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Barleycorn’s Wednesday Top 10: New Car Edition

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1. Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox and P.J. Washington named finalists for Calipari’s U19 World Cup team.

In the least surprising news of the week, all three of Calipari’s current players and all of his current recruiting targets made the cut when the USA U19 team field was trimmed to 18 on Tuesday.

Here’s the full list of finalists:

Bol Bol
Jordan Brown
Hamidou Diallo
Carsen Edwards
Kevin Huerter
Louis King
Kevin Knox
Romeo Langford
Brandon McCoy
Chuma Okeke
Josh Okogie
Payton Pritchard
Immanuel Quickley
Cameron Reddish
Mitchell Robinson
Quinton Rose
PJ Washington
Austin Wiley

“I think we’ve got a good group of finalists,” Coach Cal said in a news release. “We’re pretty long and athletic. It looks like we’re going to be somewhat positionless and we’re going to have some 6-8 guys that can play point guard, bring it up and make plays.

“We’re young, there is a group of six rising (high school) seniors that now, in this setting, it’s a little different. Now you’ve got some cagey veterans that have gone through a college season and played, some of them started for their teams or were significant players, and you’re a high school rising senior playing against that kid, now you see where you are as a player.”

“I told some kids in our meeting (after naming the finalists) that if you want make this team you’re going to have rebound, and show us you’re going to rebound; if you’re going to make this you’re going to have pass the ball, you can’t be trying to shoot every ball. You’re responsible for you.  I went around the room, not every guy, but I wanted to let them know I’m going to keep it real. I’m going to be real about what we have to do. The reason is we don’t have time, we have three practices and then we’ve got to make another cut and get it to 12.”

2. The fun continues today in Colorado Springs.

Now that Calipari has his finalists, the work will continue at U19 training camp out in Colorado. And if things continue as they’ve been going, we’ll continue to hear nothing but good things about Diallo, Knox and Washington, as well as some of the high school guys.

Plenty more U19 talk to come.

3. Kentucky got a big football commitment last night.

The Cats stole one from the Cards as three-star Florida wide receiver Akeem Hayes flipped his commitment to the good side. Hayes originally pledged his commitment to Louisville back in April, but after talking it over with his family, he decided Lexington is the place for his college football career.

Suck it, Petrino.

4. Blue will get in at the NBA draft.

Kentucky leads the way with three invites to the NBA draft room:

Bam Adebayo, Kentucky
Jarrett Allen, Texas
OG Anunoby, Indiana
Lonzo Ball, UCLA
John Collins, Wake Forest
Zach Collins, Gonzaga
De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
Markelle Fultz, Washington
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
Josh Jackson, Kansas
Justin Jackson, North Carolina
Luke Kennard, Duke
T.J. Leaf, UCLA
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville
Malik Monk, Kentucky
Frank Ntilikina, France
Justin Patton, Creighton
Dennis Smith, N.C. State
Jayson Tatum, Duke

Consider me surprised by Bam Adebayo’s invite. I hope it doesn’t turn into one of those awkward, lonely moments in the green room

5. It looks like former KSR writer Hayley Minogue is enjoying her reporting gig down in Florida.

Your cubicle is always open here at KSR if the tropical storms get too intense down there, Hayley.

6. Longtime UK equipment manager given a brand new car.

Tom “TK” Kalinowski has worked within the UK football program for over 40 years and this week the K Club (with help from Paul Miller Ford) surprised him with a brand new Ford Escape for his hard work and commitment to the Wildcats.

I hope to get a new computer and long-term benefits when I hit the 40-year mark with KSR here in about three decades.

7. I need some advice on traveling to Ireland (and England and Scotland).

Friends, I’ll be landing in lovely Dublin, Ireland in a little over three weeks with a couple of days to kill before traveling over to Manchester for the Open. I am just now beginning to plan the Ireland leg of the trip, so, please, if you have any, send me your recommendations for places to visit, places to stay, things to do and things to know. Any rental car/Ryanair and other advice will also be greatly appreciated. Really anything you would like to share will be very kind and helpful. I’ll also listen to advice on Manchester/Liverpool (most of my trip will be spent there) and Scotland (couple days there before traveling home). E-mail me: [email protected] Thanks in advance. You’re the best.

8. Tristan Pompey to compete in College Home Run Derby.

UK outfielder Tristan Pompey has been selected to the roster for the eighth annual College Home Run Derby at the College World Series in Omaha. The Derby is set for Saturday, July 1 and will air live on ESPN2 at 9 p. ET. Pompey will be going up against five other power hitters from college baseball; the full list will be announced at a later date.

9. Get signed up for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass golf scramble!

Golfers, there is still room to get in the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Golf Fore Kids’ Sake at Keene Run Golf Course on July 24, 2017 at 1 p.m. The golf scramble is open to anyone and everyone interested in participating, and all proceeds are invested in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass’ mentoring programs. Prizes will go to the top three teams along with other giveaways and fun activities throughout the day. Plus this year they will have a list of VIPs and celebrities that teams can privately bid on to gain as a fifth player on their team. Everything will wrap up with an awards presentation and dinner catered by Johnny Carino’s.

