Good morning, BBN! Happy Friday!
Let’s take a look at what’s going on today around Kentucky.
Starting this morning and going through the end of the weekend, 71 student-athletes at the University of Kentucky will be walking across the Rupp Arena stage and receiving their diplomas.
Here is the entire list of graduating student-athletes:
- Ryan Johnson – Baseball
- Grant Macciocchi – Baseball
- Alex Rodriguez – Baseball
- Ryan Shinn – Baseball
- Brad Calipari – Men’s Basketball
- Jonny David – Men’s Basketball
- Ogechi Anyagaligbo – Women’s Basketball
- Nae Nae Cole – Women’s Basketball
- LaShae Halsel – Women’s Basketball
- Taylor Murray – Women’s Basketball
- Maci Morris – Women’s Basketball
- Amanda Paschal – Women’s Basketball
- Mason Wolfe – Football
- Bryan Berezowitz – Football
- Brayden Berezowitz – Football
- Gunnar Hoak – Football
- Sihiem King – Football
- Tavin Richardson – Football
- Calvin Taylor Jr. – Football
- Logan Stenberg – Football
- DeQuin Evans – Football
- Avery Williamson – Football
- Lukas Euler – Men’s Golf
- Fadhli Soetarso – Men’s Golf
- Claire Carlin – Women’s Golf
- Katrina Coca – Gymnastics
- Danaea Davis – Gymnastics
- Sidney Dukes – Gymnastics
- Alex Hyland – Gymnastics
- Cori Rechenmacher – Gymnastics
- Aubree Rosa – Gymnastics
- Katie Stuart – Gymnastics
- Hanna Carr – Rifle
- Morgan Duerr – Rifle
- Carmen Fry – Rifle
- Cathryn Papasodora – Rifle
- Jason Spaude – Rifle
- Payton Atkins – Women’s Soccer
- Jordan Holt – Women’s Soccer
- Tanya Samarzich – Women’s Soccer
- Sam Stockton – Men’s Soccer
- Abbey Cheek – Softball
- Kelsee Henson – Softball
- Sarah Rainwater – Softball
- Katie Reed – Softball
- Jenny Schaper – Softball
- Bowen Anderson – Swimming & Diving
- Jarod Kehl – Swimming & Diving
- Sebastian Masterton – Swimming & Diving
- Michael Summe – Swimming & Diving
- Kayla Churman – Swimming & Diving
- Courtney Clark – Swimming & Diving
- Kailey Francetic – Swimming & Diving
- Paige Kelly – Swimming & Diving
- Haley McInerny – Swimming & Diving
- Alaina Potts – Swimming & Diving
- Meredith Whisenhunt – Swimming & Diving
- Justina Mikulskyte – Women’s Tennis
- Akvile Parazinskaite – Women’s Tennis
- Kelsey Dieters – Women’s Tennis
- Latavia Coombs – Track & Field
- Marie Josee Excel – Track & Field
- Kianna Gray – Track & Field
- Mohammed Abubakar – Track & Field
- Noah Castle – Track & Field
- Elijah Marta – Track & Field
- Kendall Muhammad – Track & Field
- William Walker – Track & Field
- Caleb Wilt – Track & Field
- Merideth Jewell – Volleyball
- Brooke Morgan – Volleyball
Tucked in that long list of names is former Kentucky linebacker and current New York Jet, Avery Williamson.
Yesterday morning, UK Football released a quick video highlighting Williamson’s return to school and the steps he took to earn his degree.
Take a look:
Drafted in the 2014 @NFLDraft ?? Four years with the @titans ?? Currently a LB with the @jets ?? Now a @universityofky GRADUATE! We are so proud of you, @AWilliamson54!#BBN #WeAreUK #SeeBlue pic.twitter.com/1XtXjW8VrA
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) May 2, 2019
While I’m not a student-athlete, I will also be graduating at 10:00 a.m. today at Rupp. Ready or not, here I come, world.
Hand-picked by UK President Eli Capilouto, KSR’s own Jay Winkler will also be one of the commencement speakers this weekend.
Once the dust settles at Rupp Arena, it will be kicked up once again at Churchill Downs this afternoon for the 145th running of the Kentucky Oaks.
At the time of this post, Bellafina is considered the heavy favorite at 2/1 odds, followed by Dunbar Road at 5/1, Champagne Anyone at 6/1, Restless Rider at 6/1, and Serengeti Empress at 8/1.
You can find all of the latest information you need on the fillies running below:
To get us into the spirit of Derby weekend, Drew penned a confession over on The Action Network early this morning where he confessed to being horrible at betting on horses.
“My name is Drew. I am a lifelong Kentuckian, living in the Horse Capital of the World. And I am bad at betting on horse racing,” he said. “Maybe one of the worst ever, honestly. I really, really suck at it.”
You can check out that entire piece here.
Other races will be going on all day, but the official gate time for the Oaks is set for 6:12 p.m. ET.
Kahlil Whitney signs
Kentucky wing commit Kahlil Whitney is finally set to sign on the dotted line.
After months of waiting, the 6-foot-7 five-star prospect will be signing his National Letter of Intent at his former school, John Milton Gregory Academy, in Chicago at 3:15 p.m. ET.
Whitney will join Tyrese Maxey, Keion Brooks Jr., Nate Sestina, and Dontaie Allen as official members of Kentucky basketball’s 2019 recruiting class.
We’ll be posting all the pictures and videos from the event we find after the ceremony.
KSR in an hour
Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond, and the entire KSR crew will be live in an hour for the radio show.
We’ll see you then.