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July 5th, 2015

Aaron shines, but Andrew wins in NBA Summer League matchup

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@NBATV

For the first time in their pro careers, the Twins faced off in their second summer league game of the season. While the Grizzlies 79-75 won and Andrew had nine points and grabbed six rebounds, Aaron was the one who shined today. Aaron started at point and had 16 points, lead the team in assists with eight and had four rebounds.

After the game NBA TV interviewed the Twins and Andrew admitted that they wanted to silence the haters.

Watch the full interview and highlights from the game:


Jamal Murray turned down contract for Kentucky

CIS9GW_UAAA42hy (1)Last week, Jamal Murray ended John Calipari’s recruiting drought (R.I.P April 2015- June 2015) after he committed to play for the Wildcats this upcoming season. Murray is the missing piece for next year’s team and apparently he chose Kentucky over more than just Oregon. According to Hype Hoops Canada, Murray turned down a seven-figure pro contract to play for Cal.

Read about it here: 247 Sports

I don’t know about you all, but I am definitely excited to see Murray’s handling alongside Ulis and Briscoe in the back court next year.


BLOCK of the Year?

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The 2016 High School recruiting class is one of the best in the last 10 years. At the top of the class are five guys of tremendous talent and three of those (Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Josh Jackson) would potentially be the top three picks in next year’s NBA Draft if they were eligible. All three are playing for Team USA in the Under-19 World Championships and all three are starting because of their tremendous talent. The Cats are recruiting all three and would love any to end up in Lexington, including Jayson Tatum. His explosiveness is unbelievable and he has had a tremendous week dunking on everyone…well except until today’s finals. Tatum went to the basket against Croatia and…well he ended up on the receiving end of the block of the year.


Harrison twins face off in Orlando Summer League

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Here is your friendly KSR reminder that at 3:00 p.m. on NBA TV the Harrison twins will be playing each other for the first time since leaving Kentucky in the Orlando Summer League. Andrew, who was drafted in the 2nd round by the Memphis Grizzlies will know Aaron’s game undoubtedly better than any of his teammates.

Aaron made his rookie debut yesterday with the Charlotte Hornets on Day 1 of the Orlando Summer League games, one game before his brother did the same. Aaron finished his debut with 10 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists in 22 minutes. Andrew had eight points, including a made three-point attempt, three assists and no turnovers in his debut with the Grizzlies. Both will get a chance to showcase their talents again today, but rather than complementing one another like they did in blue, they will have a chance to shine on their own.

And for one last memory, here’s the clip of Andrew telling Aaron to “shoot” his game-winning three against Wisconsin. Too bad we won’t see a connection like this anymore. *insert sobbing face*

 


The importance of landing Kash Daniel

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thestate.com

A commitment from four-star linebacker Kash Daniel makes three high school All Americans in the 2016 recruiting class joining Drake Jackson and Landon Young. They will join the other four high school All-Americans already on UK’s campus for the upcoming season. Rivals college football recruiting expert, Justin Rowland, was quick to recognize how key Daniel will be for Kentucky. He mentioned in a string of Tweets yesterday that Daniel might be the “most college-ready linebacker Kentucky has landed in several years”. With Daniel’s advanced defensive skills and signs of offensive leadership from commit Drake Jackson, it’s looking like this recruiting class is going to be one of Kentucky’s strongest yet.


Four-star WR Tino Ellis places Kentucky in his final 6

247Sports

247Sports

2016 wide receiver Tino Ellis announced yesterday that he has narrowed his options down to six schools, one of those being Kentucky. The 4-star receiver from Hyattsville, Maryland says he is planning to make his decision on July 31st. Though Ellis hasn’t shown signs of favoritism, keep an eye on the Hokies as his cousin Donovan Riley plays cornerback for the team. With that and his home state of Maryland in the mix, we will see in 26 short days if Mark Stoops can work his magic and bring Ellis to the bluegrass.

 


Sunday Morning Links

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Rub those sleepy eyes, BBN, and get your Sunday best on because we’ve got a full day for you! We know you’re moaning and groaning at how yesterday’s celebratory decisions might be hitting you hard now, but never fear, Sunday is the chance to start anew. So with a clean slate ready to start the day, here are a few links from across the World Wide Web to get you off on the right foot.

