Good morning BBN!
As the Hunter Dickinson recruitment unfolds and the NFL Draft is now behind us, we are pushing into talking season as we speak.
With plenty of football portal news, and the basketball team arriving to campus in a few weeks, one storyline is flying a little under the radar. That is the success that Mark Stoops and his program have seen in the NFL Draft.
After seeing Will Levis, Chris Rodriguez, and Carrington Valentine get selected this past weekend, it takes the total number of Kentucky Wildcats drafted in the last five seasons to 20 overall. According to a count done by On3, that is currently best for 12th in the country since the 2018 draft.
Leading the way is Georgia with 48 players selected in the five-year period. Also featured ahead of Kentucky from the SEC are Alabama (No. 2), LSU (No. 4), Florida (No. 8), and Auburn (No. 11).
Stoops and his staff have proven to be really successful on the recruiting trail, and the talent is starting to show up by adding more wins on the field. With two 10-win seasons in the last five years, Stoops has this program at a point that many thought they would never see.
Now comes the time to just keep building it, and taking steps forward in what is about to be a new-look SEC.
Tweet of the Day
AD was DOMINANT during his @KentuckyMBB days pic.twitter.com/ejB8Pv9AkS— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 3, 2023
Always some fun highlights to rewatch.
Masai Russell Remains on The Bowerman Watchlist – UK Athletics
The graduate student remains on The Bowerman Watchlist for the fifth straight week
John Welch expected to join Kentucky staff- KSR
A new coach has been added to the staff in a Player Development role, with the other Assistant position still open.
Kentucky reaches out to Grant Nelson- Cats Pause
Is Nelson a potential replacement if the Cats do miss on Hunter Dickinson?
Trio of Wildcats Tennis players earn NCAA invites- Cats Pause
Great news for the SEC Tournament Champions.
Young Jets players in awe of Rodgers- ESPN
Aaron Rodgers is already making an impact in New York.
Inside the Booth with Travis Stone- KSR
Derby day is almost here. This is a cool story on the track announcer for Churchill Downs.
Churchill downs to investigate the death of four horses- ESPN
A wild story on derby week.
The former Wildcat will rejoin Aaron Rodgers in New York.
Patrick Beverly says “50 percent” of NBA basketball players don't love the game- CBS
Pat-Bev gives a little insight into the NBA from a players perspective.