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NFL Draft wrap-up, Nolan Hickman decommits, whats next for UK + Emoni Bates

It’s Monday, it’s May and it’s time for an all new Aaron Torres Podcast! Aaron recaps the NFL Draft, then transitions to a busy weekend of college basketball where a de-commitment at Kentucky left them with no point guard, Emoni Bates has bailed on Michigan State and Steve Kerr had some interesting comments about the present and future of basketball. Here’s a full rundown:

NFL Draft recap: After discussing Round 1 of the draft on Friday’s episode, Aaron opens the show by recapping the final few days of the draft. He discusses the teams that he believed were the big winners (2:20) and also the organizations who most improved their rosters this weekend.

Nolan Hickman and Emoni Bates decommit: From there Aaron transitions to college hoops where two huge de-commitments shook up the college hoops scene this weekend. The first came at Kentucky, where UK commit Nolan Hickman has decided to re-open his commitment to the school (16:30). What happened and with one month left until players report to campus and no point guards on their roster, is it officially time for Kentucky fans to panic? Aaron also discusses the decision of high school star Emoni Bates to decommit from Michigan State (29:10). He explains why it’s not as big of a deal as you think – and also, why it finally be time to drop the label of “best high school player since LeBron” for Bates.

Finally, Aaron breaks down a fascinating quote from Steve Kerr about the present and future of basketball (43:00) and why it’s not a good sign for the college game or pros.

Article written by Aaron Torres

Aaron Torres is covering football and basketball for KSR this season after four years at Fox Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_Torres, Facebook or e-mail at [email protected] He is also the author of the only book written on the Calipari era, “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats.”

1 Comment for NFL Draft wrap-up, Nolan Hickman decommits, whats next for UK + Emoni Bates



  1. dave1964
    1:28 pm May 3, 2021 Permalink

    Once again Cal’s #1,2 options fall flat, again have to dumpster dive for 3rd or 4th option.