Big Blue Madness 2018 is in the books. As per usual, the event did not disappointment.
A packed Rupp Arena got their first look at the 2018-19 squad. Here’s who won contests, showed the best dance moves and more.
When you #DreamBIG, anything is possible. #BBM18 pic.twitter.com/OZnaaTXGXt— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 13, 2018
There was a lot to like from the three-point contest. It doesn’t seem like the Cats will finish 130th in the nation in this department this coming season. Jemarl Baker had beautiful spin on his three, and Tyler Herro hit from all over while donning a Rex Chapman jersey at one point.
Beyond flattered, y’all...@KentuckyMBB @UKSportsNetwork #BBN pic.twitter.com/UGmXDH1Dbe— Rex Chapman (@rex_rexchapman) October 13, 2018
PJ Washington showed he worked on his three-point game adding a new element to his game. The best of them all, however, was Immanuel Quickley. Just like at the McDonald's All American three-point shooting contest, Quickley came up victorious taking down Herro in the finals.
Winner: Immanuel Quickley
Immanuel Quickley knows the money ball is good as he turns his back as it swishes. pic.twitter.com/hdyKX9psLP— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) October 13, 2018
There were surely more missed dunks then made ones but, it’s all fun and games.
Keldon Johnson had a few monster slam showing off a windmill, and leaping over Quade Green. PJ Washington threw down a few pretty dunks including jumping over Green as Johnson did.
Tyler Herro struggled to put the ball in the hoop but finally threw down a one-handed slam while repping a Rex Chapman jersey. The fans had the chance to vote for the winner and the winner by thousands of votes was Washington.
Winner PJ Washington
The non-basketball side of Big Blue Madness provided some quality entertainment. Many of the players showed off. Immanuel Quickley and PJ Washington were two of the most into it, but Jonny David takes the win here. He rocked the Carlton. Turning back the clocks is not something we often see in sports today. Thus give David the win.Runner Up: Immanuel Quickley
Winner: Jonny David
How do you rate @JonnyDavid 's #CARLTON ??@alfonso_ribeiro #BBM18 pic.twitter.com/mOeQL5epL5— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 13, 2018
There wasn’t all too much effort or defense in the scrimmage but, there were some fun moments. Keldon Johnson, who was projected by Bleacher Report as a lottery pick in the 2019 NBA draft, threw down the house on multiple occasions with some impressive dunks.
This was sneaky good by Keldon Johnson. Gotta watch it in slo-mo to fully appreciate it. #BBM18 pic.twitter.com/9XHhDEZvWl— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 13, 2018
Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery both connected from three-point range (don’t expect much of that this season). Ashton Hagans showed he has some blazing speed on a pretty drive to the bucket. At the end of the day, Keldon Johnson was the player of this scrimmage. Pretty dunks and crafty passing give him the honor.
MVP: Keldon Johnson
Keldon Johnson takes flight. #BBM18 pic.twitter.com/4SMRMZCVI5— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 13, 2018