Football: Ukfansallday’s Exclusive interview with WR commit, Marvin Alexander Jr.


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Q: When did you start playing football and when did you realize football was something you wanted to commit to?

Marvin Alexander Jr: “I started when I was five years old. I realized that it was something I wanted to commit to when I missed it so much during the off-seasons when I was younger.”

Q: Who in the NFL would you compare yourself to?

Marvin Alexander Jr: “I’m not sure but who I try to model my game after is AJ Green (of the Cincinnati Bengals).”

Q: Next up I got a fan question from Ty Buck, what made you want to come to Kentucky?

Marvin Alexander Jr: “The coaching staff, the players and I like the message that they’re giving out to us recruits.”

Q: Another fan question from Ty Buck, what is your favorite pregame pump up song or songs?

Marvin Alexander Jr: “Before every game I listen to “Go Crazy” by Young Jeezy.”

Q: Kentucky has recently had great success with getting guys out of Chaminade-Madonna, getting guys like Akeem Hayes, Davonan Hawkins, Keontra Smith (2019 class), and yourself. Why do you think Kentucky has been able to get so many guys out of there?

Marvin Alexander Jr: “I think because we all come from the same program so our mindset is all the same and since visiting UK, we’ve all fell in love and decided that’s where we want to spend our next 3-4 years. Trust me , if we had other players with Kentucky offers we would have many more commits.”

Q: The final question I got for you is what is your message to the BBN and tell us what we can expect from you in the next 3-4 years.

Marvin Alexander Jr: “I can’t wait to be apart of the family! What you can expect for the next 3-4 years is touchdowns on Saturdays.”

I really enjoyed doing this article and getting to speak with Marvin! Please follow our site on twitter which is @ukfansallday  If you want to follow me on twitter, please do at @BradenNeviusBBN Once again I want to thank Marvin for taking the time to do this interview for us! Go Cats!

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Follow up Article: Jamari Brown commits to Kentucky


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As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Kentucky picked up another commitment for its 2018 class, Jamari Brown. The 3 star DB out of South Florida is the second secondary commit in two days, the other being 4 star DB Stanley Garner. This commitment is huge litteraly and figuratively, standing at 6’3, Brown is another South Florida guy Kentucky has gotten and that area is usually dominated by Louisville, Florida, Florida State, and Miami. Prying these past two commits away from there is a huge boost for our recruiting. With this commitment, Kentucky now has the 16th ranked class in the nation according to 247 sports! Another great day to be a cat! Welcome to the BBN, Jamari!

Top 5 Basketball Recruit has UK in top Schools

 

Cam Reddish is a 5 Star SF from Norristown, PA. It looks like he is a Duke lean right now but never count out John Calipari. The 6’8″ forward has done nothing but show out during the circuit including a 44 point performance at the Peach Jam.

 

Let’s all hope that Coach Cal can pull this one out and bring this guy to the right Blue and White.

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Get to Know Josh Roberts


Josh Roberts may not be on the top of any recruiting sites YET, but, with one more year before taking his talents to the NCAA, he has all the talent and opportunities to become the signature player on any college program. Thanks to a friend who saw Josh playing on a cruise ship, I was lucky enough to get the chance to interview this great young man with a whole lot of talent!
Q: Have you been in any contact from coaches or staff from Kentucky?

A: I haven’t but my AAU coach talked to one of the coaches and they said they are interested.

Q: What makes Kentucky a team that interest you?

A: I grew up a Kentucky fan and the program is just so amazing from the fan base to the coaches. Coach Calapari develops players into pros and they win. Best program in the country!

Q: Do you believe you can be a one and done?

A: Yes, I do believe so! This year I will be going to Montverde and they will help me develop as a basketball player. They are going to help me become a better ball handler and jump shooter and with those two things I think I can be unstoppable.

Q: Who is your favorite player in the NBA today?

A: Kevin Durant and Willie Cauley-Stein 

Q: What kind of plans do you have the rest of this summer?

A: I got Peach Jam this week and Victor Oladipo camp the following week.

Q: If you had to be something other than a basketball player, what would you want to be?

