Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.
Because I was at Western Kentucky this weekend participating in homecoming festivities, I didn’t get to see the Blue-White scrimmage until Sunday afternoon when I returned. Here’s what I thought I saw:
- Nick Richards playing 30 minutes well, and the rest he disappeared. But he looks more ready than ever. If he begins to reach his potential, this will be a really fun season.
- EJ Montgomery had a very quiet outing, and only managed two rebounds. It goes without saying that he’ll have to be more of a factor in actual games.
- Keion Brooks Jr. surprised me a little bit. He brings a lot of energy and can score a bit better than I expected. His jump shot generally looked really good, and with his size and bounce, he could be an early-season star.
- Johnny Juzang did not look particularly good to me, but he did show some skills other than just a spot-up jumper. I liked that little running hook.
- Tyrese Maxey played well, especially in the passing game. The versatility of the guards in general is going to be a great asset during the season, but Maxey showed the most versatility of anyone.
- Immanuel Quickley looked good out there, and perhaps for the first time since donning a Kentucky uniform, comfortable in his own skin and role.
- Nate Sestina’s range is impressive. What I need to see from him is more inside play. He needs to be a stretch 4, not a big 2.
- Ashton Hagans did exactly what he does. Plus, he shot the ball better from range and looked more comfortable in his role than anyone else. Of course, his role is also more clearly defined than anyone else.
- Kahlil Whitney is going to be an interesting case. If he ever develops a reliable jump shot, which he currently doesn’t appear to possess, I’m not sure how you guard him. But right now, you just give him lots of room and make him shoot from the perimeter.
- I thought Brennan Canada played extremely well considering the competition, and I can see him getting occasional minutes in a foul-heavy game. Love his size and range. He has a little John Pelphrey in him.
I thought the game was surprisingly competitive, and that’s a good thing. The more these guys want to beat each other, the easier actual games will be.
Tweet of the Morning
2020 Kentucky head coach John Calipari is visiting 2020 five-star guard Cade Cunningham at his school this evening, KSR has confirmed.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) October 22, 2019
I’m liking how this recruitment is going.
- Two backup quarterbacks beat Missouri last week. Can Kentucky make it happen again?
- Banged-up ‘Cats need to get through Missouri unscathed.
- Mark Stoops addresses the notable lack of stud Florida State transfer Xavier Peters.
- Two Kentucky natives could debut for the Wildcats this week.
- Five questions for the 2019-20 season.
- Get to know the 2019-20 Wildcats and their roles.
- All Coach Cal needed to know to add Ben Jordan as a walk-on.
- Kentucky target makes case for #1 ranking (and other recruiting notes).
- KenPom.com has Kentucky at #2 behind — you guessed it — Michigan State.
Other Kentucky sports
- Akvile Paražinskaite and Lesedi Jacobs earn 2nd straight championship in women’s doubles at the Ohio Valley Regional Championships. They are undefeated through nine matches this season.
- Madison Lilley and Gabby Curry win SEC weekly awards for volleyball.
- The “Hidden man” football play has always been controversial, but the Pac-12 has turned it into a genuine scandal without grounding in the rules. The refs simply made up a rule on the field.
- Get better, Mark Richt. He’s a class act.
- The border war is returning to college basketball. Good to see. If only IU would relent and play UK at a neutral site...
- AP pre-season top 25. UK is not at the top, but close...
- Georgia lands a four-star recruit.
Other sports news
- Wenyan Gabriel earns roster spot with Sacramento. Congratulations! He’s my wife’s favorite player recently.
- Asking the important questions: What was the first color in the universe? Dark?
- The most massive galaxies spin more than twice as fast as the Milky Way.
- Scientists are trying to shrink particle accelerators.