Kentucky Wildcats Receive Citrus Bowl Rings

The Kentucky Wildcats are coming off their best football season since 1977, and they capped it off with a 27-24 Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State to finish the season at 10-3.

In addition to the $400 Best Buy gift card, Fossil watch, and Ogio backpack each player received for participating in the Citrus Bowl, the Wildcats looked to have received some nice jewelry for their victory.

I will say the Jostens Citrus Bowl ring is much more beautiful than my Jostens senior class ring.

With Mark Stoops and company’s recent success, there will be plenty of more hardware to come in the future. Go Cats!

UK Football gets Four-Star Commitment and UK Basketball Makes Final Four for Johnny Juzang

All of Big Blue Nation should be flexing and doing the John Wall dance right now.

Kentucky football won’t have a lot of roster turnover following the 2019 season, meaning there will be less scholarships for recruits and Coach Stoops and company will have to be very selective about who they go after.

That plan is going well as UK football picked up a commit from Kentucky native and four-star offensive lineman, John Young.

Young, a 6-foot-6, 295-pound tackle, ranks as the No. 214 overall prospect and No. 24 offensive tackle in the nation according to Rivals and chose Kentucky over other finalists Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Purdue, and Louisville.

Thus far, Kentucky has only two commits for next season, but both are four-star recruits and rank as top five recruits in their respective states.

Young is a big get for the UK football program that could play a major role in bringing in more recruits for next season.

Not even 10 minutes later, Kentucky basketball received some big recruiting news regarding five-star Johnny Juzang who announced on Wednesday that he would be reclassifying to the 2019 class.

Before Kentucky’s involvement, Villanova was the heavy favorite to land Juzang and with them out of the picture, Kentucky seems to be the favorite by far.

Juzang is scheduled to visit Lexington on Monday and if we have learned anything from past commitments, don’t be surprised if Juzang commits to Kentucky during his visit.

Scouting Report: Just like Tyler Herro, Juzang is a natural born “bucket”. Juzang can score inside and out and everywhere in between using quick release jumpers, floaters, and scoop shots to score in the lane. Juzang also plays well off the ball and excels in catch and shoot situations. Juzang does lack athleticism and handling.

NBA Comparison: Dillon Brooks

Kentucky 2019 NFL Draft Recap

The Kentucky football program capped off their first 10 win season since 1977 with a very successful NFL Draft.

In the 2019 NFL Draft, Kentucky was one of just four schools to have a player selected in each of the first four rounds and had five players drafted in total, the highest total since 1979 when eight players went in 12 rounds.

Take a closer look at the most recent Wildcat draftees.

Draft Picks

Josh Allen LB: Jacksonville Jaguars; 1st round, 7th overall pick
Lonnie Johnson CB: Houston Texans; 2nd round, 54th overall pick
Mike Edwards S: Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 3rd round, 99th overall pick
Benny Snell RB: Pittsburgh Steelers; 4th round, 122nd overall pick
George Asafo-Adjei OT: New York Giants; 7th round, 232nd overall pick,

There were several more Wildcats that didn’t hear their name called, but that doesn’t mean they fell short of their NFL dreams. So far, six players have been signed by NFL teams and there is one notable name yet to be signed, linebacker Jordan Jones.

There is a case to be made that is is better to undrafted than to be selected in the 6th or 7th round, because as an undrafted free agent you have the ability to choose the team that gives you the best shot to make the final roster.

Here are the undrafted Wildcats who have signed as free agents so far.

Free Agent Signings

Chris Westry CB: Dallas Cowboys
Dorian Baker WR: Cleveland Browns
CJ Conrad TE: New York Giants
Bunchy Stallings OL: Jacksonville Jaguars
Derrick Baity CB: Houston Texans
Darius West S: Kansas City Chiefs

After this year’s NFL Draft Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow, and the rest of the UK coaching staff have plenty of recruiting ammo to use to bring in future players to Lexington and make more NFL dreams come true.

2020 Five-Star Target Jalen Johnson calls Kentucky His “Dream School”

One of the top players in the 2020 class, Jalen Johnson, is in Atlanta this weekend for the Nike EYBL where he is joined by Coach John Calipari and the rest of the UK coaching staff.

As the No. 3 overall recruit in the 2020 class, Johnson is one of Kentucky’s highest priority targets for next year’s class. As Johnson hopes to commit before his senior season, he talked about Kentucky as his “dream school”.

Johnson also went on to discuss his “love” for Kentucky and the NBA factory Coach Cal has created in Lexington.

“I just love (Kentucky), I don’t really know why. They were just my dream school, them and Florida. I just loved watching those two schools play and seeing the success they had.”

“Just seeing how successful they are in the NBA, I think that’s a huge factor for recruits. … Calipari’s player development, it’s like no other. Seeing how he’s turned players into future Hall of Famers, it’s crazy.”

According to the 24/7 Sports Crystal Ball predictions, Duke has the best chances to land Johnson at 71% followed by Wisconsin at 29%.

