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Monday Quickies: Kahlil Whitney Edition

Kahlil Whitney has become a big priority for John Calipari.

I think it’s safe to say that John Calipari likes five-star small forward Kahlil Whitney.

Calipari offered Whitney on Friday, and he’s now watched him play twice after watching him last night. The 6-6 wing is quite versatile, an attribute that Calipari has fallen in love with in recent years (for good reason).

And Calipari’s increased interest means good things for UK. It’s not often that he doesn’t get the guys he wants, especially when he turns up the heat. Whitney’s crystal ball now has five predictions, and Kentucky and Illinois are split at the top, each getting 40 percent. That’ll continue to shift in Kentucky’s favor if Calipari continues to invest interest.

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CatsIllustrated.com - Preseason Roundtable: Who will be UK's breakout offensive player of 2018?
Most years fans and coaches can count on familiar faces providing familiar production, but there are always new players who step up and make an impact for the first time.

Former UK star Chip McDaniel learned from first PGA event | Lexington Herald Leader
Former Clay County and University of Kentucky star golfer Chip McDaniel finished at 6-under par in the Barbasol Championship, his first PGA Tour event. McDaniel shot a 71 in his final round Sunday.

2018 college football season: Top 13 linebackers to watch | NFL.com
Kentucky's own Josh Allen is on this list.

Too soon to judge staying power of Kentucky PGA Tour event - Courier Journal
Keene Trace deserves a mulligan.

Top 5 NBA Teams Kentucky Fans Should Root For | Kentucky Sports Radio
Jump on the bandwagons while you can, folks. Former Kentucky players continue to fill NBA rosters and it's only a matter of time before they start to overflow.

Kentucky will NOT face Kyle Wiltjer in the Bahamas | Kentucky Sports Radio
Last week, TJ Beisner of CoachCal.com dropped some scoop about former Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer. The Cats are set to face off Team Toronto on their Bahamas trip next month, and with Wiltjer on the roster, a reunion was set to occur. Unfortunately for Kentucky fans, that isn't the case anymore.

2018 Open Tiger Woods didn't win The Open but announced he's ready to win a major - ESPN
Tiger Woods had the lead at The Open. He didn't finish it off. But being right there, and the pain of not closing, is a necessary step on the road to major No. 15.

Tony Sparano death: NFL players remember Vikings OL coach | SI.com
Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano, 56, was found dead in his kitchen early Sunday morning, causing an outpouring of condolences from both current and former NFL players.

Johnny Manziel traded to CFL's Montreal Alouettes - Yahoo Sports
Johnny Manziel has been traded to the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, ending a tenure with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats that saw zero game appearances.

Giants fully commit to Saquon Barkley with $31M guaranteed - New York Post
The Giants have shown their commitment to Saquon Barkley. Now it’s up to the running back from Penn State to prove he's worth it.

How LeBron to LA Will Impact 2019 NBA Free Agency | Bleacher Report
Next summer, for the first time in approximately forever, LeBron James will not be entering free agency or a contract year. But as is stated in the NBA's totally real offseason handbook under Rule No. 23, subsection L, bullet point No. 6, addendum 3Q: "From 2010 on, the month of July will henceforth be known as 'LeBron SZN.'"

Eddie Pepperell says he was hungover at Open Championship - ESPN
Eddie Pepperell says he had a little too much to drink the night before his final round at The Open.

UFC Hamburg results: Anthony Smith demolishes ‘Shogun’ Rua in 89 seconds, calls out Alexander Gustafsson - MMA Fighting
The UFC light heavyweight division has a new contender.