EJ Montgomery will test draft status

EJ Montgomery (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball freshman forward EJ Montgomery announced Friday that he plans to submit his name for the 2019 NBA Draft. Under new NCAA rules, Montgomery can sign with an NCAA-certified agent, receive feedback and still return to school.

Montgomery will have until May 29 (10 days after the NBA Draft Combine) to make a final decision as to whether he wishes to remain in the draft or return to Kentucky.

Maci Morris “felt like I had a knife stabbing me in the leg” every time she ran late in the season

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Finally Maci Morris has admitted that she was hurting a lot more the second half of the season than she wanted to let anyone know.

She says her IT band — the iliotibial band — was “really painful” the second half of the season. The injury is caused by activities like running where one bends his or her knee repeatedly. The IT band is fibers that run from the outside of the hips to the outside of the thigh and knee to the top of the shinbone. It can lead to swelling and pain around the knee and eventually usually gets better with rest and treatment rather than surgery.

Men’s basketball pricing model adjusted to better reflect ticket value, provide more options for fans

(Jeff Houchin Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – UK Athletics has announced season ticket information for the 2019-20 men’s basketball season, introducing a pricing model that creates additional options for fans after a renovation will bring sideline chair-back seating to the upper level in Rupp Arena.

“Meeting our top priority at the outset of this renovation, we will maintain seating to accommodate all of our existing season ticket holders next season,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “Additionally, we took this opportunity to complete a comprehensive review of our season ticket inventory and pricing to make sure we are creating options that meet the needs of our fans. We are excited to see those fans, the best in America, cheering on their Wildcats again next season in Rupp.”

UK QB target Beau Allen taking official visit to Washington State this weekend

Beau Allen

By LARRY VAUGHT

Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen will take an official visit to Washington State this weekend and then make his official visit to Kentucky the weekend of April 26-28.

After that, he’ll likely take an official visit to West Virginia where former UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown is the new head coach and maybe Duke.

The 6-2 Allen threw for 3,729 yards and 42 touchdowns last season and also ran for 747 yards. He’s rated as one of the top 10 players in Kentucky in the 2020 recruiting class.

Gymnasts Alex Hyland, Sidney Dukes, Cally Nixon headed to nationals

Alex Hyland (Vicky Graff Photo)

FORT WORTH, Texas – Though their team’s historic 2019 season ended at the NCAA Regional Final in Athens, Georgia on April 6, three Kentucky Wildcats still have an opportunity to bring a national title back to Lexington, Kentucky. Seniors Alex Hyland and Sidney Dukes, as well as freshman Cally Nixon, will compete as individuals in the 2019 Women’s National Collegiate Gymnastics Championships on Friday at noon ET at Fort Worth Convention Center Arena, televised live on ESPN2.

“Unique” Keion Brooks signs with Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari continued to piece together his 2019-20 roster with the signing of Keion Brooks on Thursday. Brooks, a 6-foot-7 forward from Fort Wayne, Indiana, is the third freshman to ink with the Wildcats, joining guards Tyrese Maxey and Dontaie Allen, who signed with UK during the fall signing period.

Brooks, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound versatile forward, out of La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana, is the first freshman to sign a national letter of intent with the Wildcats during the spring signing period. Earlier Thursday, graduate transfer Nate Sestina also signed on to join the Wildcats in 2019-20.

Mark Stoops one of nine college head coaches who will attend NFL draft

Mark Stoops will be at next week’s NFL Draft. (Jenn Mauer Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops will be one of 10 college head football coaches that will attend the NFL draft that starts Thursday in Nashville.

Others expected to attend are Nick Saban of Alabama, David Cutcliffe of Duke, Dabo Swinney of Clemson, Matt Luke of Mississippi, Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma, Joe Moorhead of Mississippi State, Ed Orgeron of LSU and Willie Taggard of Florida State.

Esther’s Wellhouse in Stanford a “little oasis” among today’s chaotic lifestyle

Wendy Skipper, center, and her staff at Esther’s Wellhouse in Stanford made Maria Montgomery and myself feel very special on our visit.

By LARRY VAUGHT

One thing I really like to do is find what I consider hidden treasures when I am on vacation. However, recently I found one right here at home — Esther’s Wellhouse in Stanford.

This time John Calipari has plenty of time to fill vacant roster spots for next season

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Certainly it would have made Kentucky a better team next year if PJ Washington, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro had all decided to play another year for the Cats rather than heading to the NBA.

Same with Jemarl Baker, who has decided to transfer rather than return for his redshirt sophomore season where his 3-point shooting and defense certainly could have been a big asset for John Calipari’s team.

Dale Brown: NCAA needs to do more to “cleanse the system”

Dale Brown, center, thinks the NCAA needs to make more changes to cleanse the system.

Vaught’s note: Former LSU coach Dale Brown had plenty of confrontations with the NCAA during his time at LSU over what he felt were unfair rules the NCAA had. Today he still has strong feelings about what the NCAA is doing and not doing.

By DALE BROWN