2:03 AM EDT, Thu June 21, 2018
3 hours ago
4 more thoughts on Reid Travis and the state of Kentucky Basketball

4 more thoughts on Reid Travis and the state of Kentucky Basketball

Reid Travis is going to have one of the biggest impacts on UK that any Calipari player has had. On Wednesday, Reid Travis rocked college basketball by announcing his commitment to Kentucky. We’ve talked about it at great lengths already, but there are a few more leftover thoughts I had following what I believe will go down as one of the biggest commitments of the Coach Cal era. Gunning for the top While this was something that had been in the works for a while, it was nonetheless a major day for a program that’s taken a bit of a dip from the level John Calipari had it at over his...
5 hours ago
Calipari and UK leading the pack of first-round pick factories

Calipari and UK leading the pack of first-round pick factories

Kentucky is the clear leader for producing first round NBA Draft Picks Kentucky players dominate the NBA Draft, more so than any other program. That is why they rank at the top of Rivals Eric Bossi’s list of the top “first round pick factories.” Over the last 10 years, the Kentucky Wildcats have produced 24 first-round picks, all of whom came after John Calipari landed in Lexington. Breaking that down a little further: Kentucky has had three players selected #1 overall (John Wall-2010; Anthony Davis - 2012; and Karl-Anthony Towns - 2015). Kentucky has had seven players drafted...
8 hours ago
Duke still ahead of Kentucky in the eyes of oddsmakers

Duke still ahead of Kentucky in the eyes of oddsmakers

The addition of Reid Travis isn’t enough for Westgate. We’ve already addressed the fact that the addition of Reid Travis makes UK the No. 1 team on ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25, but the head oddsmaker at Westgate isn’t impressed enough yet. According to ESPN’s Doug Kezirian on Twitter, Westgate sportsbook’s head oddsmaker still favors the Duke Blue Devils by 2.5 points over the Kentucky Wildcats on a neutral court. Head Westgate oddsmaker said Duke would be favored by 2.5 points over Kentucky on a neutral court. He considers Duke the top team and Kentucky second-best, "for...
10 hours ago
Twitter reacts to Reid Travis picking Kentucky Wildcats

Twitter reacts to Reid Travis picking Kentucky Wildcats

It’s been an interesting affair on social media. The Kentucky Wildcats got a huge addition in Stanford graduate transfer Reid Travis Wednesday, and Twitter took notice. From fans, to analysts to reporters to members of the program, everyone was talking about the news and/or celebrating it. ESPN’s Jeff Borzello recapped what has been a wild and busy offseason in Lexington: Kentucky since the regular season ended...In: - Reid Travis- Ashton Hagans- E.J. Montgomery- Tyrese Maxey (2019)- D.J. Jeffries (2019)Out:- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander- Hamidou Diallo- Kevin Knox- Jarred Vanderbilt-...
11 hours ago
Kentucky jumps to No. 1 in ESPN’s top 25

Kentucky jumps to No. 1 in ESPN’s top 25

A new Top 25 poll with the NBA Draft deadline having passed along with the big grad transfers making their decisions. Reid Travis’ arrival was expected to bring lofty expectations for a loaded Kentucky team, and it’s already doing just that. ESPN’s Myron Medcalf has update the “Way-Too-Early Top 25” to reflect Travis’ arrival, and Kentucky is now No. 1. The arrival of Reid Travis gives Kentucky one of the nation’s top big men, a player who recorded 16 double-doubles last season, but has not played with the elite athletes he’ll join in Lexington. Kentucky was formerly No....
12 hours ago
Knox and SGA share interesting pre-draft stories

Knox and SGA share interesting pre-draft stories

Knox was part of a bad hoax while being interviewed by NBA teams. The NBA Draft process can be weird, from the questions asked to the amount of workouts done. Former Kentucky Wildcats Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander haven’t been exempt from the weirdness, as they pointed out to Sports Illustrated’s Jake Fischer today. The weirdest of the stories comes from Knox, who said he was asked by a team if he had a child. He said no, but was continuously pressed about it, as if the team was accusing him of lying about not having a child. The team eventually stopped and admitted that it...
13 hours ago
John Calipari and Reid Travis comment on UK commitment

John Calipari and Reid Travis comment on UK commitment

“He was one of the best big men in the Pac-12 last season, if not the country.” Once Reid Travis announced he’d withdraw from the NBA Draft and go the graduate transfer route, we learned he’d consider the Kentucky Wildcats and Villanova Wildcats. After a visit to Lexington on Tuesday, he made the decision to pick UK now and end his brief recruitment, giving John Calipari one of the best grad transfers the sport has ever seen. All of this comes in what’s been a wild week for Travis, who just graduated from Stanford on Sunday, then became a Wildcat just three days...
14 hours ago
Reid Travis commits to UK

