Good morning, BBN! And Happy Friday to all of you!
As a matter of fact, there’s another reason to celebrate this morning: it’s National Donut Day!
Today, numerous donut shops and stores are celebrating the holiday by giving out free donuts and participating in various promotions. Some of the quick deals I’ve seen online are with Krispy Kreme (one free donut) and Dunkin’ (one free donut with any beverage purchase), but check with your go-to spot for today’s specials to celebrate.
Speaking of donuts, I know of someone in particular who will be celebrating today: UK football signee Michael “Donut” Drennen II.
[caption id="attachment_283815" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Drennen wore a donut shirt to announce his commitment to UK, via @Scott_Schrader.
For that reason alone, and that reason alone, let’s watch some of Drennen’s ridiculous highlights to get the day started:
The NBA is BACK
On Thursday afternoon, the NBA’s Board of Governors officially voted to approve the league’s 22-team format to restart the 2019-2020 season in Orlando, with July 31 being the return-to-play date.
With this finalized plan, 16 teams already in playoff position will be invited to Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports, along with six other teams in outside contention being brought in to fight for the eighth seed.
Among the 22 teams invited to Orlando, as many as 20 former Kentucky players will take the floor.
Who and for what team? Here is the entire list below:
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Clippers
- Anthony Davis
- Rajon Rondo
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
- Nerlens Noel
- Hamidou Diallo
Portland Trail Blazers
New Orleans Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs
- Willie Cauley-Stein
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
- Trey Lyles
- Keldon Johnson
The NBA Draft date is set
While discussing the return-to-play plan yesterday, the NBA also revealed when its draft will be held.
And to no one’s surprise, it’s going to be a pretty significant wait.
As of today, the NBA has set the Draft Lottery for August 25 to determine the first 14 selections, followed by the NBA Draft on October 15.
In response to this news, the NCAA has also officially moved back its withdrawal deadline to August.
Players testing the NBA Draft waters will now have until August 3 or 10 days after the draft combine (still TBD) to decide. The original deadline was June 3.
All five of Kentucky's starters from the 2019-20 roster - Tyrese Maxey, Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans, and EJ Montgomery - have announced they intend to stay in the draft and forego their remaining eligibility, so this does not apply to them. This will, however, affect teams with players still contemplating their futures, such as LSU (Darius Days, Javonte Smart, and Trendon Watford), Michigan State (Xavier Tillman and Aaron Henry), Arkansas (Isaiah Joe), Alabama (John Petty), and Tennessee (Yves Pons).
The wait continues...
Kentucky football set to participate in protest
With the country protesting police brutality and racial injustice each day over the course of the last week, Kentucky football is set to participate this afternoon.
According to our very own Matt Jones, Mark Stoops and Courtney Love will be joined by members of the football team for today’s protest in downtown Lexington.
Kentucky falls to Coach Duggs and the Tennessee Volunteers
After leading late into the third quarter, Kentucky wasn’t able to pull off the upset against Coach Duggs’ undefeated Tennessee squad last night, falling by a final score of 36-26.
One heck of an effort falls short in Lexington.
It’s basketball day on KSR
After making my debut on the radio show Monday morning, I’ll be returning today to talk all things UK basketball and recruiting on Kentucky Sports Radio.
Have any questions? Let us know in the comment section or on Twitter (@JackPilgrimKSR
More importantly, tune in from 10 a.m. to noon.