— What could be more American than a hot dog eating contest? An upset at the hot dog eating contest on America’s birthday, that’s what! ESPN, thankfully, has all of the action covered for you from yesterday’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. The winner ultimately consumed 62 hotdogs and buns, but we’ll leave it to you to find out who pulled the upset. [ESPN.com]

— Experts are liking the 2015-2016 Kentucky Wildcats basketball team, according to some folks over at the Courier Journal. In the article, Jay Bilas, Gary Parrish and Mike DeCourcy all agree that Kentucky is going to be a force to be reckoned with and should be the preseason No. 1. But honestly, who’s surprised? [Courier-Journal.com]

— USA Today is weighing in on the upcoming Women’s World Cup Final match that will ensue today between our own Team USA and Japan. All of the experts have the U.S. scoring two goals and ultimately winning the match, but we’ll have to see for ourselves tonight at 7:00 p.m. [USAToday.com]

— As if you didn’t get enough red, white and blue yesterday, the Bleacher Report posted a slideshow of photos from athletes celebrating America’s Independence. From the classic boat ride on the lake to a little celebratory weight room action, these celebrity athletes did it all (and they have the pictures to prove it). [BleacherReport.com]

— While you’re waiting to cheer on the U.S. in their final soccer match of the World Cup today, don’t forget to check out a few former Wildcats as they continue their NBA rookie season in Day 2 of the Orlando Summer League. SB Nation has the schedule and all of the preview info you’ll need to sit back and enjoy a nice Sunday of sports, like the good Lord intended. [SBNation.com]

See you back here in a few. ‘Merica.


Uncle Sam’s Post 4th of July Sunday Morning Wake Up

 

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Good morning Big Blue Nation, I hope you’re feeling extra free today as you nurse those 4th of July hangovers and look forward to another year of celebrating the red, white and blue. So while you’re hopefully still reminding yourself that not only are you a member of the best country in the world, but also the best fanbase, stick around with us today for some NBA Summer League action and a little taste of America doing what it does best…winning.

Here are some things you may have missed:

 

Kash Daniel committed to Kentucky

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Yesterday Coach Mark Stoops and his University of Kentucky Wildcats received a commitment from All-American Kash Daniel, for the 2016 recruiting class. Kentucky beat out South Carolina for the four-star Kentucky-bred linebacker, which made celebrating America’s freedom a little sweeter.

Orlando Summer League kicked off for some former Cats

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kentucky.com

Former Kentucky Wildcats, Aaron and Andrew Harrison as well as Dakari Johnson, made their NBA Summer League debuts yesterday in Orlando. Aaron Harrison had 10 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists in 22 minutes for the Charlotte Hornets who were playing Dakari Johnson and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Johnson finished with 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes. Following the Aaron/Dakari matchup, Andrew Harrison had eight points and three assists for the Memphis Grizzlies. Overall it was a successful start for these former Cats in their summer NBA debuts.

 

David T. Foster, III | Charlotte Observer

David T. Foster, III | Charlotte Observer

 

UK took over the SEC Network

You might’ve noticed during your 4th of July festivities that UK athletics completely took over the SEC Network. From throwbacks like the 2007 Kentucky vs. Louisville football game when “Stevie Got Loose” to the close UK/UL basketball matchup from this past season, it was all blue all day long.

Now here are a few things to look forward to today:

The Harrison twins will face off at 3:00 p.m.

Wisconsin v Kentucky

Kentucky’s own Aaron and Andrew Harrison will play against each other for the first time in the NBA during Day 2 of the Orlando Summer League at 3:00 p.m. The two each brought something different to the table during their time at Kentucky so it will be interesting to see how they handle one another’s strengths and weaknesses. So sit back, relax, and get ready to watch your favorite twins battle it out in the big leagues.

 

Team USA plays for the World Cup Championship

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The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team will play for the World Cup Title in a revenge match against Japan at 7:00 p.m. today on Fox. After defeating Germany to advance to the finals, the U.S. is looking to clean up some unfinished business from their previous World Cup finals loss to Japan in 2011. You can keep your 4th of July decor hanging proud and tune in to cheer Team USA to victory.


July 4th, 2015

How much have Cal’s players made in the NBA?

(Photo: John Wall, USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo: John Wall, USA TODAY Sports)

On this Independence Day, it has been a time to celebrate some of the strengths of our beautiful country. Sure, not everything about America’s great; the media likes to remind to us every day. But when all is said and done, we still live in a place where you can become a millionaire if you’re good at putting a ball through a hoop. That’s something worth celebrating, at least.

