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Anthony Davis’ fashion sense and more Big Blue Links

UK forward Anthony Davis is congratulated by fans as he leaves the court during game against Louisville on Saturday, Dec. 31,2011 at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
UK forward Anthony Davis is congratulated by fans as he leaves the court during game against Louisville on Saturday, Dec. 31,2011 at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Lexington Herald-Leader

Big Blue Links for Tuesday:

Anthony Davis talks fashion with Sports Illustrated

Rohan Nadkarni of SI talks with the former Kentucky center about his fashion sense: “AD: Most of the time, say it’s a big game, I always start with my shoes. And then I go from there. I love shoes, I have so many shoes. I try to figure out what shoes I want to wear then start thinking of my outfit. Depending on the game, depending how I feel, I may throw a suit on, I may wear something from my collection or I may wear something my stylist made. Playoffs—the one time we did go to the playoffs, we’re definitely going back next year—I wore a suit every time. Over the course of the season I obviously like to switch it up.”

Reports on John Calipari and the USA U19 team camp in Colorado

Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader is all over it from Colorado Springs. Follow Ben on Twitter. Among his stories from the Rocky Mountains is one on Jordan Brown, a five-star 6-foot-11 center from California who wanted to impress Calipari. “I remember he would go to places that not many coaches would go to and just check them out,” he said. “I thought that was really dope, just because they’re out there hooping and competing but not really getting looks. He’s a great coach.”

Fletcher Page of the Courier-Journal writes on Romeo Langford, who is showing just how special he is in Colorado.

Kyle Tucker of SEC Country is also in Colorado. He writes on Immanuel Quickley, who sees all pros and no cons with the Cats. “I’m having a lot of fun getting to know Coach Cal on and off the floor,” he said. “You get to see how he coaches his players. I’ve seen him pull a couple of his own players aside that are going there this fall, so you just get to see how he is with his guys. He’s very detailed in what he’s saying, and I think everything he says is for a reason, a purpose to help you get better.”

Ben also wrote on Quickley.

Here’s video of Calipari talking about the son of Manute Bol

Rex Chapman pens personal plea

The former Kentucky’s star with opiod addiction is well known. Now Chapman has written a story about it for Sports Illustrated. ““I know all too well how powerful the pull of opioids can be,” Chapman wrote in an article titled “Our National Pain,” in Monday’s issue of Sports Illustrated. “I played basketball at Kentucky in 1986-87 and ’87-88 and enjoyed a 12-year NBA career. After multiple injuries and seven surgeries, I developed an addiction to prescription painkillers. My masters were Vicodin, OxyContin and Suboxone, and they led me into a life of isolation and erratic behavior and, in the fall of 2014, to my arrest for retail theft. (I later entered a guilty plea, paid restitution for the items I stole and was sentenced to 750 hours of community service.)”

Kentucky track and field picks up an Olympic-sized commitment

Mark Story of the Herald-Leader reports that Sydney McLaughlin mania is coming to Kentucky. “For once, the most nationally prominent recruit who will be arriving at the University of Kentucky in the coming school year is not a men’s basketball player. McLaughlin, a UK track signee, has some 30,000 more Twitter followers than any of John Calipari’s eight incoming players for 2017-18.”

Jay Bilas says NBA Draft workouts can make a difference

Jerry Tipton reports that the ESPN analyst held a draft preview teleconference on Monday. He talked about Bam Adebayo’s workout for the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday in which the former UK center showed a three-point touch hidden during his time with the Cats. “It does happen where you have players who have to play in a certain role … ,” Bilas said. “They may be a better shooter or scorer than they’ve been able to show given the team dynamic that they have.”

More NBA Draft links:

▪ NBA Draft links and opinions: Is Malik Monk overrated?

▪ De’Aaron Fox tells Mike and Mike he has his NBA Draft suit all picked out

▪ NBA Draft profile: Isaac Humphries

▪ NBA Draft profile: Bam Adebayo

▪ NBA Draft profile: Isaiah Briscoe

▪ NBA Draft profile: De’Aaron Fox

▪ NBA Draft profile: Malik Monk

Riley Mahan and Zach Logue shared draft day

Fox 19 in Cincinnati did a video feature on the two friends from the UK baseball team sharing the excitement of being selected in the MLB Draft.

John Beilein says that 2013 title game was over a long time ago

With Louisville facing the possibility of having its 2013 title banner removed, would the championship go to Michigan? The Wolverines lost to the Cardinals in that game, but that’s not the way it works. There would just not be a national champ that year. And Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan coach John Beilein says U of L was deserving on that night. “They beat us fair and square.”

Kade McClure gets the nod for Louisville in Tuesday night’s CWS game

An 8-4 winner over Texas A&M on Sunday, the Cards play Florida at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Florida beat TCU 3-0 on Sunday. Danielle Lerner of the Courier-Journal reports from Omaha that “McClure (8-3, 3.43 ERA) has started 17 games for the Cards this season, most recently recording six strikeouts through 5 1/3 scoreless innings in the super regional opener against Kentucky.”

Oregon State rips LSU 13-1 in the College World Series

The Beavers have now won 23 straight games. LSU is tossed into the loser’s bracket where the Tigers will play Florida State in an elimination game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The winner plays Oregon State on Friday at 3 p.m.

Scott Rabalis of The Advocate in Baton Rouge says LSU must now pick up the pieces. “Oregon State ground down LSU with ruthless efficiency, playing nearly perfectly itself save an error on second baseman Nick Madrigal on a tough grounder by Josh Smith in the fifth and a solo home run by Zach Watson in the seventh. The Beavers took advantage of the Tigers’ errors, bunting men over, coming through with the hit when the hit and run was called and making it seem like every walk (the Tigers allowed 12 of them) came home to roost.”

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