The Kentucky Wildcats looked impressive in the Bahamas, winning all four contests by an average of FIFTY points. Yet, this was without their newest signee, Ugonna Onyenso.
Originally a top-25 prospect in the class of 2023, Onyenso made the decision to reclassify in July after his official visit to Lexington and pledged his commitment to the Wildcats just days afterward.
With his reclassification, Onyenso did fall in the rankings to a top-40 recruit but don’t let that distract you. The Nigerian native is 7-foot tall and has a 7-foot-5 wingspan, which makes him one of the best rim protectors in the country.
BBN Tonight and Keith Farmer caught up with Kentucky’s most recent roster addition – who just joined practice last week – giving him the first opportunity to introduce himself to the Big Blue Nation.
In the interview, Onyenso talked began by talking about why he chose Kentucky, saying, “I wanted to be here (Kentucky) and I wanted someone like Coach Calipari to help me improve my game.”
Later in the interview, Onyenso also talked about his one goal for this season, and it is one the Big Blue Nation will like. “I have only one goal, to help the team in any way win a championship. That’s why I’m here,” Onyango said.
At just 17 years old, it appears that Onyenso is already battling Oscar Tshiebwe in practice (last picture), which will surely benefit him in his development and help him become a key piece for Kentucky this season and beyond.
The interview can be watched in its entirety below.
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BJ Boston Breaks Out and Dedicates Impressive Performance to Terrence Clarke
Brandon (BJ) Boston Jr, came into last season at Kentucky as a potential top 5 draft pick and was expected to be the best player on the roster of a preseason top 10 team.
However, the Cats went on to a 9-16 (.360) record, and BJ Boston Jr. was underwhelming for the majority of the season. Despite that, the Los Angeles Clippers still seen potential and decided to take a chance on Boston, as he fell steeply and was drafted with the 51st pick in last year’s draft.
Boston now looks like a completely different player with much improved confidence. Averaging 21 points, 5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.7 steals in the G-League before being called up to the NBA.
Last week, Boston notably dropped 46 points for the G-League’s Agua Caliente Clippers. The performance was a big factor in Boston being called back up to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The 6-6 guard had played twelve games for the Clippers this season, but may have had his breakout game on Wednesday, as Boston played an integral part in the Clippers 114-111 over the Boston Celtics.
In 25 minutes, Boston recorded a team high 27 points, shooting 9-13 from the field and 5-8 from three, in addition to 4 steals and 2 rebounds.
The Celtics simply had no answer for him. Celtic Ime Udoka, had this to say about Boston.
“End of the day, he came in and busted our a**. I don’t know how many points he had – but over 20 – and he won them the ball game”.
Clippers coach, Ty Lue, even credited Boston’s performance to the win, saying, “Brandon powered us to this win.”
Following the game, Boston dedicated the performance to his late friend and teammate, Terrence Clarke.
“He’d be excited, have a bright smile on his face, telling me ‘I told you. I told you you’re the best in the world, just keep going…He always pushed me to be my best self… He’s from Boston, he wanted to play for Boston.”
After suffering through the COVID season and not getting to experience the love of the BBN, followed by the passing of one his best friends, Terrence Clarke, Boston is a player I will always root for and want to succeed.
Check out highlights from Boston’s breakout game below!
Coach K is a Baby
The most beloved Coach in the world, by the media, might also be one of the biggest babies in sports. Do we remember when Coach K had a back-and-forth with Dillon Brooks in the handshake line after the Blue Devils lost in the NCAA Tournament after Brooks drained a three-pointer at the end? Do we remember when Coach K took a leave-of-absence to have back surgery after they got crushed by Virginia Tech?
He’s back at it again!
Playing any sport during a pandemic is difficult and Coach K has realized it and wants to end the season before things go south with Duke.
The Blue Devils have played four games and have two losses. They got beat by Michigan State in the Champions Classic and got hammered by Illinois last night.
Now the God of college basketball is saying that the season should be shut-down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is so Coach K. I know the media will find some way to defend him, but this is hilarious.
Would he be saying the season should be stopped if they were 4-0? No. He’d be going on about how they’re persevering through the season and keeping their heads up, being positive, and doing the right things. But, when things get tough, “Stop the season!”
Never change, Mike.
Scott Satterfield Needs to Shut Up
These past couple of days have been pretty good and the fact I have gotten to make fun of Louisville twice in those days makes them even better.
Most of us heard about the back and forth Scott Satterfield had with South Carolina. He released a statement saying he was all-in at Louisville, then just a few days later interviewed for the SC job, and then said that it wasn’t a serious discussion and that he felt obligated to listen because his parents lived in the neighboring state.
If that’s not bad enough, Satterfield’s comments at a press-conference make them even worse:
Not only did he try to leave Louisville and openly deny it using some BS excuse, he now is essentially saying he isn’t all-in at Louisville.
Is he trying to talk himself out of the job?
Little sister is a mess.