April 2019 archive

Rhyne Howard to Compete in 2019 USA Basketball Women’s 3×3 National Championship

Rhyne Howard (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON – On the heels of her unanimous national freshman of the year campaign, University of Kentucky guard Rhyne Howard has been selected to participate in the 2019 USA Basketball Women’s 3×3 National Championship this weekend in Las Vegas.

The event will be held May 3-4 in Las Vegas and teams include three teams that qualified out of 3×3 tournaments over the past year, 13 teams representing some of the top NCAA Division I programs across the country and two teams that will be comprised of eight athletes invited to attend a two-day minicamp prior to the USA Women’s 3×3 Nationals.

Guest post: High school sports help groom tomorrow’s leaders

Julian Tackett

By Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Julian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

We communicate on smartphones, drive smart cars, make purchases using smart cards and even drink smart water. But, really, how smart are we?

Between college admission and internet privacy scandals, sexual misconduct investigations, stolen trade secrets and the growing concern about how we communicate and connect with each other, technology seems to be outpacing our capacity to understand the most responsible way to use it.

Patrick Patterson already knows what he has to focus on this summer

By LARRY VAUGHT

Patrick Patterson just completed his ninth NBA season and has now played in a combined 622 games for Houston, Sacramento, Toronto and Oklahoma City.

The former University of Kentucky standout has played in 145 games the last two seasons for the Thunder but this year his role decreased a bit. He averaged only 3.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 13.7 minutes per game.

He has now scored 4, 293 points, grabbed 2,573 rebounds, handed out 666 assists, made 347 steals and blocked 285 shots.

Houston Texans had eye on Lonnie Johnson long before draft night

Cornerback Lonnie Johnson (6). (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

I’m not sure how many people believed going into the 2018 season that Kentucky senior cornerback Lonnie Johnson had a chance to become a high NFL draft pick.

No doubt Johnson did because he always had confidence in his ability. But many considered him UK’s fourth, or maybe fifth, best defensive back going into the 2018 season.

Yet when the NFL draft rolled around last week, Johnson not only was the first UK defensive back picked but he went in the second round to Houston with the 54th overall pick.

Kentucky adds legacy commit Andru Phillips to 2020 class

Commit Andru Phillips with Kentucky coach Mark Stoops.

By LARRY VAUGHT

One day after landing a commitment from four-star offensive lineman John Young of Louisville Christian Academy, Kentucky got another one from South Carolina cornerback Andru Phillips Monday night.

Phillips is a three-star player and the son of former UK player Carlos Phillips. He’s originally from Louisville before moving to South Carolina.

The cornerback from Mauldin, S.C., was originally slated to make his college choice July 8. However, he was at UK’s Blue-White Game in mid-April and was back for a visit last weekend — along with Young and others. He made his commitment tonight on social media and picked UK over Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina State and others. He was also receiving considerable interest from Clemson.

Could Nate Sestina become media darling, fan favorite?

Nate Sestina (Bucknell Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Nate Sestina is transferring from Bucknell to Kentucky as a graduate transfer, but if a former teammate is right it won’t take long for Sestina to make himself right at home.

“If you’re looking for a media darling and fan favorite, Sesti is your guy! He’s warm, humble and definitely isn’t hard on the eyes. He will most definitely fill that role,” said former Bucknell teammate Matt O’Reilly.

O’Reilly is from California but knows plenty about Kentucky basketball because he played his high school senior season at Prolific Prep, a team that came to Kentucky to play in several basketball showcases while he was there.

Will Gunnar Hoak be “hated” for his transfer to Ohio State? UK fans don’t think so

Gunnar Hoak

By LARRY VAUGHT

Rather than go into next season slated to be junior Terry Wilson’s backup, junior quarterback Gunnar Hoak decided to transfer from Kentucky and Saturday announced he was going to be joining Ohio State.

For the Ohio native, it was an easy decision since his father played there, an uncle coached there and a cousin played there and won a national title. It’s also close to home.

Certainly most expect Georgia transfer Justin Fields to be the Ohio State starter next season, but it is still an easy decision to see why Hoak opted to make this move.

Andy Katz has Ashton Hagans as one of “11 rising stars to watch” next season

Ashton Hagans (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Andy Katz, one of the nation’s most respected college basketball writers, recently picked his “11 rising stars to watch” for the 2019-20 season for NCAA.com.

The only Southeastern Conference player on the list is Kentucky sophomore point guard Ashton Hagans, who opted not to put his name into the NBA draft even for evaluation purposes. He was a starter most of the season for Kentucky coach John Calipari but Katz is expecting even more from Hagans next season.

Here’s what Katz wrote about Hagans:

John Young shutting down recruitment after commitment to Kentucky

UK commit John Young likes the way Mark Stoops develops players.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Coming into high school, John Young thought he would be a defensive end or maybe even a basketball player.

“Then I came into high school (at Louisville Christian Academy) and the coaches asked me to try playing (offensive) tackle. It came naturally to me. I started my freshman year and now here I am,” said the 6-6, 280-pound Young.

Austin Humes stellar relief pitching helps UK beat No. 3 Alabama 3-2 in 13 innings

Autumn Humes. (Photo by Noah J. Richter | UK Athletics)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In the longest game in program history, the No. 23 Kentucky Wildcats got a sensational performance in the circle from junior Autumn Humes and a clutch RBI single in the top of the 13th from Alex Martens, as UK took the series in a Sunday thriller at No. 3 Alabama.

The Wildcats took a 2-0 lead early in the game off of Alabama starting pitcher Krystal Goodman. Abbey Cheek hit her 19th home run of the season in the top of the first inning and Bailey Vick scored on an RBI single from Katie Reed.