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Saturday Quickies: New Hoops Targets Edition

Kentucky has had several new targets emerge this week. That and more in today's headlines!

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Malik Monk wins Jerry West Award -
"Blessed," Monk said to ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas. "Blessed to be here and thankful for all of the opportunities that I have."

Calipari pursuing Pittsburgh transfer Cam Johnson - SEC Country
Pittsburgh graduate transfer Cameron Johnson has received his release from the Panthers, and a source tells SEC Country there is a "good chance" he ends up in Lexington.

No. 8 Kentucky Continues Perfect SEC Road Start | UK Wildcats News
Zach Reks hit a two-run game-winning triple in the ninth inning to push No. 8 Kentucky to a 5-2 win over No. 19 Mississippi State. The Wildcats are now 4-0 on the road in SEC play for the first time since 1949.

John Calipari Meets with 2017 Guard Jemarl Baker | Zagsblog
"Jemarl is one of the best guards in the country," his AAU coach Ryan Silver said. "He’s a pure knock-down shooter and a proven winner with a tremendous upside."

UK offers Cameron Johnson, and thoughts on Calipari's anti-grad transfer remarks | UK recruiting news
Johnson would add a veteran’s presence on a Wildcats’ team that is expected to once again be very young and led primarily by freshmen. He will be able to play right away at his new school, and he’ll also have two seasons of eligibility remaining wherever he goes next.

UK Basketball | Kentucky offers '17 guard Mark Smith: What it means - LCJ
Breaking down the significance of Kentucky's offer to 2017 four-star guard Mark Smith.

Breaking down Kentucky’s new options at shooting guard | Kentucky Sports Radio
John Calipari is hard at work to fill in Kentucky's holes at shooting guard for next season. Here is a good look at three guys Kentucky has been linked to most thus far.

UK Football 2017 Promotional Schedule Announced | UK Wildcats News
With the Kentucky football team in the midst of a productive spring, UK Athletics announced the promotional schedule for the Wildcats’ attractive 2017 home slate.

UK target Mark Smith added to Derby Festival Classic in Louisville | Lexington Herald-Leader
Illinois Mr. Basketball Mark Smith and UK signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are among the players who will be at the Derby Festival Classic in Louisville next week. All four U of L signees will also play in the game.

Kentucky Volleyball Hosts Xavier for Home Spring Match | UK Wildcats News
Fans of the Kentucky volleyball program can get a sneak peek of the 2017 squad on Sunday in Memorial Coliseum at 4 p.m. Admission is free to all patrons and doors will open one hour prior to first serve.

UK football: Instate inside linebackers Daniel, Brown not settling for second | Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky’s Kash Daniel and Eli Brown are both out to show that they can compete for playing time at the competitive inside linebacker spots.

Seven Wildcats Earn SEC Honors for 2016-17 | UK Wildcats News
Following Kentucky swimming and diving’s successful postseason run, seven Wildcats earned Southeastern Conference honors for the 2016-17 season.

Isaiah Briscoe to apply for NBA Draft, plans to hire agent | Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky sophomore Isaiah Briscoe, an integral part of Kentucky’s run to the Elite Eight this season, has announced his intention to enter the 2017 NBA Draft and plans to hire an agent, according to an announcement Thursday on his Twitter feed.

UL blocks five schools from Shaq Wiggins transfer - 247
Louisville is blocking five schools in Shaq Wiggins' transfer, including Kentucky since the Cats are on the Cardinals' schedule annually.

Zach Lowe 10 things I like and don't like, featuring Rajon Rondo - ESPN
Zach Lowe highlights a big Wizards weakness, the return of Rajon Rondo, faux shooting fouls and more.

What Wichita State's conference move means for the AAC, Missouri Valley - USA Today
After 73 years in the Missouri Valley Conference, the Shockers are on the move. The American boosts its profile in basketball, while the loss is devastating for the MVC.

Suspended Reds prospect posted videos of apparent drug use on Snapchat - Yahoo
Reds pitcher Ian Kahaloa was suspended for 50 games by the league Tuesday after he failed his second test for a drug of abuse. At some point after he submitted that sample, but before his suspension was announced, the 19-year-old appears to have posted videos of his drug use on Snapchat.

Chris Simms thinks Jim Nantz was involved in ousting Phil Simms | ProFootballTalk
The decision to oust Phil Simms as the No. 1 NFL analyst on CBS and replace him with Tony Romo was done with the approval of play-by-play man Jim Nantz, according to Simms' son.

2017 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland: Time, TV, post positions, jockeys, trainers, odds | Lexington Herald-Leader
Keeneland’s big Kentucky Derby prep race, the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, plays out Saturday evening on the race course’s opening weekend. Here’s everything you need to know to get set for the 93rd running of the Blue Grass:

Richard Sherman trade buzz: Seahawks' price, potential suitors - ESPN
It might sound unthinkable, but the Seahawks are legitimately trying to trade star CB Richard Sherman after his volatile 2016. Here's why.

Cupid sacked: Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn are done -
Hold that special someone close in your arms tonight. Don't let go. Tomorrow is promised to nothing and nobody, not even true love. Aaron and Olivia are no more.

‘We’re running with scissors’: Why some experts worry about VR dangers - Polygon
What if virtual reality was used in the pursuit of mayhem?

Uber forced to admit that Google’s self-driving cars are way better than its own - The Verge
Uber currently has dozens of driverless vehicles, but they're not as good as what Google now has.

2017 Keeneland Spring Meet preview | Lexington Herald-Leader
Keeneland opened its Spring Meet Friday, beginning 15 days of live racing at one of the most beautiful venues in horse racing. There are a number of things to see, do and take advantage of at Keeneland, from special promotions to family events to weekend tailgating on the grounds. Here are six things you should know.