June 2019 archive

UK targets Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green play well in USA win

Kentucky recruiting target Cade Cunningham had 21 points in USA’s win Sunday. (USA Basketball)

By USA BASKETBALL

The USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team (2-0) forced 26 turnovers and scored 40 points in transition in a hard-fought 102-84 win over Lithuania (1-1) on Sunday to remain undefeated at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in Heraklion, Greece.

Cade Cunningham (Montverde Academy, Fla./Arlington, Texas) and Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State/Oshkosh, Wis.) each finished with 21 points in the win. Cunningham, a major Kentucky recruiting targer,  added seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in 28 minutes while making nine of 16 shots, and Haliburton shot 8-of-9 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point, while dishing out eight of the USA’s 26 assists.

Wilderness Trail Distillery event will aid Danville-Boyle Humane Society

DANVILLE — Wilderness Trail Distillery’s First Friday takes a furry twist July 5th with a Patriotic Paws theme. The distillery invites all pet lovers to join us for this 6 to 9 p.m. event that will feature a donation to the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society’s (DBCHS) community cat spay/neuter program.

The distillery is donating the proceeds from a charity barrel auction held during the Kentucky Bourbon Affair and will announce the amount during the event.

Shane Baker, Wilderness Trail Distillery co-owner, chose the humane society because he and his wife, Melissa, are animal lovers and wanted to support the local nonprofit’s efforts to control the animal population.

Linebacker coach Jon Sumrall has bond with Kash Daniel

Kash Daniel. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

New Kentucky linebackers coach Jon Sumrall was a fierce competitor when he played for the Wildcats. The Alabama native was so intense that I recently told him I felt a little sorry for the current UK players he was coaching because of the passion and drive he had as a player and would expect from them.

“The big thing in selection (recruitment of players) is you have to identify does this kid love football,” Sumrall said. “A kid is not going to be highly successful unless he does love football more times than not unless he is uber talented.

Can Ashton Hagans follow PJ Washington’s blueprint?

Ashton Hagans (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

ESPN analyst Jay Bilas thought Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans was one of the “best defenders” in the country last year as a freshman.

“Certainly I would put him among the two or three best on-ball defenders at the point guard position along with Tre Jones of Duke. He’s relentless,” Bilas said.

Hagans did not put his name into the NBA draft even to get feedback from NBA personnel. He knew quickly he wanted to stay at UK for a second season to improve his overall game, a move Bilas thinks was the right one for him and Kentucky.

Frederick Douglas lineman Jager Burton has solid support system to help with recruiting

Frederick Douglas lineman Jager Burton has a scholarship offer from Alabama coach Nick Saban along with many others.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Junior offensive lineman Jager Burton of Frederick Douglas High School in Lexington says he’s had a terrific support system to help with his recruitment that now includes close to 20 scholarship offers from some of the nation’s best programs, including Kentucky.

He credits Frederick Douglas head coach Brian Landis, offensive line coach Nathan McPeek and his parents for helping him with his recruitment along with  senior teammate Walker Parks, a Clemson verbal commit.

Doc Antle’s Myrtle Beach Safari Photo Gallery

These are a few photos from the amazing experience my family had this week at Doc Antle’s Myrtle Beach Safari where we got to cuddle with baby animals, feed an elephant and do so many other incredible things.

I still say this is the best kept secret in Myrtle Beach and an experience my four grandchildren loved — and so did I. Not only were the animals great, but so is the staff.

Enjoy these photos.

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Randall Cobb proved his doubters wrong, hopes other will always chase dreams, too

Randall Cobb

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Kentucky star Randall Cobb is getting ready to start his ninth NFL season — even though it will be with Dallas and not Green Bay like his first eight years were.

What kind of message does he hopes that sends to kids either in his hometown of Alcoa, Tenn., or anywhere else?

“I hope the message is just continue to chase your dreams,” Cobb, an all-American and all-SEC player at UK, said. “I was fortunate enough to live out my dreams. It took a lot of things happening for me to get to this level and stay at this level.

Frederick Douglas lineman Jager Burton won’t quit working just because of scholarship offers he already has

Jager Burton

By LARRY VAUGHT

Growing up in Lexington, it’s no surprise that Jager Burton says he’s always been a Kentucky football fan. What is a bit more perplexing is that he also grew up an Oregon fan.

“I saw their uniforms and liked watching them when I was little,” said Burton about his fascination with the Oregon.

Now he is a 6-4, 280-pound junior offensive lineman at Frederick Douglas High School attracting attention from a lot more colleges than just Kentucky and Oregon. Others include Clemson, Ohio State, Purdue, Penn State and West Virginia. He’s also made a camp visit to Alabama this month and got a scholarship offer.

Swimmer Asia Seidt: “I am a lot better eater than cook.”

Asia Seidt. (Photo by Noah J. Richter | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Asia Seidt is an eight-time first-team All-American swimmer at Kentucky and was the 2019 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and 2019 Arthur Ashe Female Sports Scholar of the Year nationally.

But what does the senior from Louisville do if she is not swimming or studying?

“We do have limited time. All my friends are on the swim team so we all hang out together. We like to eat, so we go out to eat a lot or cook,” Seidt said. “We like to hike. We went on team trip my freshman year to Red River Gorge and hiked around.”

Reid Travis signs summer league deal with Atlanta

ATLANTA – Unable to work out for NBA teams before the NBA Draft because of a knee injury he suffered in February vs. Missouri, Kentucky men’s basketball forward Reid Travis will get his opportunity to show NBA teams what he can do during the NBA Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks.

Travis and the Hawks will begin NBA Summer League play July 6 in Las Vegas with the first of four games (not including the playoffs). Travis hopes to turn the opportunity into a longer deal with an NBA franchise.