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June 27th, 2017

Malik Monk Doubtful to Play in Summer League

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Malik Monk will have to wait a little longer than expected to play a game in a Charlotte Hornets uniform.

The Hornets announced today that Monk will miss summer training camp and is considered doubtful to play in the Orlando Summer League after he sprained his left ankle during pre-draft workouts.  The team expects Monk to be ready for preseason training camp after two-four weeks of rehab.

The Hornets are playing it safe, as expected.  There’s no need to worry about Monk moving forward because as they say, it’s just a minor setback for a major comeback.


Cats Still in the Hunt for Instate Football Star

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On Sunday Louisville Trinity four-star wide receiver and UK target Rondale Moore announced he will attend the University of Texas.  One of his Trinity teammates, five-star defensive end Stephen Herron Jr., was visiting Texas when Moore pulled the trigger, but he’s not quite ready to follow in his footsteps.

A year behind Moore in the class of 2019, Herron is a consensus Top 50 player and a five-star prospect.  The junior to-be has cut his list of schools to ten: Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Stanford, Ole Miss, Miss. State, Georgia and Tennessee.  He told The Courier-Journal he will begin visiting one finalist per weekend once the dead period ends.

“I am taking a visit to all of my schools on my top 10, so I can give them all an equal chance no matter where I have them at right now in my mind,” Herron said. “Everybody is going to get an equal chance.”

The Cats have a clear advantage if Herron chooses to stay in his home state.  Mississippi State replaced Louisville once Todd Grantham left Herron’s hometown for Starkville.  Still, it may be too difficult to keep him home.

“Texas is definitely going to be a big school for me right now just considering the fact that I came down here, they showed me the world and not even all the coaches are in right now,” Herron said. “Definitely it’s going to be a hard decision when it comes to decision day … As far as Texas goes, it’s definitely a nice place out here, nice fan base. Without a doubt, they definitely showed me the most love. I’ve got some close friends of the family out here, so it’s a pretty good place.”

An edge rusher that would play outside linebacker in UK’s 3/4, Herron’s top priorities when picking a school are playing time, academics and his relationship with the coaching staff.   If Kentucky can’t keep Herron home, they’re still in good shape with the best prospects in Herron’s junior class.

Kentucky was the first to offer Scott County offensive lineman Bryan Hudson, an elite multi-sport athlete that draws comparisons to Landon Young.  John Schlarman was also one of the firsts to offer another elite offensive tackle, Glasgow’s Tanner Bowles.  Milton Wright, a do-it-all athlete for Stefan LaFors at CAL, has offers from UK and UofL and will be a top candidate for Mr. Football in the near future.  On the other side of the ball, South Warren defensive tackle Jacob Lacey already has 12 major offers and will be considered a Top 300 player in his class.

In 2018, they have some ground to make up with Waggener four-star cornerback Jairus Brents, but they’re in good shape with two other elite athletes.  The Cats are in a duel with Tennessee for Bowling Green linebacker Justice Dingle, while Doss athlete Terez Traynor is on the verge of committing to UK.

[The Courier-Journal]


The Louisville Dance Team is Now a Reality TV Show

Photo via The Lineup

Since Breaking Cardinal Rules transformed the University of Louisville into Scandal U, people across Kentucky have made the tongue-in-cheek remark, “this could be a reality show.”  Well, a reality show about the University of Louisville is happening, but this show about dancers is safe for work.

“So Sharp” is a reality show that will follow coach Todd Sharp and his Louisville Ladybirds dance team.  Debuting on July 26 on Lifetime, the network describes Sharp as a “surrogate father and the head-bitch-in-charge.”

There’s a new force to be reckoned with on the dance floor and his name says it all! Todd Sharp is the coach of the University of Louisville Dance Team, the Ladybirds, and he’s driven, precise and over-the-top.

The team has over 15 national championships under their belt and with this year’s nationals fast approaching, Todd will push the ladies to another victory, even if it kills him. More than just a drill sergeant, these elite athletes count on Todd to be their guidance counselor, surrogate father and the “head-bitch-in-charge” who ultimately makes them shine.

As great as all that sounds, the show will not get me to watch Lifetime. Sorry, not sorry.


Pardon My Take-over of KSR (Tuesday Show Thread)

It’s happening.  Pardon My Take is back on KSR.  You’ll hear from Malik Monk and Mark Stoops during the show, as well as few great segments like, “15 Seconds with Rick Pitino.”  Big Cat, PFT Commenter and Hank want to hear from YOU, the great citizens from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Give them a call at (502) 571-1080 and feel free to throw shade at Big Cat’s Wisconsin Badgers.

