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Do not overlook potential that Trey Lyles still has

Tyler  Ulis, left, and Trey Lyles were part of a special recruiting class at UK. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Tyler Ulis, left, and Trey Lyles were part of a special recruiting class at UK. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By JESSICA JONES, Contributing Writer

John Calipari’s 2014 recruiting class was one of my personal favorites. Karl Towns went on to be the number one pick in the NBA draft and rookie of the year. He was so much fun to watch at Kentucky.
Devin Booker was the sharp shooting favorite of many ladies of the BBN. Remember girls licking his car on his autograph tour? He also brought the “reload” 3-point celebration to the Bluegrass. Booker was a lottery pick and finished third in the rookie of the year voting last season in the NBA.
Tyler Ulis. That’s all I really need to say. Tyler is considered by some Calipari’s best point guard thus far. He’s easily a fan favorite.
These three were so impactful to our memories and the game that we often forget about the fourth member of that class: Trey Lyles. He was so quietly good that even Calipari forgot about him. Remember midseason when Calipari joked that Trey was missing?
Trey had flashes of greatness while at UK and a silky smooth jumper. However, due to all the star power on that team, Trey was kind of an after thought.
I met Trey briefly in Chicago after the UCLA game in 2014. He was genuinely kind and goofy. He seems like a really great kid and will make BBN very proud.
I watched Trey in the summer league the other day against the Celtics where he posted 26 points and 11 rebounds. It was just the summer league and one shouldn’t get too excited but he looked great. He also played well against the Spurs summer league team where he hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Trey averaged 6 points in his rookie season with the Jazz. I look for him to continue to improve on that this season. He has all the skills and now with his rookie year under his belt I think he will start to make more of an impact.
I think it’s possible we may even see the Jazz in the playoffs next spring. Kentucky fans should keep an eye on Trey in Utah. Trey will have a very long and successful NBA career. 

Darius Miller to be Enshrined in Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame

Darius Miller (Gary Moyers Photo)

Darius Miller (Gary Moyers Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky men’s basketball standout Darius Miller, who helped lead the Wildcats to the 2012 national championship, will be inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday at the State Theater in Elizabethtown, Ky.

Miller will be enshrined into the hall of fame as a part of the class of 2016 for his illustrious high school career at Mason County High School. The 2008 winner of the Kentucky Mr. Basketball award, Miller led Mason County to the 2008 state championship, averaging 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game during the memorable Sweet 16 run.

Commissioners announce changes for how much time students play sports

 (July 7, 2016)  The commissioners of the five autonomy conferences today announced an agreement in concept on changes they will propose that are intended to give students who play sports more time off.  The purpose of the changes is to rebalance the student experience between athletics and campus life, providing students with more time to focus on other college interests, including academics, work experience, travel, and additional rest.The first area of change, Flex 21, will provide students, in many cases, with at least an additional 21 days in which they are free of required athletic activities during the academic year. These 21 days are in addition to the current rules related to time off.

Recognizing that every sport has different needs, the proposal includes flexibility so coaches, students and athletic directors can come up with a plan that best suits each sport.  The proposed changes are the result of in-person meetings and survey feedback from students, head coaches, faculty and athletics administrators.

Conrad Named to John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List

C.J. Conrad (Vicky Graff Photo)

C.J. Conrad (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky sophomore tight end C.J. Conrad has been named one of 45 players to the 2016 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List, which annually honors the most outstanding collegiate tight end,.

Conrad, who is one of five sophomores to make the preseason watch list, had a great first season for Kentucky, playing in all 12 games last fall with nine starts. The native of LaGrange, Ohio, led all Southeastern Conference tight ends with 15 catches for 149 yards and one touchdown. His best game came at Mississippi State when he caught six passes for 56 yards, while he had two games with three or more catches.

SEC Network Set for Second Year of Comprehensive Football Media Days Coverage

SEC Network is live on site at SEC Football Media Days July 11-14 providing comprehensive television coverage all four-days of the event, for the second year.

SEC Network’s news & information show, SEC Now, originates from Hoover, Ala. with host Dari Nowkhah and SEC Nation’s new host Maria Taylor leading a desk of rotating football analysts and guests that include Greg McElroy, Booger McFarland and Marcus Spears.

Every head coach’s press conference, in addition to live interviews with players and coaches, will be televised. SEC Network’s football analysts will also share analytical previews of each team throughout the week.

Blue Ribbon’s Chris Dortch to join us on WPBK-FM

By LARRY VAUGHT

Certainly in Kentucky it is never too early to look ahead to college basketball season and Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook editor Chris Dortch will join Tim Estes and myself on WPBK (102.9 FM, wpbkfm.com) Thursday from 7:30-8 a.m. to talk college basketball.

Blue Ribbon is the Bible of preseason basketball yearbooks and annually has the best and most thorough analysis of every team in the country. And the great thing about Blue Ribbon is that you can use it all season because the basic information is that good.

Toth Named to Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List

Jon Toth (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Jon Toth (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – It was no surprise  when the Rimington Trophy Committee announced its 2016 Fall Watch List for college football’s best center, that University of Kentucky senior Jon Toth was one of 61 centers named to the list for the prestigious award.

This is the third straight watch list honor for Toth from the Rimington Trophy Committee as he was on the 2015 Fall Watch List and 2016 Spring Watch list for the award. Toth is one of eight Southeastern Conference players on the list, joining Frank Ragnow (Arkansas), Brandon Kublanow (Georgia), Ethan Pocic (LSU), Jamaal Clayborn (Mississippi State), Robert Conyers (Ole Miss), Alan Knott (South Carolina) and Coleman Thomas (Tennessee).

Shannon Spake leaving ESPN for FOX Sports to cover college football, college basketball, NASCAR and NFL

Karl Antony-Towns talks to ESPN's Shannon Spake. (Clay Jackson/cjackson@amnews.com)

Karl Antony-Towns talks to Shannon Spake, one of the favorite reporters for UK fans. (Clay Jackson/cjackson@amnews.com)

Charlotte, N.C. — College sports have always been a big talking point among sports fans as they download the Best College Sports App to keep up to date with all the goings-on in the sports. And now it’s not just their favorite teams and players they need to keep track of but also the announcers. This is because FOX Sports announces the addition of veteran sports reporter Shannon Spake, who joins the network as a sideline reporter for its college football and college basketball coverage and serves as a member of its NASCAR broadcast team on pit road and in the NASCAR RACE HUB studio. Spake also will report from the sidelines for select FOX NFL broadcasts.

Kovach never expected 1976-77 to be glory years for UK football

By LARRY VAUGHT

After Kentucky finished the 1976 football season with a 21-0 win over North Carolina in the Peach Bowl to complete an 8-4 season, linebacker Jim Kovach never thought that would go down as one of the best seasons ever for UK.

He missed the 1977 season with an injury when UK went 10-1 before finishing his collegiate career in 1978 when UK dipped to 4-6-1.

Kovach admits he never thought the 1976-77 seasons would be the banner years for UK football 40 years later.

Swings for Soldiers continues to be special for Tammes

Blue 6 Media Photo

Blue 6 Media Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

When Jacob Tamme and his wife, Allison, were leaving the golf course after hosting Swings for Soldiers, a golf scramble to raise money to build homes for wounded veterans, he was sure this might be the first and only time they would host Swings for Soldiers.

“We made it happen that first year and we did everything from making every phone call to printing cart signs on our computer at home,” Tamme said. “We were out there at 5 in the morning to putting out hold signs and the day lasted until 11 p.m. It was a long day, but awesome day. Still, I wasn’t sure we could ever do this again.”