on Brad Underwood’s staff at Illinois.
7. Immanuel Quickley is making 3-pointers from the logo now.
The Knicks won again, this time at Houston against the Wall-less Rockets on Sunday. Julius Randle got his 31 while also leading the team in rebounds (7) and assists (6). Immanuel Quickley hit three 3-pointers off the bench, including this one from way outside:
QUICK FROM THE LOGO pic.twitter.com/GR1Zt5DHkf
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) May 3, 2021
Unfortunately, Nerlens Noel sprained an ankle early in the game and did not return. The injury occurred when he collided with Kelly Olynyk when Olynyk was flopping. Hopefully he’s not out too long.
Other Sunday NBA notes:
— A couple of formers Cats were the leading scorers in the Miami-Charlotte game as Bam Adebayo scored 20 for the Heat and PJ Washington dropped 21 for the Hornets in a Miami victory.
— Devin Booker scored 32 in a Suns win in OKC. Phoenix is now tied with Utah for first place in the West.
— The Lakers lost at home to Toronto. Davis scored only 12 points on 16 field goal attempts.
8. Two NBA games to watch tonight:
Monday’s NBA on ESPN doubleheader features four teams with at least one former Wildcat on each roster.
First is Mychal Mulder’s Golden State Warriors versus the New Orleans Pelicans with both Eric Bledsoe and Wenyen Gabriel representing Big Blue Nation. Most viewers will tune in for Steph Curry and Zion Williamson though.
Then in the second nationally-televised game, Anthony Davis’ Lakers host Jamal Murray’s Denver Nuggets in the Staples Center, although Murray is out indefinitely with a torn ACL. Even with Murray out, Denver has expanded its lead on the Lakers in the standings. The Nuggets are now the third-place team in the West; the Lakers are sixth, having lost six of the last seven games.
Golden State @ New Orleans, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Denver @ Los Angeles, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
9. The final matchup of the Kids’ Logo Contest will open for voting today.
Check back later this morning as we reveal the Top 2 and put the final pairing up to vote for the final grand prize.
10. Kentucky eliminated from American Idol.
Alyssa Wray’s American Idol dream ended Sunday night when she was sent home as the contest trimmed its group of stars from eight to seven. It was a great run for the Perryville, Kentucky native, and only the beginning of her career.
I wish we could throw a challenge flag on her elimination after this performance: