Charles Matthews transferring from UK

Charles Matthews (Vicky Graff Photo)

Charles Matthews (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard/forward Charles Matthews will transfer from UK, head coach John Calipari announced Wednesday.

Matthews will be granted a full release with no restrictions.

“The hardest thing as a coach is to lose a player that you really want to coach,” Calipari said. “In Charles’ case, I believe he is going to be a productive college player who has the ability to play at the next level. I know Charles’ best basketball is ahead of him, and while I’m a saddened to see him go, I support his decision and will help in any way I can.

Will Briscoe decide to stay at UK and improve shot?

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Chances are Isaiah Briscoe was watching the draft  lottery selection order show Tuesday night. Odds are he also knows that to get into the lottery conversation next year he has to do one thing — make shots more consistently.

What will that take?

Get in the gym. The greatest thing with shooting is that it’s kind of like ball handling,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said.

Calipari said it was not like Briscoe didn’t work to try and improve his shot last season.

Ready for lobster, whale watching, dune tour and lot more in Cape Cod

Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo

Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

Over the last two days, I have driven just over 925 miles to reach Newport, R.I., and then today will be finishing by trip to Yarmouth, Mass., to spend a week in Cape Cod — my first visit to the area.

Thankfully I reached out to William DeSousa of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and he has helped set up several special outings for me.

Today it will start with a tour of the Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum in Providence. Naturally, my wife is all-in with this but the history of the museum also intrigues me. Then it will be off to eat at Malted Barley.

Jon Toth Named to Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List

Jon Toth (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Jon Toth (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky football center Jon Toth (pronounced TOETH, long “o” sound) has been named to the 2016 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List, the Rimington Trophy Committee announced on Tuesday.

Toth, a native of Indianapolis, is one of four returning starters on the offensive line and is considered one of the top centers in college football for the second straight season. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior, will enter his final campaign having played in 36 games with 35 consecutive starts. Last season, he helped UK’s four-man running back rotation collect 1,855 yards, including Stanley “Boom” Williams who averaged a school-record 7.1 yards per carry.

Jacob Bodner’s promotion something father would be proud of

Jacob Bodner (Keith Taylor Photo)

Jacob Bodner (Keith Taylor Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Karma can work in many, many different ways.

Former Boyle County High School standout Jacob Bodner started his professional baseball career last summer after being drafted by the Kansas City Royals following his collegiate career at Xavier.

He did well and was assigned to pitch for the Lexington Legends this season.

His father, Scott, played a huge role in his career, but also has been battling cancer. He was thrilled he got to see his son drafted and be honored by the Royals last year. He was even more thrilled he got to go to Lexington to see him pitch earlier this season.

Governor’s Cup will honor Rich Brooks, Jeremy Jarmon, Jim Kovach

Louisville, KY. – For the 23rd consecutive year, the Kroger Company will celebrate the football rivalry between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky by sponsoring this year’s Governor’s Cup. This year’s Governor’s Cup cocktail party will be hosted in Frankfort, Ky.  The event begins with the Reception and Auction which will be held Monday, June 6 at the Governor’s Mansion, 704 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Hawkins to Travel to Far East for Second Time with Reach USA

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the second time in his career, senior guard Dominique Hawkins will travel to the Far East in conjunction with Reach USA for a cultural exchange trip.

The Reach USA team will travel from May 16-29 for a cultural exchange basketball trip in order to learn more about the Far Eastern culture, while sharing its own culture.

“I wanted to return to the Far East because I enjoyed the trip earlier in my career and I didn’t have any other plans,” Hawkins said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to learn about another culture and spend some more time on the basketball court.”

Karl Anthony-Towns first Wildcat to be NBA Rookie of Year

-1NEW YORK – Succeed and proceed. From NCAA All-American to NBA Rookie of the Year, former Kentucky men’s basketball player Karl-Anthony Towns has become another beacon of head coach John Calipari’s players-first program.

Towns was honored as the league’s best rookie on Monday, becoming the first former Wildcat to earn the distinction. Towns is the fifth-ever and the first unanimous Rookie of the Year since Damian Lillard in 2013. He is the third player coached by Calipari to win the honor, joining former Memphis players Tyreke Evans (2010) and Derrick Rose (2009).

Guest post: How Will The Cats Fare In 2016 With Their Football Season?

Mark Stoops (Alex Otte Photo)

Mark Stoops (Alex Otte Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS

For two seasons in a row, the Kentucky football team started the season well enough to elevate the August Expectations of SEC East competitiveness and a bowl trip to thoughts about winning the SEC East. However, in each season, the UK team stumbled its way to finish the season with complete disappointment. In 2014, the Cats opened the season 5-1, but were not able to find that necessary sixth win for bowl eligibility over their last six games. In 2015, the Cats opened 4-2, but again could only manage five wins for the season, one win shy of bowl eligibility for the second season in a row. Many members of the UK fan base experienced delusions of grandeur that would have made Walter Mitty’s appear reasonable as they spoke about and dreamed of SEC East Championships. However, these back to back 5-7 seasons (10-14 in the aggregate) that included only 1-11 record combined over the back half of these seasons only serve to intensify the idea that Coach Mark Stoops may not be able to elevate this program to SEC competitiveness.

UK target Trae Young continues impressive May play

By LARRY VAUGHT

Oklahoma point guard Trae Young continues to  show why Kentucky coach John Calipari would like to have him in  his 2017 recruiting class.

The 6-2 Young has had a solid month in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League and  averaged 25.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists in four wins for Mokan Elite squad in Virginia over the weekend.

He had a triple-double (19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists)  and 36 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in another game.