The Morning After: Kentucky vs. Houston

Take a deep breath and check your heart rate.

Tyler Herro and PJ Washington entered Kentucky folklore as the Wildcats survived and advanced with a 62-58 victory over the Houston Cougars.

While the win wasn’t pretty, a win is a win. However, there are plenty of things to look at and learn from as we look forward to Sunday’s game against Auburn.

Tyler Herro THE Hero

After Herro only scored 9 points on 2-11 shooting, it was a good sight to see Tyler “Bucket” Herro back in full swing as he scored 19 on 7-13 shooting. Including the three to give Kentucky the lead with 25.8 seconds left.

After missing a free throw earlier in the half, Mr. Clutch went on to sink two free throws to give Kentucky a comfortable four-point lead with 15 seconds to go.

Herro took Kentucky fans back to Aaron Harrison’s 2014 run with that shot and with that shot, he will always be remembered.

PJ Washington, We Don’t Win Without Him

Before the game, there was still speculation on whether PJ Washington would play or not. On Friday, he was back in full form, and that foot didn’t look to bother him one bit.

In two games without PJ, Kentucky definitely missed his offense. In his return, PJ played one of his most efficient games of the year. Coming off the bench and in 26 minutes, PJ recorded 16 points (6-8), 2 rebounds, and 1 assist.

After the game, Calipari noted that PJ didn’t participate in pregame shootaround due to pain and was unsure if he was going to play. PJ wanted to play, played through the pain, and got two of the most critical plays of the game with the and-one and the block leading to Herro three.

In Calipari’s postgame words, “we don’t win without him [PJ]”.

Great Defense

In three NCAA tournament games, the Wildcats have yet to give up more than sixty points or let a team shoot over 40% FG from the field.

After limiting Flethcer “Oofer” Magee to 0-12 on three point shooting last weekend, the focus shifted to Houston’s Corey Davis Jr. on Friday night.

Davis came into the game averaging 23.5 points and five made three-pointers in two NCAA Tournament games. Tyler Herro had another great defensive performance limiting Davis Jr. to just 14 points (5-16) and 1-7 from three.

On Sunday, the Cats will face off against the Auburn Tigers for the third time this season and will have to limit their guards, Jared Harper and Bryce Brown who have both played great since SEC play.

Rebounding Battle

Coming into the game, Houston was top-10 in every rebounding category and many had anticipated the Cougars to put up a fight on the boards, but that just wasn’t the case.

On Thursday, Houston’s Chris Harris, told Kyle Tucker of The Athletic:

“I believe that will be the game. Whoever wins the rebounding battle, that will be the game.”

In the end, it wasn’t too much of a battle and Harris’ comments rang true. Kentucky’s size was too much to handle for the Cougars as the Wildcats outrebounded Houston by 13 (36-23) and escaped with the win.

Offensive Struggles

Kentucky has played one and a half games of good offense in three tournament games and that needs to change in a hurry.

After putting up 37 points in the first half, Kentucky only scored 12 points in just under 17 minutes which allowed Houston to regain the lead down the stretch. Kentucky went on to score 13 points in the final three minutes to win the game.

Simply. that just can’t happen again if the Cats want to win a national title.

On Sunday, the Cats will take on the Auburn Tigers for the third time this season and are playing their best basketball of the season. Auburn is a great offensive team, as they are ranked 6th in offensive efficiency and has scored 78 or more points in all three of their NCAA Tournament games.

Auburn truly lives and dies by the three. As we have seen in Kentucky’s two games against Auburn this year, they can lose by thirty or win the game, there’s no in between. Kentucky has to be ready for their best shot.

Survive and advance. The Cats are one step closer to Minneapolis.

What Are the “Experts” Saying: Kentucky vs. Houston

The 2019 NCAA Tournament is the chalkiest of all time and Kentucky will have to face at least a top 15 KenPom team from here on out. The Wildcats will have to bring their A game every time out if they want to bring home championship No. 9.

That journey continues tonight as the Cats take on a gritty and tough Houston team. The Cougars are in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1984, and while this isn’t the same caliber team as the Phi Slamma Jamma teams, they are capable of advancing. Let’s look at what the experts around the country are saying.