At 6-foot-8 and 215 pounds, Johnson has great size and is one of the most talented players in next year’s class. With Kentucky being his “dream school”, you have to think there is a great chance of Johnson becoming a Wildcat.

Scouting Report: Standing at 6-8 with a 6-11 wingspan, Johnson has great overall speed and athleticism which allows him to run the floor and play above the rim with ease. Even with his size and length, Johnson has legit point guard skills and excels at initiating fast breaks. Johnson is a great two way player with great shooting form. Needs to improve his ball handling and develop a more consistent outside shot.

Comparison: Paul George/Stronger Shaun Livingston

Josh Allen has the Ultimate Stamp of Approval from Jacksonville Teammate

How can you not like Josh Allen?

After dominating not just the SEC, but the entire country and making a clean sweep of every major college football defensive award in existence, Josh Allen was primed to be a top-five pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

While Allen did fall to pick No. 7, a couple of spots shy of where he was projected, he was able to avoid some “trainwreck” teams and land on a decent Jacksonville Jaguar team just two seasons removed from an AFC championship game appearance.

After being drafted, fellow Jaguar teammate and star cornerback, Jalen Ramsey, tweeted out a direct message he sent to Allen back on April 13th saying, “ain’t nobody betta in this draft”.

This is high praise from Ramsey, who told GQ last year that Pro Bowl quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck “suck” and “aren’t that good”.

Allen will join Ramsey in the Jaguar defensive unit and with Ramsey’s stamp of approval, Allen can make the six teams that passed up on him regret it with a Defensive Rookie of the Year level season.

Time to invest in a Josh Allen jersey!

NFL Draft Day, Eleven Wildcats Could Be Drafted

It is NFL Draft Day! For the first time ever the NFL Draft is being hosted in a city not too far away; Nashville, Tennessee. As for the Kentucky football program, even more history could be made following a historic 10-win season.

After not having one player drafted in the previous two drafts, the 2019 NFL Draft could be a historically great one for the Kentucky football program.

There are eleven Wildcats that could have their name called over the course of the weekend and could shatter any Kentucky football draft records.

Kentucky hasn’t had more than four players drafted in one year since 1979, when eight players went in 12 rounds. In 1951, nine players were drafted, and that took an astounding 28 rounds.

Let’s take a closer look at the most recent draft projections.

*Draft projections based on NFL.com

Josh Allen DE/LB: 1st Round, Top 5 pick
Lonnie Johnson CB: 2nd Round
Mike Edwards S: 3rd-4th Round
Benny Snell RB: 5th-6th Round
Chris Westry CB: 6th-7th Round
Darius West S: 7th Round-Priority Free Agent
Bunchy Stallings G: Priority Free Agent
C.J. Conrad TE: Priority Free Agent
Derrick Baity CB: Priority Free Agent
Jordan Jones LB: Priority Free Agent
Dorian Baker WR: Priority Free Agent

While the NFL.com analysts aren’t as high on many of these Wildcats as others, these players brought Kentucky football to a level it hasn’t seen for 40+ years. If given a fair shot, you could see the majority of this list on NFL rosters next season.

Until the draft comes on at 8 pm ET, enjoy this billboard of Josh Allen 🐐

2020 Four Star Football Recruit Praises Kentucky and Disses Alabama

Four-star wide receiver Kalil Branham has been a hot name in Lexington since decommitting from Michigan following his visit to Lexington for the Blue-White game.

Following the visit, there were several picks made for the Cats to land Brahman, and with his recent tweet from Tuesday those chances seem to be getting bigger.

I doubt Nick Saban appreciates Branham’s tweet, but it does support the “family” atmosphere around the UK football program that current and former players have talked about.

Branham, a 6-foot-1 wide receiver from Columbus, Ohio ranks as the No. 339 player overall and the 6th best player from Ohio in the 2020 class.

Football recruiting is as unpredictable as the weather, but signs are looking good for the Cats to land their first four-star wide receiver since Lynn Bowden.

In case you needed to know, Branham is also a track star and he is “fast, fast”.

Johhny “Bucket” Juzang could Reclassify to 2019 Class, Announcement Tomorrow

With five players definitely leaving (Reid Travis, PJ Washington, Keldon Johnson, Tyler Herro, and Jemarl Baker) and potentially two more (Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery), there is a lot of unpredictability as we look ahead to next year’s Kentucky team.

Returnees
G Ashton Hagans
G Immanuel Quickley
G Brad Calipari
G/F Zan Payne
C Nick Richards
C EJ Montgomery

Newcomers
G Tyrese Maxey
G/F Khalil Whitney
G/F Dontaie Allen
F Keion Brooks
F Nate Sestina

John Calipari is exploring all possibilities to fill next year’s roster and one of the hottest names in Kentucky basketball recruiting right now is 2020 five-star wing, Johnny Juzang.

This past Friday, the day Jemarl Baker announced he would transfer from UK, John Calipari and Joel Justus visited Juzang in California and offered him a scholarship.

