We expected Kerry Blackshear Jr. to make some sort of announcement Sunday. That didn’t happen. Monday came and went. Now, there appears no end in sight to the Kerry Blackshear Jr. saga.
There are a few things to keep us occupied while we wait for Blackshear’s decision. The most pressing matters are on the Kentucky football recruiting front. This week’s Rivals Five-Star Challenge could turn into a UK party.
Yesterday three UK targets made news before any recruits even took the field at the prestigious prep football camp. Four-star Ohio defensive end Darrion Henry said he will announce his college decision this Saturday. Four-star defensive tackle Dallas Walker followed that news by abruptly announcing he will reveal his college decision today, choosing between UK, Auburn and Texas A&M. That came out just a few hours after four-star defensive back Enzo Jennings teased a “big announcement,” one that will likely determine his college football future. His high school teammate, UK commit Justin Rogers, lobbied for support from the Big Blue Nation.
— Justin Rogers (@AllAmerican52JR) June 25, 2019
If just one of the two incredibly talented targets roll the dice, it would show the nation’s top prospects that Kentucky is a real player on the recruiting front.
De’Aaron Fox Finishes Third for Most Improved Player
The former Wildcat point guard earned 77 votes, trailing only D’Angelo Russell and Pascal Siakim, for the Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award. In his second season, the Sacramento King increased his production from 11.6 points and 4.4 assists per game to an average of 17.3 points and 7.3 assists per contest. His efforts helped the Kings finish with their best record since 2005-06.
Another former UK point guard, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, tallied votes for Rookie of the Year. He finished fifth with seven third-place votes.
Kareem on AD
The NBA’s all-time leading scorer shared words with the MVP before last night’s NBA Awards and gave his take on the Lakers’ addition of Anthony Davis.
"I think Anthony will be a great acquisition for the Lakers."
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 25, 2019
Team USA Advances
A pair of penalty kicks by Megan Rapinoe pushed the USWNT into the World Cup quarterfinals. The matchup against Spain was too close for comfort, even after Rapinoe put the second PK in the back fo the net with 14 minutes left in the contest.
Even though it was close, the US still has not trailed in the World Cup since 2011. The next game is this Friday afternoon against France.
Chip McDaniel lands another PGA Event
The former UK golfer continues to ride a wild wave of momentum. After the Clay County native made the cut at the U.S. Open, he finished in the Top 50 at the Traveler’s Championship. This weekend he’ll play in the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club as a sponsor’s exemption. He’ll return to Lexington for the Barbasol Championship next month.
KSR is taking your calls
Matt Jones had a busy first day back on Kentucky Sports Radio. After going through three weeks of topics, he’s ready to take your calls for two hours on KSR. Get that rotary ready to roll.