Dominique Hawkins signs summer league deal

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Dom signs a summer league deal with the Sacramento Kings. Wouldn’t it be fun to have four Kentucky guys on another NBA team?

Kentucky’s next point guard in the Class of 2018?

Immanuel Quickley

Immanuel Quickley is on Team USA U-19 with John Calipari this summer and that could give Cal the advantage.

6-3, from the Baltimore, Maryland area and is ranked as No. 10 overall in the 2018 class. He cut his list to UK, Kansas, Miami and home state Maryland. He’s been consistent in saying that he will make his college decision before his Senior year of high school starts.

“I think Kentucky is definitely the team to beat for Immanuel Quickley,” Scout.com’s Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader last week.

Asked if he saw another one of Quickley’s finalists as the Cats’ top competition, Daniels didn’t hesitate. “Not really,” he said.

Quickley seems to think with Cal coaching him now, it gives him a slight advantage:

“This is the first time I’ve actually had basketball instruction that will be from him. So it’s going to be different,” Quickley said. “Just being able to talk to Cal, getting to pick his brain, on and off the floor, I think that’s an advantage.”

He was also the first player at his position to receive a Kentucky offer. Kentucky’s Joel Justus has been in the forefront for more than a year with Quickley’s recruitment.

“I just want to prove that I can play with other great players,” Quickley said. “AAU team, high school team, I’m pretty much the main guy. But playing with USA Basketball, you have to come together in a short amount of time to accomplish one goal.”

It seems that Quickley always speaks very highly of Kentucky, Check out his interview with Kyle Tucker below:

“I don’t really think there’s too many cons when you talk about Kentucky.” Quickley said.

We never get to see Cal on the inside of recruits home’s but Quickley was the first one to bring us the new insight. The Quickley family got to film and make public Cal’s infamous recruiting pitch. Hear Calipari’s in home pitch in the video below:

247 Crystal Ball: 73% UK, 18% Washington, 9% Duke. However, Crystal Ball predictions have been known to be be wrong before (Kevin Knox), but Big Blue Nation hopes this one isn’t.

P.J. Washington injury/back update

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P.J. Washington had some back tightness earlier today and said he may not practice at tonight’s session at the USA camp.

However, he does look okay at least on this dunk and 1.

He also looked pretty okay, slamming one home over these guys.

No official word on his status yet though.

De’Aaron Fox takes a jab at someone on Draft Media Day

 

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De’Aaron Fox takes a jab at some school (not named, but maybe to be assumed UNC) at media day.

I knew I loved this kid, but this makes him even more lovable.

2 Years later and Rick Pitino is still full of himself and trying to cover his tracks

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Rick Pitino does it again. Today a letter written by Rick himself was sent to Kentucky Sports Radio by an anonymous party.

It is addressed to “Friends of the Ville” or close supporters which probably include donors with money that he wants to apologize to.

He goes on to talk about “the truth” and “the truth will prevail” yet again in this letter. It seems like every time he opens his mouth though, nothing but lies come out.

He then begins to say they “gave up so much” with the post-season ban they put on themselves:

We probably could’ve went to the Final Four…win a National Championship… We were ranked 11th at the time with an experienced team.

He then finishes, that he doesn’t care what the outside world thinks and the appeal will show the “real truth” when it comes out.

Take a read of the full letter below:

 

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Malik Monk on Paul Finebaum with a few words about Kentucky

 

Malik Monk was on Paul Finebaum’s show on SEC Network today over the phone. He had a few quotes Kentucky fans will love.

He talked about how Kentucky was the NBA team of college basketball, and we couldn’t agree more. We love being the center of attention and the best of the best.

He also talked about his rivalry with Arkansas that may last a lifetime. I agree Malik, there’s no better place than the state of Kentucky.

With his brother being a Razorback, Arkansas fans thought it was a done deal for Malik to have the same path. The curb and NBA appeal that Kentucky showcased changed his mind, however. Arkansas fans may never move on from despising you Malik, but #BBN will never stop cheering you on. Thanks for choosing Kentucky.

“I don’t think there is a better place than Kentucky,” Monk said.  “The experience was great.  The best experience of my life so far, of course.  I learned a lot there.  I learned a lot about the NBA.  We basically were the NBA of college, the NBA team of college basketball.”

He also spoke on Cal’s simple recruiting pitch that we always hear about:

“Whatever he tells you when he comes to your house for in-home visits, or however he recruits you, that’s exactly how it’s going to be.”