John Calipari is the best in the game at turning college basketball players into millionaires. In his six years at Kentucky, he’s put 25 players in the NBA. According to the Courier-Journal, the total worth of their future contracts is around $726 million. Not too shabby. But how much money have his players ALREADY put in their pockets? According to spotrac.com, here are the total cash earnings of each of Kentucky’s NBA players that Cal has coached:

John Wall $37,717,125
Demarcus Cousins: $29,838,286
Enes Kanter: $25,567,009
Anthony Davis: $23,198,010
Eric Bledsoe: $20,104,069
Brandon Knight: $15,880,357
Patrick Patterson: $14,434,196
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: $14,429,520
Nerlens Noel: $6,487,440
Terrence Jones: $4,655,520
Marquis Teague: $3,052,640
Julius Randle: $3,064,800
Archie Goodwin: $2,176,680
James Young: $1,674,480
Darius Miller: $1,662,476
Daniel Orton: $883,370
Deandre Liggins: $381,193
Josh Harrellson: $381,193

Total Earned: $205,588,364

So far, Cal’s Cats have already earned around $206 million – a total greater than the GDP of three different countries. And this isn’t even considering money earned from endorsements and overseas’ play. With the money guaranteed on their upcoming contracts, it’s clear that the total money earned by John Calipari’s players will soon be exceeding $1 billion.

You listening, recruits?


Watch Kentucky down the Cards all over again.

We have been talking about Kentucky’s takeover of the SEC Network for a week now, but if you don’t feel like going out to celebrate our great nation’s independence and watch some fireworks, you can celebrate in another way. At 10 o’clock tonight, the SEC network will be showing the 2014 Louisville vs. UK game, and you know what they say, when UofL loses, America wins. 

Here’s the highlights to hold you over until game-time.

 


There’s nothing more special than soldiers coming home.

(H/T UK Athletics)

(H/T UK Athletics)

While it isn’t Memorial Day or Veteran’s Day, it’s important to remember what we are celebrating on this Saturday afternoon. We definitely wouldn’t have the freedom to kick back with a hot dog and a nice, cold drink and watch fireworks with our families if it wasn’t for the thousands of brave men and women who put their lives on the line for us every single day and gave their “last full measure of devotion.”
It brings a tear to my eye every single time I watch a serviceman or woman come home to their family. In case you have forgotten, Kentucky’s own Air Force Senior Master Sergeant James A. Allegrezza surprised his family at the UK vs. Buffalo game this past season. I was at the game and there wasn’t a dry eye around.

On behalf of all of us at KSR, I want to thank all the servicemen and women who are out there fighting for the freedoms we so easily take for granted. Happy Fourth of July everyone!


Updated Cats in the NFL list

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With little over two months until the NFL season begins, let’s take a look at an updated list of all the teams that our former football Cats play on. The first game of the NFL season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 10 with the Pittsburgh Steelers (Bud Dupree) and the reigning Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots.

Randall Cobb: Green Bay Packers

— First game: @ Chicago at 1:00

John Conner: Buffalo Bills

— First game: vs. Colts  at 1:00

Bud Dupree: Pittsburgh Steelers

— First game: Thursday game @ New England at 8:30

Winston Guy: Indianapolis Colts

— First game: @ Buffalo at 1:00

Stevie Johnson: San Diego Charges

— First game: vs. Detroit Lions at 4:05

Ricky Lumpkin: Oakland Raiders

— First game: vs. Bengals at 4:25

Tim Masthay: Green Bay Packers

— First game: @ Chicago at 1:00

Chris Matthews: Seattle Seahawks

— First game: @ St. Louis at 1:00

Corey Peters: Arizona Cardinals

— First game: vs. New Orleans at 4:05

Za’Darius Smith: Baltimore Ravens

— First game: @ Denver at 4:25

Jacob Tamme: Atlanta Falcons

— First game: Monday night vs. Philadelphia at 7:10

Danny Trevathan: Denver Broncos

— First game: vs. Baltimore at 4:25

Larry Warford: Detroit Lions

— First game: @ San Diego at 4:25

Avery Williamson: Tennessee Titans

Wesley Woodyard: Tennessee Titans

— First game: @ Tampa Bay at 4:25

 

I am already looking forward to watching Bud and Za’Darius make their NFL debuts! And the great thing about this, each year this list will get longer and longer. #StoopsEffect


Kentucky’s best Canadians

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Even though it is the 4th of July, the most American and patriotic day of the year, I thought we could talk about Canada. Following Jamal Murray’s decision to come to Kentucky, I decided to look back at all the Canadians that have played basketball at Kentucky.

