ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg looking for PJ Washington type year from Keion Brooks Jr.

Keion Brooks Jr. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Almost as soon as it became clear Keion Brooks Jr. would be the only returning player who had played in a game for coach John Calipari at Kentucky, expectations for the sophomore started to rise.

Maybe it was the way he played at the end of the season. Maybe it’s just Kentucky fans hoping he will be dramatically improved because they understand coach John Calipari needs an experienced player he can trust to lead younger players.

UK Virtual 5K was big hit for fans but also for talented athletes like Alli Stumler, Autumn Humes

Volleyball standout Alli Stumler was on Team Sumrall in the Virtual 5K.

By LARRY VAUGHT

It was really entertaining to see some of the banter and the participants in the UK Virtual 5K the last few days.

The UK 5K has really been popular the last few years because it gave participants a chance to run through and around Kentucky sports facilities on campus. Obviously that was not possible this year so UK got creative with its virtual race and assigned runners to teams led by UK coaches.

Kenny Walker on Eddie Sutton: “He could flat out coach”

John Calipari with former UK coach Eddie Sutton.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Eddie Sutton took three teams to the Final Four — and probably deserved to have also got Kentucky there based on the talent he had during his time at Kentucky.

He won 806 games, took 25 teams to the NCAA Tournament and was recently selected for induction in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on his seventh try.

He died Saturday in Tulsa, Okla., at age 84.

Emma King on Kentucky: “I know this is the place I am meant to be”

Emma King has “no regrets” about being at Kentucky despite her limited playing time her freshman season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell said he wishes every player would honestly evaluate their situation like freshman Emma King did and have the discipline and maturity to accept coaching to improve.

“The maturity she had to evaluate her freshman experience shows the type of person she is,” Mitchell said. “She is going to go what she has to do to be successful.

Jenna, Matthew Mitchell do a lot to help others “out of the goodness of their heart”

Kentucky basketball coach Matthew Mitchell and his wife, Jenna, contribute to a lot of charitable causes in Lexington and Fayette County.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mollie Kregor, director of the Mitchell Family Foundation, says it’s impossible for anyone to fully appreciate what Jenna and Matthew Mitchell do to support so many charitable efforts in Lexington and Fayette County.

“They are just unbelievable people and not a lot of people know all they do because they don’t need or want any recognition. They just want to help others,” said Kregor.

UK golfer Cullan Brown still needs our prayers

Emma Talley and Cullan Brown (Emily Brown Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Not long after he had a succesful run in the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship last July, Kentucky golfer Cullan Brown was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in his left thigh.

That forced him to miss the 2019-20 season, his sophomore year. He was still named the UK Male Rookie of the Year after his all-SEC freshman season during a virtual awards ceremony at Kentucky recently.

Brown, who is from Lyon County, needed chemotherapy and surgery as part of his treatment. Through it all, he’s kept a remarkable attitude.

Will youth sports guidelines in Kentucky hurt baseball/softball development?

By LARRY VAUGHT

The guidance for youth sports and athletic events issued by Governor Andy Beshear and his staff seemed to indicate there could be hope for a high school fall sports season.

However, not everyone was pleased with how the guidelines read and it was more than high school coaches who had been hoping for me.

I have a friend in western Kentucky who was not happy at all with the restrictions still on baseball and softball, two sports that both have elite travel league teams in summer months that often can lead to college scholarship offers.

With Jonathan Kuminga including G-League option, will he remain recruiting target for John Calipari?

By LARRY VAUGHT

Welcome to the new world of college basketball recruiting.

Jonathan Kuminga, the top rated player in the 2021 recruiting class, narrowed his college options for next year Kentucky, Duke, Auburn and Texas Tech. But he also included possibly going to the NBA G-League as an option.

Remember just recently three players — Jalen Green, Dashien Nix and Isaiah Todd — all opted not to play college basketball next year and signed lucrative G-League contract. Kentucky offered both Green and Todd and Nix wanted a scholarship offer but never got one.

UK signee Isaiah Jackson’s athleticism impresses Fox Sports writer Aaron Torres

Isaiah Jackson (Waterford Mott Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Because he had not seen Kentucky signee Isaiah Jackson play in person like he had most of this year’s top college basketball recruits, Aaron Torres of Fox Sports took time recently to study film of the 6-9 Jackson.

“I’ve seen BJ Boston multiple times, Devin Askew multiple times, Terrence Clarke, on and on. So I just wanted to pull up a little tape to better familiarize myself with his game — and wow was I was impressed,” Torres said. “He isn’t super skilled, but has the athleticism of few high school big guys I can remember.

Emma King knew freshman year at UK would be hard — but it was even harder than she ever imagined

Emma King found out older, stronger players could bully her with their strength. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

She scored over 2,500 points and had 750 rebounds in her high school career at Lincoln County and was nearly a 40 percent shooter from 3-point range.

Yet Emma King played in just 15 games her freshman season at Kentucky, scored only 21 points after averaging 18.5 points per game her final high school season and had just four 3-pointers all season.

So was she not as good as she thought or was Southeastern Conference play just tougher than she expected?