Happy Sunday, BBN! Here’s to another weekend of summer 2020, which is quickly coming to an end. Aren’t Sundays so nice? I really hope you’re having a nice cup of coffee as you read this, or maybe a bowl of ice cream. Or maybe a combination of the two–coffee ice cream? Let this be your easy reading for the day. Sit back and enjoy!
After a tumultuous few weeks for Kentucky basketball with the coaching and staff shakeups, some good news arrived yesterday concerning the class of 2021, including a possibility that Kentucky may edge out Louisville on one certain recruiting battle. Beating Louisville always feels good, doesn’t it?
Here are a few of the biggest stories from yesterday you may have missed, and some sports news for our now sports-filled Sundays (thank goodness):
2021 Guard Nolan Hickman commits to UK:
After a recruiting loss this past week, it was a breath of fresh air to see Nolan Hickman, a four-star guard from Utah, as the Cats’ first commitment from the class of ’21. Kentucky won the recruiting battle against the likes of Kansas, Oklahoma, UCLA, Arizona, among others. Nice to see the Cal we know and love getting back into the recruiting groove.
— Nolan hickman (@Nolanhickman2) August 22, 2020
Things went “very well” with Bryce Hopkins:
Louisville de-commit Bryce Hopkins’ father spoke with KSR about the conversation Hopkins had with Kentucky. Hopkins, a four-star forward in the class of 2021, is fresh on the market and being chased by the likes of Notre Dame, Oregon, and Michigan. Hopkins is expected to make a decision within the next four-to-six weeks, let’s hope we see him in blue. But honestly, #AnywhereButLouisville.
NBA playoffs continue:
The Bubble lives on this Sunday, with the playoffs continuing after their first week of action. As always, KSR will have a report from our resident BBNBA reporter Zack Geoghegan.
Games kick off with the Celtics and 76ers at 1:00 EST and eventually get to Jamal Murray and the Nuggets at 9:00.
Is anyone else getting worried about these guys’ mental state? They’ve been locked up in a hotel for months with little to no connection to the outside world, like the jurors in the OJ trial. And if you saw the FX show, you know those people ~lost it~ towards the end. I guess they’re at Disneyworld in some rather-luxurious hotels, but also Florida humidity? Big no.
Reds at Cardinals:
The Reds have resumed play after a coronavirus scare last week. Cincinnati has also had a tumultuous few weeks with some highly questionable language from announcer Thom Brennaman and just straight-up flubs on the field, so good luck to them I guess? On lots of different levels. They need somewhat of a morale boost it seems. Or maybe a better bullpen? Am I allowed to say that? I said it. Anyways, today at 2:15 EST catch them in action.
Enjoy your Sunday, and be happy people!