CBS Sports

ESPN

Seth Greenberg: Kentucky

Jay Williams: Kentucky

Jay Bilas: With PJ: Kentucky; Without PJ: Houston

Dick Vitale: Kentucky

Sports Illustrated

USA Today

Scott Gleeson: Kentucky, Lose in Final Four to Virginia

George Schroeder: Kentucky, Lose to North Carolina in Elite Eight

Nancy Armour: Kentucky, Lose to North Carolina in Elite Eight

Eddie Timanus: Kentucky, Lose to North Carolina in Elite Eight

Bleacher Report

No. 3 Houston vs. No. 2 Kentucky (-3), 9:57 p.m., TBS; Houston 77, Kentucky 69

According to ESPN’s BPI prediction, Kentucky-Houston will be the best matchup of Friday’s games and Kentucky has a 62.5% of advancing to the Elite Eight. KenPom also gives the Wildcats a 58-percent chance of winning and projects a final score of 68-66.

Tonight’s matchup is between two of the best defenses in the country. You can look here at the keys to the game. In the end, the team that has the best guard play and the best offensive performance will most likely survive and advance to the Elite Eight. It looks like most people, like myself, are taking THE Kentucky Wildcats

In case you aren’t pumped up just yet, this should do the trick ?.

KY Insider Preview: Sweet Sixteen Edition

Kentucky will take on Houston on Friday, in a battle of the logos.

The Cougars are enjoying their best season since the 1980’s and the “Phi Slamma Jamma” days. This Houston team is much different than the one that featured two Hall of Famers, Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olujuwan.

Instead this Houston team is undersized, gritty, and tough and will make their opponents fight for everything. Houston takes pride in their defense, as they rank No. 12 in defensive efficiency and is No. 1 in the country in opponent field goal percentage. Houston is a good team, but they have one big knock. The Cougars only have 1 win over a KenPom top-25 team, that win coming back in December against LSU at Houston.

This will be a gritty, tough it out type of game, let’s look at Kentucky needs to do give themselves the best chance to win.

PJ Washington

The Big Blue Nation got a well needed shot of good news when PJ Washington tweeted this video on Wednesday.

To me, when Calipiari retweeted PJ with an “uh oh”, it confirmed that PJ will return against Houston. It doesn’t make any sense to set the team and the fans up for something that’s not going to happen.

In today’s press conference PJ told reporters, “It’s good, I feel good. It’s about going out there and seeing if I can do stuff on the court”. PJ participated in today’s practice, and while the media was sent to the back during the Wildcat’s contact drills, they were able to catch this video.

Calipari went on to tell reporters that doctors told PJ that he can’t further injure himself by playing. Cal said, “If that were the case. I wouldn’t let him play”.

While there are still some question marks, I would be shocked if PJ didn’t play on Friday.

Efficient Offense and Good Shot Selection

Against Wofford, Kentucky simply failed to execute well on offense for a majority of the game. Kentucky will be facing a much stingier Houston defense Friday night.

Kentucky is Top 25 in offensive efficiency and field goal percentage, and the Cats will need to display that. If PJ is on the floor this is a much easier task as he is able to space the floor and provide scoring that Kentucky didn’t have the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

Tyler Herro will have a tough defensive assignment against Houston’s Corey Davis, the Cougar’s leading scorer. Unless he can match that defensive effort and hold Davis to single digits, Kentucky can’t afford for Herro to shoot 2-11 again. There were too many times against Wofford that Kentucky just settled. While Cal will want to take advantage of Kentucky’s size advantage, Kentucky’s guard will need to produce more offense.

Guard Play

I am a firm believer in that this game will be decided by the guard play.

Houston has one of the best backcourts in the country with Corey Davis and Armoni Brooks. Davis and Brooks combine for an average of 30 points and both have made over 100 three pointers with over 38% 3P.

So far in the tournament Davis has averaged 23.5 points, 40.5% FG, 39% 3P. While Davis isn’t shooting a great percentage from the field, most of his attempts are from three and he made seven

It’s not just Davis and Brooks, one of Houston’s biggest strengths is their depth, especially on the perimeter. Houston’s guards account for 75% of their points, meaning Kentucky’s guards will have to stay in front because of their quickness and stay home because of their shooting ability.

On the other hand, Kentucky’s guards haven’t played their best basketball in the NCAA tournament and they will need to step up.

One bright spot has been Ashton Hagans. Hagans biggest knock has been his turnover rate, which has improved in NCAA Tournament play averaging only 1.5 turnovers in addition to 8 points, 4 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1 steal. Not to mention, Jemarl Baker, who will likely see some more playing time and provide some shooting and defense.

If the Wildcat guards can outplay the Houston guards, Kentucky’s chances to win look a lot better.

Rebounding

John Calipari’s Kentucky teams have always been strong on the boards, and this year is no different. Kentucky is ranked 35th in both offensive and defensive rebounds per game.

It’s not often that Kentucky faces a team just as good on the boards, but they will again on Friday.

Houston ranks top 20 in both offensive and defensive rebounds per game and are as tough and gritty as any team Kentucky has played this season. However, they aren’t as good as keeping their opponents off the board ranking over 200th in the country in all rebounding categories.

If Houston’s defense is able to limit Kentucky on offense, the Cats will need to crash the boards with a purpose and give themselves extra opportunities. With the size advantage, the Cats have no excuse not to capitalize.

Prediction

While the Cougars don’t shoot great from outside, they shoot A LOT from outside. If the Cats don’t show up ready to play or the Cougars are lighting it up from outside, Kentucky could be in trouble.

However, Kentucky will have a substantial size advantage at every position, and will need to use that to their advantage on both ends of the floor. With PJ back in the lineup, I expect for Kentucky to have a much better offensive night. At this point in the season, the Cats are simply more battle tested than Houston.

According to Houston’s Breaon Brady, Kentucky is “just another team. Everybody is hyping Kentucky, and we love that”. I anticipate the Cats to respond on the court and show that they are more than just “another team”.

Kentucky: 76

Houston:69

Takeaways from the McDonald’s All-American Game

The 42nd McDonald’s All-American game was played last night in Atlanta. Kentucky is no stranger McDonald’s All-Americans, signing 33 since Calipari arrived in Lexington in 2009, the most of any school in that span. Last night’s game featured two more committed Wildcats, Tyrese Maxey and Khalil Whitney, and two UK targets, Jaden McDaniels and Matthew Hurt.

Let’s take a deeper look at one of the most enjoyable weeks in High School Basketball.

The Duo

Thus far, Kentucky is the only school in the country with more than one five-star commitment, the Wildcats have three. Two of the commits were featured in last night’s game, Tyrese Maxey and Khalil Whitney.

Tyrese Maxey scored a team-high 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting, including 3 of 6 three-pointers to go along with a pair of steals in 19 minutes of action for the West. Whereas, Whitney, who also played for the West, didn’t have his strongest performance finishing with only two points on 1 of 5 shooting in 15 minutes.

Maxey turned heads all week, and according to 24/7 Sports’ Evan Daniels and Josh Gershon, was THE standout player.

“It’s been a good week for 6-foot-3 combination guard Tyrese Maxey. Maxey showed up at the McDonald’s festivities in arguably the best shape of his basketball career. He looks visibly quicker and showed a burst in the open court. He also impressed with his finishing ability going towards the goal. Maxey was effective using runners and floaters, and also used high glass finishes over bigger defenders at the rim. A versatile guard, Kentucky can use him on or off the ball, as he’s playmaker that’s equipped to score on handle on ball duties.”

Whitney has a “dog mentality” and is excited to be a Wildcat, calling Kentucky his “dream school”. Whitney brings elite level athleticism, power, agility and leaping ability and according to John Calipari, can be a “monster” on the defensive end.

Tyrese Maxey and Khalil Whitney could be an electric De’aron Fox and Malik Monk like duo and I am ready for it.

Talking Trash

Tyrese Maxey and Khalil Whitney did their share of trash talking, particularly to Louisville commit, Samuell Williamson as he went on to say:

“Oh yeah, we’ve been going back and forth all week. I was telling them that we’re going to come into Rupp Arena next year and get a win, but Tyrese and Kahlil weren’t having that.”

They weren’t having that, Whitney went on to say “It’ll be a fun matchup going against those guys next year”, but when asked about who will win that matchup he said “Kentucky” with a grin.

Maxey was asked the same question and was insulted that was even a question.

“What? What kind of question is that?” he said. “Big Blue Nation, man.”

Talking trash to “little brother” at the McDonald’s All-American game isn’t anything new. If you remember, the 2016 class that featured De’Aron Fox, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo, and Sach Kileya-Jones took this infamous “L’s down” picture.

