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June 22nd, 2017

First Look: Bam Adebayo’s draft suit

Thoughts? I’m a huge fan of the Prince of Wales check/Glen plaid vest and trousers. That is a very sharp look.


Your first look at De’Aaron Fox’s draft night outfit…

@ESPNNBA

De’Aaron Fox is known for his flashy kicks (yesterday he had wildcats on his Gucci slippers), but these may take the cake. Check out this sneak peek of Fox’s draft night outfit, which includes a pair of shoes that spell out “LOVE.”

So, do you LOVE or hate them?


The Depth Chart Podcast with Pookie Jones

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Freddie’s “Has Been” Series continues on The Jack Kain Ford Depth Chart Podcast with the player who replaced him on the depth chart, legendary quarterback Pookie Jones.

Pookie is best remembered for leading the Cats to the 1993 Peach Bowl, but did you know 1989’s Mr. Football from Calloway County also hit 17 homeruns for Keith Madison’s Bat Cats?  Pookie shines a brighter light on the Bill Curry era, connects with former wide receiver Mark Chatman, and…

—  How Freddie tried to prevent Pookie from coming to UK.

—  Pookie was much more than an “option quarterback;” how the option hurt their offense.

—  They explain Tommy Bowden’s revolutionary “triangulation of progression.”

—  Pookie makes a prediction on Stephen Johnson’s 2017 season.

—  Comparing Benny Snell and Moe Williams.

—  What loss hurt more?  To Florida in the Chris Doering game or the Peach Bowl?

—  The challenges of playing baseball and football for UK.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

Pookie’s 357 yard passing game vs. Mississippi State.

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WATCH: Sneak peek of Matt’s interview with Katina Powell

Yesterday, Matt interviewed Katina Powell for “Hey Kentucky!” and while you’ll have to wait until tonight to see the full segment, we have a sneak peek for you. Watch below as Katina describes one of the many stripper/sex parties at Minardi Hall, which she said got so loud that there’s no way anyone couldn’t have known about them:

You can see the entire interview at 7:30 p.m. on LEX18. That conflicts with the Draft, but that’s why God invented DVRs and commercial breaks.


Your 1 p.m. Mock Draft Roundup: Beware of trades…

@NBADraft

We’ve got six hours until the draft, and the closer we get, the more apparent it becomes that anything can happen. Ever since the Knicks made it known that they’re open to trading Kristaps Porzingis, rumors have flown about potential trades, making tonight’s draft one of the toughest to predict in recent memory. Regardless, prognosticators gotta prognosticate, so here’s a roundup of the latest mock drafts as of 1 p.m. ET:

De’Aaron Fox Malik Monk Bam Adebayo
Draft Express 5. Sacramento 8. New York 18. Indiana
NBADraft.net 5. Sacramento 10. Sacramento 17. Milwaukee
Chad Ford Mock Draft 8.0 4. Phoenix 11. Charlotte 17. Milwaukee
CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish 5. Sacramento 10. Sacramento 25. Orlando
NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster 5. Sacramento 8. New York 24. Utah
Sports Illustrated 5. Sacramento 8. New York 19. Atlanta
NBA.com 5. Sacramento 6. Orlando 17. Milwaukee

Consensus is forming around De’Aaron Fox and Sacramento with the fifth pick, with Chad Ford as the lone pundit predicting Phoenix will take him at number four. According to Ford, Suns owner Robert Sarver is very high on Fox, but this morning, Adrian Wojnarowski said on The Dan Patrick Show that there’s no way the Suns will take Fox if Eric Bledsoe is still on the roster. Will Bledsoe still be on the roster in six hours?

Stay tuned…


De’Aaron Fox asks team that drafts him to bring a visor, not a hat

De’Aaron Fox has one simple request for whichever team drafts him tonight: bring a visor, not a hat. In an interview with ESPN’s The Undefeated, Fox went into detail about his famous full-volume hairstyle, which is understandably difficult to stuff under a normal hat.

