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Tuesday’s Top 10: Gran, Basketball Recruiting and More

Good morning, Big Blue Nation. Here’s your 10 to start your day.


1. We’ll hear from Eddie Gran and the offense today.

Tuesday will provide us with the first round of interviews out of fall practice as Coach Gran and members of his offense will be available this morning on the second full day of camp. We just heard from them on Sunday, so there probably won’t be a done of news, but we’ll get to know how things went Sunday evening and on Monday.

Coverage and comments here on KSR, per usual.

2. Maybe some Lynn Bowden news soon?

Mark Stoops said it will be a couple of days before Bowden works through his eligibility issues. Well, we’re getting into “couple days” territory, so hopefully some news will come soon. Bowden is still in Lexington, for what it’s worth.

3. Cameron Reddish named his top five, Kentucky included.

As expected, Kentucky made the cut for Cameron Reddish, the five-star small forward out of Pennsylvania. Reddish also included Duke, UCLA, UConn and Villanova.

Duke is considered to be Kentucky’s top competitor.

4. Other schools jumping on Shittu too.

Coach Cal spent the weekend watching Canadian prospect Simisola Shittu up in Canada, and now North Carolina is getting in on the fun. Shittu picked up an offer from UNC on Tuesday, joining a long list of schools on his offer sheet.

Kentucky, however, has not extended an offer just yet.

5. R.J. Barrett reclassified to 2018.

The star forward announced the news in his blog for USA Today High School Sports, writing, “Really, it’s been a thought of mine for the last year, but I wanted to wait and see how the season would go and how school would go and when everything went well it became more and more real so I made the decision to go ahead and do it.”

Barrett also wrote that Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Oregon, Texas and UCLA are recruiting him the hardest right now.

It’ll be interesting to see where he falls in the rankings because he’s GOOD.

6. I love the comments on our post about moving outside the U.S.

On yesterday’s radio show we talked about where we would live in the world if we didn’t live in America. We said “If Trump kicked us out…” simply as a way to create a hypothetical situation of having to move immediately to another country, for the sake of the conversation. But because it’s the internet, a handful of people can’t see that we were only talking about what country we would live in if we didn’t live in America, going along with the theme of the show on Matt’s day back from his world travels.

Some people were upset, which didn’t surprise me, sadly:

Imagine if someone started a radio show that wasn’t liberal and only discussed the Wildcats. You guys would be out of business or at least have a damn good run for your money. All my people can’t stand your views Matt only follow you because you’ve got up-to-date knowledge of the cats. 

Great article, leave your left wing snowflake ideas to the tools at CNN. This is why ESPN is losing market share. This is a sports sight, not a way for you global idiots to interject with your elitist views. We cant even kick out crime ridden illegals so I’m sure you stiffs aren’t going anywhere.

I would expect this liberal garbage if this were Louisville Sports Radio. Louisville is the most liberal city in our state, but we are Cat fans, what a joke.

So, please forgive us for naming our second favorite countries on the radio. That’s our bad.

7. We’re recording a KSR Football Podcast today.

Football fans, you’ll be happy to know that a new KSR Football Podcast (still a temporary name) will hit internet shelves tonight. I am meeting Nick, Freddie and Jared here in a couple of hours to record our thoughts from Media Day and what’s ahead.

8. Movie Review: Wakefield is terrible.

Saturday night I decided to check out Wakefield with Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. I had never heard of the movie, but with those two in it, it has to be good, right? WRONG. Those were two hours of my life I’ll never get back. It’s Cranston sitting in his garage the entire time as part of his (intentional) disappearance from his cookie-cutter life. I stuck with it hoping the ending would save the day, but it was even worse. My point: Don’t watch Wakefield.

9. Steve Bartman is getting a ring from the Cubs.

Is that supposed to make up for all of the hell he’s received for over a decade? If I’m Bartman I throw it in the Chicago River.

10. KSR returns to discuss more from Matt’s vacation and Ryan’s potential run for Senate.

10 am. Tune in.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

44 Comments for Tuesday’s Top 10: Gran, Basketball Recruiting and More

  1. TBW3011
    9:13 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

    Off subject, but has Vaught ever interviewed a guy? And why are 90% of the interviews with 17-22 yr olds? Has gotten past the point of a bit creepy to me.

    • profmike
      9:53 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      I tend to agree. He sounds like a cross between Kige Ramsey and a creepy nursing home resident. It’s unbelievably awkward to hear.

    • GoBigBlu
      10:43 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Vaught is awful on the radio…..can they not find ANYONE else?