Recruiting

Kentucky needs to add some more depth to next year’s frontcourt, and last night there were two very worth UK targets that could fill that void, Jaden McDaniels and Matthew Hurt.

Both have been very quiet about their recruitments thus far, but we found out earlier this week Hurt had set a decision date.

While Hurt and his family have been quiet, they aren’t afraid to talk about it.

Hurt will decide on April 19th between the four most successful progams in college basketball history in Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina. While things look bleak for the Cats, Hurt’s father said there is no current leader in his recruitment and that “they [Kentucky] haven’t wavered in that at all. At all”.

Contrary to Hurt, McDaniels wants to stay away from it and keep to himself, saying, “I just don’t like talking about it, it’s just something I don’t talk about”.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that two Wildcat commits are making their pitches to the two in Atlanta, letting them know they can be a part of something special in Lexington.

Maxey and Whitney have tried to keep a balance of space and recruiting with the two and not to overbear them.

Maxey

“I know when someone has been annoying to me, so that’s why I only hit him up every now and then. Like if there’s a tweet that comes out or something that I see, when I see him in person, I’ll just tap him and say ‘Big Blue Nation’, I try not to be overly annoying because I wouldn’t like that.”

Whitney

“I’m recruiting both Matthew Hurt and Jaden McDaniels. Those guys are pretty chill with their recruitments. But they’ll give me a couple chuckles, you know, I’ll tell them, ‘Hey, we can team up and win a national championship’ and stuff like that. But they definitely tell me that Kentucky is a top option and we’re just waiting to see their decision.”

McDaniels and Hurt are two very offensively skilled big men, and adding just one to next year’s class will definitely help make a case to put the 2019 class as one of Calipari’s best at Kentucky.

Check out this Rivals interview with both Tyrese Maxey and Khalil Whitney

Kentucky Exploring 2019 Graduate Transfer Possibility

This time last year, not many Kentucky fans had Reid Travis on their radar as a potential Wildcat and now he has helped carry the Cats to another Sweet Sixteen. While Reid Travis is not the most talented player on this year’s Kentucky team, he may be the most important and has helped changed Calipari’s mind about graduate transfers.

During his Monday call-in show, John Calipari talked about the idea of looking at more graduate transfers and while he is “hesitant” to recruit those from Mid-Majors he “would absolutely consider it under the right circumstances.”

It looks like those circumstances may be right now, as Evan Daniels of 24/7 Sports and Jeff Goodman have both reported that Bucknell graduate transfer Nate Sestina will take a visit Lexington next Monday.

Sestina, a 6-9, 245-pound forward is widely considered as one of the top graduate transfers in the country. Sestina averaged 15.8 ppg (53.6% FG, 38.0% 3P, 80.8% FT), 8.7 rpg, and 1.1 bpg this past season for the Bison, earning himself Second Team All-Patriot League and Patriot League All-Tournament honors. In his four years at Bucknell, Sestina helped carry the Bison to three Patriot League regular season titles and two NCAA tournament appearances.

At this point it is unclear if Sestina has scheduled more visits, a good sign for the Cats going forward. If Coach Cal misses out on his top remaining targets and reclassification options, expect Cal to look more towards the graduate transfer possibilities.

HE’S BACK

Paul “Pistol” Washington Jr. is back.

Reports were released this morning that PJ Washington was in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Tuesday to revisit a specialist. While the specialist has not been confirmed, it looks like he was treated by Dr. Robert Anderson, who many regard as the “best in the business” when it comes to foot and ankle injuries. It looks like Anderson worked his Mr. Miyagi magic.

After being sidelined for nearly a week and a half with a sprained left foot, PJ Washington sent out this tweet.

While there has been no official news report, Swaggy Cal looks to have confirmed PJ’s return in Calipari fashion.

The Wildcats made it to the Sweet Sixteen without PJ but they have definitely missed him, especially on the offensive end as he gives Kentucky another frontcourt weapon to use against the Houston Cougars on Friday.

PJ has shown the ability to do work inside and shoot it consistently from three. While the Wildcats will need to knock down shots from outside in this matchup, PJ’s ability to cause problems down low is what may prove to be the difference.

PJ is feeling good, Cal is feeling good, and I am feeling good. Let’s get No. 9!