“I can try to squeeze it on,” Fox said of his draft hat. “I need — whoever is trying to draft me needs to make sure they bring a visor so it goes straight through. Even my graduation cap for high school I kind of just sat it on top of my head. I hope it’s a snapback so I can unsnap the whole thing and try to put it on.”

The more Fox thought about it, the more he liked the idea of being the first player in draft history to wear a visor, not a hat.

“Yeah, that would be cool because that would be funny to see my hair go straight through it. If they could do it, I would definitely do it. They should.”

Watch the video of Fox describing his famous hair at the link below. And then check out the amazing Gucci shoes he wore yesterday, which feature Wildcats:

[De’Aaron Fox’s predraft hair routine is wildly impressive]

 


Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington make Calipari’s U19 National Team

Congratulations to Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington, who were just named to the USA Basketball U19 National Team, which will compete in the FIBA World Cup in Cairo, Egypt next month. Diallo and Washington were two of the 12 players selected by head coach John Calipari and his staff. The full roster is below:

  • Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky
  • PJ Washington, Kentucky
  • Immanuel Quickley
  • Cameron Reddish
  • Romeo Langford
  • Brandon McCoy, UNLV
  • Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech
  • Payton Pritchard, Oregon
  • Austin Wiley, Auburn
  • Carsen Edwards, Purdue
  • Kevin Huerter, Maryland
  • Louis King

The only UK target not to make the final team is 7’3″ Bol Bol. As we reported earlier, Kentucky freshman Kevin Knox had to withdraw from the team due to a tweaked hamstring.

The FIBA World Cup is July 1-9 in Cairo, Egypt. Check out some sights and sounds from training camp courtesy of USA Basketball below:

 


PHOTOS: UK Football unveils 2017 schedule posters

UK Football just unveiled the 2017 schedule posters, including one dedicated to the program’s in-state players. If you haven’t noticed yet, Kash Daniel is in full-on WWE superstar mode:

Check out all seven posters, which will be available at Krogers statewide starting on July 15.

Stephen Johnson:

Benny Snell:

Jordan Jones:

Mike Edwards:

The offensive line, aka “The Big Blue Wall”:

Josh Allen and Denzil Ware:

Only 72 days until football season.


KSR is in Henderson to talk about the draft (Thursday Show Thread)

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Thursday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, the gang is at the Sleep Outfitters in Henderson to get you ready for tonight’s draft. Tune in to hear all the latest, along with their take on Rick Pitino’s letter to supporters and Matt’s interview with Katina Powell. If you can’t make it to Henderson, the gang will be in Owensboro tomorrow to wrap up leg one of the KSR Summer Tour:

 

06/12/17: Prestonsburg – StoneCrest Golf Course
06/13/17: London – Sleep Outfitters
06/14/17: Russell Springs – Lawless-Smith True Value Supply
06/15/17: Somerset – Ashley HomeStore
06/16/17: Lexington – Don Franklin Auto Mall

06/19/17: Danville – Dexter Insurance
06/20/17: Leitchfield – Future Designs Building Materials
06/21/17: Louisville – Academy Sports + Outdoors
06/22/17: Henderson – Sleep Outfitters
06/23/17: Owensboro – Don Moore Automotive Group

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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Barleycorn’s Thursday Top 10: Draft Day is finally here

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1. It’s Draft Day

Believe it or not, Draft Day is finally here, meaning that twelve hours from now, we should know the fates of at least three Wildcats. De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Bam Adebayo are all expected to go in the first round, Fox and Monk certainly in the lottery. Of the remaining Cats that declared, Isaiah Briscoe and Isaac Humphries probably have the best chance of hearing their names in the second round, although that’s a long shot.

2. Where Fox, Monk, and Bam stand in the latest mock drafts

The best part about Draft Day? It’s the last day we have to deal with mock drafts for a while. Here’s where the Cats lie in the major mocks right now:

De’Aaron Fox Malik Monk Bam Adebayo
Draft Express  5. Sacramento  8. New York  18. Indiana
Chad Ford  4. Phoenix  11. Charlotte  17. Milwaukee
Sports Illustrated  5. Sacramento  8. New York  19. Atlanta

This is Jonathan Givony and Chad Ford’s Super Bowl, so expect those to be updated throughout the day as rumors fly.