    • Twick39
      12:39 pm August 1, 2017 Permalink

      I’m glad someone else sees this. It’s creepy

  2. TBW3011
    9:15 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

    Could’ve done #6 without bringing Trump into it, but you already knew that. You got the reaction you hoped for. No need to play dumb.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      9:26 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      It IS beneath Drew’s usual standards to try that playing innocent routine, now that you mention it.

    • WildcatMarkC
      9:47 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Trump is the president. The premise was where would you like to live if you got kicked out of the US. Who else would kick you out other than the president?

      The whole thing was just a silly way of saying what other country was everyone’s favorite. Trump’s name was only mentioned because he is a very public figure who happens to run the country. Everyone is so damn sensitive.

    • Eazy
      10:35 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Exactly, these Trump people are such snowflakes. They even got mad when the Declaration of Independence was tweeted by NPR because they’re too ignorant to understand anything.

    • EdC
      1:01 pm August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Right … they DIDN’T lead off with what’s our 2nd favorite country. Now back pedaling trying to play the victim like Kathy Griffin tried so unsuccessfully.

  3. Sentient Third Eye
    9:24 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

    If I had to leave the US, I don’t know where I’d go, as this is the last even partially-free country left. Maybe the Australian outback? Or restore Henry Ford’s lost city of “Fordlandia” in the heart of the Amazon? Or use my Indian heritage to join their sovereign nation and stay here while legally being a citizen of something separate!

  4. TheNewOriginal
    9:40 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

    If the Dittohead conservatives are so offended, they should probably just not even follow UK sports. Cal is as liberal as they come. 90% of the players are liberal. Maybe Harvard or Yale would be a more appropriate team for them…

    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:28 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      But there’s no politics in sports for anyone intelligent enough to matter.

    • Eazy
      10:43 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Please don’t speak of intelligence if you are a Drumpf supporter. Hopefully you aren’t that stupid.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      11:04 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      I literally went through all 16 GOP alternatives instead of supporting Trump and I voted write-in for Rand Paul instead of voting for Trump in the general election, but he’s my president now, and for all the zany tweets, he’s a better alternative than Hillary Clinton, who would have been “death of individual liberty” bad.

    • Booby Petrino
      11:08 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Eazy: KSR comments police, who knows what people should and should not speak of. Meanwhile, he’s still using overplayed words like “snowflake” because he can’t come up with anything better. I think I will pass on his suggestions.

  5. ukcat94
    9:40 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

    It’s hilarious to me that all the hateful Trumpers don’t realize that Lexington is also a liberal city and hasn’t voted red in God knows how many years. News flash, you can disagree with someone and still like them. Sheesh.

    • The Frizz
      10:12 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Call me God. Lexington voted for Bush in 2004. That is that long, long time of 13 years ago. Almost went for Romney in 2012, so it is truly a liberal bastion.

    • Eazy
      10:38 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Lexington is an educated liberal city. There are conservatives here but they’re not your typical republicans. Lexington has had a democratic mayor for decades and currently has a gay mayor so we are pretty progressive but that doesn’t mean we won’t vote for a good candidate regardless of party.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:31 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Lex/Fayette would be a very divided city/county politically. Half good ole boys with pickups and half progressives self-flagellating themselves by driving hybrids. Basically half Luke Duke and half Woody Allen.

    • Eazy
      10:47 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Lexington is about 60% democrat. And it’s not the good ole boys you are thinking of. Lexington republicans tend to be educated and anti Trump. The liberals are educated and upper middle class. As for your little barb, most countries are way ahead of the US and are banning all gas vehicles.

    • 3Goggles
      11:04 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Progressive is not exclusive to liberals despite what media would like you to think.

    • The Frizz
      11:10 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      That’s fine, except you miss the point that the ukcat94 calls a group of people “hateful Trumpers” and follows that up with “News flash, you can disagree with someone and still like them.” How does that help heal division? And where do you have any evidence that most countries are banning all gas vehicles? Because the EU is banning NEW gas vehicles in 2040 (emphasis on NEW)? Eh, this will go nowhere because people on both sides have lost the ability to admit flaws and empathize with others. We have rejected the ability to compromise because we want to be right.

    • Booby Petrino
      11:13 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Lexington as a whole is mostly well-educated. “The liberals are educated and upper middle class”…uh yeah, the city is mostly educated and upper middle class, and split closely on political affiliation. The criminals are liberal as well.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      11:27 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      I’m not sure a country being so fascistic that they start banning gas cars makes them “ahead” of us. It does make them more progressive, but that’s only because progressivism is an off-shoot of Italian fascism.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      11:43 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      The perfect example of why heavy-handed (ie. “big”) government is not only oppressive, but ineffective is the light bulb. When the CFL “twisty” lights first appeared, many governments began banning conventional incandescent bulbs, ignoring the even greater environmental hazards from the mercury in CFLs. They took away choice from consumers and forced people to switch against their wills. Meanwhile, the free market came up with LED bulbs,leading ignorant bureaucrats with egg on their face by trying to force people to use CFL technology that was obsolete within a decade!