Reid Travis commits to UK

Travis joins a deep frontcourt, which he might be the best player in. Stanford Cardinal graduate transfer Reid Travis has committed to Kentucky for his final season of eligibility. Travis entered his name into the NBA Draft after scoring 19.5 points and bringing in 8.7 rebounds per game last year, but withdrew and elected to go the graduate transfer route instead. He considered the Villanova Wildcats and Kentucky. Travis begin his visit to Kentucky on June 19. With his commitment, Travis becomes Kentucky’s leading scorer and leading rebounder from last year. The 6-8 power forward has...
15 hours ago
How to watch the NBA Draft and what to watch for

How to watch the NBA Draft and what to watch for

Graduation day is almost here. Since John Calipari arrived in Lexington, he has established the tradition that Kentucky Basketball season does not officially end until the NBA Draft. The draft is the big wrap-up celebration for the season. It is a graduation ceremony for those that do not complete their degree during their initial run at UK. The 2018 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 21st, and there are five Kentucky Wildcats on the draft board. Two will almost certainly be lottery selections, two have a punchers chance to get in the 1st round, and one is just hoping for his name...
16 hours ago
Kevin Knox NBA Draft Profile

Kevin Knox NBA Draft Profile

As the draft nears, here’s the scouting report and full NBA Draft profile on Kevin Knox, plus his likeliest landing spots. Kevin Knox Age: 18 Height: 6’9 Weight: 215 pounds Stats: 15.6 points, 5.4 rebounds Attributes Era-Friendly: Knox is listed as 6’9, 215 pounds and proved in his first season at Kentucky that he can shoot from virtually anywhere on the court. In today’s NBA, that skill at his size is a necessity. Any team who lands Knox in the draft will be able to instantly plug him in to their system. Upside: At just 18 years of age, Knox is one of the youngest players in his...
17 hours ago
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the best PG in the draft

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the best PG in the draft

Most mock drafts have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander behind Trae Young and Collin Sexton. Shai is going to prove everyone wrong. The majority of mock drafts have Shai Gilgeous-Alexander being selected in the late-lottery, though the top-10 buzz is (rightfully) starting to grow. While the debate over who is the best point guard in this year’s draft can rage until the calendar reaches June 21st, there's no denying that Gilgeous-Alexander is in that mix with Trae Young and Collin Sexton. Both Young and Sexton may be viewed as better scorers, but Gilgeous-Alexander is the better overall player,...
18 hours ago
Quickies: Waiting for Reid Travis Edition

Quickies: Waiting for Reid Travis Edition

Reid Travis is expected to commit very soon. Reid Travis is on day two of his Kentucky visit, and it seems likely that if it goes well, he’ll never make it to Philadelphia for a Villanova visit. We’re simply waiting on the announcement from the top transfer on the market this year. And it’s obvious, but if he announces that he’ll make his decision without visiting the Villanova Wildcats, it bodes well for UK. Tweets of the day Knox "kicked around Miles Bridges." pic.twitter.com/wqy6LktP0I— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) June 19, 2018 #NBADraft prospect @shaiglalex...
Jun 19, 2018
More good vibes for UK landing Reid Travis

More good vibes for UK landing Reid Travis

UK continues to be in great shape for one of the best grad transfers the sport has ever seen. The watch for Reid Travis continues, and everything continues to look great for the Kentucky Wildcats. Travis begin his visit to UK early Tuesday morning, and by all accounts, it’s gone as good as UK could have hoped for. The latest from KSR’s TJ Walker bodes very well for UK landing Travis: At this point (10:25 p.m.) we can’t confirm that he’s enrolled at UK, but Kentucky Sports Radio is confident that it will happen in the near future (if it already hasn’t happened). I don’t expect...
Jun 19, 2018
UK checks in with 2020 talents at USA tryouts

UK checks in with 2020 talents at USA tryouts

Two potential USA U17 team members are getting attention from Kentucky. With the USA Basketball U17 tryouts ongoing, there’s plenty of 2020 talent in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a few of the rising stars have heard from Kentucky. That includes five-star talents Jeremy Roach and Jalen Johnson, who are both hoping to nab a spot on the USA U17 team. Roach, a five-star guard from Fairfax, Virginia, received a call from Kentucky this week. He also got calls from the Villanova Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils and Pitt Panthers, according to Rivals. “They just said the same thing as pretty...
Jun 19, 2018
Knox, SGA go top 10 in new ESPN mock draft

Knox, SGA go top 10 in new ESPN mock draft

With the NBA Draft almost here, ESPN has some big shakeups in the top 10 of their latest mock draft. Another day, another several mock drafts, but this one predicts great things for several Kentucky Wildcats. ESPN’s NBA expert, Jonathan Givony, has released an updated mock of the NBA Draft that has four Wildcats, two in the top 10 and two in the second round. The first Wildcat off the board is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, going No. 8 to the Cleveland Cavaliers (via the Brooklyn Nets’ pick). If ESPN’s mock holds true, Gilgeous-Alexander will be the first point guard to go off the...