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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: John Calipari Speaks Edition

Coach Cal speaks on a myriad of topics, news on Jarred Vanderbilt’s injury, SGA’s stock is soaring, is KAT on the move, Bat Cats lose again, and more!

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Over the past 24 hours Kentucky Wildcats head basketball coach John Calipari has had a lot to say about: his roster, Jarred Vanderbilt, sports gambling in the Commonwealth, and whatever else was on his mind.

Since getting back from surgery, Cal has been active on social media and it appears as if he went a little stir crazy. We are now reaping the benefits from Cal being cooped up in the hospital.

Tweets of the Day

Tai Wynyard at a place more suited to his abilities.

There are rumors swirling that Karl-Anthony Towns may be on the move and Devin Booker is making his wishes known.

Zach LaVine has other ideas.

No other Royal Wedding references in this post. I promise.


John Calipari confirms injury kept Vando from combine | Cats Pause- Once Jarred Vanderbilt declared for the NBA all of BBN wondered if would participate. But this week Vanderbilt announced that he would not participate in the combine. Calipari confirmed that it was an injury keeping him from showcasing his skills.

It is still unclear exactly what the injury is and it is also unclear whether or not Vanderbilt will remain in the draft. It seems like a no-brainer to come back but it seems as if he is looking for any and all excuses to go.

Shawkel Knight-Goff commits to Kentucky | SEC Country- Mark Stoops continues to roll as he racks up another commit. Knight-Goff is a three star defensive end out of Doss High School in Louisville. Stoops continues to make Kentucky a priority in recruiting and there is a lot of good talent cropping up around the Commonwealth.

Calipari is not worried about overcrowding in the frontcourt | Lexington Herald Leader- Strange to talk about overcrowding when Kentucky only has EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards solidified in the frontcourt. Calipari is not worried about overcrowding or the availability of scholarships.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s stock is rising | Sporting News- Could SGA jump Kevin Knox in the lottery? It is shaping up that way as his measurements, interviews, and workouts are flooring NBA GMs. There is talk of him going as high as sixth to the Magic, a team in need of a point guard.

KAT and T-Wolves not in a good place | Bleacher Report- One of the glaring negatives of the Timberwolves short playoff run was the lack of touches Karl-Anthony Towns received as Tom Thibodeau seemed content to let Andrew Wiggins jack up and miss jump shots. WIggins is mad because he is the third option behind KAT and Jimmy Butler. He should be the third option behind those guys.

Calipari updates draft decisions | Courier-Journal- Calipari is working for PJ Washington and getting feedback after the forward posted impressive numbers in the 5-on-5 scrimmages. He noted Vanderbilt’s injuries and commented a little on Wenyen Gabriel.

Calipari unconcerned with legal gambling | Lexington Herald Leader- The hottest sports topic in the country is the impending legalized sports gambling barrage. John Calipari sounds unconcerned about its effects on his sport, “There is all this money out here, and the gambling is not going away,” Calipari said Friday at the NBA Combine. “It’s there. Maybe everybody shares in it because it’s going to happen anyway.”

Lexington Regional moved to Saturday | UK Athletics- The NCAA softball Regionals were rained out yesterday and may be rained out today as well. For the moment, the games are scheduled to start at 10:00 AM when the Cats take on Illinois-Chicago.

Bat Cats fall to Vandy in second straight game | UK Athletics- The undermanned rotation is beginning to have an effect as the Cats lose the series to Vanderbilt 5-1 last night after a three plus hour rain delay. After high expectations and a hot start to the season, the Cats have really struggled in SEC play. They finish the series tonight at 5:00 PM.

JJ Watt offers to fund the funerals for the Santa Fe victims | SB Nation- JJ Watt gives a shining example of humanity in the wake of yet another tragic school shooting. The Houston Texan has offered to pay for the funerals of the victims of another mass shooting. Watt coninutes to be an amazing human being.

Trae Young claims he’s the best overall player in the draft | ESPN- DeAndre Ayton is shaking his head. Honestly, I’ll probably be wrong here, but I think Young is going to be a bust.

72 teams in the NCAA tournament is too much | CBS- You can have too much of a good thing and I completely agree with this assessment. The idea of expanding to 72 from 68 teams is overboard. Quit messing with the tournament.

Deadpool 2 set to end Infinity War’s reign at the top | Variety- It may not bring in the overall haul of Avenger’s: Infinity War because of its R-rating, but expect the Deadpool sequel to break some records in terms of R-rated movies at the box office.