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Monday Quickies: A Fun Week Edition

There’s a lot going on for UK athletics this week.

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This is usually an uneventful time of year for college athletics. We’re in the offseason for basketball, football isn’t quite here yet ... pretty much nothing is going on.

But this week is different. Two huge basketball prospect visits are happening, as both five-star wing Kahlil Whitney and four-star wing (and in-state star who’s looking for a Kentucky offer) Dontaie Allen are both visiting this week. In addition to that, the John Calipari Draft Academy starts on Wednesday, and UK football is holding its annual fan day and media day this week.

This is probably the busiest week of the offseason for UK athletics.

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Kash Daniel Makes Smooth Transition into Leading Role | Kentucky Sports Radio
Once a High School All-American and Kentucky Mr. Football, Kash Daniel is prepared to lead Kentucky's defense.

Will Dontaie Allen get a UK offer on this week’s trip? | Lexington Herald Leader
Pendleton County basketball star Dontaie Allen, who has emerged as a serious UK recruiting target with his play for M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs this summer, will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky on Wednesday.

CatsIllustrated.com - Ultimate Roster Breakdown — 2018 Defensive Edition
The installment on the offense debuted last week and the second part in this three-part series is all about the defense. Once again, in the absence of a formal depth chart to date we'll list every defensive player who is likely to be on the depth chart when it's released or who could reasonably be called upon to play a somewhat significant role during the fall.

Vernon Carey ends his AAU career with a bang - Breaks down his final five schools
“Coach Calipari gets his guys one and done,” Carey said. “It’s pretty much the school to go to if you are looking to do that. He’s just going to push you to be your best.”

NJ Legend Sydney McLaughlin Inks Deal with WME - Mile Split NJ
The former star at Union Catholic had one of the greatest freshman years in NCAA history at Kentucky

UK: Student studying abroad in the Middle East goes missing; search is ongoing - WKYT
According to the University of Kentucky, a student studying abroad this summer in the Middle East has gone missing.

J.A. Happ goes six strong innings in New York Yankees debut - ESPN
In his New York Yankees debut, J.A. Happ allowed just three hits and a run in a strong, six-inning outing in the Yankees' 6-3 win over the Royals.

LeBron James talks about Lakers move for first time - USA Today
On his online platform ''Uninterrupted,'' James says leaving Cleveland for a second time is ''bittersweet timing'' as he looks toward school opening.

Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jim Thome inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame - CBSSports.com
In Cooperstown on Sunday, a class of six former players went into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Wayne Rooney scores first MLS goal as D.C. United rallies late to beat Colorado - The Washington Post
Club's major acquisition pays dividends and D.C. scores late on a deflection for 2-1 win.

The Running Back Super Chart (2018 Fantasy Football) | FantasyPros
One of the key aspects to being a successful fantasy football player at any level is preparation. Preparation comes in various forms, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. What works for one fantasy player may not work best for another.

Luis Castillo dazzles as Reds shut out Phillies 4-0 - Red Reporter
The Castillo of 2017 finally showed up in 2018 to give the Reds the series victory.