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Today on KSR: More Roster Moves?

(Photo: USA Today Sports)

(Photo: USA Today Sports)

Wednesday morning the Big Blue Nation learned two Wildcats would not remain in Lexington for another year. As expected, Keldon Johnson announced he would keep his name in the NBA Draft. The small forward explained the move on Kentucky Sports Radio.

“I got the feedback from the NBA scouts and it was what I wanted,” Johnson said. “They said that I have a really good chance of going in the lottery.”

Most fans probably had a feeling Johnson would make the jump to the NBA. Few expected Jemarl Baker to depart. The redshirt freshman announced he will transfer after two seasons in Lexington.

“After talking with Coach Cal, the staff and my family, I feel it’s in my best interest to continue my academic and basketball career elsewhere,” Baker said in a release. “I’ve made life-long relationships with my brothers and the staff at Kentucky and have improved so much as a player. I’m thankful for the opportunities it’s given me to be a part of this historic program.”

Baker only averaged 2.3 points in 9.1 minutes per game in 2019, but he really hit his stride in the final month of the season. Baker saved his best games for the postseason, playing a career-high 24 minutes in the first round and scoring a career-high eight points in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Without Baker, Kentucky probably does not get past Wofford.

Following Baker’s departure, the Cats’ eight-man 2017 recruiting class is now down to just one, Nick Richards. As one Wildcat enters the transfer portal, fans set their sights on who could potentially come to Kentucky from the mysterious portal.

Will Calipari add a replacement?

Virginia Tech’s Kerry Blackshear Jr. is the top grad transfer on the market. Calipari is looking to add depth in the post, but will he try to find an immediate replacement for Baker? Texas A&M’s Armond Gilder and Little Rock’s Rayjon Tucker have been the subject of speculation. They could be nice additions, but Cal already has three guards and three wings on board for next season. Adding another piece to the puzzle isn’t necessary and could rub some the wrong way. We’ll find out in the coming days if Calipari still believes he needs another player in the backcourt.

John Young sets Decision Date

The four-star offensive tackle from Christian Academy of Louisville revealed he will announce his commitment Monday, April 29. Young is down to six schools: Georgia, Louisville, Purdue, Michigan, Ohio State and Kentucky. In an interview with KSR’s Jack Pilgrim, Young said he’s been impressed with UK’s growth since they started recruiting him.

“I’m going on my third year of being recruited by Kentucky, they offered me as a freshman, so I’ve really gotten to see the development there. They develop players and turn them into high-caliber draft picks like they did with Josh Allen and Benny Snell. Those guys weren’t super highly recruited guys out of high school, Josh wasn’t really recruited at all, but they turned those guys into very high caliber guys who are going to make millions of dollars playing football. Just the way they’ve developed players is the most impressive thing for me.”

Keeneland? Snell Yeah

Benny and the Jets are taking their talents to the racetrack. The thoroughbred that bears Benny Snell’s namesake is making his debut this afternoon in a 4 1/2 furlong race for maidens. “Snell Yeah” has 15-1 odds in race 2, which is set for a 1:39 p.m. post.

UK Baseball Hosts Tennessee

The Bat Cats open a three-game series tonight against the Volunteers. First pitch at Kentucky Proud Park is set for 6:30 and can be seen on SEC Network+.

Stop it, Zion

We’re not supposed to like Duke basketball players, but he’s making it awfully difficult. Gender reveals are typically cheesy, cliched events. That’s not the case when you add a dunk from Zion. I guess we don’t have to hate him as soon as he finds a new pro team?

Three Game 3s

The first round of the NBA Playoffs continues tonight. All three series are currently tied at 1-1. Who will break free to take a significant series lead?

  • 8:00: 76ers at Brooklyn Nets on TNT
  • 9:00: Nuggets at Spurs on NBATV
  • 10:30: Warriors at Clippers on TNT

An Incredible Schedule Announcement

The annual NFL schedule announcement receives more hype than it deserves. This video from the Carolina Panthers has earned every piece of praise it gets. Let the classic video game nostalgia sweep over you.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

16 Comments for Today on KSR: More Roster Moves?

  1. UKinIN
    9:16 am April 18, 2019 Permalink

    The Panther’s schedule announcement was good but wow that’s a lot of loud synthotech to listen to in one sitting.

  2. StillBP
    9:22 am April 18, 2019 Permalink

    Gender reveals are lame, even those with Zion. Not sure why you’re drooling over it, but to each their own!

    • Realme
      9:37 am April 18, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed. So unnecessary. Right up there with promposals.

    • ClutchCargo
      9:39 am April 18, 2019 Permalink

      I tend to agree that gender reveals are lame. But I could be convinced otherwise:

    • 4everUKblue
      9:40 am April 18, 2019 Permalink

      Why are we supposed to like dUKe players? I don’t like even one of them and never will!

    • StillBP
      9:52 am April 18, 2019 Permalink

      sorry Clutch but still lame! People try to get so creative. Remember the people who started a forest fire shooting something for their reveal? Terrible repercussions of an over-hyped event!

    • StillBP
      9:55 am April 18, 2019 Permalink

      Oh and I’m with you on that 4ever!

    • ClutchCargo
      9:56 am April 18, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, you’re right, BP. But the shooting and explosions would distract me from the lameness of the event. lol

    • ClutchCargo
      9:58 am April 18, 2019 Permalink

      And you’re supposed to keep that stuff away from flammable materials, but common sense isn’t all that common.

    • StillBP
      10:17 am April 18, 2019 Permalink

      “common sense isn’t all that common”…truer words were never spoken!

    • syrin23
      12:55 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

      I thought genders were a “construct”. Isn’t that what the Marxist indoctrinaters masquerading as professors are “teaching” minds incapable of critical thinking on campuses all over the country right now?

    • notFromhere
      7:37 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

      Syrin for the buzzer-beating slam dunk!

      “It’s just a mass of tissue that happens to have a heartbeat…. unless it is an endangered minnow in california, in which case it is “life that must be protected” at all costs..” -sincerely stupid

  3. jimmer
    10:50 am April 18, 2019 Permalink

    So you all are posting Duke gender reveal events now? The apocalypse is surely nigh!

  4. KYJelly
    11:37 am April 18, 2019 Permalink

    Posting things Zion does is the same as the commentators talking about him during our games … I bet you didn’t appreciate that

    • Iamheasyouarehe
      12:53 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

      I could give a sh!t less what Zion or any other dUKe player does or has ever done!

  5. notFromhere
    7:40 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

    I’m not a Zionist. Ceased caring about him once he signed with them. If he doesnt know the trash that played there before him, coached by that hateful trash of a coach that supports and encourages cheaters, it tells me all I need to know about him