The NBA Draft withdrawal deadline is almost here. Prospects have until midnight tonight to remove their name from the draft pool, or stay and start their professional basketball careers.
The first UK domino fell yesterday. Nick Richards announced on Instagram he will return for a third year at the University of Kentucky.
“These past two years have been the best of my life. It’s been an incredible experience,” Richards said. “I’ve learned a lot, but the job’s not done yet. BBN, are you ready for year three?”
Richards’ return gives UK two bigs next fall. Today will determine if John Calipari can get two more posts or leave him empty-handed. Most of the attention will be on E.J. Montgomery, and rightfully so. The ninth-ranked player in the 2018 recruiting class, the former McDonald’s All-American only scratched the surface as a true freshman. If he returns, he could be the best player on the roster in 2019-20. So could Kerry Blackshear Jr.
Virginia Tech’s All-ACC forward has kept quiet since he announced his intentions to leave Blacksburg following Buzz Williams’ departure. He could complete his college eligibility at a place like UK, or get paid right away.
The next 15 hours will be a tense time around the Bluegrass. Ultimately, it will be rewarding to receive some roster clarity by day’s end.
Who is Returning to School and Going to the Draft?
It’s so hard to keep up with every decision, but this should help.
- Returns: Miss. State’s Reggie Perry
- NBA Draft: Tennessee’s Jordan Bone
- Returns: LSU’s Emmitt Williams
- Returns: UofL’s Steven Enoch
- Undecided: UofL’s Jordan Nwora
- Shoulder Shrug: Georgia’s Nic Claxton
- Returns: South Carolina’s A.J. Lawson
Derek Dietrich is a God Amongst Men
I never thought I’d say this, but I wish I could have used the headline on this post for the Reds. Rarely one to embrace baseball, Derek Dietrich has transformed me into the Big Red Machine’s No. 1 fan.
Once “just another utility player,” over the last two games the lefty has become the thorn in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ side. On Monday, Pirate fans wanted to plunk him for trotting too slowly around the bases after a homer. Instead of plunking him, Tuesday night he went yard not once, not even twice. Dietrich hit three home runs, culminating with a Michael Jordan shoulder shrug as he rounded first.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 29, 2019
DIETRICH HIT EM WITH THE MJ SHRUG! pic.twitter.com/2ndgYJ6zdk
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 29, 2019
Derek Dietrich is making baseball fun again. Never stop.
Marvin Lewis has a New Job
After spending a millennia as the Bengals’ head football coach, Lewis finally had to update his resume this spring. His next stop is in the college ranks. Herm Edwards has hired Lewis to be a “special advisor” on his staff at Arizona State.
Worst First Pitch Ever?
Just imagine how poorly this would have gone if it didn’t hit the cameraman.
This has to be the WORST 1st pitch ever. Before the Royals game in Chicago tonight. pic.twitter.com/WIgL6xwZXU
— Rod Smith (@RodKRCG13) May 29, 2019
Track and Field Award-Winners
For years the UK women’s track and field team stole the show. Now a couple of men are making a name for themselves. Daniel Roberts was named SEC Outdoor Runner of the Year, while Tai Brown took home Co-SEC Freshman Runner of the Year honors.
SEC Spring Meetings Continue
Greg Sankey touched on a variety of topics on Tuesday, from officiating to alcohol. I’ll give you the rundown of all the important talking points and more later this afternoon.
One More KTR
Game of Thrones is officially over. After detailing the series finale, today T.J. Walker and I will do our best to put a bow on the HBO series that has meant so much to us for so long. If you want to be appropriately prepared, I suggest watching “The Last Watch.” If that’s too much to ask, you can at least catch up on the rest of the episodes and leave us a review.
One More Night at KSJail
Ryan’s time behind bars is nearing an end. At least tonight he’ll be joined by Matt Jones, Drew Franklin and a bunch of people prepared to play trivia. Their day actually will not start at KSBar. The radio show is live in Louisville for a golf outing. Tune in at 10:00 a.m. to hear all of the KSR crew’s latest shenanigans.
Until then, enjoy this incredibly inspiring moment from America’s Got Talent.
— America's Got Talent (@AGT) May 29, 2019