Hinshaw impressed by Drew Barker’s willingness to learn

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Maybe Drew Barker sometimes had off-field issues his first two season at Kentucky. However, so far new offensive coordinator Darin  Hinshaw has nothing but praise for what Barker has done since he arrived at UK.

“Since I came in here, Drew has been just nipping at it to learn. He’s been a sponge. Now some of his, like I say, is like riding a bike. He’s got to go fall and make mistakes. He’s not going to be perfect out there right now. But from Day 1 to Day 9, he’s improved,” Hinshaw said after Tuesday’s practice.

NO. 13 KENTUCKY HOSTS NO. 4 LOUISVILLE TONIGHT

LEXINGTON, Ky. –The 13th ranked Kentucky baseball team will break from Southeastern Conference play to host No. 4 Louisville in a midweek tilt, with first pitch tonight slated for 7:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The game will be televised live on ESPNU, also available on the ESPN app. It will also be broadcast live on the UK Sports Radio Network, available in Central Kentucky on WLAP 630-AM, in Louisville on WKJK 1080-AM and online at UKathletics.com.

Kyle Wiltjer: “I could literally go on and on about just how great the Big Blue Nation is.”

Kyle Wilter, right, with Jarrod  Polson and UK fan Jami Young in Pikeville.

Kyle Wilter, right, with Jarrod Polson and UK fan Jami Young in Pikeville.

By JAMI  YOUNG, Vaughtviews.com Contributor

PIKEVILLE — There is a saying: “Life takes you to unexpected places, but love will always bring you home.”

That is the saying I would use to sum up the feeling of Kyle Wiltjer retuning to the Bluegrass State.

The following is my interview with Kyle Wiltjer in Pikeville on Monday.

Question: What is your greatest memory while attending Kentucky?
Kyle: “My greatest memory was winning the championship. That was probably the best experience I’ve had in basketball and then coming back to Kentucky when we won it was awesome.”

Boyle County’s Jacob Bodner is now a Legend

Jacob Bodner worked out with his Legends teammates Tuesday. (Keith Taylor Photo)

Jacob Bodner worked out with his Legends teammates Tuesday. (Keith Taylor Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — Even today Jacob Bodner can still remember going to watch Roger Clemens pitch for the Lexington Legends during a rehab stay to get him ready to pitch in the American League again.

“I thought it was the coolest thing ever,” said Bodner Tuesday. “I would see those guys (Legends players) as idols and now you are filling in that role and having younger kids look up to you. You hope you can be a good influence on them and impact their lives.”

Labissiere makes it official — he will not be back at Kentucky

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball freshman forward Skal Labissiere has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft, he announced Tuesday. Labissiere plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his career at UK.

Labissiere will forego his future eligibility and enter his name in the upcoming NBA Draft, to be held June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“I want to thank my family, my coaches, teammates and most importantly I want to thank God for the opportunity that he gave me to represent and play for the University of Kentucky,” Labissiere said. “I also want to thank the fans for their support through everything this season. I am excited to announce that I am entering the 2016 NBA Draft.”

RIP: Big Fred Maggard was not only a sports hero, but also a hero to his son

Freddie Maggard, left (Vicky Graff Photo)

Freddie Maggard, left (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Today is a hard day for my friend, Freddie Maggard. His father, Freddie Sr., died Sunday in Corbin and both visitation and a celebration of life will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church in Corbin today.

I’ve heard Freddie talk about his dad — he called him Big Fred — often and I’ve often told him how much I have missed my father since his passing and that it never got easier.

Stoops respects Andy Buh, wishes him well at Maryland

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops admitted it was “very difficult” to lose outside linebackers coach Andy Buh during the middle of spring practice but understood why Buh was leaving to become defensive coordinator at Maryland.

“I really have a lot of respect for Andy. I think he’s a great football coach. He’s got great passion and energy. I really liked what we were doing in the special teams. So, it’s a tough loss, but I really wish him the best. He’s going to work for a friend of his, and I’m close with (Maryland head coach) DJ Durkin as well. So, we wish him and his family the very best,” Stoops said after Wednesday’s practice.

UK signee Landon Young, UK cheerleader Emily Sawyer will join us on WPBK-FM in April

Emily Sawyer will join us on WPBK-FM April 28. UK commit Landon  Young will be on April 14. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Emily Sawyer will join us on WPBK-FM April 28. UK signee Landon Young will be on April 14. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Because so m any of you have let me know that you  have enjoyed the various WPBK-FM (102.9) interviews I have been doing with Tim Estes twice a month, I wanted to update you on our plans for this month.

In February, we had former UK quarterback Freddie Maggard and former LSU coach Dale Brown. In March, we had WLEX-TV sports anchor Alan Cutler and NBC-TV NASCAR host Krista Voda.

Sacha Killeya-Jones’ mother explains feelings about Twitter death threat against her son

McDonald's Photo

McDonald’s Photo

Kentucky signee Sacha Killeya-Jones says he was just trying to have a little fun with his future UK teammates when they posed for a photo at the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago last week showing “L’s Down” to indicate they were already all-in with the UK-Louisville rivalry.

Jones’ mother admits that was probably not the wisest thing for her son to do and expected the negative feedback it got from Louisville fans. However, she said the apparent death threat on Twitter directed as her son was way out of  line.

Kentucky Football Spring Practice Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff