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Big Blue Links: Post-NBA Draft edition

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver opens the 2016 NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23, 2016, in New York.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver opens the 2016 NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23, 2016, in New York. Associated Press

Big Blue Links for Friday:

NBA Draft: It wasn’t the greatest of nights for former UK basketball players at the NBA Draft. Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader was in Brooklyn and reports on Jamal Murray falling to No. 7 with Denver; Skal Labissiere to No. 28 with Sacramento and Tyler Ulis at No. 34 with Phoenix. The Arizona Republic reports on Phoenix picking yet another Kentucky guard. Mark Story of the Herald-Leader looks at what the former Cats can expect in their new jobs.

Luke DeCock of the News and Observer thinks Ben Simmons is fools’ gold at No. 1. Simmons will be in the Philadelphia spotlight for awhile, says Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer. As Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated points out, the father of Greek prospect Georgios Papagiannis is not a fan of Dragan Bender, who went No. 4 to Phoenix. Chad Ford of ESPN Insider grades the winners and losers from Thursday night.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, from 2010-2015, John Calipari and Kentucky have had twice as many draft picks as any other school. Caulton Tudor says the ACC will dominate the draft next year.

As this blog reported, ESPN’s Dan Le Batard was not happy ESPN gave the network over to John Calipari for the day. On ESPN, Calipari said his comments last week on the Mike Lupica Show were not about Rick Pitino and Louisville. Tim Sullivan of the Courier-Journal asks if Calipari was calculating for careless in comments most took to be about Louisville coach Rick Pitino?

Football news: Jon Hale of the Courier-Journal reports that ex-UK defensive end Jason Hatcher is headed to West Georgia. Eastern Kentucky picks up another transfer in former Texas Tech cornerback Nigel Bethel, reports College Football Talk. Five are headed into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame on Friday night. Mark Story writes on one of those inductees, Warren Bryant, the former UK great who thinks the Cats can win football. Jamal Adams, LSU safety and son of ex-UK star George Adams, is getting some first round buzz for the 2017 NFL draft, says Connor Riley of SEC Country.

UK women’s basketball: Former UK women’s basketball player Janee Thompson has signed to play overseas, says the school.

Reds and baseball: Mark Sheldon and Cody Pace of MLB.com report on the Reds’ 7-4 loss to the Padres. Adam Duvall did hit his 21st home run. Jay Bruce’s contract could add to his trade value, says C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Bruce is having a terrific season. He’s third in the NL in slugging percentage. Trent also reports that Homer Bailey’s rehab will restart on Monday in Louisville. Hal McCoy writes on Michael Lorenzen, who hopes to give the Reds’ bullpen a shot in the arm.

Andrew McCutchen clearly doesn’t have his swing, says Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs. Buster Olney of ESPN points out that 34 of Pittsburgh’s 73 games in the second-half are against the Brewers, Reds and Phillies. The New York Times says David Ortiz is hitting like an MVP at age 40.

College football: Things are looking up for Charlie Strong at Texas, says Jeff Caplan of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. Georgia booted Chad Clay from its football team after his second arrest, reports the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. AL.com reports several schools are aggressively recruiting Alabama grad transfer Maurice Smith, a defensive back.

Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News says there is more to dropped case involving Alabama football players than indefensible soundbite. Rachel Baribeau of Gridiron Now says it’s your move now, Nick Saban.

Jim Harbaugh isn’t buying that football is losing its appeal with America’s youth, the Michigan coach told Monday Morning Quarterback. Yahoo reports a dismissed Michigan offensive lineman is headed to Akron.

Excellent story from USA Today’s Nicole Auerbach about rape survivor Brenda Tracy meeting Nebraska coach Mike Riley, who was head coach at Oregon State when the rape occurred. Tracy was gang-raped by four men, two of whom played for Riley at OSU. John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel thinks it’s only a matter of time before ex-Baylor coach Art Briles gets another chance.

Grant Miller, son of former Tennessee Titans offensive linemnen Fred Miller, has committed to Vanderbilt, reports Sam Brown of the Tennessean. Brett Murphy of ESPN says Clemson has sold out all 57,059 of its season tickets for the 2016 season.

College basketball: Florida sophomore walk-on Zach Hodskins, who has Kentucky ties and has played college basketball with one arm, is leaving the program in search of more playing time, reports Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun. Senior forward Alex Murphy is also leaving the Florida program. Brockway also writes about the architect who redesigned the O-Dome for its renovation.

North Carolina State is loading up, writes our good friend Evan Daniels for SI.com. Daniels also reports that 2017 forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, brother of Milwaukee Bucks’ star Giannis, has committed to Dayton. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reports Minnesota transfer Charles Buggs has committed to Southern Cal.

Western Kentucky’s Rick Stansbury has completed his staff with Quannas White, according to CBS Sports. Mississippi State women’s basketball wants to build on historic season, reports Logan Lowery of the NE Mississippi Daily Journal. State is coming off its best season in history, going 28-8 overall and reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. DePaul is moving its student section upstairs in its new arena, reports DePaulia.

More NBA: K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, who broke the news of the Derrick Rose trade to the Knicks, says despite Rose’s injuries, New York got the best player in the deal. Jon Greenberg of The Athletic writes about Rose’s relationship with the media in his hometown of Chicago. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo reports a Spanish center plans on playing for the Knicks.

