Kentucky loses running back Aidan Robbins to Louisville

Aidan Robbins

By LARRY VAUGHT

Louisville scored a major in-state recruiting victory Wednesday when Manual running back/linebacker Aidan Robbins gave his verbal commitment to Louisville over Kentucky, Missouri, Vanderbilt and others.

Robins is a three-star running back but UK recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow had made him Kentucky’s top running back target in recent weeks.

Will Reid Travis be willing to “buy in” at Kentucky?

Reid Travis

By LARRY VAUGHT

Give Reid Travis credit for not giving a lot away about what his plans are now that he’s leaving Stanford as a graduate transfer. He made that announcement when he took his name out of the NBA draft, but while everyone is assuming either Kentucky or Villanova will be his next stop, he’s not said.

Villanova won the national title and certainly has openings for playing time next season. However, Kentucky should have far more talent overall going into next season than Villanova would have even with Travis and winning seems to be what Travis values the most right now. He wants a chance to win a national title, something he didn’t have at Stanford, and UK would seem to give him a better chance to do that than Villanova.

Charles Bassey reclassifies and signs with Western Kentucky, never got a Kentucky offer

Charles Bassey and Aspire Academy coach Jeremy Kipness let me spend time watching practice this season and it was obvious he had special skills. (Joe Hafley Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Because Charles Bassey plays at Aspire Academy in Louisville and not a public high school, he could not have been Kentucky’s 2019 Mr. Basketball. However, don’t doubt that the 6-11 Bassey was the best player in Kentucky in the 2019 recruiting class.

Or at least he was until he reclassified to the 2018 class and signed with Western Kentucky to play for coach Rick Stansbury.  

More honors for Kole Cottam, Luke Heyer

Kole Cottam (Photo By Barry Westerman | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky junior catcher/first baseman Kole Cottam and senior infielder/outfielder Luke Heyer each continued to garner awards for their performance during the 2018 season, it was announced Wednesday.

Cottam was named to the ABCA/Rawlings South All-Region Team as the first-team first baseman, while Heyer earned Third-Team All-America honors from Perfect Game/Rawlings. The two combined to hit 37 home runs this season, the fifth-highest total in school history for combined home runs in a season.

Mitch Barnhart statement on Edrick Floreal leaving for Texas

Kentucky released this statement from athletics director Mitch Barnhart today after Edrick Floreal was hired as the new track and field coach at Texas:

“We are grateful to Edrick for his work leading our program and wish him well. We believe the success Kentucky track and field and cross country have seen in recent years is just a glimpse of what’s to come. A national search for our next head coach will begin immediately. Our focus in this search will remain on our student-athletes and their growth as people and competitors.”

Edrick Floreal leaving Kentucky to be head track and field coach at Texas

Edrick Floreal, Sydney McLaughlin (UK Athletics Photo)
The University of Kentucky track and field team prepares for the 2018 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, TX.
Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas — After building highly-successful programs as the head coach at Kentucky and Stanford the past 12 years, Edrick Floréal (ED-rick floor-ee-AL) has been named Head Track and Field Coach at The University of Texas, Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte announced on Wednesday.

Zion Harmon, James Wiseman, Vernon Carey part of tryouts for USA under 17 team

Zion Harmon (Caroline Williams/USA Basketball)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Thirty athletes are expected to take part in the training camp for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team from June 15-18 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Nine athletes have been added to the originally announced roster, including: Paolo Banchero (O’Dea H.S./Seattle, Wash.); BJ Boston (Norcross H.S./Norcross, Ga.); Jamie Jaquez Jr. (Adolfo Camarillo H.S./Camarillo, Calif.); Johnny Juzang (Harvard Westlake H.S./North Hollywood, Calif.); Adam Miller (Morgan Park H.S./Chicago, Ill.); Moses Moody (North Little Rock H.S./Little Rock, Ark.); Casey Morsell (St. John’s College H.S./Washington, D.C.); Zeke Nnaji (Hopkins H.S./Hopkins, Minn.); and Khalil Whitney (Roselle Catholic H.S./Roselle, N.J.).

Tyrese Maxey turns right ankle but Team USA beat Puerto Rico 115-71

The USA Men’s U18 National Team (3-0) opened up a 13-point first-quarter lead, led 56-29 at halftime and sprinted on to post a 115-71 victory over Puerto Rico (2-1) at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship on Monday night in St. Catharines, Ontario.

The USA in its three preliminary round games scored over 100 points in each contest and has averaged 112.7 points game.

Shooting 51.2 percent from the field and making 10-of-25 3-point shots versus Puerto Rico, the USA was credited with an assist on 32 of 42 made baskets. The USA also dominated the glass, outrebounding Puerto Rico 50-35.

Kentucky women will have 11 non-conference games at home next season

Maci Morris

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Big Blue Nation is going to have plenty of chances to see the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team in person this season as head coach Matthew Mitchell has announced Kentucky’s 2018 non-conference schedule which includes 11 home games.

The non-conference slate features home games against Alabama State, Southern University, Virginia, High Point, Morehead State, Rhode Island, Middle Tennessee, Western Carolina, Murray State and Sacred Heart. UK will also travel to face in-state foe Louisville and participate in the 2018 Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands against South Florida, North Carolina and UCLA.

Representing his country “great experience” for UK commit Tyrese Maxey

Tyrese Maxey (USA Basketball Photo)

Here’s what UK commit Tyrese Maxey had to say Monday night after Team USA routed Panama 118-26 and he had 12 points, three assists, three steals, two rebounds and one blocked shot in 18 minutes of play.

Tyrese Maxey (South Garland H.S./Dallas, Texas)
What does it mean to you to wear USA across your chest?
It means everything. These are the biggest games of my life, representing my country. This is a great experience.

How badly do you want to face Canada?
I want to win gold. That’s the only thing we talk about, U18 gold, that’s the only goal.