It’s baseball season and spring football season, so why not a picture of Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops throwing out a first pitch to get us started here with news and views? Let’s be honest, a lot of this right now is trying to keep our minds off of the last week regarding men’s basketball, so let’s just smile with Stoops.
Onto Friday’s news and views….
Have We Found the Next Uncle Julius?
While there have been plenty of talk from the national media about the one-and-done’s coming to Lexington being freshmen, there was one time we had a graduate transfer join Big Blue Nation in the form of Julius Mays. Well, Charlotte’s Mike Thorne Jr., is a graduate transfer that has Kentucky on his shortlist of schools. He’s 6’11”, 270 pounds that averaged 10 points and seven rebounds for the 49ers this past season. He’s also considering Pittsburgh, Kansas and Illinois. Come be Uncle Mike, whaddaya say?
J.B. Holmes had the Shot of the Day at the Masters
Every kid who plays golf dreams of hitting a shot at Augusta National Golf Course that will be played for years. Kentucky’s own J.B. Holmes did that with his last shot of the event today. Seriously, check this chip out. Unfortunately, Holmes missed the cut by one stroke, which is pretty disappointing for how well he’s been playing lately, including winning the Houston Shell Open last weekend.
Skal Could be the Next Player We Love
Each year we have a player that we all fall in love with because of their personality or backstory. This year it very well could be Skal Labissiere, who hails from Haiti originally. Yahoo’s Marc Spears tells a story of how Labissiere was trapped under the rubble caused by an earthquake in his own home, the same earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people. This kid is going to be special, folks.
We’re onto Recruiting Season
While many fanbases don’t look forward to the offseason, or even really pay attention, we know it’s different here at Kentucky. Well, for the class of 2016, Kentucky made the final four for Jayson Tatum, a 6’8″, 190 pound small forward. He is listed as the best small forward in the class and the N0. 3 overall player according to 247Sports. The other three schools are Duke, North Carolina and his hometown St. Louis.
Nike Hoop Summit Game Takes Place Tomorrow
Speaking of recruiting season, the Nike Hoop Summit Game will take place tomorrow in Portland. Make sure to check out Isaiah Briscoe, Skal Labissiere, Tai Wynyard, Thon Maker, Malik Newman and Brandon Ingram play tomorrow at 3 p.m. This game is up there with the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand, but will feature more international stars.
RIP Lauren Hill
Lastly, we all want to send our condolences to the Hill family and anyone associated with Lauren Hill, who died this morning battling brain cancer. The 19-year old Mount St. Joseph’s student made national headlines when she played in a game at Xavier University this year to live out her dream of playing college basketball. She raised over 2 million dollars for cancer research and showed incredible courage during her fight. The next time you are around a court, shoot a layup in her honor. Cancer truly sucks.
We’ll be back at 10 a.m. tomorrow.