I have to get on the road to Louisville for today’s show, so let’s do this…
1. It’s Master’s time!!!!
Take a moment to watch the opening ceremony, the first without Arnold Palmer:
2017 Honorary Starters Ceremony https://t.co/Fb8hJq7CNN
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 6, 2017
2. Bam Adebayo left open the option to return.
As expected, Bam Adebayo announced his plans to enter the NBA draft yesterday; HOWEVER, he will not hire an agent, leaving the option of returning to school for a sophomore season. He has until May 24 to pull out of the draft, should he decide to do so after the combine.
“I feel I’m making the right step in declaring for the draft, but I want to be absolutely sure that I’m making the right decision for me and my mom,” he said in a statement through UK. “I’m looking forward to the process and I appreciate the support of the coaches, my teammates and the fans. No matter what happens, it’s been an unbelievable ride.”
I’m of the belief Adebayo is still long gone, but those holding out hope for another year are ecstatic by the news.
3. Listen to Malik Monk’s interview on KSR:
Monk isn’t the chattiest player we’ve ever had on the show, but we do appreciate him stopping by the studio to talk to us about his time at UK.
You can listen in the second hour below:
4. Harvard coming to Rupp Arena next season.
According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein, Kentucky will play host to Harvard in Rupp Arena during the 2017-18 college basketball season. The Crimson should be a pretty good Ivy League team next season as Tommy Amaker is all set to return four of his five top scorers from this year’s team that went 18-10.
If the report is true, it will be the first ever meeting between the two programs.
5. Consider me stunned by the Orlando Antigua to Illinois news.
I thought for sure we would see Coach O back in Lexington in his old seat on the UK bench. The news of him going to Illinois tells me every assistant coach will be back for another year because I think he would’ve waited it out for an opening if there were any chance one would come available. Maybe he’ll be a one-and-done with Illinois and then come back.
6. Today marks the beginning of April recruiting period.
Beginning today at noon, NCAA basketball coaches can hit the road to recruit players or bring players to them as part of the April recruiting or “contact” period. John Calipari is all set to visit Jemarl Baker on Friday and he’ll keep fighting the good fight for Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox, too. It should be a busy two weeks until the calendar shifts to the “quiet” and “evaluation” periods, which is all very complicated in what can and can’t be done. We’ll save that conversation for another time. Just know Cal can go out and recruit today at noon.
7. Devin Booker got up close with an official last night.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 6, 2017
Booker and Tyler Ulis went for 21 and 20 against the Golden State Warriors. (Steph Curry outscored them by himself, but still.)
8. A Kentucky fan wrote an apology letter to John Higgins.
The letter, submitted to the Omaha World-Herald, reads:
On behalf of the good people of Kentucky, I would like to apologize to Omaha referee John Higgins and the employees of his company for the appalling actions of a few University of Kentucky basketball fans following the loss to North Carolina (“After madness, Omaha ref says he’s lost ‘a little faith in people,’â€…” April 5 World-Herald).
Unfortunately, a small percentage of UK fans persist in acting like idiots during March Madness, burning couches and setting cars on fire in the UK neighborhoods following major hoops victories (or losses). This has been going on for years – you can watch the disturbing videos on YouTube. But death threats to a referee are a new low for UK basketball fans… Read more
Thank you, David Cooper from Lexington.
Gotta run if I’m going to make this radio show. Tune in at 10 am!