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UK Athletics

Jamaal Magloire (Toronto, Ontario)

— Played for Kentucky from 1996-2000, where he averaged 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in four years

— Played in 145 games and scored a total of 1064 points; scored a career-high of 23 points twice against Vanderbilt and South Carolina in 2000

— Spent 12 years in the NBA; played for the Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trailblazers, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors

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UK Athletics

Bernard Cote (St. Lambert, Quebec)

— Played for Kentucky from 2002-2004 before transferring to Northwestern following his sophomore season

— In 52 total games played, Cote scored a total of 60 points, averaging 1.1 points per game; scored a career-high of seven points against Vanderbilt in 2004

— In his one season at Northwester, he averaged 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game

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UK Athletics

Sheray Thomas (Montreal, Quebec)

— Played for Kentucky from 2003-2007, where he averaged 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in four years

— Played in 117 games and scored a total of 308 points; Thomas scored a career-high of 13 points against Georgia in 2006

— Played in Canadian NBL for the St. John Mill Rats and the Montreal Jazz

The UK men's basketball team participates in photo day at Joe Craft Center on August 22, 2012 in Lexington, KY. Photo by Britney McIntosh | UK Athletics

UK Athletics

Kyle Wiltjer 

— Wiltjer was actually born in Portland, Ore., but has dual citizenship because his father is Canadian and played for the Canadian national team in the 1984 Olympics; Wiltjer has committed to play for Canada at the international level

— Played for Kentucky from 2011-2013 before transferring to Gonzaga following his sophomore season; won a national championship in 2012 and was named SEC Sixth Man of the Year in 2013

— Played in a total of 73 games where he scored a total of 535 points, where he averaged 7.3 points per game in two seasons; scored a career-high of 26 points against Ole Miss in 2013

— After sitting out a season at Gonzaga, Wiltjer averaged 16.8 points per game in his first season with the Bulldogs; Wiltjer returned to Gonzaga for senior season

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UK Athletics

Trey Lyles (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

— In one season at Kentucky, Lyles played in a total of 36 games (started 21 of those games), where he scored 313 points, averaging 8.7 per game

—Scored in double figures in 13 of 36 games, including eight of the season’s final 14 games; recorded two double-doubles on the year

— Was named SEC Freshman of the Week twice and was to the 2015 All-SEC Freshman team; Lyles was selected 12th overall to the Utah Jazz in the 2015 NBA Draft

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Mychal Mulder (Windsor, Ontario)

— A JUCO transfer from Vincennes State chose to play at Kentucky over Indiana, Wichita State and Creighton; will have two years of eligibility left at Kentucky

— Mulder averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during his sophomore season, while shooting 46.3% behind the three-point line

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Jamal Murray (Kitchener, Ontario)

— A five-star shooting guard ranked as the ninth-best prospect by 247 Sports and fifteenth-best by Rivals; reclassified to the 2015 class

— As a member of the Canadian team, Murray scored 30 points against the U.S. at the Nike Hoop Summit it Portland followed by 29 points at the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game

— Draft Express has Murray projected to go 21st overall in a mock 2016 NBA Draft; more than likely his stock will rise following his freshman season at Kentucky

 

 

@kbernhardKSR


Kash Daniel is already taking shots at Louisville.

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That didn’t take long. Not even an hour after making his decision this afternoon, Stoops’ latest gem was already taking shots at the dirty birds.

After Kash’s announcement, Freddie Maggard tweeted out that a whole lot of nastiness that has been missing is coming to Nutter. Can’t say I disagree. Attitude and confidence counts for a lot in any sport, and it’s a good sign that Kash is already showing out.

Eastern Kentuckians (and our accents) for the win, y’all.

 


Kentucky’s best fireworks shows

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The 4th of July cannot be celebrated correctly without seeing some kind of firework show. In the spirit of the holiday, I found a list created by onlyinourstate.com of Kentucky’s 12 Amazing Fourth of July Firework Shows.

 

12. Sate Dock 4th Celebration (Lake Cumberland Sate Dock Marina)

11. Wildcat Fireworks (Downtown Lexington)

10. Citizens First Thunderfest Independence Day Celebration (Corvette Museum in Bowling Green)

9. Barren Lake 4th of July (Barren River Lake Resort Park

8. Sparks Along the River (Ventura River Family Water Park)

7. Taylorsville Independence Day Fireworks (Taylorsville State Park)

6. Freedom Bash and Fireworks (Diamond Lake State Resort in Owensboro)

5. Rumble on the Rough (Rough River Dam Resort Park)

4. Freedom Fest with Briggs and Stratton Fireworks (Murray)

3. Fourth of July Celebration (Memorial Park in Independence)

2. Thunder over Eddy Bays (Eddy Creek Marina Resort)

1. Old Fashioned Crescent Hill 4th of July (Peter Dumesnil House in Louisville)

 

 

So Big Blue Nation, is this list accurate or not? Are any of you going to one of these show tonight? Let’s hear your opinions and thoughts! As always the people of KSR wish you a safe, fun and happy 4th of July!