3. Calipari will be there

Cal is taking a timeout from his head coaching duties in Colorado Springs to fly to New York to be a proud papa for the night. As you might expect, he’s scheduled to spend some time with ESPN’s team of analysts, which includes Rece Davis, Jalen Rose, Michael Wilbon, and Jay Bilas. Don’t worry, I’m already preparing a Bingo board so you can keep track of all of the predictable things he’ll say.

4. Watch the Draft with KSR

ESPN’s coverage of the Draft begins at 7 p.m. ET, but that will likely include at least 30 minutes of pre-draft coverage. We’ll start the KSR LIVE BLOG a few minutes before the real action begins. In the meantime, keep refreshing because we’ll have the latest rumors, mocks, pictures, videos, etc. as we continue the countdown.

Speaking of ESPN’s coverage, for some reason, they’ve got Rece Davis reporting from the bathroom at the Barclays Center:

Not sure what that’s all about.

5. Kevin Knox withdraws from the U19 Team

We were all looking forward to watching Kevin Knox play in the FIBA World Cup, but unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. Yesterday, Calipari announced that Knox tweaked his hamstring in practice Wednesday morning and will withdraw from the U19 team and return to Lexington. It’ll be a bummer not to be able to see him play this summer, but as Cal pointed out, having him at full strength this fall is much more important.

6. Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington looked great last night

With Knox on his way back to Lexington, all eyes turn to Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington, and last night, the two Cats dominated Team USA’s scrimmage. Yesterday morning, it seemed like Washington might be headed home early too when he sat out practice with a sore back, but he rallied to put up 10 points and 7 rebounds last night. Diallo led all players in the scrimmage with 22 points off 8-10 shooting, 4-5 from the free throw line. Here are some highlights courtesy of Kyle Tucker:

7. Check out the latest OTT Podcast

ICYMI last night, Fake Barney and I fired up the ole podcasting machine to draft the best NBA cities. Citing a fear of natural disasters and murder, Barney drafted Miami, Manhattan, and Los Angeles with his first three picks, which is just as ironic as it sounds. Meanwhile, I took Denver, New Orleans, and Chicago because food and views. If you’re looking for a way to pass the time before the draft, listening to us debate which is better, Cleveland or Detroit, is certainly a way to do it.

While you’re at it, check out the latest Kentucky Thrones Radio podcast, along with the KSR Baseball Podcast and Freddie’s Depth Chart Podcast. All can be found on the KSR Podcast feed on iTunes/Podbay/Sitcher/Itcher/Etcher/Etc. Speaking of…

8. Did you see the latest “Game of Thrones” trailer?

Only 24 more days.

9. Katina Powell will be on “Hey Kentucky!” tonight

Matt tweeted out this sneak peek of their interview, and I must say, kudos to Katina for sporting red and black. Her troll game is strong.

10. KSR is in Henderson

Come on out to the Sleep Outfitters in Henderson to hear Matt, Ryan, and Drew talk about the draft, Matt’s interview with Katina, and Rick Pitino’s ridiculous letter to UofL supporters. Because it really was ridiculous.


June 21st, 2017

Three Dreams Realized: De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Bam Adebayo’s Paths to the Draft

Tomorrow night, at least three Kentucky Wildcats will hear their names called in the NBA Draft, a moment De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Bam Adebayo have dreamed of their entire lives. Not only is being drafted the culmination of years of hard work for the players, it’s a testament to the countless sacrifices made by their families.

Every year on the night before the draft, I like to go back and revisit each player’s story to fully appreciate what the moment means. As Kentucky fans, we feel like we know these players better than anyone, but on the eve of the biggest night of their lives, let’s look at the blood, sweat, and tears that got them here.

