Guest post: Will 76ers take “safe” Jamal Murray at No. 1, or could trade bring Simmons and Murray both to 76ers

John Calipari thinks Jamal Murray should be the NBA's No. 1 pick. (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari thinks Jamal Murray should be the NBA’s No. 1 pick. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By BENJAMIN SCHODOWSKI

With the NBA draft just two weeks away, Coach John Calipari is performing his annual practice of building up his draft-declared players, most notably Jamal Murray this week. Cal went on ESPNU’s College Basketball podcast and stated that Murray is the “safe No. 1 pick.”

ESPN extends Dick Vitale’s contract through 2018-19

Basketball Hall of Famer Dick Vitale, one of the sport’s most influential and dynamic personality in the history of sports television, has agreed to a new contract extension with ESPN that will carry through the 2018-19 season. The agreement will add an additional year to his previous extension, announced a year ago today, and will take Vitale, who started with the company in its first year (1979-80), to his 40th on ESPN.

Vitale will continue to be assigned to many of the network’s marquee games, including regular-season action primarily on ESPN and ESPN2, Champ Week coverage and the Men’s Final Four for ESPN International.

DeCourcy explains why underachieving not fair tag for UK

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It has been a few weeks now since ESPN’s Jeff Borzello revealed his list of the most underachieving college basketball teams for the last four years and put Kentucky at the top of his list.

If memory serves  me right, Kentucky went 38-0 during the 2014-15 season and lost in the Final Four. The season before Kentucky reached the national title game. Last season  UK won one game before losing to Indiana in the NCAA.

Mark Stoops not a fan of satellite camps

Mark Stoops is not a fan of satellite camps. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops is not a fan of satellite camps. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

FRANKFORT — During Tuesday’s Governor’s Cup press conference, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops made it clear he was not a fan of satellite camps, college football’s newest fad.

Evan White third-team All-American

-2LEXINGTON, Ky.  Kentucky first baseman Evan White has been named All-America by CollegeSportsMadness.com, which made him a third-team selection on the national squad.

A sophomore from Gahanna, Ohio, White batted .376 this season with 15 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 40 RBI, 44 runs scored and 10 stolen bases.  He led the Wildcats in each of those categories with the exception of home runs.  He finished the season with a 16-game hitting streak in addition to a 21-game hitting streak earlier in the season. He was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference by league coaches. 

Kentucky basketball leads in home attendance again

LEXINGTON, Ky. – As has been the case for nearly every year of the last two decades, the Kentucky men’s basketball team led the country in average home attendance, according to national attendance figures released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

UK led all schools in the NCAA with an average of 23,361 fans per home game. It’s the 18th time in the last 21 seasons Kentucky has led the country in average home attendance. Since Rupp Arena opened for the 1976-77 season, UK has ranked either first or second in average home attendance every season.

QB Mac Jones decides Alabama now best for him

Mac Jones (Rivals.com Twitter Photo)

Mac Jones (Rivals.com Twitter Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After saying for months that he would stay firmly committed to Kentucky, Florida quarterback Mac Jones flipped his commitment to Alabama Tuesday.

He was UK’s first commitment in the 2017 recruiting class and the highest ranked commitment.

“I would like to thank the University of Kentucky for recruiting me,” Jones posted on Twitter Tuesday night. “However, an opportunity of a lifetime has presented itself to my family and me. I am happy to say I will continue my football and academic career at The University of Alabama. I am 100% committed, Roll Tide!”

Stoops likes seeing Barker become better leader with no BS

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

FRANKFORT — Quarterback Drew Barker continues to impress Kentucky coach Drew Barker.

“I saw a great growth out of Drew. It’s hard to put an exact figure or definition on that. He had the best spring he had ever academically,” Stoops said Wednesday at the Governor’s Cup here. “It was more – the leadership that I saw was really leading by example.

UK begins Outdoor Championships Wednesday

-2EUGENE, Ore. – The Kentucky track and field teams begin the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Wednesday at Oregon’s Hayward Field. The meet will run through Saturday.

The Kentucky women’s team enters the NCAA Championships ranked No. 2 in the United States Track & Field and cross Country Coaches Association rankings. UK qualified 17 entries to the meet, the second most of any team.

The UK men’s team qualified six entries to the meet, doubling the total from last season.

Wednesday’s competition will feature men’s teams only. For the second consecutive season the NCAA is utilizing a championships schedule featuring men’s teams on Wednesday and Friday and women’s teams on Thursday and Saturday.

Stoops on Brooks: “We love having him in Kentucky”

Mark Stoops, Rich Brooks, Jim Kovach and Jeremy Jarmon. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Mark Stoops, Rich Brooks, Jim Kovach and Jeremy Jarmon. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

FRANKFORT — It’s always good to see former Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks and he was a popular man at today’s Governor’s Cup in Frankfort.

So I decided to ask current UK coach Mark Stoops, who could be on the hot seat in his fourth season at UK just like Brooks was, what was the best advice he had received from the former coach.

“There’s a lot of good advice I’ve gotten from coach Brooks. We’ve been known to have a few bourbons together, and it gets real deep at that point,” Stoops said.