Good morning, friends!
Peach Jam continues
Day two of the 2019 Nike Peach Jam was a success on all accounts for the numerous Kentucky targets in attendance.
Here are just a few of the impressive performances we saw throughout the day on Thursday:
- N’Faly Dante (MOKAN Elite): 19 PTS (7-9 FG), 10 REB, 4 BLK vs AOT (Game one)
- Isaiah Todd (Nightrydas Elite): 20 PTS, 13 REB, 2 BLK vs. Team WhyNot (Game one)
- Scottie Barnes (Nightrydas Elite): 20 PTS, 11 REB, 8 AST, 3 STL vs. Team WhyNot (Game one)
- Jalen Green (Team WhyNot ): 18 PTS (7-11 FG), 3 REB vs Indy Heat (Game two)
- Cade Cunningham (Texas Titans): 15 PTS (9-10 FT), 7 REB, 5 AST, 2 BLK vs. Team Durant (Game two)
- Sharife Cooper (AOT Running Rebels): 21 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST vs. MOKAN (Game one); 20 PTS, 12 AST, 5 REB vs. MeanStreets (Game two)
- BJ Boston (AOT Running Rebels): 19 PTS, 3 STL, 2 REB vs. MeanStreets (Game two)
- Josh Christopher (Vegas Elite): 15 PTS, 7 AST, 2 REB (Game One); 17 PTS, 6 REB, 2AST, 2 BLK (Game Two)
- Terrence Clarke (2021, Expressions Elite): 19 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL vs Renaissance (Game one)
- Paolo Banchero (2021, Seattle Rotary): 24 PTS, 14 REB, 5 AST (Game one); 24 PTS (10-13 FT), 8 REB, 3 AST vs. Houston Hoops (Game two)
- Jonathan Kuminga (2021, NY Renaissance): 26 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST, 3 STL vs. Phenom Universe (Game two)
In terms of recruiting updates we got yesterday, the biggest one of note was that 2020 five-star shooting guard BJ Boston has scheduled an official visit to Kentucky for later this month on July 25 and 26.
He also added Oregon to his final list of four, creating a final five. Those left in contention? Kentucky, Duke, Auburn, Florida, and the Ducks.
Elsewhere, 2020 five-star forward Isaiah Todd spoke highly of the Kentucky program, saying they were one of three schools prioritizing him the most and recruiting him the hardest, adding that he will be visiting Lexington soon.
He also snuck in the fact that former Wildcat forward Keldon Johnson has been actively recruiting him to Kentucky.
You can find that story here:
As for 2020 top-three prospect Jalen Green, he went out of his way yesterday to acknowledge the buzz that Kentucky was his leader, and didn’t necessarily deny it…
He also touched on Penny Hardaway recruiting him to Memphis and how he’ll be watching the Tigers closely this year to see what their program does with elite talent.
Check that out below:
Today, I’ll be posting updates on Josh Christopher (2020), Paolo Banchero (2021), and Terrence Clarke (2021), along with any other breaking news that pops up throughout the day.
Jared Lorenzen Memorial Fund
On Thursday morning, KSR launched the Jared Lorenzen Memorial Fund to raise money for Jared’s children’s education.
And after just one day online, the donation total has jumped all the way past the $40,000 mark and is currently closing in on a whopping $45,000.
Tonight, the NASCAR Xfinity Series is headed back to the Kentucky Speedway, where a driver is set to race in honor of Jared Lorenzen.
JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) will bring awareness to our Jared Lorenzen Memorial Fund with a large decal on the hood of BJ McLeod’s No. 4 Chevrolet in Friday night’s Alsco 300.
You can watch the Alsco 300 live on NBC Sports Network this evening at 7:30 p.m.
In more Hefty Lefty news, KSBar and Grille’s weekend of showing Jared’s best games at Kentucky starts TODAY.
From Friday through Sunday, 22% of all sales will be going toward the Jared Lorenzen Memorial Fund.
Reminder…today thru Sunday ?@KSBarAndGrille?, we will be showing the best Jared Lorenzen games in the restaurant and you can donate to the Jared Lorenzen Fund
Come watch and celebrate the QB skill of #22 pic.twitter.com/mhVMfJqVPY
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 12, 2019
Come eat and watch some of Jared’s best moments as a Wildcat with us.
Another blockbuster trade in the NBA
One ball-dominant point guard will be replaced by another in Oklahoma City.
Last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, along with pick swaps in 2021 and 2025.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder will look to move Paul – at his request – to another contender, allowing for former Kentucky star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to lead the franchise moving forward.
In other NBA news, former Wildcat forward Trey Lyles will be getting a fresh start in San Antonio, signing a two-year deal with the franchise. There, he will be joining fellow former Kentucky forward Keldon Johnson.
Grayson Allen is back to being Grayson Allen
Last night during the Summer League matchup between the Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies, Grayson Allen somehow became even more unlikeable.
During the fourth quarter, the former Dukie took a swipe at Grant Williams away from the ball, earning a Flagrant 1 on the play.
Grayson Allen is really a bad dude.
Coming at Grant Williams now. Assessed a Flagrant 1. pic.twitter.com/0FieheALwt
— Celtics News (@CelticsNewsNBA) July 12, 2019
Not even ten seconds later, Allen was ejected for yet another flagrant foul on Williams, hitting him in the back of the head going up for a layup.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 12, 2019
I hope Grayson’s punishment is to be locked in a room with DeMarcus Cousins for 30 minutes.
KSR in Murray
The KSR Radio crew will be LIVE from Tap 216 in Murray today from 10 a.m. to noon for the fifth stop of the tour.
Tomorrow KSR Radio is in MURRAY for our 5th stop on the Tour….
Come to Tap 216 and join us as we close out one of the most emotional, but rewarding weeks in KSR history
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 12, 2019
You won’t want to miss it.