De’Aaron Fox

Then…

In a way, De’Aaron Fox has his older brother Quentin to thank for getting him into basketball. Quentin is five years his senior and just before De’Aaron turned two, really got into basketball. The family was gathered at his grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving when De’Aaron noticed Quentin playing, and, like many little brothers do, De’Aaron picked up a plastic pumpkin bucket used for trick-or-treating to mimic him.

“It was just hilarious,” Lorraine Fox told Bleacher Report’s Reid Forgrave. “It was like, ‘OK, son, that’s not a basketball.'”

From there, Fox was hooked. He also played football when he was young (it was Texas, after all), but gave it up when he got tired of practicing outside in the unforgiving heat. Fox’s speed is undeniable, but his mind moves just as fast. Like many kids his age, Fox also loved video games, playing NBA2K as early as fourth grade for hours on end. Whereas gaming is often associated with lazy nerds, Fox and those around him credit the countless hours with controller in hand for sharpening his hand-eye coordination, concentration, and analytical thinking on the court.

Now…

Fox is predicted to go anywhere from second to fifth in tomorrow night’s draft, his most likely landing spot being Sacramento at No. 5. In a draft not short on stars, he’s emerged as the media darling thanks to his thoughtful, candid personality. The more Fox talks, the more Kentucky fans miss him. Not only did he tug on our heartstrings with an emotional tribute to his teammates in the locker room after the loss to North Carolina, he’s not afraid to speak his mind when it comes to topics like LaVar Ball. He really endeared himself this afternoon when he said of Kentucky, “We actually go to class, not like some other places.” Oh, snap!

De’Aaron will probably always be the player we wish we had gotten to know better earlier, but he’ll also be one to make us proud for years to come.


Malik Monk

Then…

As the tattoo on his chest will tell you, Malik grew up in “The Woodz,” aka the basketball courts in Lepanto, Arkansas, a tiny town with a population of 1,893. There’s nothing flashy about Lepanto — its poverty rate is more than double the national average — but Malik considers it home, even after his mother decided to move them to Bentonville to be closer to his older brother Marcus and expand his opportunities.

“Escaping Lepanto was always the goal. Malik just did it early,” Ron Crawford, the longtime president of Malik’s AAU team Arkansas Wings Elite, told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “He would’ve been the hero of the town, but he wasn’t learning anything. I know a lot of people, it hurt their feelings when Malik left, but it changed his life. It changed his life as far as his vision.”

Malik’s vision prompted him to pick Kentucky over Arkansas despite relentless pressure from Razorback fans, who envisioned him following in his brother’s footsteps as a home state hero. But when Malik made his decision, his family stood behind him 100%. So did the Big Blue Nation, his new family.

“Kentucky fans made one thing crystal clear to me: They had my back,” Malik wrote in a letter in The Players’ Tribune. “No one made me wait until the fall, until I got to Lexington, to be accepted into Big Blue Nation. Man, it was just right off the bat: Like, Once you’re one of us, you’re one of us. And whether it was defending me on social media … or sending me messages about how excited they were for me to come play there … or alums getting in touch and letting me know what an amazing experience was in store for me in the fall … it really helped a lot. It helped turn an extremely tough situation into an extremely positive one. And it helped me realize that, just by committing to Kentucky, I was already a part of something special. And I’ll never forget that.”

Now…

Malik proved to be the most electric scorer in college basketball last year, lighting North Carolina up for 47 points back in December. Projected to go anywhere from sixth to eleventh, Malik will be a valuable asset for whichever team picks him, a player that can scorch opponents on almost any night. Most mock drafts have him going to the Knicks at No. 8, and even though New York City is a far cry from “The Woodz,” all you have to do is take one look at that tattoo to remember what got him there.


Bam Adebayo

Then…

Bam’s story has always centered around his mother, Marilyn. When Bam was seven, Marilyn moved them from the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey to the backwoods of North Carolina where she grew up. The two stayed with Marilyn’s sister until she got a job as a cashier at the Acre Station Meat Farm in Pinetown. Bam and Marilyn moved into a trailer nearby, and while she worked long hours, he played basketball. Bam was always a big kid — by now you know he earned his nickname by turning over a coffee table when he was one year old — but by age 13, he was already 6’6″. As Bam continued to draw attention for his size and power, his mother worked even harder to make sure he had what he needed.

