Good Thursday morning, folks! Yesterday was Kentucky Men’s Basketball Media Day and boy oh boy was there a lot to break down. John Calipari spoke for 45 minutes and learned of his “Swaggy Cal” nickname (which we aren’t convinced he didn’t already know about) before the entire roster, along with the assistant coaches, were made available to speak with the droves of reporters salivating over the idea of that sweet, sweet content.
Over at KSR, we were drooling too. Check out everything we’ve written about so far.
Media Day links
John Calipari reacts to Kentucky retiring Tubby Smith’s jersey
John Calipari: “We have not had a bad practice yet”
CJ Fredrick still not 100% at Kentucky basketball practice
John Calipari “so happy” for Mark Stoops, Kentucky Football
Kentucky Basketball Media Day Takeaways, presented by Eckrich
Kentucky MBB eager to play in front of fans following Big Blue Madness
Calipari, Antigua hint at mid-year enrollment for 5-star SG Shaedon Sharpe
John Calipari’s full 2021 Media Day press conference
We also answered the tough questions that no one wants to ask.
There will be plenty more where that came from, as well. Stay tuned to the site throughout the day for more leftover Media Day content.
Big FB recruiting news
It would appear that Kentucky Football is trending for one of the premier pass-catchers in America. 5-star WR Barion Brown, ranked by On3 as the 14th best player from the class of 2022, is reportedly leaning toward picking the ‘Cats.
Here’s what On3’s Chad Simmons wrote on Wednesday:
“The communication is strong with Kentucky and Brown sees a great opportunity to play immediately in Lexington,” writes Simmons. “A decision could be nearing for the no. 1 player in Tennessee and Kentucky has emerged as the favorite.”
Brown would be a massive pickup for Mark Stoops and company if they were to pull it off. He’s exactly what Kentucky is going to need when it comes to offensive playmaking and he would be a great replacement once Wan’Dale Robinson moves onto the NFL.
This news comes on the same day that Kentucky commit Kiyaunta Goodwin was bumped up to a five-star by the folks over at 247Sports. But not just a back-of-the-pack five-star, a top-15 player in the country level five-star. Stoops’ 2022 recruiting class is turning into something special.
TyTy has a brand new Porsche
TyTy Washington has quickly established himself as a potential star for Kentucky Men’s Basketball this season–his bubbly personality off the court and fearless attitude on it has made the freshman a fan favorite before even playing a regular-season game. If anyone is viewed as a forgone first-round NBA Draft pick in 2022, it would be Washington.
But he won’t have to wait that long to make NBA money. His early fame has already earned him quite the name, image, and likeness (NIL) deal, as well: a brand new Porsche courtesy of Blue Grass Motorsport Porsche, located in Louisville, KY.
Day 2 of the new NBA season
After a two-game slate opened up the 2021-22 NBA regular season on Tuesday, 11 games graced our television sets (or streaming devices) on Wednesday–with plenty of Kentucky flavor mixed in.
P.J. Washington was huge for the Charlotte Hornets down the stretch, canning two free throws with his team down by one point and under five seconds left in regulation. Charlotte would go on to win 123-122 over the Indiana Pacers.
But then you also had Julius Randle’s 35 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists in a double-overtime win for the New York Knicks over the Boston Celtics. Karl-Anthony Towns posted a 30-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Minnesota Timberwolves and De’Aaron Fox went for 27 points and eight assists in a Sacramento Kings win. Kentucky is still going strong in the pros.
We’ll have a full recap of all things BBNBA later in the day.
That’s all I’ve got for you right now. We’ve got Matt Jones and the crew coming up on the radio in an hour (with the KSR Pre-Show starting right now). See you then!