At 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds, Juzang has good size at the wing and is widely considered a top-25 recruit and an elite scorer in the 2020 class.

As a junior, Juzang averaged 22.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists on 43% FG and 35% from three.

Recruiting guru, Evan Daniels of 24/7 Sports, is now reporting that Juzang is “seriously” considering reclassification to the 2019 class and will take a visit to Lexington on April 29th.

If Juzang were to reclassify he would need to obtain credits away from his current school Harvard-Westlake, as they do not have an early graduation program.

As more news comes out the Cats seem to be picking up more momentum, which is certainly promising as Juzang tweeted that he’s got a “big announcement” coming tomorrow night.

Virginia, USC, and Kansas are among other schools going after Juzang but Kentucky’s recent momentum has most believing the Wildcats are the favorite and his offense will be certainly welcomed in Lexington.

Scouting Report: Just like Tyler Herro, Juzang is a natural born “bucket”. Juzang can score inside and out and everywhere in between using quick release jumpers, floaters, and scoop shots to score in the lane. Juzang also plays well off the ball and excels in catch and shoot situations. Juzang does lack athleticism and handling.

NBA Comparison: Dillon Brooks

Here is a video from October, with Juzang talking about Kentucky’s “winning” and “wanting to be a pro”.

John Calipari To Visit Top Grad Transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr.

Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery have declared for the NBA Draft, and while they are both expected to make the wise decision to return to Kentucky, nothing is holding them back from officially leaving.

Even if Richards and Montgomery did return, the Cats are still in need of some frontcourt depth.

Last week, it was reported that there was some mutual interest between Kentucky and Virginia Tech graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr., a 6-10 250-pound forward, ranked as the No. 1 graduate transfer by ESPN.

Corey Evans of Rivals.com, reported that Blackshear and his parents hosted John Calipari for an in-home visit today. However, that report turned out to be incorrect and they’re still “trying to figure that out right now as we speak.”

This past weekend, reports came out that SEC opponents Texas A&M and Florida were the early favorites to land Blackshear. Texas A&M just hired former Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams and Blackshear is from Orlando, Florida.

However, if John Calipari and Kentucky is in the mix they can never be counted out.

This past season, Blackshear averaged 14.9 PPG and 7.5 RPG on 50.8% shooting and 33.3% from three. In Virginia Tech’s Sweet Sixteen matchup against Duke, Blackshear finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Not to mention, in 2017’s performance against Kentucky at Rupp Arena, Blackshear recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds in just 22 minutes of action.

Blackshear was a Second Team All-ACC Selection, but with Calipari’s track record and recent success with PJ Washington, Blackshear could develop him into an First Team All-SEC selection.


Future NBA Cats Driving Around in Style

Now that PJ Washington, Keldon Johnson, and Tyler Herro have declared for the draft and announced they will stay in the draft, it looks like they have got themselves each a new set of wheels.

Earlier in the week Michael R Vine of Blue Grass Motorsport, a luxury car dealership in Louisville, KY, posted these two pictures welcoming the soon to be rookies “to Blue Grass Motorsport”.

As all three are practically first-round locks in the 10th-25th pick range, it looks like they wanted to splurge a little bit. If they are in fact picked in the 10 through 25 range, they have the money to splurge and would earn $9.1 million (10th pick) to $4.5 million (25th pick) over three years of guaranteed money according to the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement.

There is no confirmation on whether these cars are rented, gifts/advances from their agents after declaring (not illegal), or if they were bought but let’s take a closer look at the new whips.

*The pictures display the correct car, not exterior or interior colors.

Keldon Johnson, Audi RS5 & McLaren 720S Spider

Keldon Johnson confirmed he was driving a 2019 Audi RS5 during his interview with Kentucky Sports Radio, setting Johnson back at least $74,200. While the Audi is a nice car, it looks like he wanted to rent something with “Hollywood” style while in LA this week.

That something “Hollywood” was a McLaren 720S Spider, with a top speed of 202 mph and a cost starting at $315,000. I find it hard to believe Keldon got that big of an advance from his agent, which is why I am assuming it was a rental, which would still cost $3,500 a day according to Dynasty Luxury Rentals of Miami.

PJ Washington, Porsche Cayenne

PJ Washington was the first to post anything and is driving around in a 2019 Porsche Cayenne, which starts at $65,700. PJ who could be the highest draft pick of the eligible Wildcats to be drafted, chose the “cheapest” car of the three and maybe the wisest decision.

Tyler Herro, Maserati Quattroporte

Tyler Herro can now take a page from the hit song, Old Town Road, and “drive down Rodeo in my Maserati sportscar”. Herro is driving around in a 2019 Maserati Quattroporte, which will set you back at least $107,680 for the basic trim and is the most expensive car of the three.

These three Wildcats are going to be riding into their rookie season in style is just a few short months. As for Reid Travis, we can be certain he bought a sensible and brand new Honda Accord.