“She fought for us,” Adebayo told Sports Illustrated’s Brian Hamilton. “She made it happen. She made it work. . . . Growing up in a trailer, you think everything you get is good. I always thought it was a gift from God, because some people are out here struggling and on the street. We had warmth. We had clothes. We had a roof over our head.”

There was no greater joy this season than watching Bam’s mother watch her son play. Marilyn, decked out in her custom “Yabba Dabba Blue” shirt, lit up every time Bam had the ball, and when there was a bad call, she made everyone in the stands aware. Who could forget her reaction to Kentucky’s win over Wichita State, in which her son “shut up” the Shockers’ Darral Willis, Jr., who had talked trash about Bam the day before:

Now…

Projected as a late first round/early second round pick a few months ago, Bam went home to North Carolina to think about his decision. After consulting with his mother and family members, he decided to keep his name in the draft. Now, after impressing teams with his shooting, he’s projected to go anywhere from the late lottery to the mid-20’s. Most mocks have him going to Indiana at No. 18 or Portland at No. 20, but after a recent workout with the Hornets, there were rumblings that Charlotte may be interested in taking him at No. 11. I think the folks in Pinetown would be pretty happy with that.

No matter the scenario, can you imagine a better “thank you” than the hug Bam will give his mother once his name is called tomorrow night?


KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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#10 Hebes

I wanna be the one carrying the bell.

#9 CeeCee

He already looks dead now.

#8 Cameron Manley

I almost feel bad for Pitino having to walk in to Rupp this year…wait, no I don’t.

#7 Kristoffer Singleton

What an excellent parent.

#6 Billy Big Blue

Let’s all hope not.

#5 John Robic’s Hair

Clearly, Ryan is the backbone of this show.

#4 Jamie Tulenko

And it makes for endearing on-air stories too.

#3 Tim N

Shoe Carnival…because LaVar is a clown.

#2 Bucky Small Hooves

Probably.

#1 Nick Comella

TOO TURNT.


Diallo Dominates Team USA Scrimmage

@USABasketball

There was one less Wildcat on the court after Kevin Knox left training camp with a tweaked hamstring, but it didn’t prevent the others from dominating the field.

Hamidou Diallo made 8-of-10 field goals to score 22 points in Team USA’s first scrimmage.  Most of those came in only 12 minutes and in a variety of forms.  Tonight his preferred method of scoring was the “And One.”

John Calipari was pleased with the play from both of his players, especially Diallo.  Knox and P.J. Washington are often praised for their versatility, but don’t sleep on Hami.

“He’s playing the one, the two, the three, that’s what he is.  He can play any of those positions,” Cal told reporters after practice.  “You see him around the rim.  You saw we posted him.  There’s a lot of stuff we can do with him.”

His other Wildcat teammate wasn’t too shabby either.  Questionable to return after tweaking his back in the morning session, Washington put together a complete performance with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

For more content from Colorado Springs, Kyle Tucker has you covered.

 


Betting website is giving away #FreeMoney on this NBA draft bet

The website Bookmaker.eu has a bet that is simply too good to be true.

The bet is on how many Kentucky players will be drafted in the first round of tomorrow night’s draft and the Over/Under is set at 2.5. So, the bet is pretty much asking, “Will Bam Adebayo be drafted in the first round?”

My opinion is a hard yes. Bam will be drafted in the first round. So if you’re like me and believe that to be a lock, throw your kids’ entire college savings on Over 2.5, maybe even the house.

The odds aren’t great, but #FreeMoney is #FreeMoney.

You can also bet the Over/Under on where a player will be drafted. De’Aaron Fox is No. 5 and Malik Monk is No. 8.

Good luck.

(Don’t really bet any more than what’s currently in your wallet. I was kidding. Actually, don’t bet at all.)