Maci Morris Signs Professional Contract to Play in Italy

Maci Morri.
(Photos by Noah J. Richter | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – One of the best shooters in Kentucky women’s basketball history, who displayed her strong playing ability last summer in the team’s foreign tour to Italy will be calling the country home this year as she has signed to play professional basketball for the USE Basket Lions in Empoli, Italy. 

Morris, who went undrafted in the 36-pick 2019 WNBA Draft, recently went through training camp with the Washington Mystics and is expected to use that experience to have a successful season in Italy.

Mia Hamm on World Cup matchups, coaching, 1999 memories and more

Mia Hamm

By LARRY VAUGHT

With the United States playing Sweden today in the World Cup, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of the things that Mia Hamm, who played with the U.S. women’s national team for 17 years, had to say this week before the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship where she received the Inspire Greatness Award.

Hamm built one of the biggest fan bases of any U.S. athlete and was on teams that won the World Cup in 1991 and 1999 and earned Olympic medals in 1996 and 2004. Hamm held the record for most international goals scored until 2013 when  American Abby Wambach set a new mark.

Kash Daniel “trying to give back as much love” as fans show him

Kash Daniel has learned to appreciate how important it is for him to sign autographs or take pictures with fans. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It’s hard to find a player who is more honest and real with the media than Kentucky senior linebacker Kash Daniel.

I can still remember his senior year at Paintsville when we had him join us on WLAP Sunday Morning Sports and he did the show from the car wash where he was working.

Jay Bilas on Murray’s Ja Morant: 
”He’s legit. He’s proven it.”

By LARRY VAUGHT

If all goes as expected tonight, Murray State University point guard Ja Morant could be the second pick in the NBA Draft after Zion Williamson goes No. 1 to New Orleans.

On a national teleconference this week, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas talked about the Murray star and what he expected going into the draft.

Q. How much of a splash do you expect him to make in his first year in the NBA and where does he need to improve?

80-year-old Dick Vitale signs ESPN extension through 2021-22 season

Dick Vitale (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Hall of Fame basketball analyst and last month’s Sports Emmys Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dick Vitale has signed a contract extension with ESPN through the 2021-22 season, adding to a recent extension.

“I’m so honored and proud to be a little spoke in the big wheel that ESPN is in the world of sports,” said Vitale. “ESPN is my second family, and all the beautiful people I’ve have the opportunity to work with over the years are so important to me.”

John Calipari says Nick Richards has to “take” opportunity coming up

Nick Richards (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach John Calipari has never questioned Nick Richards’ potential even if many UK basketball fans have the last two years.

The coach has constantly talked about Richards being a huge key to UK’s national championship success. Yet he’s always seemed to have a quick hook with Richards when he commits a foul, blows a defensive assignment or fails to get a rebound — and he seemed to always be making those kind of mistakes.

Reid Travis does some things “very well” but Jay Bilas does not expect him to be drafted

Reid Travis (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He was a two-time all-conference player averaging a double-double per game at Stanford when he decided to come to Kentucky as a graduate transfer in hopes of winning a national championship and also enhancing his NBA draft status.

Reid Travis played a significant role in Kentucky’s march to the Elite Eight. However, if ESPN analyst Jay Bilas is right, Travis won’t hear his name called during the NBA draft Thursday night.

“I think he’ll be undrafted. Reid was a great college player, another fantastic kid. Not a kid, he’s a man. A fantastic young man,” Bilas said.

Could Kentucky get commitment from 300-pound Alabama offensive lineman?

Joshua Jones

By LARRY VAUGHT

Alabama coach Nick Saban has been finding his way to Kentucky in recent years to land big-name recruits like Damien Harris, Jed Wills and Tanner Bowles.

Now Kentucky is trying to find a way to get a big-time offensive lineman out of Alabama to verbally commit to the Cats.

Three-star offensive tackle Joshua Jones of Phoenix City made his first official visit to UK and now apparently is close to making his college choice. The 6-6, 300-pound Jones is listed as one of the top 60 tackles in America by one recruiting service.

ESPN’s exclusive NBA draft coverage has plenty of features for viewers to enjoy

ESPN’s Exclusive Coverage of the 2019 NBA Draft Presented By State Farm

  • Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett Lead Highly Anticipated Draft Class
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  • Rachel Nichols Sits Down with Zion Williamson for Exclusive Interview

ESPN will exclusively televise the 2019 NBA Draft presented by State Farm on Thursday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. ET from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.  ESPN’s pre-event coverage will precede the Draft on ESPN from 7-7:30 p.m. This year marks the 17th consecutive time ESPN has televised the NBA Draft.

Don’t expect Somerset quarterback Kaiya Sheron to make early college choice

By LARRY VAUGHT

Somerset coach Robbie Lucas says not to expect any quick college decision from junior quarterback Kaiya Sheron after his recent scholarship offer from Kentucky.

“He needs to sit back and wait and see what all happens,” Lucas said. “I expect a lot more offers to come. I want him to have options and choices but also realize these are just promises right now. None of this changes my expectations of him one bit.”