Larry Vaught

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Greg Sankey’s statement on Commission on College Basketball report

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey on report of Commission on College Basketball:

“We are grateful to the Commission on College Basketball for its diligent work and clear support of the educational value of collegiate sports.  The Commission rightly focused its attention on a number of key issues affecting the sport, including agent certification and access, the one-and-done rule, grassroots basketball, and increasing the accountability applied to individuals and institutions who fail to meet the expectations for integrity in college athletics.

 

Terry “Touchdown” Wilson just “an athlete playing quarterback”

Terry Wilson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

While he can run, he’s not a runner. Instead, Kentucky quarterback Terry  “Touchdown” Wilson calls himself a “pass first” quarterback who likes to stay in the pocket.

“But if it gets iffy in the pocket and guys are in my face, my speed helps me get out of those problems,” he said. “That’s a good asset on my game that I can do. That’s what coaches like about my game. I can throw the ball pretty well. Everybody wants to get caught up in that dual-threat quarterback stuff and think of somebody like Michael Vick who just squirts out of the pocket and runs.

Zion Harmon’s philosophy: “Live positive. That’s what I do.”

Zion Harmon (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Adair County freshman Zion Harmon has been in the limelight for years and that certainly won’t change this summer when his AAU team includes James Wiseman, the top rated player in the 2019 recruiting class, and 2019 Kentucky commit D.J. Jeffries.

Harmon is one of the top-rated players in the 2021 recruiting class but he’s made no secret of his intent to graduate in three years and be part of the 2020 recruiting class.

Troy Squires finalist for 2018 Senior CLASS Award

Troy Squires (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky senior catcher/first baseman Troy Squires was chosen as one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award for baseball, it was announced Tuesday. The award honors seniors who excel both on and off the field of play.

Squires, a 5-foot-11, 200-pounder from Elizabethtown, Ky., earlier this season was named National and Southeastern Conference Player of the Week for his performance in a career week that culminated in a series win over No. 3 Texas Tech. He also was a Second-Team All-SEC selection on 2017, his first as a full-time starter.

Calipari’s Cats Returning to Bahamas for four games in Augusst

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Pack your bags, Big Blue Nation, because the Kentucky men’s basketball team is headed back to a memorable destination for a foreign basketball tour this August: the Bahamas.

The Wildcats will return to the Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas for a four-game, eight-day trip from Aug. 6-13. UK will train on the island and play four professional teams during its stay as it prepares for the 2018-19 season.

UK softball coach Rachel Lawson on her team’s defense (Larry Vaught/Verizon Video)

Lincoln Co. sophomore Trinity Shearer impressing college coaches

Trinity Shearer handles the ball extremely well for a 5-11 sophomore.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Lincoln County sophomore Trinity Shearer seems to be catching the eye of several college coaches with her early AAU performances.

Eastern Kentucky and Austin Peay both reached out about the 5-11 point guard Monday after her play over the weekend in Louisville.

She had 18 and 24 points in her first two games when coaches from Eastern Kentucky, Murray, Austin Peay, Southern Illinois and others were watching. One recruiting analyst tweeted that she was the “best player” on the floor much of the time.

Quade Green’s return provides leadership, experience Cats need

Quade Green (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

First his mother told Lexington Herald-Leader basketball writer Jerry Tipton that her son, Quade Green, would return to Kentucky next season.

Then Green — in his own playful way — sort of confirmed that in a video for the CATSPY awards show where walk-on guard Jonny David joked he was declaring for the NBA draft.

Green walked behind David and said, “You know I’m coming coming back next year? You’re going to be my starting shooting guard. You’re leaving me?”

Sean Hjelle, Ashley Dusek named Mr. and Miss Wildcat

LEXINGTON, Ky. –The 16th annual CATSPY Awards were held Monday in Memorial Coliseum to recognize athletic and academic performances during the 2017-18 year in the UK Athletics department. With co-winners in some categories, 37 individuals were recognized as well as three teams.

Headlining the awards this year were the national championship rifle team, volleyball, and track and field teams.

Powered by air rifle national champion Henrik Larsen and junior Hanna Carr, head coach Harry Mullins and the UK rifle team won its second national title by edging No. 1 West Virginia by nine points. The Wildcats posted their highest aggregate of the season for their first championship since 2011. They can now add a CATSPY award to their superb season. 

Saturday’s Doggie Dash 5K will help fund Humane Society enrichment program

Emma Presberg set up Saturday’s 5K.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Centre College senior Emma Presberg of Atlanta has volunteered/worked at the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society for the last four years.

She has dogs at home and thought a fitting service project at Centre College would be to spend time helping at the Humane Society.

Now she’s organized a Doggie Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Millennium Park in Danville to benefit the enrichment program at the Humane Society.