ESPN Analyst Thinks PJ Will Be Back for Sweet Sixteen

The Kentucky Wildcats are looking towards the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, and at the moment that is without their star, PJ Washington. The people of the Big Blue Nation have been biting their nails and having sleepless nights since hearing PJ had sprained his left foot, was put into a hard cast, and was not cleared to play last weekend.

PJ is reportedly to have his cast cut off today and will be reevaluated. While there is no news on that front just yet, ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg, one of Cal’s best friends in the media had some interesting comments during today’s episode of his podcast, ESPN’s Courtside with Greenberg & Dakich.

Seth Greenberg: “I think that they get PJ Washington back, which now all the sudden not only can he score no the block …”

Dan Dakich: “Are you announcing they got him back, or what are you saying?”

Greenberg: “I’m saying that my gut feeling is that he will make an appearance in the game.”

Dakich: “So that means Cal [John Calipari] just text you?”

Greenberg: “No, no, no, no, I haven’t talked to Cal about that … but I talked to some other people. So I think he comes back.”

We will see if Greenberg is right soon, until then try your best to stay calm.

PJ Washington Injury Update, Just “Relax”

This a scene of the Big Blue Nation since news broke last week that PJ “Pistol” Washington had sprained his left foot and was put into a walking boot.

The Wildcats have since made it to the Sweet Sixteen but there is still no timetable for the star’s return. PJ was put into a hard cast on Wednesday and was “scootering” around all weekend in Jacksonville. PJ went on to tell CBS sideline reporter, Jamie Erdahl, his pain was a “10” out of 10. While there is no doubt there is pain, he seemed pretty mobile on the sidelines and cheering on his teammates, which is a good sign to me.

With the current state of frenzy in the BBN there has been no shortage of speculation and rumors. PJ Washington’s father, Paul Washington Sr. has one thing to say and wants “people to just relax. PJ will play when his body says he can play”.

During his weekly call-in show on Monday, Calipari was asked if he had any update on PJ’s status and he responded with “No”. Calipari went on to add that the plan is for the cast to come off Tuesday and for PJ to be reevaluated, so we should get a clearer picture soon enough.

Over the weekend, Brandon Hall M.D., a sports injury specialist, gave his thoughts on Washington’s injury saying, “Washington either has a sprain of one of the lesser ligaments in the foot or he has a Lisfranc injury from my best estimates”.

On the hard cast:

“In my opinion, there really is no difference between the boot or the cast. With the knowledge that we do have, I can only guess they wanted to try everything possible, but in reality, the fact that he has a cast likely will have no ultimate effect on his return.”

On when he expects PJ to return:

“He would be 2.5 weeks out for Sweet 16/ Elite 8 and 3.5 weeks out for the Final Four. If he has a typical foot sprain it is very well possible, he is ready for next week’s games and highly probable for Final Four. If it is the Lisfranc ligament I would say it is unlikely that he is ready for Sweet 16 or Elite 8 but definitely possible for Final Four.”

Read the rest of the article here: https://www.theinjurysource.com/single-post/PJWashington

PJ’s father, Cal, and his teammates have all repeatedly said that PJ desperately wants to be playing in the NCAA tournament. There are two options, either he plays or he doesn’t play, and at this point it’s anyone guess. Let’s all take a moment breath and say a prayer to the man upstairs until we hear something after the cast comes off.

2019 UK Target Matthew Hurt Sets A Decision Date

He looks good in UK blue ?

2019 five-star forward and Kentucky target, Matthew Hurt has set a decision date. Hurt announced that he will announce his college decision on April 19th, the day prior to his birthday.

“My birthday is on April 20 so I’m gonna do it the day before. I do not know where I’m going yet. The coaches have done a really good job of recruiting me; they haven’t been over the top with it, and I appreciate that. I can only pick one school, and I know that I’ll be happy with my decision in the end.”

Hurt, a consensus top-10 recruit, is one of four players in the Top 20 yet to make a decision. While Hurt never made a final list of schools, Hurt told USA Today that he’s “mainly focusing on” Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Kansas.

It’s not very often that we see the four greatest college basketball programs all still in the running for a recruit with just under a month until the final decision date.

