Today marks the beginning of SEC Media Days down in Birmingham, Alabama, where the conference’s four-day football media marathon takes centerstage. In today’s events, we will hear from coaches and players from two of the SEC East teams on UK’s schedule — Florida and Missouri — in addition to Coach O and LSU on the podium. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey will kick things off this morning with his remarks on the state of the league.
You will have to wait until later in the week to hear from Kentucky. Mark Stoops and the trio of players representing UK — Kash Daniel, Lynn Bowden and Logan Stenberg — aren’t scheduled to appear until Thursday.
KSR will of course have all you need to know from Birmingham here on the site, all week long.
It’s almost time for the Barbasol Championship.
The PGA Tour will take over Lexington this week for the Barbasol Championship, the tournament’s second run in the Bluegrass. I will have a breakdown of the field and all kinds of fun from the tournament in the days ahead. In the meantime, get your tickets here. It is going to be a blast.
Julius Randle stopped by Sunday’s basketball practice.
Randle was in Kentucky over the weekend to celebrate his wife’s birthday, and he made a stop by the Joe Craft Center to check in on his old team:
Randle joked that he gave Calipari “early recruiting dibs” on his young son, Kyden.
John Calipari is excited about “positionless” basketball next season.
It is “truly a positionless team with length, Cal said in a tweet Sunday evening:
This is what I enjoy most – having a great workout with a group of players who wanted this culture, wanted to be challenged, wanted to be made uncomfortable. They all have big dreams and aspirations and wanted to be in an environment with other good players.
This is truly a positionless team with length. We’re only just beginning this journey and I’m liking what I’m seeing. (@UKCoachCalipari)
And we are liking what we’re hearing, Coach.
You should catch up on all of Jack’s work from the Peach Jam.
The Peach Jam concluded Sunday evening with MOKAN Elite, a Nike EYBL program out of Kansas, winning the championship. Led by UK target N’Faly Dante, who had 22 and 18 in the title game, MOKAN beat Jalen Green’s Team WhyNot in overtime, 85-84, to take the trophy. Dante also took the tournament’s MVP award.
Read all of KSR’s coverage from the Peach Jam, including exclusive interviews with several elite prospects on UK’s radar, here under the Basketball Recruiting tab.
No former Wildcats in the NBA Summer League championship.
None of the thirteen summer league teams with a former Kentucky player made today’s championship game, but you can still tune in for one more game from Las Vegas to see how it all wraps up. Memphis and Minnesota will play for the league’s trophy at 9 p.m. on ESPN 2.
The second week of KSR’s Blue Lights Across The Bluegrass Summer Tour begins today.
We are in Barbourville at the Appalachian Children’s Home, a place with a special connection to KSR, for today’s show.
The tour dates ahead are as follows:
7/15 – Barbourville @ Appalachian Children’s Home
7/16 – Middlesboro @ Downtown (presented by JR Hoe and Sons)
7/17 – Pikeville @ Buffalo Wild Wings
7/18 – Ashland @ Blazer’s Restaurant and Bakery
7/19 – Lexington @ Douglass HS for The Tournament
7/22 – Somerset Golf Outing @ Woodson Bend Resort
7/23 – Somerset @ Associates in Eye Care
7/24 – Monticello @ Conley Bottom Resort
7/25 – Campbellsville @ Mr. Gatti’s Pizza
7/26 – Lexington @ Lexington Legends
8/5 – Bowling Green @ Overtime Sports Bar and Grill
8/6 – Hopkinsville @ Hopkinsville Sportsplex
8/7 – Benton @ CFSB Bank
8/8 – Paducah @ Royal Oaks Chevrolet
8/9 – Louisville Golf Outing @ Glen Oaks Country Club
8/12 – Elizabethtown @ Kentucky Jeep and Truck
8/13 – Danville @ The Discount House 2.0
8/14 – Fort Wright @ Dickmann’s
8/15 – Lexington @ Kentucky Branded
8/16 – Louisville @ TBA
Come out and see us!