Here’s what the rest of the week looks like:

June 26: Dan Woken of USA Today
June 27: Pardon My Take
June 28: Evan Daniels
June 29: Aaron Torres
June 30: Jennifer Palumbo and Mrs. Tyler Thompson

 

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

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Tuesday’s Top 10: Knox Shocks, The Real MVP and PMT on KSR

USA Basketball

Happy June 27, KSR Nation.  Known by many as Djibouti’s Independence Day,at KSR we refer to today as “The day after Mrs. Tyler’s birthday.”  While she celebrates her 23rd birthday, I’ll be taking care of you this morning.

1. Cal Impressed with Kevin Knox

Even though Knox’s hamstring will prevent him from making the trip to Egypt, John Calipari saw enough to know Knox is a special player.

“Kevin looks terrific. Kevin, he was the best player — one of the best. There were three or four guys that stood out and he was one of them. There were times where I just shook my head and said, ‘Wow.’”

Calipari did not pick favorites.  This is what he had to say about P.J. Washington and Hamidou Diallo.

2. What’s Going On?

Calipari’s conference call had an unconventional start.  Do you have any idea what’s happening?

3. From High School Straight Into the Pros?

During summertime conference calls, reporters are obligated to ask Calipari if he would change the one-and-done system.  It’d be a bigger shock if the question wasn’t asked.  He gave a long answer.  I won’t bore you with the answer in its entirety, but he’d be fine with it if the money was right for the kids, even though he believes the gap year in college helps them grow immensely.

4. Something for Sneakerheads

Team USA gets the best of the best.  Throw out your Duke-bias and appreciate the Kyries they’ll be rocking in Egypt.

USA Basketball

5. NBA Honors for Two Cats

Two former Wildcats received second team All-NBA honors yesterday.  Jamal Murray was named to the All-Rookie second team.  The Denver Nugget finished the season strong and earned Rising Star MVP honors at All-Star Weekend after a slow start to his NBA career.  Anthony Davis was picked to the All-Defensive second team, joining Tayshaun Prince (2005-08) and Rajon Rondo (2009-12) as multiple-time defensive team members from the University of Kentucky.

6. The Real MVP

The NBA had their first ever awards show last night, because if there’s something this world needs, it’s another awards show.  It had a few good moments.  The best exchange was between Bill Russell and Shaq, David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Dikembe Mutombo.

Three former Wildcats were nominated for awards that I believe were created just for the show; all left empty-handed.  The NBA handed out awards for Rookie of the Year (Malcolm Brogdon), Defensive Player of the Year (Draymond Green), Sixth Man of the Year (Eric Gordon), Coach of the Year (Mike D’Antoni) and Most Valuable Player, Russell Westbrook.

Sorry Brodie, but Bill Russell was The Real MVP last night.

7. The Ball Family joined RAW

The Ball family took over WWE’s Monday Night RAW and social media last night.  LaVar Ball was where he was meant to be: in a wrestling ring, on a microphone, surrounded by boos.

I’m not going to lie, I’m starting to embrace the heel after last night’s shenanigans.

8. GLOW is Five Hours of Great TV

Unlike most, I’m not a big binge-watcher.  The Office and seasons one and two of House of Cards are the only things that have made me spend hours at a time locked onto my television screen.  Sunday I added a knew show to that exclusive club, Netflix’s GLOW.

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are fun.  Surrounding the start of women’s wrestling in the 1980s, it puts a washed-up director in charge of a bunch of third rate actresses who are trying to make it big.  Each 30-minute episode has a few good laughs.  There’s sex, drugs and rock and roll, but the best part is seeing them develop their skills and wrestling personas step-by-step.  I’ve only got three episodes left to kill time before the return of Game of Thrones on July 16.

9. James Harrison is Nuts

Have you ever tried playing doubles in sand?  It sucks.  James Harrison takes sand volleyball a step further by playing with a medicine ball.

10. It’s Pardon My Take day on KSR

For many, it’s just another day of KSR guest hosts during Matt’s vacation.  For me, it’s the equivalent of Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann taking a day off SportsCenter in 1996 to fill in for my boss.  It’s even better than that, because Big Cat and PFT Commenter’s show will feature interviews with Malik Monk and Mark Stoops.  You can listen here starting at 10:00 a.m.


June 26th, 2017

10 Things To Know About Immanuel Quickley

If you’re a fan of Kentucky basketball, Immanuel Quickley is a high school prospect you need to get to know.