Click here to sign up.

10. The KSR Summer Tour is in Louisville today.

The KSR caravan will make its way into Louisville today for another stop on the summer tour. Matt, Ryan and the gang are at Academy Sports + Outdoors (Outer Loop location) for two hours of exciting KSR radio. Get in there.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 Comments for Barleycorn’s Wednesday Top 10: New Car Edition

  1. cjruk1
    9:26 am June 21, 2017 Permalink

    *Ford Escape

  2. BBNDan7
    9:32 am June 21, 2017 Permalink

    Has Calipari trademarked “we’re young” yet. Even saying it in U19 teams lol

    • Blue Jesus
      9:38 am June 21, 2017 Permalink

      Haha I laughed when I saw that quip too–I guess there are some “old” U19 teams out there?

  3. Catlogic15
    10:00 am June 21, 2017 Permalink

    Regarding #7: I didn’t think you could be that nice!

  4. Sentient Third Eye
    10:29 am June 21, 2017 Permalink

    If you’ve never been to Ireland before, Dublin is a cool, but now -overpowering town. Go to the Brazen Head, the oldest pub in Dublin (something like 900 years old). I’m not really a city guy, though, so I have to point out that the coolest things in Ireland are outside the only major city. Dublin is the wrong side of the country for the Cliffs of Moher or the Burren, my favorite parts of the country, but in Dublin you will be close enough to drive to Newgrange (sort of an underground Irish version of Stonehenge). Do get out and drive Ireland and don’t stay cooped up in Dublin the whole time! Driving on the left is fun, but a bit challenging at first. It’s a memorable experience all in itself!

  5. CATSfaninColorado
    10:57 am June 21, 2017 Permalink

    Dublin is great. If you want to hang with Americans and hear American music and do the tourist thing go to temple bar. It’s a street filled with pubs and overpriced drinks. You won’t find a single Irish person there except for the workers. I would personally stay out of that part of town. Maybe a walk through late at night to see all the drunkards puking on themselves. I would recommend taking the train out to the fishing village of Howth. It is only about 30-minute train ride and they have some great fish and chips out that way. Also keep your eye out for Larry, the local drunk who plays guitar and sings songs with his pals. Trinity College is beautiful and right in the heart of town. Find a pub away from Temple Bar and drink some local whiskey and have a few pints. We did the Guinness and Jameson tours but they were kind of lame. More fun just to drink it. Have fun and make sure not to give the locals any lip, they can be a bit testy with out of towners.

  6. Underdog
    11:07 am June 21, 2017 Permalink

    I’m not surprised by Bam’s invite.

    He’s the hardest worker on the team. He can shoot. He can pretty much do it all, and has a NBA-ready body. Great talent now, with great potential. He’s humble, and a good personality to have on the team.

    All the talk about him not being a high pick never has made sense to me. He was a big time player in college who can step in and contribute immediately in the NBA.

    • Angelo
      11:39 am June 21, 2017 Permalink

      Poor Bam… Low basketball IQ, bad hands, gets his shots blocked a lot. NBA bigs will hammer him… Unless he becomes a three point bomber. That is his only hope.

  7. kjlann83
    4:02 pm June 21, 2017 Permalink

    I just returned from an 8 day trip to Ireland. My advice, get out of Dublin to the countryside for most of your time in Ireland. I spent way too much time in Dublin; the countryside is where it’s at in Ireland, and is arguably the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.

    My favorite areas are the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, and Lahinch on the west coast (opposite Dublin). So, you may not have time to get there (it’s roughly a 3-4 hour drive. Galway is also awesome (again, west coast), but is only a 2 hour train ride from Heuston Station in Dublin.

    While in Dublin, the Guinness tour is decent; but it’s just like any other tour. The best part is drinking a free pint (with your admission) in the 7th floor bar. It’s 360 degree glass wall views of Dublin, and it’s like a party. Also, I recommend the Hop on Hop Off Tour of Dublin; it’s a great way to see the city and you can get on and off all day as you wish. My favorite area was Medievel Dublin and Trinity College. Temple Bar is cool, but for tourists and very expensive. Any number of local pubs I went to (outside of Temple Bar) were filled with locals and some of the nicest people on the planet. They will be your best friend within a five minute chat. Check out Padraeg Pearse Pub, The Dingle Whiskey Bar, Ferryman O’Briens, The Brazen Head, and O’Sheas Merchant.

    My AirBNB experience in Dublin was so-so (dicey area and not so nice pad) and hotels are VERY expensive. Perhaps a hostel unless you are willing to shell out some dough for a nicer AirBNB. Of any hotel, would recommend the Castle Hotel.

    Renting a car is up to you, but I got around easily using cabs, buses, and trains.