KSR Road TripStarting tomorrow begins a week-long extravaganza throughout the South for three of your favorite KSR bloggers. Tomorrow night Freddie Maggard and I will arrive in Hoover, Alabama for four days of SEC Media Days coverage. There will be posts on each team, podcasts, pictures and commentary from your favorite talking heads. Following UK's appearance on Wednesday, I will depart for the Peach Jam to check in on UK's Nike EYBL recruits. A few hours away in Spartanburg, South Carolina Jack Pilgrim will check out the best of the best on the adidas circuit. Upon returning on Sunday, I get a "treat yo self" with the season seven premiere of Game of Thrones.
Another Victory for Team USAIt was a close quarterfinal game for Team USA, and they still won by 22. P.J. Washington and Hamidou Diallo did little damage on the stat sheet, and they still won by 22. Another SEC star, Auburn's Austin Wiley, scored 19 points from the post to lead the Americans. If you missed the game, you can see all of the necessary highlights in nine minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm_7kSUOIZo
Sorrey CanadaAfter upsetting France, the Canadians are bringing their maple syrup and Molson to the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup. Normally, I'd spend this entire paragraph/day finding new ways to make bad jokes about Canada, but as Rakim would say, they ain't no joke. Leading the way for the Canadians is R.J. Barrett, the consensus No. 1 player in the 2019 class. It's not the first time P.J. Washington has played against Barrett. “I mean he’s a great player. He’s a young guy, lefty, he can shoot it, he can get to the rack, he’s a great player,” said Washington about Barrett, adding, “I feel like if we just play our game we will be alright.” The action starts at 2:30 ET and will be streamed right here on KSR.
Tai Wynyard in ActionAfter securing a double-double (17 points, 13 rebounds) and a victory over Mali, Tai's New Zealand team is taking on Puerto Rico right now. Watch all the action unfold below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atMaiY6X0iA
De'Aaron Fox's Fantastic Summer League DebutThe former Kentucky point guard did not disappoint the fans in Las Vegas. His Kings did not win, falling to a Kentucky-less Phoenix Suns lineup 89-85, but he was still one of the day's best performers. Fox finished with 18 points (7-16 FG), 5 steals, 4 assists and 3 rebounds. With time running out in the third quarter, Fox went coast-to-coast, threw Derrick Jones in the spin cycle and finished high off the glass.
That was my favorite Fox highlight of the night, but this Kentucky connection to Skal Labissiere off a steal was a close second.
De'aaron Fox puttin the ðŸŒª on Derrick Jones Jr. pic.twitter.com/caS2SgOR2o– Las Wobgas (@World_Wide_Wob) July 8, 2017
Lonzo Ball had an Excellent Debut...NOT!I don't cheer against Lonzo Ball because of his dad. I cheer against Lonzo Ball because he went to UCLA and people actually think he's better than De'Aaron Fox, even though Fox destroyed him twice. Seeing Summer League action for the first time, Fox outdid Lonzo, again. Ball shot 2-of-15 FG from the floor. Eleven of those attempts were threes; he only made one and finished with 5 points. Fox had 6 points after the first quarter. "Sorry, not sorry Magic," is something I wish De'Aaron said after the game.
Summer League Scores from Other CatsPlaying alongside Fox, Skal Labissiere had 10 points (4-9), 2 blocks, a steal, an assist and a rebound. Their Kentucky teammate Dominique Hawkins did not leave the bench. In James Young's first game for New Orleans, he got in a little foul trouble but still played okay. In a loss to the Raptors, Young shot 2-of-5 from three to finish with 12 points and a pair of steals. Young opened the game guarding Mychal Mulder. Yes, Mulder started for the Raptors. The shooting guard missed two three-point attempts but finished with 6 points in 17 minutes. The top UK performer not-named-Fox was Archie Goodwin. Playing for the Brooklyn Nets, Archie had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist to lead Brooklyn to a three-point victory.
Today's Summer League ScheduleThere are games all afternoon on almost every ESPN network; four of them feature former Wildcats.
- 6:00: Washington (Isaac Humphries) vs. Memphis on ESPNU
- 6:30: Raptors (Mychal Mulder) vs. Timberwolves on ESPN3
- 8:00: Miami (Bam Adebayo) vs. San Antonio on ESPNU
- 10:30: Philadelphia (Poythress, Briscoe, Aaron Harrison) vs. Golden State on ESPN