Immanuel Quickley
Point Guard (2018) | 6-3 | 175 lbs.
Bel Air, MD | John Carroll School
AAU: Team BBC
★★★★★
ESPN No. 12 | 1 PG Top247 No. 5 | 1 PG
Rivals No. 15 | 4 PG Scout No. 10 | 2 PG

Ranked as the No. 2 point guard and a top-10 player in the 247Sports 2018 Composite Rankings, Quickley is the mid-summer favorite to become the first member of John Calipari’s next great class at Kentucky. The Maryland native is also a member of Calipari’s U-19 team that will travel to Cairo, Egypt next weekend for the 2017 FIBA World Cup, so what better time to familiarize yourself with him than right now?

Here are 10 Immanuel Quickley facts you need to know…

 

1. He is only considering four schools.

Quickley’s list is down to four schools as his recruitment winds down. Kentucky is the presumed leader of the bunch, while he still entertains offers from Kansas, Miami and nearby Maryland.

Duke, Providence, Virginia and Washington were also in the mix before the list was cut in half late last month.

2. He plans to make his decision soon.

Quickley has said many times that he will make and announce his decision prior to the start of his senior season of high school this fall.

The timeline bodes well for Kentucky as Calipari coaches him with Team USA this summer.

3. He was the first point guard in his class to receive a UK offer.

John Calipari has his eyes on a couple of points guards in the Class of 2018, but Quickley is the top priority of the bunch for the Wildcats. He received his scholarship offer back in October, making him the first point guard on the board with the option to attend UK. Javonte Smart (no confirmed offer) and Quentin Grimes (offer) are also in the mix, although it is Quickley’s spot to take if he wants it.

4. Joel Justus is the lead recruiter.

Second-year assistant coach Joel Justus is spearheading Quickley’s recruitment for the Cats. He’s made several trips to see the five-star point guard and Quickley once said in an interview that he talks to Justus on a daily basis.

You can see some of Quickley’s in-home visit with Justus and Coach Cal here via a video from the Quickley family.

5. He attended Big Blue Madness 2016.

Quickley made the drive from Baltimore to Lexington last fall to see the welcoming party for the 2016-17 Kentucky Wildcats in Rupp Arena. He and several other UK targets — including Quade Green, P.J. Washington, Nick Richards and Kevin Knox — were in attendance for Big Blue Madness on an unofficial visit to Kentucky in mid-October.

6. He won a FIBA gold medal last summer.

Quickley won a gold medal as a member of Team USA at last summer’s FIBA U-17 World Championship in Spain. He averaged 3.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in six of the U.S. team’s seven games. Kentucky freshman Kevin Knox was also on that 12-man gold medal team with Quickley.

7. He plays the drums in his church.

And he’s good at it, too.

8. He’s into pottery.

From Quickey’s personal blog on USA Today High School Sports:

I’m loving my Ceramics class. It’s just cool to build things like cups and boxes and things like that.

UK’s College of Fine Arts offers several ceramics courses, ranging from intermediate to advanced.

9. He and Markelle Fultz are very close friends.

Quickley considers this year’s No. 1 NBA draft pick to be one of his best friends.

@IQ_GodSon

10. He can do things like this…


LouCity’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Weekend

Louisville City FC, Kentucky’s professional soccer team, returns home to Slugger Field this Saturday, and the club is offering discounted tickets to our readers through a new partnership! Click here and use promo code “KSR” to save on your purchase.

LouCity plays in the United Soccer League, only level below Major League Soccer, and features UK graduate George Davis IV. Support the state’s fastest-growing pro team with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.


You can be a part of KSR’s Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day.

 

#10 Ryan Lemonds Cell Ph

Oh, you know there will be plenty of Pitino jokes.

 

#9 dwlex

Apparently Europe’s butt cracks are better than Kentucky’s.

 

#8 jermo

Definitely what I want to see in the mall.

 

#7 Ryan L. Meador

I don’t know what y’all are so mad about, I like Jay.

 

#6 Kevin Minke

You might be a little obsessed.

 

#5 Cougarama

Well there goes half of Kroger’s bakery profits.

 

#4 Farrell

Now that would be great for ratings.

 

#3 Big Blue Central

Indiana is not even in the same universe as an Elite 8.

 

#2 Lindsay Spencer

That kind of cardinal is semi-acceptable.

 

#1 John Brooks

My favorite optional fact.

 

@haleysimpKSR


Romeo Langford is Done Dealing with Coaches

Langford (73) via USA Basketball

If college basketball coaches want to speak with Romeo Langford, they have to go through his parents first.

