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Thursday Quickies: On the Trail Edition

John Calipari is hard at work on his 2018 class, and more in today's quickies.

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John Calipari doesn't rest. The Wildcats' head coach, who has built quite the recruiting reputation, is working on upholding that reputation by working hard on his 2018 class before even closing out his 2017 class.

Cal and his staff have been out making visits, visiting Zion Williamson, Javonte Smart, Naz Reid, Immanuel Quickley and more. He's looking to assure a No. 1 class yet again.

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Calipari still looking to add more recruits for the class of 2017 | Lexington Herald Leader
Seven future Kentucky Wildcats were included in’s final basketball rankings for the class of 2017, but John Calipari is looking to add one or two more players before UK shuts the door on this recruiting cycle.

Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Final Scout, 247, Rivals, ESPN rankings - SEC Country
All four major recruiting services have finalized their Class of 2017 basketball rankings. How do seven future Kentucky players, three targets stack up?

Joel Justus visiting nation's No. 1 junior Zion Williamson - 247
Kentucky assistant Joel Justus is visiting the nation's No. 1 junior in Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School forward Zion Williamson Wednesday night. Williamson — a 6-foot-7 wing — is ranked as the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2018 class.

Boom Williams is an NFL Draft longshot, plus more random notes | Lexington Herald Leader
Former Kentucky running back Boom Williams isn’t high on the boards heading into next week’s NFL Draft. Randall Cobb ties the knot. Florida basketball has a new Russian connection. More random notes.

Calipari visits 5-star guard Javonte Smart - 247
Kentucky coach John Calipari visited with Scotlandville Magnet 5-star point guard Javonte Smart Wednesday. Smart — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Baton Rouge, La. — is ranked by as the 4No.  point guard and No. 17 overall player in the 2018.

Kentucky football: Projecting Wildcats’ defensive post-spring depth chart - SEC Country
We at SEC Country decided to take a shot at projecting Kentucky's 2017 defensive depth chart now that the spring Blue-White game is over.

‘Vintage’ Rajon Rondo fueling Chicago Bulls’ playoff resurgence | Lexington Herald Leader
Those of us who believed the Bulls would have been better off trading former University of Kentucky star Rajon Rondo around midseason regret the impulse. Overall, the presence of the 31-year-old has been more positive than negative, and Rondo’s combination of edginess and intelligence has fostered respect on and off the court, especially with younger players who consider him a mentor.

James Harden, Rockets win game two against Thunder - ESPN
The Houston Rockets pulled off a huge comeback over the Oklahoma City Thunder, despite Russell Westbrook scoring 51 points, the most ever in a playoff triple-double.

Dana White talks McGregor-Mayweather - MMA Junkie
Dana White seems determined to get a dea done between these two, but he's going to have to pay up. Even the biggest paydays for UFC fighters is chump change for Floyd Mayweather. According to this article, he's up for giving both fighters a big payday.

Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush are bidding for the Marlins - Boston Globe
Talk about an unlikely combo; Bush and Jeter are reportedly uniting to make a bid to purchase the Miami Marlins. Jeb wouldn't be the first Bush to own a team. 43rd President George W. Bush was a partial owner of the Texas Rangers before becoming President.

Osweiler will compete to start in Cleveland - NBC Sports
Brock Osweiler may be Cleveland's best option. They aren't planning to trade for a veteran quarterback, and they shouldn't draft a quarterback (though they might make the biggest draft mistake imaginable and do it anyways).

This year's NFL Draft has an abundance of quality running backs - Chron
From Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook, to Christian McCaffrey, even to that Boom Williams guy. (hopeefully) There's a lot of depth at the running back position in this year's draft.

Phil Simms moving to the studio as an NFL analyst - Sports Illustrated
Simms will move from the broadcast booth to the CBS studio in order to make room for  newcomer Tony Romo.

Facebook is building brain-computer interfaces for typing and skin-hearing - Tech Crunch
Technology has gone too far.