May 2018 archive

Shawnkel Knight-Goff decommits from UK

By LARRY VAUGHT

Less than two weeks after Doss defensive end Shawnkel Knight-Goff gave Kentucky a huge verbal commitment, he has changed his mind.

The three-star defensive end posted on Twitter tonight that he is no longer committed to Kentucky only 13 days after his verbal pledge.

“I would like to gracefully thank University Of Kentucky for their efforts in recruiting me. University of Kentucky is a great school. I feel as if my commitment was rushed and not fully thought through and I want to make the best decision for my future. Therefore, I plan to research my decision a little further,” Knight-Goff tweeted.

Draft watch over, but let the transfer watch for Reid Travis get rolling now

Reid Travis

By LARRY VAUGHT

ESPN college basketball analyst Jeff Goodman is not always a Kentucky fan favorite. However, he had two tweets Wednesday on the day UK fans were waiting for staying or going news from P.J. Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel that should not be ignored.

Both were about Reid Travis, a 6-8 power forward at Stanford. He pulled his name out of the NBA Draft pool Wednesday but also announced he would transfer as a grad transfer — meaning he’s eligible to play next season.

Kentucky Softball To Compete in 2019 ESPN Elite Invitational

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky Softball team will continue its tradition of playing one of the hardest non-conference schedules in the country in 2019, as it will be participating in the inaugural ESPN Elite Invitational in Clearwater, Florida.

The event field includes 13 teams competing in the event advanced to NCAA Tournament play this year with Florida State, Oklahoma and Oregon advancing to the Women’s College World Series. The inaugural early-season tournament will feature Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, Hofstra, James Madison, Kentucky, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and two teams from the Big Ten to be announced later this year.

Emma Talley “excited” to be playing on home course in U.S. Women’s Open

Emma Talley (LPGA Photo)

Shoal Creek, Alabama — Former Caldwell County standout Emma Talley, a three-time Kentucky high school state champion, is back in Alabama for the U.S. Women’s Open and tees off at 8:08 CST today.

She played for Alabama and is very familiar with Shoals Creek, the site of this year’s tourney. She is coming off a 21st place finish in last week’s LPGA event and has two top 10 finishes so far in her rookie season.

She was one of the featured players in Wednesday’s press conference:

Jarred Vanderbilt will stay in NBA draft, thanks UK fans for support

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt will forego his remaining eligibility at UK and remain in the 2018 NBA Draft.

The Wildcats’ leader in rebounding average in 2017-18 will join teammates Hamidou Diallo, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Wenyen Gabriel and Kevin Knox in the draft. Earlier Wednesday, PJ Washington announced that he will be returning to Kentucky for his sophomore season while Gabriel indicated that he will remain in the draft.

Hearing Vince DiMartino play always a Brass Band Festival highlight, festival officials on WKYB-FM Thursday morning (Larry Vaught/Verizon Video)

By LARRY VAUGHT

The Great American Brass Band Festival starts Thursday night in Danville and runs through Sunday afternoon.

If you want to hear special music like that from Danville’s own extraordinary trumpet player Vince DiMartino (above in video), here’s your chance and it is all free.

Robin Cooper, Brass Fand Festival executive director, will join me on WKYB (107.5 FM, wkybfm.com) Thursday from 9-9:30 a.m. to talk about the festival.

Tom Tye, a long-time festival volunteer and parade chairman, will be on the air with Cooper.

Wenyen Gabriel Elects to Remain in 2018 NBA Draft

Wenyen Gabriel (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Hours ahead of the NCAA deadline to return to school, Kentucky men’s basketball sophomore forward Wenyen Gabriel has decided to remain in the 2018 NBA Draft, ending his collegiate career.

Gabriel will join teammates Hamidou Diallo, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Kevin Knox in the June 21 draft, which will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt has until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday to submit paperwork to return to school, should he choose to do so. Otherwise he will remain in the NBA Draft and end his college eligibility.

P.J. Washington wants to win national championship at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – PJ Washington will be playing basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats in 2018-19.

After going through the NBA Draft process and declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft, Washington has decided to return to the UK men’s basketball team for his sophomore season.

“I want to thank everyone for their support during this process and allowing me to take my time for one of the most important decisions of my life,” Washington said. “The plan all along was to get all the information that was out there to make the best decision for me and my family. I’ve always had a list of goals that I want to accomplish in my life, and one of the most important ones is making it to the NBA. That hasn’t changed at all.

P.J. Washington will be back at Kentucky

P.J. Washington (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

‘I’m back.”

That simple message on a video on his Twitter account from P.J. Washington was the best news Kentucky basketball fans could have received today.

Washington had put his name into the NBA draft process to get an evaluation of his game. Both the player and his father said from day one no decision had been made on leaving UK and that if the player was not guaranteed a first-round spot in the draft he likely would return to UK.

Tom Crean not backing away from challenging Kentucky

Tom Crean and John Calipari will battle on and off the court again. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

When he was coach at Indiana, Tom Crean seemed to have a knack for infuriating Kentucky fans.

The annual UK-Indiana series went by the wayside and no  matter how much some tried to get the schools back playing each year, it didn’t happen — and still hasn’t even after Crean left.

Crean recently was named head coach at Georgia after the Bulldogs fired Mark Fox.  Now he’ll get a chance to go head to head with UK and coach John Calipari on the court at least twice each season.