April 2020 archive

KHSAA revised Covid-19 policies and guidance

THESE REVISIONS ARE IN PLACE FOR THE PERIOD OF MAY 1 to MAY 31.

THESE POLICIES WILL BE REVIEWED REGULARLY FOR EXTENSION AFTER THAT PERIOD OR REVISION DURING THAT PERIOD AS NECESSARY AS STATE, FEDERAL AND CDC POLICIES AND DIRECTIVES CHANGE

RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF THE CAMPUS OF ANY KHSAA MEMBER SCHOOL OR ON PROPERTY OWNED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF ANY MEMBER SCHOOL, OR ITEMS RELATED TO SPORT OR SPORT-ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION DURING THIS PERIOD-

Joel Justus knows how much Davion Mintz’s experience can mean to UK

Davion Mintz (Creighton Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky has the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class going into the 2020-21 basketball season but don’t underestimate that adding Creighton graduate transfer point guard Davion Mintz.

Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus joined myself and Tim Estes on WPBK-FM this morning and said Mintz adds “tremendous experience” to freshmen guards BJ Boston, Terrence Clarke and Devin Askew after the Cats lost Tyrese Maxey, Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley to the NBA.

“He wants to win a national championship, he wants to play with really good players and he really  wants to put himself in a position where he can better himself,” Justus said.

Mark Stoops expects “big things” out of Boogie Watson

Linebacker Boogie Watson could be set for a huge senior season. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He was not quite the unknown Josh Allen was when he came to Kentucky or totally ignored by Division I  football coaches like Calvin Taylor was but senior linebacker Jamar “Boogie” Watson was not expected to be the player he has been — or could become next season.

He was a three-star recruit out of Maryland who did not play football until his junior year of high school when he had 74 tackles and a 75-yard touchdown return for a score. He was also a standout basketball player who earned several Division I scholarship offers.

Could Frank Anselem be perfect fit for what Calipari’s Cats need?

Frank Anselem (Prolific Prep Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He might be raw offensively, but he can run the court as fast as most guards, has explosive jumping ability, and can use his 7-5 wingspan and quickness to guard almost any position.

Not only that but he also knows two incoming Kentucky freshmen — Brandon “BJ” Boston and Terrence Clarke — very well.

Could 6-9 Frank Anselem be the perfect fit for Kentucky and the need the Wildcats have for another big for its 2020-21 roster?

Frank Anselem could be “program guy” for John Calipari

Frank Anselem (Prolific Prep Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Prolific Prep coach Joey Fuca says if 6-10 Frank Anselem picks Kentucky that coach John Calipari would be getting a “program guy” he thinks he would be at UK for three or four years.

Anselem came to California to play last season after previously playing high school basketball in Atlanta. He has reclassified from the 2021 to the 2020 recruiting class and could be a big man Calipari needs for next season. He’s now ranked as the 85th best player in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

UCLA signee Daishen Nix, another former UK target, takes money, joins G League

Daishen Nix (Ann Beckett/MarshallCountyDaily.com)

By LARRY VAUGHT

When I got to see point guard Daishen Nix of Las Vegas play at Marshall County Hoopfest in December, I was impressed by every part of his game and amazed Kentucky had just quit showing interest in him like it had Jalen Green.

It made me think that if Kentucky coach John Calipari felt so good about getting Terrence Clarke and Brandon Boston that he didn’t need Nix or Green, then UK’s 2020 recruiting class was loaded.

Mark Stoops knows Lynn Bowden’s versatility “great fit” for Raiders

Lynn Bowden. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Mark Stoops expects Lynn Bowden to provide the same excitement for the Las Vegas Raiders that he gave Kentucky during the past three seasons.

“I think he’ll be a great fit,” Stoops said. “The fan base will be energized by him and he’ll feed off that. I think coach (Jon) Gruden is a good fit for Lynn because I know (Jon) and I think the way he can relate to Lynn and help him to continue to grow is important.

Autumn Humes to Return in 2021, Using Extra Year of Eligibility

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

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior pitcher Autumn Humes has announced her plans to return to Kentucky for 2021, she announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Humes was a senior in 2020, but with the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA, Humes has decided to play for Kentucky in 2021 with the Wildcats.

The Bald Knob, Arkansas, native has appeared in 90 games for the Wildcats in her career, as a pitcher and designated player. Humes this past season set new career highs at the plate in home runs (4), runs batted in (15), doubles (2), hits (9) and batting average (.300).

What is it like running for state office in COVID-19 era? Let UK fan Tiffany Dunn explain

Tiffany Dunn

By LARRY VAUGHT

As we are all trying to cope with the new normal because of COVID-19 I wondered what it might be like to be a political candidate and trying to campaign due to social distancing and restrictions against gatherings of groups.

I knew Tiffany Dunn was a Kentucky fan because of Twitter and then I realized she was running against House Speaker David Osborne in the June Republican primary in the District 59 race that covers most of Oldham County. Osborne has been in office since 2005 but Dunn, a teacher, is banking on her education ties/support can help her win.

J.J. Weaver a name to remember for UK football fans

JJ Weaver

By LARRY VAUGHT

Looking for a player to watch whenever Kentucky’s football season does get underway?

Try linebacker J.J. Weaver of Louisville Moore, a four-star prospect from Louisville Moore. He played in three games last year — Missouri, Vanderbilt and Louisville — as a true freshman and had six tackles, two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry in his limited playing time.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was able to redshirt every freshman last year thanks in part to a NCAA rule that now allows players to play in four games and still redshirt.