Ex-Louisville star Russ Smith tells WDRB that his NBA story is not done yet. Smith spent most of his second pro season in the D-League. Greg Doyel if the Indianapolis Star likes Larry Bird’s trade for Thaddeus Young in exchange for the Pacers’ No. 1 draft pick. Jeff Teague will help Indiana, says Josh Planos of the Washington Post.

Joe Posnanski, writing for NBC Sports World, weighs in on hte Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James’ debate.

Horse racing: Nyquist will work Saturday at Santa Anita before the first race, reports the Blood-Horse. The Kentucky Derby winner is being eased back into training since he developed a fever after finishing thrid in the Preakness. Blood-Horse also says Mohaymen is back to work in New York.

Misc: The Western & Southern Tennis Tournament has a new director, reports Shannon Russell of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The tourney is August 13-21.

Jurgen Klinsmann said the U.S. showed Argentina too much respect in Tuesday’s 4-0 loss, reports Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald.

Jury rules Led Zeppelin did not steal “Stairway Heaven,” reports the AP. Jury deliberated for one day, reports Rolling Stone.

Kentucky Mist Moonshine suit against UK is dismissed, reports H-L.

John Clay: 859-231-3226, jclay@herald-leader.com, @johnclayiv

NBA Draft 2016

R

RP

OP

Team

Player

School

1

1

1

Philadelphia

Ben Simmons

LSU

1

2

2

LA Lakers

Brandon Ingram

Duke

1

3

3

Boston

Jaylen Brown

California

1

4

4

Phoenix

Dragan Bender

Croatia

1

5

5

Minnesota

Kris Dunn

Providence

1

6

6

New Orleans

Buddy Hield

Oklahoma

1

7

7

Denver

Jamal Murray

Kentucky

1

8

8

Sacramento

Marquese Chriss

Washington

1

9

9

Toronto

Jakob Poeltl

Utah

1

10

10

Milwaukee

Thon Maker

Australia

1

11

11

Orlando

Domantas Sabonis

Gonzaga

1

12

12

Atlanta

Taurean Prince

Baylor

1

13

13

Phoenix

Georgios Papagiannis

Greece

1

14

14

Chicago

Denzel Valentine

Michigan State

1

15

15

Denver

Juan Henangomez

Spain

1

16

16

Boston

Guerschon Yabusele

France

1

17

17

Memphis

Wade Baldwin

Vanderbilt

1

18

18

Detroit

Henry Ellenson

Marquette

1

19

19

Denver

Malik Beasley

Florida State

1

20

20

Brooklyn

Caris LaVert

Michigan

1

21

21

Atlanta

DeAndre Bembry

Saint Joseph's

1

22

22

Sacramento

Malachi Richardson

Syracuse

1

23

23

Boston

Ante Zizic

Croatia

1

24

24

Philadelphia

Timothe Lusawu

France

1

25

25

LA Clippers

Brice Johnson

North Carolina

1

26

26

Philadelphia

Furkan Korkmaz

Turkey

1

27

27

Toronto

Pascal Siakam

New Mexico St

1

28

28

Sacramento

Skal Labissiere

Kentucky

1

29

29

San Antonio

Dejonte Murray

Washington

1

30

30

Golden State

Damian Jones

Vanderbilt

2

1

31

Memphis

Deoynta Davis

Michigan State

2

2

32

LA Lakers

Ivica Zubac

Croatia

2

3

33

LA Clippers

Cheick Diallo

Kansas

2

4

34

Phoenix

Tyler Ulis

Kentucky

2

5

35

Boston

Rade Zagorac

Serbia

2

6

36

Milwaukee

Malcolm Brogdon

Virginia

2

7

37

Houston

Chinanu Onuaku

Louisville

2

8

38

Milwaukee

Patrick McCaw

UNLV

2

9

39

New Orleans

David Michineau

France

2

10

40

New Orleans

Diamond Stone

Maryland

2

11

41

Orlando

Stephen Zimmerman

UNLV

2

12

42

Utah

Isaiah Whitehead

Seton Hall

2

13

43

Houston

Zhou Qi

China

2

14

44

Atlanta

Isaia Cordinier

France

2

15

45

Boston

Demetrius Jackson

Notre Dame

2

16

46

Dallas

A.J. Hammons

Purdue

2

17

47

Orlando

Jake Layman

Maryland

2

18

48

Chicago

Paul Zipser

Germany

2

19

49

Detroit

Michael Gbinije

Syracuse

2

20

50

Indiana

Georges Niang

Iowa State

2

21

51

Boston

Ben Bentil

Providence

2

22

52

Utah

Joel Bolomboy

Weber State

2

23

53

Denver

Petr Cornelle

France

2

24

54

Atlanta

Kay Felder

Oakland

2

25

55

Brooklyn

Marcus Paige

North Carolina

2

26

56

Denver

Daniel Hamilton

Connecticut

2

27

57

Memphis

Wang Zhelin

China

2

28

58

Boston

Abdel Nader

Iowa State

2

29

59

Sacramento

Isaiah Cousins

Oklahoma

2

30

60

Utah

Tyrone Wallace

California

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