Jay Bilas sees PJ Washington as likely NBA starter with a long career

P.J. Washington (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If ESPN analyst Jay Bilas is right, PJ Washington is going to be the first Kentucky player picked in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

He has Washington ranked 13th on his list of players going into the draft — ahead of both Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson. All three UK players have been invited to attend the draft by NBA officials.

Favorite UK basketball player No. 2 understands what sacrifice means

Reid Travis (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

I’ve said before that I’m a sucker for the underdog. It’s true, always have been. But I’m also a huge supporter of people who put others before themselves. People that are interested in making everyone else around them better — even if it costs them something. People that work hard for everything they get. Those types of people are pretty rare in today’s society.

Frederick Douglas trio of Walker Parks, Jager Burton, Dekel Crowdus bringing national attention to Kentucky high school football

High school teammates Dekel Crowdus, left, and Jager Burton both have a lot of Division I offers.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Not sure what Frederick Douglas High School football coaches are doing but whatever it is, it is obviously something special.

Senior offensive lineman Walker Parks, a four-star recruit, has been a Clemson commit for quite some time.

Now Frederick Douglas junior 6-4, 280-pound offensive lineman Jager Burton, a three-star recruit, has a bevy of scholarship offers including Clemson, Ohio State, Kentucky, Purdue, Penn State, Oregon and West Virginia. He will be attending camp at Alabama June 22 — his final camp for the summer. He got his Clemson offer after attending camp there earlier this month but has made it known for months he has a big interest in Clemson.

Sports helped Lt. Governor candidate Jacqueline Coleman learn value of resiliency, perseverance

Jacqueline Coleman with Andy Beshear. (Beshear/Coleman Campaign Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mercer County native Jacqueline Coleman has always had two dominant storylines in her family — politics and basketball.

“I could never be as talented as my grandfather in basketball. I never got the 6-8 genes. So I thought I would try coaching,” said Coleman. “My dad was an elected official, so I thought I will teach government.”

Her father, Jack Coleman, was a state representative in the 55th District from 1991 to 2004. Her grandfather, Jack Coleman Sr., played basketball at Louisville and then played nine seasons in the NBA (1949-58) with the Rochester Royals where he scored 6,721 points, grabbed 5,186 rebounds and played in three NBA Finals.

UK target Jalen Green learns from USA Basketball, will develop even more with Prolific Prep

Jalen Green (USA Basketball Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Several 2020 Kentucky basketball recruiting targets are participating in the USA Basketball Under 19 World Cup camp in Colorado Springs through Tuesday when 12 players will be named to the team. The team will play in the World Cup June 29-July 7 in Heraklion, Greece.

Kentucky recruiting targets trying for a spot on the team include Jalen Green, Scottie Barnes, Nimari Burnett, Cade Cunningham and Sharife Cooper. Green led the United States when it won the 2017 World Cup by averaging 15.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

2018 success failed to get UK football much respect

Kentucky’s Citrus Bowl win to end a 10-3 season got UK little respect going into the upcoming season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

It was January 12, 1969 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Super Bowl III was about to start. This game, which pitted the upstart New York Jets of the fledgling American Football League against what was considered the powerhouse team of the historically dominant National Football League, was supposed to be a mismatch.

Alabama just as “hot and heavy” on Bowling Green safety Vito Tisdale as Kentucky is

Vito Tisdale (Bowling Green Football Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Bowling Green High School coach Mark Spader expects talented safety Vito Tisdale to make his college choice before the season begins with significant impact from his father, a former triple option fullback at Bowling Green.

“I think they have an idea now about their top schools,” Spader said. “I think Vito likes part of recruiting. He understands how important this decision will be for him. He’s made a number of visits and seemed pleased but he’s holding his cards close to him. He’s not released any kind of list of top schools yet. I think his big fear is that he does not want to mess this up.”

John Calipari knows Nate Sestina has right mentality about being at UK

Nate Sestina (Bucknell University Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

For the second straight season, Kentucky will have a grad transfer to bolster its inside presence.

Last year Stanford grad transfer was a God-send for the Cats and almost helped get UK to the Final Four. Next season it will be Bucknell grad transfer Nate Sestina hopefully bolstering UK’s frontcourt of EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards.

Kentucky coach John Calipari wants UK fans to know that Travis and Sestina are different players. However, he says that Sestina is “physically strong, great kid” who has the right mentality about being at UK.

College coaches love “explosiveness” of Bowling Green senior Vito Tisdale

By LARRY VAUGHT

Vito Tisdale’s explosiveness is what immediately stands out to high level coaches when they see him play and why he has college scholarship offers from some of the nation’s best programs.

“His explosiveness just jumps out at you,” said Bowling Green coach Mark Spader. “He’s primarily being recruited as a strong safety and that’s where I would envision him playing in college. Tennessee might want him to run the ball but on defense he covers so much ground and arrives very violently.”

Randall Cobb “thankful” he had Rich Brooks in his life

University of Kentucky 2009-2010
Football UK vs UL
UK wins 31-27

By LARRY VAUGHT

Randall Cobb viewed himself as a quarterback coming to college after his outstanding prep career in Alcoa, Tenn., and did start four games at quarterback his freshman season at UK for coach Rich Brooks. His sophomore year he played mainly receiver but also returned punts and kicks and held for field goals and extra points.

His junior season, Joker Phillips became the new head coach after Brooks retired. Cobb became the first UK player to have a rushing, passing and receiving touchdown in a game since Shane Boyd in 2003 and also tied the school record for career touchdowns with 32.