The 2018 superstar wing from New Albany, Indiana revealed a few things today in his first USA Today blog.  Like many other elite college basketball players, he’ll write his thoughts about the recruitment process throughout the next year, starting with his journey to Cairo for the FIBA U19 World Cup.  Before departing, Langford decided he will not talk to college coaches until after they speak with his parents.

“My parents and I decided when it all started that the coaches would go through them to contact me. It just works better for me that way so I can just focus on getting better and taking care of my schoolwork during the school year.

“The coaches don’t even have my cell number.”

Langford shared a story from training camp about his teammate and UK target, Immanuel Quickley.  Their scrimmage had just ended and Quickley was already taking a call from a college coach.  “For now, going through my parents is what works best for me,” Langford added.

The only other player Langford mentioned in the post also has a UK connection.  Make what you will of it.

“The player that has impressed me the most in the scrimmages is Hami (Diallo). He’s really good and very athletic.”

[USA Today: Romeo Langford Blog]


Kentucky Thrones Radio: Season Four Review

Before the KTR crew returns to recap season four, there are pressing matter that must be addressed immediately: there’s a new trailer teasing season seven of Game of Thrones.  They break down the movers and shakers from the two-minute clip to see what potentially lies ahead when the show returns on July 16.  Highlights from the show:

—  Dandarrion is back….with The Hound?!?!?!?!?!

—  Why Jon Snow and Dany will become allies.

—  Two important figures not featured in any teasers; are they dead?

—  Joffrey is dead and Westeros is a better place.

—  Why T.J. can’t watch Oberyn’s head explode again.

—  Stannis saves the day, Ramsey turns Theon into Reek and Arya is on her own.

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.


The New Circle Circular Dives into the World of Bike Polo

Just because Lexington is the Horse Capital of the World, doesn’t mean you need a horse to play polo.  Ahead of the World Bicycle Polo Championships in Lexington this October, The New Circle Circular introduces you to the sport you probably haven’t heard of.

Watch Monday’s Matt-less episode with Lee Cruse and Mary Jo Perino after the jump.

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Tomorrow on Kentucky Sports Radio…Pardon My Take

(L to R via @PardonMyTake) Big Cat, PFT Commenter, Chicago Bear Kyle Long and producer Hank in front of their 1993 conversion van, Vanny Woodhead.

Tomorrow morning from 10:00-noon, the nation’s No. 2 and No. 3 podcasts collide. Pardon My Take is taking over Kentucky Sports Radio.

The Barstool Sports production is only a year-and-a-half old, but their fame has outgrown their numbers.  Describing how their hi-jinx became mainstream is difficult, so I’ll leave that to Awful Announcing.

There are two ways I can convince you to listen tomorrow morning:

1.  The show will feature interviews with Mark Stoops and Malik Monk.
2. PMT is the only “sports thing” I enjoy outside of my job.

You probably don’t need any explaining of the latter to listen, but I’ll do it anyway.  An award-winning listener since day one, the episodes each Monday, Wednesday and Friday ensure that a tough day at work never makes me to forget why I love my job: sports are fun.  Nobody has more fun than Big Cat, PFT Commenter and Hank.

For those who haven’t marked it on their calendar (I know a few), prepare for laughs.  Lots of laughs.  If you aren’t laughing, it’s probably because you don’t get the joke and are not connecting the dots.  If you still don’t like it because Wisconsin-grad Big Cat brought up that disastrous 2015 Final Four game once again, just wait, there’s more great guests coming up on KSR.

June 28: Evan Daniels
June 29: Aaron Torres
June 30: Jennifer Palumbo and Mrs. Tyler Thompson

Week Two

July 3rd and 4th: “Best of” shows to celebrate America’s Independence
July 5: KSR Football Podcast
July 6: Mo Egger
July 7: Steve Romines and T.J. “Makes em Pay” Smith

If you haven’t done it yet, make sure you’re subscribed to the new KSR radio podcast to feed to make sure you can hear every episode on your phone.


Single-game UK Football tickets go on sale soon

UK Football

There are only 68 days until football season and UK just announced when you’ll be able to buy single-game tickets to this season’s seven home games.

Single-game tickets will go on sale to season-ticket holders on June 28 and to the general public on July 14. Football season-ticket holders will be able to purchase home single-game tickets at exclusive prices beginning Wednesday, June 28 at 9 a.m. through their My UK Account.

