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Wednesday Quickies: NBA Draft Combine Edition

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The NBA Draft Combine starts tomorrow, and there are a few Wildcats attending. That includes De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo, Isaiah Briscoe and Hamidou Diallo. Only Briscoe will be competing in five-on-five, but all seem likely to do well. We’ll all be watching to see how well Diallo does, of course, as we await his college/NBA decision.

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The Cats never let up on Knox, and it worked eventually.

Your quickies

Best case, worst case: Draft Combine - Cats Illustrated
A look at how well, or how poorly, the combine could go for Kentucky’s four participants.

SEC Network analyst labels UK football a dark horse - Cats Pause
I believe we here at ASOB have already warned you of this happening.

Tyrell Ajian got the ‘gut feeling’ from Kentucky’s coaching staff - SEC Country
Four-star athlete Ajian gets along with coach Steve Clinkscale, who the Cats nabbed from Cincinnati. Ultimately, the feeling he got from the coaches was a big difference-maker in his recruitment.

UK basketball stock rising, Louisville’s rising - Herald-Leader
Well that’s always good to hear. Donovan Mitchell and Jaylen Johnson signed agents and are off for the draft, and Kevin Knox committed to the Cats. All those things were at least somewhat unexpected, so they’ve changed the landscape for the in-state rivalry.

Derek Willis throws out first pitch at Kentucky baseball game - SEC Country
Willis threw a strike, but he also cheated and didn’t pitch from the rubber. At 6’9”, I don’t think you get a pass from pitching from the top of the hill.

Nobody in college basketball has had a better offseason than Kentucky - KSR
Lose almost all of your scoring production? All good. Let them go to the NBA and make millions while preaching how great Kentucky is. Just snag almost every five-star recruit you could land on one roster, add a couple four-stars, and you’re good to go.

Gordon Hayward hasn’t decided if he’ll opt out of current deal - ESPN
Hey Gordon, Boston is calling. They’re just a couple of pieces away. And you could be one of them.

New York Rangers lose series to Ottawa Senators - New York Post
The Rangers’ season somewhat unexpectedly (and yet somehow expectedly) ended with a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators in game six.

Teams evaluate Matt Harvey’s trade value - Yahoo
Harvey has been a bit of a locker room problem as of late, and the New York Mets could decide he’s not worth the hassle before long.

Game five of Rockets-Spurs was epic - SB Nation
The focus in the article is James Harden’s collapse in overtime, but I want to stress just how amazing and incredible this game was to watch. Harden had 33 in regulation, and old man Manu Ginobli arose from the grave to send back Harden’s potential game-tying three at the buzzer (OK, maybe he’s not THAT old).

Bills hire Brandon Beane as GM - FOX Sports
Beane replaces the Bills’ GM who was fired immediately after the NFL Draft. Beane has worked with the Carolina Panthers for his entire NFL career prior to now.

Isaiah Thomas fires back at Draymond Green for calling Olynyk dirty - CBS
It’s a shame that these two teams likely will not meet in the Finals; the trash talk would be insanely epic.

Dinosaur named after ‘Ghostbusters’ creature found 75 million years after death - Los Angeles Times