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Thursday Quickies: NBA Draft Day/Blackshear Watch Edition

Three Wildcats are expected to hear their names called in the 1st round tonight, while Kentucky tries to land a commitment from Kerry Blackshear.

UPDATE

Looks like the wait for Kerry Blackshear will go on a little while longer.


It’s NBA Draft Day, and tonight we will find out where PJ Washington, Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson will land to begin their NBA careers.

All are expected to be first round picks, and at least one of the three are expected to land in the lottery with the chance that all three could be picked in the lottery as well.

It’s a huge marketing night for John Calipari and the Kentucky Basketball program. Expect to see Cal’s face on television several times tonight, adding to the already impressive number of first round picks that Kentucky has produced under Calipari.

And the Kentucky coaching staff is hoping that track record will produce a commitment from top grad transfer target Kerry Blackshear Jr.

Blackshear began his visit to Kentucky on Tuesday evening and before he leaves Lexington, the coaches hope to have a commitment from the former Virginia Tech big man, who is coming off of a season in which he averaged nearly 15 points and 8 rebounds for a Hokies team that he helped lead to a Sweet 16 appearance.

There have been some rumblings that Blackshear plans to visit Texas A&M this weekend and possibly schedule a visit to Michigan State before making a decision sometime next week, but ideally Kentucky is able to nail down a commitment before he leaves Lexington.

As for now, all eyes remain on Blackshear to see where he will play college basketball next season.

Tweets of the Day

I think the BBN would be perfectly fine with this.

Looking like Swaggy Cal on his way to the plane.

Quickies

PJ Washington says he has more to show in the NBA - Herald Leader

Washington expects to show off more of his game in the league.

Brad Calipari takes second official visit - Cats Pause

It’s looking more and more like Brad will transfer.

Kentucky among blue bloods going after Dawson Garcia - Cats Pause

The 2020 prospect is hearing from Kentucky among many top schools.

Memphis sends Conley to Utah for three players and pick - ESPN

The path clears for the Grizzlies to take Ja Morant second overall.

Two Wildcats in the lottery of mock draft - Bleacher Report

This mock has PJ and Tyler at the end of the lottery with Keldon slipping.

What does DeMarcus Cousins’ free agency look like? - Yahoo

Cousins could make a return to the Warriors for another “prove it” year.

Karl Towns hoping Timberwolves sign D’Angelo Russell - KSR

Towns and Russell could be a solid duo for Minnesota to build around.

Anthony Davis expected to have key role in Space Jam 2 - KSR

Davis will join his new teammate LeBron in the film.

Kevin Durant “soul searching” ahead of free agency - Bleacher Report

KD is reportedly looking at a return to the Warriors or the Knicks or Nets as his next stop.

Sabathia hits 250-win milestone - ESPN

He joins an exclusive club of only 48 other pitchers.

ESPN reportedly plans to avoid LaVar Ball coverage following First Take controversy - Yahoo

It looks like we won’t be seeing LaVar on the Worldwide Leader anytime soon.