1. Training Camp has begun for Calipari's U19 National TeamLast night, the 28 players invited to try out for the U19 National Team arrived in Colorado Springs to begin training camp. That group includes current Cats Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, and PJ Washington, and 2018 targets Bol Bol, Immanuel Quickley, Romeo Langford, and Cameron Reddish. Last night, the team practiced for two and a half hours, and today, they'll go from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. this evening. Finalists will be announced tomorrow. In the meantime, we'll bring you any news, pictures, or videos that leak out. Some already have...
2. Diallo to Knox sure looks nice
3. Bol Bol looks great as wellCalipari said the transformation the 7'2" Bol has made since he watched him last year to when he saw him this spring is unbelievable. Look how easily he handles the ball in transition, an impressive feat considering his ridiculous size: https://twitter.com/BenRobertsHL/status/876591996667916288 Plenty of more highlights like that in the post directly below this one, so scroll on down to get your first sneak peek of Diallo, Knox, Washington, and the 2018 recruits.
4. Keep an eye on Immanuel QuickleyThe 2018 point guard has already narrowed his list to four (Kentucky, Maryland, Kansas, and Miami), and the Cats seem to be the overwhelming favorite. Last week at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Quickley admitted that being around Calipari this week is a huge plus for Kentucky. “Actually, I can’t lie,” Quickley said, via Adam Zagoria. “It does give him an advantage just because I get to spend more time [with him] but all the coaches tell me they’ll be able to see me in Colorado.” With unprecedented access to many of his top 2018 prospects, it will be fascinating to watch Calipari recruit over the next month.
5. The Celtics and the 76ers have agreed to trade picksThe big news on Twitter this weekend was the Boston Celtics reportedly agreeing to trade the #1 pick in Thursday's draft to the Philadelphia 76ers for the Sixers' 3rd pick. The Celtics will also receive a protected 2018 first-round pick from the Los Angeles Lakers, or the Sacramento Kings' first-rounder in 2019. The trade should become final today, and the Sixers reportedly plan to take Markelle Fultz.
6. Boston fans seem to be taking it well
What does this mean for De'Aaron Fox? The Sixers hosted Fox this weekend for a solo workout before deciding to trade up, and the Celtics don't need another guard, so if the Lakers pick Lonzo Ball, look for the Phoenix Suns to take Fox at four, opening the door to trade Eric Bledsoe. If for some reason that doesn't happen, Sacramento will be waiting at five.
Let's check in with #Celtics fans after the Markelle Fultz trade...ðŸ˜¦ pic.twitter.com/Pst4uQLhdw – 247Sports (@247Sports) June 18, 2017