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Quickies: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Edition

Shai is on a roll and more in today’s quickies.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Louisiana State Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Remember when Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was supposed to add depth behind Quade Green?

Shai has been a whole lot more than an addition of depth. Despite coming off the bench last night, he played 32 minutes against LSU, scoring 18 points and dishing four assists. He’s averaging 21 points, four assists, four rebounds and nearly three steals in the last three games on 49 percent shooting from the field, and with his size he’s been a great defender, something Kentucky has really needed from him.

The four-star late signee who was supposed to add depth may be the Cats’ biggest star by season’s end.

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Mitch Barnhart criticizes Benny Snell's ejection - Cats' Pause
Mitch Barnhart expressed support for running back Benny Snell in a series of tweets.

Kentucky football: Transfers, NFL draft decisions and recruits to watch in the offseason - Cats' Pause looks at questions facing the Kentucky football program this offseason. - Kentucky signee Darian Kinnard talks Wildcats
Cleveland three-star offensive tackle Darian Kinnard is the lone representative of Kentucky's 2018 class at this year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl and discussed his excitement for being a Wildcat and experience thus far at the Army Bowl.

Kentucky football: Top 3 moments of 2017 season - SEC Country
Kentucky's 2017 campaign didn't end well, but it was packed with memorable moments along the way.

Kentucky Basketball: What's up with random SEC results, and could 12-6 win league? - SEC Country
Why all the wacky results in the early SEC basketball schedule? And could a 12-6 record win the highly competitive league for Kentucky this year.

UK football: Freshman running back Koback will transfer | Lexington Herald Leader
A top 50 running back nationally, Bryant Koback, tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that he plans to transfer from Kentucky and move closer to his home in Ohio.

Former UofL players want Kenny Payne as next coach | Kentucky Sports Radio
Kenny Payne has become a lynchpin of Kentucky's success in the John Calipari era; now, Louisville players want him back.

BBNBA: Booker leads Suns in comeback win | Kentucky Sports Radio
Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Devin Booker hit three free throws with 12.3 seconds left to cap off the Suns 10-point comeback win. Booker led both...

Sam Darnold intends to enter 2018 NFL Draft -
USC QB Sam Darnold intends to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Josh Rosen Declares for 2018 NFL Draft After 3 Years at UCLA | Bleacher Report
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen announced on Wednesday he will forgo his senior season with the Bruins to enter the 2018 NFL draft.

Bill Belichick tells players practice will go on despite significant snowstorm - ESPN
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has told players that it will be business as usual as the team is scheduled to hold its second and final practice of the playoff bye week, despite a significant snowstorm that is expected to hit New England on Thursday.

Jurrell Casey thinks Bortles 'will choke' under pressure -
Jurrell Casey became the next, and likely not last, player to take a shot across the bow of one Blake Bortles, predicting the Jaguars quarterback's imminent downfall.

Penn State football: Teammates, opponents sound off on Saquon Barkley | Centre Daily Times
We compiled the best quotes as told to the CDT over the course of Barkley’s career. Here’s what experts, players and coaches have had to say

Kyrie Irving on the Cavaliers: 'They didn't want me there' - Yahoo
And you thought Kyrie Irving and LeBron James weren't going to lob more passive-aggressive digs at one another.

Packers have released offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt - ESPN
The impact of starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers appearing in only seven games has led to offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt not returning next season, according to sources.