Kansas was considered the early frontrunner, but with the surrounding allegations and FBI investigation Hurt’s family has seemed weary. As a result, it seems that Kentucky and Duke have picked up momentum in the last few months. As of now, Duke leads Hurt’s 24/7 Sports crystal ball at 53%, including a prediction from recruiting insider Evan Daniels. Kansas is second with 42% of the predictions, and Kentucky has only been predicted by one writer.

Here is a short video of Hurt discussing what he likes about each school and his visits.

Hurt’s father has said some things that should keep the Big Blue Nation positive.

“He’s been a top priority — if not the top priority — for them [Kentucky] for over a year. And they haven’t wavered in that at all. At all.”

“I’ve seen things said like, ‘Oh, I knew Matt wasn’t going to go to Kentucky anyway.’ Pardon my French, that’s bull—-. Because, at the end of the day, that’s information that’s based on speculation. It’s not coming from us.”

I personally believe Hurt will either choose Duke or Kansas, but maybe Cal can pull a rabbit of his hat and pull one of the most offensively talented big men in the 2019 class.

Scouting Report: Standing at 6-9 200 pounds, Hurt has a very thin frame and surprisingly lacks length. Hurt is a very talented offensive player that excels when asked to stretch the floor and create off the dribble. Is crafty and has good passing ability. Needs to improve his motor and defense.

Takeaways from UK Pro Day

It’s March and the Big Blue Nation’s eyes are all on the basketball team, and deservedly so. However, the football team is coming off one of the best seasons in UK football history with the help of twelve potential NFL draft picks.

Last Friday, a total of sixteen former Cats participated in UK’s 2019 Pro Day. The Pro Day was primarily for those that were either not invited or could not participate in the NFL Draft Combine. Josh Allen, Benny Snell, and the other six combine participants were there to support teammates.

While that was the plan, NFL Teams were still drooling over Josh Allen. Allen said that even though he did no performance drills, scouts repeatedly pulled him aside to have informal conversations and to get a better feel of Josh Allen the person and the football player. I mean how could you not draft that beast #1? Just look at his hands and strength

Before the season started, NFL sources talked about how this Kentucky team had just as much NFL talent as any team in the country and that’s still the case as all 32 NFL teams were well represented, including some big names such as Oakland Raiders GM Mike Mayock and Los Angeles Rams GM Les Snead.

With Allen and Snell sitting out, the rest of the Cats shined.

CJ Conrad

For CJ Conrad, UK’s Pro Day was about more than just putting up numbers. It was about just being able to get back on the field after concerns that his football career might be over.

Conrad received a combine invite but before he was able to participate in any drills, Conrad was ruled out after a medical examination found what was thought to be a heart issue. Last Monday, Conrad flew to Boston for a second opinion and got the great news that he would be able to continue to pursue his NFL dreams.

After not being able to work out for nearly three weeks, Conrad chose to not go through the entire “underwear olympic” regimen and instead just performed catching drills. Conrad was okay with that saying, “It really tested me a lot, but just to be out here with my teammates and all that, it’s meant everything.”

Conrad will continue to prepare for the NFL Draft in April and will hold another Pro Day on April 8th, where he will be joined by Mike Edwards who sat out due to a hand injury.

Chris Westry

Westry was the only eligible UK defensive back not invited to the Combine and with his performance on Friday, they might have regretted that decision.

Westry measured at 6-foot-4, posted a 38-inch vertical, and ran unofficial 4.31-second and 4.37-second 40-yard dashes. For comparison, Westry’s forty time would’ve been second among all defensive backs at the Combine and was as fast or faster than every wide receiver.

The performance wasn’t a surprise to Mark Stoops saying, “Chris Westry ran a great time, of course he was the only DB not invited to the Combine, and he lights it up here today”

Here is a clip from the Cats going nuts when Westry recorded his 38-inch vertical.

George Asafo-Adjei

Offensive tackle, George Asafo-Adjei undoubtedly had the best day of all the Cats participating on Friday and made himself some serious $$$.

Asafo-Adjei had 34 bench press reps, which would have tied him for second place among all offensive linemen at the NFL Combine. Asafo-Adjei’s 30″ vertical leap would have placed him in the top ten at the combine. Most remarkably he was able to do something only four offensive linemen did at the combine, breaking the five-second mark in the 40-yard dash with a 4.93-second mark.

Here is a table of all the results from Friday’s Pro Day.