Good morning, Wildcats! We did it – it’s finally Friday! Here’s to a smooth ending to your week. Let’s get it started on the right foot with some UK updates.
Jordan Brand Classic
The 18th-annual Jordan Brand Classic officially begins today in Las Vegas, Nevada. KSR’s own Jack Pilgrim is in Sin City to cover a weekend full of high school hoops, so be sure to check back right here – KentuckySportsRadio-dot-com – throughout the weekend for all of the latest insider info. But for now, here’s what you need to know:
While the activities start today, the actual game is set to tip-off Saturday at 8 p.m. inside the T-Mobile Arena. There will be a couple of future Cats in action: Tyrese Maxey, Keion Brooks Jr. and Kahlil Whitney each made the cut. Additionally, five-star forward and Kentucky target Jaden McDaniels will hit the court. McDaniels’ crystal ball currently has his hometown team, the Washington Huskies, as the heavy favorite, but he’s still one to keep an eye on during the game.
Speaking of Keion Brooks… He made things official for the Wildcats yesterday. The five-star forward has signed his letter of intent, and he wasn’t the only one. Bucknell graduate transfer Nate Sestina also signed his name on the dotted line. Kahlil Whitney has not done so at this time, but he has his reasons. The Chicago native currently attends a basketball prep school in New Jersey, but he wants to wait and return home for his signing on May 3 so his friends, family and children in the community can witness his signing day.
“My ultimate goal by doing that is to give them something inspiring to witness, hopefully,” he told Mass Live.
Because he hasn’t officially signed, UK Athletics will not be able to post any updates about his performance, so don’t be concerned if you notice his exclusion from the UK Basketball Twitter account.
Could spending a weekend with Maxey, Brooks and Whitney help convince McDaniels to make Lexington his home next year? Fingers crossed…
Matthew Hurt commitment day
He’s one of the only undeclared five-star recruits left in next year’s class, and he’s making his decision today. He’ll choose between Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina, but, BBN, don’t hold your breath – all signs to point the Blue Devils for this one.
Hurt will officially make his announcement at 4:15.
Happy Good Friday
If you’re celebrating Good Friday today – or if you just really like good deals on delicious seafood – remember to check out KSBar & Grille tonight. The restaurant will offer $5 off all of their best seafood dishes: the catfish dinner, the shrimp and grits dinner and the buffalo shrimp and fries meal.
Speaking of KSBar… we’ve added some cool new memorabilia to our walls: a piece of Rupp Arena’s floor! Ravi Moss and Reid Travis were the first two former players to add their names. Who will be next?
After a tough 2-4 loss to Tennessee last night, the Bat Cats will be back in action this evening for round two. First pitch is set for 6:30 Friday night inside Kentucky Proud Park, and it’s “beach town giveaway” night. What else could you possibly want?
What? A beach towel isn’t enough to convince you to brave the potential rain? The game can also be viewed on SEC Network+, and we’ll have a full recap posted after the conclusion of the game.
NBA Finals roll on
College basketball may be over for the season (*cries*), but professional basketball is still in full swing. Here’s a look at tonight’s matchups:
No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 7 Orlando Magic
The series is currently tied at 1-1. They’ll play in Orlando tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
No. 4 Boston Celtics vs. No. 5 Indiana Pacers
Boston leads the series 2-0. Will tonight be the night for the Pacers? They’re set to tip-off at home at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.
No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers vs. No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder
The series belongs to Portland right now, as the Blazers hold a 2-0 lead. But the Thunder get a chance at home tonight – they’ll play at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.
After a historic comeback in Game 2, the Clippers weren’t as successful this time around against the Warriors. Golden State took Game 3 Thursday night 132-105. Coach John Calipari was in attendance to cheer on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and, apparently, Keldon Johnson watched the action from the front row (although his hair looks a little different in Coach Cal’s picture!).
At the @LAClippers–@warriors game watching @shaiglalex. Hurting for @boogiecousins that he can’t be out there competing but know he’s fighting to come back. Guess who is sitting front row: Keldon Johnson!!! pic.twitter.com/thGwar0yrE
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) April 19, 2019
As per usual, Johnson posted about it on, what else, his Instagram story.
KSR in an hour
Matt seems pretty excited about today’s show… Trust me, he’s got a good idea up his sleeve, and you’ll want to hear all of the details. Tune in for a fun Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio from 10-noon. It’s going to be a good one!
I cannot wait for tomorrow’s Radio Show
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) April 19, 2019