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Did John Calipari let the cat out of the bag?

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Good morning, BBN. It’s a dreary start to our Memorial Day Weekend as record low temperatures swept across the area yesterday evening. The good news is Sunday and Monday are going to be much more pleasant.

John Calipari talked to the media yesterday for about thirty minutes or so and he covered a myriad of topics. He confirmed that Keion Brooks will return for his junior year, which is a huge development especially considering that Isaiah Jackson announced his intentions to stay in the draft about an hour after Cal’s press conference.

With Brooks definitely in the fold, it would appear that the roster is complete. But there was an interesting comment in which Calipari stated that he would have six guards on the roster next season. “We’re gonna have basically six guards with Dontaie (Allen),” Calipari stated as he was going over a question about point guards.

Did Calipari let the cat out of the bag about Davion Mintz or is he including him when discussing his roster until the possible sixth year senior makes a decision?

I think Kentucky would be fine without Mintz, but the ability to retain yet another player that is familiar with the program and was one of the few bright spots from last year’s team would be a big boost to this team.

Mintz has until July 7th to decide whether or not to try his hand at getting drafted or return to Kentucky for a run at the Final Four.

Tweet of the Day

We got a little taste of the future as a pair of four star commits went at it during a combine. Kentucky four star commit Kiyautan Goodwin and UoL four star commit Popeye Williams went toe-to-toe. Kentucky and Louisville fans battled over who got the upper hand. What say you?

Quickies

Cats drop game one in Super Regional | UK Athletics- It was a hard fought 4-3 loss to Alabama. The Cats proved they can hang with the best. The Cats face elimination today.

Calipari doesn’t want to live by the transfer portal | Cats Pause- You can tell by his comments that John Calipari isn’t a big fan of the transfer portal but it is a tool he will use if he needs to.

Will Cal’s newest tweaks get Kentucky back to their sweet spot? WDRB- Calipari talked about playing with four out and one in as well as speeding up the game. The plethora of guards and shooting ability may lead Calipari to change his offense.

Chris Collins to replace Clink? | Cats Illustrated- The Georgia State defensive coordinator is been tabbed as the favorite to replace Steve Clinkscale. Clink left BIG shoes to fill as his recruiting was as good as his on field coaching.

Isaiah Jackson is gone, but Keion Brooks is back | Your Sports Edge- The news that Isaiah Jackson is staying in the draft isn’t surprising in the least considering that he has been trending in the lottery in the latest rounds of mock drafts. We should all be excited over a full junior season for Keion Brooks.

Cubs top Reds 1-0 | CBS- Remember when the Reds were the “hottest team in baseball”? Good times.

Hawks take series lead over Knicks | ESPN- Trae Young had something for the Knicks after being spat upon by a rowdy fan. That something included 14 assists, 21 points, and a 2-1 lead in the series. Julius Randle’s playoff struggles continued in Atlanta.

Jayson Tatum drops 50 in Celtics win | Sporting News- The Celtics bounced back in a back way in Boston thanks to Tatum’s monumental effort.

Ja Morant reflects on family being harassed by Utah fans | USA Today- Ugly fan behavior has been an unexpected but major story in these NBA Playoffs and it doesn’t get much uglier than what happened to Morant’s family.