  6. runningunnin.454
    9:43 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

    A better question would be, “If Matt Bevin kicked KSR out of Kentucky, which state…..”
    Ha Ha, the political debates on KSR are fun….enjoy.
    BTW, did you know Bevin’s middle name is Griswold….now that’s funny.

  7. secrick
    10:02 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

    If only we all weren’t so sensitive. GO BIG BLUE

  8. The Frizz
    10:13 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

    Call me God. Lexington voted for Bush in 2004. That is that long, long time of 13 years ago. Almost went for Romney in 2012, so it is truly a liberal bastion.

    • Eazy
      10:40 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Like I said Lexington is a progressive educated city. That’s a good thing. The mayor here is a gay democrat and he’s supported by most. It’s the most educated city in the state by far.

    • Eazy
      10:51 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      And once again you are missing the point. In local and state politics Lexington votes blue always. And in the majority of national races that’s the same. It’s voted blue in every race since 2004 so that’s like 25-1. Blue wins.

    • Cletis75
      8:43 pm August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Eazy, most educated? Maybe you never heard of the cities in oldham county.

  9. The Frizz
    10:22 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

    Remember not to offend Deleting Drew’s feelings or he will delete your comments and then complain about what a whiner Bevin is.

    The true question of whether the question involving Trump was politically motivated or just a “Hey, what country other than America would you want to live in?” is whether they would have asked that during eight years of Obama. Did they even think it Being of a conservative bent, I knew people who griped and complained about Obama. They still do. The only reason the millennials from KSR put this sorts of questions up is to have their ego stroked by those that believe what they believe and allow them to feel better about saying they are “tolerant” and “open minded” when they are nothing of the sort. A famous Kentuckian said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you wan to test a man’s character, give him power.” The libs on KSR think that people want to hear their political opinions because we want to hear of their knowledge of UK sports. That is a mistake. But I guess that speaks to their character when they demean and belittle those who have differing political opinions while sharing a love of UK.

    And now, time for Drew to delete my comment.

    • Eazy
      10:42 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      And like someone else said Cal is the most liberal of all.

    • Kernel Sanders
      12:00 pm August 1, 2017 Permalink

      That whole testing a man’s character by giving him power is working tremendously. I grow so tired of winning. Every day, as I cringefully scan the latest news from Washington, I grow more and more tired of winning.

  10. GoBigBlu
    10:36 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

    Can someone explain how someone reclassifies in high school to opt out of a full year of high school?

    • secrick
      10:56 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Wish i new.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      11:20 am August 1, 2017 Permalink

      They really just complete it early so they can graduate yearly. Even non-athletes have done this. It probably involves summer classes or online work. A lot of these kids are on a prep schedule anyway, so by reclassifying, they just return to their original graduation schedule anyway. The kids in football who enroll in the spring are doing the same thing, except only graduating a semester early.

    • D0nc0smic
      2:37 pm August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Summer School. I remember my senior year, I could have failed everything except for English and Government and still graduated, so if you take a few core requirements in summer school you can graduate HS in 3 years.

    • D0nc0smic
      2:47 pm August 1, 2017 Permalink

      As For the question of where he will be ranked in the 2018 class, on of ESPNs recruiting guys has said on twitter that he is number 3, behind Bagley and Williamson. If Bagley reclassifies Kentucky will have a shot with most of the entire top 10.

  11. UK Big Board Update
    12:27 pm August 1, 2017 Permalink

    LOL at that time NPR tweeted the Declaration of Independence, and the snowflake Trump supporters thought it was an anti-Trump manifesto. Good times. The jokes write themselves.

    (queue an anti-Hillary/Obama remark in 3….2….1….)

    • Sentient Third Eye
      1:36 pm August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Unfortunately, only the few classical liberals left in America still believe in the Constitution. Mainstream Republicans are only pretend supporters (now exposed) and Democrats are openly at war with it.

  12. tfordstyle
    2:05 pm August 1, 2017 Permalink

    Trying to remember the hypothetical about what we’d do if our healthcare prices skyrocketed because Obama gave it away for free… oh nm that isn’t hypothetical. Where’s the stories of the ex dem gov. Proposition in kids for bjs?

    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:48 pm August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Now we have the entire system in a death spiral and neither party is willing to fix it. Shows what they think of the common folk, no?

    • catdaddyd
      5:14 pm August 1, 2017 Permalink

      Government should not be in the health care field, just allow insurance to trade across state lines. Fri market baby.