Tickets will be available to the general public beginning Friday, July 14 at 9 a.m. online at UKFootballTix.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For the purposes of single-game pricing, the Kroger Field seating map has been divided into four zones. Based on opponent and zone, single-game ticket prices will range from $30 to $95:

DATE
GAME
ZONE 1
ZONE 2
ZONE 3
ZONE 4
Sep 9
Eastern Kentucky
$65
$50
$30
$30
Sep 23
Florida
$80
$65
$60
$45
Sep 30
Eastern Michigan
$65
$50
$30
$30
Oct 7
Missouri
$80
$65
$60
$45
Oct 28
Tennessee
$90
$75
$75
$55
Nov 4
Ole Miss
$80
$65
$60
$45
Nov 25
Louisville
$95
$80
$80
$60

For more information, visit UKFootballTix.com. And then watch this awesome video from KyWildcatsTV:


Anthony Davis picks up NBA All-Defensive Second Team honors

Today in unsurprising news: Anthony Davis is good at defense. The 2017 NBA All-Star MVP was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team today after his best year in the league yet. This season, Davis averaged career highs in points (28.0) and rebounds (11.8) to go along with 2.2 blocks per game. He joins former Cats Tayshaun Prince (2005-08) and Rajon Rondo (2009-12) as multiple-time defensive team members.

Davis started the season off with a bang, putting up 50 points and 15 rebounds in his first game and 45 points and 17 rebounds in his second. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Davis was the first player to score at least 90 points in the first two games of a season since Michael Jordan scored 91 to begin the 1986-87 season. He ended with 2,099 points, a Pelicans’ single-season franchise scoring record. Davis was also an unanimous MVP selection at the All-Star Game, setting a scoring record with 52 points in addition to 10 rebounds.

Also on the All-Defensive Second Team: Tony Allen, Danny Green, Andre Roberson and Giannis Antetokounmpo. First-team honorees included Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul and Patrick Beverley. John Wall (Washington Wizards) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Hornets) also received votes.

I think this calls for a block party, don’t you?

 


Dan Wolken got the #MattIsGoneTour off to a hot start

What do a juicer, Fran Fraschilla, and squatty potties have in common? They were all topics on today’s radio show, which was hosted by USA Today’s Dan Wolken. Wolken was the first of five weeks worth of guest hosts on what we’re affectionately calling the #MattisGoneTour. If you missed it this morning, do yourself a favor and listen to the podcast — on our NEW iTunes KSR radio feed — or the player after the jump. Dan had some really great insights on Kentucky basketball and football, the Louisville scandal, and kitchen gadgets, and Fraschilla’s reports from the Team USA Training Camp will have you dreaming of Big Blue Madness.

Next up? The Pardon My Take crew, who will interview Mark Stoops and Malik Monk. Here’s the rest of the guest host schedule:

Week One

June 26: Dan Woken of USA Today
June 27: Pardon My Take
June 28: Evan Daniels
June 29: Aaron Torres
June 30: Jennifer Palumbo and Mrs. Tyler Thompson

Week Two

July 3rd and 4th: “Best of” shows to celebrate America’s Independence
July 5: KSR Football Podcast
July 6: Mo Egger
July 7: Steve Romines and T.J. “Makes em Pay” Smith

Week Three

July 10: Rex Chapman and Josh Hopkins
July 11: Avery Williamson
July 12: Tate Frazier and Mark Titus of The Ringer
July 13: The Sklar Brothers
July 14: Laura Rutledge of the SEC Network

Week Four

July 17: Dewayne Peevy
July 18: Nick Mingione
July 19: Tim Couch
July 20: Matthew Mitchell
July 21: UK Football coaches

Week Five

July 24: Seth Greenberg
July 25: Ramel “Smooth” Bradley
July 26: Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network
July 27: Guest Hosts
July 28: KSR Crew

Again, be sure to subscribe to the NEW iTunes KSR radio feed, or simply listen to the podcasts after the jump.

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Calipari predicts this team will be “fast and disruptive”

One final batch of leftovers from this morning’s SEC Coaches Teleconference. After fighting with his seat belt, John Calipari started things off with the humblebrag of all humblebrags when he asked which team moderator Craig Pinkerton wanted him to talk about, Kentucky or the U19 National Squad.

“On my team coming up this season or the team I’m now coaching? Which one are we talking about?”

When Pinkerton replied Kentucky, Cal launched into a brief description of the squad, which he’ll remind you one more time IS THE YOUNGEST IN THE HISTORY OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL.

“We’re going to be really young. Really, really the most inexperienced team that I’ve coached. So, that’s going to be interesting to deal with. I love the length, I love the group of guys, I love that they all want to win. When you talk to them, that’s what they talk about. It’s always fun when you get a group like that. That is fun. I’m looking forward to it.”

“We’ll see. I still don’t know how they’re going to play. I’d imagine we’ll be fast and disruptive, but how we’ll do that, I have no idea.”

Chuckle at Calipari’s humblebrag below: