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Thursday Quickies: Nike Signs De’Aaron Fox Edition

De’Aaron Fox has signed a shoe deal with Nike, and more in today’s quickies!

NCAA Basketball: Texas A&M at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, BBN. Nike has made it clear that they know how good De’Aaron Fox is going to be.

The athletic apparel giant signed Fox to a multi-year deal yesterday. It’s becoming more and more likely that he’ll be a top-three pick, and his speed is certainly going to be quite marketable when selling shoes, so it makes sense. Nike also seems like an obvious choice for Fox; Kentucky basketball is one of their biggest partnerships, and Fox (being the sneakerhead he is) was rocking a different pair of Kobes seemingly every game, so he’s used to the brand and its product.

It’s another step in the right direction for Fox, and a sign that the De’Aaron Fox hype train is still picking up steam as we chug towards the NBA Draft.

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Your quickies

2019 basketball phenom talks UK visit - KSR
Scottie Lewis has been a highly sought-after recruit since the seventh grade. He recently took a visit to Kentucky with one of his teammates, and they seemed to like the pitch.

Tristan Pompey a player to watch in NCAA Tournament - SEC Country
SEC Country labels the Kentucky outfielder as a player who will be a star in the NCAA Tournament.

Calipari discusses state of SEC basketball at SEC spring meeting in Sandestin - 247
At the SEC Spring Meeting, Kentucky coach John Calipari talks about the rise in SEC basketball. "It's our time," the coach says.

Stoops: “Good Things are Happening at Kentucky.” | KSR
“I really feel like we’re building. We go to prepare to win every game,” Stoops said. “Our expectations are high. We know it’s a tough conference, we still are a work in progress but I like where we’re at. I like the direction of our team, our coaching staff I’m very comfortable with and recruiting’s going well."

Derek Willis hopes to learn from ‘wrong approach’ at UK | Lexington Herald Leader
Derek Willis said he regrets not putting more time into basketball as a Kentucky player. He intends not to repeat that mistake as a pro player. He’s open to playing anywhere as a stepping stone toward maximizing his potential.

SEC Spring Meetings: 14-week football season discussed | Sporting News
According to commissioner Greg Sankey, the NCAA’s Football Oversight Committee, which has introduced the concept of a 14-week season, is seeking feedback from conferences.

Ohio brings top closer to Lexington Regional | Lexington Herald Leader
The Ohio University baseball team is back in the NCAA Championships after a stunning victory in the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

2017-18 College Basketball Preseason All-American Team | CollegeBasketballTalk
There may be some surprises on here, like the lack of any Wildcats.

NBA Finals: Yes, the Cavaliers can beat the Warriors | Lexington Herald Leader
The NBA Finals begin Thursday night. The Golden State Warriors are the favorite. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a chance, however. They have LeBron.

Police looking into a racial slur sprayed on LeBron James's home in LA - ESPN
Police are investigating a racial slur left on the front gate of a Los Angeles home owned by LeBron James, who later Wednesday said what happened "just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America.''

Brian Bowen showcases what's wrong with recruiting scene | Sporting News
In a recruiting class that inexplicably saw Kentucky snatch seven of the top 29 players — somehow they must think they will all get starters' minutes — Bowen's recruitment is still the biggest mystery.

What’s at stake in Cavs-Warriors III - CBS Sports
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John Clayton fired by ESPN - NBC Sports
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Adam Silver says LaVar will calm down once his son gets drafted - ESPN
All I have to say is, “I doubt it.” Silver also talks about the league’s parity, and he’s not concerned that the NBA has become a two-team league.

Hue Jackson says Brock Osweiler has done well in camp - NFL
The Cleveland Browns’ head coach praised the man who will probably be his starting quarterback. If he’s really doing well, it’s surprising after his disastrous 2016-17.

MLB cuts down Harper’s suspension - Washington Post
Bryce Harper will now sit out just three games for the fistfight he started against the San Francisco Giants.

The Essential Phone: a first look at the hardware - The Verge
It’s a little blocky, but the screen makes sense

Review: Wonder Woman - Polygon
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Time Warner CEO says $85B sale to AT&T about battling Google & Facebook - Recode
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