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Thursday Quickies: Skal Shines Edition

Skal Labissiere is finding a role in Sacramento, NFL free agency news and more in today's headlines!

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There's been a lot of talk around the league about who the winner was in the DeMarcus Cousins trade. On paper, it's obvious that the New Orleans Pelicans won. They added a superstar to their roster and didn't give up much. But some would argue that now the Sacramento Kings are moving the ball better and playing more team basketball. However, the winner of the trade might not be either team. It might be one individual player: Skal Labissiere.

Since Cousins' trade, the former Wildcat wing who had a frustrating season at Kentucky has steadily improved on his statistics. Labissiere has posted four double-digit scoring games this season, and all of them have come after Boogie's trade. He's also grabbed five or more rebounds in five games since the trade, including a 13-rebound performance against the Charlotte Hornets. This includes a career-high 15-point, six rebound performance last night against the San Antonio Spurs. On top of all that, his numbers are showing steady improvement. He averaged 5.2 points in February, and he's averaging 6.7 points in March. He's also shooting 61.5% this month.

Many shrugged Labissiere off as a guy with a lot of hype coming into college who didn't pan out. But with more opportunities to perform, Skal is proving that he may be able to find his role in the NBA.

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With postseason upon us, question of day is: Just who is Kentucky? - 247
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Kentucky football: Jojo Kemp's pro day performance stands out - SEC Country
All were waiting to see Boom Williams at Kentucky's pro day, but it was fellow running back Jojo Kemp who might've turned some of the attention his way.

SEC basketball: Ranking the coaches from top to bottom | Lexington Herald-Leader
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Dick Vitale tabs Malik Monk his Diaper Dandy of the Year - 247
ESPN's Dick Vitale has named Malik Monk his Diaper Dandy of the Year as the nation's top freshman.

UK football: Running back Sihiem King ready to show what he can do | Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky junior running back Sihiem King ready to shed frustrating season of waiting and show what he can do.

Best Availables: 9 remain in 2017 top 100 - Basketball Recruiting - Scout
Despite their senior seasons coming to a close, there are nine top 100 prospects still available. Who is left and where might they be leaning?

Lexington Legends announce three John Calipari bobblehead nights | Lexington Herald-Leader
The Lexington Legends are teaming up with University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari and The Calipari Foundation for a series of special nights at Whitaker Bank Ballpark during the 2017 baseball season.

Barring setback, UGA forward Yante Maten poised to return from injury for SEC tournament | Online Athens
Maten went through a 45-minute light practice for Thursday’s game against Tennessee with a heavy brace on the knee and wasn’t held out of any of the workout. He admitted he was moving slower than he would have been before he sustained the injury 95 seconds into a game against Kentucky on Feb. 18

2017 Boys' Sweet Sixteen Kentucky basketball state tournament field set | Lexington Herald-Leader
The field is set for the 2017 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament — celebrating its 100th year — and it comes with an almost entirely new look.

Jim Boeheim loses in the ACC Tournament, shows lack of class - Roanoke Times
Boeheim complained about how holding the ACC Tournament in Greensboro isn't a good idea, and it's much better to hold it in New York. The host school (Boeheim's Syracuse team) lost to Miami in the first round, and now it's a tournament that no one at the site even cares about.

Cowboys will release Tony Romo today - ESPN
Apparently Jerry Jones didn't get the deal he was looking for, as Romo is going to become a free agent when the league starts its new year.

Tyrod Taylor staying in Buffalo with restructured deal - NBC Sports
The Buffalo Bills retained their starting quarterback despite speculation that he would leave. Taylor gets a $7 million signing bonus with the new deal.

Michigan basketball team suffers plane accident - ESPN
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49ers reportedly land veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer - FOX Sports
The acquisition is a reunion between Hoyer and new head coach Kyle Shanahan.

What if your kid likes the original NES over the Nintendo Switch? - CNET
Scott Stein's kid doesn't really like the new gaming gadget that was supposed to be made for his demographic. Instead, he's partial to the system marketed towards his dad's generation.