If Hamidou Diallo leaves Kentucky for the NBA Draft without ever playing for the Wildcats, he will join a select list of ballyhooed UK recruits — Gunther Behnke, Shawn Kemp, Enes Kanter — who have made it to the UK campus but, for different reasons, became “none-and-done” players at Kentucky.
Kentucky defeated LSU 10-2 in the rubber game of the weekend series Sunday. That gave the Cats three wins in a week of four games against ranked opponents. Sophomore Justin Lewis, a cousin of former UK basketball star Chuck Hayes, limited LSU to six hits (including four infield singles).
UK’s basketball coaches were in three different states watching the top recruits from the classes of 2018 and 2019 this past weekend. John Calipari attended Nike games in Virginia and Adidas games in Texas, watching top Kentucky targets Marvin Bagley, Cameron Reddish, Immanuel Quickley, Romeo Langford and Zion Williamson.
ESPN NBA Draft analyst Chad Ford says that Kentucky could have an ‘unbelievable front line’ next season. For that to happen, Bam Adebayo must take his name out of this year’s NBA Draft and play for UK next season, a decision Ford recommends. And highly-regarded prospect Mohamed Bamba must sign with the Wildcats.
With Kentuckians Jeff Brohm coaching at Purdue and Joker Phillips at Cincinnati, this may well be the best time ever to be an aspiring FBS football player from the state of Kentucky. Yet this could become a challenging time to be an in-state recruiter at the commonwealth’s three Football Bowl Subdivision schools — Kentucky, Louisville and Western Kentucky.
Louisiana Derby winner Girvin will work at Keeneland on Monday if weather permits. Gotham Stakes winner J Boys Echo breezed Sunday at Churchill Downs. McCraken to breeze Monday. More Kentucky Derby notes.