Even With Terry Wilson Out, Positivity is Surrounding Lexington

This weekend the Kentucky football team will take on the No. 9 Florida Gators at Kroger Field.

After last year’s victory over Florida in Gainesville and a 10-win season, Coach Stoops and company confirmed this is no longer the Kentucky Football of the past, and the Cats are ready to compete with Florida and Georgia in the SEC East.

Now without Terry Wilson, beating Florida and starting a streak of our own seems a little more daunting but it can be done and there is a buzz in Lexington and some big news

Xavier Peters Has Been CLEARED To Play

The NCAA has a heart and has made the right decision as they cleared linebacker, Xavier Peters.

Peters, a former high school All-American, transferred from Florida State in the Spring in an effort to be closer to his family and his one-year-old son in Cincinnati.

With so much depth at the linebacker position, Peters is unlikely to start until he is able to get his game feet under him. With that being said, Peters definitely has the talent and potential to make an impact this season.

Two More UK Basketball Commitments this Week?

The fall recruiting period just began on Monday and the Cats are poised to get two more commitments to add to next year’s class, which could be one of Cal’s best at UK.

Lance Ware, a four-star recruit, is described as a “finesse forward”. After being visited on Tuesday, Ware is set to make a decision this Thursday. All signs are pointing towards the Cats.

Terrence Clark, a top-five recruit in the 2021 class, is widely expected to reclassify to the 2020 class barring any academic hurdles. At 6-7, Clark is an elite athlete with elite scoring ability.

Clark is set to announce his college decision on Thursday, and his Crystal Ball is currently 100% Kentucky. If Clark does commit to Kentucky, he will the highest-ranked commit since Skal Labissiere in 2016.

As Lynn Bowden says, lets have a fun weekend and “come see about it”.

John Calipari, the Next UK Quarterback?

Football returned to the bluegrass and it is as good as time as any to bring back this video of Swaggy Cal, and to remind Coach Stoops and Company that they have another quarterback on campus.

With that accuracy, Cal could give Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawerence a run for the Heisman.

In all reality, Coach Cal was a solid athlete once upon a time and played D-1 basketball at UNC Willmington, but it looks like being a college basketball coach has more than worked out for him.


Tyler “Bucket” Herro Voted As Best Shooter In NBA Rookie Survey

In recent years, NBA.com has sat down with the rookie class before the start of the NBA season and conducted a survey amongst rookies at the annual Rookie Photo Shoot (42 this season).

Since John Calipari arrived at Kentucky and created the “BBNBA Factory”, Wildcats have dominated these surveys, and this upcoming season is no different.

Last season, the BBN experienced the Bucket that is Tyler Herro, including this “BIG Balls” shot.

Herro continues to show what is to come in his career in the NBA Summer League, averaging 19.3 ppg and 32 3P%. With his performances in College and the Summer League, Herro’s fellow Rookies voted Herro as the best shooter in the 2019 Rookie Class.

  1. Tyler Herro, Miami – 33%
  2. Kyle Guy, Sacramento – 29%
  3. Cam Johnson, Phoenix – 13%
  4. Ty Jerome, Phoenix – 8%
  5. Jordan Poole, Golden State – 4%

Herro will be making fashion statements off the court and will be getting buckets in a Heat uniform as it was always intended.

You can check out the rest of the results here.

Former Cat and Card Go 1-on-1 in Summer Workouts

Chris Brickley, is a former Louisville basketball player, and is known as the NBA’s top workout guru. His gym’s All-Star open runs — including LeBron James and James Harden — have made him a viral sensation.

Brickley has had several Cats in his open runs including Enes Kanter, Hamidou Diallo, Nick Richards, and Demarcus Cousins among others.

Today, Brickley posted a video of former Wildcat, Isaiah Briscoe, and former Card, Russ Smith, battling 1-on-1.

It’s safe to say that this Battle of the Bluegrass 1-on-1 features two of the toughest players from each school in recent memory.

After the NCAA vacated Louisville’s 2011-2015 seasons following “strippergate”, Smith’s college career has become largely irrelevant, but one thing will always be remembered.

Enes Kanter the “Underkanter” is Preparing for Something Special

While Enes Kanter never got to play in a Kentucky uniform (NC-stupid-AA), he left us with one of the most legendary Big Blue Madness introductions ever back in 2010.

Since the “Underkanter” entrance, Kanter has made his interest in professional wrestling well known.

Nearly a decade ago, Kanter showed he has the intro down. During his time in the NBA, he has shown he can entertain. Finally, this summer he has been putting work in the wrestling ring and training with WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page to put it all together.

The Score released a pseudo-documentary where Kanter visited Diamond’s facility in Atlanta training to fully learn all aspects that go into becoming a professional wrestler and even calling out LeBron.

“Enes the Menace” Kanter just inked a two-year/$10 million dollar contract with the Boston Celtics, but when he is done on the court he will be a perfect fit inside the wrestling ring.

EJ Montgomery “Really Wants to Go” as Countdown Continues

At the moment that this article was written, there are slightly more than 26 hours until EJ Montgomery has to ultimately decide whether to keep his name in the NBA Draft or return to Kentucky for a sophomore season.

