Good morning, friends, and welcome to another glorious day in the world of UK Sports. Today we’ve got a treat for you, as both PJ Washington and Reid Travis will join the KSR crew to discuss their careers at Kentucky and what lies ahead. Everyone on this year’s team was great to interview, but PJ and Reid are especially thoughtful and appreciative of the Big Blue Nation, so I know today’s show will be a fun one.
We’ve still got an hour until it starts, so let’s spend it catching up on what else is going on.
ICYMI, Ashton’s coming back
As today’s radio show suggests, yesterday morning, PJ made it official that he’s off to the draft, and in the evening, we found out that Ashton Hagans is returning to Kentucky for a second year. Considering that Hagans would be a second round draft pick at best, the news isn’t terribly surprising, but it is certainly welcome. Hagans broke the news on Instagram:
In his comments from UK and in an interview with Evan Daniels, Hagans said he has unfinished business, both with the team and with his game.
“We had a great season this year but I want more. I know I’ve only scratched the surface with my game and there’s so much more I want to accomplish at Kentucky. Coach Cal and the staff have challenged me since day one, and I know with another season at UK we can chase some special things with the same mindset. I can’t wait to get back to work with my brothers.”
“I just felt like I left something behind and there’s unfinished business,” he told Evan Daniels. “I just want to try and work on my game and get better so I can go higher in the Draft.”
As you might imagine, John Calipari was thrilled.
“I had a great meeting with Ashton. He had a wonderful season but he’s not satisfied. He said his desire was to come back and continue to grow and do some special things at Kentucky. That’s all I needed to hear. He’s ready for the challenge, and I’m all in with him.”
Assuming there are no transfers, Kentucky will have a veteran backcourt next season to pair with freshman Tyrese Maxey, a luxury in the Calipari Era. Great, great news.
More NBA decisions coming?
When will we hear about Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson? Clearly, Calipari’s meetings with his players are underway, so I expect we’ll hear something soon and I expect it will be that both are declaring for the draft. Tyler and Keldon are projected to be top 20 picks and will receive invitations to the Draft Combine, so going through the evaluation process is the smart thing to do. Whether or not they decide to come back is something we’ll likely have to wait until May 29 to find out.
If you haven’t yet, check out my post from yesterday with all the key rule changes and deadlines:
UK Baseball travels to Lipscomb
The Bat Cats are going to be in my city tonight to take on Lipscomb at 7 p.m. ET. Nick Mingione’s squad has been struggling as of late, so hopefully tonight they can get back on track before heading into a brutal series with No. 10 Ole Miss in Oxford this weekend. You can see the game on Watch ESPN or listen via the UK Sports Network on 630 AM or UKathletics.com.
I love this SEC Network graphic about Josh Allen
Believe it or not, the NFL Draft is two weeks from tomorrow.
The Par 3 Contest takes place at the Masters
The real action at the Masters doesn’t start until tomorrow, but today, you can get a taste for all things Augusta with the Par 3 Contest, which airs on ESPN from 3-5 p.m. ET.
Speaking of the Masters, you should really watch it at KSBar. Check out these specials we’ve got for you starting tomorrow:
Stanley Cup Playoffs begin
For the fraction of you that care, the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tonight, meaning my Twitter timeline will be full of Nashville Predators tweets (Sorry Not Sorry). The Preds take on the Dallas Stars in Game 1 on USA at 9:30 p.m. ET.
In their honor, Smash, aka Lord Banner of Smashville, is today’s KSR Dog of the Day:
View this post on Instagram
Does your pet have Preds Pride? Post a pet picture for a chance to win 2 tickets from my buddy @yweber to the Preds game on Wed (4/10). ?Tag 2 friends ?Must use hashtag #WebersWoofPack ?Must tag & follow @PredsFoundation & @yweber Winner: 12pm tomorrow Contest Rules: www.nashvillepredators.com/woof
All sorts of new podcasts
Yesterday, the KSR Football Podcast crew got back together for a Spring Game preview, which dropped on your feeds last night, and later today, new episodes of The OTT Podcast and Kentucky Thrones Radio will drop as well. Big day for the KSR Podcast feed.
Reid’s Signing Tour starts Saturday
Between Reid’s appearance at KSBar, the Masters, and Game of Thrones, Sunday could be one for the ages.
Finally, happy birthday to my sister, Lori, and brother, Travis. I hope it’s an awesome day, and yes, this is my test to see if you read KSR.