A: Probably a police officer 

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant and what do you order?

A: I like so many restaurants lol! I usually always get a bacon cheeseburger!

I really appreciate Josh giving me the time to talk to him and get some information for the BBN to digest. If you look at 247 he is listed as a three-star SF with offers from Georgia, Auburn, Wichita State, UMass, and more. Make sure to go follow him on Twitter @j0shua015

Marcedus Leech draws Kentucky interest; Will visit this weekend

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6-6 170 pound small forward from Missouri, Marcedus Leech is in the Class of 2019 and still a junior in high school but receiving some Kentucky interest. He is ranked at 40th in his class by ESPN, 21st by 247sports.

He will be in Lexington for an unofficial visit on July 2 according to D1vision.

He has offers from Kansas, Miami, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Washington, New Mexico State and Missouri State according to ESPN. Although he has not received an offer from Kentucky yet, he seems optimistic:

“I haven’t been offered by Kentucky but they’ve shown a lot of interest and hopefully I’ll get that offer,” said Leech. “That’s been my dream since I was a kid. If I get that offer, they’ll be on the top of my list.”

In his interview  with D1Vision, he said he loved pretty much everything about Kentucky and Kentucky seems like his ideal school if they offer:

I like everything,” said Leech on Kentucky. “I like how they play, how they get up and down. I like Coach Calipari. He does a lot with his guys and I’m looking forward to my visit there.”

He continued by saying that he was looking for a school high in academics as well as basketball, in which Kentucky sure seems to be.

Sounds like the perfect fit for Kentucky right?

He also has some pretty sweet dunking skills to:

Mo Bamba’s brother was probably just looking for attention

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An unreliable Facebook video surfaced last night involving Mohamed Bamba and his brother Ibrahim Johnson with him speaking of the benefits he has received.

However, to no one’s surprise, Johnson has a lengthy past of his own that makes him a little untrustworthy or at least not credible.

An official statement listed below came from the University of Texas this morning about Bamba’s situation.

“The NCAA has not informed us of any pending issues or eligibility concerns at this time regarding Mo. If there are further questions, we certainly will cooperate with the NCAA to the fullest.”

With Greer Love his mentor/family friend, he has been around since he was at a very young age and buying gifts for him would not seem as unusual. Which tells me that he didn’t just come around to be involved in his recruitment and give him gifts. So make of that, what you will.

I’m sure with the past his brother had that he was just trying to pull some extra attention to himself because he was left out.

I’m almost sure nothing will come of this

If true, Calipari really does know best. Mo Bamba situation

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Kentucky fans and some media members left surprised when Mo Bamba chose Texas over Kentucky, Duke and Michigan. A 5 star recruit and the #2 overall player in his class.

Bamba’s older brother, Ibrahim Johnson, supposedly made a video of details between him and a “mentor” named Greer Love. Johnson claims that Love supplied Bamba with gifts including a TV, $200 a week, vacations to Orlando and others. He claimed he had done all of these things to be able to be in his life when he turns pro.

Johnson also says that Bamba “will not play college basketball this year” and that he has already reported him to the NCAA and will speak to them. It also seemed as if he was feeling left out and this Love guy had taken his brothers bond from him.

In a comment on the video he said Texas was uninvolved. This however, will not affect the repercussions to Bamba if true. Unless the school played him, they would be fine.

There is some pretty harsh language in the video. Please click at your own risk.

He says the NCAA actually contacted his brother and that Bamba told them Love even does the same for other players, basically admitting that he had done exactly what was stated–taken “gifts.”

Of course, at this point all we have is a video to go by and all of this could very well be fake. Greer Love is the Vice President of Huron Capital which is based in Michigan. He’s a real person. Bamba had Michigan on his final list also. Weird?

I’m sure, IF true, the NCAA will make this known in a few weeks. If not then it’s still a pretty touchy subject with a very weird vibe or maybe nothing at all.

Granted, he seemed like a thoughtful and wholesome kid and was portrayed that way through the recruitment. (And may still very well be, if all of this is not true)

His brother also seems to have been in some trouble himself.