Outside of Montgomery’s announcement to test the NBA waters, Montgomery and his camp have been very silent since the end of the season. However, a very credible source has told KY Insider, “[Montgomery] really wants to go, and this could be ‘Hamidou Diallo’ type decision that comes down to the wire”.

The source also went on to say, “[Montgomery] is leaning towards leaving and is looking for a guaranteed contract from an NBA team upon his selection.”

This situation sounds eerily similar to Jarred Vanderbilt’s last season, and he ultimately was drafted to the Denver Nuggets with the 41st pick and given a three year contract. However, there is no guarantee yet and “hoping” to be selected in the second round is a big gamble.

In what could be Montgomery’s lone year as a Wildcat, he went on to average 3.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1 block.

If Montgomery were to stay he would be a centerpiece of a Final Four caliber Kentucky Wildcat team, and if he were to stay in the draft, Calipari and the coaching stuff will need to find a capable big via reclassification or graduate transfer.

One way or the other, Big Blue Nation will know a decision by 12 am E.T. on Wednesday.

BBNBA Playoff Update

The NBA Conference Finals are here! Don’t forget to get your champagne and cigars out, as for the first time in probably a long time or forever, a former Kentucky player is guaranteed to win an NBA championship as the four remaining teams all have at least one Kentucky alumnus.

  • Golden State Warriors: C Demarcus Cousins
  • Portland Trailblazers: C Enes Kanter, PF Skal Labissiere
  • Milwaukee Bucks: PG Eric Bledsoe
  • Toronto Raptors: SG Jodie Meeks

Thirteen former Kentucky Wildcats on seven different teams entered the NBA playoffs, only five remain. However, that’s not to say we haven’t seen some amazing moments from Cats that were sent packing.

Jamal Murray

Despite the Denver Nuggets’ early second round exit, we got to see and experience “Finger Licking Playoff” Jamal Murray and his continuing emergence into an NBA star

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander joined Jamal Murray as the best “Cantuckian” players in the playoffs, and as a rookie, showed the NBA he is more than capable of holding his own against the league’s best on the biggest stage.

Eric Bledsoe

Among the Wildcats still remaining in the NBA Playoffs, Eric Bledsoe has undoubtedly been the most impressive.

Bledsoe is currently averaging 16 points, 4.3 assists, and 1.2 steals (all playoff career highs) and with the help of Giannis Antetokounmpo, has led the Milwaukee Bucks to their first Conference Finals appearance since 2001.

Enes Kanter

While Enes Kanter was never able to actually play during his time at Kentucky, no one will forget his “UnderKanter” entrance at Big Blue Madness. Kanter is truly a Wildcat at heart and still considers himself a Wildcat.

Kanter is currently showing what an athlete’s heart should look like as he continues to play with a separated left shoulder.

Not to mention his trolling of fellow Wildcat, Jamal Murray, after defeating the Nuggets in their second round 7-game battle.

Simply put, this has been a successful NBA Playoffs for some former Kentucky Wildcats. Regardless of who you are rooting for (NOT Golden State), rest assured knowing that at least one Wildcat will be hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy and receiving a nice piece of jewelry come June.

WAKE UP This Morning to a New Kentucky Basketball Hype Video

Basketball season came to a close over a month ago, and while the Cats fell a basket short to reaching a Final Four, it was still a successful season that included an Elite Eight trip, 30 wins, and wins over: North Carolina, Louisville, Kansas, and Tennessee.

Wake up to this new hype video, that will definitely make you feel the best moments of this past season and will get your blood pumping for next season with the No. 1 recruiting class! Go Cats!

John Calipari’s “Baby Son” is Graduating This Weekend

There are not many more things more special than a father-son relationship, and during his time at Kentucky John Calipari has not been shy about showing his love for son Brad Calipari, from kissing him on the cheek to encouraging and pushing him to be a better basketball player.

Brad will graduate this weekend in just three years, an impressive feat and John Calipari wrote a letter to discuss just how proud he is of Brad’s accomplishments.

Here are some quotes from Cal’s emotional letter.

Ellen and I could not be more proud of the young man Brad has grown to be. He knows what it means to be committed and driven toward a goal. He’s humble when he wins and he learns from failure as much as he does from winning.

For me as a father, to be able to be with my son the last three years, to have him in every practice, to watch him play in games, to travel with him across the country, has been a true blessing. 

As a father, if I had a choice, there’s no other young man I’d want to be my son other than Brad. With graduation on the horizon, he has his entire future ahead of him. We don’t know the turns or how fate will intervene. We don’t know how Brad’s story will end. I do know though that he prepared to write his own story and be his own man. Most people know Brad as John Calipari’s son. I can’t wait until the day when the world knows me as John, Brad Calipari’s father.
Congratulations, Brad. We’re all so proud of you.

As a part of the Big Blue Nation, we often see Cal yelling and ranting on the sidelines as he pushes his players, but it’s refreshing to see the emotional and fatherly side of Coach Cal.

While nothing has been reported or said, Brad still has two seasons of eligibility left and could transfer to another school and play next season. However, Brad has discussed his interest in coaching and there are not many many coaches better to learn from than his father.

No matter what Brad chooses, Brad has brought some style to the sidelines and brought out a rarely seen side of Coach Cal, Good Luck Brad!

The rest of the Letter can be read on CoachCal.com.

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