Dakari Johnson wants to show “some love” to UK fans during appearance Saturday

Dakari Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Dakari Johnson still considers Lexington his second home and is looking forward to interacting with University of Kentucky fans again Saturday.

He’ll be at All Sports in Fayette Mall from 11 a.m. to noon along with former UK teammate Dominique Hawkins.

A friend his mother made during her time in Lexington is having a retirement party this weekend. Since she was coming from Atlanta with Dakari’s younger brother, the former Cat decided this would be a good time for him to get back as well.

Why not a patch on jersey to honor Cole Mosier?

Cole Mosier, left, is beloved by teammates. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sometimes the best ideas are so simple. Or at least simple when a reader/UK fans makes the suggestion you wish you had thought of yourself.

Instead, it took Richard Cheeks, a long-time UK fan and vaughtsviews.com contributor, to come up with this idea after senior offensive lineman Cole Mosier went down with a season-ending knee injury.

“I read on Twitter that Cole’s teammates have commented about what he meant to the team,” Cheeks said after the injury. “I would like to suggest a small patch for the jersey with Cole’s number as a reminder of his contributions to this team.”

Lamar Thomas: “I want long touchdown runs.”

Lamar Thomas (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky has five freshman receivers, including Lynn Bowden and Clevan Thomas Jr., who would like to be able to play and contribute this season.

To do so, they obviously have to know their routes. But they also have to be able to block or receivers coach Lamar Thomas will not use them.

So who is the best blocker among the receivers? Who is the toughest guy?

Dakari Johnson, Dominique Hawkins at All Sports Saturday

Dominique Hawkins. (Larry Vaught Photo)

Former Wildcat and current Oklahoma City Thunder Center Dakari will be at All Sports in the Fayette Mall this Saturday, Aug 19 from 11am-Noon.

Johnson who was selected 48th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft just recently signed a 2 year guaranteed contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. 
Along with Johnson, former Wildcat Dominique Hawkins will be attending as well. Hawkins is currently weighing his decisions on whether to play in the NBA G-League, over eas or join an NFL training camp with one of the teams expressing interest.
Earlier this month, Hawkins had a private workout with the Philadelphia Eagles. 

 

Another highly touted Florida cornerback — Jamari Brown — verbally commits to Kentucky

By LARRY VAUGHT

Another day, another highly touted cornerback recruit from Florida for Kentucky coach Mark Stoops.

Today it is 6-3, 180-pound Jamari Brown of Pompano Beach. A day earlier it was Stanley Garner. Both came to UK camps this summer and both were primarily recruited by offensive coordinator Eddie Gran.

He had offers from schools such as Auburn, Louisville, Oregon, South Carolina and Mississippi State.

 

He is the third cornerback and fifth commitment from Florida in UK’s 2018 recruiting class. The Cats now have 18 verbal commitments for 2018.

Snell always appreciates his linemen

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Benny Snell ran for over 1,000 yards as a true freshman at Kentucky last year, a rare feat in the Southteastern Conference.

So how does he let the offensive linemen know he appreciates the way they block?

“Every day I talk to them guys. I am always joking around with them. After a run or practice and they do something great I always compliment them. On weekends I am calling, hanging out The linemen are brothers to me,” Snell said.

Columnist already concedes title to Duke

UK coach John Calipari is being given no chance against Duke this season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mark Wiedmer of the Chattanooga Times Free Press has already conceded the 2018 national basketball championship to Duke.

Wiedmer has regularly covered Southeastern Conference basketball, including Kentucky, during his career. He’s not one to normally make outlandish statements just to get page views.

But’s he all-in with Duke.

Here’s what he had in the lead of a column this week after Marvin Bailey committed to the Blue Devils.

UK volleyball impressive in exhibition against Western Kentucky

UK Athletics Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 2017 edition of the Kentucky Wildcats officially made its debut on Wednesday in the program’s first-ever exhibition match. The Hilltoppers and Wildcats participated in a friendly two-hour match in Memorial Coliseum emulating real-time situations in the lone tune-up prior to the season beginning on Aug. 25 for both teams.

“It was such a great opportunity to play a lot of people in different lineups and experience match type scenarios,” head coach Craig Skinner said. “I was pleased with our focus and serving throughout. Everyone contributed in one way or another and that’s really what we wanted to get out of tonight and we certainly accomplished that.”

CB Stanley Garner commits to Kentucky

Stanley Garner

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky got a commitment many expected when 6-4 cornerback Stanley Garner of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., picked the Wildcats over Alabama, Tennessee, Clemson, Michigan, Louisville and a lot of other top schools.

 

Garner made unofficial visits to Kentucky in June and July. Several current UK commits had indicated that Garner verbally committed to UK a few weeks ago before making it public Wednesday.

Garner is ranked among the top 75 players in Florida and top 50 cornerbacks nationally. He was a high school teammate of Kentucky freshman linebacker Jordan Wright. The only other UK cornerback commit in the 2018 recruiting class is junior college player Domonique Williams.

Guest post: Being a student-athlete about more than fun and games

Mercer County seniors Seygan Robins and Trevon Faulkner (Larry Vaught Photo)

By BOB GARDNER, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations

and JULIAN TACKETT, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike.

Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages and fewer school absences than non-athletes, they also develop the kind of work habits and self-discipline skills that help them become more responsible and productive community members.

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