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July 20th, 2019

Kash Daniel named one of the best interviews in college football

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Something we have known for four years now is finally being realized by the national media: Kentucky linebacker Kash Daniel is one hell of an interview.

Following all of the Media Days this week, 247Sports compiled a list of all of the best player interviews in the nation. To no one’s surprise, No. 56 was included as a true media star.

Highlighting Daniel’s Game of Thrones references, the trash talk, his love for fishing, and his true Kentucky twang, the outlet couldn’t help but include the senior linebacker.

”From his rifts on Game of Thrones (“they kind of rushed” the final season) to his country twang to his vocal defenses of Kentucky, Daniel is always a great and colorful quote,” he said. “When told the over/under for Kentucky this season was six games  earlier this summer, Daniel had this to say: “They’re just a bunch of jacka****, who cares? ESPN, CBS, NBC … I don’t care. Season start in August, we’ll see how it goes.” Is Daniel correct? Eh. But that’s the type of passion we love to see in interviews! Daniel is also, arguably, Kentucky’s top returning player. The rising senior finished last season with 84 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss. He’ll also talk your ear off about fishing. Daniel is a member of Kentucky’s bass fishing team in his spare time.”

They somehow managed to leave out his WWE references and his future as a professional wrestler, but it’ll do.

Others included on the list? South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, Texas A&M safety Leon O’Neal Jr., Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, Alabama running back Najee Harris, Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson, Clemson guard John Simpson, Florida running back LaMical Perine, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, and Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship.

(247Sports)


Bam Adebayo is excited about teaming up with Tyler Herro

Last week, the Oklahoma City Thunder attempted to pry former Wildcats Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro from the Miami Heat in exchange for NBA superstar  Russell Westbrook.

And in true Pat Riley fashion, he told the Thunder to pound sand, opting to keep his prized young Kentucky stars.

Now that Westbrook is in Houston and the Heat are moving forward with that they have now, Adebayo is thrilled not only to still be in Miami, but to be there with a fellow former Wildcat in Herro.

“I can’t tell you [how good we are going to be] right now,” Adebayo said Saturday at his second annual youth basketball clinic. “But on paper, we look like we’re really good. So we’ve just got to fulfill that and go out there and play our hardest and just complete.”

With Herro specifically, Adebayo is intrigued with his newest teammate after watching him put on a show at the NBA Summer League earlier in July.

“[Herro] is a fast learner,” he said. “He wants to soak in information. When I was talking to him in summer league, it seemed like he really wanted to learn and he went out there and changed it just like us. So I feel like he’ll fit in with us.”

While he’s excited to play with Herro, Adebayo made sure he knew right away that he’ll still I’ll be getting the rookie treatment this year Miami.

After getting drafted, Adebayo commented on Herro’s initial Instagram post that he was going to be “trashing him in workouts.”

Aside from the upcoming season and who he’ll be playing with, Adebayo is excited to have his own basketball camp and have a platform to give back to the community.

At his youth camp at Riviera Preparatory School in Miami, the former Kentucky star said he hopes he can give confidence to the kids who aspire to grow up and be just like him.

“Just because they might turn into me, you never know,” he said. “One of these guys might grow up and be 6-10. They might be 5-6 in their freshman year and then grow like Anthony Davis. You never know, and they’re always going to be like: ‘I went to Bam’s camp.’ So it’s always like a little reminder for them.”

(Miami Herald)


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July 19th, 2019

Bluegrass Boys Knocked Out in First Round of The Basketball Tournament

The comeback tour didn’t last long for a group of former Kentucky players. The two-seeded Bluegrass Boys were knocked out of the first round at The Basketball Tournament by seven-seeded D2, 77-62.

Making up the Kentucky portion of the roster was Ramon Harris, Dominique Hawkins, Marcus Lee, and Kevon Galloway. But it was team D2 (uncoincidentally comprised of mostly former Divison II athletes) that came away with the game-winning shot to advance into the second round.

*Josh Harrellson and Derek Willis did not play despite being listed on the initial team roster*

The atmosphere – even for a 9 p.m. start time – was typical Big Blue Nation fashion, cheering on their former Cats until the bitter end.

Lee finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Bluegrass Boys while recent Norther Kentucky University graduate Drew McDonald added another 16 points and six rebounds for the blue and white.

The Kentucky boys might be out, but at least we still have DeMarcus Cousins (and Chris Lofton?).

We’ll have more from this game and more on Saturday during round two of The Basketball Tournament.


KBC defeats Peoria All-Stars in opening round of The Basketball Tournament

While the Bluegrass Boys roster is filled with former Kentucky basketball players, Team KBC is loaded with other high-level talent around the area.

In fact, they put together an anti-UK roster in a sense, highlighted by Chris Lofton (Tennessee), Anthony Hickey (LSU), Nick Mayo (EKU), and AJ Slaughter (WKU).

In their round one game this evening, KBC took down the Peoria All-Stars by a final score of 94-82.

Former Hilltopper guard AJ Slaughter torched the nets, dropping 34 points on 11-18 shooting and 6-10 from three. He also added six rebounds, three assists, and one steal.

Chris Lofton, a Maysville, KY native, finished second on the team with 18 points on 6-14 shooting and 4-11 from three. The former Volunteer also managed four rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

Nick Mayo, who recently signed on to play professionally in Japan after an impressive Summer League with the Miami Heat, scored 17 points on 7-13 shooting. The former EKU Colonel also grabbed three rebounds and two steals in the victory.

Team KBC will take on DeMarcus Cousins’ Loyalty is Love squad tomorrow afternoon in the Lexington regional quarterfinals.